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  • In "Conspiracy Theories", Marcia and Chris go out drinking with some of Chris' friends, and Marcia is challenged to shoot down the "police framed O.J." theory. Despite being very drunk, Marcia manages to systematically debunk the entire theory, point by point. The faux-serious cutaways to the nefarious schemes of Fuhrman and his supposed accomplices makes it double as a Funny Moment.
    • Cochran gets one in the same episode when the the media is hounding him about his past affair. Instead of answering their questions, he brushes them off, saying he's not interested in "old gossip" and says that they should be focusing on the fact that two people are dead and an innocent man is being accused of murder. Marcia even acknowledges it by saying "he's made out of goddamn teflon".
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  • In "The Race Card" Cochran gets one - Darden insists that the N-word should not be used in court during the trial since he does not think the mostly black jury can handle hearing it. Cochran then completely demolishes his argument, calling out Darden's remarks as being incredibly insulting to black people everywhere and saying that African-Americans hear offensive things all the time throughout their daily lives, so there's no reason they can't handle the N-word being uttered in court, and afterwards he gets one last dig in at Darden by muttering "Nigga, please".
  • F. Lee Bailey gets one in "Conspiracy Theories" when he pulls a Batman Gambit on Darden by tricking him into getting O.J. to try on the gloves (after the defense team deduced that they were too small to fit OJ).
    Bailey: You have the balls of a stud field mouse. If you don't get him to try on those gloves, we will.
    • It's also one for Shapiro since it's his idea to begin with. After several episodes of being The Load to O.J. and the Dream Team, he finally gets a good idea that not only seriously damages the prosecution's case, but also regains much of the defense's respect.
    Shapiro (whispering to the Defense): Enough conspiracy theories. How would you like some tangible evidence? A little bit of real lawyering? Those gloves...are too small.
  • "A Jury in Jail," Ito summing up the double standard at play with regards to how the two teams handle the jury, when Marcia argues for the dismissal of an African-American juror who was raped by her husband and Cochran defends her, as both believe they know how she'll vote.
    Ito: Let Me Get This Straight.... The defense is arguing to keep a victim of domestic abuse and the people are arguing to dismiss her? (*beat as Marcia and Cochran have no response*) Somehow I get the idea that if this juror were white, we'd be having a different conversation right now.
    • Immediately followed by Marcia subtly rubbing in Cochran's face that, though he has no proof, he knows she was behind this.
    Marcia: You're always talking about the truth, well, the truth came out. Toughen up, Cochran. This is a smoker's lounge. Daycare's on the first floor.
    • One more for Marcia, when Bailey makes an especially desperate argument that a juror's rape from her husband wasn't considered such at the time (marital rape only being classified as a crime years later). Marcia simply says in disbelief "You just said that. Out loud."
  • Darden finally snapping at Cochran, accusing him of using the media to inflame racial tensions and exert political pressure on Ito to make him release the Furhman tapes, and that the defense has made the trial a circus and the court has let them. All on live national television, no less. Even as Ito shuts him down by threatening contempt of court, it's hard not to applaud Darden for calling Cochran out.
    • There's one for Marcia right after when Darden admits he might need counsel and sits down, then Marcia gets up to speak. She agrees with Darden that the defense has made this case into a circus. After the judge threatens her with contempt, she indicates she's not afraid by saying "Shall I take off my watch and jewelry?"
  • In "The Verdict", Darden gives Cochran a calm "The Reason You Suck" Speech, noting how, despite getting O.J. off purely because of his race, the Dream Team did little to instill any everlasting social change.
    Cochran: I know how difficult this has been on you. And when the dust settles I'd like to help bring you back into the community.
    Darden: Hmm. Well, I never left. You think I don't understand the situation? I get it. It's payback. O.J. is the first black defendant in history to get off because he's black.
    Cochran: The people will see who the police really are...
    Darden: All the people saw was how well you can twist the system. This isn't some civil rights milestone. Police in this country will keep arresting us, keep beating us, keep killing us. You haven't changed anything for black people here. Unless, of course, you're a famous, rich one in Brentwood.
    • Also in that episode, Cochran's argument where he thoroughly destroys Fuhrman's character by likening him to Hitler and encouraging the jury to "send a message"
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  • Darden's frustrations with Marcia not listening to his insights on the case's racial issues finally boiling over after Fuhrman's tapes are played. "You wanted a black face, but you didn't want a black voice."


  • The series dominating at the 2017 Primetime Emmys, winning nine prizes, including a whopping three for its performances (namely, those of Courtney B. Vance, Sarah Paulson, and Sterling K. Brown).
    • For Sterling K. Brown, not only did he manage to win, but, even more impressively, also seemed to become a darling of the industry, being cited above his more famous co-stars John Travolta and David Schwimmer. Brown acknowledged this in his acceptance speech.
      Sterling K. Brown: Thank you to the Academy. A lot of you may not have known who I was, but you checked the box anyway, and that makes me very, very happy.
  • Sarah Paulson's performance was so acclaimed that it became only the fifth performance in history to win an Emmy, a Golden Globe, a SAG Award, the TCA prize for Individual Achievement in Drama, and the Critics' Choice Television Award. The other four prior to her were Tina Fey for 30 Rock, Claire Danes in Homeland, Julianna Margulies in The Good Wife, and Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad. Even more impressively, Sarah Paulson is the first person to accomplish this task over a single season of television (being in a miniseries), as all of the other actors were able to take several seasons to do it.

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