In its third episode, The People v. O.J. Simpson delivered its most iconic -- and ironic -- Kardashian scene to date. Simply put, it couldn't have been more perfect.
"The Dream Team" opened with Robert Kardashian (
Ross Geller David Schwimmer) taking Kim, Khloé, Kourtney, and Rob to Los Angeles hotspot Chin Chin for a Father's Day breakfast where he unknowingly used his newfound fame to snag a table. "Oh my God," the hostess said, "You're Richard Kardovian!"
Robert Kardashian, instant celebrity.
After being escorted past the long line and seated at their table, Kardashian leveled up to Peak Dad Mode and offered his children some sage advice about the pitfalls of fame. "In this family, being a good person and a loyal friend is more important than being famous," he lectured. "Fame is fleeting. It's hollow. It means nothing without a virtuous heart." [Insert boisterous laughter here.]
The People v. O.J. Simpson has winked at the Kardashians' impending meteoric rise before, but this scene was the very definition of "irony." Not only did it serve to humanize Schwimmer's Kardashian, but it also exposed the Kardashian kids' innate fascination with fame and celebrity. They were born into it.
While waiting for their spring rolls, Khloé astutely quipped, "Bruce and Mom sell Thighmasters on TV, so that means that they're both famous."
Their idea of fame was undoubtedly warped by their parents involvement in O.J. Simpson's public trial. The Kardashian family's close connection to the Trial of the Century, and the 24-hour news cycle it gave birth to, encapsulates who Kim, Kourtney, and Khloé would someday become. It set a precedent for their futures.
This Chin Chin scene, of course, never actually happened. In fact, Jeffrey Toobin's book, The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson, on which the FX series is based, suggests that Robert Kardashian actually relished the opportunity to make a television appearance, in part to compete with his ex-wife Kris Jenner, who starred alongside her new husband in that aforementioned Thighmaster infomercial. (For what it's worth, Schwimmer managed to convey a of hypocrisy in Robert's excitement over the Barbara Walters appearance.)
Relishing in the spotlight -- does that sound familiar?
The People v. O.J. Simpson smartly conveys the notion that O.J.'s trial marked the dawn of the public's obsession with the tiniest details of people's lives, where fame isn't so much fleeting as it is festering.