Tuesday’s episode (March 8) episode of “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” presented its Marcia Clark-centric (Sarah Paulson) episode, aptly titled “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia.”
While many of the scenes and subject matter explored are based on events that actually transpired, one question jumps out after watching the most recent episode: were Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden (Sterling K. Brown) romantically involved?
Amidst all the scrutiny given to the prosecution team, the professional relationship was questioned a lot during the trial. Clark was involved in a heated divorce — which the episode explores — and the instant fame pushed her to a breaking point as she attempted a makeover to come off more likable (not once, but twice).
After Darden was brought on the case, rumors began swirling — almost immediately — that he and Clark were involved. According to a source reportedly close to Darden at the time, the lawyer allegedly confirmed their relationship, saying he “will marry Marcia as soon as her divorce and custody battle is resolved.”
Of course, Clark confronted that rumor with fervent denials, telling the New York Post, “No, that’s completely false. God knows where that one got started.” Well, Darden fanned the flames of these rumors with the publication of his 1996 book, “In Contempt.”
There, he describes his relationship with Clark as “two passionate people thrown together in a trial that left us exhausted and lonely.” It’s possible Ryan Murphy took notes from his book, aside from the Jeffrey Toobin novel the show is named after, as Darden describes late nights where they “sat up listening to hip-hop and R&B,” “drank a few bottles of wine” and “danced a few times.”
If this sounds familiar, it’s because these two characters shared an awkward slow dance to Otis Redding in the most recently aired episode. It may have been weird to watch but as Darden continues in his book, “In my mind, that is a relationship.”
Once the trial was over, sources in the Los Angeles prosecutor office said the romance was common knowledge, saying, ”Everybody knows about them. Everybody’s saying that it shows at least one good thing came out of that wretched trial.”
However, Darden never ended up tying the knot with Clark.
She hasn’t walked down the aisle again and Darden married a different Marcia, TV executive Marcia Carter, in 1997.
Unfortunately, fans wondering if the two ever hooked up may never get a solid confirmation.
“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.