The Kardashian children may only play a miniscule role in FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” but in episode 3, titled “The Dream Team,” Kourtney (Isabella Balbi), Kim (Veronica Galvez), Khloé (Morgan Bastin) and Robert (Nicolas Bechtel) definitely steal the show in the very first scene of the installment.
The episode begins with Robert Kardashian (David Schwimmer) taking his rowdy foursome out to eat for father’s day. But because of the holiday, the restaurant is packed wall-to-wall with hungry customers. However, luckily for “Richard Kardovian,” the waitress recognizes him from the small screen and gives “the O.J. guy” any table he wants in the crowded eatery — no wait necessary.
Robert’s children are impressed with how well-known their father is and even more awe-struck when they learn that their dad will be sitting down with Barbara Walters to discuss their uncle O.J. (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) and his innocence (a topic they also inquire about).
“[Barbara Walters] talked to mom and Bruce, too” Kim says, giving audiences the first name-drop of the gold medal-winning decathlete who married their mother in 1991.
Little Rob then chimes in with just how famous their step-father is. “He won the Olympics!” he shouts, setting off multiple comments and concerns about how famous the Kardashian name is.
“Bruce and mom sell thigh masters on TV so that means that they’re both famous,” Khloé says.
“Dad, why are you famous?” Rob then asks.
But Robert claims he’s not.
“We are Kardashians. And in this family being a good person and a loyal friend is more important than being famous,” he begins the meta dialogue. “Fame is fleeting, it’s hollow. It means nothing at all without a virtuous heart.”
However, the Kardashian children, who went on to become one of the most famous family's in America, don’t seem very interested in what their father has to say about morality — especially when a tray of eggrolls make their way to the table.
During an interview with Variety, Schwimmer reveals that he portrayed the Kardashian patriarch based on conversations that he had with his ex-wife Kris Jenner, who is portrayed by Selma Blair in the series.
“He was quite funny. He was very charismatic. At the same time, he was also humble and very private and very modest. He had no interest in the spotlight. The whole celebrity thing was an inadvertent byproduct of this unfortunate ordeal,” Schwimmer dished, before revealing the real reason he took on the role. “I was moved by the fact that he was the one character that had nothing to gain from his involvement in the trial."
"The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" airs Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. EST on FX.