|The episode begins with Simpson (cast as, imagine this, a college football star on the verge of achieving professional success!) coming into the E/R with a teammate who is banged up. |
|The erstwhile Everett begins to cut off the jersey of the injured man, who may have some fractured ribs thanks to a run-in with Simpson.|
|I am convinced that the teammate in question was cast with a person who strongly resembled New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath. In a startling moment by today's sensibilities, Everett asks the player what happened and he replies that "the big n-----r" ran him over! It must be said that this is relayed without malice and even affectionately - far different era, but I wouldn't hold my breath to see this aired on TV without tweaking, especially in light of the fact that I was recently confronted with an episode of Bonanza, one of the most humane and morally upright shows of all time, being bleeped by a cable network.|
|Later, Everett is filling in as the university team's doctor and watches practice from the sidelines. Yes, that's Ed Asner, soon to become a TV icon as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show the following year, as Simpson's coach.|
|They witness Simpson catching a pass, then colliding with the goal post, which sends him careening to the ground. |
|Eventually, there just isn't any choice in the matter, so he must go under Everett's skilled knife. |
Now you don't really think that the entire point of this post was to feature and/or glorify O.J. Simpson, a person who disappointed more people with his behavior than practically any other celebrity. He went from a hero to millions to an international object of venom for his alleged part in the murder of his wife and her acquaintance. The real meat of this post concerns another character who is close to him throughout the episode. It was something of an eye-opener for me so I wanted to share it with you, but also keep it as a mystery (unless you happen to already be aware of who it is.) That makes this post not only a "Guest Who" but a "Guess Who?" Simpson's college senior character is married and we see her in her nurses aide get-up as well as in other fun late-'60s clothing throughout. Take a look at these obscured shots and see if you can hazard a guess as to who she is.
Skyjacked (1972) and winning heavy acclaim for her featured role in Roots. (Even now, she's making her mark in the Deadpool films!) Needless to say, she also left an indelible mark on the song "June is Bustin' Out All Over."
Jacqueline Bisset? She'd been building a career in lesser known movies along with more high-profile ones like The Detective (1968) and Bullitt (1968.) The year after this, she would not only costar in the biggest movie of its year, Airport (1970), but also star in the little-known drama The Grasshopper (1970), in which her character beds down with another football player turned actor, Jim Brown. And one certainly can't discount the similarity in build and hairstyling. There's much more about Miss Bisset, who is now 76, right here.
So who is it?? I will now reveal. And I was gobsmacked, to be honest, because I just don't associate these two people together.
|Yep! It's Miss Cicely Tyson! |
|At this time, however, it was all just meaty playacting with no one having even the slightest notion that in real life O.J. could turn nasty.|
|In case it has crossed your mind, it's true that Miss Tyson was (and remains) TWENTY-THREE years older than Simpson when she played his young college-age bride! Somehow they made it work out well enough, but my goodness that is quite an expanse, especially when it's usually the male who is paired with a younger partner. Both performers are members of my Disaster Movie Club; Simpson for The Towering Inferno (1974) and The Cassandra Crossing (1976) and Tyson for The Concorde: Airport '79 (1979), though O.J.'s membership is currently suspended. |
|We will doubtlessly be returning to this show in the future. Not only are the 1969 clothes and hairstyles fun, but Everett (who was strangely shiny in this installment, something that was soon corrected) is so damned handsome that it bugs my eyes out every so often! He needs more attention than this early, very brief, tribute offered.|