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Jury Duty: how does Ronald Gladden react to finding out truth about show?

The Jury Duty finale revealed how Ronald reacted to finding out the truth


Ronald Gladden in Jury Duty
Emmy Griffiths
TV & Film Editor
21 April 2023
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Jury Duty finally concluded on Friday, with the show's hero Ronald Gladden finally discovering that he was in the middle of a Truman Show style show where he was the star – but how did the contractor react?

In the penultimate episode, the jury has finally reached a verdict which found the plaintive not guilty for the workplace mistake, with the judge calling up Ronald as the head juror. While sat in the witness box, the judge finally reveals the truth of the situation to him, explaining: "As I said weeks ago when you first entered this courtroom, this is my last trial of my career, what I didn't tell you is that it's also the first because I'm not a real judge, you're not a real foreperson, this is not a real case.

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Confused, Ronald replied: "What?!" before the episode ends. In the finale, the judge continues to explain the situation to the only non-actor on the show, saying: "Your fellow jurors, as well as the defendant, the plaintive, bailiff Nicky, myself, we're all actors. Everything you saw was carefully planned. What I'm saying is, it was all fake except for one important element, you!

"You see Ronald, even though the case… wasn't real. There was most definitely a trial held inside this courtroom. You were presented day after day with countless challenges, responsibilities and ethical dilemmas."

Ronald and James Marsden stand in Jury Duty
Ronald and James Marsden in Jury Duty

Listing some of the challenges posed to poor Ronald, he continued: "You knew Mr Marsden caused the sequester with his paparazzi stunt, yet you never told a soul. We put you in an adjoining room with Todd with his odd demeanour and obsession with body parts where specifically intended to frighten, but you didn't shut him out, you welcomed him into your room and into your non-optimally designed heart.

"You refused Ken's $2000 even though you beat him at Newt… you took the blame for James Marsden's giant [expletive]. Ronald, the list goes on and on. We've considered all of the evidence presented at your trial, and we've decided, Ronald Gladden, that you're a hero. In recognition of your service, of your kindness and strength of character, I reward you $100,000."

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Shocked, Ronald replied: "What?! Are you being serious? Oh my God, no way! No [expletive] way! Those are actors?! What!"

Jury Duty cast © Amazon Freevee
Ronald couldn't believe his fellow jurors were actors

Greeting his fellow jurors, who he had made friends with over the past few weeks, he continued to show his total shock, saying: "Are you kidding? Lonny too?!"

He then told the camera: "It doesn't feel real, it really doesn't. I thought it was a joke at first and then everything kept happening – so I don't know! […] I like to think that I pick up on things and am pretty intuitive, but they all fooled me."  

The final moments of the finale revealed that Ronald is still friends with the cast of actors, and showed snaps of Ronald hanging out with several of his fellow jurors, including enjoying a drink with James Marsden.

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