Tituba tells a story in which she accuses Sarah Good and Goody Osborne of dancing with the devil. This starts a chain of accusations in which all of the girls in the room accuse one another of being with the devil. This scene demonstrates the paranoia and rampant accusations made during the Salem Witch Trials.
The Spanish Inquisition accuses an elderly woman of heresy on four counts, and she doesn't understand what she's accused of. They attempt to get her confession by "torturing" her with cushions and a comfy chair.
Queen Anne Boleyn is accused of treason, and Henry VIII hears from her confessor that she had nothing to confess. The confessor mentions that the queen has accepted her fate in order to save her daughter, Elizabeth. The queen is scheduled to be beheaded as punishment for her accusations.
Following the closing arguments in a murder trial, the 12 members of the jury must deliberate, with a guilty verdict meaning death for the accused, an inner-city teen. As the dozen men try to reach a unanimous decision while sequestered in a room, one juror (Henry Fonda) casts considerable doubt on elements of the case.
Colonel Drummond argues for a teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution. He suggests that making evolution a crime could be a chain reaction that leads to censorship and a government-imposed belief system.