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"You're wasting your gifts, my brother. This gangster life not what our ancestors fought for. Not what our people died for."
"This is exactly what they died for. Self-determination, control, power. [...] Money outlasts respect. Respect will put your name on the side of a building, but the money that put your name up there comes from some place."
Mariah Dillard and Cornell Stokes[src]

Code of the Streets is the second episode of the first season of the Netflix exclusive television series Luke Cage.


Luke is pulled deeper into the fight for his neighborhood when, as a favor to an old friend, he tries to help a kid who's in trouble with Cottonmouth.


After Stokes' inquiry, Luke Cage locates Chico Diaz, who returns to Pop's Barber Shop for protection at Pop's behest, while Pop lies to detectives Misty Knight and Rafael Scarfe about Diaz's whereabouts. Pop sends Cage to parley with Stokes on Diaz's behalf, but one of Stokes' men, Tone, is tipped off to Diaz's location by Turk Barrett. Tone shoots up the shop, killing Pop and critically wounding Diaz while Cage shields a young boy with his body; Knight becomes suspicious of Cage when she discovers that he was unharmed despite getting shot. Angered by Pop's death, Stokes kills Tone for his actions and gives Mariah Dillard the money he stole. Pop's death also affects Cage, who decides not to settle for less anymore and instead use his abilities for good, the way Pop had suggested to him earlier.


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  • Little Green: An Easy Rawlins Mystery


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Song title Artist Location(s)
Doxy Miles Davis

Luke Cage and Pops discuss Donald Goines, other poets and Black heroes other than Shaft.

Mesmerised Faith Evans

Faith Evans sings at Harlem's Paradise; Mariah Dillard tells Cottonmouth he's wasting his talents which he disagrees with; Turk Barrett meets with Shades and Tone, he tells them where Chico Diaz is located; Patricia Wilson looks for Luke at Pop's Barber Shop; Shades and Tone head to Pop's; Luke reports back to Pops.

Cristo Redentor Donald Byrd

Cottonmouth takes a moment on the roof top of the club; Rafael Scarfe and Misty Knight drink as Misty continues to be perplexed by Luke Cage and the bullet holes in his shirt; Luke comes to a resolution about what he should do as holds the Pop's Barber Shop swear jar and a leaflet of Mariah Dillard's; Cornell cries over a picture of himself, Pop and Fredo Diaz; Luke challenges Mamba to shoot him.


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