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"Everyone has a gun. No one has a father."
"Ain't that the truth."
Pop and Luke Cage[src]

Moment of Truth is the first episode of the first season of the Netflix exclusive television series Luke Cage.


With tension building in the streets of Harlem thanks to ruthless club owner Cottonmouth, Luke finds it increasingly difficult to live a quiet life.


Luke Cage, a fugitive with superhuman strength and unbreakable skin, keeps a low profile as a sweeper at Pop's barbershop, and as a dishwasher at crime boss Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes' nightclub Harlem's Paradise. Cage spends one night as a bartender for Stokes, filling in for Dante, who calls in sick. Dante is actually shooting up an arms deal between Stokes' men and crew members belonging to gang leader Domingo Colon, along with his friends Shameek Smith and Wilfredo "Chico" Diaz. Dante panics and is killed by Shameek, who escapes with Chico and the money. NYPD detectives Misty Knight and Rafael Scarfe investigate, and impound the Hammer Industries weapons that Stokes was selling. With help from "Shades" Alvarez, who works for Stokes' supplier Diamondback, Stokes tracks and kills Shameek and retrieves his share of the money. Stokes' men also support his cousin Mariah Dillard, a councilwoman, and demand contributions to her cause from Cage's landlords. Cage fights them off, but refuses payment for his actions.


Main Cast:

Guest Stars:









  • Moment of Truth is the name of a song included in the album of the same name of the hip-pop duo Gang Starr.
  • When Pop calls Luke Cage Power Man, it is a reference to his name in the comics.
  • When Connie Lin says that she and her husband want to hire Luke, an offer which he turns down by saying, "I'm not for hire", it is a subtle reference to the group Luke formed with Danny Rand in the comics: Heroes for Hire.


Song title Artist Location(s)
Dap Walk Ernie and The Top Notes, Inc.
Funky Four Corners Richard Marks
  • Plays in the barbershop.
Feel It in Your Bones Directory
  • Plays in the barbershop.
Missionary 21 the Producer
Good Man Raphael Saadiq
Angel Raphael Saadiq
The Sure Shot Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge
Think Deep Coleman Hawkins


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