- "People are scared but they can't be paralyzed by that fear. You have to fight for what's right every single day, bulletproof skin or not. You can't just not snitch or turn away or take money under the table because life has turned you sour."
- ―Luke Cage
In 1990s, Willis Stryker helps Lucas become a boxer, eventually leading to the latter winning an important match. In the present day, Diamondback throws a grenade at Pop's Barber Shop, causing an explosion that makes everyone scatter. Knight loses the cellphone that she used to contact Candace Miller, and Shades loses the files that proves the innocence of Carl Lucas. Before they escape, Shades picks up Knight's cellphone as he follows Dillard. Cage tells Knight to keep everyone safe as he prepares to fight his half-brother. A fight ensues between Diamondback and Cage. The battle makes its way through the streets of Harlem. As they continue to fight, some Harlem residents arrive to give their support to Cage.
Using the battle as an example of violence in the neighborhood, Mariah Dillard gives an interview explaining that what is happening is out of control, and that those kinds of things are what her campaign is trying to avoid. She mentions that Luke Cage could potentially be escaped ex-convict Carl Lucas. Eventually, Temple arrives at Pop's Barber Shop and sees the brutal fight between Cage and Diamondback. After a lengthy duel, Cage manages to defeat his half-brother. In the middle of her interview, Misty Knight arrests Dillard for the assassination of her cousin, Cornell Stokes.
Unbeknowst to them, Shades texts from Knight's cellphone, pretending to be her, in order to agree a meeting with Candace Miller, later he kills her so as to make the evidence against Dillard useless. Meanwhile, in order to testify for the charges he is being accused of, Cage arrives at the 29th Precinct Police Station with Temple and Knight. He explains everything that has recently transpired to Priscilla Ridley, Knight, and her partner, in order to prove his innocence. Ridley confronts Dillard with all the evidence the Police Department has. However, Dillard continues with her lies, even when Misty presents her the declaration of Candace Miller accusing her of killing Cottonmouth. However, Knight and Ridley are informed of the death of Candace Miller. Knowing that her death makes her statement useless, they are forced to free Dillard without charges.
Knight reveals to Luke Cage and Claire Temple that due to Candace Miller's death, Dillard was free to leave. Suddenly, two officers from Seagate Prison arrive and arrest Cage for his escape from Seagate as "Carl Lucas". Cage surrenders without opposing, to the dismay of Temple, Knight, and Ridley. Before leaving, Cage and Temple share a kiss. She reminds him that she knows a lawyer that might help him. He finally accepts before being taken to Seagate Prison. Knight sees Candace Miller's corpse and decides to enforce justice on her own. She decides to spy on Mariah Dillard in order to obtain new evidence to bring her down.
Bobby Fish stays at Pop's and finds the file with the information for the innocence of Luke Cage. As she leaves the Police Department, Temple notices Colleen Wing's advert for self-defense classes. Later, at the hospital, Noah Burstein is assigned to take care of Diamondback. However, he secretly decides to use Diamondback as a test subject to recreate Luke Cage's powers. Time later, Harlem's Paradise reopens to the public by holding a party. Misty Knight arrives in order to continue spying on Black Mariah.
- Mike Colter as Luke Cage
- Mahershala Ali as Cornell Stokes/Cottonmouth (flashback; uncredited)
- Simone Missick as Misty Knight
- Theo Rossi as Shades
- Erik LaRay Harvey as Willis Stryker/Diamondback
- Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple
- Alfre Woodard as Mariah Dillard
- Frankie Faison as Henry Hunter/Pop (flashback; uncredited)
- Clifton Cutrary as Teenage Carl Lucas
- Jared Kemp as Teenage Willis Stryker
- Ninja Devoe as Aisha Axton
- Jeremiah Richard Craft as Dave Griffith
- Michael Kostroff as Dr. Noah Burstein
- Sônia Braga as Soledad Temple
- Ron Cephas Jones as Bobby Fish
- Karen Pittman as Inspector Priscilla Ridley
- Tijuana Ricks as Thembi Wallace
- Deborah Ayorinde as Candace Miller
- Justin Swain as Bailey
- John Clarence Stewart as Alex
- Lee Sellars as Sergeant Jacob "Jake" Smith
- P.J. Marshall as ESU Lieutenant Mario Green
- Andre Jackson as Marshall Johnson
- Ben Horner as Marshall Franco
- Darius Kaleb as Lonnie Wilson
- Jade Wu as Connie Lin
- Clem Cheung as Jin Lin
- Mike Britt as Eddie Axton
- Anthony Aroya as Victor
- Robyn Payne as Female Reporter
- Tristan Laurence as Male Reporter
- Robert Siverls as Man
- Corri English as Alicia
- Joshua Rivera as Farley
- Sharon Jones as herself
- Fab Five Freddy as himself
- Derrick Williams as Boxing Trainer (uncredited)
- Justin Clarke as Thug #4 (uncredited)
- Ludovic Coutaud as News Reporter (uncredited)
- Lynn Marocola as FDNY Paramedic (uncredited)
- Maggie LeVine as Detective (uncredited)
- Merritt Matthew Chase as Harlem Precinct Detective (uncredited)
- Monet Marquis as Club Patron / Crowd Member (uncredited)
- Roger Brenner as FDNY / EMT (uncredited)
- Ryan Burton as Fight Watcher (uncredited)
- New York City, New York
To be added
- James Lucas
- Etta Lucas
- Dana Stryker
- Matt Murdock
- Mama Mabel
- Jackie Albini
- Damon Boone
- Cornell Stokes
- Rafael Scarfe
- Colleen Wing
- Biggie Smalls
- Chester Himes
- Michael Connelly
- Harry Bosch
- You Know My Steez is a song from the album Moment of Truth of the hip-pop duo Gang Starr.
- Misty Knight's outfit at the end of the episode is very similar to that of her comic-book counterpart.
- Prior to his death, Cheo Hodari Coker had planned to have Prince appear in this episode.
|You Know My Steez||Gang Starr|
|100 Days, 100 Nights||Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings||