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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.

Synopsis

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.

Plot

Staring at photos in the 29th Precinct Police Station, Misty Knight uses her detective skills to reconstruct the gunfight between Stokes' and Colon's families and masked robbers. Knight informs Rafael Scarfe that it was deeply personal while Scarfe thought that all that matters is money. Also, Knight notes that Chico Diaz is too weak to do something like that.

In Pop's Barber Shop, Pop and Luke Cage discusses Afro-American writers, such as Donald Goines and Walter Mosley. Pop then makes a tribute to Jomo Kenyatta who fought for his people, like Cage. He says that all Harlem is talking about what happened in Genghis Connie's where Cage defeated Zip and his gang. Cage asks Pop who they work for - Cottonmouth or Mariah Dillard, which Pop replied as "a little bit of both". Pop notes that a big danger is coming to Harlem due that Stokes will be looking for Diaz.

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They are interrupted by sudden arrival of Stokes who asked Pop for shaving. While talking, Pop notes some cuttings at his knuckles what Stokes explains as his failed attempt to shave himself but Pop guesses that Stokes killed Shameek Smith. Meanwhile, Cage was swepping the floor and looking for Shades and Tone. Shades, who did not recognized him, asked Cage for whereabouts of Diaz. After a talking, Stokes prepares to leave the barbershop before Cage reminds him that he needs to pay Pop for shaving. Knowing that Smith was killed by Stokes and Diaz is next, Pop asks Cage to find him.

Knight and Scarfe comes to the local basketball playground to ask about Diaz' location, however, Chauncey claims that he knows nothing. Knight then win over him in basketball and forces him to tell her what he knows.

Stokes arrives to the Crispus Attucks Complex where he brings Dillard part of money what he took from Smith. However, Dillard claims that this is not enough to make a deposit for her community project.

Cage searches for Diaz through all Harlem, asking citizens. Finally, he finds scared Diaz who points his gun at Cage, fearing that he came to take his money. Cage says that he came upon Pop's request, who wanted to save Diaz from Stokes' rage. However, Diaz refuses to go with Cage.

Cage Pop Chico

Outside of the barbershop, Pop tells Cage about his criminal past; he was a member of Stokes family and ran his own gang with Cottonmouth and Fredo Diaz, Chico's father. Entering inside the shop, Pop and Cage sees Diaz who chose to return to him. However, Cage spots Knight and Scarfe who arrived to the shop. They asks him about Diaz who was the only link with gunfight at the junkyard. Cage enters the shop, confronting Scarfe. Knight and Cage then recognizes each other, making situation more awkward. When cops left the shop, Pop asks Cage to visit Stokes personally to negotate situation with Diaz.

At night, Cage comes to the Harlem's Paradise and heads to the VIP lounge. Cage informs Stokes that Pop wants to discuss situation with Diaz because he did not wanted him to end like Smith. However, Stokes does not attach Cage's words, saying that he will speak with Pop himself. Before Cage left, Stokes says him that he is fired, but Cage says that he quit before he walked to Stokes.

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Tone later informs Stokes that he know where Diaz is, however Stokes says him to do nothing with that. Outside of the club, Tone and Shades meets with Turk Barrett who saw Diaz in the barbershop. They arrives to the location and Tone opened fire on the barbershop. Cage manages to cover Lonnie Wilson while Diaz was wounded and bullet ricochetes from Cage and fatally wounds Pop. Tone and Shades takes Diaz' part of money and leave the place.

Cage then tries to help Pop but he dies on his hands before NYPD arrived. While Diaz was taken to hospital and Scarfe questioned witnesses about shooting, Knight notices bullet holes on Cage's shirt who was unharmed.

Returning to the club, Tone, Stokes, Dillard and Shades heads to the rooftop where Tone gives Stokes his money and tells him about shooting at the barbershop. Stokes does not appreciate the attack on his friend and his barbershop and decides to support him financially. Shades then informs him that Pop was killed by Tone's bullet. Before Stokes reacted, Barrett interrupts him asking for his money for information. Stokes then furiously throws Tone from the rooftop, killing him and says Barrett to take his money from Tone's corpse.

Cage teaches gunman

Pop's sudden death affected on everyone who knew him, Cage, Knight and Stokes mourns the death of good man and their friend. Cage is watching outside of Crispus Attucks Complex. Mamba then pulls a gun at Cage's head, threating to shoot him. However, Cage scares him off, forcing him to run. Cage then notices Dillard with Diaz' money entering the complex.

Cast

Main Cast:

Guest Stars:

Appearances

Locations

Events

Items

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Vehicles

Organizations

Mentioned

Trivia

Music

Song title Artist Location(s)
Doxy Miles Davis

Luke Cage and Pops discuss Donald Goines, other poets and Afro-American heroes other than John 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 Cage at Pop's Barber Shop; Shades and Tone head to the barbershop; Cage reports back to the barbershop.

Cristo Redentor Donald Byrd

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

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