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"Half the people uptown have fathers, cousins, uncles, brothers in prison. You're no different than anybody else. You get your wish. You're not special. Instead of running, if you make a move and you take him down once and for all? You stop him, you save this community, and you free yourself."
Claire Temple to Luke Cage[src]

Manifest is the seventh episode of the first season of the Netflix exclusive television series Luke Cage.

Synopsis

Mariah's political career comes under fire, and Cottonmouth picks up information that could put Luke on the run.

Plot

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Cottonmouth is arrested, however, due to Rafael Scarfe's corruption and death, the evidence against Stokes is found inadmissible, so the NYPD has no choice but to let him go. Shades informs Stokes that Diamondback won't provide him with the Judas Bullet, since he thinks that Stokes isn't ready yet. Stokes then contacts Luke Cage, telling him to come to the Harlem's Paradise for a talk.

Due to her connections with Stokes, Mariah Dillard's carrer is being jeopardized. Damon Boone visits Dillard and recommends her to step away from the City Council and let him support her initiatives. Dillard refuses Boone's offer but he points out that the current situation will eventaully lead to the downfall of her career. Shades then told Dillard that because of her and her cousin their previously respected family name means nothing now.

Together with Priscilla Ridley, Misty Knight continues to investigate Stokes' case. Ridley notes that the fact Luke Cage is linked to every part of the investigation. Knight isn't sure about Cage's involvement but Ridley reminds her that her career, as well as the entire department, depends on that case. While investigating, Knight and Mark Bailey conclude that "Luke Cage" is just an alias, while his true identity remains unknown.

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Stokes reminisces about his childhood when he and Dillard were raised by Mama Mabel and Pistol Pete who were at the top of the Harlem's criminal underworld. While Pete was encouraging Stokes' musical talents, Mabel was persistent that he should stay within the family busines. Eventually, Mabel found out that Pete broke the family's rule of not dealing with drugs and started business with Colon Crime Family, so she forced Stokes to kill him which became the turning point of his life.

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Cage comes to the club where Stokes informs him that he knows everything about his past, including his escape from the prison. Stokes threatens to expose everything about him, so Cage decides to leave Harlem. However, Claire Temple convinces him to stay and fight to take Stokes down once and for all and save Harlem. With the help of Dave Griffith, Cage finds and confronts Domingo Colon, taking all weapons he got from Stokes and giving them to Knight. Knight tells him that he can't continue that and if he wants to end it all, he must testify.

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Being put under the pressure by the council, Dillard is forced to resign, so she arrive at the club to persuade Stokes to let go of his obsession with Cage. Stokes refuses and their argument about their family ends up with Stokes saying that Dillard wanted Pete to do what he did to her. Blinded by rage, Dillard attacks Stokes and murders him before she was approached by Shades who was planning to kill Stokes himself. Shades praises Dillard for what she did and reveals his plan to frame Cage for the murder.

Cage and Temple take a walk, talking about his past, however, they're interrupted by Diamondback shooting Cage with the Judas Bullet, leaving Cage badly wounded.

Cast

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Music

Song title Artist Location(s)
Plain Gold Ring Nina Simone

Zip openly sells guns when Luke Cage arrives which sends his buyers running; Zip warns Cage that Cottonmouth is getting out of prison; Misty Knight goes over case board when readies to let her anger out at Stokes but is stopped by Betty Audrey; Stokes taunts Knight's efforts then leave the 29th Precinct Police Station, Cage watches.

Top Going Down, Bottom Going Up Nathan Bartell

At Pop's Barber Shop, Luke Cage tells Bobby Fish that Cottonmouth will not be charged without Rafael Scarfe. Claire Temple suggests that he can still do something to get his own justice.

I'm Bad Like Jesse James John Lee Hooker

Cottonmouth plays the piano; (Flashback) Mama Mabel confronts Pistol Pete on his betrayal of the family then takes him out back along with Stokes and Mariah Dillard where Stokes nervously shoots him dead.

April Sonata Adrian Younge

Mariah Dillard and Cottonmouth begin to tear each other apart as they both begin to crack and as Stokes' words strike at Dillard she attacks him with a wine bottle, pushes him out of window then beats with a mic stand all as Shades watches.

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