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


In the wake of events in Hell's Kitchen, Luke Cage moved to Harlem and started working as a sweeper at Pop's barbershop. Cage discussed basketball players with Pop, Bobby Fish, Chico Diaz and Shameek Smith. Later, they met at the storeroom where Pop says that Cage must use his abilities to help people. Cage answered that all he wants is a quiet life.

After his shift in barbershop, Cage spotted Diaz with a gun. Diaz refused to explain himself to Cage and drives away with Smith. Cage then walked through Harlem to his second job - to nightclub Harlem's Paradise where he works as a dishwasher. In the club, Nate asked him to replace Dante Chapman as a bartender.

Meanwhile, club's owner and crime boss, Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes met with his cousin, Councilwoman Mariah Dillard. They discussed Stokes' criminal business what keeps Dillard's political projects afloat. Then Domingo Colon joined them to congrats their weapon deal. While they talking, members of Stokes Crime Family' met with members of Colon Crime Family at the Harlem junkyard to exchange to sold them assault rifles designed by Hammer Industries. However, Diaz, Smith and Chapman ambushed them and quickly kills all criminals at place to steal money. Chapman became nervous and Smith shoots him before he and Diaz grabs money and run away.


Behind the bar, Cage met Detective Misty Knight who ordered to make Cosmopolitan to her. He noted that she watches on Stokes but thiught that she was one of his women. After a brief flirt, Cage was asked by Candace Miller to go with her to the VIP lounge to bring Stokes his order. There, Stokes approached Cage and asks him did he want another job. Then, Chapman managed to call Tone before his death and informs him about robbery.

Later, Cage met Knight outside of the club and she asks Cage did he want coffee. Cage says that he does not like coffee, neither does Knight. They go inside Cage's apartment and spend the night together. At night, Cage dreamed about the time he went to Seagate Penitentiary where he was beaten by fellow inmates. In the morning, Knight received a call from job and leaves Cage. Knight and the New York City Police Department, arrived to the junkyard where her partner Rafael Scarfe examined the crime scene and confiscate Stokes' weapons. She then notice dead Chapman.

Stokes contacted with Colon to be clear about robbery but Colon won't listen to him. Then Shades arrives to his office to speak with him, on behalf of Diamondback who gave Stokes weapons to sell. Cage learned from newspaper that Chapman was killed. He discussed his death with Pop who was Chapman's mentor. Pop then knows immediately that he was killed by Smith and Diaz.

Dillard supported her project New Harlem Renaissance while Stokes' men guards her. She then gave an interview to Megan McLaren about history and possible future of Harlem. She talked about her project for re-building Harlem before Stokes came to speak with her. Dillard informed Stokes that she needs that money because if she does not pay for her project, her assets will go on audit and Stokes' illicit activity will be exposed. Tone informs Stokes that information about robbery was confirmed but Smith and Diaz disappeared. Stokes ordered to double pay for location of them.

Angry Cottonmouth

Tone manages to find Smith in strip club. He and Shades brought Smith to the Harlem's Paradise and Cage notice Shades who was his co-inmate in Seagate. Stokes then took Smith's money and brutally beats Smith, killing him. He then ordered to dump Smith's corpse at the streets where it was found by Knight and Scarfe.

At night, Zip and his fellow gang members went to Genghis Connie's to demand contribution to Dillard's project from Connie and Jin Lin. However, Cage stops them and quickly defeats all of them. Connie asked if she could hire Cage to protect them but Cage refused payment for his actions but promised that he will protect them.


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 Connie Lin says that she wants to hire Cage, an offer which he turns down by saying, "I'm not for hire", it is a subtle reference to the group Cage 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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