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A blast from the past hits Luke Cage

October 03, 2016 at 10:03 PM EDT

Before being briefly taken hostage by Diamondback, Misty Knight was investigating Cottonmouth’s murder. She knows something weird is up and doesn’t buy Mariah’s story that Luke Cage killed him, because it’s too passionate. However, right after Mariah murdered her cousin, Shades went into Olivia Pope mode and started covering it up. They even enlist Candace to lie and say that she was sleeping with Cottonmouth and saw Luke Cage with the body after she got out of the shower. 

But, Misty isn’t a fool. She remembers that Candace didn’t like Cottonmouth. Unfortunately, Candace isn’t breaking and neither is Mariah. Also, Inspector Ridley starts breathing down Misty’s neck to just find Luke Cage, especially after the cops search the barber shop and find the bloody gloves Shades planted there.

After surviving her encounter with Diamondback, Misty loses track of Luke and heads back to the precinct where she interrogates Claire. But, she’s clearly shaken from almost dying and flies off the handle when Claire questions her ability as a cop, which Misty is already questioning herself since she was so easily disarmed, and throws her up against the wall. Having Detective Knight get physical with Claire is another provocative move on the show’s part. Ridley rushes in, breaks them up and lets Claire go.

Meanwhile, the show also continues to add some more shading to Mariah. After Candace does her part, she meets with her and pays her off. “I’m not a whore,” says Candace, who feels guilty for taking money to lie about sleeping with Cottonmouth. “No, you’re not a whore. You’re a businesswoman…and that in your lap represents a chance to change your life and that of your whole family. That’s power,” says Mariah. It’s interesting that Mariah is diving into her new role as crime boss so easily because just a few episodes ago, she was saying respect was the ultimate power. Now, it seems as though she’s come over to her deceased cousin’s side of things. At the same time, however, part of her is still uncomfortable with this newfound position. She returns home, sees a picture of Mabel and slams it down saying she’s nothing like her.

Additional Thoughts:

  • Diamondback taunting Luke with everything he’s done to mess with his life reminded me of that scene in Spectre where Oberhauser says, “It was all me, James. It’s always been me. The author of all your pain,” to James Bond.
  • Before seeing the United Theater, I could tell they were in Washington Heights because my roommate really likes that restaurant Malecon on the corner. It doesn’t entirely make sense how they got from 128th Street (where the ambulance went down) area to all the way up there since Luke is severely wounded, but that’s a pedantic complaint.
  • Why is no one suspicious of a military hummer driving through Harlem?
  • Stryker’s return into Luke’s life definitely complicates Luke’s attempts to move on. Sorry Pops, “Forward, always” isn’t as easy as it sounds. 

NEXT: Luke Cage episode 9 recap

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The third colloboration from Marvel and Netflix, Luke Cage is based on the comic of the same name. Mike Colter plays the titular character, who is a former convict with superhero strength. Cheo Hodari Coker developed the series.
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