|"Moment of Truth"|
|Writer(s):||Cheo Hodari Coker|
|Original airdate:||September 30, 2015|
|Next Episode:||"Code of the Streets"|
"Moment of Truth" is the premiere episode of season one of Luke Cage.
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- Mike Colter as Luke Cage
- Mahershala Ali as Cornell Stokes/Cottonmouth
- Simone Missick as Misty Knight
- Theo Rossi as Hernan "Shades" Alvarez
- Alfre Woodard as Mariah Dillard
- Frankie Faison as Henry "Pop" Hunter
- Frank Whaley as Rafael Scarfe
- Jacob Vargas as Domingo Colon
- Brian 'Sene' Marc as Wilfredo "Chico" Diaz
- Cassandra Freeman as Patricia Wilson
- Parisa Fitz-Henley as Reva Connors
- Dawn-Lyen Gardner as Megan McLaren
- Ron Cephas Jones as Bobby Fish
- Darius Kaleb as Lonnie Wilson
- Jermel Howard as Shameek Smith
- Jade Wu as Connie Lin
- Clem Chung as Jin Lin
- Warner Miller as Tone
- Hugues Faustin as Dante Chapman
- Deborah Ayorinde as Candace Miller
- Steven Ted Beckler as Nate
- Arethea Brooks as Sheila
- Cristopher Chirdon as Officer
- Justin Swain as Bailey
- S. Robert Morgan as Oliver
- Jaiden Kaine as Zip
- Kelvin McGrue as Koko
- Sean Ringgold as Sugar
- R. Marcos Taylor as Amos
- David Chen as Thug
- LaShonda Reese as Lyp Syncer
- Jeremiah Richard Craft as Kid
- Ester Jiron as Girl #1
- Megan Gabrielle Harris as Girl #2
- Raphael Saadiq as himself
- D-Nice as himself
Continuity and References to the Marvel Cinematic Universe
- Luke Cage appears.
- Cornell Stokes/Cottonmouth is introduced.
- Mariah Dillard is introduced.
- Rafael Scarfe is introduced.
- Misty Knight is introduced.
- Henry "Pop" Hunter is introduced.
- Megan McLaren is introduced.
- Hernan "Shades" Alvarez is introduced.
- Willis Stryker/Diamondback is mentioned.
- Seagate Prison appears in a flashback.
- Jessica Jones is mentioned.
- Daredevil is mentioned.
- Tony Stark is mentioned.
- Thor is mentioned.
- Captain America is mentioned.
- Hulk is mentioned.
- Mama Mabel is mentioned.
- Justin Hammer is mentioned.
- Kingpin is mentioned.
- Mjølnir is mentioned.
- Captain America's shield is mentioned.
- Hammer Industries appears.
- New York Bulletin appears.
- The Battle of New York is mentioned.
- 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 Pop calls Luke Cage Power Man, that is a reference to his name in the comics.
- Cottonmouth is selling weapons made by Hammer Industries. Hammer Industries is run by Justin Hammer and was a competitor of Stark Industries. Justin Hammer appeared in and was played by Sam Rockwell in Iron Man 2.
- The "rebound chick" mentioned briefly early in the episode is Jessica Jones.
- At the end of the episode, Luke Cage says that he's "not for hire". Ironically, the character's first appearance was in a 1972 comic called "Luke Cage, Hero for Hire".
- In the scene at Cottonmouth's club between Cottonmouth, Maraiah and Domingo, she mentions the incident that happened to Fisk.
- When Luke Cage is walking down the street a man says that he has blu-ray movies of "Tony Stark, a blonde man with the hammer, etc" making a reference to marvel super heroes, from where Luke Cage is.
- In this episode, Mariah Stokes says to Cornell Stokes that, "politics is where the real power is." In another Netflix Original, House of Cards (2013), Ali plays a character named Remy Danton, who at one point, is the Chief of Staff for the President of the United States.
- A thug says: "I don't even like these guys" and runs away, after Luke knocks out the rest of his crew. This is similar to the line delivered by a thug in Iron Man 3, when Iron Man does the same thing to some thugs, mirroring the scene.
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