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Who's Gonna Take the Weight? is the third episode of the first season of the Netflix exclusive television series Luke Cage.

Synopsis

Luke Cage 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

Stokes pays for Pop's funeral and warns Luke Cage to let go of the matter. Cage finds out from a regular customer, Bobby Fish, that Pop's Barber Shop is facing closure due to unpaid bills, and begins targeting Stokes' business to manipulate Stokes into transferring his assets to the Crispus Attucks Complex. Stokes has a falling out with his associate Domingo Colon, whom he blames for the attacks.

Cage raids Crispus Attucks, stealing $80,000 of the $7,000,000 in cash holed up there, which he gives to Fish, and leaves the rest for the police to find. After agreeing to testify against Stokes and revealing Cage's involvement in the attacks, Chico Diaz is killed by NYPD detective Rafael Scarfe, who is on Stokes' payroll. Stokes tracks down Cage to his landlady Connie Lin's restaurant and fires a missile as Cage eats, demolishing the building.