Misty comes clean and the big guy is on the run in the edifying ninth episode of “Luke Cage.”

After physically attacking Claire, Misty has to answer to a department counselor on her irrational behavior and lack of control in an interrogation room, no less. While it can be a bore and a chore to listen to characters talk to therapists in movies and on TV, this exchange worked because we as viewers learn a lot about Misty and the person she was before she became a cop.

For starters, she wanted to be an officer because her cousin was raped and killed, a crime for which she blames herself. We also learn that Misty played point guard in basketball so she always wants to control things and achieve justice at any cost.

“I apply foot to ass and match lead for lead,” Misty tells the counselor. “I put murderers in handcuffs. I don’t just seek justice. I stalk it.”

Speaking of justice, Luke and Claire do the only thing they can and go back to the source of Luke’s powers – Dr. Noah Burstein (Michael Kostroff, “The Wire”) – in a last ditch effort to save the hero’s life. But boiling acid? Oh hell no!


Marvel's Luke Cage
Marvel’s Luke Cage

Meanwhile, at Harlem’s Paradise, Diamondback simultaneously recites Bible scripture like a southern preacher and Robert Greene’s “The 48 Laws of Power.” Diamondback is a horrible person but he’s also well read making him as intelligent and complicated a villain as Cottonmouth was. (We still miss Cottonmouth and liked him more but Diamondback will do.)

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Turns out the Biggie photo in Cottonmouth’s office, yeah that’s a Barron Claiborne and Diamondback gave it to Cottonmouth. Or at least that’s what he says.

Meanwhile, music has also returned to Harlem’s Paradise – Yay! – and when the Delfonics sing “Stop and Look,” it’s like being transported back to the 1970s and ‘80s when “Soul Train” was the only thing worth watching on Saturday mornings. Heck, even Diamondback felt this jam.

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Random questions/observations: Claire keeps calling Luke corny and he is but she likes his corny butt. How was Diamondback able to kill all those crime bosses and their minions so quickly? Somehow the clock seems off. And lastly, isn’t it crazy that Mariah killed Cottonmouth only to become him?

What did you think of episode nine of “Luke Cage” titled “DWYCK”? Tell us in the comments below.


Mekeisha Madden Toby is a Los Angeles-based television critic. She’s also one of the co-founders of Antenna Free TV (AntennaFree.tv). The Detroit native has covered the medium and the entertainment industry for 17 years. Madden Toby is also an NPR expert commentator who has written for MSN TV, The Detroit News, TV Guide, CNN.com, Playboy.com, People Magazine, Us Weekly, The Seattle Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Minneapolis Star Tribune and The News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash. She holds a B.A. in journalism from Wayne State University. Madden Toby is also a wife and mother. When Madden Toby was 10, she started her own magazine and paid her staff in candy. Check out her podcast, “TV Madness with Mekeisha Madden Toby,” at tvmadnessmmt.podbean.com or on iTunes