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Recap / Luke Cage 2016 S 2 E 3 Wig Out

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Worried Luke is headed down a dark path, Claire pays a visit to his father. Bushmaster makes a bid for Mariah's guns. Colleen tries to help Misty with her pain.


Tropes in this episode include:

  • Adaptation Species Change: In the comics, Mortimer "Mr. Fish" Norris got mutated into a humanoid fish. In the MCU, he's just a crook.
  • Artistic License – Physics: If a six-barrelled shotgun blast from "Josh", and a fall from a second story are enough to dislocate Luke's shoulder, then a grenade blast should've broken every bone in his hand. That is, unless the bullets fired from "Josh" were of the Judas variety (which, given this is Cockroach, they probably are), in which case it makes perfect sense that Luke is all right.
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  • Batter Up!: One of the two female Yardies that attack Luke fights with a baseball bat.
  • The Cameo: Esperanza Spaulding performs at Mariah's fundraiser. Geoffrey Canada also shakes hands with Mariah.
  • Chain Pain: The first Yardie Bushmaster orders to attack Luke fights with a chain.
  • Contrived Coincidence: A minor one, but Luke heads down to Brooklyn to seek out Nigel at the exact same time that Shades heads down to get the money the Yardies were promising them.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: During the bar brawl, Misty tries to hit a thug with her non-existing right arm.
  • Decapitation Presentation: When delivering the money that Shades has come to collect, Bushmaster throws in Nigel's severed head with one of the bags.
  • Dwindling Party: With Cockroach in the hospital, and Arturo dead, Mariah is down to only the Yardies as potential buyers, and sends Shades down to collect the cash.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Bushmaster, twice.
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    • When Shades comes by to get the cash Nigel had promised, Bushmaster hands him a bag containing Nigel's head. When Shades looks up at Bushmaster to demand answers, Bushmaster "explains" that "Nigel had a big head. A big mouth and smart ideas. Him had no vision."
    • When Luke asks about Nigel, Bushmaster chuckles that he is headed someplace else.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Bushmaster has a pair of women as part of his Yardies gang.
  • Fridge Logic: An In-Universe example. Claire and Rev. Lucas both believe that there was plenty of room on that door for both Rose and Jack.
  • Honey Trap: Mariah has Billie/Stephanie seduce Mark Higgins and got it all on photographs and video so she could blackmail him into approving the sale of Atreus Plastics to Glenn Industries.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: The Bulletin front page headline for Arturo Rey's death is "Death of a Salesman".
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  • Machete Mayhem: The other female Yardies that attack Luke fights with a pair of machetes.
  • Match Cut: As the camera focuses on Bushmaster studying Luke's fight with his men, his face morphs into Mariah's and transitions to Mariah at Harlem's Paradise.
  • The Mole: Billie/Stephanie is actually a plant by Bushmaster within Harlem's Paradise.
  • Missed Him by That Much: Luke and Shades both head to Brooklyn to seek out Nigel, and both visit Bushmaster's lair, ultimately missing each other by a matter of minutes.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Much like in the comics, Colleen uses a tough love approach to get Misty to stop feeling sorry for herself over the loss of her arm.
    • Luke Cage rogue Mortimer "Mr. Fish" Norris is the thug who decides to attack Misty as revenge for his brother's incarceration.
  • Percussive Therapy: Colleen tries two approaches of this with Misty, first in the ring and then by taking her to a bar where they end up in a Bar Brawl with "Mr. Fish" and his boys.
  • Rage Breaking Point: When Claire won't stop bringing up his father, Luke punches a huge hole into her wall, shocking her and himself.
  • Running Gag: Every time Luke talks to a Jamaican, they bring up the fact that a reporter said Luke was faster than Usain Bolt, very offended. And they act as if Luke himself said it.
    Luke: I never said I was!
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Luke's beating of Cockroach to a pulp is enough of a final straw for Claire, that she decides she needs a break from Luke after a heated argument with him.
  • Tap on the Head: Discussed. Claire calls out Luke for beating Cockroach so hard that he sustained a concussion and says that Luke should've knocked him out with a simple "tap on the head" instead.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Luke invokes this as a reason for playing the Scary Black Man in order to fight the criminals of Harlem.
  • Wham Shot: More or less literally, since in the last scene, Bushmaster punches Luke so hard that he feels it.

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