"Who's Gonna Take the Weight?"
Director: Guillermo Navarro
Writer(s): Matt Owens
Series: Luke Cage
Season Number: 1
Episode Number: 3
Original airdate: September 30, 2015
Previous Episode: "Code of the Streets"
Next Episode: "Step in the Arena"

"Who's Gonna Take the Weight?" is the third episode of season one of Luke Cage.


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.


Continuity and References to the Marvel Cinematic Universe


  • Who's Gonna Take the Weight? is a song of the album Step In the Arena of the hip-pop duo Gang Starr.
  • Bobby Fish no doubt is a play on words. Bobby Fischer was a chess world champion who famously disappeared.
  • The suit tailor, Dapper Dan is also the name of the hair pomade used by Ulysses Everett in O brother Where Art Thou?
  • Product placement: Mr. Stokes drinks VOSS water.
  • This scene where Mystie Blake and Scarfe are talking, Scarfe is agreeing with Luke Cage being a vigilante and he says 'unless this firearm I'm holding turns into a magical hammer, I ain't interested' this has got to be a subtle reference to Donald Blake, the doctor who grabs his walking stick which turns into Mjolnir.
  • The missile used by Cottonmouth in the ending, is the US-made MANPAD FIM-92 Stinger. The warhead is rather small, only 3kgs, and should not cause that amount of damage. Also, Cottonmouth failed to extend the sights, so the missile had nothing locked on - not that it mattered in the scene.


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