Cobra Kai (2018– )
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Cobra Kai gains its second student. Daniel has an intricate plan to get payback on Johnny. Miguel defends Samantha against Kyler during lunch break.

Director:

Josh Heald

Writers:

Robert Mark Kamen (based on characters created by), Josh Heald (created for television by) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Macchio ... Daniel LaRusso
William Zabka ... Johnny Lawrence
Courtney Henggeler ... Amanda LaRusso
Xolo Maridueña ... Miguel Diaz
Tanner Buchanan ... Robby Keene
Mary Mouser ... Samantha LaRusso
Joe Seo ... Kyler
Jacob Bertrand ... Eli
Ken Davitian ... Armand Zarkarian
Diora Baird ... Shannon
Annalisa Cochrane ... Yasmine
Gianni Decenzo ... Demetri
Bo Mitchell ... Brucks
Griffin Santopietro ... Anthony
Hannah Kepple ... Moon
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Cobra Kai gains its second student. Daniel has an intricate plan to get payback on Johnny. Miguel defends Samantha against Kyler during lunch break.

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Action | Comedy | Drama | Sport

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TV-14
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Release Date:

2 May 2018 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

When the Yoga ladies take over the dojo, the very first pose they all do together is called The Cobra. See more »

Goofs

Mr. Miyagi's first name changes in between the original Karate Kid movies and this series. In the first movie, his name has been given as Hideo (written on the dog tags attached to the keys for the 1948 Ford he gives Daniel for his 16th birthday, these can be seen when Daniel (Ralph Macchio) holds the keys in his hand as they are in the ignition).

In Karate Kid: Part 2 his first name is shown as Nariyoshi. It's written on a banner in Japanese, which is why many American viewers missed it.

The 4th film of the franchise (Next Karate Kid) is where the goof happens, as Mr. Miyagi's first name is given as Keisuke.

In this series, his grave shows his first name as being Nariyoshi. Cobra Kai writers were most likely aware of both names and chose the earlier one. See more »

Quotes

Miguel Diaz: [Miguel punches bags on Johnny's hands] What's the second rule of the Way of the First?
Aisha: Strike Hard.
Johnny Lawrence: That's right. There's only one reason to hit someone. To inflict pain. Striking hard is about giving your all.
[Aisha enters the dojo]
Johnny Lawrence: What the hell? No yoga till 5:00 no matter how bad you need it.
Aisha: I'm actually here for karate. I saw your website and it said there was supposed to be a session today.
Johnny Lawrence: I appreciate you coming in but there are no girls in Cobra Kai.
Aisha: Why not?
Johnny Lawrence: Same reason there aren't ...
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Crazy Credits

The episode ends with a dedication to Pat Morita. See more »

Connections

Features The Karate Kid (1984) See more »

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Keep This Party Rockin'
(uncredited)
Written by Bob Mair and Nick Vincent and Richard Trapp
Performed by St. John
Courtesy of Black Toast Music
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The Specter of Mr. Miyagi Hangs Over This One
13 May 2018 | by Better_TVSee all my reviews

This is another solid episode that features some surprisingly fierce fight choreography, in a scene that mirrors Johnny's fight against the high-school punks in the first episode.

Outside of that there's some enjoyable work by Nichole Brown as she becomes only the second applicant to the struggling martial arts program at the new Cobra Kai dojo - it's just a shame for her, then, that William Zabka has a "no girls in Cobra Kai" rule; and Ralph Macchio admirably evokes a sense of mid-life soul-searching, returning to the grave of his old sensei Pat Morita in the hopes of recapturing a sense of "balance" in his life.

While this show does not have an original bone in its body - and, like some of the recent Star Wars films, seems intent on rehashing elements from the original source material beat for beat - there's still a really nice balance of humor and drama here. The writing also has a way of not being completely lazy, even when the episode plots undoubtably are.

To that end, what Daniel does in this episode to get back at Johnny (with the help of a sleazy Ken Davitian) is genuinely surprising - it's a jerk move that puts other peoples' livelihoods at risk, and he's rightly called out for it. Its character moments like this that make "Cobra Kai" worth viewing; without them, the show would be dangerously close to being just another cheesy nostalgia trip.


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