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.


Josh Heald


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




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


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




Release Date:

2 May 2018 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


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


When Daniel visits Mr. Miyagi's grave, it gives his birth year as 1925. However, in "The Karate Kid II", when Daniel and Mr. Miyagi arrive at Miyagi's village in Okinawa, Mr. Miyagi tells Daniel that his father took him fishing there when he was 5 years old in 1927. This would make Miyagi's birth year 1922, not 1925. See more »


Johnny Lawrence: So, let me get this straight. You took all the lessons I taught you, and you used them to straight-up beat the shit out of those punks.
Miguel Diaz: Well... yeah.
Johnny Lawrence: Follow me.
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Crazy Credits

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


References Kashmir Ki Kali (1964) See more »


Keep This Party Rockin'
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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