Episode 15: Cobra Kai - S02E04 - The Moment of Truth
3:57PM Jan 15, 2023
Welcome to Just Curious Media. This is Let's Talk - Cobra Kai. I'm Jason Connell.
And I'm Sal Rodriguez. This is a very special episode because I wish you guys could see this. Jason is wearing a GI a beautiful white Gi. Yes. Yeah, because you just went up a belt in hapkido. This is true. That's fantastic. It's a celebration mode here.
And it really is. It feels great. Thank you so much.
Tell me a little bit about what what it involves. What does it involve to go from one belt to the next belt?
Lots and lots of training? Yeah, no. So as when we first started this adventure together. So I have this talking past tense. I used to train Taekwondo in high school. When I moved to LA I was trained in half Kido, which is Korean. And after getting so inundated into soccer, and running a team and running to weekly practices, and I also moved away from a dojo that I was comfortable with. I had not been training for several years. And after getting re acclimated into Cobra Kai and Karate Kid world, I found myself seeking dojos nearby in the valley, like, you know, what was missing from my life. Much like Daniel, I was missing this training in the martial arts.
I did not know that Cobra Kai and Karate Kid reinvigorated your martial arts lifestyle. I did not know that it happened. That's funny. Yes, great. It's
true. And so I had one day about a few months ago, I went and did a trial at a dojo. It was a wonderful place in Studio City. And it was a distant, different style. And having gone there and said, Oh, my God, I love what they're doing, but it really made me miss. They have keto training that I had been doing. So then, I looked online, found a few dojos spoke to a few and went and visited one, and it's the right fit. It's American hapkido karate, my sensei, our Master is amazing. And so I started over much like the Cobra Kai students after they won the valley tournament, Johnny reset them all to
white. Yes, but that was as a punishment. Right? True. But I went in
as a white. I reset. I talked to my sensei, about my previous training. Rather than coming in at the belt I was before I figured let's start over and just move up faster because she'll see it in me. And he teaches a very different style. He's huge on form. And so yeah, I started as a white and today I tested and got my orange belt.
Congratulations, Jason orange belt in hapkido. Now okay, now I need to get I need to what am I going to do? Yeah, you guys are going to give when we record, I'm going to pick up a GI at Salvation Army. That's what I'm going to do. There you go. And I will tell Jason that I bought it.
I am wearing this because I finished class right before we started recording and it's just down the street. Yeah,
but does your sensei know that you're wearing the ghee doing a podcast? Is that allowed? does
that leave I do take the belt off.
Okay. It was not supposed to be wearing the belt.
I don't even know if you're not supposed to. But I typically only wear the pants into class. But in here, I forgot my get cold. So I don the top okay.
I always imagined fighting in a GI would be hot isn't hot and muggy. It's a little warm, but I like to be very hot. Very white. Do you bleach it?
I use oxy clean. Okay. Although I really want a blankie Yeah, like Cobra Kai, and when you become a black belt, one gets a black key really?
Okay, so there really is a black key. It's not just Cobra Kai that has a black key. No, it's black. You can have a black key and have keto?
Yes. And in high school when I was doing Taekwondo with the Wild Bunch. We had black keys. We were very Cobra Kai asked.
But one thing I've learned is I followed enough mixed martial arts to know that when these guys play soccer and do martial arts, look out for their kicks. Look out for the kicks of the soccer guys doing martial arts. I'm telling you. It's true. Well, congratulations, Jason. Thanks. Very appreciate
that. So here we are. Season two, Episode Four. The moment of truth. Yeah. 8.7 on IMDb. And this is a pretty good episode.
Yeah, it was action packed. I did feel like I was taken for a ride on this episode.
Absolutely. So we open at the Cobra Kai dojo, as Dimitri arrives to sign up and he encounters who? I mean if
you can imagine two opposites meeting Dimitri walks in I guess expecting to find the usual gang instead creases there alone.
And he thinks it's a good thing. Yeah, yeah. He's
like, Oh, I'm so glad that other guys not here. Meaning Johnny right. Little does Dimitri know, he walked into the belly of the beast with Chris standing there. And Dimitri is like such an idiot saying all these things he shouldn't say
he's trying to lay the ground rules. Yeah, but he won't accept if he's going to be part of Cobra. Yeah,
I'm gonna, if I joined Cobra Kai, I just need to lay a few ground rules. I like my personal space. I like my personal space. I don't want people be hitting me. I mean, he's making all these rules increases just looking at him. Like look at this idiot. And then Dimitri walks up to crease and starts kind of bagging on his tattoo. Oh, you know, the snake really wouldn't look like that. And really, the eyes will be like this. He starts ragging on creases, arm tattoo and that's something you probably shouldn't do. Absolutely. So Demetri walks out with a bloody nose what they don't show what happened. Yeah, you don't see what happened. But Dimitri walks out with a bloody note Chris popped to
my good one. Yeah. So Dimitri leaves and I don't think he's gonna go back to Cobra Kai Dojo anytime soon. No, he's walked out twice.
Yes, that's right. I forgot about the first time. Yeah, this is a second time walking out and now first time with a bloody nose. Yeah.
Last time he was embarrassed as well because Johnny took him down. Yeah. So now we cut to Miyagi dough dojo, and Robbie and Sam are a little down about Valley fest.
Yeah, who can blame them? In fact, I've just wanted more celebration after Miguel won the tournament and it just seems like aside from the victory nachos. Yep. There hasn't been an atmosphere of celebration really? Well, you're right. And I'm one who believes in celebrating until you're done celebrating. He'd never got the girl. Miguel hasn't celebrated at all. Because even when hawk and Demetri and wasn't a Moon Moon and Isha are having the victory nachos. Miguel was not there celebrating with. So Miguel has not really celebrated his own victory. That's right. Cobra Kai hasn't been celebrating much. Yeah, I really wish there was more happiness and there really isn't. That's a good point. So yeah, people are down about Valley fest when they were was called usurped by Cobra Kai and
Cobra Kai. Yeah. So Sam checks in on Daniel, who is working on his classic car and
1948 Ford Super Deluxe convertible.
And also the president from Mr. Miyagi. Yep, he explains that they need to take a more personal approach to getting more students in the Miyagi dough dojo, because obviously their methods are not working. The Add brings the wrong people. They were upstaged at Valley fast. They don't have the sizzle, that Cobra Kai has know the sex appeal. They don't they just don't have that enough. So they're gonna have to connect with people one on one and do it the way Mr. Miyagi did it. You don't
want to have to give kudos to Daniel that he does something, which a lot of people don't do. He sets out on the path. He reaches a roadblock. And then he recalculates takes another route, hits another roadblock, recalculates. And he's always scheming in his head about a different way. Let's try something different. That didn't work. Let's try something different. And I liked that I liked the people who weren't stubborn, and are willing to try something new or try a different way. And that's definitely how Daniel is. Well, that didn't work. Let's try something else.
It's true that has had success in his life. And maybe that's because of that.
Yeah. Who knows what it was like to build his auto empire. How many recalculations he had to do to build LORUSSO auto.
Yeah, obviously, they realized that Mr. Miyagi little trees didn't work out. And I didn't keep trying to launch that business. Yeah, that's so he's learned some lessons the hard way, but it's a really good point.
So that he invites Samantha and Robbie out on a ride in the vehicle. I don't know where they're going. You don't know where they're going.
No, I love this, though. Because we have not seen that car up and going since the Karate Kid. Yeah, that's not true. You do see the car and karate kid too, as he comes home from the prom. And I believe Ali had crashed it. What? Yeah, and there's Yeah. Oh, yeah. They're repairs had to be done. The rest of the movie was in Okinawa, so
I'm angry that I haven't even seen the movie and I'm angry. I
know. You're already pissed. There should be a collectible car of post prom. With a little fender that's yeah,
why not? And I should be that's do it. So they go on this car. Right And right away, you know, they're on pch, if you know the area. If you know, Southern California, bigger, maybe the zoom or a Malibu area, rolling along in the 48. Super Deluxe.
So now we're back at the Cobra Kai dojo. And Chris is sharing war stories with Hawk Aisha and Miguel. While Johnny fights with Armand as he's raising the rent.
Yeah. Is he doing that at the same time as creases relaying his worst are both having together okay, yeah. So Chris has gone on his stories. And I think Miguel kind of gives a couple of eye rolls.
Yeah, Miguel is not buying some of these stories with Craig. No,
no. Well, Miguel, I don't know if it happens yet. But he finds some inconsistencies. Increases stories
and sound. Do you think crease is 100%? Honest? Well,
I think this is where crease mentions Rwanda. And that's where Miguel catches, Don't you mean Somalia? And then creases like, oh, you know, Somalia, Rwanda.
Yeah. What's the difference?
This is his six of one half a dozen of the other type of mentality. Exactly. So no, I'm still not trusting crease. I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop at any second, nor should you. Okay, so.
And Armand is really being a snake in the grass by upping Johnny's rent. Due to the successful Dojo he's running.
Well, he says, you have more students means you have more money, you have more money, you pay more rent, which I found interesting because usually when you enter into a commercial lease, I think you usually get like a five year lease. Usually
with John has bad credit. It must be a day So that's not very favorable to him.
I really want to know about the last years of Johnny, between the 84 all Valley tournament and 2018. Yeah. What was he doing this whole time?
Well, he told Miguel last episode, he was drunk. He ran to the bottle. He ran away from responsibility. He learned some handyman skills. But he just didn't advance much in life.
No. And then we're gonna learn about more about Chris also. So it's kind of a sad downward spiral for Cobra Kai after the 84 Oh, yeah.
So Johnny approaches the new recruits and spots Raymond
from the hardware store. I call them 80s. guy, but he brought up the 80s stuff. Hey, you like Caddyshack?
Remember that gopher? So obviously, it's not a teenager, but he's also not a parent. But Johnny's concerned because there's liability.
Yeah. But then he goes, Hey, I stay at home with my mom. She doesn't charge me rent. So I have money and he pulls cash out of his pocket and puts it in Johnny's face. I got cash to burn. When somebody puts cash in your face. You got a couple options. And usually you're gonna take and Johnny's
like, Don't I know you from somewhere? Like yeah, I met you. We bonded over 80s music.
I think that's really funny that they brought that actor back. He's a funny character. And I'm happy to see him again.
Yeah, well, he is in a lot more episodes. Okay, great that. So Johnny, then challenges anyone in the class to take on the champ, meaning Miguel, Miguel, and then enters.
This is where we meet Tori. She just comes out of nowhere, just out of the back who's gonna fight the champ and she comes out, right. I will say Chris's daughter or something. And then she said something like, Oh, I saw that demonstration. You guys did a valley fest. But can you guys really fight? So she's challenging the whole Dojo now.
And Johnny's like, all right, little miss hotshot. And she steps up and challenges Miguel.
Yeah, yeah, she does. And they go toe to toe, and she's got some skills she does. She takes him down a couple of times does a couple of leg thingies, leg maneuvers.
All sudden Miguel is in over his head. It kind of reminds me of that episode, where Aisha was the second student to join. And he was going light on her and I you show it was pretty tough.
It reminds me of the time I went to go see White Zombie in concert. And there was a mosh pit there. And I was like, I'm getting in this White Zombie mosh pit. And there was a girl, you know, we're teenagers. And maybe I'm like 20. And there was a girl in the mosh pit. And I'm like, Oh, let me avoid her. Let me go easy on her until she elbowed me in the face. And I was like, Alrighty then. And it was odd. I mean, I treated her then, as a guy. I mean, I was like, trying to avoid her, you know, like, oh, I don't want to push this girl around. But she was not holding back. So then when she showed me she was not holding back.
That's when I said okay, I'm not holding. So what is going on in the mosh pit? Exactly? A lot of
pushing and shoving and elbowing. And it's really kind of silly, but it was a lot of fun. You trying to hurt the other people? No, actually what you're trying to do is just make your way through your own path. And just getting people out of your way. Everybody's on their own little path, trying to just get everybody out of their way. That's all it was. Okay, but yeah, so I'm wondering if maybe Miguel whether it was a Isha or whether it was Tori. Yeah. He
went in like,
yeah, let me let me go. Let
me realizes, Oh, I really gotta step up here. This girl knows some things. Yeah.
So you know if the girl is let's you know, she's serious, then you gotta go serious.
So Miguel takes her down in the end. Goes to help her once this becomes a theme and Cobra Kai goes to help her and what happens? Yeah,
so he go reaches down to help her up. She grabs him, takes him down and gets them in an arm lock.
Yep. Nice move, by the way. Nice. Armlock
but it just goes to show Yeah, cuz Chris did that. Oh, yeah. Right.
As you help you can't help anyone else up in this world of Cobra Kai, because that's what they got. Yeah.
Do not help your opponent up. No, kick up. Kick them when they're down ground and pound.
So this is Tory with a why let's not be mistaken there. She makes it very clear.
And she completely came out of nowhere.
Do you think she's a potential love interest for someone
while she is very attractive? Miguel is officially single. Yeah. Hawk is with Moon I guess. Yes. You know what, I have my suspicions because she came out of nowhere. At this moment. I'm wondering if she's maybe like a plant by crease. It may not be the case. But that's what I was thinking. Okay. Um, so I'm suspicious of her sales on high alert. I am. I'm suspicious of this person that pops out of nowhere.
I am too. She came out of nowhere. I'm with you. She's got an attitude. She didn't come bearing gifts. No. She came with an agenda. We'll hopefully find that out at some point. Yeah. So Daniel, Sam and Robbie are continuing to drive the coast and they stop at the beach club.
Now this is where I got confused. So this beach club is different than their normal Encino Country Club.
From proximity it's got to be so I believe some clubs exclusive clubs have reciprocal clubs. Yes. Or they have other locations. Okay, so I tried to see the name of it on the audience. I couldn't I believe the Encino country clubs Don't think this is somehow affiliated okay, because they've never driven this long they've never gone to the beach and other ones in Encino, as you know, from being born and raised in the valley. The ocean eight in the valley.
No and the way you would get to the ocean or pch from the valley, and from Encino in particular is you would probably drive up to Topanga Topanga and that would be the quickest route go over Topanga but by the way, just as a pro tip here. If you want to go to the beach from the San Fernando Valley, I would not recommend Topanga but would recommend Canaan. Go up to one on one North get on to Canaan. It's I think it's a more picturesque drive than Topanga Canyon. Yeah. Okay. Yeah. So they arrive at the club, and then Amanda is there at the club to greet them.
Right. And Robbie's reflecting back on his brief and climate here. The previous summer. Yeah, I loot of what's to come. Yeah.
Does Samantha say something to Robbie? Oh, I remember because Robbie kind of box for a second, right. And then some AP is like what's going on? And that's when he says I used to work here.
I'm having a bad flashback. Yes. So now we're at the convenience store. And I Isha and Tori chat. And I Isha is summoned to the beach club, the very same beach club by her mother. But she's afraid to go because shore in the SAM. And ever since Valley fast. They have not spoken.
Yeah. So she invites Tori, to the beach club, which I found interesting because Tori just appeared that day. I mean, I'm all about making new friends. But I don't think I'd invite somebody to go meet my family at a club who I just met 30 minutes earlier.
It's a good point. But she's trying to break the ice with this new kind of badass Martial Art
Girl. Oh, and she has a spiked bracelet. And now you should ask about the brace.
She's just tough. So this is one way she can break the ice with her and invite her something that's exclusive.
kind of reminiscent of faith from Buffy the Vampire Slayer for you Buffy fans? Remember faith? I've only seen the movie. Okay, so faith was a tough chick character a little bit of a masculine energy a little bit. Tori kinda reminds me of faith from Buffy. Okay, definitely a badass chick for sure. By the way, I kind of liked badass chicks. Yeah, I kind of like when women have a little bit of an edge. Yeah. Where you think they might kill you? It's more fun that way.
Well, Fatal Attraction. No, but so next we see hawk and Demetri on a video call. And Dimitri shares what happened with him increase? Oh, yeah.
So he's sharing with Hawk basically about crease assaulting him. Yeah, this is a assault. Yeah, yeah. Which we what is it a year in jail and a $10,000? Fine. Like, like Dimitri has done all the research. Yeah. About what this train of file charges. Yeah, he is. He's ready to press charges on an adult to assaulted him. Right. And Hawks. Like don't do that. And then he says right at the end before hangs up the call. Don't do something you'll regret. Right. He gives them a warning and a little bit of threat. Almost a crossroads with their friendship at this moment. Oh, yeah. For sure. Yeah. Hawk is basically choosing his dojo over his old buddy.
So Miguel learns of this and goes inside to talk to Johnny about Chris.
Yeah. Miguel addresses, Johnny says that he's concerned about crease about what is his stories is just his overall character. And just
what he's noticed he's picking up on things. Although I like when he sees Johnny. He's stenciling Cobra Kai never dies.
Yeah, yeah, he's putting that up with a moto. I like that. Yeah. Wait, is that replacing the strike first strike hard numbers in a different place? Different room. Okay.
Is this a storage room? Okay,
so he put up the stencil. Cobra Kai never dies. Okay, good. It wasn't replacing strike for a strike hard. No Mercy. Yeah. And that's what Miguel walks in. can't replace that. Hey, I don't know, people change. You know, maybe if blue mats can happen. Anything could happen.
So Johnny assures Miguel, that he's on top of it.
I liked that. Miguel, his antenna went up. And he addressed it with Johnny, you know, if you look at Miguel, Miguel is a very nice young man. But look at his background. Look at his father. Look at his family history.
His father's a scary person. Yeah.
So you know what? I think that Miguel and I only realized that in this episode that Miguel is the kind who has that antenna, who's cautious, who's leery? Who looks at what people do. Listen to what they say. And you can come to realize people's characters if you pay attention,
and he's impressionable. Yeah. Johnny's molding him. I can't mess this up.
No, it's a crucial time in a young man's life. Absolutely.
When Miguel addresses his concerns, I was like, yes, yes, dude. Be concerned about primary
concerned. So now we're back at the beach club. And Daniel's doing some recruiting through the adults.
This is hilarious. He's going on sales pitches, trying to get people to send their kids to his dojo. Yep. So he's going around to his peers. Right. Rich people at Atari
and little conversation. Yes. About how important martial arts is for kids. Sure.
A lot of bullying going on today. Yeah.
It's not a bad approach. It's a more personal approach. And that was his plan.
It's a lot laid back approach they're having Coronas. Yeah. Good old having a beer with somebody like some of our presidents have done right, sit down and have a beer. So having a beer with somebody talking to them casually, about the state of the world and about concern for our kids.
And while that's going on, Sam and Robbie are lounging poolside?
I always remember that the first time Robbie saw Samantha was her sunbathing. Exactly. That was when he first laid eyes on her. Now here he is laying next to her other buddies. Yeah, it's really I think platonic at this point. Yeah. Yeah. I'm a little disappointed because I do know, Robbie, I think in the beginning. I mean, you know, he walks in and sees a Sunday then, of course, he's like, hey, you know, what's up? But yeah, they're just friends and peers. Now,
Robbie's made a huge advancement. And this show, yep. Ours character. Yes. He's become only,
I think second only to Johnny. Yeah, I was gonna say that when you call a character arc. So what that is, yeah, yeah, he's changing. He's evolving. He wants to be a better person, and he's making the efforts to do so. But you see, you arrive at the beach club and you see how your past comes back to haunt you. Hoelscher
that's coming. So then Sam spots Aisha? Yeah. Open the balcony with Tori. Yep. And she hasn't notorious this point in time. That's right. She didn't she doesn't notorious. So Robbie encourages her to go over and say hello. Okay, so
does Robbie say this because he really wants them to make peace or because he hopes to get a fight on video.
No, I think he wants peace at this point. He knows it's bothering her. Okay, I'm just talking to Aisha. They're good friends. There's a lot of water underneath the bridge there. They can mend this little mini fence. Yeah. And I think he's just genuinely wanting her to fix it.
Let's not forget that IE should deliver the fantastic epic and historic reverse. I was gonna say reverse Moon reverse wedgie on Yasmin, with a classic. I love that.
So Sam takes Robbie's advice finds Asia and the chat.
Yeah, and I usually even jokes about how Sam gets to train with Robbie and Robbie's laying there, young fit man without a shirt. And she refers to him as abs to train
with ABS all summer alone. That's rough. Yeah, well, that must be rough.
When I was a young man with ABS I didn't appreciate it. He didn't know I did. I did. I had abs for probably early 20s. No, I had I had abs for maybe about three, four years and like my early 20s. But remember, I'm from a Latino Mexican American background, where ABS were not regarded. It was all about chest and arms. So when I had abs I was like, whatever. I didn't care today. If I had abs, I would be shirtless right now. Wow, right now, this very moment. That's interesting. If you have ABS if any listeners have ABS, appreciate them. Appreciate it.
All right. It's good to know. I'm just glad you have a shirt on.
I do. I have multiple shirts.
So next we see the manager of the beach club. Come over to Robbie. And what happens? Yeah,
because this manager was the one that originally told Robbie probably fired him and said never come back here again. And now he sees him lounging on a chair. And he says Get out of here and he starts to call 911. But then Amanda walks over. It was
written all over Robbie's face. He knew who this guy was. Yeah. And he even tried to get up and just dismiss himself. Yeah. Amanda comes over, as you said,
as a member. This is our guest. Yeah. And the guy's like, oh, but you don't understand. She goes he is our guests. He said in no uncertain terms. And that's when the manager said, okay, and walks away. Right? Yeah. Good for a man. She's great. Yeah. But then she sits down and was like, Well, what's going on? And that's when Robbie reveals to her that he had a past. I might have had do a similar reveals in my life. And that's a great moment as well. Well, because you know what I just realized, here we are talking about Miguel's father figure. Johnny's father figure. What about Robbie's mother. He doesn't have a mother or a father really?
Well, we don't know who she was when he was really young. But she was always dating probably so Robbie's dissing so many guys come and go.
His mom is about dating. Yeah. Not about her son.
Well, she was also left. I put more of the blame on Johnny. Yes, mom never really checked out. Maybe she was a little bit different in Robbie's youth than she is in his teenage years. Maybe as he became more self sufficient. She started to check out more because she could, but I'm just saying there was probably a lot of guys comings and goings, and he had no real father figure.
No, and I'm just, you know, Robbie's mother, at this moment in time. Robbie does not have a positive mother figure right now.
No, man. It's a huge thing for him to have. Amanda to have his back. Yes, a lot and let him live with that your
intuition Neil puts her hand on her shoulder says right, we've all made mistakes, but you grow from them and you move on. She says something like that,
and that's why Samantha and him have a platonic relationship right now. I'm not saying it could and grow into something bigger. But right now he is part of the family. Yeah, he's kind of like a LORUSSO.
Yeah kind of like a brother sister. Yeah.
Which is great. And I really commend him and she is just become an incredible character.
Yeah, she's fantastic. She really is the voice of reason she is through it all. She really through all the high jinks.
Now we're back at the cobra, Kai dojo, and Johnny overhears crease on a heated phone call.
Yeah, on a landline by the way. Of course, it's I don't think Chris has a cell phone I've increased has probably been in a time warp. Much like Johnny for sure. He tells
Johnny that he's over at the Universal City shared and and a housekeeper took one of his watches.
Yeah. And the Universal City Sheraton is not cheap, and is adjacent to Universal Studios. In fact, not far from our studio right now. In fact, right now, Jason, you and I can leave the studio and we could walk to the universal Sheraton and then go up the hill off Lankershim and we'd be smack dab at Universal Studios.
Yeah, when I leave here and head home, I drive right by it.
You take Lankershim, I would take a quango up to
Ventura. I say yes. So yeah, it's very close. It's very nice. Yeah. And so that's where he tells Johnny, he's staying. Again. Chris is not always the most honest person.
No, but this is I think the first time that Johnny starts to go, hmm, yeah,
something's going on. Yeah,
let me check this out.
He suspect something's off. And he follows crease. Yeah. So now we cut back to the beach club. And Daniel is now holding court with even more parents and who joins in this conversation. I had
to do a double take. Yes, I had to like squint and say what it is that Kim fields 2d from facts of life. Yes, it was. I don't remember her character's name on two to seven but I also enjoyed her on two to seven. I mean, I love Kim fields. I loved her since two to seven I love her since facts of life. Yeah,
that's probably as far back as she goes is back facts of life. Yeah, she was just a girl that unless she was on commercials before though
maybe but you remember when Facts of Life was on television? I was probably about two Ds Ah, yeah. When it was on TV, and I used to watch Facts of Life avidly because it was on right after different straw. Don't I know it so I was so shocked to see today. I couldn't believe it. By the way. Just as an aside since you know I'm a toy collector. They recently released Facts of Life action figures, including a 2d made by Migo avail it was available and Mrs. Garrett. They released Jo Blair 2d Natl and that's it so far. I don't think they released while they're making their way through the figures and Mrs.
Cara Come on. Yeah, no, they so they only had three of the girls could also do a George Clooney because he was around much later. Now.
What a lot of people can do is they're these toy customizers so they can take a 2d action figure and make her into an Asia's mom
actually, was she looks great. By the way she looks like
that. And we haven't met her before. That's why I was so shocked that we
met is his father the Hall of Fame football player for the San Diego Chargers now their Los Angeles chargers, but we've never met Mrs. Aisha. Yeah.
So guess what he she has mother played by Kim fields is tooting the horn of Cobra Kai and how many fantastic things have happened to Aisha since she joined Cobra Kai saying this right in front of Daniel is he trying to sell Miyagi dough?
So Daniel is very close to closing all these men talking them all the joins right Aki dough, he was closing and she comes over and she's like, Oh my gosh, since a Lawrence has done amazing work of Asia. All of a sudden light bulbs are going off like Cobra Kai, weren't they at Valley fast? I heard they put on a show like Van Halen concert. It just starts spreading. She shows the video on her phone. And Daniel has lost the room. It's over. It's over. They're all wanting to sign up with Cobra Kai. Right? Then she could
have whipped out Cobra Kai contracts that in there and they would assign
amazing poor Daniel. Yeah, fail. So Sam and I, you should continue to talk. And Sam shares the fact that Robbie now lives with them. And he says,
I'm not going to tell Miguel. I do not remember that line. It would just
killed Miguel even though they're over. Sure. You don't know that your rival now lives with your ex
and you're not going to see what the truth is. The truth is they are more like brother sister,
but he's not going to see you know, that want to hear that on his head. They're
going to town every night probably. Wow. That's what he would think that's what I would think. Yeah, I'm not gonna think they have a platonic relationship. You're
right. So just then, Tory arrives, and she's got some booze in tow.
She stole a bottle of vodka. And I'm imagining based on where they're at. This was the top shelf top shelf. Yeah. So we're talking like, you know, if you were to buy this bottle in the store, you probably like about 7080 bucks.
And here's that bad girl persona. She's invited to an exclusive club. She's already stolen something and she wants to go get drunk.
I think if I were ie show, I would be like, uh, can we get to know each other a little bit first before you go stealing from my family's club,
and Aisha was cool with getting drunk because you know what she almost wants to fit in with this girl. This girl, she's attractive. She's got a persona about her. She's good at martial arts, and I kind of want to fit in with her. Sure she's looking for a new best friend, or something or Sam. And Sam is not having any of it. Sam is very wholesome. Yeah. And she's doesn't think this is a good idea. And she's right. Well, I
remember Sam's mother, she toes the line. Well, it's not like Sam
hasn't made crazy decisions before. Remember the house party? Yeah, ill advised house party what the parents were at the country Kalam
not telling her parents about the hit and run with Yasmin and Moon.
So she's done some things and she's learned from those mistakes. Yeah, so Torian i You should leave to go have a few drinks. Yeah.
I wonder if they're gonna drink that vodka straight or they're gonna mix it with something.
I can do some shots.
vodka shots, room temperature vodka shots. I'll try it.
So Johnny continues to follow crease and you can tell that he is not standard no Sheraton?
No. You see the neighborhood he goes into his trying to get a little sketchy. Yeah, they're nowhere near universal studios. There's
nowhere near universal studios. So now we're at the beach is Daniel wants to clear his head. And this is kind of a beautiful scene, Sal.
Yeah. And he sees the guy fishing and at first glance very reminiscent of Miyagi, right? similar height, similar apparel. So he sees this person, almost an apparition at first write. He envisions Miyagi and then he gets closer to no it's not Miyagi. It's another guy. He's like, Hey, what's up,
but he's got some wisdom. That guy Yes. And the way he carries himself nice. I'm also glad that the show refrain from putting a ghost Miyagi in that scene. What you see in movies sometimes, and I'm sorry, it does not
work. No, because then all of a sudden, you it takes us out of reality. Yeah,
you can go ahead and put a flashback. Yeah, a scene from one of the movies and Mr. Miyagi is in it, but don't go sit out for me. No, it was a very poetic moment and a beautiful shot with the ocean guy.
And this guy is Miyagi esque. Yeah,
he kind of talks like a dungeon master are like Mr. Miyagi.
Yeah. So Daniel walks over to this guy. The guy turns Daniel, realize it's not Miyagi. Of course, the guy says, Can I help you? And Daniel says, Oh, you just look like an old friend. And the guy says, Oh, does your friend like to fish? And he goes, Yeah, he did. And much better than I ever could. And then Daniel says, As an aside to the sky, not many biting, because I guess he looks at the empty bucket. That's what he does. And the guy says, oh, plenty of fish out there. And he says, if you have something worth biting, eventually they'll find you. So right away, you got to think more karate students. That's how Daniel can take that and apply it to his life. Hello, they're out there. Put the bait out. Something worth biting. They're going to show up,
put the right bait out. Yeah. And that's good. Yes. It was very much
like a Miyagi moment. Just with this guy who was kind of reminiscent of Miyagi. Yeah, I was nice. In fact, he looked like a Latino. I call him the Mexican Miyagi did.
You did that was okay. It was accurate. I was fairly accurate.
Yeah. Very neat moment. Because yeah, you're right. I'm glad it wasn't a ghost or even a flashback. It was just this person, because I think all of us in life have run into somebody who reminds us of somebody else. In fact, one time I was up in Washington, and I was coming out of a store. This guy was walking in the store, and we literally stopped face to face. And we stared at each other. And I said, Do I know you? And he says, No. He says, Do I know you? I said no. I said, Have you ever been to California? He said no. He said, Have you ever been to Washington? I said no. And we both stood there like, holy cow. It was like maybe a previous life thing. It was weird. I said, Okay, well, bye. And that was it. But it was very strange.
It's your mom's such and such. And he said, Yes. Wow, that is wild. Yeah.
Things like that happen. So kind of these little mysterious moments that are like,
at the right time because Daniels looking for some sort of answer.
Yeah, cuz he's walking along that beach kind of pondering life and what a cool role for that actor to get to play. Exactly. I hope that he knows the impact of that little moment and that scene for the fam. How powerful that scene was. I want to help that actor can appreciate it. I hope that he realizes it wasn't just a, you know, a day's work.
I hope that he's seeing credit card one credit card two or three. Anything with Mr. Miyagi in it? Yeah. So we're back at the beach club. And Amanda can't find her wallet.
Yeah. And at first, I'm thinking they're gonna start looking to Robbie. You thought Rob No, no, it's not that I thought Robbie, I thought they were gonna think Robbie, because of what Robbie just shared. Right. He just shared about his past. Little bit about his past to Amanda. Yeah, so I'm thinking that for a while it's missing. She may think Wait a second, maybe Robbie's past is his also his present.
I didn't think that but I could see how you came up with that. Immediately. I thought Tory,
well, it's one of those things where even though you think it's this person, I wonder who the cast are thinking? Well,
Sam went straight for Tory Yeah, she did. And she accuses her of stealing Now meanwhile, Toria was drinking with Aisha, but maybe she's still earlier. Or maybe she didn't steal or at all. But Sam was locked and loaded on Tori.
Well, that's the problem with stealing back when I was a teenage shoplifter stealing from stores, we'd go visit a friend's house. And the friend would say, I hope you don't steal from us. I go, Well, I don't steal from people's houses. I steal from department stores. There's different kinds of moral code. Yeah, any criminal has to have a moral code. So even if I stole a bottle of vodka doesn't necessarily mean I'm reaching in people's purses. Right, necessarily, but I'll have you know, the general public thinks a thief is a thief is a thief, right? So if somebody finds out you stole this, they're gonna think you stole that too, right? That's the way that it works. And that's what
Samantha's thinking sure and she goes over, accuses and grabs her a grabs for the purse.
And my mind is thinking of Tory spiked bracelet. Oh, that she showed off in the liquor store at receipt of flats while she pushes
Samantha off. And what happens? Oh,
it looks so silly because she falls in this buffet table. And she's got like chocolate mousse on her head. She's got like shrimp on her chest. And she's got all of the table on her. And she's laid back, very reminiscent of her father at the country club with the spaghetti played all over him in the kitchen.
When he oversaw Johnny lay one on
Ali. Like daughter like father is what I thought.
Yes, it was very reminiscent of that. And it was embarrassing. And ie she was even embarrassed. And and her and Tory walk away. Yeah. Because Tory had no guilt about her. She didn't look defensive in that way. And at that point in time, I didn't think she stole it. But Samantha was blinded by rage. Sure. And she'd saw what she saw. She's already assessed Tory, and she assumed it was her. So now we cut back to Johnny, who is still on creases trail. And I'm not sure where we're at. So
I think by appearance, I'd have to guess it is maybe some sort of halfway house. Almost a recovery house. What location is this? Oh, I
don't know. Downtown. Well, far.
No, I'm thinking that it has to be somewhere in the valley. Maybe Van Nuys. No offense, Van Nuys. Panorama City, Panorama City, no offense, panoramas no offense Panorama City. I used to live in Panorama City on Nordoff. But yeah, I mean, I'm looking at areas bakoma. I used to live in Pacoima, all the areas where this halfway house could be our areas that where I used to live. Yeah.
So I used to walk around these parts. Johnny doesn't know what's going on. It's obvious that creases more down on his luck than he's letting Johnny to believe.
Yeah, he's ashamed of his life, his lifestyle.
He's older. I don't even know how he makes a living at this point in time.
We do not know how Chris pays any bills. And John is following Him because He cares. Yeah. Is it because he cares, because he's suspicious. I didn't Miguel put a bug in his ear.
I do. But I think it's for good reason. Johnny cares for crease, and it creases down on his luck. He'll be there for him. If Chris is going to be crazy crease and try to, you know, take over Cobra Kai or whatever. John is gonna take issue with that. But when someone's down, you try to help them think he's following him at a love.
Okay, so similar to when Daniel found out that Robbie was staying in a home without electricity, right? It's sympathy. It says compassion. That's
exactly it. And this guy's too prideful to tell me the truth. I'm going to see what's going on. And that's kind of what I feel is happening.
Okay. All right. I'll take it because I thought he was just following that suspicion. Like, let's see what's really going on here.
So now we cut to Robbie, who has a suspicion about the wallet and goes to investigate. And it's hunches right, Sal?
Yeah, because he found a stash.
Not just one wallet, no. Wallets. Yeah. Yeah. So
at this moment, we don't know who but Robbie knows Robin knows he finds a stash. Robbie might have done this and this
is why he was probably kicked out of a beach club as an employee. Yeah, they probably had this game going Robbie knew. So what do you do with his phone? What happens here
one of the previous scenes alluded to Robbie wanting to get a fight on camera to boost Miyagi dos appeal. That was his idea, right? He wants something to go viral. So he discovers the wallets. They all come tumbling down. He now knows who did it. I didn't know that he knew but he knows puts the camera up in a position to film the foreground. Because I believe at this time, Robbie's thinking let's get me on video kicking these guys asses and this will go viral for Miyagi dough. Exactly as previous videos have gone viral for Cobra Kai, right. So he sets up the camera and who arrives tray and crew, yeah, his old crime partners from early in the show. Yes. The last time he saw train crews was in the parking lot of LORUSSO auto, when they were going to try to rob the place of stereos and parts.
And they were caught on camera. And we have not seen them since. Nope. So we stopped there. Because now we're back with crease. And it's revealed he is living in some sort of halfway house. And he's confronting a roommate about stealing a watch.
Yeah, he said something like you broke into my locker for the fourth time. So yeah, some sort of drug recovery or halfway house where you probably have a roommate, you probably got to keep your stuff under lock and key. Yeah, so this guy maybe probably did legitimately rip off crease. And probably definitely ripping off the wrong guy, if that's the case. So he's like, he has this guy, right by the collar. And then some sort of staff walks in and says, Hey, knock it off. Crease.
Do you want me to kick you out of here and, and then in the background, Johnny, overseas? Yes. So he's got his answer. And while that's happening, we're back at the beach club. And Robbie prepares to fight train crews. But he's hit over the head with an hour.
Yeah, somebody jumps out from behind them and hits him in the back of the head with a giant or
because it's a three person job. Yeah, and Robbie didn't account for their new guy.
Who's a big guy, big guy. Yeah, so big guy hits him in the back of the head when the nor Robbie goes down. So much for his master plan of getting a ass kicking on video. His own ass kicking is what he's getting on video.
Exactly. But out of nowhere, what happens
this surprised me I was not expecting this. Not Me neither. I think I was just expecting them to leave Robbie in a lump. Maybe give him a few kicks to the ribs and then take off, which I think most criminals would probably do in that moment. Let's give him a couple of kicks. Let's grab our stuff. Let's get out here. Daniel jumps down starts kicking ass like we've never seen before. Right? We have not seen Daniel kick ass like this in Cobra Kai so far. No. Am I mistaken?
He's only fought in the tournaments in the movies as well.
So this is the first time we get to see Daniel kicking ass and it was very not in the street. No but on the beach. Also on the beach. First time he got his ass kicked by Johnny there's something about the beach and the Karate Kid in Cobra Kai universe. Yeah, something about the beach.
But it was very Mr. Miyagi ask. Yeah, and all the Cobra guys on Halloween night. Yes. He dropped down. I don't know where like Miyagi dropped over the fence through and he had some great moves. He did very impressive. He took these three guys out without breaking a sweat and Robbie didn't intervene. He's still recovering from his head. Well, yeah, but he didn't even need his help. No, you know, all I expected to see was like Robbie's POV, or it's kinda like, blurry blurry because his head's still throbbing. I was waiting for that shot. Yeah, but it's a great moment. Yeah, I
was not expecting it. I guess because I'm so used to seem. Daniel not fighting, avoiding the fight trying to calm the situation, trying to do it the Miyagi way. But yeah, like Miyagi, on Halloween night, or like Daniel here on the beach. There are these times you have to fight there is no choice.
Exactly. These guys weren't rational. They were thieves. They'd already hurt Robbie, and they were going to try to hurt him more. And just thank goodness, Danny was nearby.
I think if you hit someone in the back of the head with a very large stick that's getting into the attempted murder realm.
Yeah. So meanwhile, this is all on video.
Oh, yes. So here's the fight that Robbie was looking forward to capture. It turned out differently. Not him. But we get to see Daniel on camera kicking ass.
Exactly. So now we see Johnny and crease having kind of a heart to heart at the halfway house.
While Chris, again, I'm still thinking about what's Chris about? I agree. But so there they are sitting on the bed. And then Chris has to at least Fess up. Right. Right. And he does he starts to tell about his downward spiral after he loses the dojo. Yeah.
And it's kind of a nice moment between them. There's like an old shot of crease looks young during Yeah, that didn't do that. My suspicion is that it's a clip from karate kids. Right? Okay.
Yeah. So it does a little flashback just kind of wandering the street like a not knowing what he's gonna do where he's gonna go.
He's down. He's depressed. It lost everything. At that time he'd been bested by Mr. Miyagi. And life wasn't good. And Johnny picks him up and even says defeat does not exist in this dojo.
Yeah. So Johnny bringing up crease lifting creases, spirits and offering support. I gotta hand it to Johnny. I really do.
And then Chris gives Johnny the ultimate compliment by calling Johnny sensei. Wow, that was a great moment. Yeah. Yeah,
I'm kind of reeling from that.
And if I'm John, it's just like, wow, it's very surreal. Here's the only father figure that I ever had beyond his stepfather. Yeah. And he's calling him sensei. Yeah, it was probably pretty deep for John.
Oh, yeah. And they shake hands. Yeah. So as far as Johnny is concerned, they have an understanding. But again, Johnny may think they have an understanding. Yeah, we
can't trust Chris entirely. But at least Johnny knows that they're equals now. And that probably means a lot for him.
Well, officially more than equals true. If Johnny is the sensei now.
Yeah, Johnny looks at him more as an equal now than a father figure. Sure. And whatever that means, I don't know. We will soon see Chris's true intentions. But you and I are very reluctant to believe him entirely. But it's still a great moment.
I generally, it's just my nature to mistrust, especially somebody that's wronged me once. It's the whole Fool me once deal. Yeah.
Now we're at Miyagi dough, dojo, and we see Daniel doing a Kata as Robbie enters, and explains the video to Daniel.
Oh, yeah. And I'm thinking that Dan is gonna be like, yeah, posted that I'm waiting for him to say, posted online. This is how we get our fish. Yeah, there we go. This is the bait,
but not to be No, no.
I was disappointed here. I mean, I wanted the video to go online. I wanted it to go viral. But no, Daniel says no.
Guy Neil says that's not the way we're gonna get new students are not going to play the Cobra Kai game. That would be Cobra Kai style. Yeah. Although he has to make a video first. But it wasn't a video like that. No, he doesn't want people to come and seek him out to go kick ass. Yeah, yeah. Oh, teach
me to do what you did in the video.
I saw the video. I'm here. Yeah, he wants to get people more organically. He wants the right people. And as him and Robbie walk outside, who enters frame.
This is where Demetri shows up. I was not expecting this at all. No. But you know, it makes sense. He hasn't had good experiences at Cobra Kai dojo. But this is interesting, because it's one thing for Dimitri to say, Okay, fine. I'm not going to join Cobra Kai, but to say I'm going to join Miyagi dough. That makes a statement. Yes, because how many karate schools are there? And he chose Cobra Kai's main adversary in this world. There's two. He wants to join. Miyagi dough. Yeah, it's amazing. And all I can imagine is Hawke and Dimitri going toe to toe it one day. Of course Hawk is more advanced than Demetrius at this point in time. Yes. But at this point in time, that is the future, I think. But
I'm thinking of Daniel going, wow, there's a sign. Trust your instincts don't go the viral route, although he literally just said no to that five seconds ago. And then here comes your third student. So Dan is going to stick to his guns, and they'll just slowly come in when they're supposed to be there.
Do Sam and Robbie no Demetri. Well, they
go to school together. Well, at least Sam does. Okay. Yes, she's seen him. Oh, yeah. And they were sighs partners science partner smelled her that one? Yes. Yes. Okay. And he always Yeah, I mean, he knows moon because he was hanging out with her.
Okay. Does Robbie know who Demetrius from the tournament, maybe
just in passing? As we know, as you and I both know, Robbie doesn't go to school much. No. So we don't even know what school he's supposed to go to. I'm assuming they're school. But now it's summertime. So okay, there's no school happening.
Okay, so yeah, that was out of left field. I was not expecting that. Dimitri wants to join me. Agudo
and he's a character. He's funny. He's gonna bring some energy. Yeah, some humor to Miyagi dough.
Yeah, it'll be interesting to see how he fights I will be interested.
So back at the Cobra Kai dojo, Johnny is teaching a move. When Hawk asks a question. And Johnny says it's a good question. And then he lets crease take over to answer hawks question.
Well as about how to properly perform this kick increase as you turn your back like you're moving away. You drop the guard of your opponent, and that's when you strike when they least suspect.
Yeah, the secret to the move is to let your opponent Thank you retreating.
Yeah, and see that's that's when you strike, but that's what I'm thinking again. Is that a foreshadow? Well, like you said
earlier, that is Chris's Mo, it's his way in life. Let your opponent think you're retreating. And that's in the strike. Much like, Hey, Johnny is going to help Chris off the mat. Increase pulls him down. Yeah. Kind of like Tori did with Miguel. But yeah, it is the way
and then the show ends with creases foot going right to the camera fade out and he's still got nice moves. Pretty interesting ending and again, wondering what's up creases sleeve? I miss trustful, but I'm willing to see how it all plays out.
Yeah, Episode Four. Wow, okay, episode.
Pretty intense. I gotta hand it to Cobra Kai for throwing these curveballs. I really do like that as an audience member. I like when I'm just hit with these curveballs where I'm just standing there going, what? Really?
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