Welcome to Just Curious Media. This is Let's Talk - Cobra Kai. I'm Jason Connell.
And I'm Sal Rodriguez.
All right, here we are. Season two, episode two. Back in Black.
That's the name of the episode.
That is the name of the Okay, now
this all makes sense in the beginning.
It's an 8.5 on IMDb. And this episode starts out with a bang. Oh, yeah. A classic AC DC song back in black is playing with an 80s Montage. Mash up as we're cutting between Johnny's challenger, getting a brand new. What is it black paint job?
It's a black paint job. Yeah. But then it has the detail the yellow trim. But what's funny is when it first opens up, you see that guy with the respirator? Which I'm sure it was a little homage to breaking back. Oh, yes, it must have been. So he has the full on gear on for painting the car. And then you see the accents and the license plate. I'm really excited. I'm like, I cannot wait to see this car. And then him and Miguel. It shows their morning routine. They're both doing the situps
Oh, yeah. And then as Johnny gets a cougars, Miguel gets Oh, Jay. Yeah. Nice.
Johnny drinks a Coors at breakfast.
Yeah, that's a breakfast of champions.
I believe I kind of thought I was under the impression thus far that Johnny has kind of maybe worked through some of the drinking but apparently not.
Now. It comes and goes. Okay. So how about when they roll up to the stop sign with the mother daughter?
Well, if you remember a few seconds earlier that actually blew through a stop sign. Oh, I noticed that they blew through a stop sign. Then later on. They stop at a stop sign. look over and see the two hot babes. One older one younger. And Miguel Torres. Mother Daughter was it. Okay, so Wow. Okay. Hey, maybe was a female Sensei and her female students. But and then Miguel was like, Hey, I love that Johnny says, Don't look play cool. Yeah. And then they just hit the gas and they're gone. Because like, this is a little too cool. I wanted to talk to so
cool that we don't even talk. Alright, so now we're at Robbie's apartment. And it appears someone's breaking in.
Yeah, well, I find that odd that he was sleeping on the couch, maybe just fell asleep watching TV, right? But I'm wondering if like does he normally sleep on the couch, but he's asleep on the couch, awakened by what sounds like burglars, and then he gets into a crouch. He's ready to fight ready to defend his home as anybody would? Yep. And you see some shadowy figures. Right away. I thought his old juvenile delinquent buddies. Oh, those guys. That's what I thought, Oh, they came to rip them off is
what I thought but Robbie throws a really great kick. Oh, yeah. It was a fantastic
kick. In fact, I'm surprised it didn't do more damage. The guy gets up his the lights go on his mom's there. It's his mother and her date. Yeah. Rick is his name.
Rick, who I recognize from The Walking Dead. Really? Yeah, in some episodes. Oh, so Rick is taking Robbie's mom to not just Cabo Cabo Jason's
classic. In other words, the low budget Cabo
Yeah, whatever Cabo is, we're going to be looking at it from afar. And Robbie's mother says that Rick's gonna pay for rent this month or something. Rick's gonna cover the rest. I got you, buddy. Yeah,
very weird. Well, I would have loved that I would have given this guy ultimate respect. If you would have said how much is your rent and he would have just handed Robbie cash. I'd have been like, okay, he's still serious. But as soon as they leave and Robbie system, you heard her next time you won't get up. Yeah. So he gives them a threat. This guy is like he just shrugs it off. I mean, this guy's an asshole. I'm thinking he's not gonna actually pay their rent. I totally
agree with you. I think he's just trying to hook up with Robbie's mother. Yeah. Some little hot made the trip to Cabo adjacent. So
which I find interesting because I don't believe in taking sand of the beach, but he's taking sand of the beach. Yeah, that's true.
I also on that note of Robbie, I don't know if we've ever seen him in a bedroom and this apartment that very well could be that he sleeps on the sofa.
Okay, so maybe it's a one bedroom and the mother has the bedroom and he sleeps on
the side. Just don't know. Okay. Yeah, it could be right.
Yeah, we did see the mother the previous episode. Go into the bedroom with a lover. Remember? The guy from the bar?
He was still in the living room? Yeah. Okay, so at least that's where he sleeps. I could
be okay. He sleeps on the couch.
So now we're at Miyagi dough and Robbie's hitting the bag which I
found interesting because if you know heavy bags, he just has a few wraps on his hand.
Yeah, barely any heavy bag and that's a canvas bag and those will tear your knuckles to shreds.
I was just thinking how was he doing this? But I think the whole point was to show his rage he was pressed it was to show his anger. Yeah, because it's such a contrast the way that he was hitting that bag with such anger such a contrast to the serene peaceful mode that Daniel tries to create at Miyagi
dough. It's almost as if Robbie belonged at Cobra Kai Dojo with that rage. Yeah, well, that
was Johnny coming through totally. Okay, so
And while Robbie's hitting the bag Daniels hanging photos, and Sam arrives, yeah,
well before that, though, Daniel is hanging the photos looking at the photos. Yes, including Miyagi, and he says big shoes to fill. So there's a moment there were Daniel's realize saying that he's having to step up to the plate in a big way. Now he's feeling the
pressure. Yeah. He doesn't want to let Mr. Miyagi down. He's taken over that role. And he's never done it. Yeah. Much like Johnny has never been a Sensei, as far as we know. Is there new roles for these two guys? And as Sam arrives, she gets a call from Miguel. Who's using IE, she's phone. Yeah, we look down won't take Miguel's call.
No, we look at the phone. We see I use his face. At first I thought, Oh, I use just calling Sam. This is interesting. Yeah. So what a surprise to hear Miguel's voice.
And surprised her as well. Oh, yeah. And she rushes through the call doesn't really want to talk. But you can tell Miguel is still struggling with this whole being, you know, boxed out thing. Well, he
says, I want things to go back to how they were. I mean, he's wants to be back with her. Yes. But she's like, Ah, it's not that easy. Those are her lines. And then she walks in and sees Robbie.
And so so having dated in the past, does someone being desperate make you want to see them more or less,
more, but I'm a guy. So it may be different than if you're a guy and a woman is desperate for you is different than when you're a girl and a guy is desperate for you guys will prey on desperation. versus women are more repelled by desperation. So I think it can work a different way.
I'm repelled by it.
I think at this point after everything that Sam has been through with her with her dad and everything, Robbie and Miguel and Johnny, everything that's transpired. I was totally on her side when she says it's not that easy. You know, it's in other words, like maybe We've come too far. We've separated too far. Now it's we can't go back. I'm thinking I kind of agree with her in that moment. I'm not sure they can really work it out again. And Sam
went through the Kyler thing not that long ago. So she's probably lost faith in guys.
But what's interesting is, as we're seeing, she's starting to draw closer to Robbie. Um, there's no romance yet or at all, but they're drawing closer, and I'm wondering if there is going to be romance. This will be the third karate guy she's dated. And if that does happen,
well, Kyler wasn't necessarily a karate guy.
Well, he knew something. He knew martial arts. He knew how to fight, right?
I guess so.
He knew how to fight street fight. We don't really know if he studied on official martial art, but he knew how to fight. He knew some martial arts. Yeah,
he also always had a crew. Yeah, well, yeah. Does his
minions Yeah. Okay. So Miguel wants to get back with Sam Sam's like, I don't know if it's gonna happen. She runs into Robbie. And she makes a comment to Robbie right about oh, that was Miguel. Yeah. Call him back later or something like that. And he's like, you can talk to whoever you want. Like almost he was like almost making an excuse.
Or she did say he was on I use his phone. Yes. Yeah. Yeah, that justifies covering up to Ravi. So she feels something like Oh, yeah. I'm not talking to Miguel. Yeah, you're right. They're buddying up. They're getting closer, these two. So then Daniel comes out first day of class. And he even says something. Like, this is the first time in a long time, there's been more than one student here. And I thought about that for a second. One. Was there ever two students?
No, never. Because it was Sam in the past. Right. Yeah. And then now, Robbie.
And before that it was him and Mr. Miyagi, yes. So I know having seen Karate Kid two, three, etc. Or at least two and three that dealt with Daniel, there was never two students under Miyagi dough. So I don't know what he was referring to. He could have just said there's never been to students. Yeah, but whatever. It made me think for just a moment. And he comes up with an interesting idea. And makes a circle of sand.
Yeah, cuz he wants to teach them the circle technique, which I don't think we've visited yet know, the circle technique. He draws sand on the dirt, right? He's a bag of sand draws a circle. And he tells him to get inside to teach them the circle technique.
Exactly. So now we're at the Cobra Kai dojo, and Johnny is on the phone with a potential student.
I love this moment.
I know what you're gonna see.
Because Johnny is his brain is still in the 80s Yeah, I don't know where he's been in a time machine. All these hoes? He is insane. Oh, man. Yeah. And then he's on the phone. He says, Yeah, we accept boys and girls. And then there was that beat and I was like, I know it's I just knew it is like gender what? Yeah, and you know that person on the phone was like, my daughter is transgender or, or my son is a gender fluid or whatever. You know, that person said,
Wherever Johnny said gender what?
I love that.
Why that's happening. Haka Asian Bert are making fun of new students. Yeah. And giving them names and you know, carrying on as if they own the place.
Yeah, they're teasing them. They're giving them the hazing, hazing, if you're the hazing, the new students, and then Miguel comes in and you think he's trying to be on their size. They're just messing with you. But we already gave me a name as face and douchebag
Exactly. Dibs on aspects. So then the door opens and who enters
I could not believe that this happened obviously we know Chris's back. But Chris walks in at that moment. And I find interesting that he walks in with that bag. Yeah, first of all, I want Wanna what's in the bag? I want to know is Chris homeless? Does he have a home? Why is he carrying the bathroom and his
GIS in the bag?
that's what if nothing else, there's a game.
Okay? Because I'm wondering because he carries a bag and he's got that sort of Rambo First Blood. Oh
my god, well, total first blood. Yeah. And
I'm thinking like, is he like a, like a wonder, you know, what does he have a home, you know, but when he walks in, I was like, Oh my gosh, what's going to happen here? What's the class going to do? How's it going to be received by everybody?
And as he walks in, he sees one student with the shirt. The future is female. Oh, I can't believe it. He's just, you know, total eyeroll
Oh, I thought he was just like kind of sizing up everybody. But I didn't see the shirt. That was
one of the many things that he was disappointed in. That's funny. So we're back at Miyagi dough. And Sam and Robbie begin practicing the wheeled technique, which is kind of like a synchronized kata. They're both doing the same thing at the same time.
Yeah, within a circle, because Daniel took some sand and drew a circle on the dirt and it gets them inside the circle.
And I've done cars before, but having to do one with a partner looking at you and you're matching their movements would be tricky.
Well, let me so since you've taken a lot of martial arts, have you actually had your sensei do these what I would call off the wall techniques where they're taking you out of the dojo onto the field as that happened? Never. Wow.
That'd be kind of cool. If they did, yeah. If I ever become a Sensei,
we're going on to the field tomorrow. Yeah. 5am. So they're doing the wheel technique in the circle. And then Daniel gets a text from Amanda, and then runs off tells his students, you guys keep at it. I'll be back as soon as I can. And he runs off to be with Amanda. I couldn't read the text. It was a little small on the screen. I was watching. I couldn't see what the text said. Are you watching on the phone? I was watching it on my computer on a tiny screen. But I just saw that it was Amanda and then he
had work emergency. Okay, calm ASAP. Okay. So he runs
off to go help out Amanda. And he leaves Robbie and Sam to do their,
and then exercise. And they had just started the technique. And it was sloppy. They were out of sync. So you could tell they needed some time to put this thing together. Sure. And their kicks were weak. Yeah, at this time, because you know, is a timing thing if one person kicks too soon. So you really want to be in rhythm. You're not even looking at each other. Yeah, they have plenty of time to bond and practice this wheel technique. And this whole
time, I'm just wondering, are they going to hook up if they don't find but if they do, I'm just curious how and when it will happen. I mean, there's obviously some tension, I think, because the first time Robbie met Sam, he was like, hey, you know, you could tell he had that, you know, young man had a connection. And she's like, Oh, and she was like sunbathing. Right. So I'm just kind of wondering if something will happen. Eventually. So now we're seeing the build. Or maybe not, I mean, sometimes things are built and nothing happens, you know, but we'll see.
Did you watch who's the boss? Sure. Is this how you felt about Judith light?
When are they going to hook up? Well, I always wondered when Jack tripper was gonna hook up with Joyce to wit or Suzanne Somers. And I guess it never happened ever. Not even with Jack. Not even with the nurse who was the nurse that came and replaced Chrissy? Oh, yeah, her her cousin, or Cindy? No, none of them. Jack doesn't hook up with his roommates at all. But he always had a woman. Yeah, he always flirted with his roommates. Oh, yeah, I love Anyway, another show. Join us for let's talk Three's Company. We
are back at Cobra Kai dojo. And the students are extra playful. And Johnny is getting upset and embarrassed because Chris is observing this.
Well, Johnny tells the class we have a visitor. Don't mind him. It's just going to observe so he doesn't tell the class who Chris is exactly. And he tells Miguel to warm up the class. So Miguel jumps in front of the class begins to lead the class in their warm up exercises, has him throw some kicks, hasn't throw some punches. And then he has them do a side dab. Oh, he
doesn't have to do that. They choose to do it. Oh, I thought he did it. No. And he was embarrassed because they were having fun. and a half months until the next all Valley tournament. So John is kind of mortified.
Oh, but then he tells a silly joke. Johnny walks over to Asia. What's so funny, Miss Robinson? And she says, Oh, it's something about what a snake does. And then he goes, what does the snake do? And they go
do they cover thing? Yeah. So they're
all being silly. They're in a silly mode.
And that's it. Johnny's pest. Well, because creases there was overlooking he's very disappointed. And
he might have let it slide if crease weren't there. Oh, yeah, he might have he might have had a laugh oneself. But Chris is right there. This is a very tense moment. That moment. I did not envy Johnny creases, right? They're looking over his shoulder. He's got a whole class that he already knows. Chris doesn't approve of. Yep. He doesn't. He thinks these are a bunch of wimps. Yep. And then they're acting silly.
So that's it. Johnny dismisses class. It's over a class didn't even get started. It's over.
Well, he said, Fine. Tomorrow, tomorrow corner of Fulton Raymer. Now please tell me you looked on Google Maps and looked at what's on the corner of full time. Did
you know what they could have filmed this at Fulton? right where the next thing because it looks it's desolate. It's industrial. I know they probably shot this in Atlanta, but it did look like that would be badass.
I think it'd be Van Nuys. I believe so. Yeah. So he says 5am Fulton and Raymer. Don't show up and you're off the team. Yeah. Boom.
So now we're at Lusso Otto, where Daniel was summoned back to go help out Amanda. And the sales staff is low, and they must sell 10 cars, ASAP.
10 cars. Well, they gotta sell 10 cars. But then Daniel says to Amanda, we're gonna sell 10 cars today and the man is like, what? We can't sell 10 cars in one day. Or she says
you can't sell 10 cars in one day. Yes, I can't but we can't. That's right. And then we go into this full action montage. Yeah, and sell they make a pretty damn good team together.
They're fantastic. They're really great because they work off each other they feed each other they love the balls to each other kind of like us. Yeah, they make a great team. i By the way, notice all the cars were Mercedes is that the way it's always been at the cars and livery sorta auto always been Mercedes.
I think that car that Robbie started might have been a Porsche. Okay,
so this is interesting. This dealership. Okay, he has multiple dealerships we know that's true. Maybe he has a Mercedes dealership. Maybe he has a Porsche dealership. Today when they're selling the 10 cars. It's a Mercedes dealership. I looked at all the cars. They were all Mercedes. Wow, that's high dollar stuff there. And I definitely remember that Daniel referred to Amanda. He said, quote, Danny and Mandy. And that's what led me to believe that these two meet at a auto sales job. Because they met we don't know yet how they don't know yet where they met how they met at that moment. I'm thinking I wonder if they met selling cars together?
I don't know. I mean, or maybe they met and they he got into this industry because of her. I don't know. Maybe her father owned a dealership?
Oh my gosh, what if her father owned dealerships died and left them to his daughter? And then she then where their husband creates the Russo Auto Group?
Riders? You're welcome.
I think, well, I don't know I have this thing about how people met. I really like to know how people meet each other, whether on camera, on TV or in real life. Do you remember how we met? We met because you were casting for strictly background and you wanted to speak with people who had done extra work in the past or currently. And I responded to the I forgot where you had to Craigslist, LA Weekly, LA Weekly. No la casting?
No, we ran an ad in the LA week really. But we also had it on Craigslist and Cassiopeia. Okay,
so I showed up. I met you. You were casting for that you didn't use me but you ended up using me to host it moderate your film festivals.
How about that? Wow. That was back in 2005. I
Hold on. Tell about that. Is that true? Not true. Okay,
so Daniel and Amanda, work as a fantastic sales team and sell 10 cars and then toast with champagne.
Well, in the midst of selling the 10 cars I like how many people come in and want a crane shot? Yeah, Daniel. Yes.
Hilarious. Yeah, they want to take like touristy style pictures with the two time all Valley champion. And like you have like customers and their kids doing the crane next to Daniel's pretty Hello.
I was kind of surprised that no one took a photo of him doing it to them. You know what I mean? Like they're Johnny, Johnny Lawrence. But now they were all doing straight ons. And I thought, whatever. I would expect it the other but yeah, that was a pretty funny. So you're right. They're celebrating. They're having champagne. They're hit their quota.
Everything is great. And then at this at this time, Daniel shares with Amanda about his concerns teaching karate, and comparing himself to Miyagi, the more I see Amanda, the more I love her, just full of such level headed wisdom. And she says you don't have to be Mr. Miyagi. You just have to be Mr. Lewis. So very simple.
And that's it. She tell him to come up with his own tricks. I think something like that. Exactly. So don't try to mimic me. You know, he can't write and Johnny has already taken to this thinking on his own. He's gotten real ingenious with his thinking and doing things Chris never would have had them. Sure the baseball machine and what's to come,
I would imagine that Johnny is thinking, What would increase do I'm going to do? And whereas LORUSSO is thinking, What would Miyagi do? I should do something like that. It's true. Like he's trying to pattern himself after Miyagi Where's Johnny's? Definitely not trying to pattern himself after crease?
Well, he's back in Miyagi he's house dojo. Yeah, so he feels responsible to uphold that legend.
why it makes sense. His karate method is Miyagi dough. Yes, he's not teaching LORUSSO dough. No, that would be different, you know.
So Daniel oversees as the scene ends, and the warehouse he sees a tire and wheel, taken off a car and kind of spinning to a resting motion. And you see him kind of a spark goes off, he gets another idea and we as the audience don't know what it is, but we're soon to find out your and Amanda's advices coming true. Yep. We're now off site with a Cobra Kai training crew. It's 5am. And what is the team doing?
at Fulton and Raymer? I love the streets because I grew up in the belly shirt. I know the streets, Fulton and Raymer. They're at a construction site, mixing cement. And you look at them mixing the cement and you're like, Okay, well, that's not so bad. They're mixing cement. But then a huge cement truck
arrives Panorama City, cement truck, because
I would have sat on it. Hell yeah. I used to live in Panorama City. See, I lived in Panorama City for a time in my early 20s,
Johnny's pow, cutter pulls up, gave him the keys. And when he sees the kids, he's a little reluctant of the situation. But he's like, you want your bar tab paid off?
Yeah, Johnny's gonna pay his bar tab in exchange for letting them borrow the truck.
How much is cutters?
I thought that I was thinking it's gotta be at least 250. And I'm like, can we drink?
I've ever run up a bar tab I've never have anyway.
So cutter leaves, and you know that something's going down. This is a huge cement truck. And did you have any idea what was going to come?
I had no idea. No, I just figured that this symmetric would come and dump more cement and make them work like, you know, 10 times harder. I had no idea what Johnny had planned here.
So we'll hold off because the next thing we're back at Robbie's apartment, and he's looking for food and a very empty refrigerator. Yes. And while he's looking what happens
while he's looking for food in this empty refrigerator. It's already pathetic enough. Yes, the electricity goes out. Thanks, Rick. Yeah, the first thought is, Okay, how about that, even if Rick paid the rent, he didn't pay the electric car. Thanks, Mom and wreck so I think the viewer is to understand that the electricity was cut off. Obviously due to lack of payment. Correct. And for anybody who's ever had their electricity cut off, they don't warn you like they don't come and knock on your door say when you're cutting your electricity off. They will do it any time they will do it any day. They will do it at a time when you cannot immediately turn it on again. They'll do it at night to do it on a weekend. Very heartless DWP.
It was almost like a Dr. Seuss. You were doing it at night. It was pretty good. Yeah, you know what? My heart just goes out to Robbie. This is a horrible situation. Yeah, I
mean, he's still he's still a minor right? He's already neglected.
Yeah. And now he has no power, really no food. And it's just gotten much worse for him.
I do feel bad for him because at least when my mother would run off with a lover, she would leave me with a refrigerator of Swanson's TV dinners. Now there's that so my mother might have been wayward but she at least took care of me. She left me with something
now we're back at Miyagi dough and Sam is working on the wheel technique when Robbie not happy arrives Yeah. As Robbie joined Sam they find Daniel who is working on Mr. Miyagi is monument to balance fixture in the backyard, which is really cool thing. Yeah, it's
like a floating wooden raft in the middle of this pond. A raft
I would call it I guess it's kind of around.
I don't know what else you call it. Besides the raft. What else we made of wood? Yeah, it's a wooden circular shaped raft. It's floating that normally holds two bonsai trees that have to counterbalance each other. He takes the bonsai trees off. And I did think to myself, Okay, he's gonna have them replaced the bonsai trees.
It was a great idea to build this contraption back there. Yeah, really fits inside Miyagi his world.
And you are also seeing that the grittiness of Cobra Kai style of training versus the serene, almost spiritual style of Miyagi dough. Yeah. And then when they do the montage back and forth in a second. You see the contrast?
Yeah, I mean, even in the Karate Kid, you know, Mr. Miyagi, took down to the White Lake. And he was on the boat training and the water and then he took Robbie to the great outdoors so they stuck with that.
I will tell you that as a lover of the outdoors and nature, I would much prefer Miyagi dough style of training,
but I do like a good dojo. Yeah, you know, and I guess Daniel has entered his house. He has more of a conventional Dojo
officially ready as to dojos ready as wanted his house and when it Miyagi says they're both Miyagi dough. That's right, but there's two dojos officially, yeah. Oh, I didn't even realize that till now.
So he introduces Sam and Daniel to this contraption, and they're a little bit like whoa, we're gonna get on this thing. And he talks him to get wading in the water it's like four feet water probably nasty not changed.
Sands like when did you clean this thing last never. I don't even like getting in a swimming pool, let alone some icky punk.
It's pretty icky. There's there's probably some creatures about but you're not in very long. And you're getting up on this contraption but even getting on this thing. Yeah, it's tricky because it starts to move and wants to go down. So you've really got to get to people on opposite sides and work together to get on So that's a brilliant training contraption.
I did notice that Robbie had to be pushed forward just a little bit, because he obviously weighs more than six. Right? So she was closer to the edge and he was pushed forward just a little bit to allow for proper counterbalancing. That's right. Which makes sense
as they get going, though, so I couldn't help but think of log rolling. And then console log roll. Yeah, you know, not that ever log rolled, but it's like, you know, and then immediately when they get up there and do the first move, what happens? They both fall, they both fall one person falls and goes down. The other person's done. Yeah.
Okay. Yeah. So one person eats it, the other one will automatically even if they're doing great,
exactly, yeah. Because the way that the whole thing moves and your and your feet are already wet. It's there's nothing to grab on to and you're back in the water. But it was a stroke of genius by Daniel. So now we're back at the Cobra Kai training. And Johnny's giving a big speech, and then commands everybody to get into the cement truck.
I will tell you, Johnny give some good pep talks. No doubt I hang on to some of his words. I really do because he's got some nuggets. I mean, of course Daniel does, too. But Johnny definitely has some of these nuggets that I can really cling to and apply to even my own life. Johnny gives his pep talk to the crew. The kids are all standing there. He tells them to get into the cement truck. And this is a giant cement truck, the kind that rotates. He tells him to get in. It's not rotating right now. No, it's off. But it's the kind that does spin around and with the cement mixing cement truck, he tells them to get and they balk. They're like what? And that's when Chris comes in and defends Johnny praises Johnny. He says this man led you to the mountaintop and you question him. And John is just staying quiet. And Chris is totally having Johnny's back in this moment. And Johnny's loving it. This is what you call third party validation. Exactly. And it also in this moment is when we learn who Chris is their
sensei sensei. Yes,
we learn. In this moment, the crew learns who Chris is to Johnny. Yeah, they're sensei sensei.
So not only was Johnny speech great, but for the crew to hear from crease. And now they have a lot of respect from him immediately. They're not going to back out of this situation. That
increase says Johnny was my best student, my toughest student, he's totally praising. When I used to be in multilevel marketing, they call that edifying your upline, and what that means is that someone comes along and says such tremendous ly wonderful things about your sponsor, it makes you think better of your sponsor. Now, multilevel marketing are big on this edification, and third party validation. And that's exactly what's happening here. So in that instance, the Cobra Kai students are actually gaining more respect for Johnny. And then Miguel says, I'll do it and he hits first into the symetra
followed by hawk and some of the others. Not everybody gets him. There's like, 20 students now and I don't think 20 could fit in there. I
think about four or five guys, including Miguel and hawk. Yeah. Did I you should get him? I don't think so. I couldn't tell when they were actually in the symetra who the other bodies were and they probably
had shifts. But Johnny wild crease was saying these kinds of things Johnny probably always wanted to hear you could tell that it was really impacting how Yeah, i Whoever speaks highly of Johnny. Sure, right.
I will especially crazy, somebody who Johnny legitimately thought was trying to kill him. Johnny said that before you tried to kill me. And that's what he said, I didn't try to kill you. But so here's this guy who used to be your father figure your sensei, maybe tried to kill you. They had a horrible falling out. Now he's back in your life and praising you in front of your students. Pretty powerful. Yes.
So now we continue to cut back and forth between Cobra Kai and Miyagi dough training. And both sets of students find their rhythm all to a great 80s esque track.
Do you remember the song? No, I
think it's a score. Okay, but it really had a good beat to it. Yeah. And I was really loving the sequence, man.
Yeah. And I love contrast, just like early on in the show season one when you see the contrast between Johnny's life and Daniel's life now you see the contrast in Miyagi dough training Cobra Kai training. They both are out of the box training. Yes. But so different. And they both work. Yeah. And I love how they bounced back and forth. I love that contrasting bouncing back and forth. What do you call that? I mean, it's a montage, but it's okay.
But I love to see the Cobra Kai students, you know, Miguel hawk and company. They work together with hard work dedication. They're able to manually spend the cement Chuck and that's what they're doing in there. That was the idea. And if they sit in there too long, some of that cement could start to harden. And then we have a mess on our hands. And so they're successful. And crease and Johnny are enjoying it and everyone's applauding. And now we cut back to Sam and Robbie. And they're doing pretty good on the wheel now.
Everybody is succeeding Cobra Kai students succeeding Miyagi dos students are succeeding. It's a successful morning for everybody. Even the truck driver he's getting his bar tab paid for it's true. Everybody's winning today cutter
is loving life. He's we should have cut to him at a bar.
Not only do I want to know how much Johnny stepdad gave him in that check, I want to know how much cutters bar tab was that these are the things I
want to know. I think it's gonna be $500
I mean, because you're risking your job. Yeah, it's got to be at least five 500 Yeah. 500. I agree with that.
So next we see Johnny hosing the cement covered students off and giving yet another inspiring speech.
As he's hosing them off. Yeah.
Now we're back at Miyagi dough. And Robbie is sharing a little bit about his personal life with Sam.
Well, I think he just sort of alluded to it. He I mean, he didn't say, I had my electricity cut off. No, she offered him a ride home,
and he doesn't need the ride home declines. But he just said he's dealing with some things at home. Yes. And then she picks up on that. Yes. And then she goes and talks to Daniel and says, you know, what do you really know about Robbie's home life? And so what happens next?
I think we learned that Daniel doesn't know much about Robbie's home life, nothing at all really. Right. He trains him in Miyagi dough. He has him working at Lusso
auto figures. Okay. Yeah, his resume was incredible. Oh, his transcripts were out of control. So now we cut to Robbie's dark apartment. And this knock on the door.
Yeah. And I was not expecting that Daniel was going to show up I actually thought it was it was somebody else. I don't know who but it Daniel Daniel shows up at Robbie's apartment. Robbie's dark apartment.
And Danny already knows the score. He can just tell right and it's touching the same
isn't some of the relationship is Daniel seeing himself in Robbie? Yes, I'm sure. So he goes to this seven seas style apartment. He sees the living conditions. He's he's reminded of his dad who had a great mother. Yeah, okay. So he sees a kid that reminds him of himself who doesn't even have a good mother and attentive mother, a loving mother, a devoted mother. She's all about having a checked out. Yeah, he's all about getting the her frico but you can
tell Robbie's ashamed just by answering the door. Sure. But Daniel says, It's all right. Yeah, cheers him. It's okay. And it's really I thought it was really touching. See, not a lot was said. But a lot was said. Sure. And next, we're at Le Russo's residence. And Daniel's talking to Amanda.
Yeah. So Daniel says to Amanda, I want to let Robbie stay here. We can set up an air mattress in the guest room. And Amanda says, Okay, well, we got to talk to his parents.
Right. He's like, hey, his mother's Mia. And then she says, he has a father.
Yeah. Ooh. And when that when she said that, I was like, literally in my head like, oh,
and she's right. But Amanda says, of course, he can stay here tonight. Sure. But let's, you know, if it's going to be more permanent, we need to talk to his parents. Yeah. And she's exactly right. And so now we're back at the cobra, Kai dojo, and Chris and Johnny are talking. And Chris reveals that he'd like to come back tomorrow. Now he's back, baby.
Johnny goes tomorrow. And then Chris says, Well, if it's okay with you. So Chris is trying to be affable, amiable, but again, I'm incredibly cautious with crease. I don't know what's up his sleeve. I don't know if he has benevolent hopes and or I don't know if he has a I don't think he's very sincere. Yeah, I just I don't know what to make of crease yet. I really don't.
So Nor do I. But so now we cut to Miguel who is entering Johnny's apartment with a spare key that he has, because they're so tight now. Sure, was some food that his mother cooked for Johnny, which is very nice to put it in the refrigerator because Johnny's not home.
Like it. He said, My mother doesn't want you eating Slim Jims for breakfast. Exactly. Because I guess that's the Johnny breakfast is a course and a Slim Jim.
Or a fried bologna sandwich.
Yeah, that's right from episode one.
So what does Miguel stumble upon?
Miguel? Puts the food in the refrigerator, close the refrigerator and sees a picture of young Robbie in a soccer outfit, right like a young soccer
2010 Soccer champs. Wow, we've seen the photo before. But now Miguel sees it.
Yes. And obviously So Miguel recognizes, in Miguel's head, he must be doing his own montage, because you remember the time that he saw Abdullah Russo's house, he saw Robbie having dinner with the LORUSSO family.
I saw him at the canyon Canyon party and then followed him in the tournament. So
do you think he's thinking this is Johnny son or thinking Johnny knows this kid? I don't know if he's thinking already right off the bat. This is Johnny son. I don't know if you'd think that right away.
I think I would think and that's why Johnny was the way He was in the tournament about not crossing that line. There was a mother with jello Miguel's mind. There was a
moment where Miguel asked him I think like, yeah, like, why are you going easy on this? Why do you wanna go easy on him? Why that guy? Yeah. Okay, so So Miguel has figured it out. He sees the picture, but
he can't believe it. It's a quick same, but a lot is going on there. And Miguel, Johnny and crease, grab a couple of coolers at the local convenience store. And as they walk out, who do they run into? They're walking
out of the store with their beers in their hand. And what they just got into some sort of verbal altercation with the convenience store guy, what was that all about?
Crease did, I'm sure he had some not very kind words to say to another. Ethnicity. Yeah, he
said something like this is America or something like that crease. Daniel Russo shows up. And then you have this face off. And this is one of those mind blowing moments for any Karate Kid fan, where you see crease, standing next to Johnny facing off. Daniel Russo. And it's 2019. This is one of those moments where you pause the video and go, Holy cow. Is this really happening? And then Chris says something like the gang's all here. Well, almost everyone, we know who he means. And then Daniel says, you're lucky he's not here. And of course, they're talking about Mr. Miyagi. I think he asked him how his knuckles were doing. Yes, because Daniel asked Chris how your knuckles and then we have a flashback to karate kid too. Yep, with crease, attempting to punch Miyagi, and instead punching through the car window. So you know what? Daniels like? Well, if you're gonna tease me, I'm gonna tease you.
Actually, the first thing Daniel says is dead, my ass. Oh, I missed them when they walked up. Because he went there, obviously to talk to Johnny. Robbie. Sure. And he sees someone from the dead crease and he can't believe it. Okay, I missed that line. And then Chris does give condolences about Mr. Miyagi, but it was just so insincere.
What's so crazy is I was just so besides myself watching this scene, that I missed some of the dialogue, because half of me is going holy cow, is this really happening? That I missed some good lines.
And then typical Daniel, he decides to leave because he's mad, and he doesn't have the Robbie discussion with Johnny Sure. Because the situation was just
different. Well, he says, Daniel says to Johnny, I came to ask you a question. And it looks like I got my answer. I really not really, but that's what Daniel said. But his
mind's blown because it's like, now there's crazy so he assumes creases back. Sure Cobra Kai is going to take over and do his horrible thing in the world. Oh, yeah. And, you know, again, I've said this before, a few times, a lot of misunderstanding. If they took one more beat and had a real conversation. Yeah, like they did at the bar. That one same
one, because then Johnny would say to Daniel, hey, I'm not even sure what to make of
this guy. He comes over here. I don't like this guy. He's totally last time I saw crazy tried to kill Sure. Yeah, so all of that.
So Daniel hops in the car. drives off camera pans out right receipt of flats.
And End of Episode Two. Wow.
This episode blew me away more than the previous one. That moment with Chris and Johnny. It's a surreal moment, it would have only been more surreal. If Pat Marita had been standing next to Johnny, it would have been only more so surreal. But otherwise, really, like I said, I missed some of the dialogue because I was just like, Wow, is this really happening
is amazing. And we have eight amazing episodes to go.
Yeah, I've been blown away. I'm totally emotionally invested. Anybody don't talk to me about anything else. I'm totally cut out. Totally emotionally involved.
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