Cobra Kai

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Cobra Kai is an American comedy-drama web television series based on The Karate Kid film series created by Robert Mark Kamen that premiered on May 2, 2018 on YouTube Red (now YouTube Premium).[1] It takes place 34 years after the original film and follows the reopening of the Cobra Kai karate dojo by Johnny Lawrence and the rekindling of his old rivalry with Daniel LaRusso, starring Ralph Macchio and William Zabka in their respective roles.

The Karate Kid Saga Continues.

Season 1[edit]

Ace Degenerate [1.1][edit]

Miguel: Hey! I'm Miguel. My family and I just moved into 109.
Johnny: Great. More immigrants.
Miguel: Actually, we're from Riverside.

Johnny: [On the phone with his supervisor] No, no, no! I didn't call her a bitch, I said she was bitching at me. There's a difference!...You're firing me because of that bitch? You know what, I hated this damn job anyway. You better pay me what you owe me, Mike! Mike?

Miguel: Hey, I just wanted to say thank you.
Johnny: Alright, well, you said it.
Miguel: So last night, was that, like, Tae Kwon Do, or Jiu-Jitsu, or MMA, or something?
Johnny: It's Karate. Old school Karate.
Miguel: Do you think you could teach me?
Johnny: What? No.
Miguel: What? Come on, when school starts, those guys are gonna make my life miserable.
Johnny: It's not my problem.
Miguel: If I just knew a little bit of what you knew then I would be--
Johnny: Forget it! I don't do karate anymore! All right? besides, I need to find a job.
Miguel: Well, You can open your own karate school.
Johnny: It's called a dojo.
Miguel: Well, you could open your own dojo.
Johnny: Look, I'm not getting into this with you, all right? I'm not even sure I'm allowed to be around kids right now.

Sid Weinberg: [Holding up a meat packet from Johnny's fridge] You know those little red stickers that say "further reduced?" That means spoiled. You know that, right? You're eating bad meat, boy.
Johnny: What the hell are you doing in my apartment, Sid?
Sid Weinberg: Oh, that's some thank you. Who do you even think bailed you out? Again.
Johnny: I never asked for anything.
Sid Weinberg: I figured that little incident at Applebees would be enough to teach you to keep your hands to yourself. You know, when I first met your mom, she really knocked my socks off. Beautiful, blonde, tan...tight. Little did I know, I'd be taking care of her schmuck kid forever.
Johnny: That's right, Sid. You were the real stepdad of the century.

Anoush: Wait, is this the karate guy? The guy from the tournament?
Louie: Oh, this is the guy whose ass you kicked.
Daniel: It was a really close match. But, if you want to get technical, I kicked his face. [Chuckles] I'm just busting your chops.
[The others laugh. Johnny is totally not amused]
Johnny: It was an illegal kick.
Daniel: Oh, illegal? Really? Come on, what about that elbow to my knee?
Johnny: Yeah, I got a warning. You got the win.

Johnny: Are you sure you're ready? Because once you go down this path, there's no turning back.
Miguel: You're gonna be my karate teacher?
Johnny: No. I'm gonna be your sensei.

Strike First [1.2][edit]

Johnny: Cobra Kai isn't just about Karate. It's about a way of life. [Points to wall with "Strike First Strike Hard No Mercy" written on it] Take that first lesson. Striking first is the initial step towards victory. Okay, like when you're at a party, and you see a hot babe. You don't wait for some other guy to go talk to her first, do you?
Miguel: I mean, I've never been to a party, so...
Johnny: Big surprise. Alright, look, striking first is about being aggressive. Alright? If you're not aggressive, then you're being a pussy. And you don't wanna be a pussy! You wanna have balls!
Miguel: Don't you think you're doing a lot of genderizing?
Johnny: ...what?
Miguel: Oh, sorry. Don't you think you're doing a lot of genderizing, sensei?
Johnny: No, what the hell are you talking about?
Miguel: Oh, uh, my guidance counselor says that certain words can perpetuate the sexist world view that can trigger-
Johnny: QUIET! From now on, you won't listen to your guidance counselor, you're gonna listen to me! Is that understood?
Miguel: Uh, yes, sensei.

Johnny: Change that ring tone. Get some Guns N' Roses, or something.
Miguel: What's Guns N' Roses?
Johnny: I'm gonna pretend you didn't say that.

Miguel: Hey sensei, is there any particular way you want me to wash these windows?
Johnny: Nah, I don't give a shit. Whatever's easiest.

Daniel: Some things never change.
Johnny: Yeah? What are you talking about?
Daniel: I heard you beat up a bunch of teenagers in that parking lot out there.
Johnny: Oh, that. No, I didn't beat up any teenagers. I kicked the shit out of a bunch of assholes who deserved it.
Daniel: Wow. Johnny Lawrence calling someone else an asshole. That's rich, man.
Johnny: Yeah, what's that supposed to mean?
Daniel: Alright, look. I'm not here to rehash the past. Just stay away from my daughter's friends.
Johnny: Your daughter's friends? Yeah, that makes sense. Nice company she keeps.
Daniel: What the hell is that supposed to mean?
Johnny: It means those friends of hers were wailing on a kid half their size. Maybe you don't know your daughter as well as you think you do. Get your house in order, LaRusso.
Daniel: Who the hell do you think you're talking to?
Miguel: Bathroom's clean! [walks into the scene] Is there anything else you need me to do?
[Johnny motions towards Miguel. He pulls out his earphones.]
Miguel: I'm sorry, Sensei. I...
Daniel: Sensei? Really? Oh my god. [To Miguel] Kid, I don't know what he's told you, but you shouldn't believe a word this guy says, or you're gonna end up just like him. [Back to Johnny] You and I, this...we're not done.

Esqueleto [1.3][edit]

Johnny: [To Miguel] Hey, you don't happen to have any friends who wanna learn Karate, do you? Oh, what am I saying? You don't have any friends.
Miguel: Hey sensei, when am I gonna learn to do some kicking? I was watching this YouTube video of this guy breaking boards and it looked badass!
Johnny: Yeah, no shit. Kicking IS badass. But you're not ready. Besides, if I don't get more students in here, I'm not gonna be able to teach you anything.
Miguel: Well, you've thought about advertising, right?
Johnny: ...Yeah, duh! Of course!

Johnny: I just need you to bring attention to the dojo, alright? I want everybody to see this sign.
Lynn: Do you want me to flash my bits? That'll cost you extra.
Johnny: No, that's the opposite of what I want. Nobody wants to see your bits. Just take this sign, hold it up in the air, and spin it around, alright? Do that all day, and you'll get your money.
Lynn: Well, I want meth and a burrito.
Johnny: You can spend it on whatever you want, that's how money works. Just do your job, spin it around, I'll pay you back later. You got it?
Lynn: Got it!
Johnny: Hold the sign up!

Miguel: I wish I could show my mom what I did to those boards, but if she knew where I was right now, she'd kill me. What's wrong with you?
Johnny: [After reading "Final Notice" bills] Nothing. Put your costume on, I'm driving you to that dance, and we're gonna pick up some more students. [Sees Miguel's horribly homemade halloween costume] What the hell is that?
Miguel: It's my halloween costume. My ya-ya made it. It started off as Deadpool, then I think it was Spider-Man, and then it just kinda became some generic superhero.
Johnny: Yeah, a poor one at that. You're Poor-Man.
Miguel: Yeah.
Johnny: Well, I can't let you go out like that. We have a reputation to uphold.
Miguel: What do you suggest?
[At the high school dance, Miguel is seen wearing Johnny's skeleton costume from the first movie]

[Daniel sees Johnny in the high school hallway hanging Cobra Kai flyers]
Daniel: What do you think you're doing?
Johnny: I'm promoting my business. Why don't you try minding yours?
Daniel: Minding mine? You know what, look, this is ridiculous, okay? We can both be adults here. I just don't know why you'd ever wanna bring back Cobra Kai after what your sensei did to you.
Johnny: Because I'm not Kreese...and the lessons worked.
Daniel: "Strike first, no mercy?" Real good lessons. If you think I'm gonna let you fill these kids heads with that garbage, you're nuts, man.

Cobra Kai Never Dies [1.4][edit]

Miguel Diaz: My mom says I can train again.
Johnny Lawrence: She did?
Miguel Diaz: Yeah. I mean, if we still have a dojo.
Johnny Lawrence: We do for now. All right, but I need to know are you ready to take things to the next level?
Miguel Diaz: Yes, Sensei.
Johnny Lawrence: You got your ass kicked because you didn't have any defense. So I'm gonna teach you the best defense that you can know. And the best defense- [holds up his fists to Miguel's face] -is more offense.

Counterbalance [1.5][edit]

Kyler: I'm ready for your lame ass karate this time!
Miguel: It's not lame ass karate. [Blocks punch from Kyler] It's Cobra Kai. [Punches Kyler in the face.]

[Daniel visits Mr Miyagi's grave]
Daniel: Hey, Mr. Miyagi. I know it's been a few months, but better late than never, right? I've been thinking about you a lot lately. I, um... You know, it's... it's funny. When I was a kid, you seemed to always have all the answers, and I guess I thought when I got older, I'd have it all figured out too. But now I just... feel like I'm clueless. Makes me wonder, was it different for you, or were you just better at hiding it? Maybe that was it, huh? [trims part of bonsai tree] I feel like lately I've let my anger take control. You know me, I've always been a bit of a hothead, so... I really wish you could be here right now.
[as he starts up his car, he feels Mr Miyagi is calling him from the grave]
Mr Miyagi: Daniel-san. You remember lesson about balance?
Daniel: [remembers lesson] Yeah.
Mr Miyagi: Mm. Lesson not just karate only. Lesson for whole life. Whole life. Have balance. Everything be better. Understand?
Daniel: [in present] Yeah. I understand.

Quiver [1.6][edit]

Since you joined Cobra Kai, I have been hard on you. I've called you names, I've humiliated you - some of you, I've hit. And for that, I don't apologize. Cobra Kai is about strength. If you can't be strong on the inside, you can't be strong on the outside. ~ Johnny Lawrence
Johnny Lawrence: Since you joined Cobra Kai, I have been hard on you. I've called you names, I've humiliated you - some of you, I've hit. And for that, I don't apologize. Cobra Kai is about strength. If you can't be strong on the inside, you can't be strong on the outside. And right now - you're all weak. And I know that because I was you. I used to have no friends, I used to be the weird kid. Well, maybe not that weird, I still hooked up with babes 'n all but the point is - I wasn't always the badass Sensei that I am today. Just like a cobra, I had to shed my loser skin to find my true power. And you guys will too.
[Eli enters sporting a new mohawk. No one recognizes him]
Johnny Lawrence: Welcome to Cobra Kai.
Miguel: Eli... what happened?
Eli: I'm flippin' the script.
Johnny Lawrence: Wait, are you the kid with the lip? Nice cut, bro! You see that? It doesn't matter if you're a loser, or a nerd, or a freak. All that matters is that You... Become... Badass! "Hawk" - fall in.
[Eli/Hawk kicks off his shoes and falls in at the front of the class next to Aisha and Miguel. The other Cobra Kais stare in awe]
Johnny Lawrence: Fear does not exist in this dojo, does it?
Eli: No, Sensei!
Johnny Lawrence: Pain does not exist in this dojo, does it?
Aisha Robinson: No, Sensei!
Johnny Lawrence: Defeat does not exist in this dojo, does it?
Miguel: No, Sensei!
Johnny Lawrence: Class! Are you ready to learn the 'Way of the Fist'?
Miguel, Aisha, Eli: Yes, Sensei!

All Valley [1.7][edit]

Johnny Lawrence: Look, I admit Cobra Kai had its share of problems in the '80s. My sensei didn't always play by the rules. That's why I left. But my Cobra Kai is different. It's a place where kids can come and feel like they belong. Where they won't get picked on because they're a bunch of losers, or because they're unique. I've watched firsthand as my students have gotten stronger, gained confidence, or had to stand up for themselves. Cobra Kai is making a difference to these kids' lives. And honestly, they're making a difference in mine as well. Thank you.

Miguel Diaz: To Cobra Kai.
Johnny Lawrence: Never accept defeat.

Molting [1.8][edit]

Johnny: You've trained hard. You've gotten stronger, tougher, faster. You've done your best! You're ready for this tournament! Am I right?
Students: Yes, Sensei!
Johnny: WRONG! Your best ain't shit! If you wanna win the All-Valley Under 18 Karate Tournament, you gotta give me better than your best! Which is why, from now on, you're gonna be getting my worst! Is that understood?!
Students: Yes, Sensei!
Johnny: Are you losers?!
Students: No, Sensei!
Johnny: Are you nerds?!
Students: No, Sensei!
Johnny: Are you sure?!
Students: No, Sensei!
[Johnny facepalms]

Johnny: It was the summer of '82. Rocky III had just come out. My buddy Dutch was a huge Mr. T fan, so we went to a local theater to check it out. Sitting in front of us was this group of cute chicks, eating popcorn, and Dutch started throwing Milk Duds at 'em.
Miguel: What? Why would he do that?
Johnny: 'Cause, it's an alpha move, man. Chicks love it when you treat 'em like crap. Anyway, eventually the girls got so pissed off one of 'em stood up and started yelling at us. That's when I saw her for the first time.
Miguel: Saw who?
Johnny: Ali.

Different But The Same [1.9][edit]

Amanda LaRusso: What is going on?
Anthony LaRusso: Dad's about to fight this guy!
Daniel LaRusso: Amanda, please, just go inside. This is between me and Sensei Lawrence.
Amanda LaRusso: Yeah, you two seem to have this pretty well in hand. Just a normal Saturday afternoon, a couple of grown men about to kick each other into a pool. You know, as much as I would love to watch you and your childhood karate rival duke it out, I kinda don't wanna get any blood on the patio, so what do you say we try to resolve this over some breakfast instead?
Daniel LaRusso: Want to go inside?
Johnny Lawrence: I could eat.

Johnny Lawrence: [approaching a car on Daniel's trade-in lot] This one's not half bad.
Daniel LaRusso: It's a 2009 Challenger, 5.8 liter.
Johnny Lawrence: 5.7.
Daniel LaRusso: What, you know cars?
Johnny Lawrence: What kind of man doesn't?

Mercy [1.10][edit]

Miguel: I found his weakness, Sensei; it's his shoulder.
Johnny: Look, we wanna win, but it's gotta be the right way. You don't have to fight dirty.
Miguel: There's nothing dirty about winning, Sensei. You taught me that. Don't worry; I got this. No mercy.

Season 2[edit]

Mercy Part II [2.1][edit]

Johnny Lawrence: Everyone, fall in!
[The students fall into position, with Miguel and Hawk in front]
Hawk: Must've been a rager, sensei.
Miguel Diaz: Yeah, were you celebrating all weekend?
Johnny Lawrence: Celebrating what? That my students are a bunch of pussies? Diaz, Hawk, up front!
[Miguel and Hawk step forward, facing the other students]
Johnny Lawrence: Hawk, did you attack your opponent when his back was turned?
Hawk: Yes, Sensei?
Johnny Lawrence: Diaz, did you purposely attack your opponent's injury?
Miguel Diaz: Yes, Sensei.
Johnny Lawrence: You think that makes you badass? [Hawk and Miguel look at Johnny, visibly confused] What's the matter? Too tough a question? Maybe you need some help. Miss Robinson!
Aisha Robinson: Yes, Sensei.
Johnny Lawrence: Two cobras in the jungle. One kills the strongest lion. The other kills a crippled monkey. Which cobra do you want to be?
Aisha Robinson: The one that kills the lion, sensei.
Johnny Lawrence: And why is that?
Aisha Robinson: Because it killed the stronger animal.
Johnny Lawrence: Correct! Cobra Kai is about being badass. And the baddest badass is the one that beats his opponent when he's at his strongest. [facing Hawk] Not when his back is turned. [Facing Miguel] Not when he's injured! Is that understood?
Cobra Kai: Yes, Sensei!
Johnny Lawrence: That means no more cheating. No more fighting dirty. From here on out, those are pussy moves. And you don't want to be pussies, do you?
Cobra Kai: No, Sensei!
Johnny Lawrence: Good. That's why I had you wear your white belts. You're starting over. Diaz, Hawk, fifty push-ups, on your knuckles. Miss Robinson, warm them up.
Aisha Robinson: Yes, Sensei.

[Johnny meets Robby at a hardware store]
Johnny Lawrence: How's your shoulder?
Robby Keene: Getting better. No thanks to you.
Johnny Lawrence: Look, I know you're pissed at me. You have a right to be. But I'm trying to change.
Robby Keene: Sure.
Johnny Lawrence: I don't want there to be bad blood between us.
Robby Keene: Yeah, well, you kinda ruined that when you told Diaz to fight dirty against me.
Johnny Lawrence: I didn't tell Miguel to fight dirty against you.
Robby Keene: Look, I know I'm supposed to forgive you, or whatever, but right now, it's a little tough.
Johnny Lawrence: So instead, you're gonna torture me by training with that prick?
Robby Keene: Hey, you don't know Mr. LaRusso. He is a better man than you will ever be.

[Johnny hears the door to the dojo open]
Johnny Lawrence: Miguel?
John Kreese: Congratulations. You did what I always thought you could do. You won. Cobra Kai is back where it belongs: Back on top. Everyone closed the book on us. They thought we were done. But now they see... that the real story has only just begun.
Johnny Lawrence: I thought you were dead.
John Kreese: You ain't the only one, kid. I've been away a long, long time. It's good to see you.
[Kreese offers a handshake, but Johnny slaps his hand away]
John Kreese: Hmph. Still got that hot temper, huh? But I like that. I like that. I bet that's why your student is now the champion. You trained him well... just like I trained you.

John Kreese: I'm sorry. I realize that I was too hard on you. You were young, and I went overboard. You were my best student. You had so much potential. I just couldn't stand seeing you lose. I know I could be a tough son of a bitch. But if you'd seen some of the things that I've seen... Well, that doesn't change what I did. For years I've regretted that night. But when I heard that you brought back Cobra Kai, I thought that maybe this could be a shot for me to redeem myself. 'Cause believe me, there ain't nothing that I'd like more in this world than to have another chance. I understand if you never want to see me again. But just remember: I am the guy who always rooted for you. Ah, I almost forgot. [Takes out Johnny's 2nd place trophy from the 1984 All Valley Karate Championships] I fixed it for you. It may say second place. But in my opinion, you were always the better fighter. See you, kid.

Back in Black [2.2][edit]

[Johnny is in his office, on the phone with an interested customer]
Johnny Lawerence: Uh-huh. No, we're always looking for new recruits. We have a 4 P.M. class and a 5 P.M. class, but they're filling up fast. No no, we accept boys and girls. Gender what? Hey, is this a prank call?
[Johnny has his students lined up in front of a cement mixer truck]
Johnny Lawrence: You think winning the All Valley gives you the right to goof off? Well, I got news for you. Winning one championship don't mean squat! A true champion never stops training. You gotta keep moving forward, or else you can get stuck exactly where you are. It's like the cement in this truck. If that drum doesn't start turning, the cement inside will harden and get stuck. Is that what you want to happen to you?
Cobra Kai: No, Sensei!
Johnny Lawrence: Good. Then climb up, get inside, and make it spin.
Aisha: Sensei, we're sorry for messing around.
Hawk: We learned our lesson.
[Johnny lowers the cement mixer's ladder]
Johnny Lawrence: Get in!
Miguel Diaz: Sensei, this seems kind of dangerous. I mean, the fumes alone-
John Kreese: Quiet! This man led you to the mountain top, and you question him? Look at you. Look at all of you. I can't believe this pathetic pack of pussies competed in the All Valley, and let alone won. It's an absolute miracle. And who's responsible for that miracle? Johnny Lawrence. The best student in the history of Cobra Kai. My student.
Hawk: You were Sensei's sensei?
John Kreese: You better believe it, kid. And I tell you I've never trained a tougher student in my whole life. So if you know what's good for you, you better listen to every goddamn word he says.
[long pause before Miguel steps forward]
Miguel Diaz: I'll do it, Sensei.

Johnny Lawrence: You should all be proud of yourselves. I know I'm proud. Your parents would be proud too, if you told them what we did here today, which we won't. You pushed forward like champions. Never stopping. Never being satisfied. Never giving up. And if you keep pushing and keep moving forward, you're gonna go to places you never even dreamed of.

Fire and Ice [2.3][edit]

Daniel LaRusso: Inner peace. Focus. Balance. These are just some of the skills that you will master when you join Miyagi-do Karate. I'm Daniel LaRusso, and before I was the number one auto dealer in the Valley, I was two-time All Valley Under-18 Champion. Now, you can learn the secrets of Okinawan karate, true karate, by joining the Miyagi-do team. Don't be a snake in the grass. Be a champion. Tweet us at hashtag TeamMiyagiDo. And all lessons are free. That's right, free. Because at Miyagi-do, it's not about the money. It's about the karate.

Johnny Lawrence: There's a lot of talk going around the Valley about free karate. But everyone knows that in life, you get what you pay for. You wanna really kick the competition? [Johnny kicks a bonsai tree into pieces] Then you need to get your ass over to Cobra Kai. Screw that lame meditation bullshit. What you need is bone-crunching, face-smashing, good ol' American karate. [Johnny punches and elbows a body opponent bag] Enough about self-defense. Learn self-offense. Don't be a pussy. Join Cobra Kai, and let me teach you the Way of the Fist.
Aisha: And cut.
Johnny Lawrence: All right, did we get it?
Aisha: I think so.
Johnny Lawrence: All right, great. Just make sure the Cobra Kai snake comes in at the end, all right? I want it to really pop. Make it chrome. And throw "Thunderstruck" under it.
Aisha: I'm pretty sure the rights for that song will cost too much.
Johnny Lawrence: No, I already own it. Cassette's in the car. Oh, and put one of those hash browns at the end. You know, like, "Hash brown. Team Cobra Kai," or something. And then send it to the Internet!

The Moment of Truth [2.4][edit]

John Kreese: The key to this move is making your enemy think you are retreating. But just as they let their guard down, that's when you strike the hardest.

All In [2.5][edit]

The fight is only over when you say it is. ~ John Kreese
[after breaking up with Moon, Hawk storms into the Cobra Kai dojo and starts attacking a punching bag. Kreese enters the room]
John Kreese: You get into a fight?
Hawk: With Miyagi-do. We lost.
John Kreese: No, you didn't. The fight is only over when you say it is.

[Demetri has posted a 1-star review of Cobra Kai on Yelp; Hawk confronts him about it at a comic book store]
Demetri: You think I'm afraid of you? I know who you really are, Eli. So, why don't you, Rocksteady, and Bebop just leave me alone, okay?
[Demetri turns around to see two other Cobra Kai members approaching him]
Demetri: Great. So this is what it comes to: gang assault.
Hawk: Take it down, or we take you down.
Demetri: You’d actually hurt me?

Take a Right [2.6][edit]

John Kreese: Cobra Kai is not a hobby. It's not a club. Cobra Kai is your brothers and your sisters. You're all Cobra Kai for life because Cobra Kai never dies.

[Johnny has just told his old friends that he's re-opened the Cobra Kai dojo and their former sensei John Kreese is involved, and they're not pleased]
Jimmy: This is the stupidest thing I've ever heard.
Johnny Lawrence: It's not stupid.
Bobby: John Kreese is bad news. All that crap we dealt with after high school, taking that "no mercy" bullshit out into the world.
Jimmy: And you got it the worst, man. Don't you remember?
Johnny Lawrence: Of course, I remember, but people can change. Just like Cobra Kai can change.
Jimmy: Yeah, right.
Johnny Lawrence: No, I'm serious. I'm trying to change Cobra Kai. And Kreese is on board.
Tommy: Do you trust him, Johnny?
Bobby: You know Kreese. He's always got something up his sleeve.
Johnny Lawrence: Nah, he's a different man. Besides, doesn't it say something in your book about forgiveness? 'Cause all I know is, everyone deserves a second chance.

[Daniel explains to his new students what Cobra Kai is really about]
Daniel LaRusso: Cobra Kai sells power, strength, and when I joined I was, well, I was weak. It was 1985, I had just won my first All-Valley, and, Mr. Miyagi didn't want me to compete anymore. He never really like the idea of fighting for trophies in the first place. So, you know, I-we got into this big argument, and what did I do? I joined Cobra Kai. I learned to strike first, strike hard, show no mercy, and it turned me into an angry and violent kid. It changed me.
Samantha LaRusso: You never told me about any of this.
Daniel LaRusso: It's not something I'm proud of, Sam. And my point is anyone can be seduced by Cobra Kai, even me, and I'll admit: Cobra Kai makes you feel stronger, tougher, but it will also get you in trouble. And that's what happened to me. I'm just lucky Mr Miyagi was willing to take me back. So remember, it doesn't matter who anyone was before they stepped into this dojo. All that matters is that right now, today, we are all Miyagi-Do.

[Johnny and Tommy have some campfire drinks, but some things needed to be said]
Tommy: Today was fun, Johnny.
Johnny Lawrence: You still got some moves, man. You should stop by the dojo sometime.
Tommy:Yeah, right. Just like the good old days. [reflects] Man, where did all that time go?
Johnny: I don't know.
Tommy: Man, there was something I never told you. Didn't think you needed to know, but screw it. [deep breath] I was in love with Ali.
Johnny: What?
Tommy: Yeah. Freshman year. We were in the same homeroom. We used to talk all the time. I was building up the courage to ask her out, [looks at Johnny] when someone else struck first. That's why I joined Cobra Kai. I wanted to have the balls that you had. Without the smell. [he and Johnny laugh and drink]
Johnny: I don't think I ever really got over her. I mean, I dated plenty of babes after, but I never really let my guard down with any of them, you know? Not like with Ali.
Tommy: You still got one thing that's more important than anything, Johnny.
Johnny: What's that?
Tommy: Time. You still have time.
Johnny: Yeah. Time for what?
Tommy: Meet someone new, change your life. Do what you wanna do.
Johnny: I don't know. Right now, all I wanna do is make sure my students don't make the same mistakes that we did. I don't want them to look back at their life full of regret.
Tommy: You'll do it, Johnny. You're the champ.

Lull [2.7][edit]

John Kreese: Sensei Lawrence is right, of course. In a tournament, the fighting stops when you score a point. But in the real world, it's not about scoring points. It's about being a winner or a loser. And there are no losers in this dojo.

John Kreese: War never ends. Peace is just the lull between battles.

Tory: My Mom worked at this restaurant when I was little, and she would bring home leftovers so my brother and I had enough to eat. When her manager found out, he fired her. No warning, no notice. He said it was against company policy. She wasn't stealing; the food was gonna end up in the trash! The world shows no mercy. So why should we? Some people have it good, but the rest of us, we have to fight for every inch of what's ours. Not just to score a point. For everything.

John Kreese: Ah, hey, Johnny. Here to congradulate me on my victory?
Johnny Lawrence: We need to talk.
John Kreese: Talk about what?
Johnny Lawerence: About what you've been putting in my students' heads since I've been gone.
John Kreese: The same lessons I taught you, the way of the fist: strike first, strike hard, no mercy.
Johnny Lawrence: Yeah, that's where we have a problem.
John Kreese: Oh, do we?
Johnny Lawrence: Yeah. Cobra Kai needs to change. What you taught didn't work back then and it doesn't work now.
John Kreese: Well, whaddya want to change it to? Something nice and snuggly like a blanket?
Johnny Lawrence: No. Cobra Kai will always be badass. But there's a difference between no mercy and no honor.
John Kreese: Ah... honor. Lemme tell you something. When you're in a war, the other side never fights with any "honor." Take it from me. Trust me; I know, I've been there. Be glad that you don't know.
Johnny Lawrence: Yeah, I don't know what shit you went through back then, but these are good kids, and they don't need to relive our mistakes.
John Kreese: The only "mistake" is teaching them weakness. Like what you did when you backed down from LaRusso's challenge. Is that what the new Cobra Kai is all about?
Johnny Lawrence: You trying to get me riled up? It's not gonna work. I am responsible for these students.
John Kreese: And I am responsible for you. I'm worried about you, Johnny. I see what's gonna happen; you're gonna let your guard down, and that's gonna leave you vulnerable.
Johnny Lawrence: Maybe that's what you think, but this is my dojo, and I make the rules.
John Kreese: Your dojo? You forget who started Cobra Kai?
Johnny Lawrence: I haven't forgotten anything. You know what? I'm sorry, I thought this could work, but I was wrong.
John Kreese: Look-
Johnny Lawrence: We're done. I don't ever wanna see you in this dojo again.

Glory of Love [2.8][edit]

Miguel Diaz: Okay. The app is downloaded. What type of women are you looking to meet? Super hot babes. Dumb question. Okay. What are your likes?
Johnny Lawrence: My likes?
Miguel Diaz: Mm hmm.
Johnny Lawrence: What am I supposed to say? Long walks on the beach? I like muscle cars, martial arts, and "Iron Eagle". And "Iron Eagle II". Why aren't you texting this down? Computer dating is your idea.
Miguel Diaz: Look, you have to take this seriously.
Johnny Lawrence: It used to be simple. Find a chick in a bar. Bump into her hard, but not too hard. Pretty hard. Then you buy her a beer.
Miguel Diaz: Yeah, no.
Johnny Lawrence: Tried and true, Diaz. That's how the cavemen did it. Cavemen. That's another like. You know, like the ones in those insurance commercials.
Miguel Diaz: [sighs] Look, I think I can fill out the rest of this on my own. What about clothes? What are you wearing?
Johnny Lawrence: You gonna teach me about fashion now?
Miguel Diaz: Might have to.

No Mercy [2.10][edit]

Daniel LaRusso: [Looking at a picture of Mr. Miyagi] I tried my best. I thought I was doing the right thing. I'm so sorry.

Johnny Lawrence: I wasn't taught the difference between mercy and honor and I paid for it. If I'm extra hard on you, it's only because you have the potential to be better than I ever was.

Samantha LaRusso: Can't you just stop it already?
Tory: What's the matter? You can't keep up?

[Robby has pinned Miguel against a pillar]
Robby Keene: You can't cheat your way out of this one!
[Miguel escapes with a headbutt]
Miguel Diaz: Like that move? Learned it from your dad!

Samantha LaRusso: Is that the only way you know how to fight? Dirty?
[Tory takes off her spiked bracelet and wraps it around her fist as a knuckle duster]
Tory: This isn't a tournament. There are no rules.

John Kreese: Class! We have a visitor.
Johnny Lawrence: The hell do you think you're doing?
John Kreese: What does it look like? I'm teaching my students.
Johnny Lawrence: Your students?
John Kreese: You let them down when they needed you the most. Somebody needed to remind them what it takes to win.
[Johnny starts toward Kreese, but the Cobra Kai students block the way.]
Johnny Lawrence: After everything I did for you?
Hawk: Miguel is in the hospital because of you. He showed mercy to Robby Keene because of you. If he dies, that's on you.
John Kreese: I did warn you about this. I told you not to show weakness.
Johnny Lawrence: Get out.
John Kreese: This is my dojo. Oh, I forgot to tell you. When you were outta town, I had a little talk with the landlord. Turns out he doesn't like you much. But you know the problem with those handshake deals: there are no guarantees.
Johnny Lawrence: You can't do this.
John Kreese: Of course I can. I founded Cobra Kai. It belongs to me. It always has. And it always will. I will never let my students lose... even if they have to learn the hard way. One day you'll thank me for this, Johnny.
Johnny Lawrence: This was a mistake. You want Cobra Kai? It's yours.
[Johnny leaves the room; Kreese watches him go.]
John Kreese: Class! Forward strike.

Season 3[edit]

The Right Path [3.4][edit]

[Kumiko and Daniel catch up after seeing each other again at Tomi Village Green]
Kumiko: After graduation, I joined the Hijikata Tatsumi Dance Company and we traveled all around the world, Sydney, Paris, Singapore..
Daniel: So you got your dream. That's terrific. You got a favorite place?
Kumiko: Hai, London.
Daniel: Ah, let me guess, the tea.
Kumiko: [laughs at the English tea reference] No, I got to see the Cranberries open up for Radiohead; 1995, they played Zombie, Linger and Dreams.
Daniel: [short pause] So when did you start teaching?
Kumiko: After I moved back to Okinawa, Aunt Yukie got sick, and this has always been my home.
Daniel: I'm sorry to hear she passed. I know she was proud of you.
Kumiko: Arigato... although I know she wanted me to get married, I stayed - what was your word for it, a free agent?
Daniel: Come on, I'm supposed to believe that a guy never got a ring on that finger?
Kumiko: Many tried, but... none of them fought to the death for me.
Daniel: It's a hard act to follow!
Kumiko: Salut.
Daniel: I'm sorry this is absolutely surreal. I feel like I haven't seen you in like five minutes, but its been over 30 years... [Kumiko nods in assent] 30 years!
Kumiko: Maybe if we had Facebook and Instagram back then, we would have never lost touch. Why did you come back to Okinawa, Daniel-san?
Daniel: I told you my business is, not bad..
Kumiko: No. Why did you really come back?
Daniel: I got my dream too, you know. I have an incredible family. I have my own business, I should be counting my blessings, but so many things have been going sideways for me lately, everybody looks to me for answers, and I'm spinning around so much I can't tell which way is up.
Kumiko: I used to have this nightmare that I had to go on stage and did not know the choreography. I felt out of control.
Daniel: Exactly. I used to go to Mr Miyagi for help, but you know, I'm the same age now as Mr Miyagi was when he met me. He had it all figured out, I wish he could be here to help guide me.
Kumiko: [face lights up] I think I can make it happen.

[At Yukie's old house, Daniel and Kumiko browse through Mr Miyagi's old letters to Yukie but Daniel looks at one particular envelope]
Kumiko: What is it?
Daniel: This was written the week Mr Miyagi died.
Kumiko: Do you like me to read it?
Daniel: [looks at her] Please.
Kumiko: [translates Japanese text] One umoyagawa, My sweetheart Yukie. I'm sorry it has been a long time since my last letter. I'm so happy to hear that Kani-sakura is in good health.
Daniel: Who is that?
Kumiko: Kani-sakura is Okinawan cherry blossom. [reads letter] I am sorry to tell you that I am back in hospital. Please do not worry. There is nothing to do except watch TV and think. Think about family. Think about us. Think about where I have been and where I am going. In life, I have always looked for signs to show me the right way, but I got lost. Until I met Daniel-san. [Daniel reacts at mention] His kind heart, strong chi, and loyalty and love for those around him is a guiding light for me. I am very proud for the man he has become even though he still has a hard head. [Kumiko sighs but her face changes as the gravity of the words hit her too] I never thought I would have a family again. Daniel-san has welcomed me into his family, and he has passed on what I teach him in Miyagi-Do to his daughter. Samantha... makes me feel like I'm her tanme.
Daniel: What's tanme?
Kumiko: Grandfather. [continues reading] In life, we always lose our way, but it is people, not the signs, that guide us back to the right path. Do you like that, Yukie? I heard that in a car commercial. Kanashii, love, Nariyoshi Miyagi.
Daniel: [looks up after Kumiko puts the letter back in the envelope] Thank you Mr Miyagi. [to Kumiko] Thank you.
Kumiko: [presents him the letter] Arigato.

Miyagi-do [3.5][edit]

[Daniel meets Kumiko and is curious about her female companion]
Daniel: Friend of yours?
Kumiko: Friend of ours.
Daniel: Oh I'm sorry I -
Woman: Don't worry it's been a long time since we met. I was a child then and it was during a typhoon.
Daniel: [remembers the girl he rescued] Yuna?!?!
Yuna: You remember?
Daniel: Are you kidding me?! How could I forget? [embraces her] Oh my God, how have you been? Your English is so perfect.
Yuna: Good, thank you. I work in international sales. Perfect English comes in handy. [nods to Kumiko]
Daniel: Sales, wow that's great, same here. Well maybe not for much longer, but who do you work for?
Yuna: Doyona.
Daniel: What, you work for Doyona.
Yuna: Senior vice-president of sales for Doyona International.
Kumiko: [when Daniel looks at her, thinking she delivered for him again] Like auntie Yukie said, nan kurenai-sa- put good out into the world and good will come back to you.
Daniel: Mr Miyagi was right with loving her. [Kumiko smiles at him. to Yuna] So Yuna, can I buy you a drink?
Yuna: I should hope so, Daniel-san. I'm about to save your business.


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