Cobra Kai (2018) s02e04 Episode Script

The Moment of Truth

Hello? Thank God.
I was a little afraid you'd be the other guy.
He's a little unhinged.
Saw your little demonstration at Valley Fest.
Couple of the guys have been requesting I come join the club.
So, uh, I feel like it's time to give it another go.
But I've got some ground rules.
I prefer to take a flag football approach to my karate training.
Ideally, learning to hit and kick without actually being hit or kicked.
Part and parcel with that, I have a bit of a thing about personal space.
The other Cobras are just gonna have to accept that.
Wow! That is quite the tattoo.
Ooh Ah Not to nitpick here, but I'm not sure it's anatomically correct.
You see, the hood of the Indo-Chinese spitting cobra is much smaller and their pupils are actually round, not the vertical type your artist opted for.
So, uh, you know, probably an easy enough fix to correct the Pupils.
Shit, shit, shit! Maybe we should take a video of us sparring and post it on Instagram.
Everybody already saw us at Valley Fest, no one cared.
You know what the problem is? Miyagi-Do's all about defense.
Defense wins championships.
Yeah, but people show up for the offense.
That's why Cobra Kai is more popular.
All right? We need to show them we can fight, too.
So, what exactly are we supposed to do? Go to the mall and pick a fight? Record us defending ourselves? It's not the worst idea.
It's a terrible idea.
Hey, Dad.
Getting the banana boat up and running? I'm trying.
Do you maybe wanna come around back? You could teach us some karate.
I ever tell you about my first job selling cars? It was at this used car lot in Tarzana.
The owner there, he thought he was God's gift to sales.
Truth is, the customers could smell his BS a mile away.
My first month there, I outsold him.
How'd you do that? I did what Mr.
Miyagi taught me to do.
I treated people honestly.
Looked them in the eye, asked for their trust, and I earned it.
All the fanfare and all the gimmicks, that stuff, I mean, it gets them in the door but it doesn't sell cars.
It's the same thing with karate.
We gotta use a more personal touch.
We gotta look people in the eye and connect with them.
That's the only way we're gonna be successful.
All right.
You ready? Oh, yeah.
Go get Robby, we're gonna take a drive.
You gotta understand that Mogadishu in the '90s was a hellhole.
Warlords controlled whole swaths of the city.
My team and I were charged with cleaning the place up.
How many warlords did you kill? You keep track of every ant you stomp out? Whoa.
No, no, no, you already raised my rent six months ago.
You don't get to raise it again just because I have more students.
That's exactly what I'm doing! You have more students, you have more money.
You have more money, you pay more rent.
Yeah? And I give you storage room for free.
The storage room was already part of it.
I was letting you keep your shit in here for free.
I should've charged you rent! Oh, would've, could've, should've, my friend.
"My friend"? I'm not your friend.
We're not friends.
We had a handshake deal.
Well, that's because you had shitty credit! Okay, let's make new handshake deal, huh? Come on.
All right, fine.
Okay, okay.
Okay! Now, get the hell out of my dojo.
No, no.
Back door.
Son of a bitch.
Yeah, don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.
It's my door! They were outgunned, we were outmanned.
I tell you, Rwanda was no joke.
Don't you mean Somalia? Mogadishu is in Somalia, Rwanda's a whole different country.
Of course, Somalia.
I've spent so much time in the sandbox, it all kind of bleeds together, you know? Listen up! I see we've got some new recruits.
Everybody, fall in.
In neat rows and lines.
Time to see what you're made of.
Straighten up, ginger twins.
Sorry, parents can't stay for class.
It's an insurance thing.
I'm not a dad.
I I am here to kick some ass, sir! Do I know you from somewhere? Oh, yeah, they, uh I sold you the mirror.
We kind of bonded, talked about rock bands.
Look, you're a little old.
This is a class for teenagers.
Well, I can take 'em.
I'm not afraid of kids, sir.
And my mom, she doesn't charge me rent, so I got a lot of cash to burn.
We'll consider this a trial run.
I thought my last group of recruits was pathetic.
But if you do what I tell you to do, you'll at least have a chance of becoming a fighter.
But to do that, you gotta fight.
So, which one of you has the balls to take on the champ? Uh I'll take him on.
Oh, you will, huh? I saw your little demo at Valley Fest.
You guys can put on a show, but can you actually fight? That sounds like a challenge.
I like a challenge.
Diaz, show little Miss Hotshot here what Cobra Kai is all about.
Look, are you sure that you wanna do All right.
Game on.
Close the gap.
You're telegraphing.
Don't let me see it coming.
Did you see that coming? Maybe.
My name's Miguel.
With a "Y.
" I still don't understand how going to the beach is gonna help us get students.
It's not the students that I'm after, it's the parents.
So, you're counting on kids listening to their parents? No, I'm counting on parents doing whatever it takes to protect their kids.
Look, I've tried everything else to promote Miyagi-Do.
If this doesn't work, nothing will.
See? What did I tell ya? It's always packed here on Saturdays.
Cool wheels, daddy-o.
Maybe you can give me a ride sometime? You know it, doll.
We could cruise on down to the passion pit.
Hey, Jack Durocher, he's got a kid at West Valley, doesn't he? A son, I think, yeah.
You all right? Yeah.
Yeah, I just kind of used to work here.
Really? When? Couple of days last summer.
It wasn't a great fit.
Ugh! Let me guess, dick pic? No.
My mom wants me to go to the beach club with her.
Oh, my God, that sounds so miserable.
It's just, this girl Sam's probably gonna be there, and she and I are not on good terms.
I'm Aisha, by the way.
Hey, that's a cool bracelet.
Oh, this? It's not just for show.
Some creepy guy at the mall tried to grab me once, but I managed to block him and give him a gift he won't ever forget.
You seem like you already know how to kick ass pretty well.
What do you need Cobra Kai for? I've had a couple kickboxing lessons, but I've always wanted to smash boards blindfolded.
Oh You saw that.
The secret is poking little holes in the blindfolds.
You wouldn't wanna go to the beach with me, would you? It'd be nice to have some backup.
I guess I could suffer through a day at the beach.
So you got pushed around, so what? Get over it.
You were in a karate dojo, that's the whole point.
It was aggravated assault, Eli.
I looked it up.
That's a year in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Stop being such a bitch, Demetri.
You know what happens to snitches.
They get immunity.
Snitches get stitches.
I have stitches.
I've got several stitches.
Don't do anything stupid, you'll regret it.
What happened? That pussy Demetri couldn't handle training with Mr.
He's not Cobra Kai material.
Looks good.
I used a level this time.
What's up? I'm a little worried about Mr.
My friend Demetri came in and he roughed him up.
He the mouthy one? Yeah, he probably deserved it.
Look, I know you guys are old friends, but some of his stories don't add up.
Look, John Kreese and I go way back.
All right? He and I It's complicated.
The guy's got his issues, but everyone deserves a second chance.
All right? There's nothing to worry about.
I'm on top of it.
So, Kevin's a sophomore already? How did he enjoy freshman year? I guess it was fine.
To be honest, he doesn't really give me much.
The kid is always on his phone.
Yeah, I know something about that.
It's tough to get a read on these kids.
You know, back in our day, our moms knew there was a problem when we came home with a black eye.
Today, forget about it.
Just the concept of Kevin even being in a fight, he'd probably reach for a video game controller to enter a cheat code.
That's why I'm switching it up.
I'm going old-school.
Oh, yeah? What you up to? Funny you should ask.
This is not the beach.
Where are the homeless dudes on Rollerblades and the guys shoving shitty hip-hop demos in your face? No, don't worry, they'll come after they pass out the hors d'oeuvres.
What's going on? It's Aisha.
We haven't spoken since everything that went down at Valley Fest.
I feel like we should clear the air, but at the same time, I'm still pissed at them for ruining our performance.
I say go talk to her.
Worst case, if a fight breaks out, we could record it.
Who knows, maybe I'll come back with a new Miyagi-Do student.
So, how's it going? You realize we're not okay.
What are you mad about? You guys are the ones who stomped all over our Valley Fest demo.
Only after your father attacked our dojo.
What were we supposed to do? He didn't attack you guys.
No? "Snake in the grass"? Real subtle.
He's just trying to do the right thing.
What, so, Cobra Kai is wrong? It's not wrong.
It's just What are we doing? It's our summer vacation, we're at the beach, and we're fighting about karate? When we should be fighting about boys.
Or who's gonna get the last piece of pretzel bread.
Oh, no.
That's mine.
So, it's just you and abs all summer, training? God, that must be hard.
I knew it was you.
What did I say would happen if you ever stepped foot in here again? I'm calling the cops.
Uh, what's going on here? Nothing to worry about, Mrs.
Just removing this delinquent from the property.
Well, this delinquent happens to be our guest.
Ma'am, I don't think you understand.
No, I don't think you understand.
Robby is our guest.
My mistake.
What was that about, Robby? Before I met you guys, I was a different person.
Me and my friends did some stuff here that I regret.
Did you hurt anybody? No.
No, no, no.
Nothing like that.
But that guy's right.
Maybe I should go.
What? No.
Hey, look, we all make mistakes.
It's what we do next that counts, right? I'll tell you right now, you don't know who you're messing with.
Do you have any idea of what I'm capable of? Because if it's a war that you're looking for, you got one.
I'll burn the whole damn place down, if I have to.
Everything okay? Oh, yeah.
I was just having this little dispute with my hotelier.
You know, I'm over at the Universal City Sheraton.
Top-notch accommodations.
But I think housekeeping walked off with one of my watches.
Listen, I'll see you in the morning, bright and early.
It was a good class today.
I think there's a couple of decent prospects in the bunch.
It's about time somebody taught these kids how to fight.
I keep hearing all these stories about bullying being on the rise.
That's right.
So, the dojo is actually at a house, and we train outside in nature.
I incorporate Do I hear you gentlemen gabbing about karate? Hey, Sandra.
Daniel was just telling us about his new dojo.
Who would have thought that karate would be the thing that turned everything around for my Aisha.
Really? Is she one of your students, Daniel? Uh No.
Aisha goes to Cobra Kai.
It's the best thing that ever happened to her.
For a while, she hit a real rough patch, poor thing.
But Sensei Lawrence, he's helped her in ways that I couldn't have dreamed.
He's given her confidence.
He made her tough.
You know what? Listen, you can be tough without being aggressive.
And, see, that's the difference between Miyagi-Do and Cobra Kai, didn't they do that thing at Valley Fest? Yeah.
Yeah, they said it was like a Van Halen concert.
No, that was Got it on my phone.
Right? Kickass.
Now, why isn't my kid doing that? Mmm.
Oh, man.
Look at him there.
Look at that.
So, Robby actually moved into our house.
Your parents let that happen? Well, there's nothing going on, we're just friends.
Well, I'm still not gonna tell Miguel.
Look what I got? Where did you get that? I swiped it from the bar.
Oh, relax.
All the adults are getting wasted, no one's gonna notice if we have a little fun.
You should put that back, you could get into big trouble.
And you are? Oh.
Sam, this is Tory, Tory, Sam.
The Sam.
Come on, like anyone's gonna miss one bottle of vodka.
I could swipe half the silverware in this place before anyone would notice.
You shouldn't steal anything.
What are you, a nun? Come on, are we gonna drink or not? Okay, one drink.
That's my girl.
Yeah, the name's Kreese, John Kreese.
Are you sure? Is there more than one Universal City Sheraton? Yeah, I'm serious.
Can I help you? Uh, no.
I'm sorry.
You just looked like an old friend.
Your friend, he liked to fish? Yeah, he did.
He was better than I ever was.
Not too many bites, huh? Not yet.
Plenty still out there.
If you got something worth biting, eventually, the fish will find you.
You just have to be patient.
You're a lot more like my friend than I thought.
I'm sorry about Aisha.
She can be friends with whoever she wants.
Hey, have either one of you seen my wallet? Wait, you're missing your wallet? It's gotta be around here somewhere.
Can you just spread out? I'm sure it'll turn up.
I'll check the beach.
Maybe someone turned it in to the lifeguard.
Wait, I'm sorry, you gave her a front wedgie? I split that bitch in two.
My mom's missing her wallet.
Sucks for her.
You wouldn't know anything about that? Wait.
Wait, what are you saying? Just give me the wallet, and I won't tell security.
Are you freaking kidding me? Sam, she didn't steal your mom's wallet.
And she didn't steal a bottle of vodka.
And you wouldn't steal half the silverware in here.
Listen, I didn't rob your mom, bitch.
You know what? Let's get out of here.
Get off of me! Are you okay? Real nice friend you've made.
You shouldn't have accused her of something like that.
What are you up to? I knew it.
No, but did you see shorty in the green thong? Man, I ain't thinking about that right now.
Just open the goddamn door.
It's not gonna happen.
You better watch your ass.
All right, look, let's get the stuff, then we gonna bolt.
Just like that.
This guy here, man.
Same shit, different summer.
Hey, what are you doing here, Robby? I found your stash.
You're gonna give it all back.
The hell we are.
You didn't learn your lesson last time? That's cool.
We can give you a refresher course.
Bring it.
Damn! What, you forgot this was a three-man job? What did I tell you? Three weeks now I've been dealing with your bullshit! I warned you there would be consequences.
You busted the lock off my footlocker, you piece of Hey, knock it off! You wanna go back out on the street, John? Live at a bus stop? I got 100 guys that would kill for your bed.
I'm sorry, ma'am.
It won't happen again.
You know, for a smart kid, you sure do learn slow.
Maybe we need to leave him with something to remember us by.
Let him go.
Don't listen to him.
All right, Grandpa.
Let's do it.
Your grandpa know how to move like that, huh? Come on, let's go.
You could've told me.
You knew me when I was on top, Johnny.
Kind of hard to let that go.
Is any of it true? Afghanistan, Panama.
The trip to Tahiti? Things got rough after I lost the dojo.
I tried reenlisting, but they wouldn't take me.
They got these bullshit psychiatrists now.
I mean, what the hell do they know? They weren't there in the shit.
Most of them weren't even born.
Then one of my war buddies, he, uh, offered me a job.
But I felt like it was a handout.
So I banged around here and there, doing this, doing that.
Then I got old.
And for the last ten years, I've been living in places like this.
Then I heard about what you did in the All Valley, and I figured, there was my second shot.
With all the shit that I've seen in my life I feel like a broken man, Johnny.
I don't really think I can be fixed.
That sounds an awful lot like defeat.
But I was taught, "Defeat does not exist in this dojo.
" Does it? Cobra Kai wouldn't exist without John Kreese.
You want a chance to redeem yourself, you got it.
But you gotta try to do things my way.
That work for you? Yes, Sensei.
How's your head? Still a little sore.
It was really stupid of me to put myself in that situation.
You were doing what you thought was right.
Something good did come out of it, though.
All right, Grandpa.
Let's do it.
Former All Valley champ takes out three criminals using Miyagi-Do Karate.
Feels like it could go viral.
Bet we'd have a packed dojo by noon.
Miyagi-Do is about defending yourself and protecting others.
Not seeking credit.
Miyagi didn't recruit me, he wasn't looking for students.
He took me in because I needed him.
I came to him, not the other way around.
It's time we be patient.
Let those who need us find us.
Right? Excuse me.
Uh, it was unclear if the gate was the front or if I was supposed to ring the doorbell.
Is that a koi pond? How much does it cost to maintain that? May I help you? Uh Yeah.
I wanna learn karate.
You have come to the right place.
The back thrust kick works like this.
You step, pivot, throw a side kick.
What about if your opponent attacks you from behind? Excellent question.
Sensei Kreese, you wanna take this one? Certainly, Sensei Lawrence.
You sure about this, Sensei? There's nothing to worry about.
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.
Okay, pay attention.
You have a difficult choice.
What do you do? You make a move.
You go all-in.
Well, this just got awkward.
Of course, the most important student was absent.
Robby wants nothing to do with me.
I'm glad you're part of this family.
LaRusso's been a thorn in my side since high school and now he moves my son into his house.
These things don't end well.
What the hell do you think you're doing? Like you don't know.
You're dead meat.