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"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."
Johnny Lawrence[src]

"Back in Black" is the second episode of the second season of Cobra Kai.


When Daniel starts teaching his first karate students, he questions whether he can fill Mr. Miyagi's shoes. Johnny invents some unorthodox training methods with help from an unlikely source.


The episode opens on a montage of Johnny and Miguel getting ready for their day, interspersed with Johnny's Challenger being given a Cobra Kai makeover, all set to the titular AC/DC track.

Robby is awakened from a sound sleep when he hears someone attempting to sneak into the apartment. Fearing that his delinquent friends have come to take revenge, Robby ends up attacking his mom's latest catch, an aging surf bum named Rick who is whisking her away to Cabo, leaving Robby with the bills.

After an unexpected call from Miguel, Sam starts training at Miyagi-Do, where Robby is already sweating out his troubles. Daniel devises a new exercise to keep both his new students in balance, but is temporarily called away to handle an emergency at the car dealership. Later, Daniel discovers Robby's poor living conditions and decides to take him in as a boarder.

Meanwhile, some new students turn up at the Cobra Kai dojo, much to Kreese's chagrin. When the senior students begin goofing off in class (including Miguel making the students dab during warm-up) a furious Johnny creates a new exercise of his own as punishment: Ordering his students to climb inside a cement truck and turn the mixer themselves.

Later that night, Miguel drops off some food at Johnny's place and notices a picture of Robby Keene on his fridge, while Johnny and Kreese stop by the mini-mart for beer and run into Daniel. After a tense conversation, Daniel warns both men they are in for a rude awakening before driving away.


  • The title takes the name of the opening song which is "Back in Black" by AC/DC.
  • When Daniel tells Sam and Robby, “It’s been a long time since this dojo’s had more than one student.”, he is referring to Julie Pierce from The Next Karate Kid. It is an indirect mention to Julie.
    • It also implies that Daniel knew about Julie.


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Cobra Kai
Season 1
Ace Degenerate | Strike First | Esqueleto | Cobra Kai Never Dies | Counterbalance | Quiver | All Valley | Molting | Different but Same | Mercy

Season 2
Mercy Part II | Back in Black | Fire and Ice | The Moment of Truth | All In | Take a Right | Lull | Glory of Love | Pulpo | No Mercy

Season 3
Aftermath | Nature Vs. Nurture | Now You're Gonna Pay | The Right Path | Miyagi-Do | King Cobra | Obstáculos | The Good, The Bad, and The Badass | Feel The Night | December 19

Season 4
Let's Begin | First Learn Stand | Then Learn Fly | Bicephaly | Match Point | Kicks Get Chicks | Minefields | Party Time | The Fall | The Rise