|Season 2, Episode 7|
|Air date||April 25, 2019|
|Written by|| Josh Heald |
|Directed by|| Jon Hurwitz |
Take a Right
Glory of Love
Peace, according to John Kreese, is just the lull between battles, which is a telling statement from a deluded man which paints a pretty clear picture of his warped ideology. Kreese sees life as war; there must be winners and losers in all things, and his side, as far as he’s concerned, must win. Always, and at any cost.
This is what he tells Daniel in the Miyagi-Do dojo, when Daniel finds him there, smoking a cigar and gloating. And it’s what he tells Johnny and the students of Cobra Kai during their special training exercise at Coyote Creek, where they’re divided into teams and pitted against each other. And it’s what ultimately persuades Johnny to tell Kreese to leave and never come back. Johnny insists that there’s a difference between no mercy and no honor, and he knows which he wants his version of Cobra Kai to embody.
Miyagi-Do are also doing their own special training, outside in the extreme heat and in the cold, where Demetri makes a small amount of progress. Thanks to Kreese’s ominous warnings, Daniel is on edge and feels as though he needs to prepare them for a fight that they might not be able to avoid. The problem is he’s missing important work commitments to do so, further frustrating Amanda.
The exercise at Coyote Creek essentially boils down to a war between Johnny and Kreese’s conflicting ideologies, just using Hawk and Miguel as proxies. It was obvious that there was mistrust forming between the two senseis, but it really solidifies when a victorious Miguel cheap-shots Hawk under Kreese’s instruction. Having retrieved Mr. Miyagi’s Medal of Honor from Hawk, Miguel returns it to the LaRusso house, giving it to Robby at the front door while Sam is upstairs. However, Robby hides this information from Sam.