Season 2, Episode 9
Air date April 24, 2019
Written by Josh Heald
Hayden Schlossberg
Jon Hurwitz
Directed by Jon Hurwitz
Hayden Schlossberg
Episode guide
Glory of Love
No Mercy
"I want Cobra Kai to be better."
Johnny Lawrence to Daniel LaRusso[src]

Pulpo is the ninth episode of the second season of Cobra Kai.


Johnny cautiously takes a stab at love, while Daniel and Amanda enjoy a romantic date night. An attempt to bring the students of the two dojos together backfires as hostilities between the teens escalate.


The penultimate episode of Cobra Kai‘s second season opens with contrasting scenes of Tory and Miguel and Sam and Robbie training. Robby’s mom Shannon turns up at the LaRusso house with good news: she’s going to rehab. Meanwhile, Johnny finally asks Carmen out and she accepts. After the events of the previous episode, Amanda agrees to go with Daniel for a date night to patch things up. Johnny takes Carmen to a Mexican restaurant, but when they walk in, they find that Daniel has taken Amanda to the same restaurant, and furthermore, their tables are close together!

Despite it being tremendously heated and awkward at first, Carmen proposes to push the two tables together, and though both Daniel and Johnny object, Amanda agrees. After some initial hostility, the two couples quickly start to warm up to each other and begin having a good time. Johnny and Daniel start sharing old stories and laugh the whole time. The two couples then do some salsa dancing and Carmen teaches Johnny how to dance.

Robby and Sam’s evening doesn't go as well, since they are at a party organized by Hawk’s ex-girlfriend Moon. As a result it has the entirety of both the Miyagi-Do and Cobra Kai dojos in attendance. Sam gets into a drinking contest with Tory; while Hawk, a bit put out by the fact his ex now has a girlfriend, rejects Demetri’s attempts to make amends. This, in turn, prompts Demetri to take the stage and antagonize Hawk by revealing deeply personal information about him. This almost turns ugly, but the police arrive in the nick of time and clear the place out.

However, more problems emerge. Aisha lets slip that Robbie lied about the Medal of Honor, but Sam is absolutely legless and kisses Miguel, which Tory witnesses. Fearful of going home, Sam and Robbie head to the only place where they won’t be judged for being so irresponsible: Johnny’s apartment.


  • Daniel and Johnny talk about an incident involving pie at school, this is a scene from the original Karate Kid script which never made it to the finial edit of the movie.
  • "Pulpo" means "Octopus" in Spanish. The title has a double meaning, as per the usual for most Cobra Kai episodes.
    • Octopus is what Carmen orders at the restaurant on her date with Johnny in this episode.
      • An octopus is also the stuffed animal that Sam got on her first date with Miguel in the previous season. Sam is shown picking up the animal in this episode and pondering on her relationship with Miguel.
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