The Worst Episodes of Cobra Kai: Strike First, Strike Worst.

Attention all Cobra Kai fans! As a die-hard follower of the Karate Kid sequel series, I’ve seen it all. From epic fight scenes to heartwarming moments, Cobra Kai has given us everything we’ve wanted and more. But let’s be real, not every episode can be a winner. In fact, some of them are downright cringeworthy. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of the worst episodes of Cobra Kai that you should avoid like a crane kick to the face. So grab your popcorn, settle in, and let’s dive into the episodes that made us wish we had a Miyagi-do dojo to defend ourselves.
Mercy Part II

Mercy Part II

Season 2 – Episode 1

Air Date: 2019-04-24

In the aftermath of Cobra Kai’s win at the Under 18 All Valley Karate Championships, Johnny questions his dojo’s philosophy and deals with a figure from his past. Daniel searches for the right way to respond to Cobra Kai’s dominance.

Playing With Fire

Playing With Fire

Season 5 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2022-09-09

Another enemy from Daniel’s past resurfaces. After a spa day and some soul-searching, Sam comes to a decision about her future with Miguel.

Lull

Lull

Season 2 – Episode 7

Air Date: 2019-04-24

To prepare his students, Daniel gives some new training methods a shot. Miguel puts a new lesson into practice. Johnny makes a tough but pivotal decision that affects Cobra Kai.

Now You're Gonna Pay

Now You’re Gonna Pay

Season 3 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2021-01-01

Daniel’s tarnished public image takes a toll on his sales, leading to a takeover offer. Johnny tries to raise money for Miguel’s surgery.

Quiver

Quiver

Season 1 – Episode 6

Air Date: 2018-05-02

Johnny’s dojo class attracts a group of misfits while his son Robby, who harbors ulterior motives, lands a new job. Samantha makes a new friend in science class. Daniel inspires interest in karate from an unlikely person.

Glory of Love

Glory of Love

Season 2 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2019-04-24

Daniel works to make amends with Amanda, while Johnny is introduced to the world of dating apps. Complications arise when Miguel, Samantha, Robby and Tory cross paths.

Obstáculos

Obstáculos

Season 3 – Episode 7

Air Date: 2021-01-01

Daniel spends some father-daughter time with a traumatized Sam. Johnny plans to form a new karate dojo but struggles to come up with a cool name.

Cobra Kai Never Dies

Cobra Kai Never Dies

Season 1 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2018-05-02

When Daniel’s car dealership billboard is sprayed with lewd graffiti, it consumes Daniel and escalates tensions against a rival. Robby, Johnny’s delinquent son, is embarrassed about his father and his new dojo. The bullying escalates against Miguel and motivates Johnny in a surprising way.

Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice

Season 2 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2019-04-24

Daniel pulls out all the stops in an effort to recruit new students to Miyagi Do. Johnny reflects on some of the major relationships in his life – and responds to Daniel’s promotional efforts with his own.

Nature Vs. Nurture

Nature Vs. Nurture

Season 3 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2021-01-01

Daniel and Johnny team up to find Robby. Miguel faces an uncertain future. Kreese tries to bring Tory back to Cobra Kai.

Kicks Get Chicks

Kicks Get Chicks

Season 4 – Episode 6

Air Date: 2021-12-31

A major change to the upcoming tournament sends Johnny scrambling to find a new recruit for Eagle Fang. Tory must ask a favor of the LaRussos.

Extreme Measures

Extreme Measures

Season 5 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2022-09-09

Daniel leans on a friend – and frenemy. Tensions come to a head for Miguel and Robby. A familiar face returns.

Bad Eggs

Bad Eggs

Season 5 – Episode 7

Air Date: 2022-09-09

Terry and Kim issue a brutal challenge while Chozen teaches his students a different kind of lesson. Johnny and Daniel demand answers from Kreese.

Downward Spiral

Downward Spiral

Season 5 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2022-09-09

Johnny and Carmen’s romance flies high while Daniel and Amanda are rattled by Terry’s schemes. The teens’ feuds spill over at the waterpark.

The Moment of Truth

The Moment of Truth

Season 2 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2019-04-24

Daniel makes another attempt to promote Miyagi Do, and receives guidance in a familiar form. Johnny grows suspicious about Kreese’s backstory. A new Cobra Kai student challenges Miguel and befriends Aisha, while Robby revisits a past he’d rather forget.

All In

All In

Season 2 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2019-04-24

Daniel struggles to help a new student learn. Miguel makes a new connection, while Johnny tries to repair a relationship. Tensions between the two dojos build to a breaking point.

Back in Black

Back in Black

Season 2 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2019-04-24

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.

King Cobra

King Cobra

Season 3 – Episode 6

Air Date: 2021-01-01

Miguel helps Johnny craft the perfect social media message. Kreese scouts new recruits while Daniel and Amanda try to shut down Cobra Kai.

The Good, The Bad, and The Badass

The Good, The Bad, and The Badass

Season 3 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2021-01-01

Informed that this year’s All Valley Karate Tournament is being canceled, the three competing sensei attend a city council meeting to save it.

Taikai

Taikai

Season 5 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2022-09-09

A coveted spot in an elite international tournament ignites a fight between dojos. Tory’s loyalties are tested. Sam struggles to let Miguel go.