Up to this point the series had it’s focus on the original film but now ‘The Karate Kid Part II’ comes crashing into the storyline. Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) visits Tokyo to try and save his business. Following advice from a bartender he goes to visit Okinawa to try and reconnect himself with the metaphorical spirit of Mr. Miyagi. This puts the spotlight on the different relationships between sensei and students/father and sons in the show.
Daniel meets up with Kumiko (Tamlyn Tomita), his love interest from thirty years ago, in Okinawa. He explains that he is there because he is feeling lost and wanted to feel close to Miyagi. Kumiko reads Daniel some of Miyagi’s love letters to her aunt and Daniel realises that he meant to his sensei than he ever knew.
Back in L.A. Johnny (William Zabka) is trying to fix his relationship with son, Robbie (Tanner Buchanan). Robbie rejects his father’s approach because he his closer to his student, Miguel. Kreese then approach Johnny looking to become his teacher again with the claim that he knows him better than anyone else and he wants to be sensei to Miguel. Johnny threatens to kill Kreese if he goes anywhere near Miguel or his family. To get back at Johnny, Kreese visits Robbie in juvenile detention.
Johnny is now motivated to become Miguel’s sensei again and promises to get him walking again through tough love and determination. Johnny’s way might not be what’s medically best for Miguel but now he is focused and his heart is in the right place.
Meanwhile, the Miyagi-Do crew are sensei-less and lacking direction. The Kreese trained Cobra Kais, lead by Hawk (Jacob Bertrand), are walking all over them and getting them in trouble at school. Samantha (Mary Mouser) needs her father/sensei now more than ever before she looses control.
The episode closes out with Daniel and Kumiko drinking at a bar when in walks Chozen (Yuji Okumoto) who was Daniel’s mortal enemy in the second film. Will Chozen still want to fight to the death? We will have to wait until next episode.
An episode that slaps you in the face with nostalgia and sets up conflicts to come.