“Kicks Get Chicks” sends Johnny out on a recruitment mission as the All-Valley tournament looms closer than ever.
This recap of Cobra Kai season 4, episode 6, “Kicks Get Chicks”, contains spoilers.
With all the character drama that has been going on this season, it has been easy to forget that there’s a karate tournament on the horizon. But “Kicks Get Chicks” functions as a nice reminder. It opens with the All-Valley board having a meeting that includes lots of bickering, jokes, worrying about boys hitting girls being potentially perceived as problematic, and eventually agreement to implement some dramatic new changes that’ll take them all into the future. Daniel, who receives a letter outlining these changes, is happy with the inclusion of skill challenges and a separate girls division. Kreese and Terry, the latter of whom is splashing his cash on branding, are happy too. But Johnny isn’t thrilled, since Eagle Fang doesn’t have anyone to compete in the girls’ division. The title is starting to make sense now, isn’t it?
Cobra Kai season 4, episode 6 recap
All this excitement doesn’t take away from the ongoing character drama, though. Tory is having a particularly bad time after running into her Aunty Kandace, an obviously spiteful golddigger who stands to benefit when Tory’s mother dies, so she turns to Amanda to secure a signature that’ll allow her back into school. Amanda, in exchange, recommends she gets some support from someone who isn’t karate-related who can help her with her various problems. Sam is, naturally, furious about all this, and Daniel isn’t thrilled either. But when Amanda opens up about her own past and how she might have very easily had her life ruined if she wasn’t lucky, she puts matters into a bit more perspective. She could just as easily have been Tory, and she sees herself in her.
Johnny and Miguel, meanwhile, now reunited, hilariously attempt to recruit girls to Eagle Fang. This whole bit feels like a throwback to the early days of Cobra Kai, when it was a fish-out-of-water comedy above all else. Moon recommends they go after the school’s best athlete, Piper, and Johnny feigns wokeness to recruit her, but he later learns that she and several others were enticed to Cobra Kai because of the swanky gear. At a loss, Johnny’s next plan is to dress P***s Breath up as a girl like in the 1992 movie Ladybugs, but luckily he inadvertently discovers “the most badass girl in the Valley” at a school debate just in time.
This stuff occupies most of “Kicks Get Chicks”, but the episode spares time for some incidental character-building scenes that are self-explanatory but worth making a note of. Hawk, for instance, is still feeling extremely sorry for himself about the whole hair debacle and thinks he deserved it. With his reputation ruined, he has decided not to return to Miyagi-Do or Eagle Fang — in fact, despite Demetri’s best efforts, he’s adamant about quitting karate completely. Of course, at the end of the episode, he returns to Miyagi-Do.
Sam also visits Aisha for advice on how to deal with the Tory situation, and it boils down to, essentially, using Johnny’s teachings socially. Aisha apparently approached her next potential bully and befriended her; Sam woefully misinterprets this advice and just outright threatens Tory when she returns to school. Between Sam and Anthony, the LaRusso family isn’t coming off particularly well this season, and there are still a few episodes to go.