Cobra Kai Season 5 Episode 3 Recap – “Playing With Fire”

By Adam Lock
Published: September 9, 2022 (Last updated: January 31, 2024)
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Cobra Kai Season 5 Episode 3 Recap
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Predictable and unfunny (for the most part), the third episode struggles to balance deadly serious moments with silly, playful humor, resulting in a messy installment.

Daniel LaRusso and Chozen’s first attempts at sabotaging Terry’s Cobra Kai dojo went terribly wrong and their subsequent plans to bring down their rivals don’t look like they’ll be going any better either. Elsewhere in Cobra Kai Season 5 Episode 3, Johnny and Carmen’s relationship takes an unexpected turn and Miguel struggles to repair his own failing romance with Sam.

Cobra Kai Season 5 Episode 3 Recap

At the golf course, Daniel and Chozen hustle some golfers out of their hard earned cash. Daniel gleefully offers to buy the first round of drinks at the bar, but Terry happens to be in attendance. The slimy villain asks Daniel to step down from his advancing attack, explaining that there will be no repercussions if they bail out now. Daniel refuses and Terry states that he is playing with fire. This rivalry doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon.

They try to predict Terry’s next move and ponder if he’ll recruit some of his old friends to support him in defending his dojo. Chozen suggests working one step ahead of their nemesis and contacting his old friends before Terry even gets the chance to. Daniel’s first thoughts are of Mike Barnes. The fighting duo head to Mike’s business and stalk out his goons. What follows is a terribly predictable misunderstanding with Daniel and Mike that ends in total embarrassment.

Daniel believes Mike is out to kill them, but he is just a harmless furniture store owner now. They both apologize to one another and Mike talks about his love for his business. Daniel explains his problem with Terry and asks for any possible help in taking him down. The two play fight, but there is a further misunderstanding and Chozen attacks Mike. Once Daniel has brought Chozen up to speed, his Japanese associate has to confess that he’s already beaten up all of Mike’s men in the yard. It’s quite a funny little side gag, but most of the jokes in this episode are just cheap and lazy. Mike’s only suggestion is contacting Terry’s attorney, who he believes is immoral and shady, to say the least. Daniel leaves the lawyer a message and thinks no more of the situation.

Other subplots involve Johnny and Carmen’s pregnancy scare. They go to a pharmacy to buy a pregnancy test and Johnny is visibly shaken. He sees a tired looking father with a crying baby and freaks out. Johnny admits that he wasn’t prepared for Robby and Carmen agrees, talking about her first child Miguel. Johnny decides to make a change and researches parenting. A montage follows of Johnny learning how to swaddle a baby and how to get rid of hazards in the home. He baby-proofs the apartment in a truly over-the-top fashion. Carmen announces that she is in fact pregnant and Johnny tells her that he is ready this time around. He won’t back down.

Cobra Kai Season 5 Episode 3 Ending

Miguel rounds off the final subplot of the episode, apologizing to his mother for running away. He tries to patch up his relationship with Sam, who wants to meet with him to chat. Miguel’s friends Hawk and Demetri think Sam is going to break up with him and plan a way around this eventuality. They suggest buying some expensive jewelry and Miguel picks out a garish octopus necklace. Meanwhile, Sam is having a similar conversation with her friends, so they decide to go for a spa day to unwind. In a self-actualization pod, Sam confronts her inner demons and has a fight with herself. Sam and Miguel then meet up later and say their apologies. Sam states that she needs time to reassess her life and reluctantly breaks up with Miguel. He walks away in tears and throws the octopus necklace to the ground.

In the final scene, Terry informs Daniel that he knows all about his second plan of attack, replaying the voice message Daniel sent. Mike arrives at work, only to find his furniture store is on fire. It would seem our two-dimensional villain has retaliated, burning down Mike’s business.

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