‘Cobra Kai’ Recap: Season 4, Episode 5 “Match Point”


In this episode of Cobra Kai, a confrontation leaves Johnny and Daniel wondering about their next move. Terry Silver also thinks a different approach is necessary. Read on to find out what happens in “Match Point.”

Warning: Spoilers beyond this point.

Daniel and Johnny Are at Odds

Picking up right where the previous episode ended, Terry and Kreese talk with Daniel and Johnny. They remind Daniel and Johnny that the deal still stands: no fighting until the tournament. Later, Daniel and Johnny consult over drinks. Daniel believes they should focus on Miyagi-Do karate; he knows how Terry operates and thinks it’s the best method. Johnny vehemently disagrees. Soon, they decide to settle the matter the old-fashioned way. If Daniel wins, they go with his method. If Johnny wins, they don’t.

A Twitter Rant for the Ages

During school, Hawk and Demetri read up on Terry. After a brief conversation with Moon and Yasmine, they bump into Miguel and Samantha. Miguel shows them a Twitter rant Johnny posted about fighting with Daniel. At the dealership, Amanda brings it up as well. She, Anoush, and Louie think it’s a bad idea. Then, Daniel tells her about Terry and reassures her that he and Johnny won’t actually fight. Meanwhile, Johnny preps for their fight.

Fighting Without Fists

Terry and Kreese also remind the Cobra Kai kids about the deal. At the end of class, Robby mentions they can still get payback without fighting. So, they set their sights on Hawk, cornering him at the tattoo parlor. Terry and Kreese have their own discussion about the rivalry. Terry points out the drama Kreese is getting everyone wrapped up in. Kreese claims he has it under control. Terry says he wants Cobra Kai to win, but first, Kreese needs to let go of the past.

Daniel LaRusso versus Johnny Lawrence. Again.

Daniel works out how to apologize to Johnny when Samantha comes home. Daniel tells her about how he plans to focus on Miyagi-Do. Like Johnny, Samantha doesn’t think it’s a good idea. They need to fight back. On the other side, Miguel tells Johnny he doesn’t think the fight with Daniel should happen. If it does, no one wins. Johnny won’t back down, and Daniel begins his own prep.

Everyone sans Hawk arrives at the dojo. The fight begins and the score is 2-2. For the final point, Johnny and Daniel manage to knock each other down simultaneously (and it’s even caught in 4K). Shortly after, Hawk shows up with his hood covering his hair. He reveals the mohawk is gone, courtesy of the Cobra Kais. Johnny and Daniel both have their own “I told you so” moments before ending the partnership.

Cobra Kai season 4 is streaming now on Netflix. Keep up with our season recaps here.

Julia is a writer/editor/content assistant for Nerds who joined the team in 2019.

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