The Real-Life YouTube Channel Namechecked In Cobra Kai Season 5 Episode 2


During Episode 2 of Season 5, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and his son Robby Keene (Tanner Buchanan) are stuck in Mexico. They’re both on a mission to find Miguel Diaz (Xolo Maridueña), who runs away from home at the end of Season 4 to look for his father, Hector Salazar (Luis Roberto Guzman). Low on funds and having temporarily lost Johnny’s beloved panel van to a linguistic barrier and bad parking, they’re running out of options. Entering a local café, they note that a hot pepper eating contest is going on. Johnny realizes that they can make the cash they need to get the van back, but Robby volunteers to take the duty on himself. Robby makes it through the contest, even swallowing down The Dragon, a mega hot pepper that takes his opponent out.

It seems that Robby has some knowledge of hot peppers and what they can do to a person. Observing the contest, Robby notes of the peppers being chomped, “that’s a red savina, it’ll burn a hole right through you.”  Johnny looks at Robby askance, and Robby explains, “my mom and I watch Hot Ones on YouTube.”

 “Hot Ones,” of course, is a famous webseries from First We Feast, which recently spawned a tv show that airs on TruTV. Featuring celebrities dining on chicken wings coated in increasingly spicy layers of hot sauce while trying to answer questions, it mines humor from the agony — and occasionally lack thereof — from the participants.

Interestingly enough, as of press time, none of the show’s cast has made an appearance on Hot Ones. But this fun reference definitely connects the two shows in a fun way.



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