Hug First, Hug Hard, Show Mercy

I swear I write about more on this site than just The Karate Kid...but last week's episode of The Goldbergs was a tribute to the greatest movie ever made and, of course, I'm gonna break it down.


From the start, let me give a big thanks to those who made the extra effort to be sure I didn't miss The Goldbergs last week. My Karate Kid problem is clearly no secret.


Despite the fact that this episode was obviously made just for me, I didn't get to see it the night it aired thanks to a heavy storm that took out our cable the night before. But this is 2017. We have the internet. This was no problem that two bucks and a visit to YouTube couldn't remedy in a hurry!

Let's get the obvious stuff from the episode out of the way first -- the use of Peter Cetera's Glory of Love and Joe Esposito's You're the Best, the humorous play on manual labor used to teach karate technique, and the gis worn by Adam and Adam which were clearly modeled after the style of Daniel's and Johnny's.

Sure, the PE teacher wore a referee shirt just like the ones in the movie and the tournament board was a perfect replica of the original...


Of course, somebody was going to yell about getting a body bag...


...and, the episode obviously culminated with a crane kick. A double crane kick, actually...


But let's look closely and appreciate the finer details here. Those that likely went unnoticed by the untrained eye.

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First is an easy one...the design on the tournament mat. The Goldbergs version in the shape of a fist...


...clearly modeled after the original All-Valley tournament logo.


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When Barry is instructed by his mother to sweep the leg of his younger brother, he expresses his worry that he'll be disqualified from the tournament...


...just like Bobby did in the movie.


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With his leg properly swept, Adam is taken to a classroom where his injury can be further evaluated. The scene opens with a high shot over the room...


...much like when Daniel's swept leg was being checked in the locker room.


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Uncle Marvin rubs his hands together and Adam can hardly contain his excitement when he thinks that's his leg is about to be magically healed. Not so much, though.


He's no Miyagi.


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As it turns out, Adam's leg injury isn't serious and he's able to fight in the next round. Beverly is happy to inform the tournament official...


...just like Ali. With an "i."


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Much to everyone's surprise, "Adam Goldberg is gonna fight!"


This seems very familiar.


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Adam takes a "punch" to the head but assures the referee that he's okay...


...just like Daniel after he took one to the melon in the movie.


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Adam Goldberg drops a mean elbow on the injured leg of Adam F. Goldberg...


...perfectly mirroring Johnny Lawrence who nearly put Daniel LaRusso away with a similar move.


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Ultimately winning...sort of....Adam is carried off the mat by his fans.


So was Daniel.


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Approving of his hard work and victory, Uncle Marvin gives Adam a reassuring nod...


...wearing an outfit almost identical to Mr. Miyagi's when he did the same for Daniel.


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But the real gem of this episode came during the closing credits when the Goldbergs visit a "real dojo" where they are greeted by a familiar face.


As you can see, Sensei Kreese seems to have softened with age.


No longer is he preaching no mercy and the absence of fear, pain, and defeat.


Show mercy.

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