Cobra Kai: Why Was Dutch Left Out of Cobra Kai?
Since its premiere in 2018, Cobra Kai has delighted fans by continuing the storylines of many beloved characters from the Karate Kid film franchise. However, one prominent member of the 1984 Cobra Kai team, Dutch, played by Chad McQueen, has been noticeably absent, as reported by Screen Rant.
However, he is mentioned throughout the series. For instance, in Season 1, Episode 8, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) talks about his relationship with his ex-girlfriend Ali Mills (Elisabeth Shue) and how it caused his rivalry with Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio). While explaining the situation to Miguel Diaz (Xolo Maridueña), he states that he and a group of friends went to go see Rocky III because “Dutch was a huge Mr. T fan.” The karate instructor went on to say that they sat “in front of” … “this group of cute chicks,” and Dutch “started throwing Milk Duds at them.” Ali ended up confronting the group, which was Johnny’s first interaction with her.
Dutch Is Serving Time in Federal Prison
Dutch has referenced again in Season 2, Episode 6, titled “Take a Right.” The plot of the episode revolves around former Cobra Kai members, Jimmy (Tony O’Dell), Bobby (Ron Thomas), and Johnny taking Tommy (Rob Garrison) — who is terminally ill– on a road trip.
While at a bar in Big Bear, they discuss an instance from high school, in which Tommy had a “horrible fake ID.” Eventually, the discussion turns to a party that they all attended, where Dutch was severely inebriated.
“Dutch got so hammered, he stole the dartboard,” says Jimmy.
Bobby was quick to correct him, stating, “No, no, he didn’t steal he smashed it. That’s the first time he went to juvie.”
After Johnny reveals that Ali broke up with him because he “got so wasted that night” and “missed [her] birthday,” he proposes a toast to Dutch, who is serving time at Lompoc Federal Prison.
“To Dutch. When the judge said, ‘five to ten’ — ” says Johnny, before being interrupted by Bobby.