Real YouTube channel name verified in Season 5 Episode 2 “Cobra Kai”

In the second episode of the fifth season, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and his son Robbie Keane (Tanner Buchanan) are stuck in Mexico. They both have a mission to find Miguel Diaz (Xolo Mariduena), who runs away from home at the end of season 4 to find his father, Hector Salazar (Luis Roberto Guzmán). With a lack of funds and the temporary loss of Johnny’s beloved van due to a language barrier and poor parking, they run out of options. Entering a local cafe, they notice that there is a hot pepper eating contest in progress. Johnny realizes that they can earn the money they need to get the van back, but Robbie volunteers to take on the responsibility. Robbie gets through the competition, even swallowing the Dragon, a mega hot pepper that kills his opponent.

Robbie seems to know a little about hot peppers and what they can do to a person. While watching the competition, Robbie notes that the peppers are being chewed: “It’s a red savin, it’ll burn a hole through you.” Johnny looks askance at Robbie and Robbie explains, “My mom and I watch Hot Ones on YouTube.”

Hot, of course, is a famous web series from First We Feast that recently spawned a TV show that airs on TruTV. Featuring celebrities dining on chicken wings covered in increasingly spicy layers of hot sauce while trying to answer questions, he extracts humor from the agony — and sometimes lack of it — of the participants.

Interestingly, at the time of publication, none of the show’s cast members have appeared on Hot Ones. But this funny reference definitely links the two shows in a funny way.

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