Cobra Kai fans would have seen a very bizarre twist in Season 3 if not for Elisabeth Shue reprising her role as Ali Mills. The storyline was set to take a shocking turn if Shue was unable to return for a cameo.
According to Cinema Blend, Ralph Macchio recently opened up about the show’s backup plan. During Season 3, Ali comes back to the valley to spend Christmas with her parents. However, while she’s there she meets up with Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and they spend a fun-filled day together.
Cobra Kai had a strange backup plan for Season 3
The duo later run into Daniel LaRusso (Macchio) at the country club, and the trio have a full-blown reunion. They end up having a great time together at the party. It seems that Ali was the only person in the world that could get Daniel and Johnny to put aside their differences and focus on their students.
In the Season 2 finale, fans watched as Ali replied to Johnny’s Facebook message. However, it was still unclear whether or not Shue would be able to clear her schedule to reprise her former role. So, the show came up with a contingency plan. Macchio revealed that if Shue was unable to return, they were going to reveal it had been Ali’s husband who was messaging Johnny in a catfish-like situation.
“There was an alternate plan if she wasn’t available. . . . That was the fallback, the ‘how are we gonna vacuum ourselves out of the room’ from what we’ve written, which would be her husband was doing the Facebook back-and-forth with Johnny.
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Elisabeth Shue opens up about reprising the character of Ali
“It was so fun to realize that all of our chemistry was exactly the same. My chemistry with Ralph was the same, the same with Billy — it was odd! It was literally like a high school reunion; it felt like no time had passed. Like none at all. We kept reminiscing and laughing, constantly reliving the first Karate Kid every minute between takes. Nonstop reminiscing about our experience and laughing about what a great movie it turned out to be.”