-->"During the meeting, I was the perfect prince. The son my father wanted. But I wasn't me."

Having arrived at the invasion rendezvous point four days early, the Gaang settles down to relax. Aang starts freaking out about having to fight the Fire Lord, practices his little arrowed butt off, and still suffers from insomnia after having nightmares about the fight. So he decides to just not sleep at all, launching an epic [[MushroomSamba Sleep Deprivation Samba]] that is PlayedForLaughs ''and'' PlayedForDrama. Prepare for MoodWhiplash.

Meanwhile, in the capital, Zuko is increasingly conflicted about his life. He angsts over not being invited to a major war meeting (his father assumed he'd know he was part of it) and then, once he's emerged, realizes he's still dissatisfied with his life and station.

!!Tropes:
* AnxietyDreams: Aang, of course.
* BigDamnKiss: Subverted. Aang finally tells Katara that he loves her and kisses her, thus letting her kiss him back. But as they get ready to make out some more...Katara's voice asks Aang what he was doing, and he looks up to see her standing there. ItWasAllJustADream, indeed.
* BigNo: Dream!Ozai in Aang's last dream.
* BreatherEpisode
* CatapultNightmare: Aang, when waking from his last nightmare, complete with scream.
* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's War Meeting]]: the contents of the council-of-war will be important later, though they're not actually revealed in this episode.
* DaydreamSurprise: Sorry, Kataang fans, gonna have to wait a little longer for the real deal...
* GetAholdOfYourselfMan:
-->'''Katara:''' Aang, I know you're trying to help, but you ''really'' need to get a ''grip.''
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Nightmares, funny stuff, Kataang ShipTease, hallucinations... hold on, did Zuko spend the night on Mai's couch?
* TheInsomniac: Aang, and the lack of sleep makes him crazy.
* InnocuouslyImportantEpisode: The majority of the episode focuses on Aang's hallucinations with a minor subplot of Zuko and Mai GettingCrapPastTheRadar. Yet there's one scene, not even five minutes long, when Zuko finally has an epiphany that sticks, and the next time we see him he's made his HeelFaceTurn.
-->'''Zuko''':I was the perfect prince, the son my father always wanted. But I wasn't me.
* ALoadOfBull: Aang hallucinates that Appa is talking.
* MoodWhiplash: while most of Aang's nightmares are played as comedy, some of them are actually pretty dang frightening. Not to mention the snapback after the aforementioned Kataang Ship Tease.
* NotWearingPantsDream: Aang's most humiliating nightmare. In his final dream, he turns it around on Dream!Ozai.
* NoYou: Aang to Dream!Ozai in his final dream.
* RoadTripAcrossTheStreet: Zuko takes a palanquin to Mai's house, which is just across the street from the palace.
** Granted, he tried to be nonchalant and just walk over, but his servants insisted otherwise.
* ShipTease: "Baby, you're my forever girl."
* ShoutOut: Sokka refers to Fire Lord Ozai as "the baddest man on the planet", which was the tagline for Mike Tyson during his prime.
** The three get-ups Aang wears in his Fire Lord dreams are homages to ''DragonBallZ'', ''{{Trigun}}'', and wuxia films.
** Hallucination!Momo looks a lot like Usagi from ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo''.
* [[MushroomSamba Sleep Deprivation Samba]]
* SpitTake: Aang yells at Toph to stop drinking water and she immediately spit-takes in surprise, all over Katara (who subsequently waterbends to dry herself).
* SuddenlyVoiced: Momo and Appa both talk during one of Aang's hallucinations.
* SurrealHorror: Aang's last nightmare features the rest of the Gaang dying in various horrible ways before the comet hits the ground and turns it into a scorched wasteland.
* SwordFight: Aang hallucinates one between Appa and Momo.
* TwitchyEye: Aang develops one while suffering from insomnia.