->''"You told me you didn't know if you were worthy, but I believe that you are more worthy than any man I have ever trained."''

After the Gaang use bending to stop a forest fire caused by a falling meteorite, Sokka feels OvershadowedByAwesome and expresses his frustration at being the weakest member of the group. Deciding that he needs to be cheered up, the group goes on a shopping spree, and Sokka hears of a MasterSwordsman that lives nearby, known as Master Piandao. Katara, Aang, and Toph urge Sokka to seek training from him, as much for his sake as for the Gaang's.

With Sokka preoccupied temporarily, the Gaang attempts to do Sokka's old jobs, including his sarcastic jokes. HilarityEnsues. And Iroh, still locked in his cell, secretly exercises, eventually becoming a OneManArmy.
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!!Tropes:

* BattleButler: Notice how Sokka usually goes against Piandao's ''butler'' during the actual training.
* CannotTellAJoke: Katara. Aang as well. At least neither can do it on the spot.
* ChekhovsGun: The meteorite turns out to be very useful for creating swords.
* ClarkKentOutfit: Iroh hides a blanket in his robes to cover his abs of steel and look like a fat old man.
* CombatCompliment: Piandao does this during his final test of Sokka.
* CombatPragmatist: Piandao actually ''encourages'' fighting like this, and compliments Sokka during their duel for doing things like attacking from higher ground and flinging dirt into his eyes.
* ComicBookFantasyCasting: Piandao looks very like the show's real-life martial arts adviser, Sifu Kisu.
* CoolOldGuy: Piandao and Iroh.
* ADayInTheLimelight: For Sokka.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Aang, Toph and Katara spend the day barefoot and lounging around whilst waiting for Sokka to return. They complain that it's too hot to do anything productive (Aang has also [[ShirtlessScene taken off his shirt]]), and that with Sokka gone there's no one to be in charge of the schedule, so it's pretty clear that they just want to relax.
* {{Flynning}}: The last fight between Piandao and Sokka. Justified as neither is really trying to hurt the other person: it's easy to tell that Piandao is holding back, and Sokka is only skilled enough to deflect Piandao's attacks much less attempt a harming strike.
* ForgingScene: For Sokka's "Space Sword".
* IJustWantToBeBadass: For the first time, the audience really sees just how much Sokka's being [[BadassNormal the only non-Bender]] in the group discourages him.
* InstantFlightJustAddSpinning: Sokka tries out different weapons and spins a lance above his head. It flies away after a short time.
* AMasterMakesTheirOwnTools: Master swordsman Piandao cites this trope as an explanation for why his protégé Sokka should forge his own sword out of materials he chooses. The result is a unique sword, which is as odd and practical as its owner.
* MythologyGag: While Toph plays with the meteor rock, one of the shapes she forms is the Nickelodeon splat.
* ObfuscatingInsanity: Iroh to the guards.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: As said above, Iroh to the guards.
* OneSteveLimit: LampshadeHanging on the aversion of this trope, actually. Piandao suggests "Lee" as an alias for Sokka: "There's a million Lees." There have been at least three or four other characters called Lee in the series up to this point, and it was Zuko's alias during season 2.
* PrisonsAreGymnasiums: Iroh's subplot used to be the trope image.
* ScaryImpracticalArmor: Spoofed with the suit of armor that Aang tries on while shopping; the humorous look is the current page image. He falls over while trying to move.
* ScoobyStack: Katara and Aang watching Sokka forging his sword.
* ShirtlessScene: Aside from going barefoot during the afternoon while Sokka is away, Aang has also taken off his shirt.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: The Master knew Sokka was from the Water Tribe but he tested his honesty.
* SpitefulSpit: In one scene the [[WardensAreEvil evil warden]] spits on Iroh's food.
* SpontaneousWeaponCreation: Aang briefly discusses the idea of making a 'Wind Sword' this way.
* SwordLimbo: Sokka dives under the sword of his master during their fight.
* TakeThat: One against ScaryImpracticalArmor, and by proxy toy makers who asked for this sort of stuff as EnvironmentSpecificActionFigure fodder.
* TastyGold: Faced with a selection of metals with which to forge a sword, Sokka picks up a hunk of the stuff and gnaws on it.
* ThunderboltIron: Sokka makes himself a sword from a meteorite that fell in the beginning of the episode.
* TookALevelInBadass: Essentially the whole episode, although Iroh was already badass before his secret exercise routine. [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Oh, and so did Sokka.]]
* ToughRoom: When Katara tries to take over as comic relief for Sokka.
-->'''Aang:''' I guess the jokes don't run in the family.
-->'''Katara:''' Oh, everyone's a critic.
* TrainingMontage: The episode, for both Sokka and Iroh.
* {{Tsundere}}: A minor example, but when Sokka comes back from his training, Toph claims that while Aang and Katara "missed [him] or something", she didn't care. She promptly turns the other way and starts blushing.
* VetinariJobSecurity: When Sokka's gone everybody's going into comic-relief withdrawal. More importantly nobody else knows how to read the maps or understands planning, so they end up sitting around bored and waste the entire day.
* WaxOnWaxOff: Piandao's training of Sokka includes calligraphy, landscape painting, and rock gardening in addition to actual swordplay. Unlike most instances of the trope, however, he explains the purpose of each element as he goes along.
* WhatTheFuAreYouDoing: Sokka's first attempts to find a new weapon weren't very successful, to say the least. He even provides the current page picture.
* WhyDontYouMarryIt: When Toph says she misses Sokka, Katara tries to make a joke about it.
-->'''Katara:''' Ooo. I got one. If you miss him so much, [[ShipTease why don't you marry him]]?
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Piandao not only say than Sokka is worthy of him but also deserves better.
* YouGetMeCoffee: Being the only non-bender in the team, Sokka is of little help to defend the village against the fire caused by meteorite. Aang suggests Sokka to watch Momo while he, Toph and Katara save the day.
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