-->"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.

!!Tropes:
* ActorAllusion: Piandao describes the use of the sword as an "extra-long, really sharp arm." Piandao's VA is Robert Patrick, best known for his role as the [[{{Franchise/Terminator}} T-1000]], who was rather fond of turning his arms into swords.
* ADayInTheLimelight: For Sokka.
* {{Badass}}: Piandao's back story is that he retired from the Fire Nation army rather than continue in the Earth Kingdom wars. The Fire Lord sent a hundred master warriors to force him back into service and ''Piandao sent each and every one of them back to the Fire Lord in defeat.''
* BadassGrandpa[=/=]CoolOldGuy: Piandao and Iroh
* 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.
* CombatCompliment: Piandao does this during his final test of Sokka.
* {{Flynning}}: The last fight between Piandao and Sokka.
* ForgingScene: For Sokka's "Space Sword".
* IJustWantToBeBadass: For the first time, the audience really sees just how much Sokka's being 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.
* KnewItAllAlong: Piandao knew full well Sokka was Water Tribe the second he heard Sokka's name. He still teaches the teenager because Piandao values the sharing of knowledge, and believes the knowledge should be for everyone regardless of nations. Being a member of the White Lotus society supporting the Avatar's return, Piandao would also know who Aang was by first sight too.
* 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.
* ScaryImpracticalArmor: Spoofed with the suit of armor that Aang tries on while shopping; the humorous look is the current page image.
* ScoobyStack: Katara and Aang.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: The Master knew Sokka was from the Water Tribe but he tested his honesty.
* SpontaneousWeaponCreation: Aang briefly discusses the idea of making a 'Wind Sword' this way.
* 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's sword
* TookALevelInBadass: Essentially the whole episode, although Iroh was already badass before his secret exercise routine. [[AndZoidberg 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.
* 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.