-->"There are seven chakras that go up the body. Each pool of energy has a purpose and can be blocked by a specific kind of emotional muck. Be warned: opening the chakras is an intense experience, and once you begin this process, you cannot stop until all seven are opened. Are you ready?"
-->"...I'll do whatever it takes."

After splitting up in the previous episode, the characters find themselves in uniquely separate situations:

Aang, meeting with Guru Pathik, goes under an intense training regimen designed to open his spiritual pathways and allow him to gain control of the Avatar State. Sokka, after two years, is finally reunited with his father. Toph, having been tricked and captured by Xin Fu and Master Yu, is being carted off back to her parents' estate. Katara is helping the Earth King and his generals plan for the invasion, unaware that Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee have infiltrated the city and are making plans to take over. And Zuko, after going through a long night of fever dreams and wrestling with his subconscious, has come out of the experience uncharacteristically serene.

!!Tropes
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: "Why would I choose cosmic energy over Katara? I- I love her!"
* BadassBoast: "I am the greatest Earthbender in the '''WORLD'''! Don't you two dunderheads ever forget it!" (Cue earth wave skating)
* BluffTheEavesdropper: The first part of Azula's BatmanGambit to take over Ba Sing Se.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: Out of all the chakras, the location of the water chakra is never mentioned, seeing as it deals with pleasure and is located in the sexual and reproductive organs.
* ClipShow: Aang's lessons can feel like one, though there's still plenty of new material.
* DieOrFly: Toph is being carried away, back to her parents, where she will be undoubtedly placed under even '''''more''''' restrictions than before she'd run away, in a metal container. Using her [[DisabilitySuperpower unique abilities to locate the earth elements within the metal]], she invents Metalbending.
* ExtraOreDinary: Toph invents Metalbending.
* IronicEcho:
-->'''Xin Fu:''' ''(to Toph)'' You might think you're the greatest earthbender in the world, but even ''you'' [[TemptingFate can't bend metal!]]
-->''Later''
-->'''Toph:''' I AM THE GREATEST EARTHBENDER IN THE WORLD! Don't you two dunderheads ever forget it!
* LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard: Toph escapes the steel cage by inventing a specialized form of Earthbending.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Katara sees Zuko serving tea and instantly runs to inform the authorities. If she had investigated further, confronted him herself or thought about the situation for more than a second, Zuko never would have been put in a position to turn to Azula's side to begin with. (And Aang probably would have finished his last chakra.)
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Azula with Long Feng. While she doesn't pretend to be a complete idiot, she doesn't let Long Feng see her true intelligence and ruthlessness just yet.
* OhCrap: Katara's expression when she finds out the Kyoshi warriors she informed were really Azula and her QuirkyMinibossSquad.
** Azula has a subdued one upon learning about the invasion plan. She recovers very quickly, both keeping composure and coming up with a plan of her own.
* ShippedInShackles: Xin Fu and Master Yu stick Toph in a metal box to transport her back to her parents.
* ShownTheirWork: In addition to the Avatar-world chakras roughly corresponding to their real element, locations, and responsibilities, Aang and Guru Pathik are also shown making the proper hand symbols for each chakra during meditation.
* SymbolicBlood: After Ty Lee chi-blocks Katara, the water that Katara was bending from her waterskin spreads out on the floor like a pool of blood.
* TookALevelInKindness: Zuko, after coming out of his AngstComa. He's also a lot more optimistic and cheerful.
* WholePlotReference: Aang's training with Guru Pathik is largely a homage to [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back]].