-->"I'll save you from the pirates."

The gang stops in a village for supplies, although they are running dangerously low on money. However, while shopping, they come across interesting merchandise sold by rather questionable pirates- er, I mean, 'high risk traders'. Among their wares is an expensive water bending scroll, which Katara steals to help both herself and Aang learn water bending. To her annoyance, it seems Aang quickly surpasses her in the skill, and her jealousy begins to take control. Meanwhile, Iroh goes shopping for his missing Pai Sho piece, and Zuko catches wind that the pirates are after a familiar sounding trio, and so they join forces.

!!Tropes:
* BigDamnHeroes: Appa!
* BreatherEpisode: A plot-significant episode which provides a break from the previous two-parter, especially with the darker "Jet" to follow.
* ButtMonkey: While Aang and Katara practice water-bending, Sokka gets to brush Appa's toes. And then he gets splashed by Aang's waterbending.
* ChaseScene
* ChekhovsGun[=/=]ChekhovsBoomerang: Aang's bison whistle. And the horn Iroh buys.
* FruitCart: The Cabbage Merchant and his cabbages.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Iroh imitating the weird grin of the monkey statue while Zuko is first talking to the pirates.
* IceCreamKoan: lampshaded
--> '''General Iroh:''' Are you so busy fighting, you cannot see your own ship has set sail?!
--> '''Prince Zuko:''' We have no time for your proverbs, uncle!
--> '''General Iroh:''' It's no proverb! ''({{Beat}})'' Maybe it should be a proverb...
* InevitableWaterfall
* InsistentTerminology: They're not pirates, they're "high risk traders."
* InstantExpert: To Katara's annoyance, Aang masters Waterbending very quickly.
* ItsAllMyFault, Katara says.
-->'''Aang:''' No, Katara, it isn't.
-->'''Iroh:''' Yeah, it kind of is.
* LintValue: Aang tries to haggle for the waterbending scroll. He offers one copper piece. Then, okay, how about two copper pieces?
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: When the pirates storm en-masse out of their ship, Katara nervously edges backwards.
* MoodSwinger: Katara swings from flipping out at Aang's easy mastery of Waterbending, to sincerely, tearfully saying, "I'm so sorry, I don't know what came over me," to angrily declaring, "No more apologies!"
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After yelling at Aang and seeing him cry, Katara immediately feels bad for what she said and apologizes sincerely. Then she does the same for Momo, who had been whipped earlier by a failed water whip. And the look Sokka gives her after she yells at Aang clearly said "[[WhatTheHellHero What the heck is wrong with you]]?!"
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Katara's late-night practicing (and angry muttering) is what alerts the pirates and Zuko to her location.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Katara rationalizes that it was okay to steal the scroll since the pirates clearly already stole it themselves.
* RecurringExtra: The Cabbage Merchant returns. He should've stayed in Omashu.
* ShipTease: It's widely agreed that this episode is when the concept of "Zutara" really took off.
* ShutUpAndSaveMe:
-->'''Aang:''' Hey, you did the Water Whip!
-->'''Katara:''' I couldn't have done it without your help!
-->'''Sokka:''' ''(being restrained by three pirates)'' Will you two quit congratulating each other and help me out?!
* SpoofAesop: The lesson is, "stealing is wrong... unless its from pirates!"... which, if nothing else, refreshingly keeps the episode from being {{Anvilicious}}.
* TalkingYourWayOut: Sokka attempts this. Zuko [[GenreSavvy sees through it instantly]] -- the pirates do not.
* TemptingFate:
-->'''Sokka''': Oh, what? I'm not good enough to kidnap?
-->''[Cue to a net being thrown at him and gets dragged away]''
* [[ThisIsNoTimeForKnitting This Is No Time For Flute Practice!]]
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