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Recap: Avatar: The Last Airbender "Appa's Lost Days"
"I guess this means we'll always be together."

A Perspective Flip detailing Appa's journey from being captured by bandits in the "The Library" to his eventual arrival and capture by Long Feng in "The Tales of Ba Sing Se". We watch as Appa desperately tries to escape his captors, only to be drugged and sold to an abusive circus. There the bison is physically and mentally abused to force him into ridiculous performances, and a fear of fire is instilled in him. Even after a young boy helps free him, there's no luck; he nearly starves in the desert, is attacked by giant buzzard-wasps, farmers and a porcupine boar, before simply giving up to die in a cave. Thankfully, the Kyoshi Warriors (led by Suki) find him- but before they can bring him back to Aang, they are attacked by Azula, Ty Lee and Mai.

Suki forces Appa to flee by scaring him with fire, leaving their own fates unknown to the audience. Afraid and rejected again, Appa finds himself at another Air Temple he remembers from his youth, now abandoned. But... not completely. There's one person there: an old guru. He spiritually heals the bison, and gives him direction towards Aang. With hope renewed, Appa sets off for Ba Sing Se, following the sound of the bison whistle...

... but there's a catch. Aang's asleep. So who's blowing the whistle?

Oh Crap.

Tropes:

  • Bolivian Army Ending: Invoked with Suki and Azula charging at each other, but subverted in that we eventually find out what happened.
  • Bond Creatures: We see that Aang and Appa share the same dream of when they met at the exact same time.
  • Break the Cutie: Poor, poor Appa.
  • Butt Monkey: Divide the things that go Appa's way with those that don't and you have a very depressing figure.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Hakoda and Guru Pathik.
  • Cliff Hanger: What happened to Appa?
  • Continuity Nod: The umbrella from "The Fortuneteller" is found in Appa's luggage by sandbenders.
  • A Day in the Limelight
  • Determinator: Appa, big-time.
  • Disturbed Doves: Happens during the fight between Appa and the boarcupine.
  • Downer Ending: Appa makes it to Ba Sing Se, and hears the whistle...but it turns out Aang wasn't blowing it, but Long Feng was, and Appa is captured again.
  • Friendship Moment: In Appa's flashback, his first meeting with Aang. It's adorable.
  • Full Boar Action: Appa's battle against the boarcupine.
  • Late to the Punchline: Ty Lee takes a second to figure out Azula's "fan girls" joke, probably just like the audience.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Played with. Appa is captured, drugged and abused by several people, notably with the cruel circus owner instilling in him fear of fire, and several attendees laughing at him, but Appa also meets humans who helped him and were willing to help him out such as the young boy visiting the circus, the Kyoshi Warriors (especially Suki) and Guru Pathik, who spiritually heals him.
  • Oh Crap: Appa's reaction when he sees the boarcupine charging at him.
  • Pun: Said to the fan-blade wielding Kyoshi Warriors:
    Azula: "What are you, the Avatar's fangirls?"
  • Shoo the Dog: Suki does this to Appa when Azula finds them.
  • Trail of Bread Crumbs:
    • The Kyoshi Warriors and Azula find Appa from his fur.
    • Guru Pathik leaves a trail of fruit for Appa.
  • Whole Episode Flashback
Avatar: The Last Airbender 'The Tales of Ba Sing Se"Recap/Avatar: The Last Airbender Avatar: The Last Airbender 'Lake Laogai"

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