Recap / Avatar: The Last Airbender "Nightmares and Daydreams"

"During the meeting, I was the perfect prince. The son my father wanted. But I wasn't me."

Having arrived at the invasion rendezvous point four days early, the Gaang settles down to relax. Aang starts freaking out about having to fight the Fire Lord, practices his little arrowed butt off, and still suffers from insomnia after having nightmares about the fight. So he decides to just not sleep at all, launching an epic Sleep Deprivation Samba that is Played for Laughs and Played for Drama. Prepare for Mood Whiplash.

Meanwhile, in the capital, Zuko is increasingly conflicted about his life. He angsts over not being invited to a major war meeting (his father assumed he'd know he was part of it) and then, once he's emerged, realizes he's still dissatisfied with his life and station.


  • Afraid of Needles: Aang, when Toph suggests acupuncture with a porcupine-like creature.
  • Anxiety Dreams: Aang, of course.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Subverted. Aang finally tells Katara that he loves her and kisses her, thus letting her kiss him back. But as they get ready to make out some more...Katara's voice asks Aang what he was doing, and he looks up to see her standing there. It Was All Just A Dream, indeed.
  • Big "NO!": Dream!Ozai in Aang's last dream.
  • Breather Episode
  • The Cameo: Guru Pahtik reappears as one of Aang's hallucinations, with six arms, and singing about chakras.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Aang, when waking from his last nightmare, complete with scream.
  • Chekhov's War Meeting: the contents of the council-of-war will be important later, though they're not actually revealed in this episode.
  • Daydream Surprise: Sorry, Kataang fans, gonna have to wait a little longer for the real deal...
  • Fangirl: Not surprisingly, Zuko now has in-universe ones trying to get his attention (and possibly other things) when he steps outside the palace. One of these manages to get close, before being dragged off by the guards.
  • Funny Background Event: When the Gaang makes Aang a bed for him to sleep on, there are some naked koala-sheep next to Sokka.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!:
    Katara: Aang, I know you're trying to help, but you really need to get a grip.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Nightmares, funny stuff, Kataang Ship Tease, hallucinations... hold on, did Zuko spend the night on Mai's couch?
    • Mai suggesting ways for Zuko to relieve stress, like... ordering servants around, or taking a palanquin ride.
  • The Insomniac: Aang, and the lack of sleep makes him crazy.
  • A Load of Bull: Aang hallucinates that Appa is talking.
  • Mood Whiplash: while most of Aang's nightmares are played as comedy, some of them are actually pretty dang frightening. Not to mention the snapback after the aforementioned Kataang Ship Tease.
  • "Not Wearing Pants" Dream: Aang's most humiliating nightmare. In his final dream, he turns it around on Dream!Ozai.
  • No, You: Aang to Dream!Ozai in his final dream.
  • Real Dreams Are Weirder: All of Aang's dreams, as well as his hallucinations.
  • Road Trip Across the Street: Zuko takes a palanquin to Mai's house, which is just across the street from the palace. Granted, he tried to be nonchalant and just walk over, but his servants insisted otherwise.
  • Ship Tease: "Baby, you're my forever girl."
  • Shout-Out:
    • Sokka refers to Fire Lord Ozai as "the baddest man on the planet", which was the tagline for Mike Tyson during his prime.
    • The three get-ups Aang wears in his Fire Lord dreams are homages to Dragon Ball Z, Trigun, and wuxia films.
    • Hallucination!Momo looks a lot like Usagi from Usagi Yojimbo.
  • Sleep Deprivation Samba
  • Spit Take: Aang yells at Toph to stop drinking water and she immediately spit-takes in surprise, all over Katara (who subsequently waterbends to dry herself).
  • Suddenly Voiced: Momo and Appa both talk during one of Aang's hallucinations.
  • Surreal Horror: Aang's last nightmare features the rest of the Gaang dying in various horrible ways before the comet hits the ground and turns it into a scorched wasteland.
  • Surreal Humour: Aang's first two nightmares have the traditional not-wearing-pants scene, and then the Fire Lord asking if Aang had prepared for... his math test.
  • Sword Fight: Aang hallucinates one between Appa and Momo.
  • Twitchy Eye: Aang develops one while suffering from insomnia.