"Well, look at this. Enemies and traitors all working together."
Conflict: The Episode.
Spring has sprung, and the Gaang, newly augmented by Toph, travel on Appa. When they make camp for the evening, Katara and Toph begin to bicker: Toph refuses to help with chores. "I carry my own weight
" is Toph's excuse. Then they're disturbed by the advent of a large metal train-vehicle-thing containing Azula, Mai and Ty Lee, and have to flee without sleep. Zuko pursues them, and Iroh him, all leading to one big brawl at the end.
This episode is a step away from standard Avatar
fare in that it doesn't really have a single overarching goal that Aang and his friends are trying to accomplish (besides "survive"); it just throws all the show's main characters together and lets them bounce off each other. It is driven solely by character and evolves much more organically.
- Bits of Me Keep Passing Out: Sokka's fight with Ty Lee.
- Blame Game: Katara blames Toph for delaying camp transitions. Aang tries to stop the argument, but Toph starts blaming Appa for leaving a trail for the pursuers to follow. Aang then blames Toph for weighing down Appa. Toph temporarily leaves the group.
Toph: You're blaming me for this?
Aang: No, she's not blaming you.
Katara: No, I'm blaming her!
- Chase Scene: The whole episode. Multiple characters all chasing each other, and eventually a branch when it becomes clear that Appa's shedding is how Azula is tracking them. So after washing Appa off, Katara and Sokka take Appa to safety whilst Aang lays a decoy trail of Appa hair.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Ty Lee and Mai vs Katara and Sokka. Then Appa gets involved.
- Did Toph Just Have Tea With Iroh?: When she leaves the camp, Toph happens upon Iroh, and they share some tea and give each other advice. Subverted in that Iroh is actually pretty nice.
- Enemy Mine: The seeds of Zuko's Heel-Face Turn, planted in the last episode, begin to germinate here as he works alongside the Avatar for the first time in the series (not counting his earlier Blue Spirit stint).
- Genre Savvy: Unfortunately, Azula figures out Aang's decoy, sending Mai and Ty Lee after the Water Tribe contingent.
- Idiot Ball: It takes the group an awfully long time to come up with the idea that Appa's shedding is leading a continual trail.
- And after going to the trouble to lay a fake trail, no one notices that Appa still manages to crash through a treetop during his liftoff, meaning there's an obvious sign of which way he really went.
- Justified, along with a touch of Conflict Ball, because the entire Gaang is sleep-deprived for the entire episode.
- Ineffectual Loner: Toph, who values her independence too much to help others or let herself be helped.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Toph and Iroh.
- I Resemble That Remark:
Aang: (to Katara and Toph) Okay, you both need to calm down.
Katara: (with a crazed expression and bloodshot eyes) Both? I'M COMPLETELY CALM!
- I Surrender, Suckers: Azula pulls this right before she attacks Iroh.
- Kick the Dog: Azula shoots Iroh with fire right after saying she surrendered.
- Let's You and Him Fight: Subverted by Toph's meeting with Uncle Iroh: instead, they have tea.
- Mêlée à Trois: The Aang vs. Azula vs. Zuko duel.
- Mexican Standoff: At the beginning of the Mêlée à Trois.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: "Three on three plus Sokka."
- The Avatar Extras call back to this joke. "This is the first time we've seen all four elements attacking at once." A beat later, it adds, "...Plus Sokka."
- My God, What Have I Done?: Aang and Katara do this (mostly Aang) when they caused Toph to leave the group. Sokka even calls them out on it:
Sokka: "Yeah, you two were pretty much jerks."
Katara: "Thanks, Sokka."
Sokka: "No problem."
- No Sell: In the otherwise one sided battle, Ty Lee tries to disable Sokka's head for no effect.
Sokka: Good try, but no.
- Only Sane Man: Katara. For certain values of "sane." "I'M COMPLETELY CALM!"
- Scarily Competent Tracker: Azula. Holy crap Azula. It helps that she's Dangerously Genre Savvy and a Magnificent Bastard.
- Team Mom: Katara.
- Trail of Bread Crumbs: Appa's fur
- Victory Is Boring: Trope Namer episode. For the battle when Mai and Ty Lee defeat Sokka and Katara.
- Wall Jump: Apparently, Aang can use airbending to jump from wall to wall in an alley in the deserted town.