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Recap: Avatar: The Last Airbender "The Firebending Masters"
Having been accepted by the Gaang, Zuko begins to teach Aang firebending, only to discover that his own firebending has gotten weaker. Realizing that he previously fueled his firebending with hate and rage, Zuko takes Aang to visit the ruins of the ancient Sun Warrior civilization in hopes of learning a new way to firebend.
Contemplate Our Navels: Trapped in goo with no way to escape, Zuko suggests this to be a good way to pass the time.
Continuity Nod: Aang's expression when he firebends, as well as the slo-motion, is virtually identical to when he first firebent in "The Deserter". Only this time he is in full control.
Redemption Demotion: Zuko, justified, lampshaded, and ultimately subverted as Zuko seems to be an even better firebender after this episode.
Zuko: I bet it's because I changed sides.
Sins of Our Fathers: Invoked by the Sun Warrior chief, who pretty much says to Zuko that he's off to a bad start with the last two dragons, because Zuko's great-grandfather Fire Lord Sozin was the one who started the act of hunting dragons as a sport, causing the race to go nearly extinct. Eventually subverted when the dragons deem Zuko worthy of learning the true ways of firebending.
Stealth Insult: "You know, Zuko, I don't care what anyone says; you're pretty smart." It takes Zuko a few moments to understand the implication.
Theme Tune Cameo: The Sun Warriors play the drumbeats from the closing credits music.
"World of Cardboard" Speech: Both Aang and Zuko knew from near the start of the episode that their blocks to learning firebending were internal, but it's not until the near the end that they actually give the speech and break through the blocks.