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** Apparently Mako actually started to cry while recording the song, as he was suffering from cancer and knew he was going to die soon. This just makes the scene all the more tragic.


-->'''Zuko:''' You've always thrown everything you could at me! Well I can take it! And now I can give it back!

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-->'''Zuko:''' You've always thrown everything you could at me! Well I can take it! And now I can give it back!
back! Go On! Strike me! You've never held back before!


** It's even ''more'' tearjerking because Iroh, the one who's usually able to stay cheerful no matter what, starts singing "Little Soldier Boy", the same song that he used to comfort the boy earlier in the episode, and starts ''sobbing'' about halfway through with his voice hitching and body shaking as he goes through the lyrics, and you realize that the song was for Iroh's son, who died in the very war Iroh's trying to stop (and in the same place, no less). And then the dedication to Mako... *sniff* It's overwhelming.

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** It's even ''more'' tearjerking because Iroh, the one who's usually able to stay cheerful no matter what, starts singing "Little Soldier Boy", "Leaves from the Vine," the same song that he used to comfort the boy earlier in the episode, and starts ''sobbing'' about halfway through with his voice hitching and body shaking as he goes through the lyrics, and you realize that the song was for Iroh's son, who died in the very war Iroh's trying to stop (and in the same place, no less). And then the dedication to Mako... *sniff* It's overwhelming.



** The three people he helps over the course of the day are basically the three stages of his son's life: A young child confused and sad, a group of rambunctious but harmless pre-teens/teenagers getting into trouble, and a man who is desperate and in need of someone to believe in him. All the help Iroh gave to them could either have been what he did for his son... or didn't... or couldn't...

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** The three people he helps over the course of the day are basically the three stages of his son's life: A young child confused and sad, a group of rambunctious but harmless pre-teens/teenagers getting into trouble, and a man young adult who is desperate and in need of someone to believe in him. All the help Iroh gave to them could either have been what he did for his son... or didn't... or couldn't...



* Also The Tale of Momo, his absolute forlorn expression as he tries to search for Appa is just heartbreaking. Momo, the cute little comic relief pet is shown having dreams, flashbacks, and compassion for other creatures, all within a few heartbreaking minutes. Possibly the most heart-breaking moment of all is when poor Momo curls up to try to sleep in a hole in the ground...And the camera pans out to show that said hole is in fact ''Appa's pawprint''.

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* Also The "The Tale of Momo, Momo", his absolute forlorn expression as he tries to search for Appa is just heartbreaking. Momo, the cute little comic relief pet pet, is shown having dreams, flashbacks, and compassion for other creatures, all within a few heartbreaking minutes. Possibly the most heart-breaking moment of all is when poor Momo curls up to try to sleep in a hole in the ground...And the camera pans out to show that said hole is in fact ''Appa's pawprint''.



* The whole scene of Appa in the circus. It actually won a Genesis award for its disturbingly accurate depiction of animal abuse in the circus. And while he's there, Appa sees a boy who reminds him of Aang who helps inspire him to escape. It's either cute, extra heartbreaking, or both.

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* The whole scene of Appa in the circus. It actually won a Genesis award Award for its disturbingly accurate depiction of animal abuse in the circus. And while he's there, Appa sees a boy who reminds him of Aang who helps inspire him to escape. It's either cute, extra heartbreaking, or both.


* The whole scene of Appa in the circus. It actually won a Genesis award for its disturbingly accurate portrayal of animal abuse in the circus. And while he's there, Appa sees a boy who reminds him of Aang who helps inspire him to escape. It's either cute, extra heartbreaking, or both.

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* The whole scene of Appa in the circus. It actually won a Genesis award for its disturbingly accurate portrayal depiction of animal abuse in the circus. And while he's there, Appa sees a boy who reminds him of Aang who helps inspire him to escape. It's either cute, extra heartbreaking, or both.



** Just before the death itself, the line that snaps him out of it: "You're a FREEDOM-fighter, Jet!" It's not the trauma of losing his village that pulls out of his brainwashing, but the memories of his friends and what they all believed in together.
** Smeller-Bee and Longshot staying behind to watch over Jet before he dies can also bring out a few tears. This is also the only time we hear Longshot speak when he tells the Gaang to go and adds that "He's our leader". You know something is truly dire when Longshot speaks. Once the Gaang does leave, Smeller-Bee cries over Jet's body as Longshot prepares an arrow in case the Dai Li return. Even until the very end, they were loyal to Jet.

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** Just before the death itself, the line that snaps him out of it: "You're a FREEDOM-fighter, FREEDOM fighter, Jet!" It's not the trauma of losing his village that pulls out of his brainwashing, but the memories of his friends and what they all believed in together.
** Smeller-Bee and Longshot staying behind to watch over Jet before he dies can also bring out a few tears. This is also the only time we hear Longshot speak when he tells the Gaang to go and adds that "He's our leader". leader." You know something is truly dire when Longshot speaks. Once the Gaang does leave, Smeller-Bee cries over Jet's body as Longshot prepares an arrow in case the Dai Li return. Even until the very end, they were loyal to Jet.


* The part where Appa, tired, hungry, still searching for Aang, battered and worn out from all the traveling, lands outside the little cave...and then a raging porcupine-boar comes running out of nowhere and attacks him. The look on Appa's face and the way he's snarling and roaring as he fights this enemy makes it quite clear that he is enraged and exhausted beyond belief. So much so that he spends several days just laying in the den, as though he had finally lost his will to find Aang and was just waiting for the next bad thing to come.

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* The part where Appa, tired, hungry, still searching for Aang, battered and worn out from all the traveling, lands outside the little cave...and then a raging porcupine-boar comes running out of nowhere and attacks him. The look on Appa's face and the way he's snarling and roaring as he fights this enemy makes it quite clear that he is enraged and exhausted beyond belief. So much so that he spends several days just laying lying in the den, as though he had finally lost his will to find Aang and was just waiting for the next bad thing to come.

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* Jet’s flashback to watching his village being ransacked and burned to the ground as a young child. Seeing it makes it a little easier to sympathize with his radical anti-Fire Nation views.

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** Apparently Mako actually started to cry while recording the song, as he was suffering from cancer and knew he was going to die soon. This just makes the scene all the more tragic.

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* Ursa being forced to abandon Zuko, without Zuko even knowing why.
-->'''Ursa:''' Zuko, please, my love, listen to me. Everything I've done, I've done to protect you. Remember this, Zuko. No matter how things may seem to change, never forget who you are.


-->'''Aang:''' ''(desperately)'' Stop this! You have to let her go!
-->'''Fong:''' You could save her if you were in the Avatar State!
-->'''Aang:''' ''(starting to cry)'' I'm trying... I'm trying!
-->'''Katara:''' ''(terrified)'' Aang, I'm sinking!
-->'''Fong:''' I don't see glowing!
-->''(Katara is buried neck deep now.)''
-->'''Katara:''' ''(desperate)'' ''Please!''
-->'''Aang:''' ''(frantic)'' You don't need to do this!
-->'''Fong:''' [[KickTheDog Apparently, I do.]]

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-->'''Aang:''' ''(desperately)'' --->'''Aang:''' ''[desperately]'' Stop this! You have to let her go!
-->'''Fong:'''
go!\\
'''Fong:'''
You could save her if you were in the Avatar State!
-->'''Aang:''' ''(starting
State!\\
'''Aang:''' ''[starting
to cry)'' cry]'' I'm trying... I'm trying!
-->'''Katara:''' ''(terrified)''
trying!\\
'''Katara:''' ''[terrified]''
Aang, I'm sinking!
-->'''Fong:'''
sinking!\\
'''Fong:'''
I don't see glowing!
-->''(Katara
glowing!\\
''[Katara
is buried neck deep now.)''
-->'''Katara:''' ''(desperate)'' ''Please!''
-->'''Aang:''' ''(frantic)''
now]''\\
'''Katara:''' ''[desperate]'' ''Please!''\\
'''Aang:''' ''[frantic]''
You don't need to do this!
-->'''Fong:'''
this!\\
'''Fong:'''
[[KickTheDog Apparently, I do.]]


* Sokka's protectiveness over Suki. It's PlayedForLaughs until Sokka admits he's still haunted by [[{{MyGreatestFailure}} failing to save]] [[{{FirstLove}} Yue]] and is terrified of losing Suki as well. Then when he and Suki almost kiss, he pulls away clearly scared of getting close to someone again.


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* Sokka's protectiveness over Suki. It's PlayedForLaughs until Sokka admits he's still haunted by [[{{MyGreatestFailure}} failing to save]] [[{{FirstLove}} Yue]] and is terrified of losing Suki as well. Then when he and Suki almost kiss, he pulls away clearly away, seemingly scared of getting close to someone again.again or still feeling too guilty over Yue.



* Sokka's protectiveness over Suki. It's PlayedForLaughs until Sokka admits he's still haunted by [[{{MyGreatestFailure}} failing to save]] [[{{FirstLove}} Yue]] and is terrified of losing Suki as well. Then when he and Suki almost kiss, he pulls away clearly scared of getting close to someone again.


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* Sokka's protectiveness over Suki. It's PlayedForLaughs until Sokka admits he's still haunted by [[{{MyGreatestFailure}} failing to save]] [[{{FirstLove}} Yue]] and is terrified of losing Suki as well. Then when he and Suki almost kiss, he pulls away clearly away, seemingly scared of getting close to someone again.again or still feeling too guilty over Yue.



* Sokka seeing Yue's "spirit". Even though he believes that the swamp isn't magical, he was wondering if he really was seeing Yue. To make it worse, "Yue" claims that he didn't protect her. Before he had a chance to counter her statement, she disappeared and you can tell that Sokka is very crestfallen. Even if Yue was a hallucination, it's pretty clear that Sokka [[ILetGwenStacyDie blames himself for letting Yue die]].

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* Sokka seeing Yue's "spirit". Even though he believes that the swamp isn't magical, he was wondering if he really was seeing Yue. To make it worse, "Yue" claims that he didn't protect her. Before he had a chance to counter her statement, she disappeared and you can tell that Sokka is very crestfallen. Even if Yue was a hallucination, it's pretty clear that Sokka [[ILetGwenStacyDie blames himself for letting Yue die]].
die]]. He also off-handily mentions that's it's not surprising he saw Yue ''because he thinks about her all the time.'' Ow.


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* Sokka's protectiveness over Suki. It's PlayedForLaughs until Sokka admits he's still haunted by [[{{MyGreatestFailure}} failing to save]] [[{{FirstLove}} Yue]] and is terrified of losing Suki as well. Then when he and Suki almost kiss, he pulls away clearly scared of getting close to someone again.


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