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Katara learns the truth about Jet.
"We can't win without making some sacrifices."

The gang is ambushed by a Fire Nation camp (or rather, they walk straight into it) but are saved by a young man named Jet and his band of rebel freedom fighters. Katara and Aang are immediately drawn to Jet's charismatic leadership. Sokka, however, is suspicious, partly because he distrusts his sister's affection for Jet, and because of his own envy of Jet's skill. As they band together to help fight the Fire Nation, however, it begins to seem as though Jet truly isn't what he seems.



  • An Aesop:
    • Aang learns that when fighting with someone for the same cause, you cannot expect them to fight with the same methods or for the same reasons.
    • No single person is good or bad based on the nation they come from. This is noticeably the first episode in which the Fire Nation is not presented in a villainous context, with an old man helping Sokka and the Fire Nation authorities evacuating the village when they are convinced that the people truly are in danger if they don't.
    • Sometimes, it helps to listen to your instincts. At the same time, your insticts may be wrong on occasion.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Little Sister Instinct, actually. When Katara thinks Jet has killed Sokka, she flips out.
  • Big Damn Heroes: No one's gonna believe Sokka about Jet? Fine, he'll save the villagers himself.
  • The Big Guy: Pipsqueak.
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  • Blush Stickers: Katara when getting pulled close by Jet so they can be roped up the tree.
  • Broken Pedestal: Jet for Katara.
  • Bullet Time: Used in the scene where Jet takes out the fire army mooks.
  • Cassandra Truth: Sokka experiences this while trying to convince Katara and Aang that Jet isn't as good as he seems to be.
  • Character Development: Early in the episode, Sokka is convinced that a good leader should have obedient followers. But when he questions the Freedom Fighters' willingness to drown an Earth Kingdom village at Jet's say-so, and they answer that they've always obeyed Jet without question, Sokka responds that Jet has much to learn if he thinks that's how one should lead.
  • Character Title: "Jet"
  • Character Witness: The old man Sokka saves from Jet and the other Freedom Fighters.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The animal traps early on return later when Sokka traps two of Jet's fighters in them.
  • Continuity Nod: Sokka insists he's kissed a girl who Katara hasn't met, likely referring to Suki.
  • Correlation/Causation Gag: When Sokka is bluff-threatening the fire army troops, one of them collapses and Aang wonders how Sokka did it. Turns out it was Jet shooting from a tree.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Sokka.
  • Cutting the Knot: Done almost literally by Sokka in the opening; when Aang tries to open the traps holding Momo and a couple other animals one-by-one by flying up to the treetops and untying them, Sokka just uses his boomerang to cut them all down at once.
  • Empathy Doll Shot: Subverted. When the town gets flooded, we're treated to a somber shot of a doll floating in the aftermath. Shortly after, the doll is picked up by its owner. Turns out the town was evacuated in the nick of time, and no one drowned.
  • First Kiss: According to Avatar Extras, Katara gets hers from Jet.
  • Free-Fall Fight: Aang and Jet keep fighting mid-air while falling from a tree.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: When the flood starts, you can see cabbages in the village just before they're swamped.
  • Gilligan Cut: After Sokka persuades the gang to walk for a while to avoid the attention that a flying bison is likely to get, Aang says optimistically that maybe walking will be fun. Cut to some time later, and Aang is complaining that walking stinks.
  • Girlfriend in Canada: Sokka has kissed a girl—you've just never met her.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Jet's determination to defeat the Fire Nation is such that he doesn't care how many innocent people he hurts along the way.
  • Implausible Deniability: Sokka insists that he has kissed a girl, only Katara hasn't met her. The only other girls in their village were either middle-aged or children, and there was literally no one in the South Pole she hasn't met. Though Katara hadn’t officially met Suki, who kissed Sokka on screen.
  • Inopportune Voice Cracking: When Sokka tries to assert himself as the leader of the gang at the beginning of the episode, Katara laughs and says his voice is still cracking. Which it does as he's indignantly denying it.
  • Ironic Nickname: Pipsqueak is the largest of the Freedom Fighters. Meanwhile, The Duke rides on his shoulders.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • Aang throws some explosive at Momo as a joke. So Momo climbs on Aang's shoulder while taking some of the same explosives and throws them at Aang's feet.
    • Sokka protects the old man that Jet and his friends have attacked. The old man vouches for him when he tries to warn the village about what Jet plans to do.
  • Nobody Here but Us Birds: Jet and his friends communicate via bird sounds.
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  • Oral Fixation: Jet is always seen chewing on a blade of grass.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: While the Fire Nation officials initially don't believe Sokka's warning, when the old man vouches for him, they waste no time evacuating the village.
  • Shadow Archetype: For both Jet and his Freedom Fighters. While Jet is everything Sokka envies about being a leader (charismatic, respectable, authoritative), he's also embodies his worst qualities magnified (his hatred towards the Fire Nation, his belief that everything he does is for the best). On the other hand, the Freedom Fighters' blind faith in Jet mirrors what Sokka previously wanted (Aang and Katara listening obediently to him).
  • Shout-Out: The Freedom Fighters' hideout is similar to the Lost Boys' hideout in Hook, and Jet is similar to the character Rufio (played by Dante Basco, Zuko's voice actor).
  • Silent Bob: Longshot.
  • Surprise Vehicle: At the end Sokka is riding on Appa into view to deliver the good news about the villagers being saved.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Jet wants to defeat the Fire Nation army, and with good reason; however, he is willing to harm innocent civilians to get the job done.
  • You Monster!: Katara calls Jet a monster after the destruction of the village.


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