The episode opens up with what looks like a fuzzy view of Aang flying on Appa with Katara and Sokka flying beside Appa. Suddenly, a huge black storm cloud is ahead of the crew, and they fly into the storm, dealing with lightning and very heavy turbulence. The dream that seemed peaceful turns into a nightmare, but suddenly and Aang wakes up, feeling a bit disturbed.
Katara tries to get Aang to talk about his dream, but Aang is very reluctant to talk much about it, and insists on going back to sleep.
Later in the episode, after Katara tells an old man that Aang is 'The Avatar,' the man brings Aang's character in to serious questioning, and makes Aang feel as though he ran away from his responsibility of saving the world. This makes Aang incredibly upset, and he flies off on his glider, while Katara tries to catch up with Aang by flying on Appa, leaving Sokka and the old man behind for a moment.
When Katara finally finds Aang hiding in a cave sitting on a mountain, Katara tries once more to have Aang talk about what's been getting to him lately. Aang admits everything that he's been dealing with. The nightmare seemed to be that of an occurrence that took place after leaders of the airbending tribe announced he was the Avatar. He ran away after the airbending leaders felt as though he was doing more playing than he was training, and decided to try and send him to the Eastern Air Temple. After such a situation unfolded, Aang decided to run away and take Appa with him, but they were caught in a storm. The storm was so rough, and the turbulence was so bad, it caused Aang and Appa to do a nosedive into a large body of water, and 100 years later, put him in the position that he's in now. While in deep guilt, Katara tries to get Aang to understand that perhaps what occurred was for the best, and that it was all destined to happen.
As far as Prince Zuko's side of the show goes, it turns out he made a remark about the decision that one of the head fire lord's made, and in the tribe, that is not only disrespect to the council that Prince Zuko was sitting in, it was a disrespect to his Father, the head of his tribe. Prince Zuko's Father fought him in the battle arena to teach his son respect, but Zuko had no desire to fight his own Father, and after one thing lead to another: Zuko was nearly firebended to death in the face, leaving a permanent battle scar. Zuko shamed himself, and the only way to bring back respect to his name, is to find and capture 'The Avatar,' which explains why he is so obsessed with going after Aang.
It's one thing explaining this episode, but it's another truly watching it! This was truly one of the best episodes, with very fluid movement in story and character interaction.
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