I would REALLY, REALLY appreciate it if these stayed relatively spoiler-free, exept up to and including this episode. Thank you, and enjoy the show.
EDIT: Something added because I forgot!
A New Episode is Upon Us!
Half of the Fandom: YESSS! After ages and ages of waiting, Nickelodeon has finally ended this most unnecessary of hiatuses! Now, at long last, the new episodes are here!
The Other Half of the Fandom: YAWN. We saw all of these episodes MONTHS ago on the INTERNET. Why would anyone willingly deprive themselves pointlessly?
Half of the Fandom: Well, why do people wait to see movies in theaters, or get autographs in person? Isn't waiting about the excitement of anticipation and the thrill of being there?
The Other Half of the Fandom: But...INSTANT GRATIFICATION, man!
Half of the Fandom: Sigh.
The Depressing Trek of the More-or-Less Defeated
Katara: MAN this sucks.
Sokka: Seriosly. I can't believe we have to walk ALL THE WAY to the Air Temple!
Aang: Well, Appa's not used to carrying all the extra weight!
Haru: My moustache takes offence at that!
IT JUST WON'T STAY DEAD.
Toph: My feet say we're here!
The temples are attatched to the underside of the cliff in a display of physics that would baffle Newton, but there's airbending in this world which makes everything okay.
Zuko sneaks into the temple
Zuko: Wow, this reminds me of an event in my past, requiring a brief flashback!
The Days of Yore, When Zuko Was Young and Stupid...er.
Iroh: Come on, Zuko, you don't need to be looking for the Avatar while your disfiguring scar that your father gave you is healing! He hasn't been seen for a little under a hundred years, so relax! Get some therapy or something.
Eyepatch!Zuko: I HATE YOU AND YOU SUCK.
Back in the Present
Zuko: Man, I sure was a disrespectful jackass back then.
Fandom: YOU'VE NOTICED.
The GAang-Inhabited Part of the Temple
Haru: Whee! Let's go exploring! The fact that I was completely depressed and guilty two minutes ago has no bearing whatsoever!
Teo: Hey, I wonder if this temple has any secret rooms that could conveniently stash counter-revolutionary weaoponry? Let's go check! You know, just to be safe.
The Duke: Why don't we dissapear for almost the entire episode, despite the fact that we're no longer one-shot characters?
In Which Aang is Really, REALLY Irresponsible
Katara: Aang...we need to talk about something REALLY IMPORTANT.
Kataang Shippers: Finally!
Katara: ...Like where you'll find a Firebending Master!
Kataang Shippers: SCREW FIREBENDING, WE WANT MORE MAKEOUTS!
Sorry Kataang shippers, but this looks like YET ANOTHER EPISODE where none of your kind of progress will be made.
Kataang Shippers: Bad form, Mike and Bryan. BAD FORM.
Zutarians: Oh, darn. What a shame.
Aang: Um...maybe we'll run into Jeong Jeong?
Toph: DAMN YOU, FIRST-SEASON-CHARACTER REFERENCES!
Sokka: Besides, it's doubtful that THAT'LL happen.
_loudnproud_: ...Will it?
The Other Half of the Fandom: THAT IS FOR US TO KNOW AND YOU TO OBSESS OVER.
_loudnproud_: ...you guys suck.
Katara: Seriously, though, we should find you a teacher. AS IN NOW-ISH.
Aang: *flying* What was that? I can't hear you over the sound of my own self-denial!
Katara: I hate being the voice of reason.
A Clip That We All Saw at the Comic Con
Zuko: So...uh...hi! Um. My name is Zuko, and I've gone...at least four of the episodes I was actually prominently in without wanting to capture the Avatar.
The Therapy Toad: Hi, Zuko.
Zuko: Man, this'll never work! Though we share DNA, I have neither my uncle's effortlessly confusing charm nor my sister's psyco-magnetism! Any advice, The Therapy Toad?
The Therapy Toad: I stll get paid if they kill you.
Zuko: I figured.
Back at the Air Temple
Katara: Unfortunately, Sokka makes an important point. Where the hell are we going to get a fire bending master?
Toph: How about...right over there?
Zuko: What's shakin'?
Welcome to the Bizzaro World, Except The Part Where Everyone Saw This Coming.
Zuko: So I want to join you guys! Be in the club, wear the jacket, teach the avatar firebending. How 'bout it?
Katara: THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH WORDS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TO EXPRESS "NO" STRONGLY ENOUGH.
Zuko: But I've changed! For reals this time!
Fangirls: *are so very, very jealous*
Toph: Well, Appa seems to like him!
Zuko: That's because I'm the one who set him free!
Sokka: Please! Zuko probably just covered himself entirely in honey so he'd like him!
Fangirls: *stopped listening after "honey"*
Other Fangirls: *stopped listening after "him"*
Zuko: Well, didn't you ever wonder how he got loose?
Katara: Maybe...the Dai Li...changed their minds?
Sokka: ...He might be telling the truth, but one good deed is not enough to redeem a man of a lifetime of wickedness!
Zuko: Though it seems enough to condemn him.
Aang: Sorry Zuko, no dice.
Zuko: Aang?! You too? But in that one episode you said we might be friends!
Aang: ...And then you tried to burn my face off.
Zuko: Hey, that was a knee-jerk reaction! And you STILL wanted to be friends!
Toph: Wait, you guys are lost too?
Katara: Aparently so.
Zuko: Well, if I can't be your friend, let me be your prisoner! Seriously, you can shackle me right now! [insert "Bringing Sexy Back" joke here]!
Fangirls: *are really, really enjoying this scene*
Zuko: Look, I'm really sorry for what I did! I'm sorry I
Sokka: YOU DID WHAT?!
Katara: G. T. F. O.
Katara: NEVAR. Now SCRAM.
In Which the GAang Talks About Zuko Behind His Back
Aang: I used to think Zuko was good, but I was wrong!
Katara: I concur!
Toph: Are you sure? I mean, we need a teacher, he's a teacher...
Katara: NO. You don't understand! You weren't even HERE in the first season!
Toph: I'm serious, though! I mean consider his background! Ye was raised by upper-class, prejudiced crazies and he still turned out pretty well, considering!
Katara: Whatever. You know we can't trust people like that!
Katara: Present company exluded, of course.
Toph: *storms off* You know, I'm starting to wonder if I'M really the blind one.
That Line: *is pretty badass*
Fandom: *debates the pros and cons of Toko*
Zuko's Camp of Angst
My question is, where is this camp? Does he swing to it? Is it on the other cliff? Questions that, probably, will go unanswered.
Zuko: WHY OH WHY AM I SUCH A DUMBASS.
Toph: Well actually-
Zuko: WHO GOES THERE? *burns*
Toph: YOU BURNED MY FEET!
Zuko: Oh, shit. I am so, so sorry! Here, let me-
Toph, not so much because she's afraid of him but because she can no longer see, bends rocks at Zuko's head and books it on out. If only temporarily, Zuko has managed to hurt the only gAang member who is trying to convince the others that he is good, and now will serve as living evidence to the contrary. Nice work, Zuko.
Zuko: I am so, SO boned.
The Therapy Toad: Congrats! That'll be $300.
Haru: Hey, audience, we're still here!
Sokka: Has anyone seen Toph?
The Duke: WE SHOULD TOTALLY GO LOOK FOR HER.
Aang: No, there she is now!
Katara: What happened to you? How did you bun your feet?!
Toph: I just GOT BURNT, okay?
Katara: OMG. ZUKO ATTACKED YOU, DIDN'T HE?
Toph: It was an ACCIDENT!
Unbeknownst to the GAang, they are being watched. Someone is stalking them? Rerally? What a very novel concept.
Combustion Man: At last! _loudnproud_ finally managed to condense an episode with me in it!
GAang: Shit! AAAAH!
Zuko: Here I come to save the daaaay!
After much temple-demolishing and boomerang-throwing, Zuko does, in fact, save the day. Combustion Man is defeated for good...as far as I know, because I avoided spoilers unlike SOME PEOPLE.
Aang: Well, actually, I think I was meant to have you as a teacher! I mean, I burned Katara the first time I tried to firebend!
Sokka: Wait, I get how Toph applied to the whole "waiting and listening" thing, but Zuko CAN'T control his temper. At all.
Zuko: So...am I in?
Aang: *reluctant thumbs up*
Katara: GAH. Okay, FINE.
Zuko: *goes to follow them*
Katara: BUT YOU'RE STILL NOT OFFICIALLY IN THE CLUB.
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?
Sokka: So...um...this is your room? Make yourself at home...or something.
Zuko: *smiles* Thanks, I will.
I don't even ship these two but DAMMIT IF THEY AREN'T SO ADORABLY AWKWARD.
Zuko: *looks at picture of Iroh*
Zuko is remenicing again. Let's watch.
Another Flashback, Linked With the One We Saw Before
Zuko: I WILL capture the Avatar!
Iroh: Well, destiny is a funny thing, and my Omnipotent Old Man powers have informed me that yours will both be appropriately and amusingly ironic.
Back to the Present
Zuko: Man, good times. Well, not relly...
Katara: *comes into the room* Look, even though you may have everyone else fooled, but I DON'T TRUST YOU.
Zuko: Whatever, Xander.
Katara: I'M SERIOUS. If you move so much as a toe out of line, I WILL BE THERE AND I WILL KILL YOU. GOT IT?!
Katara: GOOD. *storms out*
Zuko: Jesus. Is EVERYONE'S little sister in this show completely batshit?!
Will Zuko make it with the gAang? Or will he, yet again, turn to the dark side? Only time will tell! That, and certain members of the fandom. I'm lookin at YOU, other half.