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The reunion of Zuko and Iroh is probably my favorite scene in the series, and so is Iroh's advice afterwards. What I really love about it is his admission that he isn't actually sure he could beat Ozai - very humble, matter-of-fact, Iroh-like. Though he does seem to have changed a bit since his escape from prison, in his new role as grand master of the Order of the White Lotus.
Aside from that, though .. gosh, still a hard choice. Katara's fight with Pakku is high on the list. So is Zuko's confrontation with Ozai.
Best episode ever, seriously. The invasion is awesome and all, but Zuko's entire story thusfar has been building up to THIS MOMENT and it's 100% beautiful and wonderful and satisfying. The writers have really made it clear to us over the last two seasons how difficult it's been for Zuko to accept and articulate these things, but his speech to his dad is PERFECT. "Think again. I am going to speak my mind, and you are going to listen."
When he tells his dad straight-up that challenging a thirteen-year-old to a duel was cruel and wrong, I just want to cheer for him. And I love that when Ozai accuses him of having been influenced by Iroh, he admits it with conviction.
Well-put. This, to me, is the most powerful part of ATLA. Personal transformation isn't a simple matter even in the best of circumstances, and Zuko's are some of the worst. This is something that most shows, for children OR adults, trivialize in some eureka moment when the character has a change of heart - maybe it's different here because continuity is so important. I really identified with how difficult and painful and confusing it is for Zuko to figure out where his loyalties lie and what he really wants.