While traveling through the Fire Nation, Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Toph find themselves camped outside a small town for a few days. Katara suggests that the group spend the day in the town. Sokka, however, is preoccupied with studying his maps, and Aang is deep in meditation. Doubtfully, she asks Toph, who complains that the last time Katara took her out, the pair returned wearing makeup and perfume. Katara tells Toph that she plans to take her somewhere more "tough", and entices a skeptical Toph further with the mention of steak. Convinced, Toph follows her to a saloon-style bar, sounds of yelling, slurping, and clanging emanating from within. However, the two are stopped at the door by a brawny bouncer who tells them the bar is no place for little girls. Enraged and famished, the master earthbender gives in to the notion of going to a "frilly teashop", where at least she could get a sandwich to eat. Katara, however, does not give up and formulates a plan to get around the bar's rule. Disguised as boys, they walk right into the establishment, welcomed by the bouncer who is glad to see boys so young taking an interest in the place.
Toph is impressed with Katara, but tells her she must not be a pushover if she wants to be taken seriously. Bumping into another patron, the waterbender wins an exchange of insults with the man. Toph, mildly impressed, is nevertheless eager to find a table and start chowing down. Katara, however, is allured by the sight of a mechanical komodo rhino. Against Toph's protests, she mounts the machine, whooping and riding with a single hand on the reins, ignoring the warnings of the previous rider. It is not long before she is bucked off into a patron standing at the sidelines. Clutching his head, the man and Katara begin to argue. The man is joined by his friend as the argument escalates. Katara is about to throw a punch at the man when Toph grabs her by the collar and drags her out the door, causing the patrons to laugh and smile smugly. Back where the group is camped, Aang and Sokka are surprised to see the two return, coated with dirt and dressed like boys. Swatting their questions aside, the two head back out for a day at the spa. Wallowing in a hot mud bath, they contentedly share tea sandwiches as Toph comments that acting like a girl may not be so bad after all.