Shortly after Team Avatar met Jet and his Freedom Fighters, Sokka joined them on a stakeout mission in the forest. He alerted the Freedom Fighters of the approach of a possible enemy, but urged the gang to call off the attack after discovering that the "enemy" was just a harmless old man. However, Jet leapt from the tree, and proceeded to land in front of the civilian, knocking his cane out of his hands. When the elderly man attempted to escape, he ran into the large body of Pipsqueak and fell to the ground, prompting the leader of the Freedom Fighters to roughly ask him if he liked to destroy towns and families. Just as Jet was about to kick the suffering civilian, Sokka intervened, arguing that he was "just a harmless old man". After the Freedom Fighters had mugged the man, they left him on the path in the middle of the forest, helpless and alone. Back at the Freedom Fighters' hideout, Sokka confronted Jet about his actions, and Jet gestured to a knife with a vial of poison in the handle, claiming the old civilian was an assassin sent to murder him.
Jet then proceeded with his plan to eradicate all the Fire Nation soldiers by flooding the nearby village. After escaping from Pipsqueak and Smellerbee, Sokka attempted to warn the villagers about the impending attack, but no one believed him, and the soldiers even suspected that he was a spy. However, the elderly civilian vouched for Sokka and urged the others to trust him. Together, they were able to evacuate the village just before Jet destroyed the dam, effectively flooding and destroying the town.