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|"Sit. You and I need to have a little gab session right now."|
|— Wu ordering Mako to tell him all about his life.|
"Remembrances" is the eighth episode of Book Four: Balance of The Legend of Korra and the 47th of the overall series. It was released on Nick.com and through the Nick app on November 21, 2014, and aired on Nicktoons Network on December 12, 2014.
Team Avatar reminisces about the past several years, thinking back on themselves and their friends. At the Sato estate, Mako recounts his past to Prince Wu, including how he and Korra first met and his complex relationships with both the Avatar and Asami. At Air Temple Island, Korra tells Asami how she was doubting herself and her position as bringer of balance. She felt as though the world no longer needed her as each of her enemies had thrown it out of balance despite her best efforts to maintain order. Asami is aided in her efforts to cheer Korra up by Tenzin, who tells her that the importance of facing never ending conflicts is to learn and grow from them, noting that Korra had done that. Meanwhile, Varrick relays Bolin's story to the Earth Empire fugitives as a mover-scenario in which Nuktuk plays Bolin, who defeated all of Korra's main enemies working together.
At the Sato estate, Mako teaches Wu how to protect himself from his enemies, but the prince is too nervous and falls down after Mako lands a gentle punch on him. Yin enters the room with Tu and runs, worried, to the young royal, yelling at Mako for injuring him. Mako tells Wu that he is weak, but the prince explains to Mako that he "wasn't raised by a pack of cops in the woods" like him. The firebender states that Wu does not know anything about him because he has never asked, but the prince responds by asking him a number of questions, including if there is a special lady in his life. Mako answers that he has not dated anyone since he and Korra broke up, impressing the young prince, who asks to know everything that happened between them.
Mako begins his story, starting from when he had been introduced to Korra by Bolin at the Pro-bending Arena. He explains to Wu how Korra joined their team, the Fire Ferrets, and how she had inspired him with her bending skills, as a Pro-bender and a loyal friend. Wu asks him if they had kissed, but Mako answers negatively, responding with the story of how he and Asami had met when she hit him with her moped. They had started dating, but that made Mako's relationship with Korra very complicated because they had kissed, something that Wu, Tu and Yin all comment on. The prince takes Mako's side, but Tu and Yin believe it was wrong because he was dating Asami at the time. Mako continues saying his feelings had become clear when Korra was taken by Tarrlok, something that had caused his breakup with Asami and his dating with Korra, which had not end well, because of their arguments, causing their breakup. Mako says that Korra and himself ended up defeating Amon together and after that, he was finally able to declare his feelings for her, starting their relationship. Yin asks Mako if they were able to live happily ever after, causing Mako to remember the rough times they had been through together, such as when Korra had kept asking him who's side he was on. Finally, an angry Korra had confronted Mako at his his workplace. After an intense argument, in which they both decided that their jobs were interfering with their relationship, Korra broke up with Mako, leaving the room in tears.
Their breakup allowed Mako to focus more on his work. There had been someone taking out supply ships heading to the Southern Water Tribe. He recalls that Asami's company was one of the victims, so both of them carried out a sting operation with the help of the Triple Threat Triad to see if they could find out who the culprit was. He says it was the perfect way to help him get his mind off Korra, recalling what he remembered as an intense night. However, after discovering that the triads had double-crossed them, they barely succeeded in escaping. By the time they got back to Asami's warehouses, they had already been cleared out. He remembered that Asami gave up, but he assured her that he was not giving up on her. Asami kissed him and Mako says that he knew that what he had done was wrong, but Wu approves as Mako had already broken up with Korra. Mako recalls how hard it was wishing it could have been simpler because when Korra returned, she had forgotten about the breakup and kissed Mako in front of Asami, thus angering her. When Korra had asked him if the fight they had was bad, Mako lied and told her that it was not.
Wu does not approve of this because he thinks that if he were back with Asami, and Korra came back, he should have told her the truth about their breakup. Yin once again points out that Mako was just like his grandfather until Mako points out that he and Asami were never officially back together. Tu says that it seems that he is so afraid to disappoint anyone that he ends up disappointing everyone, annoying Mako and getting a high-five offered by Wu, who points out that truer words had never been spoken. Mako informs them all that he did end up telling Korra eventually, but by the time he did, she had already regained her memory. He had told her that he did not want to hurt her and that maybe part of him wanted to forget about the breakup as well. But Korra pointed out that their relationship would not work and that it was really over.
Mako remembers the time after Harmonic Convergence when Team Avatar was in search of airbenders. He recalls that being around Korra and Asami was awkward, but that he realized that he had to figure out who he was without a lady in his life. Wu says that he knew what needing distance from women was like because he had so many all over him all the time. Mako proceeds, telling them that he eventually helped Korra defeat Zaheer, and save the airbenders, as friends. He says that Korra taught him the importance of putting others before himself and that whenever he thinks of her, she continues to inspire him. Wu gets up and comments that the story was amazing and that he had really learned something; that he really did not know anything about Mako and that he had also learned that ladies were crazy, not intending to offend Yin. Wu says that he should just focus on being a better king and gets into a fighting stance, telling Mako to come at him because he could take it. Mako proceeds and barely touches Wu when the prince collapses, shouting "Wu down!", prompting Yin to hit her grandson.
At Air Temple Island, Asami brings Korra a cup of tea, who is looking at the sunset and seems worried. Asami asks her if she was okay, and Korra tells her that Toph had told her the world did not need her and she should not bother facing Kuvira, something that Asami thinks is ridiculous. Korra tells her Toph was right, because despite everything she had done, the world was still in imbalance. She continues, recalling that when she had learned she was the Avatar, she could not wait and that she had been naive. When she saw Amon take someone's bending away, she became terrified. Her worst nightmare came true when, afterward, he took away her bending too. Asami counters by reminding her that Korra had exposed Amon and stopped the Equalist Movement, how the nonbenders got a voice and people had found hope again, and that that was a good thing. Korra reminds her that, although she had beaten Amon, Unalaq showed up and because of him she betrayed Tenzin. Also, because she had opened the portals, the Spirit and human world had been thrown into chaos, Unalaq and Vaatu had fused and destroyed Raava and her connection with her past lives. Asami tells her she too had become more powerful than ever, like UnaVaatu had been, and opening the portals, she had brought back the Air Nation and caused a positive shift in the world, but Korra says that Zaheer got airbending too, and, had nearly killed her, he had thrown the Earth Kingdom into chaos, by killing the Earth Queen. This was how Kuvira gained power, and the world was thrown out of balance, without changing anything.
Tenzin appears, interrupting the girls and agreeing with Korra, to both their surprise. He continues by saying that she should learn from her enemies, adding she had changed a lot since he had met her, from a selfish person to a thoughtful young woman who cares about others and puts their needs before her own. Korra ends by thanking them and saying that she will do anything to restore balance to the world, no matter what happens in the future.
Bolin and Varrick are on the small boat that Baraz and Ahnah offered to give them a ride in. Baraz is telling a story about his disgusting experience eating bark-onion soup and everybody seems to be very bored. When Bolin asks if anybody else wanted to throw themselves overboard, Varrick replies that he did not as while people were telling what he described to be incredibly boring stories, he had tuned them all out and was thinking of what he said to be the most exciting tale ever told and soon to be the best mover ever made. He presents Bolin as Nuktuk, Hero of the South in the incredibly true story of Bolin, Hero of the World. Bolin asks if he was playing Nuktuk or if Nuktuk was playing him, to which Varrick responds to by saying that both because it was his true story, but that they would capitalize on the Nuktuk franchise. Bolin proceeds to ask him how he could call him the hero of the world when he left his family and friends in order to join a psychotic dictator who imprisoned him and he was now running home with his tail between his legs.
Varrick continues telling his story, in which Zaheer, a resurrected "Zombie-Amon", and Unalaq were having a phone conference with Vaatu where they expressed their willingness to help take out their common nemesis, Bolin, deeming him to be "way too powerful and awesome". Although they wanted to leave Unalaq out of the team, they soon discovered that the Chief of the North had been listening in on their conversation. The three companions tried to get rid of Unalaq and eventually just hung up on him. Continuing the plot, Varrick revealed that Nuktuk would eventually defeat the villains by destroying UnaVaatu, who would form the stars, and trapping Zaheer in a tornado, turning him into wind. Amon's fate, however, remained unknown. As Varrick quickly ends the story, making Bolin turn into a dragon, go into the Spirit World, and save the Avatar, he receives a standing ovation from the fugitives, much to Bolin's shock. He grows slightly annoyed when Bolin starts to point out the plot holes in the script, such as the discarded storyline of "Zombie-Amon", though happily tells his friend to never let the truth get in the way of a good story.
- Janet Varney - Korra
- David Faustino - Mako
- P.J. Byrne - Bolin
- J.K. Simmons - Tenzin
- Seychelle Gabriel - Asami
- Jeff Bennett - Radio broadcaster
- John Michael Higgins - Varrick
- Sunil Malhotra - Wu
- Susan Silo - Yin
- Greg Cipes - Tu
- Steve Blum
- Jonathan Adams - Vaatu
- Henry Rollins - Zaheer
- Adrian LaTourelle - Unalaq
- Main article: Transcript:Remembrances
- Main article: Writing in the World of Avatar
- Varrick suggests naming the group consisting of Amon, Zaheer, Vaatu, and Unalaq the "Fearsome Foursome", similar to how Sokka suggested that name to indicate himself, Aang, Katara, and Toph in "The Drill".
- The training room at the Sato estate is adjoint to the room housing the pool, though in "The Aftermath", there was no opening or door in the wall when the pool was shown.
- When Mako recalls his breakup with Korra, he mentions that they broke up before Korra airbent his desk away, though those events occurred the other way around in "Peacekeepers".
- During the villain conference call, Unalaq is shown with two left arms; one is kept at his side, while he is holding the telephone with the other.
- Due to having their budget cut with nearly the amount it takes to make a new episode, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko decided to make this episode into a clips episode, as they were unwilling to fire a significant number of crew members several weeks early.
- This is the fifth episode in the series to have a one-word title and the seventh in the entire Avatar franchise.
- This is the second episode with chibi style included in The Legend of Korra, the first being "Rebirth".
- Varrick's statement to "Never let the truth get in the way of a good story" is a quote from Mark Twain.
- The structure of the episode was based on Samurai Champloo.
- ↑ Konietzko, Bryan (November 20, 2014). A few preemptive words about Episode 408, "Remembrances".... Tumblr. Retrieved on November 21, 2014.
- ↑ Bryan Konietzko on the DVD commentary for "Remembrances".