Yes, yes, this episode deserves its own journal entry. Deal.
That was twenty bazillion types of awesome. Now, I realise, many (many.manymanymany. Depressingly many) of you won't remember the original Beverly Hills 90210 but:
THIS WAS EXACTLY WHAT IT WAS LIKE! EXCEPT WITH THE PSYCHO GANG OF FIRE NATION TEENS! AND THEY ARE COMPLETE SOCIAL FREAKSHOWS!
Azula's laugh at the party? Ye gods, I want that as my text message ringtone. She's like an even crazier Paris Geller (and I LOVE Paris, so this is a really weird connection for my brain to make) Zuko and depressed emo girl? The cranky teenage-dom was off the scales "Hey! That was for my cranky girlfriend!" (Sidebar: Baby has an adorable dorky laugh). Also: The volley ball match. Crazy full-on un-zipped.
I laughed so hard. And their childish joy at having utterly obliterated the other team, my, possibly even broken some bones! Complete with fiery inferno! What a lark!
Then there's the drama-tastic "breakup" scene "At least I feel something! You're just a big blob of BLAH!". Brownie points for ticking ALL the angsty teenage boxes there, Zuzu.
And then the beach fire scene. Oh, sweet Lord, the beach fire scene. By that point, I laughed so much, I was pissing. Know what it was like? It was like that 90210 episode where they're having a slumber party, and play "Skeletons in the closet" and EVERYBODY CRIES!
There, I did your youtubing for you:[link]
(I'm pretty sure this must be the trope creater for weepy teenage confessions.
And Zuzu is still so ANGRY AT HIMSELF! Probably even beats Harry and his snowy glade of teenage angst from the PoA movie. ("He was their FRIEND!" "I am so ANGRY!" they would scream as their complain about their emotionally disturbed girlfriends. Zuzu and OotP Harry would get along like petrol and a match).
Oh, and, Azula? Your mum was right. You ARE a monster. Toodles!
So, basically: Psycho fire nation teens meet Beverly Hills 90210 meets "The Breakfast Club". AND there was bonding as they trashed cool guy's Nana's house. God, that episode and teh postmodern trope-checking. I loved it.