A Leaf in the Wind - Spoilers, obviously
Shortly after, Tenzin and Korra begin her training. He mentions how Katara said that she has never been able to airbend before, and Korra says that is the case, which confuses her since the other elements came to easily to her. There's a nice moment where Tenzin untucks Korra's rolled up sleeves (a very parenty thing to do) while he explains that Avatars tend to have difficulty learning their opposite element. With Aang it was earthbending, and with Katara it's airbending. Korra admits that she's about as opposite from an Airbender as you can get.
Korra meets up with Tenzin's kids, and she goes into an ancient airbending tool of spinning planks in order to start her training. Tenzin explains that while the kids spin the boards with their bending, Korra has to get from one side to the next without any of the bits of wood hitting her. Tenzin says that the key is to be like a leaf on the wind, and flow through the gates (hence the title of the episode). Jinora demonstrates, doing it easily, and then Korra has a go.
While Korra is being battered in amusing ways by the boards, the show's jazz soundtrack comes back, huzzah! She has a go several times, but isn't able to make it across without being hit by pretty much all of the planks. Tenzin rolls his eyes at this.
That evening, Korra is attempting to airbend, using a photo of Lin Bei Fong from the newspaper as a target, which seems kind of harsh. She's becoming more and more frustrated that she's not able to do it, while Naga looks on in concern. Her mood isn't really helped by the fact that the OWL guards begin to listen to a pro-bending match over the radio. Korra listens in to the hilariously old timey sports announcer (he uses words like Moxy!) as she sits on the guard's roof and looks at the arena across the bay...
That evening, the predictable happens: Korra attempts to sneak off of the island to go to a probending match. And it turns out that she's a strong enough swimmer to easily make it the mile or so stretch of open water between the island and the mainland, which... makes sense I guess.
The two go to have a look at the arena itself, and Mako is introduced. He's annoyed that Brolin's brought Korra along, thinking that she's "another one of Brolin's crazy fangirls", which kind of gives an insight to both Brolin's personalities and his own. Brolin, seems to think that he's in with a chance with Korra as he senses something "special" about her, Mako's introduced to Korra who immediately recognises him from being mentioned on the radio. Mako shuts her down by ignoring her and walking off.
The brother's team, the Fire Ferrets, win the second round, but due to the clumsiness of the Ferrets' waterbender, both he and Brolin are knocked into the water. Korra watches nervously as Mako is left fighting the rest of the round by himself. Which he wins, yay!
Korra is amazed by the performance of the team, though Mako is still kind of a jerk to her, possibly due to the bad performance of their waterbending. Brolin tries hitting on Korra, but she ignores it. She is interested how the style of fighting that the brothers use seems to be an entirely new version that combines several different bending styles into one. Korra reveals that she's the Avatar, which Mako works out almost instantly. Brolin is shocked by this, understandably.
The brothers train Korra some, and Brolin is surprised how quickly she adapts to their adjustments to her techniques. She is kind of annoyed about how brooding and stoic that Mako is, though. Korra learns that the pair live in the attic of the arena, which suprises her. She continues to train with Brolin, which is something she excells at...
...But back at the island the next day, Korra is so overcome with frustration by the boards thing that she just just starts using firebending to blast any of the offending boards out of her way. Tenzin, understandably, isn't that happy with this, the boards thing being a 2000 year old historical treasure and all. Korra yells at him about that the reason why it isn't sinking in like he said that it would is that he's a terrible teacher, and storms off. Tenzin looks depressed and his daughter give him a hug.
Later, at meal time, Tenzin's wife is surprised that Korra isn't there. Tenzin talks about how he's at his wits' end, and tries to make his daughters promise that they won't be stroppy like Korra when they're teenagers. Jinora says she makes no such promises, heh.
That evening, Korra goes back to the arena, where it seems that the Fire Ferret's waterbender has quit. Korra volunteers to fill in, and the brothers bring up the rather obvious fact that getting the Avatar to compete is more than a little bit like cheating. Korra barges in anyway.
The opposite team, recognising a green player in Korra, focus the brunt of their attacks on her, which she uses earthbending to block. This understandably gets her both told off by the ref, as well as the crowd twigging that this might not be an average bender in the ring there. Back on the island, Tenzin asks a bunch of OWL guards whether they've seen Korra around... right when the announcer confirms that she's the new member of the Fire Ferrets team. Oops. Tenzin angrily says he's going to go and collect her himself.
The fight continues, with the brothers stuck in one section of the ring while Korra is forced to the back again. Tenzin shakes his head and is about to walk off when Korra starts using the dodging techniques that he previously been attempting to teach her with the board thing. Turns our that things have finally clicked with her, yay! She dodges the other teams attacks until they're too tired to be that forceful, at which point her and the brothers beat them quickly. Yay, again! Even Tenzin responds with a "Woohoo!", then he regains his composure and walks out with some of his dignity intact.
The series seems to be continuing its streak of good episodes, with that effectively introduces the brothers to the cast, as well as several other developments, such as the Air Nomad converts, the fact that fighting styles evolve over time and the like.
Brolin and Mako were both interesting in their portrayal, though I have a feeling that they might be deliberately trying to invoke the relationship that existed between Zuko and Katara through Mako and Korra's interaction, instead of Zutara's accidental stuff.
Interesting episode, recommended.