As the Fire Nation girls discussed the losses that would result from Bumi's release, the king nodded in approval.
The deal was not passed, and Bumi was again lifted to the air.
After a relaxing night's sleep, Aang awoke to find his friends missing, as King Bumi had taken them to blackmail Aang into completing three tasks for him, ensuring the Avatar's stay lest Sokka and Katara become encased in jennamite.
Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee met Team Avatar near the base of a statue in Omashu to execute the deal.
King Bumi was lowered by a crane to the ground, but was revealed as being secured in an encasement that tightly covered his entire body, save for his face.
Aang did not recognize his friend, who was now one hundred years older than when they last met, and Bumi did not reveal their shared past and told his guards, when asked what Team Avatar's punishment should be, "throw them ... " During the feast, Bumi tricked Aang into airbending by throwing a chicken thigh at him, revealing his identity as the Avatar.
Now refusing to let them leave, Bumi demanded that they be thrown into a chamber, causing a confusion between him and a guard as to which chamber the former was referring – the good chamber or the bad chamber that had been newly refurbished.