Mission: Help an Old Friend in the Land of Tea
(いざ新任務 義理と人情と茶国を救え!, Iza Shin Ninmu Giri to Ninjō to Chakoku o Sukue!)
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|Arc||Land of Tea Arc|
|Japanese||September 22, 2004|
|English||August 25, 2007|
Mission: Help an Old Friend in the Land of Tea (いざ新任務 義理と人情と茶国を救え!, Iza Shin Ninmu Giri to Ninjō to Chakoku o Sukue!) is episode 102 of the original Naruto anime.
Team 7 (without Kakashi) is given a mission to protect a young man, Idate, during his foot race against a rival clan that will settle the feud between the two. They are known as the Wasabi family and the Wagarashi family. Idate, however, has a strong distaste for ninja, and always ends up arguing with Naruto. Just like the Wasabi clan hired ninja to protect their runner, the Wagarashi clan did the same. In the opening of the race, Idate runs off in the wrong direction, confusing everyone.