"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.
- Some of the summoning animals appeared as wooden souvenirs. They are Pakkun, Tonton, Katsuyu, Gamakichi, Manda, and Gamabunta.
- This is the first episode to canonically take place after the events of Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow.
|Role||Seiyū||English Voice Actor|
|Naruto Uzumaki||Junko Takeuchi||竹内 順子||Takeuchi Junko||Maile Flanagan|
|Sasuke Uchiha||Noriaki Sugiyama||杉山 紀彰||Sugiyama Noriaki||Yuri Lowenthal|
|Sakura Haruno||Chie Nakamura||中村 千絵||Nakamura Chie||Kate Higgins|
|Idate Morino||Hiromichi Kogami||小上 裕通||Kogami Hiromichi||Roger Craig Smith|
|Fifth Hokage: Tsunade||Masako Katsuki||勝生 真沙子||Katsuki Masako||Debi Mae West|
|Aoi Rokushō||Ryotaro Okiayu||置鮎 龍太郎||Okiayu Ryōtarō||Cam Clarke|
|Kyūroku Wagarashi||Kazuo Oka||岡 和男||Oka Kazuo||Michael McConnohie|
|Fukusuke Hikyakuya||Hisao Egawa||江川 央生||Egawa Hisao||David Vincent|
|Jirōchō Wasabi||Yosuke Akimoto||秋元 羊介||Akimoto Yōsuke||Paul St. Peter|
|Statesman||Hideo Watanabe||渡辺 英雄||Watanabe Hideo|
|Wasabi family henchmen||Toshitaka Hirano|