Considering that they're already going into the finals, I don't think that they're going to be spending too much time on pro-bending, which I'm perfectly okay with. While parts of the pro-bending matches were more fun to watch than I thought they would be, mainly the first one where it showed how the team worked together, it still doesn't seem that interesting, especially compared to the other more serious Equalist plot. I wouldn't have mind some line/scene as a transition from the previous episode. Tenzin could have offered some comfort or guidance with Korra's decision to move away from the Equalist issue. Plus, I like how Tenzin seems to be becoming more a father figure for Korra than just her teacher. It's kind of sweet, especially considering he's talking to the reincarnation of his own father, and I like the way they bounce off each other.
As for the romance, a part of me doesn't mind that they did it early as a breather from the previous episode, but after thinking about how Korra admitted her feelings to Mako, it also feels a bit early for her to want to admit her feelings for him considering they haven't known each other for that long. At least Bolin seems to interact with Korra outside of practice. Though, being a teenager and most likely not having too much interaction with people her own age, due to being in the South Pole with barely any freedom outside of that compound, probably makes her more eager to admit her feelings. I would be in favor of Korra and Bolin becoming a couple to end the love triangle. While I like Mako, I think that Bolin clicks with Korra more and it would be refreshing for the main character not to enter a relationship with the first person they have a crush on.