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[Aang and Zuko are still trapped in the chamber by the green sticky goo
: You *had* to pick up the glowing egg. Didn't you? Prince Zuko
: At least I made something happen. If it were up to you, we'd never made it past the courtyard! Aang
: Heeelllppp! Prince Zuko
: Who are you yelling to? Nobody's lived for centuries. Aang
: Well, what do you think we should do? Prince Zuko
: Think about our place in the Universe?
: Wait. It's a celestial calender. Just like the Fire Sages have in their temples. I bet that sun stone opens the door, but only when the sunlight hits it at just the right angle... on the solstice. Aang
: Monkey feathers! The Solstice again? We can't wait here that long!
] Prince Zuko
: I know you're nervous, but remember, firebending in and of itself is *not* something to fear. Aang
] Okay, not something to fear. Prince Zuko
: But if you don't respect it, it'll chew you up and spit you out like an angry kimodo rhino! Now show me what you've got. Any amount of fire you can make
: I bet it's because I changed sides. Katara
: That's ridiculous. Aang
: I don't know. Maybe it isn't. Maybe your Firebending comes from rage, and you just don't have enough anger to fuel it the way you used to. Sokka
: Soooo all we need to do is make Zuko angry. Easy enough.
[Sokka starts poking Zuko with his staff
] Prince Zuko
: Okay, cut it out! Look, even if you're right, I don't want to rely on hate and anger anymore. There has to be another way.
: For Earthbending, the original Benders were Badgermoles. One day when I was little, I ran away and hid in a cave. That's where I met them. They were blind just like me, so we understood each other. I was able to learn Earthbending not just as a martial art, but as an extension of my senses. For them, the original Earthbenders, it wasn't just about fighting. It was their way of interacting with the world. Aang
: That's amazing, Toph. I learned from the monks, but the original Airbenders were the Sky Bison. Aang
: [to Appa
] Maybe you can give me a lesson sometime, buddy.
] Prince Zuko
: Well, this doesn't help me. The original Firebenders were the dragons, and they're extinct.
: It's like the monks used to tell me, "Sometimes the shadows of the past can be felt by the present."
: Zuko, something happened to the dragons in the last hundred years. Something you're not telling me. Prince Zuko
: My Great-Grandfather Souzin happened. He started the tradition of hunting dragons for glory. They were the ultimate Firebenders. And if you could conquer one, your Firebending talents would become legendary and you'd earn the honorary title, Dragon. The last great dragon was conquered long before I was born... by my uncle. Aang
: But I thought your uncle was... I don't know, good. Prince Zuko
: He had a complicated past. Family tradition, I guess. Let's just move on.
: You know, Zuko. I don't care what everyone else says about you. You're pretty smart.
: [as the Chief is handing Aang some fire
] I'm sorry. I'm just a little nervous. Aang
: [Holding the fire
] It's like a little heartbeat. Sun Warrior Chief
: Fire is life, not just destruction.
Sun Warrior Chief
: [to Zuko
] Facing the judgement of the Firebending masters will be very dangerous for you. Your ancestors are directly responsible for the dragons' disappearance. The masters might not be too happy to see you. Ham Ghao
: I know I wouldn't be. Aang
: But once they find out I'm the Avatar... Sun Warrior Chief
: Have you forgotten that you vanished, allowing the Fire Nation to wreck havoc on the world? The decline of the dragons is *your* burden, too.
: What if they judge us and attack us? Prince Zuko
: Well, we're the Fire Prince and the Avatar. I think we could take these guys in a fight, whoever they are. Prince Zuko
] Bring 'em out.
[as the dragons are flying around them
] Prince Zuko
] These are the masters. Aang
] You still think we can take them? Prince Zuko
] Shh. I never said that.
: All this time, I thought Firebending was destruction. Since I hurt Katara, I've been too afraid and hesitant. But now I know what it really is. It's energy and life.
[Aang grabs Zuko by the arm and starts tugging him in the direction of the statues
: Zuko, get over here! I want you to dance with me. Prince Zuko
: [Pulls back
] What? Aang
: Just do it.
[Pulling him back in the direction of the statues
] Prince Zuko
: [Looks up at the statues and groans
: [Stuck with some sort of glue-like goo
] I can't move. Zuko, do something! Prince Zuko
: Me? I can't move either!
: Baby, your my forever girl.
: So, do you feel less stressed? Ready for a good night sleep? Aang
: Uh, I kind of think I sort of might slightly feel a little better, maybe. Sokka
: Then our work here is done.
: Hey, how long have you been up? Aang
: A couple hours. I've got a lot more skills to refine if I'm going to fight Ozai. Katara
: You know, there is such a thing as over training.
: It's like every time I think about how stressed I am, I just end up more stressed. I'm like a big, growing snowball of nerves. Sokka
: Of course you are. That's 'cause you gotta fight the Fire Lord, the baddest man on the planet. And you'd better win or we're all done for. Katara
: Sokka, you're not helping. Sokka
: What? It's true, that's the deal, he knows it.
: Boy, you are really starting to lose it, kid. Aang
: Momo, did you hear something? Momo
: NO. But I said something. Aang
: Uh... Momo
: You, my friend, are just a few plumbs short of a fruit pie.
[Aang is circling around a group of sleeping koala-sheep at night when Katara appoaches
: Aang, it's the middle of the night. You need to go back to sleep. Aang
: But I forgot my pants and my math test.
: [first dream
] Your days of tyranny are over, Fire Lord. I'm bringing you down! Fire Lord
: Really? How do you plan on doing that, when you are not even wearing pants?
[Aang covers himself with a fluffy Air Nomad shield
: Good night, Katara. Good night, Sokka. Good night, Toph. Good night, Appa. Good night, Momo. Good night, Appa and Momo... Toph
] Go to sleep already!
: [second dream
] Your days of tyranny are over, Fire Lord. I'm bringing you down. And this time I brought pants. Fire Lord
: So it seems. But are you prepared for your... mathematics test? Aang
] Math test? Oh, no! I forgot all about the math test.
: Sokka, you've got to get up and do your rock-climbing exercises. Sokka
] What? Aang
: In one of my dreams, you were running from Fire Nation soldiers, trying to climb this cliff, but you were too slow and they got you. Sokka
] But that was just a dream. I'm a great climber. Aang
: [Points to a cliff
] Then climb that cliff. Climb it fast! Sokka
: [Begins climbing, annoyed
] Stupid Avatar. Stupid cliff. Stupid dream. I can climb fast. Aang
: [as Toph is about to take a drink of water
] Don't drink that! Sokka
: [startled and falls off cliff
] Oh! Toph
: Why? Is it poisoned? Aang
: In my dream, we were right in the middle of the invasion, and you had to stop to use the bathroom. We died because of your tiny bladder. Aang
: [to Katara
] And you need to start wearing your hair up. In my dream, your hair got caught in a train, and... Katara
: [Cutting him off
] Aang, I know you're just trying to help, but you really need to get a grip. You're unraveling.
: [Acting as Aang's psychiatrist
] Why don't you get right down to business and tell me what's been bothering you. Aang
: You know what's bothering me! I have to fight the Fire Lord in a few days. Sokka
: Mm-hmm. Tell me more about this... 'Fire Lord.' Why are you so afraid of him? Aang
: You said it yourself. He's the baddest man on the planet. I'm supposed to defeat him and save the world. Sokka
: Hmm, life does feel that way sometimes, doesn't it? Like we're all trying to save the world from evil. Aang
: [Getting annoyed
] Okay, but what can I do to feel better? Sokka
: Want to try screaming into this pillow?
[Hands Aang a fluffy Koala-Sheep
: [to Appa, about Aang
] Yeah, leave the kid alone. Appa
] Hey, who asked you?
[Appa and Momo snarl at each other
: Guys, come on. Appa
: No, I am sick of this guy always mouthing off and telling me what to do. Momo
: Oh, you don't like it? Well, let's go right now! Aang
: [Runs up to Sokka
] Sokka, what should we do? Sokka
: About what? Aang
: About that!
[Points to Appa and Momo, who in his mind are engaged in a fierce sword duel
[Sees a large fluffy pad and pokes at it skeptically
: Oh look, another hallucination. An imaginary bed made out of clouds. Toph
: Hey, it's real! We spent hours working on it. Sokka
: We made it for you.
[See the Koala-sheep have had their fur sheared off
: A good night sleep will probably take the crazy away. We hope. Aang
: Look, you guys keep telling me I need to sleep. But I can't! The invasion's tomorrow! Katara
: Aang... Aang
: No, Katara! There's still so much I haven't learned. I don't need sleep. What I need is practice. Quick, hit me. Katara
: I'm not going to hit you. Toph
: You want me to do it?
: [final dream
] Your days of tyranny are over, Fire Lord! Fire Lord
: Really? You're going to take me out? You're not even wearing pants. Aang
: No, Fire Lord Ozai, you're not wearing pants. Fire Lord
[He covers himself with a fluffy Fire Nation shield
] Fire Lord
: No! My royal parts are showing!
[Aang listening hard outside the room as Aunt Wu reads Katara fortune
] Aunt Wu
: I see a great romance for you, the man you're going to marry. Katara
] Tell me more! Aunt Wu
: I can see he's a very powerful Bender.
[Aang grins and jumps around silently. Walks back out to Sokka, still grinning
: [to Aang
] Looks like someone had a pretty good bathroom break. Aang
: Y-Yeah, when I was in there... Sokka
: I don't even want to know.
: [after puttin on her new necklace
] So, how do I look? Aang
: [Aang stares at her and blushes
] You mean, all of you, or just you neck? I mean, because both look great. Sokka
: Smoochie smoochie. Someone's in love. Sokka
: [fish smacks Sokka
] Oh! Sokka
: Smoochee smoochee! Someone's in love! Aang
: I... well... Sokka
: Stop teasing him, Sokka. Aang's just a good friend. A sweet little guy
[rubs Aang's head
: Just like Momo
: We're waiting for Aunt Wu to come and read the clouds, to predict the fate of the whole village. Aang
: That cloud kind of looks like a fluffy bunny. Villager
: You better hope that's not a bunny. The fluffy bunny cloud forecasts doom and destruction. Sokka
: Do you even hear yourself?
: [as Katara's getting a reading
] So... What do you think they're talking about back there? Sokka
: Boring stuff, I'm sure: Love, who she's going to marry, how many babies she's going to have. Aang
: Yeah, dumb stuff like that. Well, I gotta find a bathroom.
: Your destiny, this is incredible. You will be involved in a great battle. An awesome conflict between the forces of good and evil. A battle whose outcome will determine the fate of the whole world! Aang
: Yeah, yeah, I knew that already. But does it say anything about a girl? Aunt Wu
: A girl? You want to know about love? Aang
: Yes! Aunt Wu
: I'm sorry. But I didn't see anything. Oh, look! I must havve missed something. Right here. It says "Trust your heart and you will be with the one you love."
: Please listen to us! You are all in danger! And we have to get you out of here! You can't rely on Aunt Wu's prediction. You have to take fate into your own hands.
: Of course she predicted it was gonna rain. The sky's been gray all day. Katara
: Just admit you might be wrong and you can come under the umbrella. Sokka
: Look, I'm going to predict the future now.
[making funny motions and in an eerie voice
: It's going to keep drizzling.
[He folds his arms across his chest and assumes an expression of defiance
[the rain instantly stops and the sun comes out
: Not everyone has the gift, Sokka.
: [about Aunt Wu
] Can you believe she won't let me in? And after all the business I've given her? Aang
: But she doesn't even charge. Katara
: I know, but still.
: So what's your name? Aang
: Aang. Meng
: That rhymes with Meng! And you've got some pretty big ears, don't you? Aang
] I... guess. Sokka
: Don't be modest. They're huge!
: [Trying to give Aang advice on girls
] The number one mistake nice guys like you make: being too nice. Aang
: You can be too nice? Sokka
: Yep. If you want to keep her interested, you have to act aloof, like you don't really care one way or the other. Aang
: [screen pans left to show Meng sidling up to Aang
] Well... ok. Meng
: Hey Aang, I was wondering... Aang
: See you later.
[Aang quickly walks away, leaving a disappointed Meng
: [Rubbing his chin in admiration
] Wow, that kid is good!
: You don't like me, do you? Aang
: Of course I like you. Meng
: But not the way I like you. Aang
: Oh. I guess not. Meng
: It's okay. It's just really hard when you like someone, but they don't think of you that way. Aang
] I know what you mean. Meng
: She's beautiful, by the way. Aang
] Huh? Meng
: That Water Tribe girl. I can see why you like her so much. She's sweet, she's a Bender. And her hair seems so manageable.
[She tries to mash her braids down and fails
: Don't worry. You're gonna meet a great guy who's gonna completely fall for you. I know it.
[He puts his hands on her shoulders
[He turns to leave
: Wait! Don't you want this?
[She hands Aang the cloud reading book
: How did you know? Meng
: [Nervously playing with her fingers
] I've kind of been stalking you. Heh!
[as a fish jumps in the water
[fish repeatedly jumps in the water
: He is taunting us! You are so gonna be dinner.
[Sokka grabs a fishing pole and attempts to cast the line
: Hey! Where's the fishing line? Aang
: Oh, I didn't think you would need it, Sokka.
[holding up a necklace made of fishing line
: Ah, it's all tangled! Aang
: Not tangled, woven. Aang
: I made you a necklace, Katara. I thought since you lost your other one... Katara
: Thanks, Aang, I love it. Sokka
: Great, Aang. Maybe instead of saving the world, you can go into the jewelry-making business. Aang
: I don't see why I can't do both.
: Remember, there's still a plan, the invasion. Aang
: And I hate the invasion plan, too! I don't want you or anyone else risking your lives to fix my mistakes! I've always known that I would have to face the Fire Lord. But now I know I need to do it alone. Katara
: Aang. Aang
: Katara, please, just go. Please. Katara
: [as Katara turns to leave
] Is there anything you need? Aang
: I need to redeem myself. I need my honor back.
: I like your hair. Aang
: I have hair? How long was I out?
: Everything okay? Katara
: We're fine, Dad. Hakoda
: [Offering his hand to Aang
] I'm Hokada, Katara and Sokka's father. Katara
: He knows who you are. I just called you 'Dad,' didn't I? Hakoda
: I guess you're right. Aang
: [Shaking Hokoda's hand
] Nice to officially meet you, Chief Hokoda.
: I went down. I didn't just get hurt, did I? It was worse than that. I was gone. But you brought me back. Katara
: I just used the Spirit water from the North Pole. I don't know what I did exactly. Aang
: You saved me.
: And the best part is, the eclipse isn't even our biggest advantage. Sokka
: [In a hushed voice
] We have a secret... you. Aang
: Me? Sokka
: Yep. The whole world thinks you're dead. Isn't that great?
: [Aang grabs his glider as a Fire Nation ship approaches
] I'll handle this. The Avatar is back.
[Aang opens his glider but in great pain
: Aang, wait! Remember, they don't know we're not Fire Nation.
: [as the ship's being attacked
] I can't just stand by and do nothing. Sokka
: Aang, no! You're still hurt. And you have to stay secret. Just let us handle this. Aang
: If anyone is to blame for the state of the world, it is me. I should have seen this war coming and prevented it. You inheirted my problems and my mistakes. But I believe you are destined to redeem me and save the world. Aang
: I don't know. Princess Yue
: You already saved the world. And you'll save the world again. But you can't give up. Aang
: You're right. I won't give up.
: I have so much to do. Katara
: I know, but you'll have our help. Toph
: You didn't think you could get out of training just by coming to the Fire Nation, did you?
: The world thinks I'm dead? How is that good news? That's terrible. Sokka
: No, it's great. It means the Fire Nation won't be hunting us anymore. And even better, they won't expect you on the day of Black Sun. Aang
: No, no, no, no, no. You have no idea. This is so messed up.
[Aang wakes up
: What happened?
[Looks around the room and sees Fire Nation banners
: Oh, no!
: What about the invasion? Sokka
: We'll join up with my Dad and the invasion force on the day of the eclipse. Toph
: Hey, what's... Oh, it's your glider. Aang
: That's okay. If someone saw it, it would give away my identity. It's better for now that no one knows I'm alive.
: Wow, camping. It really seems like old times again, doesn't it? Zuko
: If you really want it to feel like old times, I could uh... chase you around a while and try to capture you.
[as Katara and Zuko prepare to leave
: Don't try to stop us. Aang
: I wasn't planning to. This is a journey you need to take. You need to face this man. But when you do, please don't choose revenge. Let your anger out, and then let it go. Forgive him. Zuko
: Okay, we'll be sure to do that, Guru Goody-Goody.
: You did the right thing. Forgiveness is the first step you have to take to begin healing. Katara
: But I didn't forgive him. I'll never forgive him. Katara
: [to Zuko
] But I am ready to forgive you.
: You were right about what Katara needed. Violence wasn't the answer. Aang
: It never is. Zuko
: Then I have a question for you. What are you gonna do when you face my father?
: What are you doing? Zuko
: Go ahead, I'll hold them off. I think this is a family visit. Aang
: Zuko, no!
: I need to borrow Appa. Aang
: Why, is it your turn to take a little field trip with Zuko? Katara
: Yes, it is.
: The monks used to say that revenge is like a two-headed rat viper. While you watch your enemy go down, you're being poisoned yourself. Zuko
: That's cute, but this isn't Air Temple Pre-School. It's the real world.
[Watching Zuko and Katara leave on Appa
: You know, you're pretty wise for a kid. Aang
: Thanks, Sokka. Sokka
: Usually it's annoying, but right now, I'm just impressed. Aang
: I appreciate that. Sokka
: So, can I borrow Momo for a week? Aang
: Why do you need Momo? Sokka
: Now that I know he's out there, now that I know we could find him, I feel like I have no choice. Katara
: Katara, you do have a choice, forgiveness. Zuko
: That's the same as doing nothing. Aang
: [Shakes head
] No, it's not. It's easy to do nothing... but it's hard to forgive.
: So, you were just going to take Appa anyway? Katara
: Yes. Aang
: It's okay, because I forgive you. Aang
: [Smiles hopefully
] That give you any ideas?
: We're going to find the man who took my mother from me. Zuko
: Sokka told me the story of what happened. I know who did it, and I know how to find him. Aang
: Um, and what exactly do you think this will accomplish? Katara
] I knew you wouldn't understand. Aang
: Wait, stop! I *do* understand! You're feeling unbelievable pain and rage. How do you think I felt about the sandbenders when they stole Appa? How do you think I felt about the Fire Nation when I found out what happened to my people?
: I already know how to squat and breathe and feel the sun! I want to know how to shoot fire from my fingertips!
[to Admrial Zhao about his fire bending skills
: I don't know why, but I thought you'd be better then Zuko.
: Aang, hold on. Where are we going? Aang
: I don't know, but there's a big crowd,so it must be good. Sokka
: Knowing the Fire Nation, it's probably an execution.
: Sokka, this could be my only chance to meet a Firebending master who would *actually* be willing to teach me. Katara
: It can't hurt just to talk to him. Sokka
: That's what you said about going to the festival! Why doesn't anyone ever listen to me?
] What did you do? Aang
: It was an accident! I was... Katara, I'm so...
[Sokka tackles Aang
: I told you we shouldn't mess around with this! Look what you did! You burned my sister!
: Jeong Jeong tried to tell me that I wasn't ready, I wouldn't listen. I'm never going to Firebend again. Katara
: You'll have to, eventually. Aang
: No, never again. Katara
: It's okay, Aang. I'm healed.
: You've lost this battle. Zhao
: Are you crazy? You haven't thrown a single blow. Aang
: No, but you have.
[Zhao turns to look at his boats which he lit on fire
: Jeong Jeong said you have no restraint.
: Oh, well, then thanks for all the first-aid over the years. Like when I fell into the greasebeary bramble, and that time I had two fishhooks in my thumb! Aang
: Two? Katara
: He tried to get the first fishhook out with another fishhook. Sokka
: Oh, and the time that mink snake bit me. Thanks for healing that up. That was great, really helpful.
: Get out. Aang
: Master, I need to learn Firebending. Jeong Jeong
: Only a fool seeks his own destruction. Aang
: I'm the Avatar. It's my destiny to... Jeong Jeong
: Destiny? What would a boy know of destiny? If a fish lives it's whole life in this river, does he know the river's destiny? No! Only that it runs on and on, out of his control. He may follow where it flows, but he cannot see the end. He cannot imagine the ocean. Aang
: Okay... But it's Avatar's duty to master all of the Bending disciplines. Jeong Jeong
: To master the Bending disciplines, you must first master discipline itself. But you have no intrest in this, so I have no intrest in you! Now, get out. Aang
: Please, I have to learn. This could be my only chance. Jeong Jeong
: Are you deaf? How can I teach you if you refuse to listen? Before learning Firebending, you must learn Water and Earth. Water is cool and soothing, Earth is steady and stable. But Fire... Fire is alive. It breathes, it grows. Without the Bender, a rock will not throw itself! But Fire will spread and destroy everything in it's path if one does not have the will to control it! That is its destiny! You are not ready! You are too weak! Avatar Roku
: You think I am weak? Jeong Jeong
: Avatar Roku! No, no! I did not mean that. Avatar Roku
: I have mastered the elements a thousand of times in a thousand lifetimes. Now, I must do it once again. You *will* teach the Avatar Firebending. Jeong Jeong
: Yes, yes. I will teach you. Aang
: Really? That's great! Jeong Jeong
: What are you doing here? I did not tell you to stop! Aang
: I've been breathing for hours. Jeong Jeong
: You want to stop breathing?
: This should give us a good idea of what's around here. Sokka
: See if you can find a menu. I'm starving. Aang
: I bet we'll find something to eat here. The Fire Days Festival.
: Sokka, we don't need to become cave people. What we need is some new clothes. Aang
: Yeah, blending in is better than hiding out. If we get Fire Nation disguises, we'll be just as safe as we would be hiding in a cave. Toph
: Plus, they have real food out there. Does anyone want to sit in the dirt and eat cave hoppers?
[Toph hits the cave wall and some cave hoppers fall to the ground. Momo pounces on one and starts eating it
: [to Momo
] Looks like we got out voted, sport. Let's get some new clothes.
: Where have you been? We've been worried sick! Aang
: I got invited to play with some kids after school. Sokka
: After *what*? Aang
: I enrolled in a Fire Nation school. And I'm going back tomorrow. Sokka
: Enrolled in *what*?
[Sokka passes out
: Aang, I'm trying to be mature and not immediately shoot down your idea, but it sounds *really* terrible. Toph
: Yeah, we got our outfits. What do you need to go to school for? Aang
: Every minute I'm in that classroom, I'm learning new things about the Fire Nation. I already have a picture of Fire Lord Ozai.
[Aang hols ups a picture
: And here's one I made out of noodles.
: That settles it! No more school for you, young man. Aang
: I'm not ready to leave. I'm having fun for once. Just being a normal kid. You don't know what it's like, Sokka. You get to be normal all the time. Toph
: Ha-ha. Sokka
: Listen, guys. Those kids at school are the future of the Fire Nation. If we want to change this place for the better, we need to show them a little taste of freedom. Sokka
: What could you possible do for a country of depraved little fire monsters? Aang
: I'm going to throw them a secret dance party.
[Everyone stares blankly at Aang
: Go to your room!
: [to the Fire Nation students
] Listen, guys, dancing isn't something you think about. It's a form of self-expression that no one can *ever* take away from you. Shoji
: Maybe it was different in the colonies, Kuzon, But we don't do that here. Aang
: Sure you do. You have for generations. It just so happens that I know several classic Fire Nation dances. A hundred years ago, this was known as the Phoenix Flight.
: [as Aang and Katara are dancing
] Aang, everyone's watching. Aang
: Don't worry abouut them. It's just you and me right now.
: Way to go, dancy pants. I think you really *did* help those kids. You taught them to be free. Aang
: I don't know. It was just a dance party, that's all. Katara
: Well, that was some dance party, Aang.
[Katara kisses Aang on the cheek
: Flameo, sir. Flameo.
: Oh, we're going to a meat place? Sokka
: Come on, Aang, everyone here eats meat. Even the meat.
[He indicates a nearby cow-hippo, happily munching away on meat scraps
: You guys go ahead. I'll just get some lettuce out of the garbage.
: What is your name? Or should we just call you Mannerless Colony slob? Aang
] Just 'slob' is fine. Or, uh, Kuzon.
: I can't believe we're having a dance party. It seems so... silly. Aang
: Don't think of it as a dance party, but as a cultural event, celebrating the art of fancy footwork.
: [In music class
] I know. I'm a terrible Tsungi hornist. Music Teacher
: No, child, that hullabaloo going on with your feet, is that a nervous disorder? Aang
: I was just dancing. You do dances here in the homeland, right? Shoji
: Not really, no. Music Teacher
: Dancing is not conducive to a proper learning environment. Young people must have rigid discipline and order. Aang
: But what about expressing yourself? Music Teacher
: I know sometimes we're so moved by our love for our nation that we can't control our own bodies.
[he claps his hand to his face and reconsiders
] Music Teacher
: If you must, you may march in place quietly next time the urge hits you.
: Thank you for your wisdom. But before we leave, I have a challenge for you.
[Aang and Bumi go sliding down the mail system chutes
: My cabbages!
: Where are my friends? Guard
: The king will free them if you complete your challenges. Aang
: And if I fail? Guard
: He didn't say.
: The Earth Kingdom, City of Omashu. I used to always come here to visit my friend Bumi. Katara
: Wow. We don't have cities like this in the South Pole. Sokka
: They have buildings here that don't melt.
: Great. Now you look just like my grandfather. Katara
: Technically, Aang is 112 years old. Aang
: Now, let's get to skipping, young whippersnappers. The big city awaits.
: Look around you, what do you see? Aang
: Umm... the mail system? Bumi
: Instead of seeing what they want you to see, you gotta open your brains to the possibilities. Aang
: A package sending system? Bumi
: The world's greatest super slide! Aang
: Bumi, you're a mad genius!
: Guys, are you okay? Katara
: Other than crystals slowing encasing my entire body? Doing great.
: You thought I was a frail old man, but I'm the most powerful Earthbender you'll see. Aang
: Can I fight the guy with the axe instead? King
: There are no take-backsies in my kingdom. You might need this.
[Tosses Ang's staff to him
: You've passed all my tests. Now you must answer one question. Aang
: That's not fair! You said you would release my friends if I finished your tests. King
: Oh, but what's the point of tests if you don't learn anything?
: I solved the question the same way I solved the challenges. As you said a long time ago, I had to open my brains to the possibilities.
[the King laughs
: Bumi, you're a mad genius! King
: Oh, Aang, it's good to see you.
[Aang hugs Bumi
: You haven't changed a bit. Literally.
: State your business. Aang
: [Pretending to be an old man
] My business is my business, young man, and none of yours. I've got half a mind to bend you over my knee and paddle your backside! Guard
: Settle down, old timer. Just tell me who you are. Aang
] Name's Bonzoo... Pipinpeddlopsokopolis... the Third! And these are my grandkids.
[Points to Katara and Sokka
: This whole avatar thing. Maybe the monks made a mistake. Monk Gyatso
: The only mistake they made was telling you before you turned 16. But we cannot concern ourselves with what *was*. We must act on what *is*. Aang
: But Gyatso, how do I know I'm ready for this? Monk Gyatso
: You questions will be answered when you're old enough to enter the Air Temple sanctuary. Inside, you will meet someone who will guide you on your journey. Aang
: Who is it? Monk Gyatso
: When you are ready, he will reveal himself to you.
: But Aang, no one could have survived in there for a hundred years. Aang
: It's not impossible. I survived in the iceberg for that long. Katara
: Good point.
: Who is that? Aang
: hat's Avatar Roku, the Avatar before me. Sokka
: You were a Firebender? No wonder I didn't trust you when we first met.
: But, you were right. And if the Firebenders found this temple, that means they found the other ones, too. I really am the last Airbender.
: Who ate all my blubbered-seal jerky? Aang
: That was food? I used it to start the campfire last night. Sokka
] That was why the smoke smelled so good...
: Katara, whoever's in there might help me figure out this Avatar thing! Sokka
: [Pops out from behind Aang eagerly
] And whoever's in there might have a medley of delicious cured meats.
: Lemur! Sokka
] Dinner. Aang
: Don't listen to him. You're going to be my new pet. Sokka
: Not if I get him first!
[Both jump at the lemur which runs off
: Wait, Come back! Sokka
: I want to eat you!
: Wait till you see it, Katara. The Air Temple is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Katara
: Aang, I know you're excited, but it's been a hundred years since you've been home. Aang
: That's why I'm so excited. Katara
: It's just that a lot can change in all that time. Aang
: I know. But I need to see it for myself.
: You, me, and Appa, we're all that's left of this place. We have to stick together. Katara, Sokka, say hello to the newest member of our family. Katara
: What are you going to name him? Aang
: This place is unbelievable. Teo
: Yeah, it's great, isn't it? Aang
] No, just unbelievable. Katara
: Aang used to come here a long time ago. I think he's a little shocked it's so... different.
: This is supposed to be the history of my people.
: Do you know what you did? You just destroyed something sacred for a stupid bathhouse! Mechanist
: Well, people around here are starting to stink. Aang
: This whole place stinks!
: We're just in the process of improving upon what's already here, and after all, isn't that what nature does? Aang
: Nature knows where to stop. Mechanist
: I suppose that's true. Unfortunately, progress has a way of getting away from us.
: Only an Airbender can open it. So inside it's completely untouched, just the way the monks left it. I've always wondered what it was like in there. Katara
: Aang? Aang
: I'm sorry. This is the last part of the temple that's the same as it was. I want it to stay that way. Teo
: I compeltely understand. I just wanted you to know it was here. Aang
: Even though Teo's not an Airbender, he's really does have the spirit of one.
: I can't believe I'm flying. Aang
: Just make sure you keep your mouth closed so you don't swallow a bug.
: [Prepping Katara for glider flying
] The wind will carry you. It supports something inside you, something even lighter than air. And that something takes over when you fly. Katara
: [Looking over the side of the terrace in fear
] I've changed my mind. I think I was born without that something. Teo
] Impossible. Everybody has it. Aang
: [Coming up to them
] Spirit. Teo
: What? Aang
: That's the something you're talking about.
: So travelers, the next time you think you hear a strange, large bird talking, take a closer look. It might not be a giant parrot, but a flying man, a member of a secret group of Airwalkers, who laugh at gravity, and laugh at those bound to the earth by it. Aang
: [to Katara
] Aren't Airbender stories the best? Katara
: Was it realistic? Is that how it was back then? Aang
: I laugh at gravity all the time.
: Your turn, Katara. Where would you like to go on your mini-vacation? Katara
: How about the Misty Palms Oasis? That sounds refreshing. Aang
: Oh, yeah, I've been there. It's a pristine natural ice spring. And I usually don't use the word pristine. It's one of nature's wonders.
: There's no time for vacations. Aang
: I'm learning the elements as fast as I can. I practice hard every day with Toph and Katara. I've been training my arrow off.
: Hey, wait. What happened to the Sun? Aang
: Great, you must have broken it. Sokka
: It's not broken. The sun is behind the moon. It's a solar eclipse! It's literally the darkest day in Fire Nation history. Now I get it. Something awful happened on that day. I don't know what, but I do know why. Firebenders lose their Bending during a solar eclipse!
: We had no choice. Please, we're just desperate to protect the people we love. Wan Shi Tong
: And now, I'm going to protect what I love.
: An Air Nomad, right in front of me. Professor Zei, head of anthropology at Ba Sing Se University.
[Grabs Aang's hand and examines it
] Professor Zei
: Tell me, which of the Air temples do you hail from? Aang
: The Southern Temple. Professor Zei
: [Begins measuring Aang's skull with a pair of calipers and speaking excitedly
] Oh, splendid! Now, tell me, what was the primary agricultural product of your people? Aang
: Uh, are fruit pies an agricultural product? Professor Zei
: Oh, truly fascinating. That is one for the journal.
: [Looking at an illustration in a book
] Hey, look at these weird lion-turtle things. Sokka
: [Glances at it
] Eh, I've seen weirder.
Wan Shi Tong
: I'll let you peruse my vast collection on one condition. To prove your worth as scholars, you have to contribute some worthwhile knowledge. Professor Zei
: [Kneels on the ground, offering a thick book
] Please accept this tome as a donation to your library. Wan Shi Tong
: First edition, very nice. Katara
: [Katara comes forward
] I have an authentic Waterbending scroll. Wan Shi Tong
: Ooh, these illustrations are quite stylish. Aang
: [Thinking about what to give
] Uh, oh, I know! Ha!
[pulls a scroll from his shirt and presents it, revealing it to be a Fire Nation wanted poster for the Avatar
] Wan Shi Tong
: I suppose that counts. Sokka
: Oh, great spirit, check this out.
[quickly ties the string into a butterfly shaped knot and holds it out
: Ta da!
[Wan Shi Tong stares in silence
: It's a special knot! That counts as knowledge! Wan Shi Tong
: You're not very bright, are you?
: Where's Appa?
: What's out here? Toph Beifong
: A lot, actually. There's hundreds of little... Aang
: Shh! I know you can see underground, but don't ruin the surprise. Just watch.
: Please tell you're here because the Fire Lord turned out to be a big wimp and you didn't even need the eclipse to take him down. Aang
: He wasn't home. No one was. The entire palace city is abandoned. Sokka
: They knew.
: Wait. If they knew we were coming, it could all be a trap. Maybe we should use the time left to make sure we all get out of here safely. Hakoda
: Everyone who's here today came prepared to risk everything for this mission. They know what's at stake. If there's still a chance and there's still hope, I think they would want Aang to go for it. Sokka
: What do you think? You're the one who has to face the Fire Lord. Whatever you decide, I'm with you. Aang
: I've got to try.
: [Crossing an area filled with small volcanoes
] We'll have to be fast but careful.
[Sokka takes a step, a volcano goes off in front of him.Sokka yelps
: How was that careful? Sokka
: I was wrong. We need to be fast, careful and lucky.
: I'm ready. I'm ready to face the Fire Lord.
[Opens the door and finds Azula sitting on the throne
: So, you are alive after all. I had a hunch that you survived. But it doesn't matter. I've known about the invasion for months.
: Maybe it's not too late. The eclipse is over, but I can face the Fire Lord anyway. Sokka
: No. I don't think that's a good idea. Aang
: But I'm ready. I came here with a job to do, and everyone's counting on me. Toph
: The Fire Lord knew we were coming this time. We thought we had surprise on our side, but we didn't. It just wasn't our day. What we need to do now is go help our friends.
: Thank you all for being so brave and so strong. I'm going to make this up to you.
: Where is he? Where's the Fire Lord? Azula
: Hmm, you mean I'm not good enough for you? You're hurting my feelings. Sokka
: Stop wasting our time and give us the information. You're powerless right now, so you're in no position to refuse. Toph
: And stick to the truth. I'll be able to tell if you're lying. Azula
: Are you sure? I'm a pretty good liar. I am a 400-foot0tall purple platypus bear with pink horns and silver wings. Toph
: ...Okay, you're good. I admit it.
[Toph encases Azula's body in an Earth prison
: But you really ought to consider telling me the truth anyway.
: Wait! Aang, Toph, stop attacking. Don't you see what she's doing? She's just playing with us. She's not even trying to win this fight. Azula
: Not true. I'm giving it my all. Toph
: You're trying to keep us here and waste all our time. Azula
: Um, right. I think your friend just said that, genius. And since you can't see, I should tell you, I'm rolling my eyes. Toph
: I'll roll your whole *head*! Sokka
: She's just baiting you again. Aang
: Okay, so what do we do, just ignore her? Sokka
: We don't have a choice. We just have to get out of here and find the Fire Lord on our own somehow. Azula
: It's a trap. Don't say I didn't warn you. Sokka
: Ignore! Azula
: So, Sokka's your name, right? My favorite prisoner used to mention you all the time. She was convinced you were going to come rescue her. Of course, you never came, and she gave up on you.
[Sokka yells, turns, and charages Azula
: [softly to herself
] Come and get it.
[Azula secretly readies a throwing star but Toph hears her and Earthbends to deflect it and trap Azula against the wall which allows Sokka to reach her
: [with barely controlled anger
] Where... is... Suki?
: I know just the place for us to go where we'll be safe fore awhile... the Western Air Temple.
: Avatar Aang, we were all amazed at the stories of how you single-handedly wiped out an entire Fire Navy fleet at the North Pole. I can't imagine what it feels like to wield such devestating power. It's an awesome responsibility. Aang
: I try not to think about it too much.
: There's a right way to do this: practice, study and discipline. Sokka
: Or just glow it up and stop that Fire Lord. Katara
: If you two meatheads want to throw away everything we've worked for, fine. Go ahead and glow it up. Aang
: Katara, I'm just being realistic. I don't have time to do this the right way.
: Do you remember when we were at the Air Temple and you found Monk Gyatso's skeleton? It must have been so horrible and traumatic for you. I saw you get so upset that you weren't even you anymore. I'm not saying the Avatar State doesn't have incredible and helpful power, but you have to understand, for the people who love you, watching you be in that much rage an pain is really scary. Aang
: I'm really glad you told me that. But I still need to do this.
: I can only reach the Avatar State when I'm in genuine danger. General Fong
: I see. I was afraid you'd say that.
[Fong attacks Aang
: You can't run forever! Aang
: You can't fight forever!
: The Avatar State is a defense mechanism, designed to empower you with the skill and knowledge of all the first Avatars. The glow is the combination of all your past lives focusing their energy through your body. In the Avatar State, you're at your most powerful... but you are also at your most vulnerable. Aang
: What do you mean? Avatar Roku
: If you are killed in the Avatar State, the reincarnation cycle will be broken and the Avatar will cease to exist.
: This rare chi-enhancing tea is a natural stimulant. In an ordinary warrior, it improves strength and energy ten-fold. In you, it may induce the Avatar state.
[Hands Aang a steaming cup of tea
: Ten-fold energy, huh?
[slurps, then begins twitching
: [Speaking in a fast, high-pitched, hyper voice while zipping everywhere on his air-scooter
] Is it working? Is it working? I can't tell! Somebody tell me if I'm in the Avatar state 'cause I don't have a good view of myself. Am I talking too loud? Sokka
: I guess he could talk the Fire Lord to death.
: You are wearing a ceremonial piece of clothing from each of the Bending nations. Now I will join the four elements into one!
[as he mentions each element, he throws a pan of water, dirt, a torch, and blows air into a mixture
: Water... Earth... Fire... Air... Four elements together as one!
[throws mixture at Aang, splattering him with it
: This is just mud. Priest
: So, do you feel anything? Aang
: [Aang's nose begins to twitch. He lifts up a finger. Fong, Sokka, and Katara, look hopeful...
: Aang? Do you want to talk about it? Aang
: No. Just a nightmare. I was in the Avatar State, but I was outside my body watching myself. It was scary. I was scary.
: [about Sokka's sand sculpture
] Is that a... blubbering blob monster? Sokka
: No! It's Suki!
[Aang and Toph laugh
: Suki, we'll all understand if you break up with him over this. Suki
: I think it's sweet.
[Sokka kisses her
: What's wrong with you? You could've hurt Aang. Prince Zuko
: What's wrong with me? What's wrong with all of you? How can you sit around having beach parties when Sozin's Comet is only three days away...? Why are you all looking at me like I'm crazy? Aang
: About Sozin's Comet... I was actually gonna wait to fight the Fire Lord until after it came. Prince Zuko
: After? Aang
: I'm not ready. I need more time to master Firebending. Toph
: And frankly, your Earthbending could still use some work, too.
: Aang, you don't have to do this alone. Toph Beifong
: Yeah, if we all fight the Fire Lord together, we got a shot at taking him down. Sokka
: All right! Team Avatar is back! Air, Water, Earth, Fire... Fan and Sword! Aang
: Fighting the Fire Lord is gonna be the hardest thing we've ever done together, but I wouldn't want to do it any other way.
: There's one technique you need to know before facing my Father... how to redirect lightning. If you let the energy in your own body flow, the lightning will follow it. You turn your opponent's energy against them. Aang
: That's like Waterbending. Prince Zuko
: Exactly. My uncle invented this technique himself by studying Waterbenders. Aang
: So, have *you* ever redirected lightning before? Prince Zuko
: Once... against my father. Aang
: What did it feel like? Prince Zuko
: Exhilarating... but terrifying. You feel so powerful holding so much energy in your body, but you know if you make the wrong move, it's over. Aang
: [Nervous chuckle
] Well, not *over* over. I mean, there's always Katara and a little Spirit Water action, am I right? Katara
: Actually, I used it all up after Azula shot you. Aang
: Oh. Prince Zuko
: You'll have to take the Fire Lord's life before he takes yours. Aang
: I'll just do that.
: This goes against everything I learned from the monks. I can't just go around wiping out people I don't like. Sokka
: Sure, you can. You're the Avatar. If it's the name of keeping balance, I'm pretty sure the universe will forgive you. Aang
: This isn't a joke, Sokka! None of you understands the position I'm in! Katara
: Aang, we do understand. It's just... Aang
: Just what, Katara? What? Katara
: We're trying to help. Aang
: Then, when you figure out a way for me to beat the Fire Lord without taking his life, I'd love to hear it!
: There's one technique you need to know before facing my Father. How to redirect lightning. If you let the energy in your own body flow,
[He stretches his left arm out and the fingers on his right hand touch the fingers on his left hand and swiftly traces a path down his arm, shoulder, stomach and back out the other side
] Prince Zuko
: ... the lightning will follow it.
[His left hand touches his right, they are parallel to each other
] Prince Zuko
: You turn your opponent's energy against them. Aang
: That's like waterbending. Prince Zuko
: Exactly. My Uncle invented this technique himself by studying waterbenders.
[Zuko training Aang in Firebending
] Prince Zuko
: More ferocious! Imagine striking through your opponent's heart! Aang
: I'm trying! Prince Zuko
: Now let me hear you roar like a tigerdillo!
[Aang gives out a weak roar
] Prince Zuko
: That sounded pathetic. I said roar!
: Hey, Momo. I just had the strangest dream. Wait.
[looks around at strange surroundings
: Where are we?
: Sokka, the longer we're here, the more I think you shouldn't be doing that. Sokka
: No, I asked the swamp. It said it was fine. Right, swamp? Sokka
: [In a high-pitched voice
] "No problem, Sokka."
: I know this is gonna sound weird, but I think the swamp is... calling to me. Sokka
: Is it telling you were we can get something to eat? Aang
: No. I... I think it wants us to land there.
: Bumi said to learn Earthbending, I would have to wait and listen. And now I'm actually hearing the Earth. Do you want me to ignore it? Sokka
: Yes. Katara
: I don't know. There's something ominous about that place.
: Does anyone else get the feeling that we're being watched? Sokka
: Please. We're all alone out here.
[Swings his sword at a firefly a few times, Several glowing eyes appear
: Except for them. Sokka
: Right. Except for them.
: What do you guys think you're doing? I've been looking all over for you! Katara
: Well, I've been wandering around looking for *you*! Aang
: I was chasing some girl. Katara
: What girl? Aang
: I don't know. I heard laughing and I saw some girl in a fancy dress.
: We were flying over and I heard something calling to me, Telling me to land. Sokka
: He's the Avatar. Stuff like that happens to us a lot.
: Maybe we should be a little nicer to the swamp. Sokka
: [Chopping through vines
] Aang, these are just plants. Do you want me to say "please" and "thank you" as I swing my machete back and forth? Katara
: Maybe you should listen to Aang. Something about this place feels... alive. Sokka
: I'm sure there are a lot of things that are alive here. And if we don't want to wind up getting eaten by them, we need to find Appa as fast as we can.
: Well, I hope you realize now that nothing strange was going on here. Just a bunch of greasy people living in a swamp. Katara
: What about the visions? Sokka
: I told you, we were hungry. I'm eating a giant bug. Aang
: But what about when the tree showed me where Appa and Momo were? Katara
: That's Avatar stuff, that doesn't count.
: [after the guru has told him to let go of all attachments
] What? Why would I let go of Katara? I... I-I love her. Guru Pathik
: Learn to let her go or you cannot let the pure cosmic energy flow in from the universe. Aang
: Why would I choose cosmic energy over Katara? How could it be a bad thing that I feel an attachment to her? Three chakras ago, that was a good thing. Guru Pathik
: You must learn to let go.
: In your note, you said you could teach me to gain control of the Avatar State. How? Guru Pathik
: You must gain balance within yourself before you can bring balance to the world.
: Be warned: opening the chakras is an intense experience. And once you begin this process, you cannot stop until all seven are open. Are you ready? Aang
: I'll do whatever it takes.
: [after opening the third chakra
] Hmm. That chakra opened less like a flowing creek and more like a... burping bison. Aang
] Tastes like onions and bananas, but strangely, something else. Pickles? Guru Pathik
: The greatest illusion of this world is the illusion of separation. Things you think are separate and different are actually one and the same. Aang
: Like the four nations. Guru Pathik
: Yes. We are all one people, but we live as if divided.
: Katara's in danger! I have to go! Guru Pathik
: No, Aang. By choosing attachment, you have locked the chakra. If you leave now, you won't be able to go into the Avatar State at all.
: In order to master the Avatar State, you must open all of the chakras. Aang, tell me everything you know about chakras. Aang
: What are chakras? Guru Pathik
: Oh, I see. I guess we'll start with the basics.
[he turns to a murky pool where the creek water has gathered
] Guru Pathik
: The water flows through this creek much like the energy flows through your body.
[stirs the pool with a stick
] Guru Pathik
: As you see, there are several pools where the water swirls around before flowing on. These pools are like our charkas. Aang
: So chakras are pools of spiraling energy in our bodies?
: Third is the Fire chakra, located in the stomach. Aang
: [Holding his stomach
] My Fire chakra would like to eat something other than onion-banana juice. Guru Pathik
] Good one. Guru Pathik
] Moving on. This chakra deals with will power and is blocked by shame. What are you ashamed of? What are your biggest disappointments in yourself?
: Sokka, you're a genius! Aang
: How is Sokka a genius? His plan didn't even work. Sokka
: Come on, Aang. Let her dream. Katara
: You're right. Sokka's plan didn't work. But it looks like it did. Aang
: Did the definition of "genius" change in the last hundred years?
: Let's go, Appa. Come on, boy. Look, I'm sorry, but Katara and Sokka aren't coming to the Fire Nation with us. If they got hurt, I'd never forgive myself. So get your big butt off the ground and let's go!
[Appa remains on the ground
: I think his big butt is trying to tell you something.
: This is exactly why I didn't want you to come. It's too dangerous! Katara
: And that's exactly why we're here. Sokka
: Let's run this blockade.
: Follow me. Sokka
: Do you know where you're going? Aang
[Make quick turn. Then comes running back
: Wrong way!
: Things have changed. In the past, the Sages were loyal only to the Avatar. When Roku died, the Sages eagerly awaited for the next Avatar to return... but he never came. Aang
: They were waiting for me. Sokka
: Hey, don't feel bad. You're only a hundred years late.
: Listen carefully. Souzin's Comet will return by the end of this summer, and Fire Lord Ozai will use its power to finish the war once and for all. If he succeeds, even the Avatar won't be able to restore balance to the world. Aang, you must defeat the Fire Lord before the comet arrives. Aang
: But I haven't even started learning Waterbending, not to mention Earth and Fire. Avatar Roku
: Mastering the Elements takes years of discipline and practice. But if the world is to survive, you *must* do it by summer's end.
: [excitedly after escaping the Fire Navy fleet
] We made it! Sokka
: [scared to death
] We got into the Fire Nation... Great!
: We are the Fire Sages, guardians of the Temple of the Avatar. Aang
: Great, I am the Avatar. Great Sage
: We know
[shoot fireballs at Aang
: You see that? Settling feuds and making peace. All in a day's work for the Avatar.
: Everyone listen up. This is the Avatar. And if you give him a chance, I'm sure he can come up with a compromise that will make everyone happy. Aang
: Uh, you could share the earthbender and travel together. Gan Jin Leader
: Absolutely not! We'd rather be taken away by the Fire Nation than travel with those stinking thieves. Zhang Leader
: We wouldn't travel with you pompous fools anyway!
: Aang, this feuding tribe stuff is serious business. Are you sure it's a good idea getting involved in this? Aang
: To tell the truth, I'm not sure. But when have I ever been? Katara
: He's the Avatar, Sokka. Making peace between people is his job. Sokka
: His job's going to make us cross this whole thing on foot, isn't he?
: It's okay, Momo. We'll be out of here soon enough. And then we can eat our weight in lychee nuts.
[Momo catches an insect, starts to take a bite, then offers it to Aang
: Nah, I'll wait for the lychee nuts.
: I wish I could help these people get along, but it just seems impossible. Anyhow, I guess our biggest problem is getting out of here. Canyon Guide
: I'm not so sure the two problems are unrelated.
: Wait a second. Jin Wei? Wei Jin? I know those guys! Gan Jin Leader
: Yes, yes, we're all aware of the story. Aang
: No, I mean I really knew them. I might not look it, but I'm 112 years old. I was there 100 years ago on the day you're talking about.
[Aang starts telling his story
: There seems to be a lot of confusion about what happened. First of all, Jin Wei and Wei Jin weren't enemies. They were brothers, twins, in fact. And they were eight. And most importantly, they were just playing a game. The sacred orb from the legend, that was the ball. And the Eastern and Western Gates were the goal posts. Jin Wei had the ball and was running toward the goal when he fell and fumbled it. Win Jei didn't steal the ball, he picked it up and started running it back toward the other goal, but he stepped out of bounds. So the official put him in the penalty box, not for twenty long years, but for two short minutes. There was no stealing and no putting anyone in prison. Just a game. Zhang Leader
: You're saying the sacred orb was actually a sacred ball? Aang
: Nope, just a regular ball. Scout
: What about our tribe's redemption ritual? Aang
: That's what the game was called, Redemption. As soon as someone got the ball from one goal to the other, everyone would yell, "redemption!"
[the leaders look at each other
: Don't get me wrong, Wei Jin was kind of a slob and Jin Wei was a little stuffy, that much is true. But they respected each others differences enough to share the same playing field. Zhang Leader
: I suppose it's time we forget the past. Gan Jin Leader
: And look to the future.
: That's some luck, you knew Jin Wei and Wei Jin. Aang
: You could call it luck, or you could call it lying. Sokka
: What? Aang
: I made the whole thing up Katara
: You did not. That is so wrong. Aang
: Now, where's that custard tart? I'm starving!
: [to the fighting tribes
] s! Focus! How many times do I have to say it? Harsh words won't solve problems. Action will! Zhang Leader
: Perhaps the Avatar is right. Gan Jin Leader
: Yes, perhaps he is.
[Cut to Aang, whose eyes are shiny with hope. He smiles widely
] Zhang Leader
: Harsh words will never solve our problems. Gan Jin Leader
: Action will!
[Both leaders draw their swords and approach each other. They cross swords in front of Aang, who draws back with a cry of surprise and fear
] Gan Jin Leader
: To the death, and let this be the end of this rivalry! Aang
] You know, I take it back. Harsh words aren't so bad.
: What am I supposed to do with frozen frogs? Herbalist
: Why, suck on them, of course. Aang
: Suck on them? Herbalist
: The frog skin excretes a substance that'll cure your friends, but make sure you get plenty. Once those little critters thaw out, they're useless. Aang
: You're insane, aren't you? Herbalist
: [singsong voice
] That's right.
: Wait! My friends need to suck on those frogs!
: You know what the worst part about being born over a hundred years ago is? I miss all the friends I used to hang out with. Before the war started, I used to always visit my friend Kuzon. The two of us, we'd get in and out of so much trouble together. He was one of the best friends I ever had. And he was from the Fire Nation, just like you. If we knew each other back then, do you think we could have been friends, too?
[Zuko tries to attack Aang
: Relax. It was just a little cough. I'm fi...
: That's how Sokka started yesterday. Now look at him. He thinks he's an Earthbender. Sokka
: Take *that*, you rock.
: So this is the great Avatar, master of all the elements. I don't know how you've managed to elude the Fire Nation for a hundred years, but your little game of hide-and-seek is over. Aang
: I've never hidden from you. Untie me, and I'll fight you right now!
: [while sucking on a frozen frog
] Aang, how was your trip? Did you make any new friends? Aang
: No. I don't think I did.
: What? No! Don't leave, frogs. My friends are sick and they need you. Please go back to being frozen.
: [arrows fly down at Aang, he dodges them and then picks one up
] Uh, I think you dropped this.
: I'm really going to miss you guys. Katara
: Me, too. Aang
[Aang, Katara, and Toph do a group hug. Then they all hug Sokka. Sokka screams
: Great, that's enough. Okay, we love each other. Seriously.
: Detain the assailants. Sokka
: But we dropped our weapons. We're your allies. Long Feng
: Make sure the Avatar and his friends never see daylight again. Earth King
: The Avatar?
[pointing to Sokka
] Earth King
: You're the Avatar? Sokka
: Uh, no.
[nods to Aang
: Him. Aang
: Over here. Long Feng
: What does it matter, Your Highness? They are enemies of the state. Earth King
: Perhaps you're right.
[Bosco walks up and starts licking Aang
] Earth King
: Though Boscco seems to like him. I'll hear what he has to say.
: I have to be honest with you. Part of me really hopes that what you're telling me about this isn't true. Aang
: I wish it wasn't.
: This is all such big news. Where do we even start? Katara
: I hate to say it, but... we have to split up. Aang
: Split up? We just found Appa and got the family back together! Now you want us to separate? Katara
: You have to meet with this guru, Aang. If we're going to invade the Fire Nation, you need to be ready.
: You see, Aang? A little positive thinking works wonders. We got the King on our side, we got Long Feng arrested, and when we get back, Suki's waiting for me. Aang
: Yeah, girls are waiting for us. Thanks, positive attitude. Sokka
: Everything is gonna work out perfectly. From now on and forever.
: I can't believe it. There's a man living at the Eastern Air Temple. He says he's a guru. Sokka
: What's a guru? Some kind of poisonous blowfish? Aang
: No, a spiritual expert. He wants to help me take the next step in the Avatar journey. He says he can teach me to control the Avatar State.
: I missed you more than you'll ever know, buddy.
: Wow. I haven't cleaned my room in a hundred years! Not looking forward to that.
: Warriors, away from the enemy. The foreigner is banished from our village. Katara
: Sokka, you're making a mistake. Sokka
: No, I'm keeping my promise to Dad. I'm protecting you from threats like him. Katara
: Aang is not our enemy! Don't you see? Aang's brought us something we haven't had in a long time. Fun. Sokka
: Fun? We can't fight Firebenders with fun! Aang
: [smiling earnestly
] You should try it sometime.
: Katara! Would you really choose him over your own tribe? Your own family? Aang
: [Long pause
] Katara, I don't want to come between you and your family.
[Aang mounts Appa
: So you're leaving the South Pole? This is goodbye?
: Looking for me? Prince Zuko
: You're the Airbender? You're the Avatar? Katara
: Aang? Sokka
: No way. Prince Zuko
: I've spent years preparing for this encouter, training, meditating. You're just a child. Prince Zuko
: Well, you're just a teenager.
: Why didn't you tell us you were the Avatar? Aang
: Because... I never wanted to be.
: Aang's back! Sokka
: I knew it. You signaled the Fire Navy with that flare. You're leading them straight to us aren't you? Katara
: Aang didn't do anything. It was an accident. Aang
: Yeah. We were on the ship and there was this booby trap, and, well, we... we boobied right into it.
: All right, but before I learn Waterbending, we have some serious business to attend to.
[Aang rolls out a map
: Here, here, and here. Katara
: What's there? Aang
: Here, we'll ride the hopping llamas. Then, way over here, we'll surf on the backs of giant koi fish. Then, back over here, we'll ride the hog monkeys. They don't like people riding them, but that's what makes it fun.
: [after the gang has been captured by pirates
] Aang, this is all my fault. Aang
: No, Katara, it isn't. Uncle Iroh
: Yeah, it kind of is.
: [to Katara while battling a band of pirates
] Hey! You did the Water Whip! Katara
: I couldn't have done it without your help! Sokka
: [being restrained by three pirates
] Will you two quit congratulating each other and help me out?
: Would you sit down? If we hit a bump, you'll go flying off. What's bugging you anyway? Aang
: It's what Avatar Roku said. I'm supposed to master all four elements before that comet arrives. Sokka
: Well, let's see. You've pretty much mastered Airbending, and that only took you 112 years. I'm sure you can master three more elements by next summer.
: Wow. I can't believe you got that so quickly. It took me two months to learn that move. Aang
: Well, you had to figure it out all on your own. I'm lucky enough to have a great teacher.
: [as the Pirate Barker is yelling for them
] Well, well. Look who's come to their senses. Told you the haggling would pay off.
[the entire pirate crew appears and draws their weapons
: Is that really how you feel? Katara
: The scroll! Sokka
: First, what did you learn? Katara
: Stealing is wrong.
[Sokka hands Katara the scroll
: Unless it's from pirates. Aang
: Good one, Katara.
: Time to practice Waterbending. Sokka
: Great. So what am I supposed to do? Aang
: You could... clean the gunk out of Appa's toes. Sokka
: So, while you guys are playing in the water, I'm supposed to be hard at work picking mud out of a giant bison's feet? Aang
] Mud and bugs.
: [after their duel
] Excellent work, Sokka. I think I'm a little old to be fighting the Avatar. Aang
] How did you know? Piandao
: Oh, I've been around a while. You pick things up. Of course I knew from the beginning that Sokka was Water Tribe. You might want to think of a better Fire Nation cover name. Try Lee. There's a million Lee's. Katara
: But why would you agree to train someone from the Water Tribe? Piandao
: The way of the sword doesn't belong to any one nation. Knowledge of the arts belongs to us all.
[Bored, waiting for Sokka to return
: Plus, it's so hot today. Aang
] How hot is it? Toph
: I don't know. Real hot? Katara
: It-It's so hot... It's so hot, Momo is, is shedding like Appa. Huh? Huh?
[Awkward pause as Katara waits for a laugh
: I guess the jokes don't run in the family. Katara
: Oh, everyone's a critic.
: These people have no idea how close they were to getting toasted last night. Toph
: Yeah, the worst thing about being in disguise is we don't get the hero worship anymore. I miss the love. Sokka
: Boo-hoo, poor heroes.
: That's it! That's what you needed all along, Sokka. Sokka
: A sword? Aang
: Not the sword, a master. We've all had masters to help us get better. You should see if you can study with Piandao. Katara
: That's a great idea. I could have never gotten to where I am without Master Paku. Everyone needs a teacher. Toph
: I learned from badger moles. They don't talk, but they're still good teachers. Sokka
: It would be nice to be a master swordfighter. All right, I'll talk to him.
: Sokka's coming. Sokka
: Hey, guys, what are you doing? Aang
: Sokka! Toph
: You're back. Katara
: We missed you so much? Aang
: Say something funny. Sokka
] Funny how?
[Aang and Katara break into laughter
: [to Toph
] What's their deal?
: What should we do today? Toph
: I'm tapped out. I already picked my toes, twice. Aang
: Twice? Toph
: The first time's for cleaning, but the second time's just for the sweet picking sensation.
: What's your problem? You haven't even touched your smoked sea slug. Sokka
: It's just... all you guys can do this awesome Bending stuff, like putting out forest fires and flying around. And making other stuff fly around. I can't fly around, okay? I can't do anything. Katara
: That's not true. No one can read a map like you. Toph
: I can't read at all. Aang
: Yeah, and who keeps us laughing with sarcastic comments all the time? I mean, look at Katara's hair, right? Aang
: [grabs a lock of Katara's hair and gestures to it
] What's up with that? Katara
: What? What's wrong with my hair?
: Look here, Sugar Queen, I gave up everything I had so that I could teach Aang Earthbending. So don't you talk to me about being selfish. Katara
: Sugar Queen?
[Toph slams her door
: Di-Did you just slam the door in my face? How can you be so infuriating?
[starts pounding on the walls
: .Should we... do something? Sokka
: Hey, I'm just enjoying the show. Aang
: [to Katara
] Okay, okay. You both need to calm down. Katara
: Both? I'm completely calm!
: All right, you caught up with me. Now who are you and what do you want? Azula
: You mean you haven't guessed? You don't see the family resemblance? Here's a hint. Azula
: [covering one eye with her hand
] "I must find the Avatar to restore my honor."
[No reaction from Aang
: t's okay, you can laugh. It's funny.
[after Toph leaves
: What did I just do? I can't believe I yelled at my Earthbending teacher. Now she's gone. Katara
: I know. We're all just trying to get used to each other. And I was so mean to her. Sokka
: Yeah, you two were pretty much jerks. Katara
: Thanks, Sokka. Sokka
: No problem.
: There's something coming towards us! Aang
: What is it? Toph Beifong
: It feels like an avalanche, but also *not* an avalanche. Sokka
: Your powers of perception are frightening.
: Oh no, the sun is rising. We've been up all night with no sleep. Aang
: Sokka, we'll be okay. Sokka
: [Speaking desperately, making erratic arm movements and crazy facial expressions
] Are you sure? I've never not slept before. What if I fall asleep now and something happens? And something *always* happens!
: [to Toph
] I'm just saying, maybe if you helped out earlier, we could've set up our camp faster and gotten some sleep. And then maybe we wouldn't be in this situation! Toph Beifong
: You're blaming me for this? Aang
: [Coming between them
] No, no, she's not blaming you. Katara
: No, I'm blaming her.
: Besides, if there's anyone to blame, it's sheddy over her
[Points at Appa
: What? You're blaming Appa? Toph Beifong
: Yeah, you want to know how they keep finding us?
[She grabs a bunch of hair from Appa's side and opens her palm to let it blow away in the breeze
] Toph Beifong
: He's leaving a trail everywhere we go. Aang
] How dare you blame Appa. He saved your life three times today. If there's anyone to blame, it's you! You're always talking about how you carry your own weight, but you're not! He is! Appa's carrying your weight! He never had a problem flying when it was just the three of us!
: Hey guys, I think this river is polluted.
[Aang uses Airbending to whisk off the mud covering up but it gets on everyone else
[Aang uses Airbending to clean everyone up
: Well, that explains why I can't catch a fish around here. Because normally, my fishing skills are... off the hook... Get it? Like a fishing hook. Toph
: Too bad your skills aren't *on* the hook.
: Dock works on the docks. That's why they call him Dock. And I work in the shop, that's why they call me Shoe. Aang
: I don't get it. Dock
: Me neither.
: [Finding the Painted Lady
] You know, you're really pretty for a spirit. I don't get to meet too many spirits, but the ones that I do meet, not very attractive.
: I can't believe you lied to everyone so you could help these people. Katara
: I'm sorry. I know I shouldn't have. Aang
: No, I think it's great. You're like a secret hero.
: Aha, I knew it. I knew you were the same guy. The shop owner and the boat guy. Dock
: Oh, you must be talking about my brothers Dock and Shoe. Aang
: No, I just saw you. You switched hats and called yourself a different name. Dock
: Oh, you know who does that? My brother Dock. He's crazy.
: [Trying to add more time to their schedule
] I got it. How's this? From now on, we'll take food breaks and potty breaks at the same time. Aang
: Eww! Sokka
: Hey, it might be gross, but it's efficient.
[ducks under the water to hide as Momo flies by
: Oh, Momo.
[ducks under the water again but when he comes up, Momo lands on him
: You found me, buddy.
: You're sure that's the best way to go? Sokka
: It's the only way. I mean, it's not like we have Appa to fly us there. Katara
] Shush up about Appa. Can't you at least try to be sensitive? Aang
: Katara, it's okay. I know I was upset about losing Appa before. But I just want to focus on getting to Ba Sing Se and telling the Earth King about the solar eclipse.
: Look at this writing. How awful. Toph Beifong
: What does it say? Katara
: It says 'Abandon Hope.' Ying
: How can we abandon hope? That's all we have. Aang
: I don't know. The monks used to say that hope is just a distraction. So maybe we do need to abandon it. Katara
: What are you talking about? Aang
: Hope isn't going to get us into Ba Sing Se, and it's not going to find Appa. We need to focus on what we're doing right now, and that's getting across this pass.
: What's going on with you? In the desert, all you cared about was finding Appa, and now it's like you don't care about him at all. Aang
: You saw what I did out there. I was so angry about losing Appa I couldn't control myself. I hated feeling like that. Katara
: But now you're not letting yourself feel anything. I know sometimes it hurts more to hope and it hurts more to care, but you have to promise me that you won't stop caring. Come on. You need a hug. Aang
: Thank you for your concern, Katara.
: I want our daughter's name to be unique. I want it to mean something. Aang
: I've been going through a really hard time lately, but you've made me... hopeful again. Ying
: I know what I want to name our baby now. Hope.
: [to Katara
] I thought I was trying to be strong, but really, I was just running away from my feelings. See this family together, so full of happiness and love, it's reminded me how I feel about Appa... And how I feel about you.
: Um, four tickets for the ferry to Ba Sing Se, please. Bureaucrat
: Passport. Aang
: Uh, no one told us we had to have passports. Sokka
: [Stepping forward
] Don't you know who this is? He's the Avatar. Bureaucrat
] Ah, I see fifty Avatars a day. And by the way, not a very impressive costume.
[She points over the the left, showing a motley group of boys in avatar costumes lounging together
: Sorry, Momo. Appa's gonna have to wait.
: [to Aang about the cute animal
] Aang, this is my friend Fu-Fu Cuddly Poops. Fu-Fu Cuddly Poops, Aang. Aang
: [picking the animal up
] Aw, what a cute name for a little baby saber-toothed moose lion cub.
: Good morning, Earthbending student! Aang
: Good morning, Seefu Toph. Katara
: Hey, you never called me Seefu Katara. Aang
: Well, if you think I should...
: Maybe there's another way. What if I came at the boulder from a different angle? Toph
: No, that's the problem. You've got to stop thinking like an Airbender. There's no different angle, no clever solution, trickety-trick that's gonna move that rock. You've got to face it head on. And when I say 'head on', I mean like *this*.
: This time we're going to try something a little different. Instead of moving a rock, you're going to stop a rock. Get in your horse stance.
[Aang assumes his stance
: I'm going to roll that boulder down at you. If you have the *attitude* of an Earthbender, you'll stay in your stance and stop the rock. Like *this*!
[Toph demonstrates the stance
: Sorry, Toph, but are you sure this is really the best way to teach Aang Earthbending? Toph
: I'm glad you said something. Actually, there is a better way.
[Toph blindfolds Aaang
: This way you'll really have to sense the vibrations of the boulder to stop it. Thank you, Katara. Aang
] Yeah, thanks, Katara.
[Katara chuckles slightly
: Aang, if Fire and Water are opposites, then what's the opposite of Air? Aang
: I guess it's Earth. Katara
: That's why it's so hard for you to get this. You're working with your natural opposite. But you'll figure it out. I know you will... Think fast!
[Katara launches a reed at Aang. Aang splits the reed
: Excellent. You have the reflexes of a Waterbending master. Aang
: Thanks Katara.
: Seefu Katara.
: Well, if you can't Earthbend me out of here, go get Toph. Aang
: I can't do that either. Sokka
: You can't? Why not? Aang
: I-It would just be really... uncomfortable. Sokka
: Uncomfortable? Well, I wouldn't want you to feel uncomfortable. Aang
: Thanks, Sokka. This whole Earthbending thing really has me confused. There's so much pressure. Everyone expects me to get it right away. I-It puts me in a really awkward position. Sokka
: Awkward position, I think I know the feeling. Aang
: I-If I try, I-I fail. But if I don't try, I-I'm never going to get it. I feel like I'm caught between a rock and a hard place. Sokka
: Hmm, how about that?
: Today's the day! Can you believe it? After all that time searching for a teacher, I'm finally starting Earthbending. And this place, it-it's perfect, don't you think? Sokka?
[Sokka, in his sleeping bag, groans
: Oh, you're still sleeping, huh?
[Sokka groans again and rolls over
: [First meeting
] I need to ask you something. Katara
: What? Aang
: Please come closer. Katara
: [Katara moves closer
] What is it? Aang
: Will you go penguin sledding with me? Katara
: Uh, sure... I-I guess.
: What is that thing? Aang
: This is Appa. My flying bison. Sokka
: Right. And this is Katara, my flying sister.
: You just sneezed and flew 10 feet in the air! Aang
: Really? It felt higher than that.
: You know, last time I checked, humans can't fly! Aang
: Check again!
[Aang flies on his glider
: Katara, try not to put all your hope in this boy. Katara
: But he's special. I can tell. I sense he's filled with much wisdom. Aang
: [Cut to Aaang. Aang's speech is garbled
] See? Now my tongue is stuck to my staff.
: Aang, stop! We're not allowed to go near it. The ship could be booby-trapped. Aang
: If you want to be a Bender, you have to let go of fear.
: Aang, how long were you in that iceberg? Aang
: I don't know. A few days, maybe? Katara
: I think it was more like a hundred years. Aang
: What? That's impossible. Do I look like a 112-year-old man to you? Katara
: Think about it. The war is a century old. You don't know about it because... somehow you were in there that whole time. It's the only explanation.
: What are you doing here, twinkle toes? Aang
: How'd you know it was me? Sokka
: Don't answer to twinkle toes. It's not manly. Katara
: You're the one whose bag matches his belt.
: You ready to find an Earthbending teacher? Because we're going to Earth Rumble VI! Aang
: How'd you get them to tell you? Katara
: Oh, a girl has her ways.
: Hey! Front row seats. I wonder why no one is sitting here?
[a boulder crashes right next to them
: I guess that's why.
: [about Toph
] She can't really be blind. It's just part of her character, right? Aang
: I think she is. Sokka
: I think she is going down!
: [about to fight Aang
] Do people really want to see *two* little girls fighting out here?
[the crowd Oohs
: I don't really want to fight you, I want to talk to you. Sokka
: Boo! No talking! Katara
: Don't boo at him!
: Toph? What are you doing here? Toph Beifong
: My dad changed his mind. He said I was free to travel the world. Toph Beifong
: Well, we better get out of here, before your dad changes his mind again. Aang
: Good idea. Aang
: You're going to be a great teacher, Toph.
: How did you find me? Aang
: Well, a crazy king told me I had to find an Earthbender who listens to the Earth. And then I had a vision in a magic swamp and... Katara
: [Cutting Aang off
] What Aang is trying to say is, he's the Avatar, and if he doesn't master Earthbending soon, he won't be able to defeat the Fire Lord.
: Hey, we're here! I can feel it. Katara
: Uh, I think your feet need their eyes checked. Aang
: No. She's right. We are here.
: Aang, no one said it's gonna be easy. Aang
: Well, it's not even gonna be possible. Where am I supposed to get a Firebending teacher? Katara
: We could look for Jeong Jeong. Aang
: Yeah, right. Like we'll ever run into Jeong Jeong again. Toph
: Who's...? Oh, never mind. If it's important, I'll find out.
: [to Aang
] Why aren't you saying anything? You once said you thought we could be friends. You know I have good in me. Aang
: ...There's no way we can trust you, after everything you've done. We'll never let you join us. Katara
: You need to get out of here *now*. Prince Zuko
: I'm trying to explain that I'm not that person anymore. Sokka
: Either you leave or we attack. Prince Zuko
: If you won't accept me as a friend, then maybe you'll take me as a prisoner. Katara
: No, we won't!
[Katara attacks Zuko with Waterbending
: Get out of here and don't come back. And if we ever see you again... well, we better not see you again.
: Why would you even try to defend him? Toph
: Because, Katara, you're all ignoring one crucial fact... Aang needs a Firebending teacher. We can't think of a single person in the world to do the job. Now one shows up on a silver platter and you won't even think about? Aang
: I'm not having Zuko as a teacher. Sokka
: You're darn right you're not, buddy. Katara
: Well, I guess that's settled. Toph
: I'm beginning to wonder who's really the blind one around here.
: I'm so happy you've accepted me into your group. Aang
: Not so fast. I still have to ask my friends if it's okay with them. Toph, you're the one that Zuko burned. What do you think? Toph
: Go ahead and let him join. It'll give me plenty of time to get back at him for burning my feet. Aang
: Sokka? Sokka
: Hey, all I want is to defeat the Fire Lord. If you think this is the way to do it, then I'm all for it. Aang
: Katara? Katara
: [Long pause
] I'll go along with whatever you think is right.
: Zuko's clearly too dangerous to be left alone. We're going to have to go after him. Aang
] I hate to go looking for a fight, but you're right. After what he did to Toph, I don't think we have a choice. Sokka
: He's crafty, but we'll find a way to capture him. Toph
: Maybe just invite him back here. He's already offered himself up as a prisoner once. Sokka
: Yeah, get him to come back and say he'll be our prisoner, then we'll jump him and really make him our prisoner. He'll never suspect it. Katara
] You are a master of surprise, Sokka.
: How could they do that to me? They wanted to take away everything I knew and everyone I loved!
: You're being too hard on yourself. Even if you did run away, I think it was meant to be. If you had stayed, you would've been killed along with all the other Airbenders. Aang
: You don't know that. Katara
: I know it's meant to be this way. The world needs you now. You give people hope.
: [about Sokka and her husband
] They haven't returned. They should have been back by now. And this storm is becoming a typhoon. They're caught out at sea. Aang
: [Standing, resolute
] I'm going to find them. Katara
: I'm going with you. Fisherman's Wife
: I'm staying here!
: You seem to be having a lot of nightmares lately, you wanna tell me about it? Aang
: I think I just need some rest. Sokka
: [Sits up, excited
] You guys want to hear about my dream?
[Silence, as Katara looks annoyed
: That's ok, I didn't wanna talk about it anyway.
: We need you, Aang. Aang
: I need you, too.
: Do you hear that? It stopped raining.
[all step out onto the ledge in front of the cave and Appa shakes himself dry
[after finding their separate ways out of the Cave of Two Lovers
: How did you guys get out? Aang
: Just like the legend says, we let love lead the way. Sokka
: Really? We let huge ferocious beasts lead our way.
: Hey, hey...! River people. Katara
: We're not river people. Chong
: You're not? Well then, what kind of people are you? Aang
: Just people. Chong
: Aren't we all, brother?
: You guys are nomads? That's great! I'm a nomad. Chong
: Hey, me too. Aang
: I know. You just said that.
: So all you need is to trust in love to get through these caves? Chong
: That is correct, Master Arrowhead. Aang
: [Aang looks longingly at Katara
] We can make it.
: I was thinking. The curse says we'll be trapped in here forever unless we trust in love. Aang
: Right. Katara
: And here it says "Love is brightest in the dark" and has a picture of them kissing. Aang
: Where are you going with this? Katara
] Well, what if we kissed? Aang
: Us kissing? Katara
: See, it was a crazy idea. Aang
: Us... kissing.
: s kissing? What was I thinking. Could you imagine that? Aang
[Aang chuckles slightly
: I definitely wouldn't want to kiss you. Katara
: Oh, well, I didn't realize it was such a horrible option. Sorry I suggested it. Aang
: No, no, I mean if it was a choice between kissing you and dying... Katara
: Oh! Aang
: What? I'm saying I'd rather kiss you than die. That's a compliment. Katara
: Well, I'm not sure which I would rather do!
[Katara storms off
: What is wrong with me?
: Princess Azula is here in Ba Sing Se. Aang
: She must have Katara. Uncle Iroh
: She has captured my nephew as well. Aang
: Then we'll work together to fight Azula and save Katara and Zuko. Sokka
: Whoa, there. You lost me at Zuko. Uncle Iroh
: I know how you must feel about my nephew. But believe me when I tell you, there is good inside him. Sokka
: Good inside him isn't enough. Why don't you come back when it's outside him, too, okay? Aang
: Katara's in trouble. All of Ba Sing Se is in trouble. Working together is our best chance.
: So what kind of trouble is Katara in? Aang
: I don't know. In my vision, I just knew she needed help. Sokka
: It'd be nice if your Avatar powers could be just a little more specific from time to time.
: What's on your mind? Aang
: Well, I met with this guru who was supposed to help me master the Avatar State and control this great power. But to do it, I had to let go of someone I love... and I just couldn't. Uncle Iroh
: Protection and power are overrated. I think you are very wise to choose happiness and love.
: [Aang recalls what the guru said
] The only way is to let her go. Aang
: I'm sorry Katara.
[Aang enters the Avatar State
: So, Toph thinks you give pretty good advice... and great tea. Uncle Iroh
: The key to both is proper aging.
: Katara's fine. You have nothing to worry about. Aang
: But, in my vision, I felt so sure that she was in trouble. Earth King
: Well, she met with the Council of Generals to plan the invasion. And since then, she's been off with your friends, the Kyoshi Warriors. Sokka
: See, Aang, she's with Suki. They're probably back at our apartment right now talking about makeup or something. Aang
: Okay, maybe you're right. Earth King
: Believe me, if there was any danger at all, Bosco's animal instinct would sense it.
: Sokka, watch out!
[pushes Sokka out of the way of an explosion
: It's Sparky-Sparky Boom Man!
: [Aang is blindfolded while training
] Haa! Sneak attack! Aang
: [Aang Earthbends a wall stopping Sokka's attack
] Sokka, sneak attacks don't work if you yell it out loud.
: Don't you walk away from me while I'm talking to you. Toph
: Oh, really, Mom? Or what are you going to do? Send me to my room? Katara
: I wish I could! Toph
: Well you can't! Because you're not my mom and you're not their mom. Katara
: I never said I was! Toph
: No, but you certainly act like it. You think it's your job to boss everyone around, but it's not. You're just a regular kid like the rest of us. So stop acting like you can tell me what to do. I can do whatever I want! Katara
: I don't act that way. Sokka, do I act motherly? Sokka
: Hey, I'm staying out of this one. Katara
: What do you think, Aang? Do I act like a mom? Aang
: Well, I... Katara
: Stop rubbing your eye and speak clearly, when you talk. Aang
: [Straightening up
] Yes, ma'am.
: [Writing a letter
] 'Dear Katara, Sorry for everything. Your friend, Toph.'
[Sokka puts the letter in Hawky's messenger pack. Then Hawky flies to Katara
: I know this is from you, Sokka! Toph can't write! Ugh! You're all driving me crazy!
[Katara storms off
: I can't believe we forgot Toph can't write. Sokka
: Yeah, we're idiots.
: Sokka, tell me you didn't buy a bird. Sokka
] Not just a bird, a messenger bird. Now we can send messages all over the world, even to Gran Gran. Aang
: Wow, how does it work? Sokka
: Hmm. Uh... I never actually thought about that. Hawky, Gran Gran, South Pole.
[He points helpfully. Hawky shakes his head in confusion
: think he gets it.
: Toph got us money. She scammed one of those guys in town who moves the shells around all sneaky-like. Sokka
: She used Earthbending to win the game. Classic! Katara
] Ah, so she cheated. Toph
: Hey, I only cheated because he was cheating. I cheated a cheater. What's wrong with that? Katara
: I'm just saying, this isn't something we should make a habit of doing. Toph
: Why? Because it's fun and you hate fun? Katara
] I don't hate fun.
[She seizes Momo and drapes him on top of her head
: See? Fun.
: So the question is, how are we going to stop that thing? Sokka
: Why are you all looking at me? Aang
: You're the idea guy. Sokka
: So I'm the only one wo can *ever* come up with a plan? That's a lot of pressure. Katara
: And also the complaining guy. Sokka
: That part I don't mind.
: oph has been teaching me that you shouln't give 100% of your energy into any one strike. Sokka, take a fighting stance. You've got to be quick and accurate. Hit a series of points, and break your opponent's stance. And when he's reeling back, you deliver the final blow. His own weight becomes his downfall. Literally.
: Everyone inside that wall, the whole world, is counting on us. Sokka
: The whole world minus the Fire Nation, that is.
: [On top of the drill
] General Sung, tell your soldiers to stop shooting rocks down here! General Sung
: [Cut to Sung
] Soldiers, whatever you do, don't stop shooting rocks down there!
: I just wanted to say, good effort out there today, Team Avatar. Katara
: Enough with the Team Avatar stuff. No matter how many times you say it, it's not gonna catch on. Sokka
: How about... the Boomerang Squad? See, it's good 'cause it has Aang in it... Boomer-aang. Aang
: I kind of like that one. Katara
: Let's talk about this on our way into the city. Sokka
: The Aang Gang? Katara
: Sokka. Sokka
: The Fearsome Foursome. Toph
: You're crazy. Sokka
: Why? We're fearsome.
: Now all I need is a...
[boulder crashes down startling him
: Actually, that is what I needed for once.
: This is horrible. But we have to move on. Aang
: No. I'm going in to find Bumi. Sokka
: Aang. Stop. We don't even know if Bumi's still... Aang
: What? If he's still what? Sokka
: This isn't about finding a teacher. This is about finding my friend.
Yung: Omashu Resistance Leader
: It doesn't matter now. Fighting the Fire Nation is the only path to freedom, and freedom is worth dying for. Aang
: Actually, there's another path to freedom. You could leave Omashu. You're directing all your energy to fight the Fire Nation, but you're outnumbered. You can't win. Now is the time to retreat so you can live to fight another day.
: [Aang stays behind as the citizens leave Omashu
] Aang? What are you doing? Aren't you coming with us? Aang
: No. I'm not leaving until I find Bumi.
: I don't understand.
[Getting angry, the questions becoming rapid fire
: Why didn't you free yourself? Why did you surrender when Omashu was invaded? What's the matter with you, Bumi? King Bumi
: Listen to me, Aang. There are options in fighting, called "jing." It's a choice of how you direct your energy. Aang
: I know.
[holding up his fingers as he counts them off
: here's positive jing when you're attacking and negative jing when you're retreating. King Bumi
: And neutral jing, when you do nothing. Aang
: [Open-mouthed stunned
] There are *three* jings? King Bumi
: Well, technically there are eighty five, but let's just focus on the third. Neutral jing is the key to Earthbending. It involves listening and waiting for the right moment to strike. Aang
: That's why you surrendered, isn't it? King Bumi
: Yes, and that's why I can't leave now. Aang
: I guess I need to find someone else to teach me Earthbending. King Bumi
: Your teacher will be someone who has mastered neutral jing. You need to find someone who waits and listens before striking.
: I can't believe it. I know the war has spread far, but Omashu always seemed... untouchable. Sokka
: Up until now, it was. Now Ba Sing Se is the only great Earth Kingdom stronghold left.
: Bato, it looks like home. Sokka
: Everything's here, even the pelts. Aang
: Yeah. Nothing's cozier than dead animal skins.
: And for Aang, the mark of the trusted. You are now an honorary member of the Water Tribe. Aang
: I can't Katara
: Of course you can. Aang
: [wipes the mark off his forehead
] No. You can't trust me.
: The beast was using the scent of a necklace to follow you. Aang
: A necklace?
: Don't you want to see your father? Sokka
: Of course we do, Aang, but you're our family, too, and right now, you need us more. Katara
: And we need you.
: [Referring to her necklace
] Aang! How'd you get that? Aang
: Zuko asked me to be sure I got it to you. Katara
: Oh, that's so sweet of Zuko. Would you give him a kiss for me when you see him? Aang
: Hey, look, a sword made out of a whale's tooth. Sokka
: Let me see that. This is a Water Tribe weapon. See if you can find anything else.
: I will stop them. Dragon Spirit
: I know you will try...
: Some great monks can meditate for four days!
: [discovering Monk Gyatso's remains
] This is the necklace I made for Gyatso.
: [after Aang has completed the test
] You are my prisoner. Aang
: What? But you said... Uncle Iroh
: I should have explained more. If you failed the test, you'd be free to go. But you're the only one who has been able to pass the test. It is an honor to be in your presence.
: [to Zuko
] We could be friends, you know.
: Earthbenders! Why are you acting this way? You are powerful and amazing people! You don't need to live like this! There is earth right beneath your feet! The ground is an extension of who you are!
: [exhausted and defeated
] What... what did you do to me? Aang
: I took away your Firebending. You can't use it to hurt or threaten anyone else ever again.
: [in his Avatar state with his past-lives
] Fire Lord Ozai, you and your forefathers have devastated the balance of this world, and now, you shall pay the ultimate price.
: No, I'm not gonna end it like this. Ozai
: Even with all the power in the world, you are still weak.
: I learned there was another way to defeat him and restore balance. I took his Bending away. Toph
: Wow, who taught you that? Aang
: A giant lion turtle. Toph
: You have the craziest adventures when you disappear.
: I can't believe a year ago my purpose in life was hunting you down, and now... Aang
: And now we're friends. Prince Zuko
: Yeah, we are friends. Aang
: I can't believe a year ago I was still frozen in a block of ice. The world's so different now. Prince Zuko
: And it's gonna be even more different. We'll rebuild it together.
: Relax Aang. They're not acurate protrayals. It's not like I'm a preachy crybaby who can't resist giving over-emotional speeches about hope all the time.
[Everyone stares at Katara
: What? Aang
: Yeah, that's not you at all.
: Are you all right? Aang
: No, I'm not. I hate this play! Katara
: I know it's upsetting, but it sounds like you're overreacting. Aang
: Overreacting? If I hadn't blocked my chakra, I'd probably be in the Avatar State right now.
: We kissed at the invasion, and I thought we were gonna be together, but we're not. Katara
: Aang... I don't know. Aang
: Why don't you know? Katara
: Because we're in the middle of a war, and we have other things to worry about. This isn't the right time. Aang
: Well, when is the right time? Katara
: Aang, I'm sorry, but right now I'm just a little confused.
[Aang kisses Katara
: I just said I was confused...! I'm going inside.
: Oh, I'm such an idiot!
] I don't do that. That's not what I'm like. And I'm not a woman! Toph
] Oh, they nailed you, Twinkle Toes!
] Prince Zuko
: That... wasn't a good play. Aang
: I'll say. Katara
: No kidding. Suki
: Horrible. Toph
: You said it. Sokka
: But the effects were decent.
: Aang, stop it. You know Toph did all she could. She saved our lives. Sokka
: Who's going to save our lives now? We'll never make it out of here. Aang
: That's all any of you guys care about, yourselves. You don't care whether Appa is okay or not. Katara
: We're all concerned, but we can't afford to be fighting now. Aang
: I'm going after Appa.
: [a giant bug is flying off with Momo
] Momo! I'm not losing anyone else out here.
: You said to put a muzzle on him. Aang
: You muzzled Appa?
[Starts entering the Avatar state
: I'm sorry. I didn't know it belonged to the Avatar. Toph
: Tell me where Appa is! Ghashiun
: I traded him... to some merchants. He's probably in Ba Sing Se by now. They were going to sell him there. Please, we'll escort you out of the desert. We'll help however we can. Sokka
: [Sokka realizes Aang hasn't calmed down
] Just get out of here. Run!
: [Seeing a cloud
] Appa! Sokka
: [Still hallucinating
] Appa? But why would Princess Yue need him? She's the moon. She flies by herself.
: How could you let them take Appa? Why didn't you stop them? Toph Beifong
: I couldn't. The library was sinking. You guys were still inside and... Aang
: You could have come to get us! I could have saved him! Toph Beifong
: I can hardly feel any vibrations out here. The Sandbenders snuck up on me and there wasn't time for... Aang
: You just didn't care! You never liked Appa! You wanted him gone.
: [as the group is about to leave Zuko in the snow
] Wait. We can't just leave him here. Sokka
: Sure we can. Let's go. Aang
: No, if we leave him, he'll die.
[goes to pick up the unresponsive Zuko
: [sarcastically, as they are taking off on Appa
] Yeah, this makes a alot of sense. Let's bring the guy who is constantly trying to kill us.
: You know me? Koh
: How could I forget *you*? One of your previous incarnations tried to slay me 800 or 900 years ago. Aang
: I didn't know that. Why did he, or I, try to kill you? Koh
: Oh, it was something about stealing the face of someone you loved.
: Zhao, don't. Admiral Zhao
: It's my destiny to destroy the moon and the Water Tribe. Aang
: Destroying the moon won't hurt *just* the Water Tribe. It will hurt everyone, including you. Without the moon, everything would fall out of balance. You have no idea what kind of chaos that would unleash on the world. Uncle Iroh
: He is right, Zhao.
: I need to find the Moon and the Ocean. Koh
: Their spirit names are Twee and La. Push and Pull. And that has been the nature of their relationship for all time. Aang
: Please, help me find them. An entire culture could be destroyed if I don't get their help. Koh
: Oh, you think you need their help? Actually, it's quite the other way around.
: [about the Ocean and Moon
] How can I find them and protect them? Koh
: You've already met them, actually. Twee and La, your Moon and Ocean, have always circled each other in an eternal dance. They balance each other. Push and pull. Life and death. Good and evil. Yin and Yang. Aang
: [Suddenly understanding with a burst insight, allowing his face to show emotion while Koh is looking away
] The koi fish.
[Hearing the emotion in his voice, Koh quickly turns to steal Aang's face; but no luck, Aang becomes unemotional once more as Koh turns
: I must be going now.
: Think about it. Somehow, Prince Zuko and the Fire Nation keep finding us. It's because they spot Appa. He's just too noticeable. Katara
: What? Appa's not too noticeable. Sokka
: He's a gigantic, fluffy monster with an arrow on his head. It's kind of hard to miss him. Aang
: [to Appa
] Sokka's just jealous 'cause he doesn't have an arrow.
: [to Jet
] You just took out a whole army almost single-handed. Sokka
: Army? Pfft! There was only, like, 20 guys.
: Sokka's still out there. He's our only chance. Katara
: Come on, Sokka. I'm sorry I ever doubted you. Please.
: We thought you were going to the dam. How come you went to the town instead? Katara
: Lemme guess-your instincts told you. Sokka
: Hey-sometimes they're right. Aang
: Um... Sokka? You know we're going the wrong way, right? Sokka
: [Sokka is surprised, but quickly recovers
] ... And sometimes they're wrong.
: Where's Momo?
: Having a huge festival in your honor is great. But, frankly, it's just nice to be appreciated.
: You'll have to follow all our rules. That includes paying bail. Aang
: No problem.
[Cut to Aang in jail
: How was I supposed to know they wouldn't take Water Tribe money?
: So... what just happened? Katara
: Uh... you kind of confessed. Sorry.
: [Trying to get Sokka to help solve his case
] That's okay, Sokka. For some reason, I thought you were an expert detective. Sokka
] Well, I guess I *could* be classified as such. Katara
: [Playing along
] Yeah. Back home, he was famous for solving the mystery of the missing seal jerky. Sokka
: Everyone wanted to blame it on a polar leopard, but I figured out it was Old Man Jarko wearing polar leopard boots. See, a real eight hundred pound polar leopard would have left much deeper tracks. Okay, I guess I am pretty good.
: [after Colonel Mongke invades the town
] You! Avatar, do something! Aang
: Gee, I'd love to help, but I'm supposed to be boiled in oil. Mayor Tong
: [moves the punishment wheel to community service
] There, community service. Now, serve our community and get rid of those rhinos!
: I bet they have Appa here in the city. Maybe he's in the same place they took Jet. Where did they take you? Jet
: Nowhere. I-I-I don't know what you're talking about. Aang
: We need to find a way to jog his real memories. Sokka
: Maybe Katara could kiss him. That should bring something back. Katara
: Maybe *you* kiss him, Sokka. Sokka
: Hey, just an idea. Aang
: Hey, just an idea.
: We found a printer to make our posters! Sokka
: Hey, I thought designing the lost Appa poster was my job. I've been working all day on my Appa.
[Shows his drawing to Katara and Aang. Katara muffles her laugh
: Sokka, the arrow is on Appa's head. Sokka
: This *is* his head. Katara
: Why are feet coming out of it? Sokka
: Those are his horns! Sokka
: [Hangs his head
] I haven't seen him awhile okay? Aang
: It looks *just* like him, to me. Sokka
: Thank you, I worked really... Why do you feel the need to do that?
: You are absolutely forbidden by the rules of the city to continue putting up posters. Aang
: [very angry
] We don't care about th rules, and we're not asking permission! We're finding Appa on our own, and you should just stay out of our way!
: You're in no position to bargain. Long Feng
: Am I not? Aang
: You're definitely not! Long Feng
: Jet, the Earth King has invited you to Lake Laogai. Jet
: [Jet speaks mechanically
] I am honored to accept his invitation.
: Do your duty, Jet. Aang
: He can't make you do this. You're a Freedom Fighter.
[Jet has a flashback
] Long Feng
: Do it. Do it now!
[Jet breaks free, then Long Feng attacks him
] Long Feng
: Foolish boy. You've chosen your own demise.
: Hey, Aang. You ready to be cheered up? Aang
[Katara throws an acorn at his head
: Ow! Hey, how is that cheering me up? Sokka
] Cheered me up!
[Katara throws another acorn at Sokka
: Ow! Yeah, I probably deserved that.
: Those clouds look so soft, don't they? Like you could just jump down and you'd land in a big, soft, cottony heap. Sokka
: Maybe you should give it a try. Katara
: You're hilarious. Aang
: I'll try it.
[Aang jumps off Appa laughing, falls through the clouds, flies around and lands back on Appa, all wet
: Turns out clouds are mde of water.
: [In a burned forest
] Why would anyone do this? How could I let this happen? Katara
: Aang, you didn't let this happen. It has nothing to do with you. Aang
: Yes it does! It's the Avatar's job to protect nature. But I don't know how to do my job.
: Sokka, go back! Sokka
: We'll fight him together, Aang. Aang
: I don't want to fight him unless I -
[Sokka gets taken
: [about Roku
] There's a temple on a crescent-shaped island, and if I go there on the solstice, I'll be able to speak with him. Katara
: But the solstice is tomorrow. Aang
: Yeah, and there's one more problem. The island is in the Fire Nation.
: Relax, Sokka. Where we're going you won't need any pants.
: [after Aang escapes a giant unagi
] What was that thing? Aang
: I don't know. Sokka
: Well, let's not stick around to find out. Time to hit the road.
[the group gets captured
: *Or* we could stay a little while.
: Back there you acted like you didn't care Katara
: I'm sorry. Aang
: Me too. I did let all the attention go to my head. I was being a jerk. Katara
: Well, get out of the water before you catch cold, you big jerk!
: Katara... Don't ride the Unagi. Not fun.
: Look what I brought to this place. Katara
: It's not your fault. Aang
: Yes, it *is*. These people got their town destroyed trying to protect me. Katara
: Then let's get out of here. Zuko will leave Kyoshi to follow us. I know it feels wrong to run, but I think it's the only way.
: The spirits. Maybe I can find them and get their help. Princess Yue
: How can you do that? Katara
: The Avatar is the bridge between our world and the spirit world. Aang can talk to them. Princess Yue
: Maybe they'll give you the wisdom to win this battle. Aang
: Or maybe they'll unleash a crazy, amazing spirit attack on the Fire Nation...
: ...Or wisdom. That's good too.
: I wasn't there when the Fire Nation attacked *my* people. I'm gonna make a difference this time.
: I can't do it. I can't do it. Katara
: What happened? Aang
: I must have taken out a dozen Fire Navy ships, but there's just too many of them. I can't fight them all. Princess Yue
: But, you have to. You're the Avatar. Aang
: I'm just one kid.
: [in a whisper
] Why is he sitting like that? Katara
: [Also whispering
] He's meditating. Trying to cross over into the Spirit World. It takes all his concentration. Princess Yue
: Is there any way we can help? Aang
: How about some quiet?
[Turning to look at them
: Come on, guys. I can hear every word you're saying!
: People disappearing in the woods. Weird stuff during full moons. This just reeks of Spirit World shenanigans. Aang
: I bet if we take a little walk around town, we'll find out what these people did to the environment to make the spirits mad. Sokka
: And then you can sew up this little mystery lickety-split, Avatar style. Aang
: Helping people, that's what I do.
: This has got to be the nicest natural setting in the Fire Nation. I don't see anything that would make a spirit mad around here. Toph
: Maybe the Moon Spirit just turned mean. Sokka
: The Moon Spirit is a gentle loving lady! She rules the sky with compassion and... lunar goodness.
: We know what you've been doing, Hama! Aang
: Give up! You're outnumbered. Hama
: No! You've outnumbered yourselves.
: [Telling a ghost story
] Suddenly they heard something down the hall in the dark. Ooh... It came into the torchlight. And they knew the blade of Wing-Fun was haunted! Aah-ah...
[Sokka dramatically pulls his sword out and wails in an attempt to be scary. Aang, Katara, and Toph are unimpressed
: I think I liked 'the man with a sword for a hand' better. Toph
: Water Tribe slumber parties must stink. Katara
: No, wait, I've got one, and this is a true Southern Water Tribe story. Sokka
] Is this one of those 'a friend of my cousin knew some guy that this happened to' stories? Katara
: No. It happened to Mom.
: So how's Waterbending training?
: Master Poophead won't teach her because she's a girl. Sokka
: Why don't you just teach her, Aang? Katara
: Why didn't I think of that? At night, you can teach me whatever moves you learn from Master Pakku. That way you have someone to practice with, and I get to learn Waterbending. Everyone's happy. Sokka
: I'm not happy. Katara
: But you're never happy.
: I'm not one to complain, but can't Appa fly any higher? Aang
: I have an idea. Why don't we get on *your* back and *you* can fly us to the North Pole? Sokka
: I'd love to. Climb on, everyone. Sokka is ready for take off.
: Uh, this is my friend, Katara. The one I told you about. Master Pakku
: I'm sorry. I think there's been a misunderstanding. You didn't tell me your friend was a girl. In our tribe, it is *forbidden* for women to learn waterbending.
: [as Katara is fighting Pakku
] You can't knock me down.
[the crowd cheers
: Go, Katara!
: Top of the morning, Momo. Katara
: Sounds like you slept well. Aang
: Like a baby moose-lion. I'm ready to face the Fire Lord. Toph
: So what's your strategy for taking him down? Gonna get your glow on and hit him with a little Avatar State action? Aang
: I can't. When Azula shot me with lightning, my seventh chakra was locked, cutting off my connection to all the cosmic energy in the universe. Toph
: You know what I just heard? Blah, blah, spiritual mumbo jumbo, blah, blah, something about space.
: Sokka, that speech wasn't your moment of truth. That was just public speaking, and nobody's really good at that. Sokka
: My dad is. He explained the plan perfectly and inspired everyone, like a real leader should. Aang
: Look, your moment of truth isn't going to be in front of some map. It's gonna be out there on the battlefield. Sokka
: You seem so confident about everything. How do you know we're going to win? Aang
: Because I already failed the world once at Ba Sing Se. I won't let myself fail again.
: [speaking at the same time
] Katara, I... / Aang, I... Aang
: You go first. Katara
: We've been through so many things together. And I've seen you grow up so much. You're not that little goofy kid I found in the iceberg anymore. I guess, what I'm trying to say is, I'm really proud of you. Aang
: Everything's going to be different after today, isn't it? Katara
: Yes, it is. Aang
: What if... w-what if I don't come back? Katara
: Aang, don't say that. Of course, you'll...
[Aang kisses Katara
[Aang enters the Fire Palace to find it empty
[drops to his knees
: No! No! No! Fire Lord Ozai, where are you?
: Love is hard when you're young. Aang
: You don't have to tell me. Avatar Roku
: Don't worry, it gets better.
: That's amazing. I can't believe you were friends with Monk Gyatso just like I was. Avatar Roku
: Some friendships are so strong they can even transcend lifetimes.
: Roku was just as much Fire Nation as Sozin was, right? If anything, their story proves anyone's capable of great good and great evil. Everyone, even the Fire Lord and the Fire Nation, have to be treated like they're worth giving a chance. And I also think it's about friendships. Toph
: Do you really think friendships can last more than one lifetime?
[Aang takes hold of one of Toph's hands
: I don't see why not.
[Katara takes hold of Toph's other hand
: Well, scientifically speaking, there's no way to prove that. Katara
: Oh Sokka, just hold hands.
[Sokka takes hold of Katara's free hand
] Avatar Roku
: [in a dream to Aang
] Aang, it's time you learned my history with Fire Lord Sozin. You need to understand how the war began if you want to know how to end it. Meet me on my home island on the day of the Summer Solstice. Aang
: [talking in his sleep
] Okay, Roku.
: It's coming from over there!
[Aang and Katara run towards the sound
: Shouldn't we run *away* from huge booms. Not *toward* them?
: Just relax. You're taking all the fun out of this. Sokka
: By "this", do you mean intentionally being captured by an army of ruthless Firebenders? Aang
: Exactly. That's fun staff.
: I wish I knew how to make a hurricane. The Warden would run away and we'd steal his keys! Sokka
: Wouldn't he just take his keys with him? Aang
: I'm just tossing ideas around.
: This is the lower ring. Katara
: What's that wall for? Joo Dee
: Oh, Ba Sing Se has many walls. There are the ones outside protecting us, and the ones inside that help maintain order. This is where our newest arrivals live, as well as our craftsman and artisans, people that work with their hands. It's so quaint and lively.
[Cut to a shot of two shady men conversing in an alley. One of them is holding a large sword that glistens in the light. Both glare at the carriage as it passes
] Joo Dee
: You do want to watch your step, though. Katara
: Why do they have all these poor people blocked off in one part of the city? Aang
: This is why I never came here before. I always heard it was so different from the way the monks taught us to live.
: I've got it! I know how we're gonna see the Earth King! Toph Beifong
: How are we supposed to do that? Toph Beifong
: [Mimicking Joo Dee
] One doesn't just pop in on the Earth King. Katara
: The King is having a party at the palace tonight for his pet bear. Aang
: You mean Platypus-Bear? Sokka
: Certainly you mean his pet Skunk-Bear. Toph Beifong
: Or his Armadillo-Bear. Sokka
: Certainly you mean his pet Skunk-Bear. Aang
: Gopher-Bear? Katara
: Just... Bear. Toph Beifong
: This place is weird.
: Why won't you let us talk to the King? We have information that could defeat the Fire Nation! Long Feng
: The Earth King has no time to get involved with political squabbles and the day to day minutia of military activities. Aang
: This could be the most important thing he has ever heard. Long Feng
: What's most important to his royal majesty is maintaining the cultural heritage of Ba Sing Se. All his duties relate to issuing decrees on such matters. It's my job to oversea the rest of the city's resources, including the military. Katara
: So the King is just a figurehead. Toph Beifong
] He's your puppet! Long Feng
: Oh, no, no! His majesty is an icon, a god to his people. He can't sully his hands with the hourly change of an endless war. Sokka
: But we found out about a solar eclipse that will leave the Fire Nation defenseless. You could lead an invasion... Long Feng
: [Stands up suddenly, cutting Sokka off
] Enough, I don't want to hear your ridiculous plan! It is the strict policy of Ba Sing Se that the war not be mentioned within the walls. Constant news of an escalating war will throw the citizens of Ba Sing Se into a state of panic. Our economy would be ruined. Our peaceful way of life, our traditions would disappear. In silencing talk of conflict, Ba Sing Se remains a peaceful, orderly utopia. The last one on Earth. Katara
: You can't keep the truth from all these people. They have to know.
: All these past Avatars, they keep telling me I'm gonna have to do it. They don't get it.
: You're right, maybe an Air Nomad Avatar will understand where I'm coming from. I know you can't really talk. Pretending you can helps me think.
: I'm going to pretend I didn't pretend to hear that.
: But the monks taught me that I had to detach myself from the world so my spirit could be free. Avatar Yangchen
: Many great and wise Air Nomads have detached themselves and achieved spiritual enlightenment, but the Avatar can never do it, because your sole duty is to the world. Here is my wisdom for you. Selfless duty calls you to sacrifice your own spiritual needs and do whatever it takes to protect the world.
: I guess I don't have a choice, Momo. I have to kill the Fire Lord.
[after hearing Avatar Kyoshi's opinion on how to defeat Fire Lord Ozai
: I knew I shouldn't have asked Kyoshi.
: What are you doing here, Aang? I told you. I have this under control. Aang
: Under normal circumstances, I wouldn't get involved, but if what those victims say is true, we're not dealing with a normal criminal. Toph Beifong
: Fine. Follow me, Twinkle Toes. Aang
: Toph, I'm forty years old. Do you thunk you could stop with the nicknames? Toph Beifong
: 'Fraid not.
[some time later
] Toph Beifong
: It's over! You're under arrest, Yakone! Yakone
: What is Republic City coming to? Used to be, a man could enjoy his lunch in peace. What's the big idea? Aang
: We have dozens of witnesses, Yakone. We know what you are. Toph Beifong
: Take him away.
: Yakone. You won't get away with this! Yakone
: Republic City's mine, Avatar. I'll be back one day to claim it.
[Aang breaks out of it and chases him, only to be bloodbent again
: This time I'm gonna put you to sleep for good!
[Aang breaks out of it and traps him
: I'm taking away your bending, for good.
[Energybends him and takes away his bending
: It's over.
: [Reading a note
] "Need meat. Gone fishing. Back in a few days. Sokka and Zuko."
[Aang yawns and lies down
: "One more thing. Aang, practice your Firebending while I'm gone. Do twenty sets of fire fists and ten hot squats every time you hear a badger frog croak. Zuko."
[a badger frog croaks
: [sighs, getting up
] Nobody else has homework. One hot squat, two hot squat, three hot squat, four hot squat...
] Prince Zuko
: [Filling cups with tea
] No one can make tea like Uncle, but hopefully I learned a thing or two. Would you like to hear Uncle's favorite tea joke? Katara
: Sure. Aang
: I like jokes. Toph
: Bring it. Prince Zuko
: Okay. Well, I can't remember how it starts, but the punch line is, "Leaf me alone! I'm bushed."
[Everyone stares in silence
] Prince Zuko
: Well, it's funnier when Uncle tells it. Katara
: Right. Maybe that's because he remembers the whole thing.
: Not now Tenzin, I just want to be left alone. Aang
: But you called me here. Korra
: Aang! Aang
: You have finally connected with your spiritual self. Korra
: How? Aang
: When we hit our lowest point, we are open to the greatest change.
[Energybends so she can active the Avatar State, where she bends air, along with the elements she lost
: When we hit our lowest point, we are open to the greatest change.
: This is crazy! How can we beat a guy who blows things up with is mind? Aang
: We can't. Jump on Appa. I'll try to distract him.
: This was so much easier in my head.
Fire Lord Ozai
: After generations of Fire Lords failed to find you, now the universe delivers you to me as an act of providence. Aang
: Please listen to me. We don't have to fight. You have the power to end it here and stop what you're doing. Fire Lord Ozai
: You are right. I do have the power. I have all the power in the *world*.
[fire erupts from his mouth and hands
: [First meeting with Appa
] I guess this means we'll always be together.