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: What's this?
[holding up wanted poster of Toph
: I don't know! I mean seriously, what's with you people? I am blind!
: How could you do this to me? You betrayed me! Katara
: You brought this on yourself. I had no choice.
: Ah, I see. You're acting like this because of your parents. Toph
: Whatever. Katara
: They were controlling over you so you ran away, and now you act like your parents don't exist. You act like you hate them, but you don't. You just feel guilty. Toph
: I *do* hate them. Katara
: I don't think so. I think you miss them, but you just don't want to deal with that. so instead, you act like this crazy person.
: 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.
: I was going to say I want to pull a scam with you. Toph
: What? You want to pull a scam? Katara
: Not just any scam, the *ultimate* scam. What do you say, Toph? Just me and you, one last go. You in? Toph
: You know I'm in. Now, what's this idea of yours?
: You did the right thing by turning in the Runaway. Katara
: The right thing is its own reward. Town Marshall
: Well, I'm happy to hear you say that. Katara
: But, I still want the actual reward. Town Marshall
: Of course. Right this way.
: Wait. It's a trap. Katara
: Really? No kidding. Is that why we're sitting in a wooden cage right now? Gee, how'd you figure out it was a trap. Toph
: Not for us, Katara. We're the bait. He wants Aang. Katara
: Oh. I can't believe I was so stupid. See, this is exactly why I'm against these scams. I knew this would happen. Toph
: But this was *your* idea. Katara
: I know. I wanted to show you that I'm not so motherly. I wanted to show you that I can have fun, too.
: I know you're relationship with your parents is complicated, and I shouldn't have said what I said. Toph
: It's okay. I was really mad when you said that, because, well, because maybe it's true. I try not to think about it, but when I left, I probably really hurt them.
[Katara stands up and starts running in place
: Um, Katara? Are you okay? Katara
: Just fine. Toph
: Well, what are you doing? Katara
: I'm making my own water. Toph
: Katara! You're a genius! A sweaty, stinky genius!
: Katara, I need your help. Katara
: What is it, Toph? Toph
: I need you to write some things down for me. I want to send a letter to my parents. Katara
: I'd be happy to help.
[Katara puts Toph's letter in Hawky's pouch and sends him off
: Hey, where'd Hawky go?
: You know what? It doesn't matter. These scams put us all at risk and we don't need that. We've already got some third-eyed freak after us. Sokka
: Speaking of that third-eyed freak, I think I've come up with a name for him. What do you think of... Sparky-Sparky Boom Man?
[the gang is unimpressed
: Just think about it.
: 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.
[learning that Katara is setting out to get revenge on her mother's killer, only to have Aang tell her to let her rage go
: Katara, she was my mother, too, but I think Aang might be right. Katara
: Then you didn't love her the way I did.
[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.
[seeing part of the ceiling falling towards Katara
: Watch out!
[Zuko dives and pushes her clear
: What are you doing? Zuko
: Keeping the rocks from crushing you. Katara
: Okay, I'm not crushed. You can get off me now.
[Katara walks away
: I'll take that as a "thank you."
: We need to split up. Take the tunnel and get to the stolen airship. Katara
: No. The Fire Nation can't separate our family again. Hakoda
: It'll be okay. It's not forever.
: What do you want? Zuko
: I know who killed your mother, and I'm going to help you find him.
: I need to borrow Appa. Aang
: Why, is it your turn to take a little field trip with Zuko? Katara
: Yes, it is.
: Do you know who I am? Yon Rha
: No. I'm not sure. Katara
: Oh you better remember me like your *life* depends on it... Why don't you take a closer look? Yon Rha
: Yes, yes. I remember you now. You're the little Water Tribe girl.
: She lied to you. She was protecting the last Waterbender. Yon Rha
: What? Who? Katara
: I did a bad thing. I know I did. And you deserve revenge, so why don't you take my mother? That would be fair. Katara
: I always wondered what kind of person could do such a thing, but now that I see you, I think I understand. There's just *nothing* inside you, nothing at all. You're pathetic and sad and empty. Yon Rha
] Please spare me. Katara
: But as much as I hate you... I just can't do it.
: 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?
: [after Aang disappears
] What should we do, Zuko? Prince Zuko
: I don't know.
[they all stare at him
] Prince Zuko
: Why are you all looking at *me*? Katara
: Well, you are kind of the expert on tracking Aang.
: Get over here, Zuko. Being part of the group also means being part of group hugs.
: What happened? Sokka
: Zuko's gone crazy! I made a sand sculpture of Suki and he *destroyed* it!... Oh, and he's attacking Aang.
: 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.
: The whole point of fighting the Fire Lord before the comet was to stop the Fire Nation from winning the war. But they pretty much won the war when they took Ba Sing Se. Things can't get any worse. Prince Zuko
: You're wrong. It's about to get worse than you can even imagine.
: 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.
: I have a surprise for everyone! Toph
: I knew it! You *did* have a secret thing with Haru! Katara
: Uh, no. I was looking for cooking pots in the attic, and I found this!
[she holds up a painting of a baby
: Look at Baby Zuko! Isn't he cute?
[the others giggle and "aw"; Zuko is silent
: [to Zuko
] Oh, lighten up. I was just teasing. Prince Zuko
: That's not me. It's my father. Suki
: But he looks so sweet and innocent. Prince Zuko
: Well, that sweet little kid grew up to be a monster, and the worst father in the history of fathers.
: 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!
: [about Aang
] Then he's got to be somewhere on Ember Island. Let's split up and look for him. Toph
: I'm going with Zuko!
[the rest look at her curiously
: What? Everyone else went on a life-changing field trip with Zuko. Now it's my turn.
: Hey, wait a minute. Has anyone noticed that Momo is missing, too? Sokka
: Oh, no! I knew it was only a matter of time! Appa ate Momo!
[crawling into Appa's mouth
: Momo, I'm coming for you, buddy. Katara
: Sokka, Appa didn't eat Momo. He's probably with Aang. Sokka
: That's just what Appa wants you to think.
[he squirms further into Appa's mouth
] Prince Zuko
: Get out of the bison's mouth, Sokka!. We have a real problem here. Aang is nowhere to be found, and the comet is only two days away.
: 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, you knew going on that ship was forbidden. Sokka is right. I think it best that the Airbender leaves. Katara
: Fine! Then I'm banished too! Come on, Aang. Let's go.
: 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.
: We have to go after that ship, Sokka. Aang saved our tribe, now we have to save him. Sokka
: Katara, I... Katara
: Why can't you realize that he's on our side? If we don't help him, no one will. I know you don't like Aang, but we owe him and... Sokka
: Katara! Are you going to talk all day, or are you coming with me?
: Get in. We're going to save your boyfriend. Katara
: He's not my... Sokka
: Why didn't you tell us you were the Avatar? Aang
: Because... I never wanted to be.
: And Sokka, I'm sure you'll get to knock some Firebender heads on the way. Sokka
: I'd like that. I'd really like that. Katara
: Then we're in this together.
: 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.
: Well, my brother, what's it going to be? Your nation or a life of treachery? Iroh's Actor
: Choose treachery. It's more fun.
[Zuko Actor turns and walks to his Uncle
] Azula's Actress
: No way!
[Zuko Actor pushes Iroh Actor to the ground and then walks back over to Azula Actress
] Zuko's Actor
: I hate you, Uncle! You smell, and I hate you for all time! Katara
: [to Zuko
] You didn't really say that, did you? Prince Zuko
] I might as well have.
: You guys are not going to believe this. Sokka
] There's a play about us. Suki
: We were just in town, and we found this poster.
[Sokka pulls the poster out from behind him and shows it to everyone
: What? How is that possible? Sokka
: Listen to this. Sokka
: [reads the poster
] "The Boy in the Iceberg is a new production from acclaimed playwright Puon-Tim, who scoured the globe gathering information on the Avatar, from the icy South Pole to the heart of Ba Sing Se. His sources including singing nomads, pirates, prisoners of war and a surprisingly knowledgeable merchant of cabbage." Suki
: [reads from the poster
] "Brought to you by the critically acclaimed Ember Island Players." Prince Zuko
: Ugh! My mother used to take us to see them. They butchered Love Amongst The Dragons every year. Katara
: Sokka, do you really think it's a good idea for us to attend a play about ourselves? Sokka
: Come on, a day at the theater? This is the kind of wacky time-wasting nonsense I've been missing.
: Doesn't it seem kind of weird that we're hiding from the Fire Lord in his own house? Prince Zuko
: I told you, my father hasn't come here since our family was actually happy, and that was a long time ago. It's the last place anyone would think to look for us.
: They make me look totally stiff and humorless. Katara
: Actually, I think that actor's pretty spot-on. Prince Zuko
: How could you say that? Iroh's Actor
: Let's forget about the Avatar and get massages. Zuko's Actor
: How could you say that?
: 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.
: Wait a minute, I sound like... a *guy*. A really buff guy. Katara
: Well, Toph, what you hear up there is the truth. It hurts, doesn't it? Toph
: Are you kidding me? I wouldn't have cast it any other way. Toph
] At least it's not a flying bald lady.
: 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!
: Every day, the world awaits a beacon to guide us, yet none appears. Still, we cannot give up hope, for hope is all we have, and we must never relinquish it, even... even to our dying breath. Katara
: [not amused
] Well, that's just silly. I don't sound like that. Toph
] Oh, man, this writer's a genius!
] 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.
: You might have everyone else here buying your *transformation* but you and I both know you've struggled with doing the right thing in the past. So let me tell you something right now... you make one step backward, one slip up, give me one reason to think you might hurt Aang, and you won't have to worry about your destiny anymore, because I will make sure your destiny ends... right then and there... permanently.
: 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.
: [Talking about Zuko after they rejected his offer
] And what was all that crazy stuff about setting Appa free? What a liar. Toph
: Actually, he wasn't lying. Sokka
] Oh, hurray. In a lifetime of evil, at least he didn't add animal cruelty to the list. Toph
: I'm just saying that considering his messed-up family and how he was raised, he could have turned out a lot worse. Katara
: You're right, Toph. Let's go find him and give him a medal. The Not-As-Much-Of-A-Jerk-As-You-Could-Have-Been award.
: 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.
: This is humiliating. Sokka
: Do you mean getting thoroughly spanked by the Fire Nation or having to walk all the way to the Western Air Temple? Katara
: Tell me where he is and I won't hurt you or your brother. Katara
: Go jump in the river!
: [to Aang
] Will you please shut your air-hole! Believe it or not, your infinite wisdom gets a little old sometimes. Why don't we just throw the scroll away since your so naturally gifted?
: [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.
: [jealously while she and Aang are practicing Waterbending
] Nice work. Though the over-the-head flare was unnecessary.
: [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?
: My mother's necklace! How did you get that? Prince Zuko
: I didn't steal it, if that's what you're wondering.
: 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.
: No wonder they were trying to hack us. You stole their Waterbending scroll. Katara
: I prefer to think of it as "High-Risk trading."
: 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.
[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
: Man, sometimes I forget what a powerful Bender that kid is. Katara
: Wait, what did you say? Sokka
: Nothing. Just that Aang is one powerful Bender. Katara
: [she stares at Aang for a while, as she soaks in the realization
] I suppose he is.
: [as it starts raining
] That proves it. Sokka
: No, it doesn't. You can't *really* tell the future. Katara
: I guess you're not *really* getting wet, then.
: You're just saying that because you're going to make yourself unhappy your whole life. Sokka
: That woman is crazy. My life will be calm and happy and joyful.
[Sokka kicks a pebble. It bounces off a sign and hits him in the head
: Ow! That doesn't prove anything.
: 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.
[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.
: Goodbye, everyone. It was so nice to meet you! Take care, Meng. Meng
: Take care.
[after Katara leaves
] This is just gonna be a bunch of guys chucking rocks at each other, isn't it? Sokka
: That's what I paid for.
: 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.
: [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!
: [Reading a ransom note
] "If you want to see your daughter again, bring 500 gold pieces to the arena." It's signed "Xin Fu and the Boulder." Sokka
: I can't believe it.
[grabbing the note
: I have the Boulders autograph!
: Toph, there's too many of them. We need an Earthbender. We need you! Lao Bei Fong
: My daughter is blind. She is blind and tiny and helpless and fragile. She cannot help you. Toph Beifong
: Yes, I can.
: 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.
: [regarding a bag
] It's pricey, but I really do like it. Katara
: Then you should get it. You deserve something nice. Sokka
: I do, don't I?
: What? You want to walk into a Fire Nation town when they're all fired up with all their... you know, fire? Katara
: We'll wear disguises. And if it looks like trouble, we'll leave. Sokka
: Yeah, because we always leave before we get into trouble.
: 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?
: You have healing abilities. The great Benders of the Water Tribe sometimes have this ability. I've always wished I were blessed like you, free from this burning curse. Katara
: But you're a great master. You have powers I'll never know. Jeong Jeong
: Water brings healing and life. But Fire brings only destruction and pain. It forces those of us burdened with its care to walk a razor's edge between humanity and savagery. Eventually, we're torn apart.
: 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.
: 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.
: I think we need some new disguises. Sokka
: [Skeptical and annoyed
] Where are we going to get masks like that? Merchant
: Get your genuine Fire Festival masks here! Sokka
: That was surprisingly easy.
: 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.
: So where do I get something to eat? Katara
: You're lucky enough to be one of the first outsiders to *ever* visit an Airbender temple and all you can think about is food? Sokka
: I'm just a simple guy with simple needs.
: Katara, firebenders were here. You can't pretend they weren't. Katara
: I can for Aang's sake. If he finds out that the Fire Nation invaded his home, he'll be devestated.
: 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.
: Firebender. Nobody make a sound. Katara
: You're making a sound.
: Aang, I know you're upset, and I know how hard it is to lose the people you love. I went through the same thing when I lost my Mom. Monk Gyatso and the other Airbenders may be gone, but you still have a family. Sokka and I, we're your family now. Sokka
: Katara and I aren't going to let anything happen to you. Promise.
: 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
: [to Sokka
] Why's your forehead all red? Chong
: Nobody react to what I'm about to tell you. Chong
: [referring to Aang
] I think that kid might be the Avatar.
[Sokka smacks his forehead, making it redder
: [reading an inscription
] Love is brightest in the dark.
: 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?
: There's an old story about a secret pass... right through the mountains. Katara
: Is this real or a legend? Chong
: Oh it's a real legend. And it's as old as Earthbending itself.
: 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?
: [Reading the story of the two lovers engraved on their tomb
] They met on top of the mountain that divided their two villages. The villages were enemies so they could not be together. But their love was strong and they found a way. The two lovers learned Earthbending from the badgermoles. They became the first Earthbenders. They built elaborate tunnels so they could meet secretly. Anyone who tried to follow them would be lost forever in the labyrinth. But one day the man didn't come. He died in the war between their two villages. Devastated, the woman unleashed a terrible display of her Earthbending power. She could have destroyed them all, but instead, she declared the war over. Both villages helped her build a new city where they would live together in peace. The woman's name was Oma and the man's name was Shu. The great city was named Omashu as a monument to their love.
: You guys are going to be done soon, right? We've got a lot of ground to cover if we want to make it to Omashu today. Katara
: What, like you're ready to go right now, naked guy? Sokka
: I can be ready in two minutes. Seriously, whenever.
: [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.
: [Watching a meteor shower
] Wow. This is amazing to watch. Sokka
: Kind of makes you realize hwo insignificant we are. Toph Beifong
: Eh. You've seen nothing once, you've seen it a thousand times.
[Aang, Katara and Sokka gasp
: Oh man! You've never not seen nothing like this!
: 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.
: You noodle brains don't know what you're doing. I miss Sokka. Katara
: Ooh, I got one. If you miss him so much, why don't you marry 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?
: Ooh! That reminds me. Toph, I thought you might like this, since you've probably never had a chance to Bend Space Earth before. Toph
: Sweet. Katara
: You know, I don't think there's such a thing as Space Earth. If it's from space, then it's not really Earth. Sokka
: Must you ruin everything. Katara
: I can't believe I missed you.
: 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?
: Do you want me to be like you, or totally honest? Katara
: Are you saying I'm a liar? Sokka
: I'm saying you're an optimist. Same thing, basically.
: 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.
: 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
: I can't believe I'm flying. Aang
: Just make sure you keep your mouth closed so you don't swallow a bug.
: Wait! How do I land this thing? What if I land over an... Katara
: [starts gagging
] Blech! Bug! Bug! That was a bug!
: See, the problem with the old war balloon was you could get it airborne, but once you did, it just kept going. You could put a hole in the top, but then the hot air would escape. So the question became, how do you keep a lid on the hot air? Katara
: Ugh. If only we knew.
: [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.
: Look at this place. It's so sad. We have to do somehting to help. Sokka
: No, we can't waste our time here. We have a bigger mission that we need to stay focused on. These people are on their own. Katara
: These people are starving, but you'd turn back on them? How can you be so cold and heartless? Sokka
: I'm not turning my back. I'm just being realistic. We can't go around helping every rinky-dink town we wander into. We'll be helping them all by taking out the Fire Lord! Toph
: Hey, loudmouths! Maybe we should be a little quieter when we talk about taking out the Fire Lord.
: Look how much better off these people are. Sokka
: Yeah, now, but without her, they wouldn't be able to fend for themselves. If she really wanted to help, she would use her spirit magic to blow up that factory.
: 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.
: What did you do? Katara
: I kind of destroyed their factory. Sokka
: You *what*? Katara
: It was your idea! Sokka
: I was joking! I also said to use spirit magic and made funny noises.
: Did you ever think this through? The army's going to blame the villagers. They're headed there right now to get revenge.
: No! I will never, *ever* turn my back on people who need me... I'm going down to the village and I'm going to do whatever I can. Sokka
: ...Wait... I'm coming, too. Katara
: I thought you didn't want to help. Sokka
: You need me. And I will never turn my back on you.
: It doesn't matter if the Painted Lady is real or not, because your problems are real and this river is real. You can't wait around for someone to help you. You have to help yourself.
: I think Appa's sick. Sokka
: What? Appa's sick? That's awful! Toph
: Wow, Sokka, I didn't realize you cared so much. Sokka
: Of course I care. I might as well just throw our schedule away now.
[the rest of the gang gives him the evil eye
: And I'm concerned because my big furry friend doesn't feel well.
: [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.
: 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.
: [the gang is cornered by Firebender troops
] If you let us pass, we promise not to harm you. Katara
] What are you doing? Sokka
: This isn't the answer. Jet
: I want you to understand me, Katara. I thought your brother would understand, but... Katara
: Where's Sokka?
: Sokka's still out there. He's our only chance. Katara
: Come on, Sokka. I'm sorry I ever doubted you. Please.
: Sokka, you fool! We could have freed this valley. Sokka
: Who would be free? Everyone would be dead. Jet
: You traitor. Sokka
: No Jet, you became the traitor when you stopped protecting innocent people. Jet
: Katara, please, help me. Katara
: Goodbye, Jet.
: 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.
: Who made you the boss? Sokka
: I'm not the boss, I'm the leader. Katara
] You're the leader? But your voice still cracks. Sokka
: I'm the oldest and I'm a warrior.
[Tries to speak deeper
: So, I'm the leader!
: Why do boys always think someone has to be the leader? I bet you wouldn't be so bossy if you kissed a girl. Sokka
: I've kissed a girl. You just haven't met her. Katara
: Who? Gran Gran? I've met Gran Gran.
: Sokka, you've got an elbow leech. Sokka
: Where? Where? Katara
: [raises eyebrow
] Where do you think? Sokka
: [Sokka looks at his elbow
] Why do things keep attaching to me?
: 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.
: Hey, you guys are Waterbenders. Due
: You too? That means we're kin.
: 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.
: Where'd you say you was from? Katara
: The South Pole. Tho
: Didn't know there was Waterbenders anywhere but here. They got a nice swamp there, do they? Katara
: No, it's all ice and snow. Tho
: [Tho and Due look surprised
] Hmm, no wonder you left.
: That Mr. Yao seems to have a thing for you. Maybe we should go back and see if he'll give us some free Komodo sausages. Hama
: You would have me use my feminine charms to take advantage of that poor man? I think you and I are going to get along swimmingly.
: I never thought I'd meet another Southern Waterbender. I'd like to teach you what I know, so you can carry on the Southern tradition when I'm gone. Katara
: Yes! Yes, of course! To learn about my heiritage, it would me everything to me.
: Growing up at the South Pole, Waterbenders are totally at home surrounded by snow and ice and seas. But as you probably noticed on your travels, that isn't the case where ever you go. Katara
: I know. When we were stranded in the desert I felt like there was almost nothing I could do. Hama
: That's why you have to learn to control water wherever it exists. Katara
: I've even used my own sweat for Waterbending. Hama
: That's very resourceful, Katara. You're thinking like a true master. But did you know you can even pull water out of thin air?
: You've got to keep an open mind, Katara. There's water in places you never think about.
[Hama extracts all the water from the surrounding lilies for a demonstration, killing them in the process
: That was incredible. It's a shame about the lilies though. Hama
: They're just flowers. When you're a Waterbender in a strange land, you do what you must to survive. Tonight I'll teach you the *ultimate* technique of Waterbending. It can only be done during the full moon, when your Bending is at its peak. Katara
: But, isn't that dangerous? I thought people have been disappearing around here during the full moon. Hama
: Oh, Katara... two master Waterbenders beneath a full moon? I don't think we have anything to worry about.
: Once you perfect this technique, you can control anything, or... anyone. Katara
: But to reach inside someone and control them? I-I don't know if I want that kind of power. Hama
: The choice is not yours. The power exists. And it's your duty to use the gifts you've been given to win this war. Katara, they tried to wipe us out, our entire culture. Your mother!
: They threw me in prison to rot. Along with my brothers and sisters. They deserve the same. You must carry on my work. Katara
: I won't! I won't use Bloodbending and I won't allow you to keep terrorizing this town.
[Hama starts to use Bloodbending on Katara
: You should have learned the technique before you turned against me. It's impossible to fight your way out of my grip. I control every muscle, every vein in your body.
: You're not the only one who draws power from the moon. My Bending is more powerful than yours, Hama. Your technique is useless on me.
: [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.
[Katara about to dive into a pond from a high cliff
: Waterbending bomb!
[Makes a splash that sends water over everyone
: Sure, 5,000-year-old maps from the Spirit Library. Just splash some water on them.
: Hmm, peaceful ferry ride or deadly pass?
: 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.
: Great. We can travel through the Serpent's Pass together. Ying
: The Serpent's Pass? Only the truly *desperate* take that deadly route. Toph Beifong
: Deadly route. Great pick, Sokka. Sokka
: Well, we are desperate.
: 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.
: Suki, you know about giant sea monsters. Make it go away. Suki
] Just because I live near the Unagi doesn't mean I'm an expert. Sokka
: [Beseechingly holds up Momo
] Oh, great and powerful sea serpent, please accept this humble and tasty offering. Thank you. Katara
: There's the wall!
[Points toward a vast wall that fills the distant horizon
: Now it's nothing but smooth sailing to Ba Sing Se. Ying
] Oh, no!
[doubles over, clutching her belly
] What's wrong? Ying
: The baby's coming. Sokka
: [In rising panic
] What? Now? Can't you hold it in or something? Katara
: Sokka, calm down. I helped Gran Gran deliver lots of babies back home. Sokka
: [Completely panicking
] This isn't the same as delivering an arctic seal! This is a real... human... thing! Katara
: It's called a baby. And I helped to deliver plenty of those, too.
: 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.
: We've been working on a modified version of the invasion plan. Katara
: It's *Sokka's* invasion plan. Hakoda
: Yes, Sokka's plan.
: [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.
: What's wrong, Katara? Katara
: He left. Hakoda
: What? Katara
: Aang. He just took his glider and disappeared. He has this ridiculous notion that he has to save the world alone. That it's all his responsibility. Hakoda
: Maybe that's his way of being brave. Katara
: It's not brave. It's selfish and stupid. We could be helping him, and I know the world needs him, but doesn't he know how much that we need him, too? How could he just leave us behind? Hakoda
: You're talking about me, too, aren't you? Katara
: How could you leave us, Dad? I mean, I know we had Gran Gran, and she loved us, but... but we were just so lost without you.
: 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?
] Water. Earth. Fire. Air. My grandmother used to tell me stories about the old days, a time of peace, when the Avatar kept balance between the Water Tribes, Earth Kingdom, Fire Nation, and Air Nomads. But that all changed when the Fire Nation attacked. Only the Avatar mastered all four elements. Only he could stop the ruthless Firebenders. But, when the world needed him most, he vanished. A hundred years have passed, and the Fire Nation is nearing victory in the war. Two years ago, my father and the men of my tribe journeyed to the Earth Kingdom to help fight against the Fire Nation, leaving me and my brother to look after our tribe. Some people believe that the Avatar was never reborn into the Air Nomads and that the cycle is broken, but I haven't lost hope. I still believe that somehow the Avatar will return to save the world.
: [as Sokka tries to manuver their canoe in a rapid current through an ice field
] Go left! Go Left!
[the canoe crashes, dumping them on an ice flow
: You call that left? Sokka
: You don't like my steering? Well, maybe you should have Waterbended us out of the ice. Katara
: So its my fault? Sokka
: I knew I should have left you home. Leave it to a girl to screw things up. Katara
: *You* are the most sexist, immature, nut-brained... I'm embarrassed to be related to you!
[the iceberg behind her cracks as her rage grows
: Ever since Mom died, I've been doing all the work around camp, while you've been off playing *soldier*!
[she remains oblivious to iceberg shattering even more
: Uh... Katara? Katara
: I even wash all the clothes! Have you ever smelled your dirty socks? Let me tell you, not pleasant!
[another huge crack from the iceberg
: Katara, settle down! Katara
: No! That's it. I'm done helping you. From now on, you're on you're *own*!
[the iceberg completely explodes
: [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.
: 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.
: Why is it that every time you play with magic water, I get soaked? Katara
: It's not magic. It's Waterbending, and it's... Sokka
] Yeah, yeah, an ancient art, unique to our culture, blah blah blah. Look, I'm just saying that if I had your powers, I'd keep my weirdness to myself. Katara
: You're calling me weird? I'm not the one who makes muscles at myself every time I see my reflection in the water.
: Aang, this is my grandmother. Gran Gran
] Call me Gran Gran.
: 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.
: Look, we escaped from the Dai Li. We got Appa back. I'm telling you, we should go to the Earth King now and tell him our plan. We're on a roll. Katara
: One good hour after weeks of trouble isn't much of a roll. Sokka
: We can build on it. If we want to invade the Fire Nation when the eclipse happens, we need the Earth King's support. Toph
: What makes you think we'll get it? I don't know if you've noticed, but things don't usually go smoothly for our little gang. Sokka
: I know, but I've got a good feeling about this. This time will be different.
: You have to trust us. Earth King
: You invade my palace, lay waste to all my guards, break down my fancy door, and you expect me to trust you? Toph
: He has a good point. Earth King
: If you're on my side, then drop your weapons and stand down.
: I can explain this, Your Majesty. This is nothing more than a construction project. Katara
: Really? Then perhaps you could explain why there's a Fire Nation insignia on your construction project. Long Feng
: Well, it's imported, of course. You know, you can't trust domestic machinery.
[the Earth King glares at Long Feng
] Long Feng
: Surely you don't believe these children instead of your most loyal attendant. Earth King
: Dai Li, arrest Long Feng. I want him to stand trial for crimes against the Earth Kingdom.
: It's a letter from your mom. You're mom's here in the city, and she wants to see you. Toph
: Long Feng intercepted our letters from home? That's just sad.
: 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.
: Someone has to stay here with the Earth King and help him plan the invasion. I guess that's me. Katara
: No, Sokka, I know how badly you want to help Dad. You go to Chameleon Bay. I stay here with the King. Sokka
: You... are the... nicest... sister... ever!
[Kisses Katara on the cheek
: Easy there, big brother.
: Though you're right, I am.
[about the King's name
: He's an Earthbender, right? Rocky.
: You know, because of all the rocks.
: Okay, we're going to keep trying, but that is a good backup.
: Let us leave! King
: Lettuce leaf?
: So this crazy king is your old friend Bumi? King
: Who are you calling old? Okay, I'm old.
: 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.
: Is it just me, or is this guy's crown a little crooked?
: Guys, are you okay? Katara
: Other than crystals slowing encasing my entire body? Doing great.
: 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.
: Aang? We're all starting to get a little worried about you. Sokka
: You've been awake too long. Toph
: And you're acting downright weird. Appa
: You've got to take care of yourself. You can't go on like this.
[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.
: 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.
[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?
[while Sokka is drunk on the juice of a strang plant
: Sokka, let me see the things you got from the library. Sokka
: What? I didn't steal anything. Who told you that? Sokka
: [Points to Momo
] It was *you*! You ratted me out! Katara
: Sokka, I was there.
[Aang has just raised a huge mushroom cloud in the distance
: What *is* that? Toph Beifong
: What? What is what? Sokka
: [high on cactus juice
] It's a giant mushroom. Maybe it's friendly! Katara
: Let's just keep moving. I hope Aang's okay. Sokka
] Friendly mushroom! Mushy giant friend!
: You've been hallucinating on cactus juice all day, and then you just lick something you find stuck to the wall of a cave? Sokka
: I have a natural curiosity.
: 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.
: Come on, guys. We've got to stick together. Sokka
: If I sweat any more, I don't think sticking together will be a problem.
: Is there any more water? Katara
: This is the last of it. Everyone can have a little drink.
[Katara opens her water flask and bends out an orb of water. Momo leaps at the water and tries to drink it, causing it to fall to the sand below
: Momo, no! You've killed us all! Katara
: No, he hasn't.
[Katara places her hand over the moist sand and bends the water out of it
: Oh, right. Bending.
: Sokka, wait! You shouldn't be eating strange plants! Sokka
: Mmm, mmm... ah! There's water trapped inside these. Katara
: I don't know. Sokka
: Suit yourself. It's very thirst-quenching, though.
[Suddenly Sokka's eyes start twitching, pupils dilate, and he starts acting crazy
] Drink cactus juice. It'll quench ya. Nothing is quenchier. It's the quenchiest! Katara
: Okay, I think you've had enough. Sokka
: Who lit Toph on fire? Toph
: Can I get some of that cactus? Katara
: I don't think that's a good idea. Come on, we need to find Aang. Sokka
: How did we get out here in the middle of the ocean?
: 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?
: 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!
: Sokka, wait. I don't care about this stupid feud. I just want us to get out of here alive. Sokka
: [Looking chagrined
] Me, too. I only took their side 'cause they fed me.
: Oh, no! That's a lot of canyon crawlers! Sokka
: We barely survived one! Canyon Guide
] They're coming back for me. They've had a taste and they're coming back for me.
: So, why does your tribe hate the Zhangs so much? Gan Jin Leader
: You seem like a smart girl, Katara. I bet you would enjoy hearing some history.
[Begins telling the story
] Gan Jin Leader
: The patriarch of our tribe, Jin Wei, was an Earthbender warrior who was assigned an important duty; transporting our sacred orb from the Great Eastern Gate to the Great Western Gate. Taking the orb from the East to the West represents the sun's rising and setting. It was our tribe's ancient redemption ritual. But as he approached the gate, Jin Wei was attacked by one of the Zhang, a vermin named Wei Jin, who looked at the orb with envy. That coward, Wei Jin, knocked Jin Wei to the ground and stole our sacred orb.
[closes his eyes in remembrance
] Gan Jin Leader
: Our people have never forgotten. You can never trust a Zhang.
: Um, aren't you forgetting the tarp? Sokka
: Right, got it.
[tosses the tarp into the tent
: Sokka, you're supposed to put the tarp on top of the tent. You know, so we don't get rained on. Sokka
: Ordinarily, you'd be right, but seeing how it's the dry season, you're not. Besides, that tarp makes a pretty warm blanket.
: I understand that Haru can help you fight back. What can the Fire Nation do to you that they haven't done already? Haru's Mom
: They can take Haru away, like they took his father.
: Have some dinner, Katara.
[Gives Katara a bowl. Katara looks at the food
: Ugh. Tyro
: It's not as bad as it looks.
[Katara tries some food
: Ugh! Tyro
: It's still pretty bad though.
: Earthbenders! You don't know me, but I know of you. Every child in my Water Tribe Village was rocked to sleep with stories of the brave Earth Kingdom, and the courageous Earthbenders who guard its borders. Some of you may think that the Fire Nation has made you powerless. Yes, they have taken away your ability to Bend, but they can't take away your courage. And it is your courage they should truly fear, because it runs deeper than any mine you've been forced to dig, any ocean that keeps you far from home. It is the strength of your hearts that make you who you are. Hearts that will remain unbroken when all rocks and stone has eroded away. The time to fight back is now! I can tell you the Avatar has returned! So remember your courage, Earthbenders. Let us fight for our freedom!
: I want to thank you for saving me... for saving us Katara
: All it took was a little coal. Haru
: It wasn't the coal, Katara. It was you.
: Come with us. Katara
: I can't. Your mission is to take back your home. Ours is to get Aang to the North Pole. Haru
: [Looking at Aang
] That's him, isn't it? The Avatar.
: Katara, thank you for bringing my father back to me. I never thought I'd see him again. I only wish there was some way... Katara
: I know.
[reaches for her necklace
: My mother's necklace! It's gone!
: Well, we better smoothly fly ourselves to a market, 'cause we're out of food. Sokka
: Guys, wait. This was in my dream. We shouldn't go to the market. Katara
: What happened in your dream? Sokka
: [in a frightened, dramatic voice
] Food eats people.
: Also, Momo could talk.
: You said some very unkind things.
: Boy with tattoos?
[Fisherman turns and looks at Aang
: Airbender tattoos. Well, I'll be a hog monkey's uncle. You're the Avatar, ain't ya? Katara
: That's right. Fisherman
: Well, don't be so smiley about it. The Avatar disappeared for a hundred years! You turned your back on the world. Katara
: Don't yell at him. Aang would never turn his back on anyone. Fisherman
: Oh, he wouldn't, huh? Then I guess I must've imagined the last hundred years of war and suffering.
: 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.
: 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'm going to need volunteers for a dangerous mission. Sokka
] Count me in. Katara
: Sokka! Chief Arnook
: Be warned, many of you will not return. Come forward to receive my mark *if* you accept the task.
: 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.
: Is he okay? Katara
: He's crossing into the Spirit World. He'll be fine as long as we don't move his body. That's his way back to the physical world.
: [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!
: What happened? Where's Zuko? Katara
: He took Aang. He took him right out from under me. Sokka
: Where did they go?
: 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
: [as Aang and Katara are dancing
] Aang, everyone's watching. Aang
: Don't worry abouut them. It's just you and me right now.
: We're safe, Sokka. You can take off the mostache now. Sokka
: Oh, no, I can't. It's permanently glued to my skin.
: 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.
: Thank you for coming, Mr. and Mrs... Sokka
: [Pretending to be Aang's parents
] Fire. Wang Fire. This is my wife, Sapphire. Katara
: Sapphire Fire, nice to meet you. Headmaster
] Mr. and Mrs... Fire, your son has been enrolled here for two days and he's already causing problems. He's argued with his history teacher, disrupted music class, and roughed up my star pupil. Katara
: My goodness. That doesn't sound like our Kuzon. Headmaster
: That's what any mother would say, Ma'am. Nonetheless, you are forewarned. If he acts up one more time, I'll have him sent to reform school... Headmaster
] ... by which I mean the coal mines. Are we clear? Sokka
: Don't you worry, Mr. Headmaster. I'll straighten this boy out something fierce. Sokka
: [to Aang
] Young man, as soon as we get home, you're gonna get the punishment of a lifetime! Headmaster
: That's what I like to hear.
: 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!
: Who's Zuko? Sokka
: Oh, just some angry freak with a ponytail who's tracked us all over the world. Katara
: What's wrong with ponytails, Ponytail? Sokka
: *This* is a warrior's wolf-tail. Katara
: Well, it certainly tells the other warriors that you're fun and perky!
[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.
: I'm just glad we finally have another girl in the group, because you two are disgusting. Toph Beifong
: Excuse me, does anyone have a razor, because I've got some *hairy* pits.
: [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.
[after Iroh is struck down by Azula
] Prince Zuko
: [to Aang's group
] Get away from us! Katara
: Zuko, I can help. Prince Zuko
: Wait! My boomerang! Katara
: There's no time! Sokka
: Oh, I see, so there's time to get your scrolls and time to get your staff, but no time for my boomerang? Katara
: That's correct. Sokka
: Honorable Mayor, we've prepared a solid defense for the Avatar. We did an investigation and found some very strong evidence. Mayor Tong
: Evidence? Hmph! That's not how our court system works. Aang
: Then how can I prove my innocence? Mayor Tong
: Simple, I say what happened, then you say what happened, then *I* decide who's right. That's why we call it "justice." Because it's "just us."
: What are you doing? Katara
: Well, she is Aang's past life. Maybe wearing her stuff will trigger something. Sokka
: I do belive in the power of stuff.
: 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.
] Mayor Tong
: From now on, we'll celebrate a new Avatar Day, in honor of the day Avatar Aang saved us from the Rough Rhino invasion. Sokka
: [looking a bowl he is holding
] What is this? Mayor Tong
: That's our new festival food. Un-fried dough. May we eat it...
[turns to address the crowd
] Mayor Tong
: ...and be reminded of how, on this day, the Avatar was *not* boiled in oil. Katara
] Happy Avatar Day, everyone. Sokka
] Happy Avatar Day, everyone.
: [to Appa after arriving at Roku's temple
] Oh, you must be tired. Sokka
: No, I'm good. Refreshed and ready to fight some Firebenders. Katara
: I was talking to Appa. Sokka
: Well, I was talking to Momo.
: 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?
: Plese don't go, Aang. The world can't afford to lose you to the Fire Nation. And neither can I.
: We're not letting you go into the Fire Nation, Aang. Sokka
: At least not without your friends. We got your back.
: 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.
: How's Aang going to make it out of this? Sokka
: How're *we* going to make it out of this?
: 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.
: [to Princess Yue
] So, uh, you're a princess, huh? You know, back in my tribe, I'm kind of like a prince, myself. Katara
: [Katara scoffs
] Prince of what? Sokka
: A lot of things. Uh, do you mind? I'm trying to have a conversation here. Katara
: My apologies, Prince Sokka.
: Are you crazy, Katara? You're not going to win this fight. Katara
: I know. I don't care.
: [as Katara is fighting Pakku
] You can't knock me down.
[the crowd cheers
: Go, Katara!
: Well, I'm impressed. You are an excellent Waterbender. Katara
: But you still won't teach me, will you? Master Pakku
: I carved this necklace for your grandmother when we got engaged. I thought we would have a long, happy life together. I loved her. Katara
: But she didn't love you, did she? It was an arranged marriage. Gran Gran wouldn't let your tribe's *stupid* customs run her life. That's why she left. It must have taken a lot of courage.
: [to Zuko about Aang
] I won't let you take him.
: Aang? Can you hear me? I knew you were real. I always knew you'd return.
: [preparing to fight
] Who are you? Katara
: My name is Katara. And I'm the only Waterbender left in the Southern Water Tribe.
: What would you do if the Fire Nation took me away? Sokka
: Kill them all. I promised Dad I would protect you with my life.
: [to Aang as the Water Nation bows to Aang
] They want you to be their avatar... We all do.
[Bows to Aang
: A hundred years ago all was right with our world. Prosperity and peace filled our days. / The four Nations: Water, Earth, Fire, and Air Nomads lived amongst each other in harmony. / Great respect was afforded to all those who could bend their natural element. / The Avatar was the only person born amongst all the nations who could master all four elements. / He was the only one who could communicate with the Spirit World. With the Spirits' guidance the Avatar kept balance in the world. / A hundred years ago, he just disappeared.
: The palace will be packed. We can sneak in with the crowd. Toph Beifong
: Won't work. Katara
: Why not? Toph Beifong
: Well, no offense to you simple country folk, but a real society crowd would spot you a mile away. You've got no manners. Katara
: Excuse me? I've got no manners? You're not exactly Lady Fancy Fingers. Toph Beifong
: [Toph burps
] I learned proper society behavior and *chose* to leave it. You never learned anything. And frankly, it's a little too late.
: 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.
] Long Feng
: Now Joo Dee will show you home. Joo Dee
: Come with me, please. Katara
: What happened to Joo Dee? Joo Dee
: I'm Joo Dee. I'll be your host as long as you're in our wonderful city.
: 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.
: Even if you do master all of the elements, then what? It's not like we have a map of the Fire Nation. Should we just head west until we reach the Fire Lord's house? Knock, knock. Hello, Fire Lord? Anybody home? I don't think so. We need some intelligence if we're going to win this war. Katara
: All right, we'll finish our vacations and then we'll look for Sokka's intelligence.
: 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!
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?
: 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.
: [Talking about Jet to Katara
] Was this guy your boyfriend or something? Katara
: What? No. Toph Beifong
: I can tell you're lying.
: 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.
: You guys go and find Appa. We'll take care of Jet. Katara
: We're not gonna leave you. Longshot
: There's no time. Just go. We'll take care of him. He's our leader. Jet
: Don't worry, Katara, I'll be fine.
[Aang, Katara, Sokka and Toph walk away
] Toph Beifong
: [softly to Sokka
] He's lying.
: 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?
: This doesn't make any sense. They're both telling the truth. Katara
: That's impossible. Sokka
: No, it's not. Toph can't tell who's lying because they both think they're telling the truth. Jet's been brainwashed! Jet
: That's crazy. It can't be true. Stay away from me!
: 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.
: What happened? Katara
: You were trapped in the Spirit World for 24 hours. How are you feeling? Sokka
: Like I seriously need to use the bathroom.
: [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.
: 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.
: We need to go back. I want to see Dad, but... helping Aang is where we're needed the most. Katara
: You're right. Bato
: Your father will understand. And I *know* he's proud of you.
: 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
: He's just upset because a bunch of girls kicked his butt yesterday. Sokka
: They snuck up on me! Katara
: Right. And then they kicked your butt.
: [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!
: 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.
: [after using the Unagi to put out the fires in Kyoshi
] I know. I know. That was stupid and dangerous. Katara
: Yes, it was.
: Katara. I want you to have this. This amulet contains water from the Spirit oasis. The water has unique properties. Don't lose it. Katara
: Thank you, Master Pakku. Master Pakku
: Aang, these scrolls will help you master Waterbending, but remember, they're no substitute for a real master.
[Aang walks away
] Master Pakku
: Sokka. Take care, son.
: 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.
: Welcome, Avatar Aang! I am General Fong. And welcome to all of you, great heroes, Appa, Momo, brave Sokka, the mighty Katara. Katara
: Mighty Katara? I like that.
: 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.
: [while Katara is bending a large amount of muddy water
] Good technique, little sister. Keep it up/ Don't forget to breathe. Katara
: You know, I am just about sick and tired of you telling me what to do all day. You're like a chattering hog-monkey! Sokka
: Just bend the slurry, woman!
: 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.
: [about the supports in the drill
] Wow. It looks a lot thicker in person than it does in the plans. We're going to have to work pretty hard to cut through that! Katara
: What's this 'we' stuff? Aang and I are going to have to do all the work. Sokka
: Look, I'm the plan guy, you two are the cut-stuff-up-with-Waterbending guys. Together, we're Team Avatar!
: 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.
: 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
: [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.
Yung: Omashu Resistance Leader
: We've got a problem. We just did a head count. Katara
: Oh no. Did someone get left behind? Yung: Omashu Resistance Leader
: No, we have an extra.
[Cut to Tom Tom
: What are you kids doing out past curfew? Katara
: Sorry. We were just on our way home. Guard
: [the guard notices Sokka has red marking on his neck
] Wait. What's the matter with him? Katara
: Uh... He has pentapox, sir.
[the guard walks up to Sokka, and moves to touch him
: Um... it's highly contagious. Sokka
: [Acting ill
] Oh, it's so awful, I'm dying... Katara
: ...and deadly... Guard
: Hey, I think I've heard of pentapox. Guard
: Wait, I think I've heard of pentapox. Guard
: [to another Guard
] Didn't your cousin Chang die of it? Guard
: [as Sokka moves towards them
] We'd better go wash our hands... and burn our clothes.
[guards hurry away
: I see you've worked things out with your girlfriend.
[Katara and Zuko speaking simultaneously
: I'm not his girlfriend! Prince Zuko
: She's not my girlfriend!
: What's going on? We're surrounded by old people. Katara
: Not just any old people. These are great masters and friends of ours.
[Katara bows to Pakku
: Pakku. Master Pakku
: It is respectful to bow to an old master, but how about a hug for your new grandfather?
: I can handle Azula. Uncle Iroh
: Not alone. You'll need help. Prince Zuko
: You're right. Katara, how would you like to help me put Azula in her place? Katara
: It would be my pleasure.
: Good-bye, General Iroh. Uncle Iroh
: Goodbye everyone. Today, destiny is our friend. I know it.
: 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.
: [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
: Everyone's counting on me to lead this mission, Katara. I won't let them down. Sokka
: Can't you heal him any faster? Katara
: I'm doing everything I can. Sokka
: [hearing the sound of the battle continuing
] I'll do it. Katara
: No offense, Sokka, but you're not exactly Mr. Healing Hands. Sokka
: No. I'll lead the invasion force.
: [Trying to explain the invasion plan "from the beginning". Speaking rapidly
] Katara and I discovered Aang frozen in an iceberg. Now, I didn't like Aang at first, but I grew to love him over time. Then we went to the Southern Air Temple where Aang used to live, and then we met Suki, who is a Kyoshi warrior. She made me dress like a woman and then she kissed me... Katara
: [to Aang
] Wow, when he says beginning, he means beginning beginning. Sokka
: ...and then Aang's friend was a crazy old man and then Katara got Haru arrested and then now he's grown a mustache which if you look in the front row you can see him... Hakoda
: Thank you, Sokka. It's okay, why don't you take a break?
: She's strong. White Lotus Leader
: She lacks restraint.
: Gran Gran, I've been reading all about your old adventures. I've been dying to ask you, what happened to Zuko's mom? Katara
: Well Jinora, its an incredible tale... Ikki
: GRAN GRAN! you look old. How old are you? And why is it so cold in the South Pole? Can we make a campfire, and all huddle around it, and tell scary stories, and make snowmen? And then can you make the snowmen move with waterbending and chase us? Wouldn't that be fun? Huh! Wouldn't it?
: Nice night for an escape isn't it? Korra
: I have to leave. I have to find my own path as the Avatar. Katara
: I know you do. Aangs time has passed. My brother and many of my friends are gone. It's time for you, and your generation to take over the responsibility of keeping peace, and balance in the world. And I think you're going to be a great Avatar. Korra
: Thank you. Katara
: Goodbye, Korra.
: Here for a rematch? Katara
: Trust me, Zuko, it's not going to be much of a match.
: What about Aang? He still needs to learn Waterbending. Master Pakku
: Well, then he better get used to calling you Master Katara.
: I can't believe I lost him. Sokka
: You did everything you could. And now we need to do everything we can to get him back. Zuko can't have gotten far. We'll find him. Aang's going to be fine.
: Listen, everybody, I've got some pretty bad news. I've lost my stuff. Toph
: Don't look at me. I didn't touch your stuff. Prince Zuko
: I'm talking about my Firebending. It's gone. Katara
] I'm sorry. I'm just laughing at the irony. You know, how it would have been nice for us if you'd lost your Firebending a long time ago? Prince Zuko
: Well, it's not lost, it's just... weaker for some reason. Katara
: Maybe you're just not as good as you think you are. Toph
: 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.
: Yeah, that's a great dance you two learned there. Prince Zuko
: It's not a dance, it's a Firebending form. Sokka
: We'll just tap dance our way to victory over the Fire Lord. Prince Zuko
: It's a sacred form that happens to be thousands of years old. Katara
: Oh, yeah? What's your little form called? Sokka
: The Dancing Dragon.
: [trapped with Zuko in a crystal cave
] Why did they throw you in here? Oh, wait, let me guess. It's a trap. So that when Aang shows up to help me, you can finally have him in your little Fire Nation clutches.
[no answer from Zuko
: You're a terrible person, you know that? Always following us, hunting the Avatar, trying to capture the world's last hope for peace. But what do you care? You're the Fire Lord's son. Spreading war and violence and hatred is in your blood. Prince Zuko
: You don't know what you're talking about. Katara
: I don't? How dare you. You have no idea what this war has put me through. Me personally. The Fire Nation took my mother away from me.
[Katara starts to cry
] Prince Zuko
] I'm sorry. That's something we have in common.
: I thought you had changed! Prince Zuko
: I have changed.
: I'm sorry I yelled at you before. Prince Zuko
: It doesn't matter. Katara
: It's just that, for so long now, whenever I would imagine the face of the enemy, it was your face. Prince Zuko
: My face? Prince Zuko
: [touches his scar
] I see. Katara
: No, no, tha-that's not what I meant. Prince Zuko
: It's okay. I used to think this scar marked me. The mark of the banished prince, cursed to chase the Avatar forever. But lately... I've realized that I'm free to determine my own destiny, even if I'll never be free of my mark. Katara
: Maybe you *could* be free of it. Prince Zuko
: What? Katara
: I have healing abilities. Prince Zuko
: It's a scar, it can't be healed. Katara
: [pull out the amulet
] This water from the Spirit Oasis of the North Pole. It has special properties, so I've been saving it for something important. Katara
: [walks closer to Zuko
] I don't if it would work, but...
[Zuko closes his eyes and Katara gently touches the side of his face near his scar
: [delirious because of illness
] You know what I love about Appa the most? His sense of humor. Katara
] That's nice. I'll tell him.
] Classic Appa.
: 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.
: How many times do I have to tell you, Momo? We need water. Wa-ter. Oh, forget it. Aang, please, hurry. Sokka
: Who's this Aang kid you keep talking about, Your Highness?
: Good morning, Earthbending student! Aang
: Good morning, Seefu Toph. Katara
: Hey, you never called me Seefu Katara. Aang
: Well, if you think I should...
: 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.
: [after Katara heals him from Azula's lightning
] Thank you, Katara. Katara
: [tears running down her face
] I think I'm the one who should be thanking you.
: Zuko, stop moving. I'm trying to capture the moment. I wanted to do a painting, so we always remember the good times together. Katara
: That's very thoughtful of you, Sokka. Wait, why did you give me Momo's ears? Sokka
: Those are your hair loopies. Prince Zuko
: At least you don't look like a boar-q-pine. My hair is not that spiky. Mai
: I look like a man. Suki
: And why did you paint me Firebending? Sokka
: I thought it looked more exciting that way.
: Oh, you think you can do a better job, Momo? Uncle Iroh
: Hey, my belly's not that big anymore. I really trimmed down. Toph
: Well, I think you all look perfect.
: Toph. Aren't you going to get ready for the day?
[Toph sits up in bed, spits into a spittoon, and stands up
: I'm ready. Katara
: You're not going to wash up? You've got a little dirt on your... everywhere, actually. Toph
: You call it dirt. I call it a healthy coating of earth.
: One of the good things about being blind is that I don't have to waste my time worrying about appearances. I don't care what I look like. I'm not looking for anyone's approval. I know who I am. Katara
: That's what I really admire about you, Toph. You're so strong and confident and self-assured. And I know it doesn't matter, but... you're really pretty. Toph
: I am? Katara
: Yeah, you are. Toph
: I'd return the compliment, but I have no idea what you look like. Thank you, Katara.
: Zuko, don't worry. We can take Azula. Prince Zuko
: I'm not worried about her. I worried about Aang. What if he doesn't have the guts to take out my father? What if he loses? Katara
: Aang won't lose. He's gonna come back... He has to.
: Wait. You want to be Fire Lord? Fine. Let's settle this. Just you and me, brother. The showdown that was always meant to be: Agni Kai. Prince Zuko
: You're on! Katara
: What are you doing? She's playing you. She knows she can't take us both, so she's trying to separate us. Prince Zuko
: I know, but I can take her this time. Katara
: But even you admitted to your uncle that you would need help facing Azula. Prince Zuko
: There's something off about her. I can't explain it, but she's slipping, and this way, no one else has to get hurt.
: [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.
: 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.
: How are we all going to escape? Hakoda
: We're not. Sokka
: Then our only choice is to stand and fight. We have the Avatar. We could still win. Hakoda
: Yes, with the Avatar we could still win, on another day. You kids have to leave. You have to escape on Appa together. Katara
: What? We can't leave you behind. We won't leave anyone behind. Hakoda
: You're our only chance in the long run. You and Sokka have to go with Aang somewhere safe. It's the only way to keep hope alive.
[Aang stands, then squats and grunts
: Do they have bathrooms in the Spirit World? Sokka
: As a matter of fact, they do not.
: 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
: General Fong's base will serve as the launching point for the attack. In exactly two months, the army and navy will invade the Fire Nation on the day of Black Sun.
[Momo starts attacking some of the tokens
: Or we could send in Momo to do some damage. Katara
] Cause the... Sorry.
: Did you at least get some good meat? Sokka
: I did. The best meat of all. The meat of friendship and fatherhood.
[Suki, Hakoda and Chit Sang emerge from the war balloon
] Chit Sang
: I'm new. What's up, everybody? Katara
: Dad! Hakoda
: [hugging her
] Hi, Katara. Katara
: How are you here? Katara
: [to Sokka
] What is going on? Where did you go? Sokka
: We... kind of went to a Fire Nation prison.
[Hakoda hugs them both
: Seriously. You guys didn't find *any* meat?
: Hello, Critic. We're Waterbenders. Nostalgia Critic
: Ohh, look, I'm not really into new-age religion. Pretty much they all tell me I'm still going to hell. Sokka
: No no, we're not here for that. I'm Sokka, and this is my sister Katara. Nostalgia Critic
: Well obviously! And, uh, what's your guys' story? Katara
: Well, I am the motherly, emotionally center. Sokka
: And I'm funny! Nostalgia Critic
: Uh huh, well look, can you two freaks waterbend the hell outta here?
[Katara begins to bloodbend The Nostalgia Critic. She moves her arms so he is under her control. She makes him beat himself in head repeatedly
: Not until you save the franchise. Nostalgia Critic
: Franchise! What franchise? Sokka
: There is a great evil that has damaged our world, and only you can restore balance. Nostalgia Critic
: What are you talking about?
: I've tried everything in my power, but, I cannot restore Korra's bending. Lin Beifong
: But you are the best healer in the world, you have to keep trying! Katara
: I am sorry, there's nothing else I can do. Korra can still airbend, but her connection with the other elements has been severed.
: Water. Earth. Fire. Long ago, the three seasons lived together in harmony. But then, everything changed when the Shyamalan attacked!