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[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.
: We're waiting for Aunt Wu to come and read the clouds, to predict the fate of the whole village. Aang
: That cloud kind of looks like a fluffy bunny. Villager
: You better hope that's not a bunny. The fluffy bunny cloud forecasts doom and destruction. Sokka
: Do you even hear yourself?
: [as 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.
: [as Katara's getting a reading
] So... What do you think they're talking about back there? Sokka
: Boring stuff, I'm sure: Love, who she's going to marry, how many babies she's going to have. Aang
: Yeah, dumb stuff like that. Well, I gotta find a bathroom.
: Your future is full of struggle and anguish. Most of it self-inflicted. Sokka
: But you didn't read my palms or anything. Aunt Wu
: I didn't need to, it's written all over your face.
: 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.
: Not for long. I'm gonna prove Aunt Wu's predictions are nonsense.
[Turns and grabs nearby man
: Hey! you! I bet Aunt Wu told you to wear those red shoes, didn't she? Villager
: Yeah, she said I'd be wearing red shoes when I met my true love. Sokka
: Uh-huh, and how many times have you worn those shoes since you got that fortune? Villager
: Every day. Sokka
: [Red with anger and frustration, yelling
] Then, of course, it's gonna come true! Villager
: Really? You think so? I'm so excited!
: Look! Can your fortune-telling explain that?
[Pointing to the mountain., which is undergoing volcanic explosions
: Can your science explain why it rains? Sokka
] Yes! Yes, it can!
: So what's your name? Aang
: Aang. Meng
: That rhymes with Meng! And you've got some pretty big ears, don't you? Aang
] I... guess. Sokka
: Don't be modest. They're huge!
: [Trying to give Aang advice on girls
] The number one mistake nice guys like you make: being too nice. Aang
: You can be too nice? Sokka
: Yep. If you want to keep her interested, you have to act aloof, like you don't really care one way or the other. Aang
: [screen pans left to show Meng sidling up to Aang
] Well... ok. Meng
: Hey Aang, I was wondering... Aang
: See you later.
[Aang quickly walks away, leaving a disappointed Meng
: [Rubbing his chin in admiration
] Wow, that kid is good!
[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.
: My first girlfriend turned into the Moon. Prince Zuko
] That's rough, buddy.
: Pretty clouds. Prince Zuko
: Yeah, fluffy.
: Not up to anything, huh?
[Sokka is startled, yells and falls of Appa
: Fine, you caught me. I'm going to rescue my dad. You happy now? Prince Zuko
: I'm never happy.
: Oh, what would Uncle say...? 'Sometimes clouds have two sides, a dark and light, and a silver lining in between. It's like a silver sandwich. So, when life seems hard, take a bite out of the silver sandwich.' Sokka
: Maybe we haven't failed after all. Prince Zuko
: That's the spirit. I can't believe that worked. I didn't know what I was saying. Sokka
: No, what you said made no sense at all. But look... It's Suki!
: When the invasion plan failed, some of our troops were taken. I just want to know where they might be. Prince Zuko
: I can't tell you. Sokka
: What? Why not? Prince Zuko
: Trust me. Knowing would just make you feel worse. Sokka
: It's my dad. He was captured, too. I need to know what I put him through. Prince Zuko
: It's not good, Sokka. Sokka
: Please. Prince Zuko
: My guess is... they were taken to the Boiling Rock.
: There's one thing my dad's good at, it's war. Sokka
: Yeah. Seems to run in the family.Yeah, it seems to run in the family. Prince Zuko
: Hey, hold on. Not everyone in my family is like that. Sokka
: I know, I know, you've changed. Prince Zuko
: I meant my Uncle. He was more of a father to me. And I really let him down. Sokka
: I think your Uncle would be proud of you. Leaving your home to come help us? That's hard. Prince Zuko
: It wasn't that hard. Sokka
: Really? You didn't leave behind anyone you cared about? Prince Zuko
: Well, I did have a girlfriend... Mai. Sokka
: That gloomy girl who sighs a lot? Prince Zuko
: How are we gonna get off the island if the balloon won't work? Sokka
: We'll figure something out. I suspected it might be a one-way ticket. Prince Zuko
: You knew this would happen, and you wanted to come anyway? Sokka
: My *dad* might be here. I had to come and see. Prince Zuko
: Uncle always said I never thought things through. But this... This is just crazy. Sokka
: Hey, I never wanted you to come along in the first place. And for the record, I always think things through. But my plans haven't exactly worked, so this time I'm playing it by ear. So, there.
[Sokka enters Suki's cell dressed as guard
: What is it? Did I do something wrong? Sokka
: You mean you don't recognize me? Suki
: You people all look the same to me. Sokka
: Oh, then maybe you'll recognize this.
[Sokka puckers up. Suki grabs him by the throat and shoves him against the far wall, knocking his helmet off and recognizing him
: Sokka! It's you!
: Oh, good, you guys have met. Suki
: A-Actually, we met a long time ago. Prince Zuko
: We did? Suki
: [slightly angry
] Yeah. You... kind of burned down my village. Prince Zuko
: ...Oh, sorry about that. Nice to see you again.
: Well, what should we do? Are we going ahead with the plan or are we waiting another night? Sokka
: I don't know. Is it right for me to risk Suki's freedom, all our freedom, on the slim chance that my dad is going to show up? Prince Zuko
: It's your call, Sokka.
: If I had just cut my losses at the invasion, maybe we wouldn't be in this mess. Maybe sometimes it's just better to call it quits before you fail. Prince Zuko
: No, it's not. Look, Sokka, you're going to fail a lot before things work out. Sokka
: That's supposed to make me feel better? Prince Zuko
: Even though you'll probably fail over and over and over again... Sokka
: Seriously, not helping. Prince Zuko
: ...you have to try every time. You can't quit because you're afraid you *might* fail.
: I heard you hatching an escape plan, and I want in. Prince Zuko
: There's nothing to get in on. Sokka
: Yeah, the only thing we're hatching is... an egg.
[Zuko and Suki sigh at Sokka's lame attempt to hide the truth
[watching to see if his father is one of the new prisoners getting off the gondola
: That's it? That can't be it. Suki
: I'm sorry, Sokka. Sokka
: Oh, no. Gondola Guard
: Hey, you. Get off the gondola. Sokka
: My first girlfriend turned into the moon. Prince Zuko
: ...That's rough, buddy.
: Toph, when I was in town, I found something that you're not gonna like.
[holds up a wanted poster
: Well it sounds like a sheet of paper, but I guess you're referring to what's on the sheet of paper. Sokka
: It's a wanted poster, of you. They've nicknamed you 'The Runaway.' Toph
: A wanted poster! That's so great. The Runaway. I love my new nickname. Is there a picture of me? Does it look good? Sokka
: [compares the wanted poster, which has an evil looking version of Toph
] Well, yeah, actually. It does look pretty good.
: [Aang is blindfolded while training
] Haa! Sneak attack! Aang
: [Aang Earthbends a wall stopping Sokka's attack
] Sokka, sneak attacks don't work if you yell it out loud.
: Look at all those messenger hawks. You know, I've been thinking about getting one for myself. That way I wouldn't have to talk to anyone. I could just send them messages. Toph
: I gotta say, I like the idea of not talking to you.
: 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'm gonna tell you something crazy. I never told anyone this to anyone before, but honestly, I'm not sure I can remember what my mother looked like. It really seems like my whole life Katara's been the one looking out for me. She's always been the one that's there, and *now*, when I try to remember my mom, Katara's is the only face I can picture. Toph
: The truth is, sometimes Katara does act motherly, but that's not always a bad thing. She's compassionate and kind, and she actually cares about me, you know, the real me. That's more than my own mom... Don't *ever* tell her I said any of this. Sokka
: Hey, my lips are sealed.
: [to Hawky and Momo
] You two behave. Aapa's in charge.
: 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?
: [about the three-eyed assassin
] Hey, I got it. The perfect name for that guy, Combustion Man. Toph
: Good job, Sokka. Now let's get out of here before Combustion Man catches us. Sokka
: See? It fits so well.
: 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.
: Speaking of money, I'm off to spend some. See you guys later.
[Cut to Fire Fountain Village where Sokka has just fulfilled his dream and bought himself a messenger hawk
: Hawky, welcome to Team Avatar. My name's Sokka and I'm your new owner, and, as such, I should warn you that there's already a lemur in our group, so I don't want to see any fighting. Sokka
: [Starts baby-talking
] Good wittle messenger Hawky. Who's got pwetty feathers?
[He walks by a wanted poster of Toph, and does a double-take
: ou're right, Hawky. This is bad.
: 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.
[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 think if we dig out the giant owl, he'll give us a ride?
: 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.
: We're drinking your Bending water?
[smacks his lips
: You used this on the swamp guy! Ugh!
: 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.
[Sokka stops walking and Toph bumps into him
: Can't you watch where you're...? Toph
: No. Sokka
: Right, sorry.
: You said to put a muzzle on him. Aang
: You muzzled Appa?
[Starts entering the Avatar state
: I'm sorry. I didn't know it belonged to the Avatar. Toph
: Tell me where Appa is! Ghashiun
: I traded him... to some merchants. He's probably in Ba Sing Se by now. They were going to sell him there. Please, we'll escort you out of the desert. We'll help however we can. Sokka
: [Sokka realizes Aang hasn't calmed down
] Just get out of here. Run!
: 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.
: [Seeing a cloud
] Appa! Sokka
: [Still hallucinating
] Appa? But why would Princess Yue need him? She's the moon. She flies by herself.
: 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?
: Sokka, when you first arrived, you were so unsure. You even seemed down on yourself. But I saw something in you right away. I saw a heart as strong as a lion turtle and twice as big. And as we trained, it wasn't your skills that impressed me. No, it certainly wasn't your skills. You showed something beyond that... creativity, versatility, intelligence. These are the traits that define a great swordsman. And these are the traits that define you. You told me that you didn't know if you were worthy. But I believe you to be more worthy than *any* man I have *ever* trained. Sokka
: I'm sorry, Master, you're wrong. I am not worthy. I am not who you think I am. I'm not from the Fire Nation, I'm from the Southern Water Tribe. I lied so that I could learn swordsmanship from you. I'm sorry. Piandao
: I'm sorry too.
[Draws his sword and starts to attack Sokka and Aang, Katara and Toph start to step forward
: [to Aang, Katara and Toph
] No. This is my fight. Alone.
: [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!
: These people have no idea how close they were to getting toasted last night. Toph
: Yeah, the worst thing about being in disguise is we don't get the hero worship anymore. I miss the love. Sokka
: Boo-hoo, poor heroes.
: Look, I appreciate the effort, but the fact is, each of you is so amazing and so special, and I'm... not. I'm just the guy in the group who's regular.
: 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.
: Let me guess. You've come hundreds of miles from your little village where your the best swordsman in town, and you think you deserve to learn from the master. Sokka
: Well, actually, I've been all over the world. Piandao
: Yep, here we go. Sokka
: And I know one thing for sure. I have a lot to learn.
: You've had a good first day of training. Sokka
: I have? But I thought I messed up every single thing we worked on. Piandao
: You messed things up in a very special way. You are ready for a *real* sword. Sokka
] Are you give me one of yours? Piandao
: Your sword must be an extension of yourself. So tomorrow, *you* will make your own sword.
[shows Sokka an amazing view over a waterfall, grabs his head and turns him around. Then pushes him to a sitting on the ground in front of painting supplies
: Now paint it.
[Sokka attempts to turn his head for another look but Piandao Grabs his head and turns it back again
: And no peeking. Sokka
: [Some time later
] I'm finished. Sokka
: [Looks around and Sokka holds up his painting
] You added a rainbow. Sokka
: [Innocently, looking at his painting
] Is that okay?
: The warrior practices a variety of arts to keep his mind sharp and fluid.
[Flattens out a piece of paper on the table
: The first *you* will learn is calligraphy. Write your name. Sokka
] Writing my name will make me a better swordsman? Piandao
: When you write your name, you stamp the paper with your identity. You must learn to use your sword to stamp your identity on a battlefield.
[Sokka dips the brush in ink and prepares to write
: Remember, you cannot take back a stroke of the brush or a stroke of the sword.
[Sokka hesitates while thinking about writing his and and brings the inky brush to his face while thinking
: You are getting ink on your face. Sokka
: I am?
[looks at the brush, thinking
: I am. So this is about putting my identity on the page, right?
[Covers his face in ink and stamps the page with it
: 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?
: 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
: [to Jet
] You just took out a whole army almost single-handed. Sokka
: Army? Pfft! There was only, like, 20 guys.
: [after robbing an old man
] Have you forgotten that the Fire Nation killed your mother? Remember why you fight! Smellerbee
: We got his stuff, Jet. Sokka
: This doesn't feel right. Jet
: It's what has to be done.
: You lied to Aang and Katara about the forest fire. Jet
: 'Cause they don't understand the demands of war. Not like you and I do. Sokka
: I do understand. I understand that there's nothing you won't do to get what you want.
: The Fire Nation is gone and this valley is will be safe. Sokka
: [Sokka arrives on Appa
] It will be safe, without you.
: 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.
: How can you stand by and do nothing while Jet wipes out a whole town? Pipsqueak
: Hey, listen, Sokka, Jet's a great leader. We follow what he says, and things always turn out okay. Sokka
: If that's how Jet leads, then he's got a lot to learn.
: 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.
[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.
: 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.
: Is there a problem? Suki
: Yeah. I got a problem with you. I've seen your type before. Probably sarcastic, think you're hilarious, and let me guess, you're travelling with the Avatar. Sokka
: Do I know you? Suki
: You mean you don't remember? Maybe you'll remember this. Sokka
: [Suki kisses Sokka's cheek
[after Toph stops a rock slide from killing Sokka and Suki
: Suki, are you okay? You have to be more careful. Come on!
] Toph Beifong
: 'Thanks for saving my life, Toph.' Hey no problem, Sokka.
: Then, why are you acting so overprotective? Sokka
: It's so hard to lose someone you care about. Something happened at the North Pole and I couldn't protect someone. I don't want anything like that to ever happen again. Suki
: I lost someone I cared about. He didn't die, he just went away. I only had a few days to get to know him, but he was smart and brave and funny. Sokka
: Who is this guy? Is he taller than me? Suki
: No, he's about your height. Sokka
: Is he better looking? Suki
: It *is* you, stupid.
: Toph, come on, it's just ice. Toph Beifong
: Actually, I'm going to stay on my little island where I can see.
[the Serpent's tail hits close to Toph. Toph screams
] Toph Beifong
: Okay, I'm coming! Sokka
] You're doing great! Just follow the sound of my voice! Toph Beifong
: It's hard to ignore.
: So, you want to go see the baby, or are you going to faint like an old lady again? Sokka
: No, no, I'm good this time.
: Um, four tickets for the ferry to Ba Sing Se, please. Bureaucrat
: Passport. Aang
: Uh, no one told us we had to have passports. Sokka
: [Stepping forward
] Don't you know who this is? He's the Avatar. Bureaucrat
] Ah, I see fifty Avatars a day. And by the way, not a very impressive costume.
[She points over the the left, showing a motley group of boys in avatar costumes lounging together
: 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.
: I know you must be surprised to see me here. Sokka
: Not really, since you've followed us all over the world.
: I've done some good things. I mean, I could have stolen your bison at Ba Sing Se, but I set him free. That's something.
[Appa licks Zuko
: Appa does seem to like him. Sokka
: He probably just covered himself in honey or something so that Appa would lick him. I'm not buying it.
: Look, I admit I've done some awful things. I was wrong to try to capture you, and I'm sorry that I attacked the Water Tribe, and I never should have sent that Fire Nation assassin after you. I'm going to try to stop... Sokka
: Wait, you sent Combustion Man after us? Prince Zuko
: Well, that's not his name, but...
: [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.
: I miss Pipsqueak. Sokka
: I miss not having blisters on my feet.
: 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
: Great job with the cloud camo, but next time let's disguise ourselves as the kind of cloud who knows how to keep its mouth shut. Toph
: Yeah, we wouldn't want a bird to hear us chatting up there and turn us in. Sokka
: Hey, we're in enemy territory. Those are enemy birds.
: Sokka, we don't need to become cave people. What we need is some new clothes. Aang
: Yeah, blending in is better than hiding out. If we get Fire Nation disguises, we'll be just as safe as we would be hiding in a cave. Toph
: Plus, they have real food out there. Does anyone want to sit in the dirt and eat cave hoppers?
[Toph hits the cave wall and some cave hoppers fall to the ground. Momo pounces on one and starts eating it
: [to Momo
] Looks like we got out voted, sport. Let's get some new clothes.
: Where have you been? We've been worried sick! Aang
: I got invited to play with some kids after school. Sokka
: After *what*? Aang
: I enrolled in a Fire Nation school. And I'm going back tomorrow. Sokka
: Enrolled in *what*?
[Sokka passes out
: Aang, I'm trying to be mature and not immediately shoot down your idea, but it sounds *really* terrible. Toph
: Yeah, we got our outfits. What do you need to go to school for? Aang
: Every minute I'm in that classroom, I'm learning new things about the Fire Nation. I already have a picture of Fire Lord Ozai.
[Aang hols ups a picture
: And here's one I made out of noodles.
: That settles it! No more school for you, young man. Aang
: I'm not ready to leave. I'm having fun for once. Just being a normal kid. You don't know what it's like, Sokka. You get to be normal all the time. Toph
: Ha-ha. Sokka
: Listen, guys. Those kids at school are the future of the Fire Nation. If we want to change this place for the better, we need to show them a little taste of freedom. Sokka
: What could you possible do for a country of depraved little fire monsters? Aang
: I'm going to throw them a secret dance party.
[Everyone stares blankly at Aang
: Go to your room!
: 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.
: Oh, we're going to a meat place? Sokka
: Come on, Aang, everyone here eats meat. Even the meat.
[He indicates a nearby cow-hippo, happily munching away on meat scraps
: You guys go ahead. I'll just get some lettuce out of the garbage.
: I can't believe we're having a dance party. It seems so... silly. Aang
: Don't think of it as a dance party, but as a cultural event, celebrating the art of fancy footwork.
: 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.
: 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?
: Sokka, the longer we're here, the more I think you shouldn't be doing that. Sokka
: No, I asked the swamp. It said it was fine. Right, swamp? Sokka
: [In a high-pitched voice
] "No problem, Sokka."
: I know this is gonna sound weird, but I think the swamp is... calling to me. Sokka
: Is it telling you were we can get something to eat? Aang
: No. I... I think it wants us to land there.
: Bumi said to learn Earthbending, I would have to wait and listen. And now I'm actually hearing the Earth. Do you want me to ignore it? Sokka
: Yes. Katara
: I don't know. There's something ominous about that place.
: Does anyone else get the feeling that we're being watched? Sokka
: Please. We're all alone out here.
[Swings his sword at a firefly a few times, Several glowing eyes appear
: Except for them. Sokka
: Right. Except for them.
: Yue? This is just a trick of the light. Swamp gas. I hit my head running away last night. I'm going crazy. Princess Yue
: You didn't protect me.
: What do you guys think you're doing? I've been looking all over for you! Katara
: Well, I've been wandering around looking for *you*! Aang
: I was chasing some girl. Katara
: What girl? Aang
: I don't know. I heard laughing and I saw some girl in a fancy dress.
: We were flying over and I heard something calling to me, Telling me to land. Sokka
: He's the Avatar. Stuff like that happens to us a lot.
: Maybe we should be a little nicer to the swamp. Sokka
: [Chopping through vines
] Aang, these are just plants. Do you want me to say "please" and "thank you" as I swing my machete back and forth? Katara
: Maybe you should listen to Aang. Something about this place feels... alive. Sokka
: I'm sure there are a lot of things that are alive here. And if we don't want to wind up getting eaten by them, we need to find Appa as fast as we can.
: Well, I hope you realize now that nothing strange was going on here. Just a bunch of greasy people living in a swamp. Katara
: What about the visions? Sokka
: I told you, we were hungry. I'm eating a giant bug. Aang
: But what about when the tree showed me where Appa and Momo were? Katara
: That's Avatar stuff, that doesn't count.
: How stupid do you think I am? Sokka
: Pretty stupid.
[Sokka has been temporarily paralyzed
: I'm starting to get some feeling back.
[part of a wall collapses on him
[In a flashback
: I'm coming with you. Hakoda
: You're not old enough to go to war, Sokka. You know that. Sokka
: I'm strong, I'm brave, I can fight. *Please*, Dad? Hakoda
: Being a man is knowing where you're needed the most, and for you, right now, that's here protecting your sister.
: Perfume? Maybe we could dump some on Appa, because he stinks so much. Am I right? Bato
: You have your father's wit.
: Bato, it looks like home. Sokka
: Everything's here, even the pelts. Aang
: Yeah. Nothing's cozier than dead animal skins.
: 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.
: That thing sees with its nose. Let's give him something to look at. Superior
: The perfume?
: 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.
: Was it you or Dad that put an octopus on your head and convinced Gran Gran you were a Water Wpirit? Bato
: Your dad wore the octopus, but...
[In a sinister tone
: ...I did the spooky voice.
: Hey, look, a sword made out of a whale's tooth. Sokka
: Let me see that. This is a Water Tribe weapon. See if you can find anything else.
: I'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.
: [as their fighting the Earth King's guards
] Seriously, we're actually on your guy's side!
[to a falling guard
: Detain the assailants. Sokka
: But we dropped our weapons. We're your allies. Long Feng
: Make sure the Avatar and his friends never see daylight again. Earth King
: The Avatar?
[pointing to Sokka
] Earth King
: You're the Avatar? Sokka
: Uh, no.
[nods to Aang
: Him. Aang
: Over here. Long Feng
: What does it matter, Your Highness? They are enemies of the state. Earth King
: Perhaps you're right.
[Bosco walks up and starts licking Aang
] Earth King
: Though Boscco seems to like him. I'll hear what he has to say.
: What are you suggesting, Sokka? Sokka
: That's the day we need to invade the Fire Nation... The day of Black Sun. Earth King
: I don't know. That would require moving troops out of Ba Sing Se. We'd be completely vulnerable. Sokka
: You're already vulnerable. The Fire Nation won't stop until Ba Sing Se falls. You can either sit back and wait for that to happen, or take the offensive and give yourself a fighting chance. Earth King
: [Slight pause
] Very well, you have my support.
: 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.
: You see, Aang? A little positive thinking works wonders. We got the King on our side, we got Long Feng arrested, and when we get back, Suki's waiting for me. Aang
: Yeah, girls are waiting for us. Thanks, positive attitude. Sokka
: Everything is gonna work out perfectly. From now on and forever.
: I can't believe it. There's a man living at the Eastern Air Temple. He says he's a guru. Sokka
: What's a guru? Some kind of poisonous blowfish? Aang
: No, a spiritual expert. He wants to help me take the next step in the Avatar journey. He says he can teach me to control the Avatar State.
: 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.
: 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.
: Who ate all my blubbered-seal jerky? Aang
: That was food? I used it to start the campfire last night. Sokka
] That was why the smoke smelled so good...
: Hey, stomach, be quiet, all right? I'm trying to find us some food.
: Katara, whoever's in there might help me figure out this Avatar thing! Sokka
: [Pops out from behind Aang eagerly
] And whoever's in there might have a medley of delicious cured meats.
: Lemur! Sokka
] Dinner. Aang
: Don't listen to him. You're going to be my new pet. Sokka
: Not if I get him first!
[Both jump at the lemur which runs off
: Wait, Come back! Sokka
: I want to eat you!
: Hey guys, I think this river is polluted.
[Aang uses Airbending to whisk off the mud covering up but it gets on everyone else
[Aang uses Airbending to clean everyone up
: Well, that explains why I can't catch a fish around here. Because normally, my fishing skills are... off the hook... Get it? Like a fishing hook. Toph
: Too bad your skills aren't *on* the hook.
: 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.
: Would you like the one-headed fish or the two-headed fish? Sokka
: Two-headed! Sokka
: [to Aang, Katara and Toph
] What? You get more for your money that way.
: 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.
: 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.
: 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.
: Maybe if you guys are lucky, the Painted Lady will visit you in the night and heal your friend. Sokka
] And maybe she'll cook us a midnight snack, and we'll all have a sing-a-long. Dock
] Yeah, maybe.
: [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.
: [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!
[after witnessing Mai and Ty Lee decimate Team Terra
] General Sung
: We're doomed! Sokka
: [Sokka slaps General Sung
] Get a hold of yourself, man! General Sung
: You're right. I'm sorry. Sokka
: Maybe you'd like the Avatar's help now? General Sung
: [Meekly to Aang
] Yes, please.
: 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!
: Everyone inside that wall, the whole world, is counting on us. Sokka
: The whole world minus the Fire Nation, that is.
: Wow, Azula, you were right. It *is* the Avatar...!
[Ty Lee notices Sokka. Flirtatiously
] Ty Lee
: ...And friends. Sokka
: [In a hole
] It's so dark down here. I can't see anything. Toph
] Oh, no, what a nightmare. Sokka
: 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.
: Yeah, thanks for the tour, but we've still got the drill problem. General Sung
: Not for long. To stop it, I've sent an elite platoon of Earthbenders called the Terra Team. Sokka
: That's a good group name. Very catchy.
: 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
: 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.
: Boomerang! You do always come back!
: [to Aang
] So some people don't like you. Big deal. There's a whole nation of Firebenders who hate you. Now, let's bust you out of here.
: So, uh, what's Suki up to? Is she around? Oyaji
: Actually she and the other warriors left to fight in the war. You kids had a big impact on Suki. She said you inspired her, that she wanted to help change the world. Sokka
: Oh, well... that's great.
: [Trying to get Sokka to help solve his case
] That's okay, Sokka. For some reason, I thought you were an expert detective. Sokka
] Well, I guess I *could* be classified as such. Katara
: [Playing along
] Yeah. Back home, he was famous for solving the mystery of the missing seal jerky. Sokka
: Everyone wanted to blame it on a polar leopard, but I figured out it was Old Man Jarko wearing polar leopard boots. See, a real eight hundred pound polar leopard would have left much deeper tracks. Okay, I guess I am pretty good.
: [after loosing his boomerang
] I feel like I've lost part of my identity. Imagine if you lost your arrow, or if Katara lost her...
[tries to think of something
: ... hair loopies.
[Walking up to a merchant's stall
: Here's your produce, ponytail guy. Sokka
] I used to be boomerang guy...
] 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.
[Sokka is asleep, mouth wide open, and a spider has built a web on it. A fly lands on the web and Momo grabs it, putting his paw in Sokka's mouth
: What are you doing in my mouth? Momo, you need to be a little more sensitive to my boundaries.
: [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?
: Let's go, Appa. Come on, boy. Look, I'm sorry, but Katara and Sokka aren't coming to the Fire Nation with us. If they got hurt, I'd never forgive myself. So get your big butt off the ground and let's go!
[Appa remains on the ground
: I think his big butt is trying to tell you something.
: 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.
: Follow me. Sokka
: Do you know where you're going? Aang
[Make quick turn. Then comes running back
: Wrong way!
: Things have changed. In the past, the Sages were loyal only to the Avatar. When Roku died, the Sages eagerly awaited for the next Avatar to return... but he never came. Aang
: They were waiting for me. Sokka
: Hey, don't feel bad. You're only a hundred years late.
: [excitedly after escaping the Fire Navy fleet
] We made it! Sokka
: [scared to death
] We got into the Fire Nation... Great!
: How's Aang going to make it out of this? Sokka
: How're *we* going to make it out of this?
: Warriors, away from the enemy. The foreigner is banished from our village. Katara
: Sokka, you're making a mistake. Sokka
: No, I'm keeping my promise to Dad. I'm protecting you from threats like him. Katara
: Aang is not our enemy! Don't you see? Aang's brought us something we haven't had in a long time. Fun. Sokka
: Fun? We can't fight Firebenders with fun! Aang
: [smiling earnestly
] You should try it sometime.
: Katara! Would you really choose him over your own tribe? Your own family? Aang
: [Long pause
] Katara, I don't want to come between you and your family.
[Aang mounts Appa
: So you're leaving the South Pole? This is goodbye?
: Looking for me? Prince Zuko
: You're the Airbender? You're the Avatar? Katara
: Aang? Sokka
: No way. Prince Zuko
: I've spent years preparing for this encouter, training, meditating. You're just a child. Prince Zuko
: Well, you're just a teenager.
: 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
: 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.
: I'm just a guy with a boomerang. I didn't ask for the flying and magic.
: 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.
: [after a pirate captures Aang in a net
] Oh, what? I'm not good enough to kidnap?
[an identical net snags him
: [to Katara while battling a band of pirates
] Hey! You did the Water Whip! Katara
: I couldn't have done it without your help! Sokka
: [being restrained by three pirates
] Will you two quit congratulating each other and help me out?
: Would you sit down? If we hit a bump, you'll go flying off. What's bugging you anyway? Aang
: It's what Avatar Roku said. I'm supposed to master all four elements before that comet arrives. Sokka
: Well, let's see. You've pretty much mastered Airbending, and that only took you 112 years. I'm sure you can master three more elements by next summer.
: My life was hard enough when you were *just* an Airbender.
: Wait a minute. Sea-loving traders with suspiciously acquired merchandise? And pet reptile birds? You guys are pirates! Pirate Barker
: We prefer to think of ourselves as "High-Risk Traders."
: 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.
: Time to practice Waterbending. Sokka
: Great. So what am I supposed to do? Aang
: You could... clean the gunk out of Appa's toes. Sokka
: So, while you guys are playing in the water, I'm supposed to be hard at work picking mud out of a giant bison's feet? Aang
] Mud and bugs.
: 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.
: 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.
: Sokka, you've got to get up and do your rock-climbing exercises. Sokka
] What? Aang
: In one of my dreams, you were running from Fire Nation soldiers, trying to climb this cliff, but you were too slow and they got you. Sokka
] But that was just a dream. I'm a great climber. Aang
: [Points to a cliff
] Then climb that cliff. Climb it fast! Sokka
: [Begins climbing, annoyed
] Stupid Avatar. Stupid cliff. Stupid dream. I can climb fast. Aang
: [as Toph is about to take a drink of water
] Don't drink that! Sokka
: [startled and falls off cliff
] Oh! Toph
: Why? Is it poisoned? Aang
: In my dream, we were right in the middle of the invasion, and you had to stop to use the bathroom. We died because of your tiny bladder. Aang
: [to Katara
] And you need to start wearing your hair up. In my dream, your hair got caught in a train, and... Katara
: [Cutting him off
] Aang, I know you're just trying to help, but you really need to get a grip. You're unraveling.
: [Acting as Aang's psychiatrist
] Why don't you get right down to business and tell me what's been bothering you. Aang
: You know what's bothering me! I have to fight the Fire Lord in a few days. Sokka
: Mm-hmm. Tell me more about this... 'Fire Lord.' Why are you so afraid of him? Aang
: You said it yourself. He's the baddest man on the planet. I'm supposed to defeat him and save the world. Sokka
: Hmm, life does feel that way sometimes, doesn't it? Like we're all trying to save the world from evil. Aang
: [Getting annoyed
] Okay, but what can I do to feel better? Sokka
: Want to try screaming into this pillow?
[Hands Aang a fluffy Koala-Sheep
: [to Appa, about Aang
] Yeah, leave the kid alone. Appa
] Hey, who asked you?
[Appa and Momo snarl at each other
: Guys, come on. Appa
: No, I am sick of this guy always mouthing off and telling me what to do. Momo
: Oh, you don't like it? Well, let's go right now! Aang
: [Runs up to Sokka
] Sokka, what should we do? Sokka
: About what? Aang
: About that!
[Points to Appa and Momo, who in his mind are engaged in a fierce sword duel
[Sees a large fluffy pad and pokes at it skeptically
: Oh look, another hallucination. An imaginary bed made out of clouds. Toph
: Hey, it's real! We spent hours working on it. Sokka
: We made it for you.
[See the Koala-sheep have had their fur sheared off
: A good night sleep will probably take the crazy away. We hope. Aang
: Look, you guys keep telling me I need to sleep. But I can't! The invasion's tomorrow! Katara
: Aang... Aang
: No, Katara! There's still so much I haven't learned. I don't need sleep. What I need is practice. Quick, hit me. Katara
: I'm not going to hit you. Toph
: You want me to do it?
: This is it. The official rendezvous point for the invasion force. Toph
: How did you pick this place? Sokka
: Before we split up, my Dad and I found this island on a map. It's uninhabited and the harbor surrounded by cliffs seemed like the perfect secluded place.
[after finding their separate ways out of the Cave of Two Lovers
: How did you guys get out? Aang
: Just like the legend says, we let love lead the way. Sokka
: Really? We let huge ferocious beasts lead our way.
: Look, I hate to be the wet blanket here, but since Katara's busy, I guess it's up to me. We need to get to Omashu. No sidetracks, no worms, and definitely no rainbows. Chong
: Whoa. Sounds like someone's got a case of destination fever. Heh. You worry too much about where you're going. Lily
: You gotta focus less on the where and more on the going. Sokka
: Chong, how long do those torches last? Chong
: Chong, how long do those torches last? Lily
: And we have five torches, so that's...
[she takes the other four torches she is holding a strikes then on the ground like matches, lighting them instantly
: ...ten hours. Sokka
: [while grabbing and stomping out the torches she lit
] It doesn't work like that if they're all lit at the same time.
: Oh, great, your plans have led us to another dead end. Sokka
] At least I'm thinking of ideas and trying to get us out of here, Moku. Chong
: Whoa, whoa, wait a minute. We're thinking of ideas? 'Cause I've had an idea for, like, an hour now. Sokka
] Yes! We're all thinking of ideas! Chong
: Well, then listen to this. If love is the key out of here, then all we need to do is play a love song.
[Sokka smacks his forehead
: The journey was long and annoying, but now you get to see what it's really about, the destination. I present to you the Earth Kingdom city of O...
[devastated with realization, seeing the city has been attacked by the Fire Nation
: ...Oh, no.
: [Trying to sing to stop the badger moles from attacking
] Badgermoles coming toward me. Come on guys, help me out. Chong
] The big bad badgermoles who work in the tunnels. Hate the wolfbats but love the sounds.
: How far are we from the tunnel? Chong
: Actually, it's not just one tunnel. The lovers didn't want anyone to find out about their love, so they built a whole labyrinth. Sokka
: Labyrinth? Chong
: I'm sure we'll figure it out. Lily
: All you need to do is trust in love... according to the curse. Sokka
: [frustrated yell
: 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.
: People disappearing in the woods. Weird stuff during full moons. This just reeks of Spirit World shenanigans. Aang
: I bet if we take a little walk around town, we'll find out what these people did to the environment to make the spirits mad. Sokka
: And then you can sew up this little mystery lickety-split, Avatar style. Aang
: Helping people, that's what I do.
: You know, you should be careful. People have been disappearing in those woods you were camping in. Sokka
: What do you mean, disappearing? Hama
] When the moon turns full, people walk in, and they don't come out... Hama
] Who wants more tea?
: This is a mysterious little town you have here. Hama
: Mysterious town for mysterious children.
: This has got to be the nicest natural setting in the Fire Nation. I don't see anything that would make a spirit mad around here. Toph
: Maybe the Moon Spirit just turned mean. Sokka
: The Moon Spirit is a gentle loving lady! She rules the sky with compassion and... lunar goodness.
: [Finding a cavern
] This is the place. Sokka
: I can't see anything down there. Toph
: That's why you have me. Let's go!
: We know what you've been doing, Hama! Aang
: Give up! You're outnumbered. Hama
: No! You've outnumbered yourselves.
: [attacking Katara under Hama's control
] Katara, look out! It's like my brain has a mind of its own. Stop it, arm, stop it!
: [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.
: Please tell you're here because the Fire Lord turned out to be a big wimp and you didn't even need the eclipse to take him down. Aang
: He wasn't home. No one was. The entire palace city is abandoned. Sokka
: They knew.
: Wait. If they knew we were coming, it could all be a trap. Maybe we should use the time left to make sure we all get out of here safely. Hakoda
: Everyone who's here today came prepared to risk everything for this mission. They know what's at stake. If there's still a chance and there's still hope, I think they would want Aang to go for it. Sokka
: What do you think? You're the one who has to face the Fire Lord. Whatever you decide, I'm with you. Aang
: I've got to try.
: [Leading them through some tunnels
] This way. That one's a dead end. Sokka
: What would we do without you? Toph
: Perish in burning hot magma. Sokka
: Yeah, pretty much.
: [Crossing an area filled with small volcanoes
] We'll have to be fast but careful.
[Sokka takes a step, a volcano goes off in front of him.Sokka yelps
: How was that careful? Sokka
: I was wrong. We need to be fast, careful and lucky.
: Maybe it's not too late. The eclipse is over, but I can face the Fire Lord anyway. Sokka
: No. I don't think that's a good idea. Aang
: But I'm ready. I came here with a job to do, and everyone's counting on me. Toph
: The Fire Lord knew we were coming this time. We thought we had surprise on our side, but we didn't. It just wasn't our day. What we need to do now is go help our friends.
: 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.
: Where is he? Where's the Fire Lord? Azula
: Hmm, you mean I'm not good enough for you? You're hurting my feelings. Sokka
: Stop wasting our time and give us the information. You're powerless right now, so you're in no position to refuse. Toph
: And stick to the truth. I'll be able to tell if you're lying. Azula
: Are you sure? I'm a pretty good liar. I am a 400-foot0tall purple platypus bear with pink horns and silver wings. Toph
: ...Okay, you're good. I admit it.
[Toph encases Azula's body in an Earth prison
: But you really ought to consider telling me the truth anyway.
: Wait! Aang, Toph, stop attacking. Don't you see what she's doing? She's just playing with us. She's not even trying to win this fight. Azula
: Not true. I'm giving it my all. Toph
: You're trying to keep us here and waste all our time. Azula
: Um, right. I think your friend just said that, genius. And since you can't see, I should tell you, I'm rolling my eyes. Toph
: I'll roll your whole *head*! Sokka
: She's just baiting you again. Aang
: Okay, so what do we do, just ignore her? Sokka
: We don't have a choice. We just have to get out of here and find the Fire Lord on our own somehow. Azula
: It's a trap. Don't say I didn't warn you. Sokka
: Ignore! Azula
: So, Sokka's your name, right? My favorite prisoner used to mention you all the time. She was convinced you were going to come rescue her. Of course, you never came, and she gave up on you.
[Sokka yells, turns, and charages Azula
: [softly to herself
] Come and get it.
[Azula secretly readies a throwing star but Toph hears her and Earthbends to deflect it and trap Azula against the wall which allows Sokka to reach her
: [with barely controlled anger
] Where... is... Suki?
: 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?
] What did you do? Aang
: It was an accident! I was... Katara, I'm so...
[Sokka tackles Aang
: I told you we shouldn't mess around with this! Look what you did! You burned my sister!
: 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.
: Look, the inner wall! I can't believe we finally made it to Ba Sing Se in one piece. Toph Beifong
: Hey, don't jinx it. We could still be attacked by some giant, exploding Fire Nation spoon, or find out the city's been submerged in an ocean full of killer shrimp. Toph Beifong
: You been hitting the cactus juice again? Sokka
: I'm just saying weird stuff happens to us.
: [about Joo Dee
] Is that woman deaf? She only seems to hear every other word I say. Toph Beifong
: It's called being handled. Get used to it.
: More good news. Your request for an audience with the Earth King is being processed, and should be put through in a month. Much more quickly than usual. Sokka
: A month? Joo Dee
: Six to eight weeks actually.
: Hello. My name is Joo Dee. I have been given the great honor of showing the Avatar around Ba Sing Se. And you must be Sokka, Katara, and Toph. Welcome to our wonderful city. Shall we get started? Sokka
: Yes. We have information about the Fire Nation Army that we need to deliver to the Earth King immediately. Joo Dee
: Great. Let's begin our tour, and then I'll show you to your new home here. I think you'll like it.
[Joo Dee turns around and attempts to lead Aang and his friends
: Augh! Maybe you missed what I said. We need to talk to the King about the war. It's important. Joo Dee
: You're in Ba Sing Se now. Everyone is safe here.
[Everyone has a confused look on their face in reaction to Joo Dee's odd statement
: This is the middle ring of Ba Sing Se, home to the financial district, shops and restaurants and the university. Sokka
: Yeah, we met a Professor from Ba Sing Se University. He took us to an ancient underground library, where we discovered information about the war that is...
[Speaking with emphasis
: ...absolutely crucial for the King to hear! Joo Dee
] Isn't history fascinating? Look! Here's one of the oldest buildings in the middle ring, Town Hall.
: 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.
: [as they're flying on Appa
] Wow. I can't believe you do this every day. Sokka
: Yeah, we pretty much live up here. Princess Yue
: Is it always this cold in the sky?
[Yue moves closer to Sokka
: Not when you're with someone.
: [as they're running for shelter
] What's wrong? We have to go! Princess Yue
: No Sokka, wait. I can't see you anymore. Not at all. Sokka
: What? We're just friends. Princess Yue
: I wish we could just be friends, but I like you too much, and it's too confusing to be around you. I'm marrying someone else.
: 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.
: These are real uniforms capture from *actual* Fire Nation soldiers. Sokka
: When? Like 100 years ago? Chief Arnook
: Princess Yue's marrying you? Hahn
: Yeah. What of it? Sokka
: Nothing. Congratulations.
: Now, our first objective is to determine the identity of their commanding officer. Sokka
: His name is Zhao. Middle-aged, big sideburns, bigger temper.
: What happened? Where's Zuko? Katara
: He took Aang. He took him right out from under me. Sokka
: Where did they go?
: Then it's settled. Aang, I do believe it's my turn. I'd like to spend my vacation at the *library*! Toph Beifong
: Uh, hey, what about me? When do I get to pick? Sokka
: You've got to work here a little longer before you qualify for vacation time. Toph Beifong
Wan Shi Tong
: [to Katara
] Your Waterbending won't do you much good here. I've studied Northern Water style, Southern Water style, even Foggy Swamp style. Sokka
: [drops from the ceiling and knocks him out with a heavy book
] That's called Sokka style. Learn it!
: There's no time for vacations. Aang
: I'm learning the elements as fast as I can. I practice hard every day with Toph and Katara. I've been training my arrow off.
: 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!
: [Looking at an illustration in a book
] Hey, look at these weird lion-turtle things. Sokka
: [Glances at it
] Eh, I've seen weirder.
Wan Shi Tong
: I'll let you peruse my vast collection on one condition. To prove your worth as scholars, you have to contribute some worthwhile knowledge. Professor Zei
: [Kneels on the ground, offering a thick book
] Please accept this tome as a donation to your library. Wan Shi Tong
: First edition, very nice. Katara
: [Katara comes forward
] I have an authentic Waterbending scroll. Wan Shi Tong
: Ooh, these illustrations are quite stylish. Aang
: [Thinking about what to give
] Uh, oh, I know! Ha!
[pulls a scroll from his shirt and presents it, revealing it to be a Fire Nation wanted poster for the Avatar
] Wan Shi Tong
: I suppose that counts. Sokka
: Oh, great spirit, check this out.
[quickly ties the string into a butterfly shaped knot and holds it out
: Ta da!
[Wan Shi Tong stares in silence
: It's a special knot! That counts as knowledge! Wan Shi Tong
: You're not very bright, are you?
: 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.
: There's something coming towards us! Aang
: What is it? Toph Beifong
: It feels like an avalanche, but also *not* an avalanche. Sokka
: Your powers of perception are frightening.
: Oh no, the sun is rising. We've been up all night with no sleep. Aang
: Sokka, we'll be okay. Sokka
: [Speaking desperately, making erratic arm movements and crazy facial expressions
] Are you sure? I've never not slept before. What if I fall asleep now and something happens? And something *always* happens!
: We can take 'em, three on three. Sokka
: Actually, Toph, there's four of us. Toph Beifong
: Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't count you, you know, no Bending and all. Sokka
: [Making a furious expression at Toph, while shouting in an equally furious way
] I can still fight! Sokka
: Okay, three on three, plus Sokka.
] Toph Beifong
: Hey, you guys picked a great campsite. The grass is so soft. Sokka
: That's not grass, Appa's shedding. Sokka
: Oh, gross.
: 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?
: [as the guide is being attacked by canyon crawlers
] We got to help him!
[Sokka throws his boomerang at a canyon crawler then the crawler starts going after Sokka
: Okay, now we got to help me!
: 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!
: [Telling Sokka the story of the tribe's feud
] Our conflict with the Gan Jin goes back over a hundred years... Our forefather, Wei Jin, was leaving the Western Gate of our village when he saw a figure in the distance. It was a man of the Gan Jin tribe, Jin Wei, collapsed on the ground. Noble Wei Jin stopped to help him. Jin Wei was transporting a sacred orb, a very powerful relic used in his tribe's redemption ritual. Wei Jin tried to tend to the man's wounds, but Jin Wei insisted the orb was more important, and asked him to take it back to his tribe. Kind Wei Jin promised to send help for the man as soon as he could, but as Wei Jin crossed the border to return the orb into Gan Jin territory, he was arrested. Instead of thanking him for his kind and selfless deed, they sentenced him to twenty long years in prison. We Zhang's will never forget that injustice. Sokka
: That's just terrible.
[Pointing to her leg of meat
: You gonna finish that?
: 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.
: 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.
: [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
: What is that thing? Aang
: This is Appa. My flying bison. Sokka
: Right. And this is Katara, my flying sister.
: You just sneezed and flew 10 feet in the air! Aang
: Really? It felt higher than that.
: You know, last time I checked, humans can't fly! Aang
: Check again!
[Aang flies on his glider
: Now, men, it's important that you show no fear when face a Firebender. In the Water Tribe, we fight 'til the last man's standing. For without courage, how can we call ourselves men? Kid #2
: I gotta pee. Sokka
: Listen! Until your fathers return from the war, they're counting on you to be the men of this tribe. And that means no potty break! Kid #2
: But I really gotta go!
: 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.
: Giant light beams, flying bison, Airbenders, I think I've got Midnight Sun Madness. I'm going home to where stuff makes sense.
: Hey, you. You're lucky I didn't rat you out, but my generosity comes with a price. I know you're planning another escape attempt, and I want in. Sokka
: Actually, we're escaping right now, but we need a riot. You wouldn't happen to know how to start one, would you? Chit Sang
: A prison riot? Please.
[he grabs another prisoner, lifts him over his head and shakes him in the air in front of the other prisoners
] Chit Sang
: Hey! Riot!
[the prisoners start to riot
[entering his fathers cell disguised as a guard
: Thank goodness you're okay. Hakoda
: If you take one step closer, you'll see just how okay I am. Sokka
: [Removing his helmet
] Dad, it's me. Hakoda
: Sokka. My son.
[Hakoda hugs Sokka and chuckles
: You know, Sokka, you should be more careful with that guard outfit on. I almost punched you in the gut. Sokka
: Yeah, I ran into that problem earlier.
: And you know Prince Zuko? Hakoda
: The son of the Fire Lord? I don't know him, but I know of him. Sokka
: Well, he's here, too. Hakoda
: Sounds like a major problem. Sokka
: Actually, he's on our side now.
[Hakoda gives him a funny look
: I know, I had the same reaction. After all he's done, it was hard to trust him. But he's really proven himself, and I never would have found you without his help.
: Sokka, there's no prison in the world that can hold two Water Tribe geniuses. Sokka
: Then we'd better find two.
: [Thinking Suki's about to hit him
] You wouldn't dare.
[Suki ties the warden's hands and gags him
: Sorry Warden. You're my prisoner now.
[Zuko, Sokka, Hakoda and Chit Sang run up, out of breath
: We've got the warden. Now let's get out of here. Hakoda
: That's some girl. Sokka
: Tell me about it.
: 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?
: Line them up for the warden.
[Sokka sees his father in the line up and moves to get closer
: Dad... Excuse me, coming through. The warden wants me over there. Sorry.
] 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.
: Hey! Front row seats. I wonder why no one is sitting here?
[a boulder crashes right next to them
: I guess that's why.
: [about Toph
] She can't really be blind. It's just part of her character, right? Aang
: I think she is. Sokka
: I think she is going down!
: [about to fight Aang
] Do people really want to see *two* little girls fighting out here?
[the crowd Oohs
: I don't really want to fight you, I want to talk to you. Sokka
: Boo! No talking! Katara
: Don't boo at him!
: [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!
: [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?
: Did Jet just... die? Sokka
: You know, it was really unclear.
: 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.
: This is pathetic! My jokes are way funnier than this. Toph
] I think he's got you pegged.
: Apparently, the playwright thinks I'm an idiot who tells bad jokes about meat all the time. Suki
: Yeah, you tell bad jokes about plenty of other topics. Sokka
: I know!
: It seems like every time there's a big battle, you guys barely make it out alive. I mean, you guys lose a lot. Sokka
: You're one to talk, Suki. Didn't Azula take you captive? That's right, she did! Suki
: Are you trying to get on my bad side? Sokka
: I'm just saying.
] 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.
: [about Sokka's sand sculpture
] Is that a... blubbering blob monster? Sokka
: No! It's Suki!
[Aang and Toph laugh
: Suki, we'll all understand if you break up with him over this. Suki
: I think it's sweet.
[Sokka kisses her
: What happened? Sokka
: Zuko's gone crazy! I made a sand sculpture of Suki and he *destroyed* it!... Oh, and he's attacking Aang.
: 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.
: 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!
: 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.
[In front of a melon with a face carved into it, which has been placed on top of a stick
: Gather round, Team Avatar. In order to take out the Fire Lord, or, in this case, the Melon Lord, our timing has to be perfect. First, Suki and I will draw his fire. Then, Katara and Zuko charge in with some liquidy hot offense, and while the Melon Lord is distracted, Aang swoops in and Bam! He delivers the final blow. Toph
: Uh... what about me? Sokka
: For now, you're the Melon Lord's forces. Toph
: So I get to chuck flaming rocks at all of you? Sokka
: Whatever makes the training feel more realistic. Toph
: So how's Waterbending training?
: Master Poophead won't teach her because she's a girl. Sokka
: Why don't you just teach her, Aang? Katara
: Why didn't I think of that? At night, you can teach me whatever moves you learn from Master Pakku. That way you have someone to practice with, and I get to learn Waterbending. Everyone's happy. Sokka
: I'm not happy. Katara
: But you're never happy.
: I'm not one to complain, but can't Appa fly any higher? Aang
: I have an idea. Why don't we get on *your* back and *you* can fly us to the North Pole? Sokka
: I'd love to. Climb on, everyone. Sokka is ready for take off.
: [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.
: It's okay, you don't have to say anything. I'll see you around, okay?
[Yue kisses Sokka
: Okay, now I'm really confused. Happy, but confused. Princess Yue
: I do like you. A lot. But we can't be together. And not for the reason you think. It's because...
[Yue shows Sokka her necklace
] Princess Yue
: ...I'm engaged. I'm sorry.
: Hi, Princess Yue.
[Offering her something
: I made you something. I carved it myself. Princess Yue
: [Looking at the carving
] It's a bear. Sokka
: Actually, it's supposed to be a fish.
[He turns it sideways
: See, it has a fin.
: [to Aang about the cute animal
] Aang, this is my friend Fu-Fu Cuddly Poops. Fu-Fu Cuddly Poops, Aang. Aang
: [picking the animal up
] Aw, what a cute name for a little baby saber-toothed moose lion cub.
: [hunting a cute baby animal
] You're awfully cute, but unfortunately for you, you're made of meat.
: [after Aang fails to move a boulder
] Rock beats Airbender.
: [while stuck in a crevice in the ground, talking the animal he was hunting
] You probably think I deserve this, don't you?
[the baby moose lion peers over Sokka's forehead and looks at him
: Look, I'm sorry I hunted you, but that's just the natural order of things. Big things eat smaller things, nothing personal. But this time it didn't work out that way.
[the baby yawns and then walks in a circle on Sokka's head before lying down again and closing its eyes
: I admit it, you're cute.
[the moose lion begins licking its paws
: Okay, you convinced me. If I get out of this alive, it's a karmically correct vegetarian existence for me. No meat. Even though meat is so tasty.
: [Still stuck in the crevice
] Okay, karma person or thing, whoever's in charge of this stuff, if I can just get out of this situation alive, I will give up meat and sarcasm. Okay? Ow!
[the band holding Sokka's hair in the ponytail comes off after a strong tug by the baby moose lion and Sokka's hair becomes a fuzzy mess
: That's all I got. It's pretty much my whole identity. Sokka the meat and sarcasm guy. But I'm willing to be Sokka the veggies and straight talk fellow. Deal? Sokka
: [Aang appears
] Aang! Thank goodness. Have you got any meat?
: Well, if you can't Earthbend me out of here, go get Toph. Aang
: I can't do that either. Sokka
: You can't? Why not? Aang
: I-It would just be really... uncomfortable. Sokka
: Uncomfortable? Well, I wouldn't want you to feel uncomfortable. Aang
: Thanks, Sokka. This whole Earthbending thing really has me confused. There's so much pressure. Everyone expects me to get it right away. I-It puts me in a really awkward position. Sokka
: Awkward position, I think I know the feeling. Aang
: I-If I try, I-I fail. But if I don't try, I-I'm never going to get it. I feel like I'm caught between a rock and a hard place. Sokka
: Hmm, how about that?
: 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.
: This isn't right. We can't sit here and cower while Aang waits for some monster to show up. Old Wanderer
: If anyone can save us, he can. Sokka
: He still shouldn't have to face this alone.
: Sokka, go back! Sokka
: We'll fight him together, Aang. Aang
: I don't want to fight him unless I -
[Sokka gets taken
: 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.
: Yeah. We're all gonna get eaten by a spirit monster.
: 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.
: [looking at a map
] How am I going to find him, Uncle? He is clearly a master of evasive maneuvering. Sokka
: [cut to him, looking at the same map
] You have no idea where you're going, do you?
: There's no time to say good-bye. Sokka
: What about, I'm sorry? Suki
: For what? Sokka
: I treated you like a girl when I should have treated you like a warrior. Suki
: I am a warrior...
[kisses Sokka on the cheek
: ...but I'm a girl, too.
: Yeah, that was *real* convincing. Still, hard to argue with a 10-ton magical monster.
: [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.
: Spit it out. What do you want? Sokka
: [Sokka bows before Suki
] I would be honored if you would teach me. Suki
: Even if I'm a girl? Sokka
: I'm sorry if I insulted you earlier. I was wrong. Suki
: We normally don't teach outsiders, let alone boys.
: It's coming from over there!
[Aang and Katara run towards the sound
: Shouldn't we run *away* from huge booms. Not *toward* them?
: Just relax. You're taking all the fun out of this. Sokka
: By "this", do you mean intentionally being captured by an army of ruthless Firebenders? Aang
: Exactly. That's fun staff.
: Great! You're back. What's for dinner? Sokka
: We've got a few options. First, round nuts. And some kink of oval-shaped nuts. And some rock-shaped nuts, that might just be rocks. Dig in.
: I wish I knew how to make a hurricane. The Warden would run away and we'd steal his keys! Sokka
: Wouldn't he just take his keys with him? Aang
: I'm just tossing ideas around.
: [Pointing at Momo
] That lemur! He's Earthbending! Sokka
: No, you idiot! It's the girl! Firebender Soldier
] Oh, of course.
: 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.
[Sokka and the fisherman are out in the storm
] I'm too young to die! Fisherman
: I'm not, but I still don't wanna!
: [about Aang and Katara
] Hey, they left without saying goodbye. Fisherman
: You're friends ain't too polite, are they? Sokka
: I know! This one time I was... Fisherman
: [Handing Sokka a box
] Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Get below deck.
: 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.
: Do you hear that? It stopped raining.
[all step out onto the ledge in front of the cave and Appa shakes himself dry
[after Toph has defeated the ships helm crew
: Good work, Toph. Time to take control of the ship. Take the wheel. Toph
: I was talking to Suki. Sokka
: I was talking to Suki. Toph
: That would make a lot more sense.
: We're too late. The fleet's already taking off. Toph
: Then we're taking off, too. Where's the closest airship? Sokka
: It's right...
[Sokka, and Suki yell as Toph launches them all towards the airship
: [after Ozai's airship goes down
] What just happened? Sokka
: It's Aang! He's back!
: Go Aang! Airbending slice! Suki
: Shouldn't we be helping him? Sokka
: The Fire Lord is Aang's fight. We need to stay focused on stopping that fleet from burning down the Earth Kingdom. Toph
: And how do we do that, Captain Boomerang? I can't see outside of this floating hunk of metal. Sokka
: Airship slice!
: [pretending to be a Fire Nation captain
] Attention, crew, this is your Captain speaking. Everyone please report to the bomb bay immediately for hotcakes and sweet cream. We have a very special birthday to celebrate.
[cut to the bomb bay where the crew is standing around waiting
] Firebender #1
: Hey, I'm Quin Li. I work up in communications. Engineer
: Oh, hi. I work down in the engine room. That's probably why we never met before. Big airship, you know? Firebender #1
] Huh. Engineer
: Yep. Firebender #1
: So, do you know whose birthday it is? Firebender #2
: [Coming up to them
] I can't believe the Captain remembered my birthday. He really does care.
: [about June
] Hey, I remember her. She helped you attack us. Prince Zuko
: Yep, back in the good old days.
: Wait. Somone's missing from your group. Someone very important... Where's Momo? Sokka
: He's gone. And so is Aang. Bumi
: Oh, well, so long as they have each other, I'm sure we have nothing to worry about.
: Wow! You took back your whole city all by yourself. Bumi
: So what about you guys? Did you do anything interesting on the day of the eclipse?
[Zuko and Sokka exchange glances
] Prince Zuko
: Nah. Sokka
: No, not really.
: What do you mean Aang doesn't exist? Do you mean he's... you know, dead? June
: Nope. We could find him if he were dead. June
] Wow, it's a real head scratcher. See ya.
: Welcome to the family, Gramp Gramp. Master Pakku
: You can still just call me Pakku. Sokka
: [Smiles goofily
] How about Grandpakku? Master Pakku
: [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.
: [while sucking on a frozen frog
] Aang, how was your trip? Did you make any new friends? Aang
: No. I don't think I did.
: 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?
: [while sucking on a frozen frog
] Mm. This is tasty. Mm.
: I need to redeem myself. I need my honor back. Sokka
: Things couldn't get much worse.
[Giant sea serpent arises next to their ship
: The Universe just loves proving me wrong, doesn't it? Toph
: You make it too easy.
[stray fireball from the Fire Nation ship hits the serpent and it goes to attack the ship in response
: Thank you, the Universe.
: And the best part is, the eclipse isn't even our biggest advantage. Sokka
: [In a hushed voice
] We have a secret... you. Aang
: Me? Sokka
: Yep. The whole world thinks you're dead. Isn't that great?
: [as the ship's being attacked
] I can't just stand by and do nothing. Sokka
: Aang, no! You're still hurt. And you have to stay secret. Just let us handle this. Aang
: The world thinks I'm dead? How is that good news? That's terrible. Sokka
: No, it's great. It means the Fire Nation won't be hunting us anymore. And even better, they won't expect you on the day of Black Sun. Aang
: No, no, no, no, no. You have no idea. This is so messed up.
: What about the invasion? Sokka
: We'll join up with my Dad and the invasion force on the day of the eclipse. Toph
: Hey, what's... Oh, it's your glider. Aang
: That's okay. If someone saw it, it would give away my identity. It's better for now that no one knows I'm alive.
: [from trailer
] I taught him that...
: [from trailer
[jumping up and down
: [preparing to fight
] Everybody can help us now!
: [to Katara
] I don't think you've noticed, but we've started a rebillion.
: 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.
[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.
: 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.
[Zuko and Suki bump into each other while both going to Sokka's tent
: Oops. Wrong tent. Zuko
: Sorry, do you need to talk to Sokka, too? Suki
: Nope, not me.
[Suki walks away and Zuko enters Sokka's tent
] Well, hello...
[turns and realizes it's Zuko
: ...Uh, Zuko. Yes, why would I be expecting anyone different?
[Watching Zuko and Katara leave on Appa
: You know, you're pretty wise for a kid. Aang
: Thanks, Sokka. Sokka
: Usually it's annoying, but right now, I'm just impressed. Aang
: I appreciate that. Sokka
: So, can I borrow Momo for a week? Aang
: Why do you need Momo? Sokka
: Have I ever mentioned how sweet it is that you invented Metalbending? Toph
: You could stand to mention it more.
: Well, look at you, buster. Now that your Firebending is gone, I guess we should call you the Loser Lord. Ozai
: I am the Phoenix King.
: Oh, sorry, didn't mean to offend you, Phoenix King of Getting His Butt Whooped. Suki
: Yeah, or how about King of the... Guys Who Don't Win? Toph
: Leave the nicknames to us, honey.
[as the Kyoshi Warrios approach
: There's my favorite warriors! I have to admit, I kind of miss the face paint. So how's it feel to be back in uniform again? Ty Lee
: It feels great. Sokka
: Careful, Suki, Ty Lee's pretending to be a Kyoshi Warrior again. Suki
: It's okay, she's one of us now.
[Sokka makes a shocked yelp sound
] Ty Lee
: Yeah, the girls and I really bonded in prison, and after a few chi blocking lessons, they said I could join their group. We're gonna be best friends forever.
: 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.
: 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.
: We better find some solid ground before it finds us.
: 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.
: [about the Mechanist's homemade candle-clock
] You put spark powder in the candle. Mechanist
: Four flashes. So it's exactly four hours past midday, or as I call it, four o'candle.
: Princess Azula is here in Ba Sing Se. Aang
: She must have Katara. Uncle Iroh
: She has captured my nephew as well. Aang
: Then we'll work together to fight Azula and save Katara and Zuko. Sokka
: Whoa, there. You lost me at Zuko. Uncle Iroh
: I know how you must feel about my nephew. But believe me when I tell you, there is good inside him. Sokka
: Good inside him isn't enough. Why don't you come back when it's outside him, too, okay? Aang
: Katara's in trouble. All of Ba Sing Se is in trouble. Working together is our best chance.
: We should split up. Aang, you go with Iroh to look for Katara and the angry jerk... Sokka
: [to Iroh
] ... no offense. Uncle Iroh
: None taken.
: So what kind of trouble is Katara in? Aang
: I don't know. In my vision, I just knew she needed help. Sokka
: It'd be nice if your Avatar powers could be just a little more specific from time to time.
: Katara's fine. You have nothing to worry about. Aang
: But, in my vision, I felt so sure that she was in trouble. Earth King
: Well, she met with the Council of Generals to plan the invasion. And since then, she's been off with your friends, the Kyoshi Warriors. Sokka
: See, Aang, she's with Suki. They're probably back at our apartment right now talking about makeup or something. Aang
: Okay, maybe you're right. Earth King
: Believe me, if there was any danger at all, Bosco's animal instinct would sense it.
: [while putting up posters
] Toph, I guess you should just come with me. Toph Beifong
: Why? Because you think I can't put up posters on my own?
[Glues a poster with the picture to the wall
] Toph Beifong
: It's upside down, isn't it? I'll just go with Sokka.
: I bet they have Appa here in the city. Maybe he's in the same place they took Jet. Where did they take you? Jet
: Nowhere. I-I-I don't know what you're talking about. Aang
: We need to find a way to jog his real memories. Sokka
: Maybe Katara could kiss him. That should bring something back. Katara
: Maybe *you* kiss him, Sokka. Sokka
: Hey, just an idea. Aang
: Hey, just an idea.
: We found a printer to make our posters! Sokka
: Hey, I thought designing the lost Appa poster was my job. I've been working all day on my Appa.
[Shows his drawing to Katara and Aang. Katara muffles her laugh
: Sokka, the arrow is on Appa's head. Sokka
: This *is* his head. Katara
: Why are feet coming out of it? Sokka
: Those are his horns! Sokka
: [Hangs his head
] I haven't seen him awhile okay? Aang
: It looks *just* like him, to me. Sokka
: Thank you, I worked really... Why do you feel the need to do that?
: 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!
: 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
: [to Katara after Ty Lee paralyzes Katara's arms
] How are you going to fight without your Bending? Sokka
: [Sokka's boomerang strikes
] I seem to manage.
: 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 can't believe it. I know the war has spread far, but Omashu always seemed... untouchable. Sokka
: Up until now, it was. Now Ba Sing Se is the only great Earth Kingdom stronghold left.
[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.
: 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.
: 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.
: You're gonna need to learn to draw your Firebending from a different source. I recommend the original source. Sokka
: How's he supposed to do that, by jumping into a volcano? Toph
: No, Zuko needs to go back to whatever the original source of Firebending is. Sokka
: So is it jumping into a volcano?
: 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.
: Sokka, that speech wasn't your moment of truth. That was just public speaking, and nobody's really good at that. Sokka
: My dad is. He explained the plan perfectly and inspired everyone, like a real leader should. Aang
: Look, your moment of truth isn't going to be in front of some map. It's gonna be out there on the battlefield. Sokka
: You seem so confident about everything. How do you know we're going to win? Aang
: Because I already failed the world once at Ba Sing Se. I won't let myself fail again.
: 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?
: [as the group is about to leave Zuko in the snow
] Wait. We can't just leave him here. Sokka
: Sure we can. Let's go. Aang
: No, if we leave him, he'll die.
[goes to pick up the unresponsive Zuko
: [sarcastically, as they are taking off on Appa
] Yeah, this makes a alot of sense. Let's bring the guy who is constantly trying to kill us.
: 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.
: Bato, get these mines loaded up. The rest you men, prepare for battle. Sokka
: Uh, what should I do, Dad? Hakoda
: Aren't you listening? I said the rest of you men get ready for battle.
: Your father invented Tangle Mines himself. Sokka
: Destructive, buoyant, and...
[takes a smell liquid inside
: ...terrible smelling. Hakoda
: Very perceptive. The mines are filled with skunk fish and seaweed. When a ship detonates the mine, the seaweed tangles up the propeller, and the foul smell forces people to abandon the ship. I call it the 'Stink and sink.' Sokka
: [laughing hysterically
] Good one, Dad! Bato
: [Rolls eyes
] You are definitely your father's son.
[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
: 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.
: This rare chi-enhancing tea is a natural stimulant. In an ordinary warrior, it improves strength and energy ten-fold. In you, it may induce the Avatar state.
[Hands Aang a steaming cup of tea
: Ten-fold energy, huh?
[slurps, then begins twitching
: [Speaking in a fast, high-pitched, hyper voice while zipping everywhere on his air-scooter
] Is it working? Is it working? I can't tell! Somebody tell me if I'm in the Avatar state 'cause I don't have a good view of myself. Am I talking too loud? Sokka
: I guess he could talk the Fire Lord to death.
: This is crazy! How can we beat a guy who blows things up with is mind? Aang
: We can't. Jump on Appa. I'll try to distract him.
: Five, seven then five syllables mark a Haiku. remarkable oaf. Sokka
: They call me Sokka, that is, in the Water Tribe. I am not an oaf.
] Madame Macmu-Ling
: Chittering monkey. in the spring he climbs treetops, and thinks himself tall.
: You think you're so smart, with your fancy little words. this is not so hard.
[Students Ooh louder
] Madame Macmu-Ling
: Whole seasons are spent, mastering the form, the style. None calls it easy. Sokka
: I calls it easy, like I paddle my canoe. I'll paddle yours, too.
[Students laugh again
] Madame Macmu-Ling
: There's nuts and there's fruits. In the fall the clinging plumb drops, always to be squashed.
[steps on a plumb
: Squish, sqaush, sling that slang, I'm always right back at ya like my... boomerang.
[pulls out his boomerang in her face
: That's right, I'm Sokka. It's pronounced with an Okka. Young ladies, I rocked ya!
[counting fingers realizing his last line had 6 syllables, not 5
] Security guard
: Uh, that's one too many syllables there, bub.
[picks up Sokka and throws him out
: [hits the ground with a disgusted look on his face
: Councilman Sokka will now deliver the verdict. Sokka
: In my years, I've encountered people born with rare and unique bending abilities. I once bested a man with my trusty boomerang who was able to firebend with his mind. Why, even metalbending was considered impossible for all of history until our esteemed Chief of Police, Toph Beifong, singlehandedly developed the skill. The overwhelming amount of testimony and evidence has convinced this council that Yakone is one of these unique benders and he exploited his ability to commit these heinous crimes. We find Yakone guilty of all charges and sentence him to life in prison.
: 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?