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"In Harm's Way"

The Legend of Korra





Original air date

July 11, 2014

Written by

Joshua Hamilton

Directed by

Melchior Zwyer


Studio Mir

Guest stars

Gary Cole (Dai Li sergeant), Bruce Davison (Lord Zuko), Greg Cipes (Tu), Carlos Alazraqui (Yung - royal guard #3), Skyler Brigmann (Kai), Susan Silo (Yin), Kristy Wu (P'Li), Jayne Taini (Hou-Ting), Peter Giles (Ghazan), Grey Griffin (Ming-Hua), Mitchell Whitfield (Gun - royal guard #1)

Production number


Episode guide

"The Earth Queen"


"The Metal Clan"

"In Harm's Way" is the fourth episode of Book Three: Change of The Legend of Korra and the 30th of the overall series. It aired on Nickelodeon along with "The Metal Clan" on July 11, 2014.


Lord Zuko, Chief Tonraq, and Chiefs Desna and Eska face Ghazan, Zaheer, and Ming-Hua in an attempt to stop them from freeing P'Li, though without success. Meanwhile, Mako and Bolin reveal that the Earth Queen is capturing all the airbenders and with Jinora's help, Team Avatar discovers the location of their prison. Despite Lin's warning to Korra that Zaheer and his companions have escaped, causing her life to be in danger, Korra refuses to leave Ba Sing Se without having freed the airbenders. Working together, Team Avatar succeeds in the prison break and they flee the Earth Kingdom capital. Tenzin, Jinora, and the airbenders head toward the Northern Air Temple, while Team Avatar and Lin continue their quest through the Earth Kingdom to find more airbenders.


Lord Zuko arrives on Druk outside of P'Li's prison in the North Pole to inform Tonraq, Desna, and Eska that he did not see any individuals heading toward the facility. He warns the group of an oncoming snowstorm, which Tonraq immediately identifies as the work of Zaheer, who is covering his and his cabal's attack on the prison with airbending. The two groups clash instantaneously, with Tonraq remarking that he imprisoned Zaheer thirteen years prior and can do it again. The tribal chief attempts to subdue the airbender with waterbending, but the latter is able to evade his attacks with ease.

Ming-Hua and P'Li escape

Ming-Hua and P'Li make their way out of the firebender's prison.

Desna and Eska attempt to subdue Ming-Hua with a series of ice projectiles which she avoids. As a result, the twins conjure a barrage of iceberg spikes in another attempt to stop her approach, but are unsuccessful as Ming-Hua weaves her way through the spikes and traps them in ice columns. Using an ice drill, the waterbender tunnels down to P'Li's cell and frees the combustionbender, much to her surprise. The two return to the surface with P'Li hanging on Ming-Hua's back. The former casually remarks that it would have been easier taking the elevator as opposed to using ice claws to climb. Zuko's dragon immediately attacks the two with a fire blast which P'Li dissipates, stating that she has waited thirteen years to feel warm again before attacking Druk with a combustion beam. The four criminals promptly flee the scene after Ghazan and P'Li subdue Zuko and Tonraq, respectively. P'Li embraces Zaheer and expresses how she thought that she would never see him again and the two kiss passionately, much to Ghazan's chagrin.

In Ba Sing Se, Tu provides Bolin and Mako with passports that could get them back to the Upper Ring. The two thank him for his efforts and proceed to bid their extended family farewell, eventually reaching Team Avatar's temporary home where they come across Korra and Asami training. Korra asserts the presence of airbenders in Ba Sing Se and calls Earth Queen Hou-Ting a liar before finding out from an exhausted Mako and Bolin, who ran the whole way there from the Lower Ring, that the Earth Queen has been taking the airbenders to train them as part of her elite army. The Queen arrives shortly after with supposed news of airbenders in the Yang province, stating that it was exactly the type of news for which the Avatar is looking. Korra thanks her halfheartedly but expresses her desire to remain in the city for a while longer, with Asami stating that they need to stay for at least another day in order to fix the Future Industries airship. Hou-Ting leaves in frustration, having an allergic reaction to Pabu's fur.

Mako talks about Lake Laogai

Mako suggests that the Dai Li might be using Lake Laogai to house the imprisoned airbenders, as it was the site of a secret fortress in 100 AG.

Inside their home, the members of Team Avatar discuss their disbelief over the Earth Queen's actions. Bumi justifies Hou-Ting, stating that it is technically legal for the Queen to conscript her citizens. Jinora expresses her concern over Kai's safety and believes that he has also been taken, but is comforted by Korra who assures her that they will find him. Mako speculates that the airbenders must be underneath Lake Laogai and reveals that he read from one of Jinora's books that it used to hold a secret Dai Li fortress. Jinora states that she can explore it by creating an spiritual projection of herself, much to everyone's surprise. Although she reveals that the projection would not be as strong as it was during Harmonic Convergence, she ensures that the use of the technique will be successful if she is able to create the projection close enough to the lake.

In the training compound, the Dai Li sergeant tells the airbenders that they are the property of the Earth Queen and are responsible for protecting her at all costs, before forcing them to battle each other using airbending. Kai battles Yung, who asks him to be gentle as he is still a beginner. This angers the sergeant, who tells Kai never to show mercy and to attack his opponent with no restraint. Kai regretfully attacks Yung again and apologizes, prompting the sergeant to state that soldiers never apologize. The young airbender irately replies that he is not a soldier, much to the sergeant's amusement, who ensures Kai that he will eventually become one by the time he was through training him.

Jinora explores Lake Laogai

A spiritual projection of Jinora explores Lake Laogai.

Korra, Tenzin, and Jinora arrive to a small island on Lake Laogai, where the young airbender proceeds to create an astral projection. She explores the abandoned remains of the Dai Li's fortress, but is unable to find any evidence of any airbenders being kept there. Korra asks Jinora if she knows of any other places where prisoners could be detained in secret, to which she replies that there are numerous possibilities, including the Crystal Catacombs beneath the Upper Ring, the sewers beneath the Lower Ring, and the maze of tunnels linking the three rings. Unfazed, Korra asks Jinora how she managed to find her during Harmonic Convergence and the latter reveals that she was able to do so due to the spiritual connection between the two of them, which allowed her to focus on Korra's energy. Korra urges Jinora to find Kai using the same method and expresses that the two have a connection, a statement which concerns Tenzin.

Back at the compound, the Dai Li sergeant attacks the airbenders with earth disks to test their abilities. Kai defends Yung, prompting the sergeant to attack him with a series of disks which inevitably subdue him. Kai is sent to solitary confinement after unsuccessfully trying to attack the sergeant, where he sees Jinora's projection. After assuring Kai that she will find a way to get him out, Jinora floats toward the surface and discovers that the compound is underneath the Earth Queen's temple.

Lin reveals Zaheer's escape

Lin Beifong reveals that Zaheer and the Red Lotus have escaped.

After revealing to Team Avatar that the compound is hiding the airbenders in plain sight, they resolve to free them at night, though are surprised by the arrival of Lin Beifong, who reveals to Tenzin that Zaheer and his cabal escaped their prisons and are in pursuit of Korra. Tenzin reveals that thirteen years prior, after Korra was identified as the Avatar, the group attempted to kidnap her and that the motive behind the kidnapping remains a mystery, which is why he and her father kept her secluded in the South instead of letting her travel the world like Aang and all the previous Avatars had done. Lin urges Korra to return to Republic City, but the latter refuses to do so until she frees the airbenders from the Earth Queen, prompting Lin to help them.

The members of Team Avatar break into the compound later that night with several objectives: Korra, Bumi, and Tenzin search for the airbenders; Bolin, Mako, and Jinora search for Kai; and Asami and Lin wait outside with the airships to provide a means of escape. Korra and Tenzin find the airbenders and tell them that they are breaking out but that they need to hurry, prompting Bumi to alert Lin to come with the airships. Meanwhile, Bolin, Mako, and Jinora break Kai out and Jinora kisses him on the cheek, much to Bolin's amusement, who states that Tenzin will not be happy about that. The three attempt to join up with the others, but are confronted by three Dai Li agents, including the sergeant.

Airbenders fend off the Dai Li

The airbenders fend off the Dai Li using airbending.

Before they can leave, Korra and the airbenders are blocked off by Dai Li agents and Earth Queen Hou-Ting outside of the compound, the latter of whom asserting that stealing the airbenders would be an act of war. Korra dismisses the Queen's threat and manage to subdue the Dai Li agents with help from the airbenders. Inside, Bolin and Mako are able to defeat two of the Dai Li agents while Kai quickly subdues the sergeant after he threatens Jinora's life. Both groups flee the capital, as Bumi and the airbenders depart on the airships while the other members escape on Oogi. They land on a mountain summit somewhere in the Earth Kingdom, where Tenzin tells the airbenders that they are welcome to stay in the Northern Air Temple to train and live in the ways of the Air Nomads. All of the airbenders decide to go with Tenzin, much to his delight, while Korra and the rest of the group continue their search for more airbenders in the Earth Kingdom.


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Main article: Transcript:In Harm's Way

Series continuity

  • Mako mentions reading about a secret Dai Li fortress underneath Lake Laogai, which was discovered by the original Team Avatar in "Lake Laogai". Jinora explores the fortress shortly after and discovers that it is abandoned, having been destroyed by the Dai Li in "The Earth King".
    • During her search, Jinora projected herself into the same room where Jet died in "Lake Laogai".[1]
  • Korra references the time Jinora created an astral projection to help her find Raava during Harmonic Convergence in "Light in the Dark".
  • Korra expresses understanding over Tenzin and Tonraq's decision to keep her locked inside the Southern Water Tribe compound, a decision of which she was made aware by Unalaq in "Rebel Spirit".

Character revelations

  • Earth Queen Hou-Ting is allergic to animal fur.
  • Jinora retained the ability to create astral projections even following Harmonic Convergence.
  • Zaheer and his cabal attempted to kidnap Korra when she was young, which is why they were incarcerated for thirteen years.
  • Tenzin reveals that Sokka became a tribal chief.


  • This episode was one of four to be leaked by the Mexican Nickelodeon website, MundoNick, on June 8, 2014.[2]
  • A scene in which Asami and Lin sneak into a Ba Sing Se airship and a flashback scene depicting the Red Lotus' first kidnapping attempt of Korra were cut from the final storyboard.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Bryan Konietzko on the DVD commentary for "In Harm's Way".
  2. Konietzko, Bryan (June 10, 2014). Bryan Konietzko addresses episode leaks. Tumblr. Retrieved on June 11, 2014.

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  • Korra probably has the entire Earth Kingdom onto her

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    • Winterlotus90 wrote: Didn't Mako break up with Korra because she "kept messing up the world" and supposedly starting wars between the Northern ...
    • Zuko0sHon0r wrote:i want to see how zaheer and the earth queen link together Now you got your wish. Seeing them together was "breath-taking".

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