This is a rewrite for the second film: "The Legend of Aang: The Siege of the North".

This is entirely made from transcripts from:

  • The Storm
  • The Blue Spirit
  • The Northern Air Temple
  • The Waterbending Master
  • The Siege of the North Part 1
  • The Siege of the North Part 2

This also contains scenes depicted from:

  • Bato of the Water Tribe
  • The Fortuneteller

Note: The whole transcripts have been taken from the various episode transcripts as published on this wiki. Scenes have been altered to shorten time and new ones have been added to merge the episodes together, but the following is largely taken from the works of the editors of the transcript pages. Without their contribution to the wiki, this would not have been possible with this amount of detailing. So to all who edited the transcripts of this wiki. Thank you. AdamantiumBladez.

Northern Earth Kingdom

The scene opens on a messenger hawk flying toward an imposing Fire Nation fortress as the scene changes to its tower. The camera pans across the tri-level fortress and it's tall balconies before settling on a courtyard where a group of archers stand at the ready. Switch to a closer shot of a single archer. The archer draws his bow and releases three times in succession, sharply and accurately. Switch to a shot of the bowman's target. The first arrow strikes dead center, the second arrow splits the first arrow in half, and the third arrow splits the second arrow in half and completely impales the target. Switch back to a shot of the archers as they draw their bows. The camera pans up to a balcony where Colonel Shinu is arguing heatedly with Commander Zhao.
Shinu [In response to Zhao; somewhat angrily.] Absolutely not! The Yuyan Archers stay here. Your request is denied, Commander Zhao.
Zhao Colonel Shinu, please reconsider ... their precision is legendary. The Yuyan can pin a fly to a tree from one hundred yards away ... without killing it. [Annoyed.] You're wasting their talents using them as mere security guards.
Shinu I can do whatever I want with their talents, they're my archers, and what I say goes.
Zhao turns to face the colonel, frustrated and angry.
Zhao But my search for the Avatar is-
Shinu [Cutting Zhao off mid-sentence while getting close to him and scoffing angrily.] Is nothing but a vanity project! We're fighting a real war here, and I need every man I've got, commander.
Zhao But-!
Shinu [Furiously.] That's final! I don't wanna hear another word about it!
Zhao fumes. In the background, the cry of a messenger hawk is heard. Camera shifts to an above view and follows a messenger hawk as it reaches Colonel Shinu. Shinu opens the container on the hawk's back and reads the message inside with a puzzled expression.
Zhao [Intrigued.] News from Fire Lord Ozai?
Shinu hands Zhao the message with irritation. Zhao takes the message, rudely brushing past the Colonel as he reads the news. Zhao smiles smugly.
Zhao [Pleased.] It appears I've been promoted to Admiral. My request ... is now an order.
Colonel Shinu bows respectfully, and leaves.
Shot of the Yuyan archers practicing. Zhao surveys their work with a glad expression playing on his face. The camera pans up to the roof of the tower where a mysterious figure in a blue mask is perched, seemingly for the entire conversation. Tense music plays, and the masked man disappears into the shadows.

The camera reopens to the sun, then pans downward to show the roof over of the entrance to an open courtyard. Cut to a shot inside the courtyard, a few nuns milling about. Cut to the gates of the abbey as Nyla breaks them down. Nuns scatter and the shot shows Nyla holding June, Iroh and Zuko. Katara and Sokka are paralyzed and hung over the shirshu's back. Nyla walks around in a circle.

Zuko What's it doing? It's just going in a circle.
June The Avatar has been here. There's no doubt about it. If this kid is such a problem maker, no doubt he'll come out for his friends.
Zuko [Shocked.] They're paralyzed.
June Only temporarily. The toxins will wear off in about an hour. But by then, they'll be on your ship and I'll have my money.
Zuko You'll get your money when you bring me the Avatar.
June My shirshu can smell a rat a continent away.
Iroh Well, I'm impressed. [June cracks her whip.] Very impressed. [Stroking his beard thoughtfully; Zuko look at him, disgusted.]
The camera shows Nyla's point of view as he follows the blue scent trail up into the air and sees Aang flying down. The shot changes to Aang flying over Nyla, who stands on his hind legs and attempts to paralyze the Avatar with his tongue, throwing off his riders. Nyla falls down, too.
Katara [Looks up.] Aang!
June Up! [June cracks her whip. Nyla stands up and June mounts him.]
June and Nyla charge at Aang, but Appa knocks down Nyla by leaping on the shirshu's side. Appa growls and snorts at June and Nyla. Cut to Zuko and Aang facing each other. In the background, two nuns drag Sokka and Katara to the side of the abbey. Shot changes from Zuko to Aang to Zuko. Zuko firebends a blast at Aang, who stops it by waving his glider. Aang sends a blast of air at Zuko, who sidesteps it and sends a fire blast at Aang, who spins his staff to stop the blast. Aang sends an airbending blast at Zuko, who sidesteps it and sends another fire blast at Aang. Aang jumps to avoid the blast. Zuko moves in closer to Aang and sends two fire blasts at Aang's head and feet. Aang throws his staff and both jump and duck at the blasts. Zuko punches and kicks at Aang, sending fire blasts at him. Aang avoids these blasts and sends an air blast at Zuko's head. Zuko ducks and sends more fire blasts at Aang. Zuko and Aang both firebend and airbend, respectively, at each other at the same time, creating large explosion that forms a mushroom cloud. The shot changes to show Zuko and Aang fall on different roofs. Cut to Nyla and June lying on the ground. Iroh runs up to June and puts his hand on her cheek. June wakes up and stands up.
June [Whips Nyla.] Come on! Get up!
Nyla gets up. Shot of Iroh smiling. Cut to Nyla running across the abbey with June riding him. Cut to Appa's paw as Nyla lashes his tongue at it. Appa lands and falls down, paralyzed. Cut to a shot of June looking at Appa, who opens his eyes and slowly gets back up to his feet and growls. Nyla growls back and they charge at each other when June cracks her whip. The collision between the two beasts sends June flying over Appa, and she takes the opportunity to whip the sky bison. She lands on the ground and quickly rolls to the side before Appa stomps on the ground behind him where June had landed, cracking the floor.

Cut to Aang on the roof as he lifts his head and groans and gasps. Cut to Zuko running across the roof and sending a fire blast at the camera. Aang jumps into the air. Zuko sends a fire blast at Aang's feet. Aang jumps up and sends an airbending blast at Zuko. When Aang lands, Zuko sends a fire blast at him. Aang uses an air shield to stop it. Aang gets up and sends a stream of air at Zuko, sending him to an abbey corner tower. Aang runs toward Zuko and attacks him with an air blast. Zuko jumps off the roof and Nyla jumps on. As Aang runs away from the shirshu, Appa uses his tail to send an airbending blast at the roof. Cut to Sokka and Katara sitting by a wall.

Sokka I'm ... starting to get some feeling back! [Rubble from the roof falls on him.] Ow.
Cut to Aang jumping in the abbey courtyard stream and Nyla follows him. Cut to June and Nyla on the roof. They run to the side as a part of the abbey roof explodes. The dust clears to show Appa. Cut to Iroh examining some perfume bottles. He sniffs one and sneaks it into his sleeves. Cut to Aang standing by a well. Zuko sends him three firebending blasts. Aang jumps to the other side of the well to dodge them. Zuko sends another fire blast at him. Aang ducks and notices Zuko is carrying Katara's necklace.
Aang You've got something I want.
Aang jumps between the four beams of the well. He dodges Zuko's fire blasts by moving on all sides of the well. Zuko breaks two of the well's beams and sends the wooden structure away. Zuko jumps on the well's circular stone structure to join Aang. Zuko sends two fire blasts at Aang, who dodges them by stepping around the well. Aang sends two air blasts at Zuko. The shot focuses on well as the two opponents walk on top of the well. Aang snatches at Katara's stole necklace, but misses. Zuko lunges at Aang, who jumps onto his back. Cut to a shot of Aang flying through the air as he grabs Katara's necklace off his foot. Aang lands in the well. Zuko sends a fire blast down the well. The water from the well rises out and sends Zuko flying. Aang jumps out with the water, which rains a little before Zuko falls down. Zuko stands up.

Cut to Appa, who walks toward Zuko. Nyla's tongue lashes out at Appa from off-camera. Appa growls and the shot changes to show June riding Nyla. June cracks her whip and Nyla's tongue lashes out at Appa again. Appa falls down and Nyla looks toward Sokka and Katara. Mother Superior makes both of them smell a vial of perfume.

Sokka That thing sees with its nose. Let's give him something to look at.
Mother Superior The perfume?
Sokka nods. Cut to four pots of perfume. The nuns and Sokka push the pots. Cut to Nyla and Zuko cornering Aang. Zuko attacks Aang with a two fire blasts. Sokka and the nuns pour the perfume pots onto the ground. Katara waterbends the perfume into the air and pours it on Nyla. The shot changes to show Nyla's point of view as the perfume scents cloud his vision of Aang.
Iroh [Nyla paralyzes Zuko as Iroh looks at Nyla in concern.] June! No! [Nyla tongue lashes out and hits June, who falls back into Iroh's arms.]
Shot cuts to Nyla running around in a circle and bumps into more perfume pots. Nyla jumps over the abbey wall. Shot cuts to Aang picking up his staff and wiping his brow. Katara and Sokka stand next to Aang and smile at him. Cut to Zuko and Iroh lying down on the ground. Iroh cradles June in one hand.
Zuko Uncle? I didn't see you get hit with the tongue.
Iroh Shhh.
Iroh goes back to his position, smiling. June opens her eyes angrily upon learning this.

Cut to Appa flying with Team Avatar on his back. Cut to a closer shot of Sokka and Katara as Aang steers the bison.

Aang So ... where do we go?
Katara We're getting you to the North Pole.
Sokka Yeah, we've lost too much time as it is.
Aang [Turns to the group.] 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.
Aang I wish I could give you a little piece of home, Katara. Something to remind you ...
Katara I'll be okay.
Aang Still, just a little trinket. Maybe something like ... [Holds up Katara's necklace.] this? [Closer shot of the necklace.]
Katara [Takes the necklace.] Aang, how'd you get that?
Aang Zuko asked me to be sure I got it to you.
Katara Aw, that's so sweet of Zuko. Could you give him a kiss for me when you see him?
Aang Sure.
Katara kisses Aang on the cheek and Aang blushes and twiddles his thumbs. Further shot of Appa flying toward the horizon.
The scene cuts opens to a lake; Aang, Katara and Sokka are sitting around a bundle of sticks with a blue tent behind Katara and trees and rocks surround them. A large se tu suddenly bursts from the surface, leaps through the air, and lands with a splash into the water. Katara rises and points at it.
Katara [Excitedly.] Look!
Sokka rises to view the spectacle. The fish, a se tu, leaps into the air again, facing the group in mid-jump in slow-motion before landing in the water again. The camera cuts to Sokka and Katara.
Sokka He is taunting us! [Camera zooms out to the lake and the group's camp site.] You are so going to be dinner!
He grabs his fishing pole from his tent set up nearby and attempts to cast the pole into the water unsuccessfully.
Sokka [Observes the fishing pole.] Hey, where's the fishing line?
Aang [Sheepishly.] Oh, I didn't think you would need it, Sokka. [He holds up an intricately woven necklace decorated with a red flower.]
Sokka [Walks over and examines the necklace.] Aw, it's all tangled!
Aang [Rises to his feet.] Not tangled. Woven! I made you a necklace, Katara. I thought since you lost your other one ...
He pauses in mid-sentence and displays the necklace, holding it between his hands as he flashes a toothy grin.
Katara [Smiling and approaching him.] Thanks, Aang. [Takes the necklace.] I love it.
Sokka [Sarcastically.] 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.
While saying this, Katara can be seen in the background, trying on her new necklace. Sokka turns back to the lake, where the se tu continues its acrobatic display. Sokka tosses the fishing line into the water in an attempt to spear the fish. He only grows more frustrated when he sees the se tu leap from the water, unharmed.
Sokka Stop taunting me!
He runs into the water, holding his jawbone dagger. Aang watches him run off.
Katara [Off-camera.] So, how do I look?
Aang turns to look at her, a bored expression on his face. His uninterested expression, however, soon transforms into one of awe and amazement. The camera focuses on Katara, panning upward from her feet to her head. The background around her has become colored with shades of pink and purple, sparkles of light glistening every now and then. The panshot reveals her smiling sweetly, blushing slightly with one hand behind her back and the other touching her necklace in a pose. The scene cuts to Aang, who nervously pulls at his collar with his hand, smiling awkwardly.
Aang [Nervously.] You mean, all of you or just your neck? [Puts his right hand behind his head in embarrassment.] I mean, because both look great!
Sokka [Emerges from the water, holding the se tu.] Smoochie, smoochie, someone's in love! [Makes kissing noises before the se tu breaks free from his grasp, slapping Sokka in the face with its tail and disappearing under the water.]
Aang [Embarrassed.] I ... well, uh ...
Katara [Annoyed.] Stop teasing him, Sokka. Aang's just a good friend. [Pats the side of his head.] A sweet, little guy! Just like Momo. [Pets Momo, who lands on Aang's shoulder.]
Aang [Dismayed.] Thanks.
Sokka emerges empty-handed from the lake, soaking wet and cross. Momo suddenly flies off Aang's shoulder upon hearing a loud noise in the distance. He leaps onto a rock followed by Aang, who observes the scene. He points to the source of the commotion.
Aang [Urgently.] Someone's being attacked by a platypus bear!
The camera focuses on a large, ferocious creature having dark brown fur, the body and head of a bear, the tail and bill of a platypus and bearing a white "V" across its chest. The creature stands upright on its hind legs and swings at a man clad in blue, who smiles merrily, his hands behind his back. The man manages to avoid the bear's swing by calmly stepping backward. The creature continues its attacks as Aang leaps onto a rock directly behind it. The camera focuses on the calm man, who continues to smile as though nothing is occurring.
Calm man Well, hello there! [Dodges another swift swing of the bear's claws.] Nice day, isn't it?
Aang Make noise! He'll run off!
Sokka and Katara approach the scene.
Sokka No, play dead! He'll lose interest!
The bear swings its claws only to miss striking the man once again.
Calm man [Happily.] Whoa, close one! Haha!
Katara [Cups a hand to her mouth and makes gestures with her other hand.] Run downhill then climb a tree!
Sokka No, punch him in the bill! [Swings a fist upward.]
Aang And then run in zig-zags!
Calm man No need, it's going to be fine!
The platypus bear attempts to land a blow, cutting a large chunk of wood from the trunk of a nearby tree, the calm dodging the attack. Aang leaps into the air and lands onto the ground, placing himself between the calm man and the platypus bear. He sends the creature back slightly with an air blast.
Aang [Holding his hands out in front of him and assuming a fighting stance.] Whoa there!
The platypus bear only rears up on its hind legs further, letting out a loud cry. Appa suddenly appears from behind the bear and bellows, causing the animal to bristle in fear. The bear lays a large, spotted egg and escapes the scene, swimming down the river.
Sokka [Joyfully picks up the egg.] Mmm, lunch! [He sniffs it.] Lucky for you, we came along.
Calm man Thanks, but everything was already under control. Not to worry. Aunt Wu predicted I'd have a safe journey. [Folds hands together and bows slightly.]
Aang Aunt who?
Calm man No, Aunt Wu. She's the fortuneteller from my village. Awful nice knowing your future.
Katara [Looks off to the side as she ponders this.] Wow, it must be. [Faces the man with a bright expression on her face.] That explains why you were so calm!
Sokka But the fortuneteller was wrong! You didn't have a safe journey; you were almost killed!
Calm man [Cheerfully.] But I wasn't! All right, have a good one! [He bids them a farewell and begins to walk away only to turn back again.] Oh, and Aunt Wu said if I met any travelers to give them this.
He hands Aang a wrapped parcel seemingly containing a long, thin object and leaves mysteriously. Sokka eyes the man suspiciously.
Katara [Excitedly.] Maybe we should go see Aunt Wu and learn our fortunes. It could be fun.
Sokka Oh, come on. Fortune telling is nonsense!
Aang quickly unwraps the mysterious parcel, which turns out to be a red umbrella. He opens it and holds it over his head.
Aang What do you know? An umbrella!
At that moment, the sky darkens and it begins to rain. A low rumble of thunder can be heard. Katara bends an arched shield of water over her head to shelter herself from the weather.
Katara That proves it! [She huddles under the umbrella.]
Sokka [Holding egg above his head to shield himself from the rain.] No, it doesn't! You can't really tell the future!
Katara [Smugly.] I guess you're not really getting wet then.
Sokka suddenly loses his grip on the platypus egg as it flies through the air. He attempts to catch it, however, it merely flies a few inches into the air and splatters on his head. The scene cuts to where the group continues walking along the path in the rain.
Sokka [Still cross.] Of course she predicted it was going to 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. [Stops walking and hops from foot to foot in an exaggerated way.] It's going to keep drizzling. [The rain continues to fall.] See?
Suddenly, the rain stops falling and sky lightens up slightly. Camera cuts to a shot of Aang and Katara, Aang titling the umbrella back to observe the change in weather.
Aang Not everyone has the gift, Sokka.
The camera cuts to a side-view of the entire team walking along the path. Aang and Katara continue to stroll leisurely under the umbrella ahead of Sokka. Appa plods behind, pausing briefly to shake his wet fur out, soaking Sokka in the process, causing him to flinch.
Sokka [Disgusted.] Agh!
The scene changes to a view of a large mountain, its peak covered in snow. The camera pans down to where a small village lies. The team walks through the entrance into the village, turkey ducks quacking as they pass. The camera cuts to a strange man dressed in a black robe standing by a round doorway.
Strange Man Aunt Wu is expecting you.
Katara [Excitedly.] Really?
The trio walks through the doorway, Sokka expressing his disgust. They enter a room, three pillows situated on the floor to the right of the room. The strange man closes the door.
Sokka I can't believe we're here in the house of nonsense.
Katara Try to keep an open mind, Sokka. There are things in this world that just can't be explained. Wouldn't it be nice to have some insight into your future?
Sokka [Nonchalantly.] It would be nice to have some bean curd puffs.
A door in the hallway opens and a woman clad in green exits.
Woman Aunt Wu says I'm going to meet my true love. He's going to give me a rare panda lily.
Katara That's so romantic! I wonder if my true love will give me a rare flower.
Aang [Breezily.] Good luck with that!
An elderly woman, clad in a yellow robe enters the room.
Wu Welcome, young travelers. Now, who's next? Don't be shy.
Cuts to a shot of the team. Sokka looks away uninterested and Aang casts a look at Katara.
Katara [Rising in anticipation.] I guess that's me.
The two exit. Aang and Sokka sit idly on the floor, Sokka tasting the curd puffs.
Sokka [Delighted; with his mouth full.] Mm, not bad, not bad! [Holding out bowl to Aang.] Mhm?
Aang [Refusing the bowl.] I'm good on puffs. [Sokka shrugs and continues eating the puffs; trying to act casual.] So, what do you think they're talking about back there?
Sokka [Causally, holding up puff.] Boring stuff I'm sure. Love, who she's going to marry, how many babies she's going to have.
Aang [Trying to act cool.] Yeah, dumb stuff like that ... [Tenses a bit and bites his fingers nervously.] Well, I've got to find a bathroom.
He rises and walks away off-screen. Sokka lies down, relaxed and samples another puff. While eating it, Momo comes on-screen and sneakily takes the bowl away for himself. Sokka places his hand down to grab another curd puff, only to open his eyes and realize the bowl is gone. Cuts to Aang, who tiptoes down the hallway to where Aunt Wu had led Katara into another room, clearly ready to eavesdrop on their conversation. Cuts to shot of Aang pressing his ear to the doorway. The following conversation between Aunt Wu and Katara occurs off-screen from behind the wall.
Wu Your palms are so smooth. Do you use moisturizer?
Katara Actually, I have this special seaweed lotion. I can get you some if you want. [Aang sticks out his tongue; slight pause.] So, do you see anything interesting in my love line? [Aang immediately perks up upon hearing this.]
Wu [Somewhat dramatically.] I feel a great romance for you. The man you are going to marry.
Katara [Excitedly.] Tell me more!
Wu I can see that he's a very powerful bender.
Upon hearing this statement, Aang smiles mischievously and leaps in the hallway, delighted upon hearing this. Cuts to the room where Sokka sits, picking his teeth. Aang struts into the room happily.
Sokka Looks like someone had a pretty good bathroom break.
Aang Yeah ... when I was in there-
Sokka [Disgusted, looking away and holding up a hand to signal Aang to stop.] I don't even want to know!
Wu [Entering the room with Katara.] Who's next?
Sokka [Rising.] Okay, let's get this over with.
Wu [Dryly.] Your future is full of struggle and anguish. Most of it, self-inflicted.
Sokka [Holding up his hands in protest.] But you didn't read my palms or anything!
Wu I don't need to. It's written all over your face. [Sokka resumes picking his teeth in disgust; to Aang.] You there, come with me.
Aang follows Aunt Wu out of the room and into her chamber. The chamber is a fairly spacious, dimly lit room. Four pillars support the ceiling and four cushions are situated in the center of the room, surrounding a small fire. Off to the side is a jug of bones. Aunt Wu and Aang approach the jug.
Wu This is the most reliable method of telling your fortune. The bones never lie. [Urging Aang to pick a bone.] Go on, pick one. [Aang takes one bone and they sit down.] Now throw it on the fire. [Aang tosses the bone into the fire.] The heat makes cracks in the bone and I read the bone cracks to tell your destiny.
Cuts to a shot of the bone sitting in the fire. The camera zooms in on the bone as a large crack splinters down its side.
Aang Wow, that's a big crack.
Wu [Surprised.] I've never seen this before!
Cuts to shot of the bone, camera panning to the right to show more cracks forming. The bone explodes and sends a burst of flames up to the ceiling.
Wu [Her and Aang shielding their faces in surprise.] Oh my! [Cuts to shot of the bone lying in the fire and back to Aunt Wu who is fascinated.] Your destiny! This is incredible. You will be involved in a great battle, an awesome conflict between the forces of good and evil. A battle whose outcome will determine the fate of the whole world!
Aang [Casually.] Yeah, yeah, I knew that already. But did it say anything about a girl?
Wu [Surprised.] A girl? You want to know about love?
Aang [Excited.] Yes!
Wu I'm sorry, but I didn't see anything.
Aang looks down, disappointed at this. Aunt Wu realizes this.
Wu [Trying to cheer him up.] Well, look! [Holding her hand against her face in mock forgetfulness.] I must've missed something. [Cuts to a bone piece lying on the floor; Wu picks it up.] Right here. [Holds bone up to examine it.] It says "trust your heart and you will be with the one you love."
Aang Really? [Rises to his feet joyfully.] Thank you, Aunt Wu!
He runs out of the room gleefully. Aunt Wu hold her hand to her forehead and shakes her head in dismay. The scene changes to an overhead view of outside Wu's building, the three gathered together with Appa standing behind them. The three begin walking down a street.
Sokka Well, now you got to see for yourselves how fortune telling is just a big, stupid hoax.
Katara You're just saying that because you're going to make yourself unhappy your whole life.
Sokka [Voice rising in anger.] That woman is crazy! My life will calm and happy and joyful!
He roughly kicks a nearby stone, which soars into the air and comically ends up ricocheting off a hanging metal sign and striking the warrior, who had been standing breezily with his arms crossed. He covers his head in pain and falls to the ground, off-camera.
Sokka [Off-camera, but raising his arm and holding a finger up in protest.] That doesn't prove anything!
Katara [Satisfied.] Well, I liked my predictions. [Clasps her hands together anxiously.] Certain things are going to turn out very well.
Aang [Slyly, crossing his arms and leaning in toward her.] They sure are ...
Katara Why? What did she tell you?
Aang [Ambiguously.] Some stuff. You'll find out.
Katara exits along with Aang who fold his hands behind his head in contentment.

Cut to night time, with Aang having a pleasant dream. The camera focuses on his happy face while he is riding Appa. As he flicks the reins in his hands, the camera moves back to reveal Appa floating contently through the sky, flapping his six paws in unison. The camera pans to the right, revealing Sokka to glide alongside them, using Aang's glider. Camera zooms in on the Water Tribe warrior, who contently grins broadly at Aang. Cut to Aang's face who has that same content grin on his face. He turns his attention to his right, and the camera follows his gaze, revealing Katara sitting atop a giant Momo's head while waving at Aang. Camera moves back to a wide frontal shot of the group coursing leisurely through the open sky.

Katara [Voice-over; softly.] We need you, Aang.
Aang [Close-up while looking to Katara; contently.] I need you, too.
Aang notices something out of the corner of his eye that startles him. His eyes grow big and he directs his full attention to whatever is in front of him. The camera turns 180 degrees, while the sky's coloring changes from a soft yellow, to a darker, more menacing green and gray. From a close side-view of Aang's wide eyes, the camera swiftly turns further to the right to reveal an incoming whirling storm cloud. Cut back to Aang who yanks Appa's reins in fright.
Aang [Alarmed.] Be careful, guys! [He looks to his left and right in wonder.] Guys?
The scene rapidly moves backward, revealing Aang and Appa floating all alone in a now dark gray sky. Cut back to Aang's point of view as Gyatso sitting in lotus position floats down to position himself in front of Aang.
Aang [Surprised.] Gyatso?
Gyatso [Whispering in a sad tone.] Why did you disappear?
Aang [Frontal shot; softly and sadly.] I didn't mean to.
Cut to a side-view of the two monks, not a meter apart from one another. Aang reaches out to Gyatso, but before he can touch him, Gyatso turns gray and dissipates into smoke which blows over Aang, causing him to raise his left arm in front of his face and turn away to shield himself from it. Frontal shot of Aang as the last of the smoke washes over him. He peeks over his arm, but instantly raises his head, his eyes growing big in shock; a dark shadow passes over him. Cut to a far-off side-view of Appa flying into the storm cloud.
Gyatso [Voice-over.] We need you, Aang.
Another cloud obscures them from sight; a lightning bolt flashes, and cut to a frontal shot of a screaming and frightened Aang, while rain beats down on him and Appa. Cut to an underwater shot at the moment Aang and Appa plummet into the ocean. The duo floats on the current; close-up of Aang's hand as he loses his grip on Appa's rein.
Gyatso and Katara [Ghostly voice-over.] We need you, Aang. [Cut to a bird-view of an unconscious Aang sinking toward the bottom.] We need you. We need you, Aang. We need you.
Aang disappears in the darkness of the deep ocean. Lightning flashes again, briefly revealing the silhouette of the Fire Lord surrounded by flames.

Scene cuts to Aang gasping for air and shooting upright, startling Momo, who was curled up on top of Aang. Momo leaps onto Katara's stomach, causing her to shoot up with a startled look on her face, before jumping on Sokka's, who shoots up, still sleepy, holding his dagger and boomerang to the ready.

Sokka [Sleepily.] What's going on? [He looks around.] Did we get captured again?
Aang [Overview shot; Aang looks to his friends.] It's nothing. I just had a bad dream. [He curls up, turning his back to them.] Go back to sleep.
Sokka Don't have to tell me twice.
Katara [Looks at Aang in concern.] Are you all right, Aang?
Aang I'm okay.
Katara You seem to be having a lot of nightmares lately. You want to tell me about it?
Aang I think I just need some rest.
Sokka [Sits up; optimistically.] You guys want to hear about my dream? [Katara glares at him in annoyance at his insensitivity and he glares back at her.] That's okay. I didn't want to talk about it anyway. [The siblings lie back down.]
Scene changes to morning. Katara is packing up, Sokka is helping Katara, and Aang is talking to Appa.
Aang Look at those clear skies, buddy! Should be some smooth flying.
Katara [Dumps a bag upside down, sprinkling the ground with crumbs. Momo gobbles them up.] 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 [Cut to Sokka. His eyes are bugged out in fright, and the camera zooms in on him and rotates slightly. The screen goes green and alien music plays.] Food eats people! [Katara is shown shaking her head.] Also, Momo could talk. [To Momo.] You said some very unkind things.
Scene changes to Zuko and Iroh aboard a Fire Nation ship. Iroh sniffs the air.
Iroh There is a storm coming. A big one.
Zuko You're out of your mind, Uncle. The weather's perfect. There's not a cloud in sight.
Iroh A storm is approaching from the north. I suggest we alter our course and head southwest.
Zuko We know the Avatar is traveling northward, so we will do the same.
Iroh Prince Zuko, consider the safety of the crew.
Zuko The safety of the crew doesn't matter! [Lieutenant Jee walks up onto deck at that moment. He raises an eyebrow. Zuko walks over to him.] Finding the Avatar is far more important than any individual's safety. [Zuko walks away while Jee glares at him.]
Iroh He doesn't mean that. He's just all worked up.
Scene changes to where Sokka, Aang, and Katara are shopping for food at a small fishing town market. Katara is shaking a watermelon.
Merchant woman [Scowling.] It's good. It's perfect. I'm telling you!
Katara I don't think I like the sound of that swishing.
Merchant woman Swishing means it's ripe! It's the ripe juices swishing around.
Aang I think it's true, Katara. Swishing means it's ripe.
Katara I just realized we're out of money anyway.
Shopkeeper [Grabs the basket from Sokka.] Awww!
Camera shows Katara put down the watermelon she was holding. As Sokka and Aang walk off behind Katara, the woman snatches the basket out of Sokka's hands and kicks him in the rear. Scene changes to Sokka, Katara, and Aang by a dock. Sokka is rubbing where the lady kicked him.
Sokka Out of food and out of money. Now what are we supposed to do?
Katara You could get a job, smart guy.
A fisherman and his wife appear on screen. They begin a conversation with one another, but are overheard by Aang, Katara, and Sokka.
Fisherman's wife We shouldn't go out there! Please, the fish can wait. There's going to be a terrible storm. [Camera cuts to show an alarmed Aang.]
Fisherman You're crazy. It's a nice day. No clouds, no winds, no nothing, so quit your nagging, woman.
Aang Maybe we should find some shelter?
Sokka Are you kidding? Shelter from what?
Fisherman's wife My joints say there's going to be a storm! A bad one.
Fisherman Well, it's your joints against my brain.
Fisherman's wife Then I hope your brain can find someone else to haul that fish, 'cause I ain't coming.
Fisherman Then I'll find a new fish hauler and pay him double what you get! How do you like that?
Sokka I'll go.
Fisherman You're hired!
Sokka [To Katara and Aang.] What? You said get a job, and he's paying double.
Fisherman Double? Who told you that nonsense?
Scene changes to Zuko, Iroh, and Lieutenant Jee on the deck. Clouds have rolled in.
Lieutenant Jee Looks like your uncle was right about the storm after all.
Iroh [Pleasantly.] Lucky guess.
Zuko Lieutenant! You'd better learn some respect [Jabs two fingers into Jee's chest.] – or I'll teach it to you.
Lieutenant What do you know about respect? [Iroh tries to signal Lieutenant Jee to stop talking.] The way you talk to everyone around here, from your hard-working crew to your esteemed uncle, shows you know nothing about respect! [Iroh is now shown with his hand on his forehead in frustration.] You don't care about anyone but yourself! Then again, what should I expect from a spoiled prince?
Zuko turns around and extends his right arm as if preparing to firebend. Lieutenant Jee does the same.
Iroh Easy now. [Zuko and Jee both wrist block the other's arm; smoke rises from Zuko's hand. Iroh breaks it up.] Enough! We're all a bit tired from being at sea so long. I'm sure after a bowl of noodles, everyone will feel much better.
Lieutenant Jee walks away.
Zuko I don't need your help keeping order on my ship.
Iroh puts a comforting hand on Zuko's right shoulder, but Zuko shrugs it off and walks away. Scene changes back to the fishing town's dock where Team Avatar is at. Sokka is carrying supplies onto the fisherman's boat.
Aang Sokka, maybe this isn't such a good idea. Look at the sky.
Sokka I said I was going to do this job. I can't back out just because of some bad weather.
Fisherman's wife The boy with the tattoos has some sense. You should listen to him!
Fisherman Boy with tattoos? [The fisherman turns around to look at Aang.] Airbender tattoos. Well, I'll be a hog monkey's uncle. You're the Avatar, ain't ya?
Katara That's right. [Katara and Aang smile.]
Fisherman Well, don't be so smiley about it. [Katara and Aang frown now.] The Avatar disappeared for a hundred years! You turned your back on the world!
Katara Don't yell at him! Aang would never turn his back on anyone.
Fisherman Oh, he wouldn't, huh? Then I guess I just have imagined the last hundred years of war and suffering. [Aang's eyes widen.]
Katara Aang is the bravest person I know. He's done nothing but help people and save lives since I met him. [Aang slowly backs away.] It's not his fault he disappeared, right Aang? [Katara turns around to see Aang backing away.] Aang, what's wrong?
Aang flies off on his glider.
Fisherman That's right! Keep flying!
Katara You're a horrible old man! [She gets on Appa, who is floating beside the dock.] Appa, yip yip!
As Appa flies out of the water, a big wave splashes the fisherman. Sokka walks out from below deck on the boat.
Sokka Hey! They left without saying good-bye!
Fisherman Your friends ain't too polite, are they?
Sokka I know! This one time, I was ...
Fisherman [Hands Sokka a crate.] Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Get below deck!
Scene changes to show Katara riding on Appa in the rain, trying to find Aang. The camera shows where a cave is. Camera changes to a view of Katara outside the cave and Aang sitting inside.
Aang [Quietly.] I'm sorry for running away.
Katara It's okay. That fisherman was way out of line.
Aang Actually, he wasn't.
Katara What do you mean?
Aang [Speaks in a sad voice.] I don't want to talk about it.
Katara It has to do with your dream, doesn't it? [Puts her hand on his shoulder.] Talk to me.
Aang Well, it's kind of a long story.
Suddenly, Momo leaps past Aang and Katara, startling them. Appa has also entered the cave. He nuzzles Aang's head with his nose, making Aang smile. Aang pats Appa's chin.
Katara I'm going to try to get a little fire going.
Next scene shows Katara and Aang sitting around a fire. Momo is lying on Aang's lap.
Aang I'll never forget the day the monks told me I was the Avatar. I was playing with some other kids just outside the South Wall. I was trying to teach them how to do the air scooter.
Scene changes to a flashback when Aang is with some other Air Nomads.
Aang First you got to form the ball, then you got to get on quick.
Aang is seen riding around on the scooter in the court. One of the boys tries it.
Air Nomad boy #1 Okay, here goes.
The boy forms it and tries getting on, but spins and falls off. Aang gently gets off his.
Aang You kind of have to balance on it like it's a top.
Air Nomad boy #1 Man, that's hard.
Air Nomad boy #2 Where'd you learn that trick, Aang?
Aang I made it up.
Air Nomad boy #2 Wow!
The Council of Elders shows up at that moment.
Gyatso Aang, come with us. We need to speak with you.
Scene changes to when Aang and the elder monks are in the meeting room.
Aang How do you know it's me?
Tashi We have known you were the Avatar for some time. Do you remember these?
Monk Tashi airbends a wrapped-up mat to Aang. It opens up, revealing four toys.
Aang Those were some of my favorite toys when I was little! [He picks up the propeller toy.]
Tashi You chose them from among thousands of toys, Aang. The toys you picked were the four Avatar relics. These items belonged to Avatars past. Your own past lives.
Aang I just chose them because they seemed fun.
He smiles and pulls the cord on the propeller toy, sending the propeller spinning into the air. It spins through the air and the scene cuts back to a close view of the five monks. The toy goes over Monk Tashi's head.
Tashi You chose them because they were familiar.
Gyatso Normally we would have told you of your identity when you turned sixteen, but there are troubling signs. Storm clouds are gathering.
Pasang I fear that war may be upon us, young Avatar.
Gyatso We need you, Aang.
Aang lowers his head, his responsibility crushing him. His head stays lowered as the flashback ends and his head remains lowered in the present as well. Cut to a wider shot of Aang on the left, Katara on the right, the fire between them. Katara looks upon him with concern and sympathy. The scene changes back to Zuko's ship. Jee is talking about Zuko to a couple other men.
Jee I'm sick of taking his orders! I'm tired of chasing his Avatar! I mean, who does Zuko think he is?
Iroh Do you really want to know?
Jee is shown standing up at the sound of Iroh's voice.
Jee General Iroh. We were just- [Iroh cuts him off.]
Iroh It's okay. May I join you?
Jee Of course, sir.
Iroh is shown sitting down.
Iroh Try to understand. My nephew is a complicated young man. He has been through much.
Scene changes to a flashback. Zuko walks up to the curtains to get in the war room, but the guards stop him.
Young Zuko Let me in!
Iroh Prince Zuko, what's wrong?
Young Zuko I want to go into the war chamber but the guard won't let me pass!
Iroh You're not missing anything, trust me. These meetings are dreadfully boring.
Zuko If I'm going to rule this nation one day, don't you think I need to start learning as much as I can?
Iroh Very well. But you must promise not to speak. These old folks are a bit sensitive, you know?
Young Zuko Thank you, Uncle.
Zuko and Iroh walk into the war room. The meeting starts.
Bujing The Earth Kingdom defenses are concentrated here. [Bujing shows the place on the map.] A dangerous battalion of their strongest earthbenders and fiercest warriors. So I am recommending the forty-first division.
Elder soldier But the forty-first is entirely new recruits. How do you expect them to defeat a powerful Earth Kingdom battalion?
Bujing I don't. They'll be used as a distraction while we mount an attack from the rear. What better to use as bait than fresh meat?
Young Zuko [Zuko is shown standing up.] You can't sacrifice an entire division like that! Those soldiers love and defend our nation! How can you betray them?
Camera shows everyone in the war room staring at Zuko. The scene changes back to the present time.
Iroh Zuko was right, you see, but it was not his place to speak out. And there were dire consequences.
Scene changes back to Aang and Katara.
Katara So you were upset that you were the Avatar? Why wouldn't you be excited about it?
Aang Well, I didn't know how to feel about it. All I knew was that after I found out, everything began changing.
Scene changes back to flashback. Aang enters into the South Wall again. The Air Nomad kids are shown on air scooters.
Aang Hey, not bad! You guys have been practicing!
Air Nomad boy #2 Not only that! We made up a game you can play with the air scooters!
Aang Great! [Aang is shown making his own. But everyone else makes theirs vanish.] What's going on?
Air Nomad boy #1 Now that you're the Avatar, it's kind of an unfair advantage for whichever team you're on.
Aang But I'm still the same! Nothing's changed! So, what? I can't play?
Air Nomad boy #1 That's the only fair way.
Aang Oh, okay.
Air Nomad boy #2 Sorry, Aang.
Aang is shown leaving the South Wall.
Air Nomad boy #1 Okay. Now, who wants Jinju on their team?
Jinju is shown in the corner with a gas around him, laughing. Scene changes to Aang and Gyatso playing a game of Pai Sho. Aang is shown moving a piece.
Gyatso Very interesting move, young one.
Aang What do you mean?
Gyatso is shown using airbending to make a spiral, flipping a part of Aang's clothing. Gyatso quickly moves two pieces around. Aang is shown flipping his clothing back into place.
Aang Hey!
Gyatso and Aang laugh. Monk Tashi appears.
Tashi You're playing games with him? The Avatar should be training!
Gyatso Aang has already trained enough for today.
Tashi Time is short. [To Aang.] Come with me. I must test you on some high level techniques.
Gyatso No. As long as I'm his guardian, I will decide when he trains ... and when he gets his butt kicked at Pai Sho.
Tashi Hmph.
Monk Tashi is shown walking away. The flashback ends, and the scene changes to on Zuko's ship. A flashback appears of the fire in front of the Fire Lord's throne rising.
Iroh After Zuko's outburst in the meeting, the Fire Lord became very angry with him. [Flashback quickly ends.] He said the challenge against the general was an act of complete disrespect! And there was only one way to resolve this.
Jee Agni Kai. A fire duel.
Iroh That's right. Zuko looked upon the old general he had insulted and declared that he was not afraid. But Zuko misunderstood. [Flashback shows Zuko preparing for the Agni Kai.] When he turned to face his opponent, he was surprised to see it was not the general. [Flashback shows the cloak that was on Zuko's shoulders fall down to the ground.] Zuko had spoken out against the general's plan, but by doing so in the Fire Lord's war room, it was the Fire Lord whom he had disrespected. Zuko would have to duel his own father.
Flashback shows Zuko becoming teary-eyed. The scene changes back to the cave where Aang and Katara are.
Aang Then, just when I was feeling better, something worse happened.
Scene changes to flashback of Monk Tashi and Monk Gyatso speaking to Monk Pasang.
Gyatso Aang needs to have freedom and fun. He needs to grow up as a normal boy.
Tashi You cannot keep protecting him from his destiny.
Pasang Gyatso, I know you mean well, but you are letting your affection for the boy cloud your judgment.
Gyatso All I want is what is best for him.
Pasang But what we need is what's best for the world. You and Aang must be separated! The Avatar will be sent away to the Eastern Air Temple to complete his training.
Aang is shown looking through a hole in the ceiling, shocked at the news that he just heard.
Katara That's awful, Aang. I don't know what to say.
Aang [Stands up.] How could they do that to me? They wanted to take away everything I knew and everyone I loved! [He activates the Avatar State.]
Katara Whoa! Hot cinders!
Aang comes out of the Avatar State, walks to the fire, and sits down again.
Aang I'm sorry I got so mad.
Katara You have the right to be angry after the monks sent you away like that.
Aang Well, that's not exactly what happened. [Flashback starts again, showing Aang looking out the window of his bedroom.] I was afraid and confused. I didn't know what to do.
Flashback shows Aang lying on his bed before changing to Gyatso walking to Aang's room.
Gyatso Aang, I'm not going to let them take you away from me. Aang? [Gyatso is shown opening the door more, spotting the scroll, and opening it up. He gasps, and sees a storm coming outside the window.]
Aang [Still in present, but flashback playing still.] I never saw Gyatso again. [Flashback shows Aang and Appa through the storm, and how Aang got into the iceberg.] Next thing I knew, I was waking up in your arms after you found me in the iceberg.
Flashback shows Katara's face that was seen in "The Boy in the Iceberg". The flashback ends.
Katara You ran away.
Aang And then the Fire Nation attacked our temple. My people needed me and I wasn't there to help.
Katara You don't know what would have-.
Aang The world needed me and I wasn't there to help.
Katara Aang ...
Aang The fisherman was right! I did turn my back on the world!
Katara You're being too hard on yourself, even if you did run away. I think it was meant to be. If you had stayed, you would have been killed along with all the other airbenders.
Aang You don't know that.
Katara I know it was meant to be this way. The world needs you now. You give people hope.
Scene changes back to Zuko's ship.
Iroh When Prince Zuko saw that it was his father who had come to duel him, he begged for mercy.
Flashback shows Zuko on his hands and knees, crying and begging for mercy.
Young Zuko Please, Father. I only had the Fire Nation's best interest at heart. I'm sorry I spoke out of turn!
Ozai's silhouette is shown walking up to Zuko.
Ozai You will fight for your honor.
Young Zuko I meant you no disrespect. I am your loyal son!
Ozai Rise and fight, Prince Zuko!
Young Zuko [Kneels on the ground in front of Ozai, pleading.] I won't fight you.
Ozai You will learn respect, and suffering will be your teacher.
Iroh [In present; flashback is still going.] I looked away.
Flashback shows Iroh looking away, and Azula and Zhao smiling evilly. A fire blast is heard, followed by Zuko's scream from being burned by it. Flashback ends, and returns to the present time.
Jee I always thought that Prince Zuko was in a training accident.
Iroh It was no accident. After the duel, the Fire Lord said that by refusing to fight, Zuko had shown shameful weakness. As punishment, he was banished and sent to capture the Avatar. Only then could he return with his honor.
Jee So that's why he's so obsessed. Capturing the Avatar is the only chance he has of things returning to normal.
Iroh Things will never return to normal. But the important thing is the Avatar gives Zuko hope.
Scene changes to show Zuko meditating, while having flashbacks of his younger life. He is stopped by a hit on the ship. Scene changes to Aang and Katara. The fisherman's wife appears.
Fisherman's wife Help! Oh, please help!
Katara [Grabs lady and brings her near the fire.] It's okay. You're safe.
Fisherman's wife But my husband isn't.
Katara What do you mean? Where's Sokka?
Fisherman's wife They haven't returned! They should have been back by now! And this storm is becoming a typhoon! They're caught out at sea!
Aang I'm going to find him!
Katara I'm going with you!
Fisherman's wife I'm staying here.
The fisherman's wife is shown sitting down by the fire. Aang and Katara are shown about to leave on Appa.
Aang We'll be back soon. I promise.
Aang and Katara fly out. Scene changes to Zuko's ship, with Zuko on the deck.
Zuko Where were we hit?
Jee I don't know!
Iroh Look!
Zuko The helmsman!
Zuko and Lieutenant Jee are shown climbing up a ladder to help a man who is about to fall. Lightning goes down to the middle of the ship, where Iroh is. He uses redirection so it does not damage the ship. Scene changes to Katara and Aang looking for the fisherman and Sokka.
Katara Where are they?
Appa is shown descending, hitting the water.
Aang Come on, Appa! The boat! There!
Zuko is shown spotting Appa.
Zuko The Avatar!
Jee What do you want to do, sir?
Zuko Let him go. We need to get this ship to safety.
Iroh Then we must head directly into the eye of the storm.
Scene changes to show Sokka and the fisherman rocking back and forth on the boat.
Sokka I'm too young to die!
Fisherman I'm not, but I still don't wanna!
Aang shows up. He jumps down onto the boat. As a pole is falling down, Aang brings up fours pouts of water, splitting the pole in half. After the pole splits in half, Sokka and the fisherman are shown hugging each other. A rope is seen.
Aang Hang onto the rope.
The fisherman and Sokka do so. Appa starts flying again. The rope swings up, making Sokka and the fisherman land on the saddle. A big wave hits the gang underwater. Everyone is shown floating away from Appa. Aang goes into the Avatar State and saves everyone. They all go back to the cave where the fisherman's wife is. Scene changes to Zuko and Iroh together.
Zuko Uncle, I'm sorry.
Iroh Your apology is accepted.
Scene changes to Appa, Katara, Aang, Sokka, and the fisherman at the cave. The fisherman's wife runs up to the fisherman and hugs him.
Fisherman's wife Oh, you're alive! You owe this boy an apology!
Aang He doesn't have to apologize.
Fisherman What if, instead of an apology, I give him a free fish and we call it even?
Aang Actually, I don't eat meat.
Fisherman Fish ain't meat!
Sokka Seriously, you're still going to pay me, right?
The fisherman hands Sokka a fish. Katara and Aang are shown in a corner of the cave.
Aang Katara, I think you were right before. I'm done dwelling on the past.
Katara Really?
Aang I can't make guesses about what would have turned out if I hadn't run away. I'm here now and I'm going to make the most out of it.
Katara I don't think you're gonna have those nightmares anymore.
Fisherman And if you weren't here now, well, I guess I wouldn't be either. Thank you for saving my life, Avatar.
Sokka Do you hear that? It stopped raining.
Everyone goes outside. Appa shakes raindrops off himself, splashing everyone.
Aang Appa!
The scene changes to a shot inside one of the ruined buildings where team Avatar has set up camp. Sokka is lying against Appa, huddled in his sleeping bag. He is coughing, and there is sweat on his face.
Katara [Pressing a wet rag onto Sokka's forehead.] This should bring your fever down.
Sokka You know what I love about Appa the most? His sense of humor.
Katara That's nice. I'll tell him.
Appa growls.
Sokka [Laughs.] Classic Appa.
Aang How's Sokka doing?
Katara Not so good, being out in that storm really did a number on him.
Sokka starts sniffing pitifully.
Aang I couldn't find any ginger root for the tea. But I found a map. There's an herbalist institute on top of that mountain. We could probably find a cure for Sokka there.
Katara Aang, he's in no condition for travel. Sokka just needs more rest. I'm sure he'll be better by tomorrow.[Katara starts coughing.]
Aang Not you too!
Katara Relax, it was just a little cough. I'm fi- [She coughs again, this time with greater force, and lightly groans after.]
Aang [Shielding his face.] That's how Sokka started yesterday. Now look at him! He thinks he's an earthbender!
Sokka [Delirious.] Take that, you rock! [He flails his arms as if he is hitting something.]
Aang A few more hours and you'll be talking nonsense, too. I'm going to go find some medicine! [He grabs his glider and begins to head out just as a flash of lightning strikes.] Uh, maybe it's safer if I go on foot. [To Appa and Momo.] Keep an eye on them guys. [Appa groans while Momo chitters.]
Sokka Ha, ha! You guys are killing me!
Aang jumps, and uses airbending to help him run faster. The scene switches to Prince Zuko's ship.
Captain We haven't been able to pick up the Avatar's trail since the storm, but if we continue heading northeast ... [A larger Fire Nation ship pulls up next to theirs.]
Zuko What do they want?
Iroh Perhaps, a sporting game of Pai Sho!
A soldier from the other ship walks in.
Soldier [To Zuko.] The hunt for the Avatar has been given prime importance. All information regarding the Avatar must be reported directly to Admiral Zhao.
Iroh Zhao has been promoted? Well, good for him! [As Iroh makes a move in his Pai Sho game, another player slaps his hand against his own forehead as if he lost.]
Zuko [Looking down.] I've got nothing to report to Admiral Zhao. Now get off my ship and let us pass.
Soldier Admiral Zhao is not allowing ships in or out of this area.
Zuko Off my ship!
Iroh [Iroh wins his game.] Excellent! I take the pot! [A crew member punches himself.] But you're all improving! I'm certain you will win if we play again.
The scene switches to a hidden outpost. One soldier is looking at Aang's wanted poster while the other is on watch duty.
Scout #1 [Reading Aang's wanted poster out loud.] Says hear that the Avatar can create tornadoes and run faster than the wind. Pretty amazing!
Scout #2 Ah, that's just a bunch of Fire Lord propaganda! There's no way that's true! [Returns to his task and see a cloud moving swiftly along the ground which turns out to be Aang. Aang runs by wrecking the outpost on accident. One of the scouts blows a horn signaling that Aang has been spotted.]
The scene changes back to the gang's camp.
Sokka [Weakly.] Katara, please, water.
Katara [Also weak.] Listen carefully, Momo. [Holds up a water skin.] I need you to take this to the river, and fill it with water. [She is shown through Momo's eyes, speaking gibberish.] Got it? [Momo takes the skin and flies off.]
Aang runs up the stairs and enters the green house.
Aang [Speaking fast.] Hello, I'm sorry to barge in like this, but I need some medicine for my friends, they have fevers and they were coughing- [Gets cut off by the herbalist.]
Herbalist Settle down, young man. Your friends are going to be fine. I've been up here for over forty years you know, used to be others, but they all left years ago. [She pets Miyuki who begins to purr.] Now it's just me and Miyuki.
Aang That's nice.
Herbalist Wounded Earth Kingdom troops still come by now and again, brave boys, and thanks to my remedies they always leave in better shape they when they arrive.
Aang That's nice. Are you almost done?
Herbalist Hold on, I just need to add one last ingredient. [Walking among the shrubbery, looking around and muttering to herself.] Oh, sandalwood ... oh, er, uh, that won't do, banana leaf? Ah, nope, uh, ginger root, uh uh, oh where is that pesky little plant?
Aang looks exasperated in the background and face-palms himself. Cut to Zuko's ship steaming by the shore, the sunset in its last stages in the background. Cut to Zuko practicing firebending on the foredeck in the background. Iroh's arm comes into the frame.
Iroh Is everything okay? It's been almost an hour and you haven't given the men an order.
Zuko I don't care what they do.
Iroh Don't give up hope yet. You can still find the Avatar before Zhao.
Zuko [Turning back, desperation and fear on his face.] How, Uncle? With Zhao's resources, it's just a matter of time before he captures the Avatar. [Turns back out to sea and whispers.] My honor, my throne, my country, I'm about to lose them all.
Cut back to an exterior shot of the herbalist institute, then a shot of the old woman in front of some bushes.
Herbalist Ah! Plum blossom! [Puts the blossom in the mixing bowl.]
Aang [He finally lifts up his head off the table from being bored.] Finally! Thanks for all your help! [Grabs the bowl and gets slapped by a spoon.] Ow!
Herbalist What do you think you're doing?
Aang [Rubs his hand.] Taking the cure to my friends.
Herbalist [Laughs.] This isn't a cure! It's Miyuki's dinner. Plum blossom is her favorite.
Aang What about my friends?
Herbalist Well, all they need are some frozen wood frogs. There's plenty down in the valley swamp.
Aang [Confused.] What am I supposed to do with frozen frogs?
Herbalist Why, suck on them of course!
Aang [Shocked and disgusted; his eye twitches.] Suck on them?
Herbalist The frog skin excretes a substance that will cure your friends. Be sure to get plenty because once those little critters thaw out, they're useless!
Aang You're insane, aren't you?
Herbalist [Crazily.] That's right! Well, don't stand there all day! Go!
Aang runs out and the storm gets worse; he wipes his face from the excessive rainfall. Several arrows comes out of nowhere and pins Aang's pants to the ground; he airbends a shield sending some off them away. Aang removes one.
Aang Uh ... I think you dropped this ... [Screams as he sees the Yuyan Archers taking aim at him. Panicking, he frees himself from the arrow that had pinned his foot to the ground and runs. He falls off a cliff into a swamp and finds the frozen frogs.] A frog! [He sticks the frog in his shirt and manages to get four more before getting one of his sleeves pinned to a rock. Aang waterbends an ice wall in front of himself. An arrow strikes the wall the two more land in the same spot and slices the arrows that came before it. The the ice cracks and another set of arrows pin his other sleeve, before a net is launched at him.]
The scene cuts to show Aang bounded at his legs and arms with chains, barely able to move. He look angry and struggles against the chains.
Zhao So this is the great Avatar. Master of all the elements. I don't know how you've managed to elude the Fire Nation for a hundred years, but your little game of hide and seek is over.
Aang [Angry.] I've never hidden from you! Untie me and I'll fight you right now!
Zhao Uhh, no. Tell me, how does it feel to be the only airbender left? Do you miss your people? [Aang looks down sadly.] Don't worry, you won't be killed like they were. [Aang looks angry again.] See, if you die you will just be reborn and the Fire Nation would have to start searching all over again. So I'll keep you alive, but just barely. [Aang takes a deep breath and blows at gale force at Zhao, who falls over.] Blow all the wind you want, but your situation is futile. There is no escaping this fortress, and no one is coming to rescue you.
Zhao exits the room with the door slamming behind him. Back to Katara and Sokka snuggled up in their sleeping bags which lie between Appa's feet. Sokka has a coughing fit.
Sokka [Weakly.] Water ...
Katara [Weakly.] Momo should be back any minute.
Momo jumps into the shot, chittering happily. He jumps up close to Katara. He drops a dead mouse on to her chest. She looks at it in disgust.]
Katara [Weakly; in disgust.] Ugh! No, Momo, water. Wa-ter! [Momo's ear go straight up. He jumps off her and scampers.] Aang, what in the world is taking you so long?
The scene changes to an overhead shot of Aang still bound between the pillars, still trying to get out of the chains. The scene changes again, to several exterior night shots of the fortress, culminating in a long shot of the Blue Spirit. The camera zooms in three step changes to a close-up of the Blue Spirit, who then moves left. Cut to a view of the road leading to the fortress where a wagon is making its way toward the gate. Cut to a view of the undercarriage of the wagon as it passes. The Blue Spirit is holding on to the underside of the wagon. The wagon reaches the gate.
Guard All clear.
A gate guard looks at the wagon and walks around it. When the guard checks the undercarriage, the Blue Spirit is gone. The guard gets back up. Cut to a wider shot of the wagon and the guards around it.
Guard All clear. Go on in.
Shift to a view from inside the wagon where the Blue Spirit has hidden himself; cut to an overhead shot of the wagon as it enters the first of the fortress' three gates. The shot pans up to rest on the massive central tower where Aang is held prisoner. Cut to a view of the first courtyard where the boxes in the wagon have been unloaded. The Blue Spirit runs from them and ducks into the shadows. Cut to a shot of an ornate balcony with bonfire pots on either side. The balcony is festooned with gold and red spades. Admiral Zhao appears flanked by attendants. During his speech the view cuts to show the innermost courtyard full of Fire Nation soldiers standing at attention.
Zhao We are the sons and daughters of fire, the superior element! Until today only one thing stood our path to victory, the Avatar. I am here to tell you that he is now my prisoner! [The crowd cheers.] This is the year Sozin's Comet returns to grant us its power! [The crowd cheers.] This is the year the Fire Nation breaks through the walls of Ba Sing Se and burns the city to the ground!
As Zhao speaks, various shots are seen of the Blue Spirit steadily and stealthily infiltrating the fortress. Cut back to Aang, still struggling fruitlessly against his chains. He finally stops, breathing heavily. It's useless. Suddenly, frogs start leaping out of his shirt.
Aang [To the frogs.] What? No! Don't leave, frogs! My friends are sick and they need you! Please go back to being frozen!
He begins to struggle again as the frogs hop away toward the door, croaking. Cut to the four guards standing outside the chamber. They begin to look confused when they hear croaking. They look down to see the frogs coming from underneath the door. Suddenly they look up as a Fire Nation soldier's helmet comes bouncing down the corridor toward them. One of the guards walks up the corridor and turns right at the first junction, disappearing from view. A gout of flame erupts from the cross hallway as well as the sound of a brief scuffle. Two more guards go up to the junction and turn right, firebending stances at the ready. Cut to a view looking down the cross hallway. The first guard who went is hanging from the ceiling, tied up. Shift to the hanging soldier and pan up to reveal the Blue Spirit on the ceiling above the two new combatants. He drops down and melee begins, but it is over quickly. Cut back to the last guards, where they now see the Blue Spirit at the junction.

Cut to a view of the door to Aang's chamber. The lone guard grabs the alarm horn next to him, but a knife knocks it out of his hand. The guard lets loose a gout of flame at the Blue Spirit as he runs down the hall toward the door, but the intruder extinguishes the blast with a bucket of water, and proceeds to sweeps the guard's feet out from under him with the empty bucket. Cut to Aang still struggling inside the chamber. He stops and looks at the noises of violence coming from through door. These stop abruptly and are replaced by the sound of the lock turning in the door. The door opens and the Blue Spirit enters. He brandishes two curved swords and runs forward to Aang, who screams in fear. The Blue Spirit approaches and two sword cuts are heard. Aang pulls his arms back in surprise – the Blue Spirit has freed him. He looks at his liberator in wonder. The Blue Spirit comes closer and cuts his remaining bonds, turns and walks back toward the door.

Aang Who are you? What's going on? Are you here to rescue me? [The Blue Spirit opens the door and motions for him to follow.] I'll take that as a "yes."
Aang follows him out past the gagged and tied guard at the door to his chamber. He hears frog noises and turns to see his frogs on the floor.
Aang My frogs! Come back! And stop thawing out! [The Blue Spirit comes back, picks him up by the collar and carries him out.] Wait! My friends need to suck on those frogs!
Meanwhile, back at the run-down temple, Momo has succeeded in piling up mountains of junk around Katara, but no water. Momo returns again with a crown.
Katara [With a weak, sickly voice.] How many times do I have to tell you, Momo? We need water, wa-ter. Oh forget it. Aang, please, hurry.
Sokka [Delirious.] Who's this "Aang" kid you keep talking about, Your Highness? [Katara gets an annoyed look on her face.]
Scene shifts back to a few exterior shots of the fortress, then to Aang and the Blue Spirit walking silently in the sewer system underneath the fortress. Soldiers walk back and forth above them. They hope out of a grate and into one of the courtyards. Cut to Zhao walking in one of the torch-lit corridors of the fortress, followed by a scribe.
Zhao I want a full transcription of my speech sent to the Fire Lord, along with glowing testimonials from all of the ranking officers present, and –
He cuts himself off as he hears moans. Cut to Zhao's right, where the soldiers that the Blue Spirit tied still lie. Zhao, upset, slams open the door to Aang's prison cell. It is empty, except for a frog which croaks at him from the floor. Zhao turns in anger and leaves, the scribe in tow.
Scribe Sir, should I hold off sending that speech to the Fire Lord?
Cut back to the two would-be escapees who are now scaling a rope on the innermost wall of the fortress. They are spotted and the view zooms out as one of the guards shouts.
Soldier There, on the wall!
A soldier appears at the top of the wall they are climbing. He cuts the rope and the pair fall down the wall, Aang screaming. Cut to side-view where Aang airbends them to a soft landing. When the dust clears, the Blue Spirit unsheathes his swords and they run. Cut to Zhao on the ornate balcony.
Zhao [Shouting.] The Avatar has escaped! Close all the gates immediately! [Cut to the escapees running, Aang passes the Blue Spirit.]
Aang Stay close to me!
The third gate is closing in front of them, as are the two beyond it, and it is blocked by many soldiers. Aang airbends a blast of air that blows them out of the way. Aang makes for the gate, but the Blue Spirit gets involved in melee and has to stop and fend them off. Aang turns to see the Blue Spirit in trouble. He grabs a spear from a guard near him, airbends him out of the way, spins it around and breaks the head off the spear on the ground and launches back into battle to save his new friend. The gate closes behind him. The Blue Spirit is surrounded, but Aang airbends them all out of the way. With a mighty effort he then catapults the Blue Spirit to the top of the third wall.

He is instantly surrounded, but Aang appears using the stick as a helicopter blade. He plucks the Blue Spirit off the wall and heads into the next courtyard. Cut to a close-up of Aang struggling to keep them aloft. The Blue Spirit uses his swords to knock the spears sent up at them by the guards. They barely next the top of the next wall as they crash unceremoniously onto the battlement. Aang's stick goes spinning away as guards instantly rush them. Aang runs for his stick, but a guard stops him, taking several swings at Aang with his sword. The Blue Spirit throws the guard over the wall. Aang then airbends the other guards off the wall.

Cut to a wide shot of the second wall, where more soldiers are scaling ladders. Aang and the Blue Spirit knock off the soldiers as they reach the top. With two mighty blasts, Aang depopulates the two scaling ladders nearest him as the Blue Spirit knocks the one final soldier off his. Aang brings over his two scaling ladders and steps onto the one the Blue Spirit has just emptied. He hands one ladder to the Blue Spirit.

Aang Take this. Jump on my back!
The Blue Spirit complies and Aang begins to use the ladders as massive stilts, shedding one each time a step is taken. Cut to a wide shot of the second courtyard, where dawn is approaching in the background. The first ladder shed still has some Fire Nation soldiers on it, but it falls into the dust.
Aang Give me the next one!
The Blue Spirit again complies. Cut to the bottom of their final stilt where a Fire Nation soldier sends a gout of flame up the ladder. It is too late though, as Aang and the masked man jump from the last stilt and just manage to grab the edge of the final wall. They are unable to hold on, however, and fall to the ground. The Blue Spirit draws his swords. Four firebenders unleash their flame on them, but Aang puts the masked man behind him and airbends the flames away.
Zhao Hold your fire! The Avatar must be captured alive!
The Blue Spirit instantly comes up behind Aang and crosses his swords in front of Aang's throat, surprising him. Cut to a view behind the escapees that pans right slowly, accenting the stand-off, then cut to the implacable blue mask of the intruder. Cut back to a close of Zhao's eyes.
Zhao [Through gritted teeth.] Open the gate.
Officer Admiral, what are you doing?
Zhao Let them out, now!
The gate is opened and the Blue Spirit backs out with his captives, swords still at his throat. Cut back to Zhao, the officer questioning him still visible over his left shoulder.
Officer How could you let them go?
Zhao A situation like this requires ... precision.
The Blue Spirit continues backing away from the fortress. Zhao now looks on from the top of the main gate. Cut to an arrow being strung on a bow by an unseen soldier; cut back to Zhao, who looks to his right as he speaks.
Zhao Do you have a clear shot?
Cut to a Yuyan Archer, who is silent, but aims.
Zhao Knock out the thief. I'll deliver him to the Fire Lord along with the Avatar.
The archer releases his arrow, which the camera follows across the field to its impact point on the Blue Spirits masks. Cut to a side-view of Aang and the Blue Spirit as the masked man collapses backward in slow motion. Aang turns in horror, his eyes glazed. He recovers, turns around and airbends up a huge cloud of dust around him and the Blue Spirit.
Zhao Quick! Recover the Avatar!
When the dust clears, however, the soldiers find nothing. Cut back to Zhao, looking insanely angry. A frog hops up onto the railing, croaks, and hops off. Fade to a close-up of the swamp, where Aang is collecting frozen frogs once again. Cut back to a wide shot of Zuko's ship reeling in the cutter vessel back into the mother ship. Shift to Zuko, sullen, walking past his Uncle on the main deck.
Iroh Where have you been, Prince Zuko? You missed music night! Lieutenant Jee sang a stirring love song.
Zuko I'm going to bed. No disturbances.
Iroh rubs his head and begins to blow his horn again. Fade back to the ruins. Aang returns, downcast. He puts frogs in his friends' mouths.
Aang Suck on these. They'll make you feel better.
Aang collapse backward onto Appa's tail with a sigh. Cut to Sokka with a frog in his mouth.
Sokka [With his mouth full; still spouting out nonsense.] Aang, how was your trip? Did you make any new friends?
Aang No, I don't think I did.
Aang rolls over. Fade to Prince Zuko lying awake in his own chamber, lost in thought. He looks at the Fire Nation symbol hanging on his wall, and rolls over himself. Cut back to the ruins and then to Sokka, a happy expression on his, still sucking on the frog in his mouth.
Sokka Mmmm! This is tasty! Mmm!
It thaws out and begins moving around and croaking. Sokka realizes what it is and spits it out in disgust. Cut to Katara where her frog has also thawed. She cries out and it hops out of her mouth. Both Katara and Sokka begin spitting and coughing, Sokka rubs his tongue in panic against Appa's fur.

Northern Air Temple and Northern Water Tribe

The scene reopens with the gang sitting around a camp site with several other groups, listening to a man telling a story of 'airbenders'.
Storyteller [Dramatically; out of view.] So, travelers. The next time you think you hear a strange, large bird talking, take a closer look. It might not be a giant parrot, but a flying man. A member of a secret group of air walkers, who laugh at gravity, and laugh at those bound to the earth by it!
Aang [Cuts to a wide shot, showing the gang and the other travelers surrounding a small campfire. The Storyteller, having finished his story, is going around collecting coins from the other travelers.] Aren't airbender stories the greatest? [Talking to Katara and Sokka, who are sitting next to him.]
Katara [Excitedly.] Was it realistic? Is that how it was back then?
Cuts to the three kids.
Aang I laugh at gravity all the time. [Chuckling to himself.] Gravity.
Storyteller [Arrives in front of the gang, having already collected money from the rest of the audience.] Jingle, jingle! [Jingles the hat in front of Sokka, asking for money.]
Sokka searches inside his heavy cloak, and manages to pull out a bug, a worm and a few crumbs.
Sokka Sorry ...
Storyteller [Upset and somewhat downcast.] Aww, cheapskates! [Walks away as Sokka puts the bugs back in his pocket.]
Aang stands up and runs after the storyteller, who is kneeling in front of an old man.
Aang [Happily.] Hey! Thanks for the story.
Storyteller [Holds out his cap.] Tell it to the cap, boy.
The Storyteller shakes his cap behind him as he kneels in front of an old man. The shaking causes a coin to come loose and fall from the cap. As Aang searches his clothes for some money, Momo picks up the coin and puts it in the cap as the Storyteller turns around.
Storyteller Aww, much obliged, little bat-thing. [He pets Momo on the head.]
Aang [Having given up trying to find a coin.] It means a lot to hear airbender stories. It must have been a hundred years ago your great grandpa met them.
Storyteller [Confused.] What are you prattling about, child? Great Grandpappy saw the air walkers last week. [He indicates to the old man he was kneeling in front of before. The old man makes a sound in his throat akin to a laugh, and waves a greeting to Aang. The shot cuts to Aang, who has a shocked and disbelieving expression.]
The scene changes from the campsite to a shot of clouds, and Appa flying above them.
Aang [Sitting on Appa's neck, steering. He is talking to Katara and Sokka, who are riding in Appa's saddle.] Hey, we're almost at the Northern Air Temple. This is where they had the championships for Sky Bison polo.
Katara [Moving to sit at the back of the saddle with her brother.] Do you think we'll really find airbenders?
Sokka [He is whittling a piece of wood. The design is indecipherable.] You want me to be like you, or totally honest?
Katara [Crossing her arms, obviously angry with him.] Are you saying I'm a liar?
Sokka [He shrugs, unconcerned with her mood.] I'm saying you're an optimist. Same thing, basically.
Aang [Excitedly.] Hey, guys, look at this!
The camera moves to show Appa, who is flying toward a mountain with a large structure on top. It looks very similar to the Southern Air Temple, with obvious spires reminiscent of a temple's architecture. Around them are several dark specks. The camera zooms in, and the specks are revealed to be people, flying around the temple in plane-shaped contraptions.
Katara [Amazed.] They really are airbenders!
Aang [His face falls as he sees the 'airbenders', and after Katara's excited outburst, he leans back and scowls while crossing his arms.] No, they're not.
Sokka [Exuberantly.] What do you mean "they're not"? Those guys are flying!
Aang [Bitterly. He is glaring at the direction of the people flying around the temple.] Gliding maybe, but not flying. You can tell by the way they move, they're not airbending. Those people have no spirit.
Suddenly, a boy sitting in an oddly shaped chair flies right above them, nearly hitting them, and laughing as he does so.
Katara I don't know, Aang.[Katara points to the boy.] That kid seemed pretty spirited. [Katara indicates to the boy, who is flying dangerously close, but still laughing.]
The boy begins to fly away, shooting Aang one more look back as he does so while grinning. Aang grins devilishly, and opens up his glider to follow the boy. He leaves Katara and Sokka on Appa, and they quickly become surrounded by gliders as they get closer to the temple. Several gliders almost hit Appa, which causes Katara to knock into her brother and shout in pain as Appa moves sharply to avoid them.
Sokka We better find some solid ground, before it finds us. [The siblings land Appa on the temple courtyard, out of the hazardous sky. Aang is still flying with the boy, and seems to be having fun at the surprise competition.]
Colonists [Several children are on the ground, cheering on their friend.] Go Teo! Show that bald kid how it's done!
Teo and Aang do two loop-de-loops as they fly around the air temple. The two boys do a spiral downwards.
Teo [The boy doesn't seem upset at Aang, and seems happy that he isn't angry for nearly flying into him.] Hey there, you're pretty good!
Aang [Nonchalantly, but with a smirk.] Yeah, I know. But I can do more than fancy gliding.
Aang begins flying closer to the temple, under a bridge. Cut to a scene of Aang jumping off is glider and allowing it to fly forward on its own. He begins running along a wall, switching to an air scooter halfway, before jumping off onto his glider again.
Teo [He is looking amazed, before thinking of his own plan.] Wow, I don't think I can do that. But here's a good one.
Teo turns on a small canister that is positioned under his glider. White smoke begins to stream from the strange contraption, and Teo flies around in the sky. The camera pans to show the sight from the ground, where it is revealed that he has created an image of Aang's face, complete with an annoyed expression. The crowd below cheers.
Teo What do you think?
Aang [Annoyed; his face mimics the one Teo has just drawn.] It's great.
Aang lands beside Katara and Sokka. Teo lands soon after and pulls on the brakes. Other children take the glider off of the top of his wheel chair. Teo rolls up to Aang.
Teo Hey, you're a real airbender. You must be the Avatar! That's amazing! I-I've heard stories about you!
Aang [Rubs his head, embarrassed.] Thanks.
Sokka [Sokka ignores all formalities, instead going over to Teo's chair and examining the strange shape and design.] Wow! This glider chair is incredible!
Teo You think this is good, wait until you see the other stuff my dad designed.
All four walk inside the building. They enter a room filled with pipes and machinery. Aang looks around worriedly. Beneath the pipes, an original mural can be seen, although it has been destroyed by the pipes, which are sticking into the walls.
Sokka Wow! [Runs up to machines.]
Teo Yeah, my dad is the mastermind behind this whole place. Everything's powered by hot air. [Shows women using an elevator like contraption.] It even pumps hot air currents outside to give us a lift while we're gliding.
Aang [Monotonously.] This place is unbelievable.
Teo Yeah, it's great, isn't it?
Aang No, just unbelievable. [Walks away.]
Katara [Katara approaches Teo, who seems disappointed at Aang's reaction.] Aang used to come here a long time ago. I think he's a little shocked it's so ... different.
Sokka So better!
Katara walks up to Aang, who is looking at a painted wall with pipes going through it.
Aang This is supposed to be the history of my people.
Katara puts her hand on his shoulder. He walks over to a fountain with an air bison statue on it. He looks at his reflection in the dirty green water, Aang looks at it squeamishly. The sky bison statue suddenly has black smoke coming out of it's mouth.
Aang Ugh!
Katara [Walks up and puts her hand on his shoulder.] I'm sure some parts of the temple are still the same.
Screen pans off to show Aang, Katara, Sokka and Teo walking across a bridge to a large room that looks well kept. The room has no roof, although around the walls there are statues of monks, mostly meditating.
Aang It's nice to see that at least one part of the temple that isn't ruined.
Katara and Aang look at a statue of a long-bearded airbender meditating.
Man [Off-screen.] Look out!
The statue is knocked down by a wrecking ball and all four cover their heads. Dust is coming from the statue, so all four cough. The dust clears to show six men standing where the statue used to be.
Mechanist What the doodle? Don't you know enough to stay away from construction sites? We have to make room for the bathhouse! [He has approached Aang and the group, looking more surprised than upset.]
Aang [He turns to the mechanist and yells angrily at him.] Do you know what you did!? You just destroyed something sacred! For a stupid bathhouse!
Mechanist Well, people around here are starting to stink. [Waves his hand in front of his face, as though trying to dissipate a bad smell.]
Aang [Points at mechanist.] This whole place stinks! [Using his airbending, Aang flips the crane contraction off of the edge of the building.]
Cut to exterior shot, showing the crane falling and landing heavily against the side of the cliff the temple is situated on. It is covered by a cloud of dirt and snow as it is utterly destroyed.
Aang This is a sacred temple! You can't treat it this way! [Walks closer to the mechanist.] I've seen it when the monks were here! I know what it's supposed to be like!
Mechanist The monks? But, [Scratches his beard.] you're twelve.
Teo [Teo rolls up.] Dad, he's the Avatar. He used to come here a hundred years ago.
Aang takes a menacing step closer to the mechanist, who takes a step back.
Aang What are you doing? Who said you could be here?
Mechanist [Turns away from Aang.] Hmm, doing here ... A long time ago, [Points finger up.] but not a hundred years, my people became refugees [Walks behind his son's wheelchair.] after a terrible flood. My infant son, [Teo looks down sadly.] Teo, was badly hurt and lost his mother. [Sniffles.] I needed somewhere to rebuild and I stumbled across this place. Couldn't believe it! Everywhere! Pictures of flying people! But empty, [Looks around.] nobody home. Then, [Does a airplane like gesture, like he's flying up to Aang.] I came across these fan-like contraptions!
Aang Our gliders.
Mechanist Yes! Little, light flying machines! [Waves his hands up and down.] They gave me an idea. Build a new life for my son, in the air! Then everyone will be on equal ground! So to speak. We're just in the process of improving upon what's already here. [Katara wipes her tears on Aang's shirt, and Sokka looks like he's holding back tears.] And, after all, isn't that what nature does?
Aang Nature knows where to stop.
Mechanist I suppose that's true. Unfortunately, progress has a way of getting away from us. Look at the time! [Points at candles.] Come! [To other workers.] The pulley system must be oiled before dark.
Sokka Wait, how can you tell the time from that thing? The notches all look the same.
Mechanist The candle will tell us. Watch. [Candle pops four times.]
Sokka You put spark powder in the candle!
Mechanist Four flashes. So it's exactly four hours past mid-day. Or, as I call it: four o'candle. [Sokka laughs. Cut to a frontal shot of the mechanist, pleased that Sokka is interested.] If you like that, wait till you see my finger-safe knife sharpener. [He holds up his left hand, revealing that three of the fingers are made of wood.] Only took me three tries to get it right. [He pulls off the three wooden fingers, and throws them into Sokka's hand.]
Sokka [Horrified.] Aaah!
Mechanist [Pokes Sokka in the back with his one remaining finger and gestures for him to come.] Follow me! [Sokka runs after him.]
Teo Hey, Aang. I want to show you something.
Screen fades to black before reappearing with Katara, Teo and Aang walking inside a building.
Aang I just can't get over it. There's not a single thing that's the same.
Teo I don't know about that. The temple might be different [Picks up hermit crab from the ground.] but the creatures that live here [Hands it to Katara.] are probably direct descendants of the ones who lived here a long time ago.
Katara [Pokes hermit crab.] You're right. They're kind of keepers of the temple's origins. [Katara hands it to Aang. It moves around in his hand and he smiles.]
Teo Besides, there's one part of the temple that hasn't changed at all.
Screen fades slightly and reappears at a long hallway with airbending symbols through it. Shows all three looking at a door with an airbending contraption on it.
Katara Hey, it's just like the one in the other temple!
Teo [Confidently, with a matter-of-fact tone.] Only an airbender can open it, so inside it's completely untouched. Just the way the monks left it. I've always wondered what it's like in there ...
Katara [She looks at him, as though slightly scared of his reaction. Her tone is gentle and questioning.] Aang?
Aang [He turns away from the door and his friends.] I'm sorry. This is the last part of the temple that's the same as it was. I want it to stay that way.
Teo [Somewhat disappointed, although he tries not to let it show.] I completely understand. I just wanted you to know that it's here.
Aang Thanks. [All three start to walk away.]
Screen cuts to Sokka and the mechanist walking down a dark stairway holding lanterns.
Sokka These lanterns are terrible. I can't see! [Opens the top of his lantern only to find them filled with fireflies.] Why would you want to use fireflies for light? [One flies out.]
Mechanist Hey! Close that up! They'll get loose! [Sokka closes it.] Fireflies are a non-flammable light source. [Both begin to walk again.]
They continue for a while until they arrive at a wooden door.
Mechanist Cover your nose [Both plug their noses.] and hold your breath. [The mechanist opens an eye slot in the door, both look inside a pitch-black room.]
Sokka [Nasally, due to his nose being blocked.] Okay ... So you brought me all the way down here to see an empty room.
Mechanist [Closes eye slot.] Wrong. It's filled to the brim with natural gas. Came across it my first time here. Unfortunately, I was carrying a torch at the time. Nearly blew my self and the whole place even more sky high! Thought my eyebrows would never grow back. [Pans up to his eyebrows.] Anyway, there's a vital problem that needs solving. From time to time, we have gas leaks. And they're nearly impossible to find.
Sokka So, this place is an explosion waiting to happen.
Mechanist Yes, until I figure out how to locate something I can't see, hear, smell, or touch.
Cut to a exterior of temple with people flying in the sky. Aang, Katara and Teo are on the ground.
Teo The wind will carry you. It supports something inside you. Something even lighter than air. [Shows Katara holding a glider and standing at the edge of a building.] And that something takes over when you fly. [Katara puts down her glider and looks up at the other people flying.]
Katara [Nervously.] I've changed my mind. I think I was born without that something.
Teo [Laughs.] Impossible! Everybody has it!
Aang Spirit.
Teo What?
Aang Spirit. That's the something you're talking about.
Teo [Thoughtfully.] Yeah, I suppose it is.
Shows Katara with the glider in her hands again.
Teo Are you ready?
Katara No! [Jumps off anyway.] Aaaaah! [Starts to fall down wards, but eventually starts to fly straight. Her scream peters off as she begins laughing.] I can't believe I'm flying!
Aang and Momo fly up beside her.
Aang Just make sure you keep your mouth closed so you don't swallow a bug! [Shows Momo flying by and eating a bug.]
Katara Teo was right about the air. All I had to do was trust it, let it carry me.
Aang Even though Teo's not an airbender, he really does have the spirit of one! [Aang lands beside him on the building.] I've been thinking. If you want to see what's in that room, I'd be happy to open the door for you.
Teo Great!
Katara Wait! [Katara flies by.] How do I land this thing? What if I land over a-ack-ack-bleck! Bug! Bug! Ack, that was a bug!
Back to Sokka and the mechanist. The mechanist is drawing on a large piece of paper and Sokka is looking through shelves. Sokka drops various things, including seven scrolls, four pieces of paper, a hard-boiled egg and a model of a hot air balloon.
Mechanist I said don't touch anything! [Comes over to help Sokka pick things up.] Oh, don't worry. That experiment's old, [Referring to the hot air balloon.] and that egg was just part of last week's lunch.
Sokka [He sniffs the air before wincing.] Ugh! Week old egg smell!
Mechanist Quick, find that egg! [Both crawl around the floor looking for it.]
Shows Aang, Teo and Katara at the door of the airbending room.
Teo I can't believe I'm finally going to see what's inside!
Aang airbends into the door's contraption, flipping three dials so air comes out of them. Cut to Sokka and the mechanist searching for the egg.
Sokka How can something so small that you can't even see it make such a big stink!?
Mechanist looks up from searching.
Mechanist That's the solution to our problem!
Sokka Yeah ... [Both turn toward each other.] If we put a whole of mess of rotten eggs in the cellar where the gas seeps up ...
Mechanist ... The gas will mix with the smell of rotten eggs!
Sokka Then, if there's a leak ...
Mechanist ... You'll smell rotten eggs! Then, you just follow your nose to the place where the smell is coming from ...
Sokka And plug up the hole where the gas is escaping!
Both throw up their hands.
Both You're a genius! [Bell rings on one of his desks.]
Mechanist Something's wrong. [Stands up.] I've go to go! [Runs out the door and Sokka follows.]
Shows Aang, Teo, and Katara walking into the large room. It's filled with Fire Nation weapons, tools and a red hot air balloon with the Fire Nation insignia on it.
Aang This is a nightmare ...
Mechanist [Walks in with Sokka behind him.] You don't understand!
Aang [Accusingly.] You're making weapons for the Fire Nation!
Sokka [Angrily.] You make weapons for the Fire Nation?!
Teo Explain all this! Now!
Mechanist [He is hesitant, but resigned as he begins to explain.] It was about a year after we moved here. Fire Nation soldiers found our settlement. You were too young to remember this, Teo. They were going to destroy everything! Burn it to the ground! I pleaded with them, I begged them to spare us! They asked what I had to offer. I offered ... my services. You must understand. I did this for you!
Teo looks away in shame and the mechanist leaves. The scene cuts to him in his workshop, placing two eggs with smiley faces in his hot air balloon model, along with a candle to make it float. He looks rather depressed. He lets go of the bottom and it starts to float. As this happens, the door opens, with Aang and Teo standing in the doorway.
Aang When are they coming?
Mechanist Soon. [Candle pops once.] Very soon.
Aang You can't give them more weapons.
Mechanist If I don't give them what they want, they will destroy this place! [The model of the hot air balloon catches fire and crashes. The mechanist puts the fire out with a cloth.]
Teo How can I be proud of you when your inventions are being used for murder?
Mechanist I need some time to think. [Bell rings on his desk.] You need to leave! Go!
Teo We're not leaving!
Mechanist Then hide! Quickly! [They hide behind some of his inventions. the mechanist pulls a rope that opens a trapdoor, and a war minister from the Fire Nation is lifted into the room.]
Qin You know better than to keep me waiting. Give me what you owe us so we can be on our way. [The mechanist looks down.] Well? Is there a problem?
Mechanist [Hurredly.] No, right this way. [Gestures toward the door.]
Qin is about to go out the door, but Aang airbends it shut. He jumps in front of the door.
Aang The deal's off.
Qin The Avatar ...
Mechanist Aang, don't get involved!
Qin If I don't get what I came here for, the Fire Nation will burn this place to rubble!
Aang Get out of here! [Slaps him in the face with an air swipe; continues off screen.] You're leaving empty-handed!
Qin Then the destruction of this temple [Pointing at Aang.] will be on your head! [He leaves through the trap door and Aang airbends it shut.]
The four children are now talking on the tall bridge.
Teo This is bad.
Sokka Very bad!
Katara Aang, what are we going to do? How can we possibly keep them all away?
Aang I'll tell you how. We have something they don't. [Points to the sky.] Air power. We control the sky. That's something the Fire Nation can't do. We can win!
Mechanist I want to help. [He appears at the door.]
Aang Good. We'll need it.
Cuts to an aerial shot of the temple, before cutting to the mechanist's workshop. He is standing behind a table with Sokka. The model hot air balloon, a few plans, and a candle are resting on the table. Aang, Katara, and Teo are on the other side, surrounded by other colonists.
Mechanist We finally got the war balloon working, thanks to Sokka. This boy's a genius!
Sokka Thank you. You're a genius!
Mechanist Thank you! [Katara and Aang exchange unamused glances.]
Sokka See, the problem with the old war balloon was you could get it air-borne, [Places the candle in the model.] but once it did, it just kept going. [He pulls a string connected to the model, putting it on the table.] You could put a hole in the top, but then all the hot air would escape. So the question became, how do you keep a lid on hot air?
Katara Ugh, if only we knew. [Teo, Katara, and Aang laugh.]
Sokka A lid is actually the answer. If you control the hot air, you control the war balloon.
Katara Huh, that's actually pretty smart.
Sokka Okay, we've got four kinds of bombs: [He begins listing them off on his fingers.] smoke, slime, fire, and ...
Mechanist Stink! Never underestimate the power of stink!
Cut to exterior shot of temple. Everyone is outside, watching anxiously for any sign of the Fire Nation.
Girl [Looking over a ledge.] They're coming!
Teo Are we ready?
Katara [Worriedly.] Yes. But where's Sokka with the war balloon?
Aang [Jumping off Appa.] We'll have to start without it.
Cut to shot of people readying their flying machines for take off. They begin the assault as their gliders fly off into the air. Cheers from the crowd below. Cut to Fire Nation troops climbing the cliff path. They are attacked by the various bombs thrown at them. Cut back to Aang and the other flyers going down through the clouds. The gliders fly over the Fire Nation troops dropping bombs below. Cut to Fire Nation troops on the cliff edge.
Fire Nation soldier Take them out of the sky. Now!
Cut to more gliders dropping bombs. Fire Nation soldiers cough and some fall off the cliff. Cut to Aang jumping onto an air scooter, moving across a ledge, causing snow to fall onto soldiers below before jumping back onto his glider. Cut to the soldiers retreating.
Aang We've got them on the run! We need more slime!
Cut to gliders flying up through the clouds to Appa and receiving more bombs from Katara. Hooks fly through the clouds nearly hitting Appa and latching onto the cliff. Cut to tanks scaling the cliffs via the chains. Aang sees this and manages to remove one hook. The tank falls before sending out another hook. Cut to distance shot of temple with tanks closing in. Gliders continue to fly dropping bombs in an attempt to slow the tanks down. Many cuts to interiors of tanks showing soldiers firebending out of them. Aang lands and airbends the tanks away. The tanks flip over and readjust themselves before continuing on. Cut to Katara and Teo in sky.
Katara Those things are unstoppable!
Teo [Thoughtfully, trying to remember what he knew.] I think I know how they work. I remember my dad tinkering with the counterbalancing system. Something to do with water. Works great, huh?
Katara Water? Can you get me close to one?
Teo No problem!
Cut to aerial view of Aang fending off firebending blasts. Cut to Katara landing next to him. Katara freezes multiple tanks with waterbending. Camera zooms out to show more tanks. Aang defends Katara from fire blasts before Appa drops in front and knocks the tanks away. Cut to behind Appa showing Katara and Aang climbing up his tail. Cut to Aang and Katara looking down at the oncoming force. Cut to the temple balcony with Katara, Aang and Teo.
Teo We're out of bombs!
Katara Come on Sokka. [Side-view of Katara.] Where's that war balloon?
The war balloon appears behind Katara. Cut to wide-view of temple balcony with war balloon in background. Cut to view of soldiers and tanks advancing forward with war balloon above. Cut to view of Sokka and the mechanist on the war balloon.
Sokka Hey, why aren't they shooting at us?
Mechanist The insignia! [Close-up of Fire Nation insignia.] They think we're on their side.
Sokka [Close-up of Sokka on war balloon.] Then I guess they won't see this coming. [Slices rope attached to a large bomb.]
Mechanist [Cut to view of both balloon and advancing army.] Bombs away!
Cut to ground view of soldiers being washed away by slime. Cut to above war balloon showing Sokka cut another rope. Cut back to view of soldiers and balloon showing the bombs stopping some of soldiers and tanks. Cut to shot under balloon showing Sokka and mechanist looking down.
Sokka Oh no, that was the last one. [Cut to tanks beginning to scale the cliffs.]
Mechanist [Cut back to Sokka and mechanist.] Wait a second. You smell that?
Sokka Rotten eggs! [Cut to a view of the balloon and a large crevice in the ground below.] There! That's were the gas is escaping.
Cut to close-up of Sokka with the expression of having an idea. Cut to tanks scaling cliff side. Cut to Earth Kingdom civilians trying to knock the hooks away. Cut to Sokka and mechanist on the balloon. Sokka is levering the engine away from the bottom of the balloon in an attempt to get it free.
Mechanist What are you doing? That's our fuel source.
Sokka It's the only bomb we've got.
Cut to view below the balloon as the engine drops to the crevice below. Cut to exterior of temple as the army advances on the temple. Cut to a view of Katara, Aang and Teo looking down. Cut to Sokka and mechanist on balloon. Cut to wide-view of the temple and the war balloon in distance. An explosion goes off and the temple is blocked from view. Cut to Sokka and the mechanist on war balloon, smoke covers the view. Cut to Katara, Aang and Teo with smoke again covering the view. Cut to wide shot of temple with smoke dissipating. Cut to chains hanging off the cliffs, no tanks in sight. Cut to balcony and view of cliffs below.
Aang Look! They're retreating! [Cheers from crowd.]
Sokka [War balloon flies past.] We're going down!
Katara [Cut to Aang and Katara on balcony.] No, Sokka! Hold on! [Aang jumps on his glider and flies toward them.]
Cut to view of war balloon falling.
Sokka [Cut to close-up of Sokka swinging his boomerang around with a rope attached, mechanist behind him.] Get ready!
Cut to Aang flying toward them. Cut to behind the war balloon as Aang circles it. Sokka throws the boomerang toward Aang which latches onto his glider. Cut to Sokka and mechanist being pulled out of the balloon and dragged away with the mechanist moaning in fright. Cut to show war balloon floating away. The scene ends and cuts to the temple.
Aang You know what? [Cut to close-up panning shot of Sokka, Katara, Aang, Teo and mechanist.] I'm really glad you guys all live here now. [Cut to shot above Aang picking up a hermit crab.] I realized, it's like the hermit crab. [Cut to close-up of Aang's hands surrounding the hermit crab.] Maybe you weren't born here, but you found this empty shell and made it your home. And now you protect each other.
Teo That means a lot, coming from you.
Sokka [Cut to Aang, Sokka and Katara.] Aang you were right about air power. As long as we've got the skies, we'll have the Fire Nation on the run. [Cut to wide-view of temple grounds, crowd cheering.]
Cut to panning shot of the people, with the mechanist turning away from the crowd and looking down as though sad. Cut to snowy trees in a forest below the temple. The Fire Nation capturing and figuring out how to use the war balloon.
Qin [Cut to Qin, surrounded by two other ministers.] This defeat is the gateway to many victories.
Cut to behind the Fire Nation soldiers as they begin inflating the balloon up with firebending. Cut to close-up of Fire Nation insignia. The scene fades into black as the image of fire rises.

The scene opens to a red sky, the sky turns from red day to dark night, back to day but normal sky, then back to night in a blizzard before slowly panning down as day breaks to show a koala otter calmly floating on its back on the water, purring slightly. Noticing something approach to its right, it turns its head, chirps, and dives under water as a large shadow passes it by. It turns out to be Appa flying overhead.

Sokka [Hanging lazily over the back of Appa's saddle; grumpily.] I'm not one to complain, [Side-view shows Appa flying just above the water.] but can't Appa fly any higher?
Sokka's words barely left his lips as Appa loses more altitude and his paws drag through the water momentarily, before rising slightly again. Cut to a shot from Appa's saddle, showing a bored Katara popping herself up on her elbows, staring into nothingness in front of her, and a peeved Aang looking back from atop Appa's head.
Aang [Irritably.] I have an idea! Why don't we all get on your [Points angrily at Sokka; Katara briefly looks at Aang, but resumes her stare in front of her.] back and you could fly us to the North Pole?!
Sokka [Back-view of Sokka looking over his shoulder; sarcastically.] I'd love to. [Points to his back.] Climb on everyone, [Shakes his rear.] Sokka's ready for take off.
A chirping Momo hops on his back, making Sokka shoot an angry glare at the animal. Cut back to the shot of Katara and Aang, with the latter still staring angrily at Sokka.
Katara [Waving her hands up and down while shifting looks between Aang and Sokka.] Look, we're all just a little tired and cranky because we've been flying for two days straight.
Sokka [Frontal shot, Momo is now on his lap; annoyed.] And for what? We can't even find the Northern Water Tribe. [Cut to a wide side-shot, revealing Appa floating along a vast ocean of only water and ice.] There's nothing up here.
Cut to Katara and Aang, with the former having laid down her head in boredom, letting it rest on her hands. She looks up in wonder when a slushing sound can be heard. Cut to a frontal shot of Appa, while the water in front of him suddenly rises and solidifies to ice spikes. Cut to a frontal shot of Aang screaming in fright, his eyes wide in horror, as he violently yanks the reins to this right in an attempt to avoid the sudden obstacle. Cut to a side-view of a growling and turning Appa. Cut to the siblings yelling in fright as they hold on for dear life to the sides of the saddle. Cut to a back-shot of a swerving Appa, who suddenly shoots up as another ice spike manifests right in from of him. A close-up shot of his underside shows that he was not quick enough, and part of the ice attaches itself to his leg, freezing instantly. His momentum causes the ice to break, but he is thrown off balance and catapulted away. Frontal shot of Katara and Sokka who loudly scream in fright. Cut to a wider shot of Appa spiraling toward the camera, before switching to an overview shot of him landing into the water, throwing it up high. As he turns upright again, the water around him instantly freezes, and he is locked in place. Cut to the surrounding ice spikes from which Water Tribe boats appear, each carrying several waterbenders, surrounding the team. Cut to a surprised looking Katara and an alarmed looking Sokka who is reaching for his boomerang atop the saddle.
Katara They're waterbenders! [Happily.] We found the Water Tribe!
Cut to a more far-off shot of the scene, revealing Appa to be frozen in the water, with six Water Tribe boats surrounding him.

The scene switches to a Fire Navy base in the Fire Nation harbor. The camera cuts to inside a guarded tent, where Zhao is standing before a map of the Avatar World.

Zhao He's heading north. The Northern Water Tribe. The Avatar needs to master waterbending. He's looking for a teacher.
Li [Impatiently.] Then what are we waiting for? Let's go get him!
Zhao Patience, Captain Li. This isn't some little earth village we can just march into. The Water Tribe is a great nation. There's a reason they've survived a hundred years of war. The frozen tundra is treacherous, the landscape itself is an icy fortress. We'll need a massive invasion force.
The scene changes to the North Pole where the group is being escorted to the Northern Water Tribe. The magnificent wall of the city comes into view much to everyone's amazement.
Aang [Pointing excitedly.] There it is!
Katara [In awe.] The Northern Water Tribe.
Sokka [Surprised.] We're finally here.
A portion of the icy wall is lowered, allowing them to enter into the city. Canal workers use waterbending to transport the group into the city.
Katara [Fascinated.] I can't believe how many waterbenders live up here!
Aang [To Katara.] We'll find a master to teach us, no problem.
The team passes through the channels of the city, catching the attention of several civilians who run over to spectate them. Aang waves happily at the people. As they continue their trek inward, Sokka notices a young lady going by on a boat, capturing his attention. He blushes at the sight of her and leaps onto Appa's tail as she pulls away from view.
Katara This place is beautiful.
Sokka Yeah ... she is ...
The scene changes to nightfall, where Zuko's ship is docked in a port. Members of the crew have gathered for music night on the ship. Lieutenant Jee plays a lute as Iroh sings. Several other crew members play instruments or dance.
Iroh [Singing.] Winter, Spring ... Summer and Fall ... Winter, Spring ... Summer and Fall ... four seasons ... four loves ... four seasons ... four loves.
The music stops as they notice Admiral Zhao boarding the ship, along with two soldiers. The crew looks in surprise at the admiral. A high-pitched chord emits from the lute. The scene switches back to the Northern Water Tribe, where Team Avatar is being honored with a feast, hosted by the tribe's chief. Men play drums and a giant crab is set in a pool of water.
Arnook Tonight, we celebrate the arrival of our brother and sister from the Southern Tribe. And they have brought with them, someone very special, someone whom many of us believed disappeared from the world until now ... the Avatar! [Crowd applauds and cheers.] We also celebrate my daughter's sixteenth birthday. Princess Yue is now of marrying age!
Yue Thank you, Father. May the great Ocean and Moon Spirits watch over us during these troubled times!
Arnook Now, Master Pakku and his students will perform!
Pakku and two students bend significant blobs of water, captivating Aang and Katara. They merge the three blobs into one stream, bending it around each other. Yue approaches Sokka.
Sokka Hi there. Sokka, Southern Water Tribe.
Yue [Smiling and bowing slightly.] Very nice to meet you. [They nervously share an awkward silence for a moment.]
Sokka [Nervously.] So ... uhhh ... you're a princess, huh? [She nods and smiles.] You know, back in my tribe, I'm kind of like a prince, myself. [Shot pans left to reveal Katara.]
Katara [Hopping in on the conversation; teasingly.] Ha, prince of what?
Sokka A lot of things! Do you mind? I'm trying to have a conversation here.
Katara [Sarcastically.] My apologies, Prince Sokka.
Sokka So, it looks like I'm going to be in town for a while. I'm thinking ... maybe we could ... do an activity, together?
Yue [Slightly confused; laughs.] Do an activity?
Embarrassed while sweating, Sokka stuffs food in his mouth. Screens widens to the left to show Katara clearly enjoying her brother's attempt at courting.
Katara Very smooth ...
Cut to a long shot of the plaza fountain. In front of it stand the Chief, Master Pakku and Aang. Arnook and Aang go to Pakku.
Arnook Master Pakku, meet your newest student, the Avatar. [Aang bows.]
Pakku Just because you're destined to save the world, don't expect any special treatment.
Aang My friend and I can't wait to start training with you! After we relax for a couple of days.
Pakku If you want to relax, then I suggest visiting a tropical island. If not, I'll see you both at sunrise. Good night.
Back on Zuko's ship. Iroh enters Zuko's room.
Zuko For the last time, I'm not playing the tsungi horn!
Iroh No, it's about our plans. There's a bit of a problem.
Zhao enters.
Zhao I'm taking your crew.
Zuko [Cut to a shocked Zuko.] What?! [Turns around to face Zhao.]
Zhao I've recruited them for a little expedition to the North Pole.
Zuko Uncle, is that true?
Iroh I'm afraid so. He's taking everyone ... [Putting his arm over his face in woe.] even the cook.
Zhao Sorry you won't be there to watch me capture the Avatar. But I can't have you getting in my way again.
Iroh [Cuts to a furious Zuko. Zuko charges at Zhao in anger, but Iroh cuts him off.] No!
Zhao notices a pair of swords on the wall. Cut to a close-up of Zhao's face, swollen in anger as he recognizes the blades. He flashes back to the Rescue in Pohuai Stronghold, where the same swords were wielded by the previously-unknown Blue Spirit. He takes one off the wall; cut to Zuko's face, his eyes wide and mouth open, clearly recognizing the danger he is in. Iroh, visible over Zuko's shoulder, does not. Cut back to Zhao, who begins practicing with the sword he has removed from the wall.
Zhao I didn't know you were skilled with broadswords, Prince Zuko.
Zuko I'm not. They're antiques. Just decorative.
Zhao Have you heard of the Blue Spirit, General Iroh?
Iroh Just rumors. I don't think he is real.
Zhao He's real, all right. [He hands the broad sword to Iroh.] He's a criminal, and an enemy of the Fire Nation. But I have a feeling justice will catch up with him soon. [Zhao moves to exit the cabin.] General Iroh, the offer to join my mission still stands ... if you change your mind.
The next morning, at the Northern Water Tribe.
Katara [Excitedly.] I've waited for this day my whole life. I finally get to learn from a real waterbending master!
Pakku is bending a stream of water.
Aang Good morning, Master Pakku!
Pakku [Drops the water, and speaks in an annoyed tone.] No, please, march right in. I'm not concentrating or anything.
Aang Uhhh ... this is my friend, Katara. The one I told you about?
Pakku I'm sorry, I think there's been a misunderstanding. You didn't tell me your friend was a girl. In our tribe, it is forbidden for women to learn waterbending.
Cut to a shot panning up Katara's body, her face clearly reflecting the anger she feels.

Cut to a long, overhead shot of the Northern Water Tribe city, looking back from the main wall to the citadel. Cut back to a close up of Katara.

Katara [Angrily.] What do you mean you won't teach me? I didn't travel across the entire world so you could tell me no!
Pakku No.
Katara But there must be other female waterbenders in your tribe!
Pakku Here, the women learn from Yugoda to use their waterbending to heal. I'm sure she would be happy to take you as her student, despite your bad attitude.
Katara I don't want to heal, I want to fight!
Pakku I can see that. But our tribe has customs, rules.
Katara [Furious.] Well, your rules stink!
Aang [Also just as angry.] Yeah, they're not fair! If you won't teach Katara, then ...
Pakku Then what?
Aang Then I won't learn from you!
Pakku Well, have fun teaching yourself! I'm sure you'll do a great job.
Katara Wait! Aang didn't mean that! [Goes to Aang.] You can't risk your training for me. You have to learn from Master Pakku, even if he is a big jerk.
Aang nods. Katara exits.
Pakku Why don't we get started, then? [Aang gets hit with a water blast from him.]
In another part of the city. Sokka catches up with Princess Yue.
Sokka Princess Yue, good morning! How about that picnic last night? Boy, your dad sure does know how to throw a party.
Yue I'm happy you enjoyed yourself.
Sokka Well, it wasn't as much fun after you left. [They both blush.] So, I'm still hoping we can see more of each other.
Yue Do an activity, you mean?
Sokka Yes ... at a place ... for some time.
Yue [Laughs.] I'd love to. I'll meet you on that bridge tonight. [Points at a bridge.]
Sokka Great! I'll see you– Ah! [Falls into the water.]
Yue [Laughs.] Sorry.
Sokka [Climbs out of the water.] That's okay, it was worth it. See you tonight.
Back at the Fire Navy base.
Zhao I'm very impressed. You all seem highly qualified for the mission I have in mind.
The pirate captain pulls a small chest toward him and opens it, a dim glow radiating from within. Pirate Barker Oh takes a piece of gold from the chest and bites down on it.
Oh That's some tasty gold.
Pirate captain What do you need us to do?
Zhao I believe you're acquainted with Prince Zuko.
Back to the Northern Water Tribe, where Katara enters the healing hut.
Katara Uhhh ... hi. Are you Yugoda?
Yugoda Are you here for the healing lesson?
Katara [Looks at all the young girls, and speaks in a disappointed tone.] I guess I am.
Yugoda Welcome ... welcome!
Back at Pakku's class. Aang is working with a stream of water.
Pakku You're moving the water around, but you're not feeling the push and pull.
Aang I'm trying ...
Pakku [Slurps some tea.] Maybe that move is too advanced for you. Why don't you try an easier one?
Aang slams down the water in frustration. Back at the healing hut, Katara starts a conversation with Yugoda.
Katara Thanks for the lesson.
Yugoda So, who's the lucky boy?
Katara Huh?
Yugoda Your betrothal necklace. You're getting married, right?
Katara [Shocked.] Ah ... no. I don't think I'm ready for that yet. My grandmother gave my mother this necklace and my mother passed it down to me.
Yugoda I recognize this carving! I don't know why I didn't realize sooner; you're the spitting image of Kanna!
Katara [Confused.] Wait, how do you know my Gran-Gran's name?
Yugoda When I was about your age, I was friends with Kanna. She was born here in the Northern Tribe.
Katara She never told me.
Yugoda Your grandmother had an arranged marriage with a young waterbender. He carved that necklace for her.
Katara If Gran-Gran was engaged, why did she leave?
Yugoda I don't know. That's always been a mystery to me. She left without saying goodbye.
Later that night, at Zuko's ship.
Crew member Good luck!
Inside Zuko's room.
Iroh [Cut to a shot of Prince Zuko lying in bed in the foreground of his cabin. The door opens and Iroh sticks his head in. Entering.] The crew wanted me to wish you safe travels.
Zuko [Bitterly.] Good riddance to those traitors.
Iroh It's a lovely night for a walk. Why don't you join me? It would clear your head. [No response.] Or just stay in your room and sit in the dark. Whatever makes you happy.
The pirates make their way onto Zuko's ship, bringing up blasting jelly.
Oh Careful with the blasting jelly!
Zuko [Hearing the noise.] Uncle? Uncle, is that you? [Walks around the ship.]
The fuse to the blasting jelly is lit. The ship explodes.
Iroh Zuko! [Runs back to see the ship destroyed.] Zuko ...
Back to the North Pole. Sokka goes to meet Yue, who is looking out over the bridge.
Sokka Hi, Princess Yue. I made you something. I carved it myself.
Shows her a roughly-crafted creature.
Yue It's a bear.
Sokka Actually, it's supposed to be a fish. [Flips the carved creature around.] See, it has a fin.
Yue Oh. I'm sorry, I made a mistake. I shouldn't have asked you to come here. [Runs away.]
Sokka is left stunned. He throws the fish into the water. Cut to the team's place of stay.
Katara How's warrior training going? [Sokka kicks his bag.]
Aang That bad?
Sokka No, it's Princess Yue. I don't get it, one minute she wants to go out with me, and the next, she's telling me to get lost. [Changing the topic.] So, how's waterbending training?
Aang Master Poophead won't teach her because she's a girl.
Sokka Why don't you just teach her, Aang?
Katara [Excited.] 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. Come on, Aang.
Outside, near the water.
Aang [Bending up some water.] Master Pakku said this move is all about sinking and floating. [Sends the water to her.]
Katara [Bending the water.] I got it!
The water suddenly shoots upward.
Aang That was amazing!
Katara That wasn't me.
Master Pakku has caught them. He takes the water, freezes it, and sticks the ice crystals into the ground.
Aang I was just showing Katara a few moves.
Pakku You have disrespected me, my teachings, and my entire culture.
Aang I'm sorry, I ...
Pakku You are no longer welcome as my student.
The next morning, the three meet with Chief Arnook, Master Pakku, and Arnook's family members.
Arnook What do you want me to do? Force Master Pakku to take Aang back as his student?
Katara Yes ... please!
Arnook I suspect he might change his mind, if you swallow your pride and apologize to him.
Katara Fine.
Pakku I'm waiting, little girl.
Katara No. [Begins cracking the ice inadvertently.] No way am I apologizing to a sour old man like you! [Two pots shatter.]
Aang Uhhh ... Katara?
Katara I'll be outside if you're man enough to fight me.
Yue gasps. Katara angrily walks out.
Aang I'm sure she didn't mean that.
Sokka Yeah, I think she did.
Back at the Fire Navy base. Zhao meets with Iroh over tea.
Zhao I'm devastated to hear about Prince Zuko. Just ... devastated.
Iroh The Fire Lord will not be pleased when he learns who was responsible.
Zhao You know who was behind the attack?
Iroh Yes ... pirates. We had a run-in with them a while back. They wanted revenge.
Zhao [Sips his tea.] So, have you reconsidered my offer?
Iroh Yes, I accept. It will be an honor to serve as your general. To the Fire Nation!
Zhao To victory!
Back to the Northern Tribe. The three head outside, looking for Pakku.
Sokka Are you crazy, Katara? You're not going to win this fight!
Katara [Takes off her coat.] I know! I don't care!
Aang You don't have to do this for me. I can find another teacher.
Katara I'm not doing it for you! Someone needs to slap some sense into that guy! [Pakku comes down.] So, you decided to show up? [Pakku walks away.] Aren't you going to fight?
Pakku Go back to the healing huts with the other women where you belong. [Katara tightens her fist and sends water whips at him. Pakku halts.] Fine. You want to learn to fight so bad? Study closely! [He bends two streams of water from nearby pools and sends them both at a charging Katara, who falls back. He joins the two streams together, encircling both Katara and himself in a forceful ring of water.] Don't worry, I'm not going to hurt you!
Katara edges away from the ring and redirects the water away. The resulting blast hits Sokka. Pakku builds an ice wall in defense, which Katara slides up. She lands onto a nearby post. He melts the ice and directs the full blast at her. However, Katara freezes her feet down and is able to direct the blast away.
Katara [Determined.] You can't knock me down!
Some of the crowd cheers.
Aang Go, Katara!
Katara charges at him; Pakku draws up a wall of ice, which she quickly liquefies. She attempts to land blows, but Pakku ducks them all. He whips water and throws her into a pool, earning the approval of other members of the crowd.

Katara emerges from pool, shakes out her hair, and summons a small pillar of ice, where she proceeds to send a series of ice discs at her opponent. Pakku breaks up most of them using his wrists. The camera closes up to a slow-motion shot of one coming very close to hitting him. He looks at her in irritation. Katara, now back on the ground, attacks by sending a stream of water at him. However, Pakku generates it into a larger stream of water and sends it full force at her. Katara is sent back several feet. A close-up shot of her shows her bent over, breathing hard. She rises suddenly and sends two snow pillars down at him which Pakku turns to a dusty mist of snow. The mist clears.

Pakku Well, I'm impressed. You are an excellent waterbender.
Katara But you still won't teach me, will you?
Pakku No.
Katara bends over sharply, sending a wave of ice at Pakku, who merely raises himself onto an ice pillar. He proceeds to liquefy the pillar, charging straight at Katara, who sends a powerful stream of water his way. Pakku avoids the attack, instead managing to freeze Katara's stream of water which he slides across. He surges past her and strikes her down, knocking her necklace off in the process. Katara falls roughly to the ground as Pakku lands onto the rim of a pool, bends a tower of water and manipulates the stream overhead his opponent. He deftly freezes the water into several ice shards, which he sends down at Katara. She becomes trapped in the flurry of frozen daggers and appears still for a moment. The crowd gasps in horror; one child looks away in fear. Katara lifts her head and begins to struggle, attempting to break free as Pakku casually strolls away.
Pakku This fight is over.
Katara Come back here. I'm not finished yet!
Pakku Yes, you are. [Notices the necklace.] This is my necklace ...
Katara No, it's not. It's mine! Give it back!
Pakku I made this sixty years ago for the love of my life ... for Kanna.
Katara [Unfreezing the ice; surprised.] My Gran-Gran was supposed to marry you?
Back at the Fire Navy base. The ships are set to begin the trek north. On board, Iroh meets up with Zuko, who is disguised as a shipman.
Iroh Our plan is working perfectly. Zhao doesn't suspect a thing.
Zuko You didn't have to do this.
Iroh No nephew of mine is going to stow away on a ship without some backup.
Zuko Thank you, Uncle.
A door opens.
Iroh Someone's coming. Stay hidden until we get to the North Pole and the Avatar will be yours. Good luck. [The two head their separate ways.]
The scene changes back to the North Pole.
Pakku I carved this necklace for your grandmother when we got engaged. I thought we would have a long, happy life together. I loved her.
Katara But she didn't love you, did she? It was an arranged marriage. Gran-Gran wouldn't let your tribe's stupid customs run her life. That's why she left. It must have taken a lot of courage.
Yue cries and runs away.
Aang [To Sokka.] Go get her.
Sokka exits. Later that night, he catches up with her on the bridge.
Yue What do you want from me?
Sokka Nothing. I just want you to know, I think you're beautiful, and, I never thought a girl like you would even notice a guy like me.
Yue You don't understand.
Sokka No, no. See, that's the thing. I think I do understand now. You're a Princess, and I'm ... I'm just a Southern peasant.
Yue No, Sokka ...
Sokka It's okay. You don't have to say anything. I'll see you around, okay? [Yue grabs him and kisses him.] Okay, now I'm really confused. Happy, but confused.
Yue I do like you, a lot. But we can't be together, and not for the reason you think. It's because ... I'm engaged. [She pulls down the collar of her coat and shows him her betrothal necklace.] I'm sorry. [Runs off.]
The next morning, at Pakku's class. Aang turns a blob of water into a stream and awkwardly sends it off.
Pakku Not bad, not bad. [Laughs.] Keep practicing and maybe you'll get it by the time you're my age.
Aang turns around, annoyed, but quickly smiles when he notices Katara coming up.
Aang Hey, Katara!
Pakku What do you think you're doing? [Pause as Katara looks up.] It's past sunrise. You're late.
Aang Good to see you here.
Katara You, too.
Back at the Fire Navy fleet. Zhao and Iroh stand on top of the lead ship.
Zhao My fleet is ready. Set a course for the Northern Water Tribe.
Cut to a panning overhead shot, which reveals dozens of Fire Navy ships firing up their engines in preparation to launch the final assault on the Northern Water Tribe.

The Siege of the North

The episode opens to under the water. The camera pans upward to sea level, and higher up into the city. The scene changes to where Katara is set to spar with a young boy named Sangok. She eyes her opponent with a look of determination. Sangok looks at her with a frightened expression on his face, shaking slightly. He summons a globule of water, freezes it into an iceball, and fires it at her. Katara, however, is quick to melt the iceball and, turning around swiftly, bends a wave of water at him, which she proceeds to freeze, thus suspending Sangok in an icy trap.
Pakku [Displeased.] Nice try, Pupil Sangok. [Shows Sangok trying to break free.] A couple of more years and you might be ready to fight a sea sponge. [He unfreezes the ice; Sangok falls to the ground dazed.] Would anyone care for a rematch with Katara? [The scene cuts to several students sitting by the sidelines, the camera panning to the right showing all of them to be tired and unamused.] Katara, you've advanced more quickly than any student I've ever trained. [Cuts to shot of Katara, who smiles brightly.] You have proven that with fierce determination, passion and hard work, you can accomplish anything. [Turns to Aang irritably.] Raw talent alone is not enough. [Aang is shown playing with an airball with Momo.] Pupil Aang!
Aang [Stops bending at the sound of his name; Momo lands on his head.] Yes, Master Pakku?
Pakku [Sarcastically.] Care to step into the sparring circle? I figure since you've found time to play with house pets, you must have already mastered waterbending.
Aang [Jumps off the ground with airbending.] I wouldn't say mastered, but check this out.
He twists around, bending some snow around him to make a snowman of himself, which Momo knocks over. Cut to Pakku and Katara who wear similar expressions of disdain. Pakku shakes his head in disappointment, while Katara looks on in irritation. The scene changes to another part of the city where Sokka and Yue are taking a walk along a bridge. Sokka is walking along the top of bridge's wall while balancing.
Yue So they don't have palaces in the Southern Tribe?
Sokka [Sitting down on the ledge.] Are you kidding? I grew up in a block of ice. It's not exactly a cultural hub.
Yue [Laughs and places her hand on Sokka's shoulder; when Sokka smiles at her, she gets a little upset and looks at him seriously.] Sokka, this is wrong.
Sokka [Protesting.] What's wrong? We're taking a walk!
Yue [Unsurely.] I'm engaged. It just feels ...
Sokka [Brightens.] I know what you need. [He hops off the rail to stand by her side.] You need to meet my good friend, Appa.
Yue [Curiously.] Who?
The scene changes to where the two approach the stables, where Appa is resting.
Sokka [Opening his arms out in enthusiasm.] Appa and I go way back, don't we, boy? [The thunder of Appa's shifting bulk is heard and Sokka's features turn to surprise. Appa enters from the left and lands on top of him and licks him, much to Sokka's dismay.] Ah, ah, easy! Down boy! Agh! No, up!
Yue Looks like you haven't been giving Appa enough attention!
Yue laughs. Sokka attempts to pull himself free of Appa, who continues to lick his face. The scene changes to the two sitting on Appa's saddle, Sokka holding the reins in his hand.
Yue [Excitedly.] So, how does this work?
Sokka You holding on tight? [Yue nods; in a cool tone.] Yip ... [Cut to a close up of Sokka's face.] yip.
The camera zooms out to a shot of the entire city as Appa takes off.
Yue [Impressed.] Oh ... my ... goodness! [Cuts to where Appa is soaring over the ocean; Yue is looking over the saddle.] Wow, I can't believe you do this every day.
Sokka [Stretches.] Yeah, we pretty much live up here.
Yue Is it always this cold in the sky? [Moves closer to Sokka.]
Sokka [Happily.] Not when you're with someone.
Yue [Turning to face Sokka, blushing.] It's beautiful up here.
Sokka Yeah ... [The two turn to each other and slowly begin to lean in, but at the very last moment, Sokka widens his eyes, turns away and pretends to act cool again.] Woo, yeah! Ahhh, good times, good times. [Snow and black soot start to fall from the sky.] Hey, look!
Yue [Camera zooms out to Appa flying through the gray snowfall; worried.] What's happening?
Sokka [Nervous.] Oh no ...
The scene cuts to where civilians have stopped to observe the sooty snow. Cuts to Aang, who laughs as he gleefully rolls around in the snow in a circular pattern. Cuts to Momo, who opens his mouth and catches a sooty snowflake only to bristle and spit out the contents. Aang stops playing around and looks up at the snowfall with a concerned face. Cuts to civilians standing near a fountain. Camera pans down to show the fountain's water turning black.
Sokka [Picking up handful of black snow.] Soot.
Yue What?
Scene reveals Sokka, Yue, and Appa having landed right outside the outskirts of the city, near the shores of the North Pole seas. Sokka is kneeling down, observing the snow.
Sokka I've seen this before, right before my village was attacked. It's soot mixed with snow. [Rises.]
Yue But, why?
Sokka [Looking out over the horizon.] It's the Fire Nation. [Looks at Yue concerned.] They've closed in on the North Pole and from the looks of this stuff, [Camera zooms out to show the enormity of the sooty snowfall.] I'd say there's a lot of them.
Cuts to the lead ship sailing toward the Water Tribe, under the command of Admiral Zhao and Iroh.
Zhao [Voice-over.] This will truly be one for the history books, General Iroh. [Cuts to Zhao and Iroh standing on deck.] Just think, centuries from now, people will study the great Admiral Zhao, who destroyed the last of the Water Tribe civilization. You're lucky you're here to see it.
Iroh [Tersely.] Be careful what you wish for, Admiral. History is not always kind to its subjects.
Zhao I suppose you speak from experience, but rest assured. This will be nothing like your legendary failure at Ba Sing Se. [Walks forward.]
Iroh [Sadly.] I hope not, for your sake.
Zhao Tell the captains to prepare for first strike.
Iroh walks away. Cuts to the bow of the lead ship breaking through thick ice floes floating in the water. Cuts to the interior of the ship, where Iroh is confronting Zuko disguised as a Fire Nation soldier. Zuko is forced to wear the disguise to keep the secret from Zhao that he survived an attempted assassination.
Iroh [Secretly.] We'll be landing soon. Do you have a plan?
Zuko [Removes face covering to reveal his face covered in cuts.] I'm working on it, Uncle. [Puts covering back in place.]
The two head off in separate directions. Back at the Northern Water Tribe, citizens flee to the town hall, as two watchmen hit a drum to signal the Fire Nation's approach. Sokka and Yue make their way up the steps, but Yue stops the approach.
Sokka [Trying to drag her along.] What's wrong? [Pointing up to the citadel.] We have to go!
Yue [Sadly; lets go of Sokka's hand.] No, Sokka, wait, I can't see you anymore. Not at all.
Sokka [Protesting.] What? We're just friends.
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! [Turns away sorrowfully.]
Sokka You don't love him, do you? You don't even seem to like him.
Yue But I do love my people.
Sokka [Objecting.] You're not marrying them.
Yue [Turns to face Sokka.] You don't understand. I have duties to my father, to my tribe. I have to do this. Goodbye.
She runs past Sokka up the stairs quickly. Closes up on Sokka, who looks on with dismay. The scene cuts to inside the chief's Royal Palace.
Arnook The day we have feared for so long has arrived. The Fire Nation is on our doorstep. It is with great sadness I call my family here before me, knowing well that some of these faces are about to vanish from our tribe, [While saying this line, the scene flashes from Yue to Pakku to Hahn.] but they will never vanish from our hearts. Now, as we approach the battle for our existence, I call upon the great spirits. Spirit of the Ocean! Spirit of the Moon! Be with us! I'm going to need volunteers for a dangerous mission.
Sokka [Rising from his seat.] Count me in!
Katara Sokka ...
Arnook Be warned, many of you will not return. [Several Water Tribe men rise and walk forward.] Come forward to receive my mark, if you accept the task.
Arnook paints three red line marks with his fingers on one man's forehead. The man walks away, slightly sorrowful. Sokka steps forward and Arnook paints the same three marks. He begins walking away sadly and turns to look at Yue. After staring at each other for a few moments, Sokka continues walking. Yue averts her gaze, closes her eyes and begins crying.

The scene changes to outside the city where Aang is perched on a snow mound, holding his staff. Arnook approaches him.

Arnook The stillness before battle is unbearable. Such a quiet dread.
Katara joins them.
Aang I wasn't there when the Fire Nation attacked my people. [Determined.] I'm going to make a difference this time.
He rises and holds his staff behind his back in a similar pose as seen in the opening sequence. The camera pans upward to the sky. The scene changes to where Aang, Katara, Sokka, Appa and all the warriors are gathered at the wall. Something distant can be seen soaring toward the city from the horizon. Aang squints his eyes before realizing the object is a fireball. Cuts to Sokka and Katara, who look on in terror. The fireball collides into the wall of the city, sending Team Avatar and several warriors flying back. Cuts to the wall of the city, damaged and beginning to fall apart.

Cuts to another fireball being launched into the air. The fireball disintegrates a bridge within the city. Cuts to a trebuchet operator launching another fireball into the air, which hits the wall.

Aang Yip-yip!
He and Appa take flight, heading toward the fleet. Cuts to the warriors who regather themselves, helping each other up.
Sokka [Pulls his arm free from the snow.] Katara!
Katara uses waterbending to free herself from a snow mound she became buried underneath. Sokka smiles and hoists his sister onto her feet. The two cast their eyes upward, catching sight of two fireballs that soar overhead. Cuts to Appa who grunts, Aang guiding him, a determined look on his face. Cuts to bird's-eyes view of the ocean, Aang flying toward a single Fire Navy ship. Two fireballs are launched. Cuts to the deck of the ship, where trebuchet operators launch another fireball back to Appa and Aang. Cuts to fireball soaring straight toward Aang, who uses his glider to direct it into an icy cliff side near the city.
Aang I'll take it from here, boy.
He jumps down from Appa and flies downward on his glider onto the first ship. Using airbending, he sweeps several trebuchet operators off their feet and leaps onto one trebuchet. An operator comes forward and slams a sledgehammer onto the machine, nearly striking Aang who manages to back-flip away. Cuts to where he stands on top of the contraption, two more operators approaching him from opposite directions, each holding a sledgehammer. The one on his right brings the sledgehammer down proceeded by the one on his left. He jumps into the air, avoiding both blows and completely collapses the trebuchet with his glider and the use of airbending. He lands onto the deck, triumphant.

He runs over to an unoccupied trebuchet, already loaded with a flaming boulder. He sticks a sledgehammer in another launcher's chain. When a soldier approaches him, Aang blasts him away, activating the catapult which launches the fireball straight into the deck, leaving a large hole. The camera zooms out on the damage.

Cuts to Aang, who runs past two operators who quickly chase after him. He arrives at two trebuchets, one before him and one behind him, and tangles their chains together. He leaps onto the machine before him as the soldiers approach and slams his foot onto the pedal that activates the catapult. The catapult lunges forward, causing the second trebuchet to collide into the first, destroying both.

Smiling happily, Aang proceeds to another machine. Cuts to a burly man, who observes him evilly. Aang prepares to strike the machine with a sledgehammer only to turn around and catch sight of the man who attempts to land blows from afar with two sledgehammers, each attached to long chains. Aang jumps out of the way of several blows. Cuts to the man who swings the chains around. Aang leans against a beam only for the two chains to wrap around the beam thus trapping him. He struggles to break free.

Cuts to the soldier, who is suddenly knocked over by Appa's paw. The chains snap and Aang breaks free.

Aang [Brightening.] Appa!
Appa leans over the deck of the ship and tosses the man overboard before turning to Aang, who runs over and embraces him.
Aang Thanks for the rescue, buddy!
His expression of relief becomes one of alarm when the ship begins to rumble. Cuts to an undamaged trebuchet that collapses when a gigantic spike of ice pierces straight through the hull and deck of the ship. Cuts to dozens of Water Tribe warriors riding on boats, who are using waterbending to suspend the ship. Cuts to the entire ship being uprooted. Cuts to Appa, who stands on the sloping deck, the ruins of machinery sliding downward past them. He and Aang take off. Cuts to the horizon, where an entire fleet comes into view, the ships large in quantity.
Aang [Shocked.] You've got to be kidding me ...
The scene cuts to the training for the mission.
Arnook Men, you'll be infiltrating the Fire Nation Navy. That means you'll all need one of these uniforms.
The camera pans upward, revealing a young man, Hahn, who appears in the uniform that will be used. Sokka laughs. The rest of the warriors turn to stare at him.
Hahn [Angrily.] What's your problem?
Sokka Fire Navy uniforms don't look like that.
Hahn [Irritably.] Of course they do. These are real uniforms captured from actual Fire Navy soldiers.
Sokka [Sarcastically.] When, like, a hundred years ago?
Arnook Eighty-five.
Sokka [Walks over and flings one of the shoulder spikes with his finger.] The Fire Nation doesn't wear shoulder spikes anymore. The newer uniforms are more streamlined.
Sokka bends the tip of one of the shoulder spikes back with the tip of his finger and lets go. It bounces back to its original shape with a little comic sound effect.
Hahn How do we know we can trust this guy? [Turns to growl at Sokka, who glares at him in return.] Such bold talk for a new recruit.
Arnook Sokka is from our sister tribe, Hahn. He's a capable warrior and I value his input. [Sokka shoots Hahn a smug look; Arnook turns to the rest of the regiment.] Now, our first objective is to determine the identity of their commanding officer.
Sokka His name is Zhao. Middle-aged, [Tracing imaginary sideburns with his fingers.] big sideburns, bigger temper ...
Arnook Sokka, I want you to tell everything you know to Hahn. He's leading this mission. Hahn, show Sokka your respect. [Beginning to walk away.] I expect nothing less from my future son-in-law.
Sokka [Stares at Hahn, mouth agape; points at him and narrows his eyes.] Princess Yue's marrying you?
Hahn [Irritated.] Yeah, what of it?
Sokka [Turns away from Hahn, upset.] Nothing. Congratulations.
Scene fades to sunset where fireballs are continually launched. A bird's-eye view is shown of the fleet attacking the city. Cuts to several fireballs; camera pans downward to show them hitting the city.
Pakku [Pointing to the sky.] Stop those fireballs!
Cuts to shot of oncoming fireball. The waterbenders bend up a column of water and freeze it, capturing the fireball. Cuts to side-view of the leading ships of the fleet, the uprooted ship in view. The scene cuts to the interior of Zhao's ship.
Iroh It's almost twilight, Admiral. As your military consultant, I must advise you to halt your attack. [Cuts to shot of the ship, sailing past a rising moon.] The waterbenders draw their power from the moon, and it is nearly full tonight. You should wait and resume the attack at daybreak. [Cuts back to Iroh and Zhao.]
Zhao Oh, I'm well aware of the moon problem and I am working on a solution. But for now, daybreak it is.
The lead ship drops its anchor, followed by the rest of the ships, who drop their anchors and cease the attack. Cuts to a shot of the city, smoke billowing from several spots. Yue can be seen looking out over the horizon.
Yue They've stopped firing.
Yue and Katara stand side by side, viewing the city. Appa appears over the horizon, flying toward them.
Katara Aang!
Aang lands on the ground, exasperated. Katara and Yue approach him.
Aang [Clearly exhausted, placing his hands on his head.] I can't do it ... I can't do it.
Katara What happened?
Aang [Dimly.] I must have taken out a dozen Fire Navy ships, but there's just too many of them. I can't fight them all.
Yue [Pleadingly.] But, you have to. You're the Avatar.
Aang [Solemnly.] I'm just one kid ...
He buries his face in his arms. Katara kneels down beside him in an attempt to comfort him. The scene changes to nightfall on the lead ship. Cuts inside a room where Zuko prepares a boat, winding up some rope. Iroh enters.
Iroh If you're fishing for an octopus my nephew, you need a tightly woven net, or he will squeeze through the tiniest hole and escape.
Zuko I don't need your wisdom right now, Uncle.
Iroh I'm sorry. I just nag you, because, well, [Voice breaking slightly.] ever since I lost my son ...
Zuko Uncle, you don't have to say it.
Iroh ... I think of you as my own.
Zuko [Faces his uncle, a softer expression on his face.] I know, Uncle. We'll meet again. [Iroh hugs him.] After I have the Avatar. [He turns away and gets on the boat.]
Iroh Remember your breath of fire. It could save your life out there.
Zuko I will. [Lowers the boat, suspended by ropes, down the side of the ship into the water.]
Iroh And put your hood up. Keep your ears warm!
Zuko I'll be fine!
The shot cuts to the city, several ships lying stationery ahead of him. Back inside the warriors' base. Hahn and Sokka sharpen their axes against grindstones.
Hahn [Smugly.] Let me tell you Sokka, I've courted a lot of girls, but Yue is the finest and she comes with the most perks.
Sokka [Annoyed.] Perks? What does that mean?
Hahn I mean, Yue's nice and everything, but the points I'll gain with the chief aren't bad either.
Sokka [Angered.] Princess Yue is wasted on a self-absorbed weasel like you!
Hahn [Camera begins closing up on Hahn.] Whoa, hang on. What do you care? [Sokka closes his eyes sorrowfully.] You're just a simple rube from the Southern Tribe. What would you know of the political complexities of our life? [Smirking.] No offense.
Sokka [Shouts and tackles Hahn; the two begin rolling around on the floor in a struggle.] You're just a jerk without a soul, no offense!
The two continue to roll about on the floor. Cuts to a shot of Sokka and Hahn, each pulling the other's ponytail in fury. They are suddenly separated by Arnook.
Arnook That's enough! Sokka, you're off the mission!
Sokka, his hair loose and hanging in locks, appears stunned before crossing his arms in anger.
Hahn All right, fall in men! Everybody listen to what I say and we'll take out this Admiral Chō in no time!
Sokka [Irritated, waves arms in gesture.] It's Admiral Zhao!
The scene changes to outside on the water where Zuko rows past, navigating his way through the path of ice spikes. Cuts to a view of a Water Tribe guard on patrol, pausing and looking out over the horizon just as Zuko's canoe disappears behind an ice spike. The guard continues walking. Cuts back to Zuko who continues to paddle toward the wall, before switching to a shot of him peering from behind an ice spike, his canoe pulled up onto the ice. Camera cuts to and zooms in on a shot of several Water Tribe guards marching atop the wall. Zuko turns around and sees a group of turtle seals resting by a hole in the ice. One seal plunges head first into the icy water. Zuko looks back up to the wall and begins approaching the hole.
Zuko [Peering down into the hole.] Where are they going? [Cuts to a shot of the hole, his face reflected in the water.] They're coming up for air somewhere ...
He pulls down the mask covering his mouth and nose and inhales deeply. Cuts to shot of Zuko from beneath the water; he plunges into the water. The scene changes, cutting to a shot of the waxing gibbous moon hanging in the sky.
Yue [Off camera.] The legends say the moon was the first waterbender. [Cuts to shot of her, Katara and Aang standing on a balcony, looking up at the sky.] Our ancestors saw how it pushed and pulled the tides and learned how to do it themselves.
Katara I've always noticed my waterbending is stronger at night.
Yue Our strength comes from the spirit of the moon. Our life comes from the spirit of the ocean. [Camera pans slightly downward, showing Aang with a dull expression on his face.] They work together to keep balance.
Aang [Brightening.] The spirits! [Raises head, startling Momo.] Maybe I can find them and get their help!
Yue How can you do that?
Katara [Approaching her.] The Avatar is the bridge between our world and the Spirit World! Aang can talk to them!
Yue [To Aang.] Maybe they'll give you the wisdom to win this battle!
Aang [Waves arms out in gesture.] Or maybe they'll unleash a crazy amazing spirit attack on the Fire Nation! [The two girls look at him oddly; Aang looks at them and straightens up.] Or wisdom. That's good, too.
Katara The only problem is, last time you got to the Spirit World by accident. How are you going to get there this time?
Yue I have an idea. Follow me.
She begins walking away. Cuts to a shot of the chief's Royal Palace, the camera panning downward to the ground where Yue walks by, followed by Aang and Katara. Cuts to shot of Yue standing by a small, round wooden door, Aang approaching close behind.
Aang [Walking up to the door.] So, is this the way to the Spirit World?
Yue [Laughs.] No. You'll have to get there on your own. [Leans inward.] But I can take you to the most spiritual place in the entire North Pole. [Opens the door.]
Aang steps inside. The camera pans upward and zooms in to reveal a small verdant oasis lying ahead, a waterfall flowing directly behind it. Zooms in on Aang, who gasps in amazement.
Aang [Runs to the back of the oasis and rolls around on the ground.] I never thought I'd miss grass this much!
Katara [Approaching the oasis.] It's so warm here! How is that possible?
Yue It's the center of all spiritual energy in our land.
The two girls remove their coats. Cuts to view of two fish, one black and one white, swimming about in the pond. Momo sticks his hand in the pond and tries to grab the two fish in the water. Cuts to shot of the two girls standing over him, looking rather irritated.
Aang You're right, Yue. I can feel ... something. It's so tranquil. [Positions himself to meditate.]
Meanwhile, Zuko emerges from the water through another hole in the ice. He lies on his back on the ice and catches his breath. He rolls over onto his side, begins shivering and breathes fire to warm himself.
Zuko [To the barking turtle seals.] Be quiet!
The pack of seals quiets down. Cuts to shot of several seals, who watch as Zuko walks past, pushing aside the heads of two of them. They resume barking. He makes his way through another opening where water is pouring out. Cuts to shot of his foot boring into the wall as he tries to steady himself and make his way through the channel of water. Cuts to inside the channel, where he slowly crawls his way through. Cut back to the warriors' base. Sokka is crouched on the floor, sharpening his boomerang when he is approached.
Arnook Is something wrong, Sokka?
Sokka [Sarcastically.] Oh, no. Hahn's out there on the top-secret mission while I'm here sharpening my boomerang. Everything's fine.
Arnook Listen to me. I took you off the mission for selfish reasons. I have a special task in mind for you.
Sokka What, you want me to scrub the barracks?
Arnook I want you to guard my daughter, Princess Yue.
Sokka [Rises and tries to act cool.] Oh ... sure. That ... shouldn't be too hard.
Arnook exits the scene; Sokka's face falls. Zuko continues to make his way through the channel of water. He exits from the channel and floats to the surface of the water. He emerges from the surface and inhales deeply several times. He proceeds to duck his head under the water, surveying the area. The camera zooms in on another channel. Zuko swims toward the channel and upward. As he attempts to resurface, however, the surface of the water had frozen into a thick ice patch. Zuko tries to break through the ice. He suddenly exhales, signaling his need for air. He heats his hands using firebending and melts a hole in the ice. Cuts to a tunnel way in the city, the ice steaming and finally melting away. Zuko emerges and catches his breath. He relaxes against the wall of the tunnel. The scene changes back to the Spirit Oasis, where Aang is meditating, Katara and Yue watching him.
Yue Why is he sitting like that?
Katara He's meditating, trying to cross over into the Spirit World. [Aang scrunches up his face in concentration.] It takes all his concentration.
Yue Is there any way we can help?
Aang [Angrily.] How about some quiet? Come on guys, I can hear every word you're saying!
The camera zooms in on the pond, where the two koi fish are shown circling each other. Cuts to shot of beneath the pond, showing an underside-view of the two fish. Cuts to shot of Aang staring at the fish, seemingly mesmerized. Cuts back to two fish circling each other before switching back to Aang. Cuts back to image of the two fish, which morphs into an image of the symbols for yin and yang. Cuts back to Aang, as his eyes and tattoos to light up.
Yue [Worried.] Is he okay?
Katara He's crossing into the Spirit World. He'll be fine as long as we don't move his body. [Cuts to overhead shot of the pond.] That's his way back to the physical world.
Yue Maybe we should get some help.
Katara [Smiling.] No, he's my friend. I'm perfectly capable of protecting him.
Zuko [Sarcastically.] Well, aren't you a big girl now.
Katara [Alarmed and dismayed.] No ...
Zuko [Determined.] Yes. Hand him over and I won't have to hurt you.
Yue runs from the scene as Katara assumes a defensive stance, Zuko appearing on screen. Cuts to Zuko, who kicks up his leg, sending a fire blast Katara's way. He fires more blasts from his hands. Cuts to shot of Zuko and Katara, Zuko continually firing as Katara conjures up water shields to deflect the attacks. Cuts to Katara, who draws water from the pond and sends the stream at Zuko, who is preparing another attack. The blast pushes Zuko back several feet and knocks him to the ground.
Zuko [Rising.] I see you've learned a new trick, but I didn't come this far to lose to you.
He turns around and fires another blast which Katara blocks by summoning another shield of water. Cuts to shot of Zuko, Katara, and Aang as Katara sends a powerful jet of water at her opponent. The jet collides into Zuko, who is sent farther back. As he attempts to steady himself from the impact, small juts of ice form around his feet. Cuts to close-up of Katara, a determined look on her face. Water begins rising around Zuko and encircling him. Katara waves her arms about wildly, forming a ball of water around him which she freezes solid. Cuts to close-up of her as she smiles triumphantly. Cuts to Zuko imprisoned in the ice.
Zuko You little peasant. You've found a master, haven't you?
The globule of ice begins glowing bright orange with heat and the ground rumbles. Cuts to view of entire globule as it heats up intensely before melting. He fires repeated attacks at Katara, who draws water from the oasis to deflect the attacks. She prepares to strike him with a water blast, however, Zuko manages to slip away and head toward Aang. Just as his fingers grasp Aang's collar, Katara fires a water blast, throwing Zuko to the other wall. She whips up a large wave and sends the attack at Zuko. The rush of water sends Zuko up the side of the cliff; she freezes the water, encasing him in ice. Cuts to Pakku who looks over the horizon in the city as the sun rises. The scene cuts to Zhao's ship.
Zhao It's daybreak at last. Let's write history.
Back to the Spirit Oasis, rays of sunlight beam down on Zuko, who remains imprisoned in the ice, his head bent down. He feels the heat and sharply raises his head. With a determined look on his face, he breathes steam from his nose, melting the ice quickly. He lands on the ground and fires a blast at Katara, who had her back turned to him at that moment. She turns around swiftly and attempts to deflect the blast by conjuring a water shield; however, she creates the shield too late. The blast sends her slamming into the gate to the Spirit World, knocking her out. Smoke from the impact fills the screen. Cuts to shot of Zuko standing over her, holding Aang by the collar.
Zuko You rise with the moon ... I rise with the sun.
The scene changes to where Fire Navy ships break through the city wall, their bows crumbling the wall, allowing soldiers armed with spears to rush in.
Zhao The Water Tribe can try to resist the inevitable, but their city will fall today.
Cuts back to the oasis. Camera focuses on a close-up of Katara, whose eyes suddenly snap open as she regains consciousness, only to realize Aang is gone. She crawls around, desperately searching for him.
Katara Aang!
Sokka and Yue enter on Appa.
Sokka What happened? Where's Zuko?
Katara [Dismayed.] He took Aang. He took him right out from under me.
Cuts to shot of Momo looking sorrowfully from the edge of the pond.
Sokka [Off-camera.] Where did they go ...
The camera pans upward to above the oasis where Zuko is seen walking through a blizzard with Aang in tow. Cuts to shot of them walking away. The camera pans upward to show the snow falling.

Cut back to the Northern Water Tribe as the siege continues. Four fireballs streak past the screen. Cuts to overhead shot of the city as the fireballs strike various locations. The camera pans downward past the Tribal Chief's palace to the Spirit Oasis where Appa can be seen presiding by the pond. Cuts to shot of the two koi fish, the Moon and Ocean Spirits, swimming in their usual circular pattern.

Katara [Off-screen; sorrowfully.] I can't believe I lost him.
Cut to full shot of the pond, Sokka and Yue standing beside Katara, who is kneeling on the ground.
Sokka You did everything you could, and now we need to do everything we can to get him back. [Cuts to shot of Katara who looks up at her brother, tears in her eyes.] Zuko can't have gotten far. We'll find him. Aang's gonna be fine.
Katara Okay. [Closes eyes and gets up. Camera pans over to where Momo remains motionless on the ground. Cuts to shot of Appa, Katara having mounted the bison.] It's all right. You stay here, Momo, in case Aang comes back.
Sokka Yip, yip.
The camera pans upward as Appa takes off, heading upwards to a location above the oasis, a vast frozen tundra where a blizzard is raging. Cuts to shot of the icy terrain of the tundra as the bison progresses. Cuts to shot of the ground, a path visible in the snow where someone has clearly been trudging along; the camera pans upward. Cuts to shot of Zuko plodding through the snow, his face partially covered to protect him from the cold, Aang slung across his back. Cuts to shot of an unconscious Aang, his tattooed arrows glowing.

The scene changes suddenly, zooming out on Aang who is sitting in a meditating position on a small wooden platform in an unknown location in the Spirit World. Cuts to shot of his surroundings which are not that of the icy tundra, but a mystical swamp dotted with trees. A large white bird of some sort flies past. Cuts to shot of Aang as the bird flies over the screen; he stands and begins wandering about. Cuts to shot of a figure in the distance sitting beneath a simple wooden entranceway. The figure can be heard uttering the sound "Ohm". Aang appears on-screen, turns his head in the direction of the sound and begins making his way toward the figure. Cuts to side-view of the figure, a monkey-like creature, as Aang approaches him, before cutting to a shot of the two with the figure's back to the camera.

Aang Hello? I'm sorry to disturb you. I just really need to find the Moon and the Ocean Spirits.
Baboon spirit [Cut to a frontal shot of the baboon spirit.] Go. Away. [Opens one eye. Cut back to the side-shot.] You're still here?
Aang Yes, I need -
Baboon spirit [Cut to close-up of the baboon spirit who shuts his eyes tightly. Louder, trying to distract himself.] Ohm! [A firefly flies past; points at the insect.] Perhaps that thing will help you. Chase it. [Aang runs after it. The mystical monkey keeps his eyes shut for a second more before opening one to confirm Aang's departure. He shakes his head and breathes a sigh of relief.] Finally.
Cuts to a shot of Aang chasing the insect throughout the swamp and up a tree. He leaps up and manages to grasp hold of it and is delighted in doing so. Cuts to zoomed out shot of him as he lands on a tree branch which instantly shrivels up and disappears entirely, causing him to fall. Cuts briefly to close-up shot of an alarmed Aang before switching to a shot of him falling into the water. Aang is shown lying on his back in the water, the firefly having escaped his grip. It flies away as he tries to reach it again.
Aang Come back!
He stands up. Cuts to shot of him looking down at the water, when Roku suddenly appears before Aang in a reflection in the water.
Roku Hello, Aang.
Aang [Looking at him; surprised.] Roku!
The scene cuts back to the real world, where Zuko continues his trek through the icy tundra. Cuts to close-up of him before a shot of the ground where he steps on ice that begins cracking beneath his feet; his eyes widen in surprise at this. Cuts to overhead shot of him, the camera zooming out, as the ice begins to splinter and cave in. Cuts to shot of him on high alert as he begins running, before switching to an overhead shot of him as he races through the snow. Cuts to shot of him as the impact of the ice caving in throws him off-balance.

Zuko is thrown several feet away and lands roughly in the snow, losing his grip on Aang and kicking up a cloud of snow. The cloud dissipates, showing Zuko and Aang lying in the snow. Cuts to shot of Zuko, as he raises his head and looks at the scene. Cuts to shot of the aftermath of the cave-in, the ground severely disrupted, and a shot of Zuko once more. He spots a cave off in the distance.

Zuko Shelter. [Drags Aang into the cave and ties him up.]
Back in the Spirit World, Aang is speaking with Roku.
Aang Roku, the Water Tribe's under attack. I need to find the Ocean and the Moon Spirits.
Roku [Pops out of the reflection in front of Aang.] The Ocean and the Moon are ancient spirits. They crossed over the Spirit World to the mortal world very near the beginning. There is only one spirit I know of who is old enough to remember.
Aang Who?
Roku The spirit's name is Koh, but he is very dangerous. They call him the Face Stealer. [Aang looks horrified.] When you speak with him, you must be very careful to show no emotion at all. Not the slightest expression, or he will steal your face. [Aang looks even more horrified but calmly nods, understanding the situation.]
Meanwhile, in the real world, Katara, Sokka, and Yue arrive to where the ice broke earlier. In the cave, Zuko is keeping warm with Breath of Fire while Aang, now tied up, remains in the Spirit World.
Zuko I finally have you, but I can't get you home because of this blizzard. [Stands up and looks outside the cave.] There's always something. Not that you would understand. You're like my sister. Everything always came easy to her. She's a firebending prodigy, and everyone adores her. My father says she was born lucky. He says I was lucky to be born. I don't need luck, though. I don't want it. I've always had to struggle and fight and that's made me strong. It's made me who I am.
Meanwhile, back at the invasion, the Fire Nation has breached part of the wall. On the lead ship, Zhao and Iroh are speaking.
Iroh I don't need to remind you we have a time limit. If we don't defeat the Water Tribe before the full moon rises, they will be undefeatable.
Zhao I assure you I have everything under control. I intend to remove the moon as a factor.
Iroh [Shocked.] Remove the moon? How?
Hahn appears behind them and points his spear at Zhao.
Hahn Admiral Choi! Prepare to meet your fate!
He charges at Zhao, who casually tosses him overboard as he is still screaming. A loud splash is heard, while Iroh shakes his head in disappointment.
Zhao [Continuing as if nothing happened.] As I was saying, years ago I stumble upon a great and powerful secret: the identity of the Moon Spirit's mortal form.
Iroh What?
Zhao I was a young lieutenant serving under General Shu in the Earth Kingdom. [Fade to a flashback of a young Zhao tearing through scrolls in a library.] I discovered a hidden library. Underground, in fact. I tore through scroll after scroll. One of them contained a detailed illustration, and the words "moon" and "ocean". I knew then that these spirits could be found and killed. [The memory ends with a close up of Zhao's eyes, fade to the present.] And that it was my destiny to do so.
Iroh [Somewhat angrily.] Zhao, the spirits are not to be trifled with!
Zhao Yes, yes ... I know you fear the spirits, Iroh. I've heard rumors about your journey into the Spirit World. But the Ocean and Moon gave up their immortality to become a part of our world. And now they will face the consequences.
Back in the Spirit World, Aang walks up a giant tree, seeing the entrance to the cave Koh can be found in. Aang stares and slightly steps toward the cave hearing creepy noises. He glances to his left noticing that the noise wasn't coming from the cave. Aang sighs in relief.
Aang You're just a curly tailed blue nose.
The monkey turns its head toward Aang, exposing that he has no face.
Aang [Startled.] Aaahhh! [Aang takes a deep breath and speaks with his and Avatar Roku's voices combined.] Show no fear. Show no emotion at all.
Aang steps into the cave with a straight face.
Aang Hello? I-I'm looking for a spirit named 'Koh'.
As Aang says the spirit's name, some "roots" on the ceiling begin to move. Aang looks around, sensing movement, but sees nothing. Cut to a close-up of Aang's face that pans slightly left, leaving the right hand portion of the screen over his shoulder momentarily empty. A moment later, a white face appears with gray patches around its eyes and luscious, blood-red lips. Cut to a close-up of the lips, which smile. Cut to a profile of Aang, his face emotionless. Suddenly, a huge centipede-like body arcs around Aang and appears in front of his face. The white, clown-like face of Koh is inches away from Aang. Around the spirit's face are eight additional legs.
Koh [Creepily, circling Aang.] Welcome!
Aang keeps his face straight. Cut to a long shot; the spirit hangs from the ceiling in front of Aang, who bows with his hands clasped in front of him in a gesture of honor.
Aang [Emotionlessly.] Thank you. [Koh wheels around Aang to look at him from behind. His voice is low and melodic, almost purring.]
Koh My old friend, the Avatar. It's been a long time.
Aang You know me?
Koh [Now facing the camera, away from Aang.] How could I forget [He switches with a "winking" effect, as if some sort of nictitating membrane closes briefly over the old face to reveal a new one, to a mad face of a middle-aged, mustached man with thick eyebrows, long mustache, and beard; angrily.] you? One of your previous incarnations tried to slay me! Nearly eight or nine hundred years ago.
Aang [Confused, yet seriously.] I didn't know that. Why did he, or I, try to kill you?
Koh [Switches to Ummi's scared, sad face.] Oh, it was something about stealing the face of someone you loved. [Cut to a close-up of Aang with the camera slowing, zooming in on his face. Cut back to Koh, whose face turns malicious and switches to a baboon's while laughing. Switch to a side-shot; Aang keeps a straight face while not taking his eyes off Koh as he circles around him.] Of course, that's all behind us. Why should I hold a grudge against you for something in a past life? After all, you're a different person now. [Speaks into Aang's ear from behind.] You've come to me ... with a new face.
Aang closes his eyes and takes a deep breath to the words into his ear, crossing the scene to the real world, Zuko seeing his breath.
Zuko Guess we'll be here awhile.
Cut to exterior of the cave. Cut to Appa in the blizzard.
Yue Don't worry, Prince Zuko can't be getting too far in this weather.
Katara I'm not worried they'll get away in the blizzard. I'm worried that they won't.
Sokka They're not going to die in this blizzard. If we know anything, it's that Zuko never gives up. They'll survive, and we'll find them.
The screen flashes white back to the Spirit World to Aang's talk with the face stealer, Koh circling loosely around Aang.
Koh [Continues to circle around Aang.] It's been a long time since I've added a child's face to my collection. [His face is now that of an owl.] So ... How may I help you?
Aang I need to find the moon and the ocean.
Koh Their spirit names are Tui and La, push and pull. And that has been the nature of their relationship for all time.
Aang [Side-view of Aang.] Please. Help me find them. An entire culture could be destroyed if I don't get their help. [Top-down view of Koh who changes his face to that of an old man. Aang is visible below him.]
Koh Oh, you think you need their help. [Koh looks to the side.] Actually it's quite the other way round. [In an instant, Koh turns and bolts to Aang, stopping just short of the young Avatar; with an angry blue ogre-like face with red eyes and upright fangs.] Someone's going to kill them! [Aang closes his eyes briefly before opening them to look at Koh.]
Aang What do you mean? How can I find them and protect them?
Koh [Flipping back to his white face.] You've already met them, actually. [View of Koh from behind Aang as Koh moves to look away, turning his back on Aang.] Tui and La, your moon and ocean, have always circled each other in an eternal dance. They balance each other, push and pull, life and death, [Close-up of Aang's face.] good and evil, yin and yang.
Aang's eyes open wide as he experiences a flashback of the white and black fish circling each other in the pond and the vision he had of them as they turned into the yin and yang symbol just before he entered the Spirit World. Back to Aang.
Aang [Excitedly.] The koi fish! [Hearing the emotion in Aang's voice, Koh quickly reels around to stare at the now expressionless face of Aang.] I must be going now.
Koh [Flipping to the face of a bald, young man.] We'll meet again.
Koh recedes into the shadows as Aang walks out of his cave. Cut to Aang running in front of the tree that is Koh's lair. He stops and talks to the ground.
Aang The spirits are in trouble, I need to get back to the physical world.
Roku [Cut to Roku's image on the ground.] A friend is here, to guide you back.
Aang [Aang turns around; excitedly.] Hei Bai!
The spirit groans as Aang jumps onto him and sets off. Cut back to the physical world. Two fireballs hit the city. Cut to two Water Tribe members fleeing as a tank destroys a totem pole behind them. Cut to two Water Tribe members trying to stop a tank. Cut to a view of the ocean with many fire navy ships and the moon looming behind. Cut to a bridge as two fire navy soldiers move in front of the camera as a waterbender drops down to move the bridge back from where the fire navy soldiers came from, taking the soldiers with it. Cut to a waterbender facing a tank, submerging the tank in the snow and ice around it. Cut to waterbenders attacking fire navy soldiers with shards of ice, who use shields to protect themselves. Cut to a shot behind Pakku who freezes and takes down eight oncoming soldiers. Pakku dodges a fire blast, having become surrounded with tanks and soldiers. Unleashing a wave of water he slices tanks wheels off and freezes soldiers behind him in ice. Pakku lifts himself into the air with water while being fired upon by firebenders. Avoiding the blasts, he knocks the firebenders away using his water cyclone as a wave. Cut to waterbenders sending a tank flying toward Zhao.
Zhao We'll be following this map to a very special location. And when we get there, we're going fishing. [He smirks.]
Cut back to the Spirit World. Aang arrives at his starting location and jumps off Hei Bai.
Aang This is where I came in, but how do I get back?
Hei Bai stands on his hind legs and sends a beam of energy at Aang, who disappears to the physical world.
Baboon spirit [Cut to baboon spirit sitting on a rock. Opening his eyes.] Good riddance.
Hei Bai, having assumed his monstrous form, shoots an intense beam from his mouth at the baboon spirit sending it flying, before reverting to his original form. Back in the physical world, cut to a view of the arch way and water.
Aang Momo! [Walking toward Momo. Closer view of Aang with Momo.] Momo. Oh no, where's my body?
Aang is surrounded by energy and flies into the air. Cut to a wide-view of the entire Water Tribe city as Aang continues to fly toward the cave. Cut to close shot of Katara. Noticing Aang she turns around. Cut to shot of Appa flying in the sky as Aang shoots past overhead to the cave.
Katara Look, that's gotta be Aang! Yip-yip!
Cut to Aang entering the cave, filling it with light. Cut to Aang waking up, attempting to get out of his restraints and noticing Zuko.
Zuko Welcome back.
Aang [Cut to close-up of Aang as he narrows his eyes.] Good to be back.
Aang airbends Zuko into a wall and propelling himself backward out of the cave. Cut to cave exterior. Close-up of Aang wriggling like a worm in an attempt to get away, only to be caught by Zuko.
Zuko [Zuko pulls Aang up by his collar as seen from behind Aang.] That won't be enough to escape.
Aang [On seeing Appa.] Appa!
Appa lands. Katara slides off. Close-up of Zuko.
Zuko [Throwing the tied-up Aang aside who yelps.] Here for a rematch?
Katara [Confidently while countering his fire blasts.] Trust me Zuko, it's not going to be much of a match.
Katara uses waterbending to launch Zuko into the air before plummeting him down to the ground, knocking him out. Close-up shot of Sokka running toward Aang to untie him with Zuko lying unconscious.
Sokka Hey, this is some quality rope!
Aang We need to get to the oasis; the spirits are in trouble!
Switch to a wide-view of the area with Aang airbending himself atop Appa. Close-up shot of Aang landing on Appa.
Aang Wait, we can't just leave him here.
Sokka Sure we can. Let's go.
Aang No, if we leave him he'll die.
Aang airbends himself off Appa and retrieves Zuko, bringing him to Appa.
Sokka [Sarcastically.] Yeah, this makes a lot of sense. Bring the guy who's constantly trying to kill us.
Appa takes off. Cut to Tui and La in the oasis lake. Zhao grabs Tui from the water, placing it in a sack. The moon goes red, followed by everything else. Cut to close-up of the now red moon. Cut to a view of the entire city turning red. Cut to Pakku who loses his waterbending and falls to the ground. Cut to a waterbender attempting to waterbend but loses his bending. Cut to three more waterbenders, bending water, but they too lose their bending. Cut to Fire Navy soldiers firebending. Cut to Appa flying with the red moon behind him. Appa groans as it cuts to the saddle.
Sokka [Yue grabs her head as if in pain.] Are you okay?
Yue I feel faint.
Aang [Cut to Aang. Holding his head with one hand.] I feel it, too. The Moon Spirit is in trouble.
Yue [Cut back to the saddle.] I owe the Moon Spirit my life.
Sokka What do you mean?
Yue [Close-up of Yue.] When I was born I was very sick and very weak. [Flashback to Yue as a baby.] Most babies cry when they're born, but I was born as if I was asleep, my eyes closed. [Cut to waterbenders attempting to heal Yue as a baby.] Our healers did everything they could. [Panning shot of Yue and the waterbenders, along with Yue's parents.] They told my mother and father I was going to die. [Cut to Arnook staring at the moon.] My father pleaded with the spirits to save me. [Cut to shot panning down from the moon to the oasis.] That night, beneath the full moon, he brought me to the oasis and placed me in the pond. [Cut to Yue being placed into the pond.] My dark hair turned white. [Close-up of Yue in the oasis.] I opened my eyes and began to cry, and they knew I would live. [Cut to Yue in her parents arms with the archway and moon behind them.] That's why my mother named me Yue. [Cut back to Appa's saddle.] For the moon.
Zhao [Cut to Zhao at the oasis.] I am ... a legend, now! [Cut to panning shot from Zhao's hand, grasping the bag with Tui in it, down to his head.] The Fire Nation will, for generations, tell stories about the great Zhao, who darkened the moon. They will call me, Zhao the Conqueror, Zhao the Moon Slayer, Zhao the Invincible! [Momo jumps on top of Zhao's head.] Ugh ... get it off! Get it off!
Cut to wide-view of oasis as Momo flies away toward the camera. Panning view of Momo landing on Aang's arm and running to his shoulder, with Katara and Sokka are behind him. Cut to Zhao and his soldiers, readying themselves for battle. Cut to Aang, Sokka and Katara readying themselves. Panning shot of the oasis.
Zhao Don't bother. [Close-up of Zhao as he lifts the sack up threatening to kill Tui.]
Aang [Cut to Aang and the others surrendering.] Zhao, don't!
Zhao [Cut to panning side-view.] It's my destiny, to destroy the moon and the Water Tribe.
Aang [Close-up side-view of Aang.] Destroying the moon won't hurt just the Water Tribe. [Close-up panning shot of the sack with Tui inside and Zhao.] It will hurt everyone, including you. [Cut to panning shot of the oasis.] Without the moon, everything would fall out of balance. You have no idea what kind of chaos that would unleash on the world. [Cut to Zhao.]
Iroh [Off-screen.] He is right Zhao.
Zhao [Cut to wide shot of oasis; calmly to Iroh.] General Iroh, why am I not surprised to discover your treachery?
Iroh [Close-up of Iroh while he takes off his hood.] I'm no traitor, Zhao, the Fire Nation needs the moon, too; we all depend on the balance. Whatever you do to that spirit I'll unleash on you ten-fold. Let it go, now!
Zhao releases the koi fish into the oasis. Cut to close-up of Zhao as he hesitates before striking the koi fish with a fire slice out of anger. Cut to wide-view of the oasis. Cut to Iroh recoiling from the flames. Cut to Aang looking on and up at the moon. Cut to a view from the oasis to the sky as the moon fades out and the world goes gray. Cut to Zhao looking up until Iroh begins firebending at him. Zhao dodges and counters his firebending while retreating toward his firebending soldiers. They are swiftly defeated as Zhao escapes. Cut to show La circling the now dead Tui. Cut to Aang and the others looking on in disbelief and moving toward the water. Yue is seen looking on; her forward movement reveals that Zuko has escaped from behind her. Iroh picks up the dead koi fish.
Yue [Close-up of Yue and Sokka.] There's no hope now, it's over.
Aang [Close-up of Aang entering the Avatar State.] No, it's not over.

Cut to wide shot of oasis as Aang enters the water. Cut back to the others looking on. Aang stands in a meditative stance as La circles him. Close-up shot of Aang and La as the latter's eyes light up. Side-view of Aang as he descends into the water. Wide shot of the whole oasis as blue lightning-like energy expands from the oasis island into the water. Wide shot of the Water Tribe city as the oasis begins to light up in the same blue color. Cut back to Katara and the others watching. The energy moves to the edge of the oasis, rising up to form a giant amphibious-like creature, facing out toward the sea, with Aang in the center, controlling it. Cut to the Fire Nation soldiers in the city looking on at this creature's sudden appearance. Cut briefly to Pakku and other Northern Water Tribe members before changing to a view of Aang moving past a river, Fire Nation soldiers on one side, Pakku and his group on the other. The Water Tribe all bow down as the Fire Nation soldiers prepare to attack. Aang, controlling the massive creature, begins to head to the ocean, laying waste to any Fire Nation soldiers on the way.

Cut back to Zhao who continues to flee only to be attacked by Zuko.

Zhao You're alive?
Zuko [Angrily.] You tried to have me killed! [Zuko attacks Zhao.]
Zhao [Close-up of Zhao's face.] Yes I did. [Zuko approaches Zhao as we see the giant energy form make its way toward the ocean.] You're the Blue Spirit, an enemy of the Fire Nation! You freed the Avatar.
Zuko I had no choice. [Zuko continues his attacks, but they are blocked by Zhao.]
Zhao You should have chosen to accept your failure, your disgrace. Then at least you could have lived. [Zuko and Zhao begin to fight.]
Back at the oasis, Iroh places the dead koi fish in the water.
Katara It's too late, it's dead.
Iroh [Iroh notices Yue.] You have been touched by the Moon Spirit. [Close-up of Yue.] Some of its life is in you.
Yue Yes, you're right. It gave me life, maybe I can give it back.
Sokka No! You don't have to do that. [Sokka reached to stop her.]
Yue It's my duty, Sokka.
Sokka I won't let you! [Close-up of him holding her hand.] Your father told me to protect you.
Yue [Close-up of Yue.] I have to do this.
Yue's hand slips out of Sokka's as she places her hands on the koi fish. The koi begins to glow and Yue closes her eyes.
Sokka [Yue falls as Sokka catches her.] No! She's gone, she's gone.
Cut to Aang as he approaches the sea and sends the fire navy ships back out into the ocean. Aang continues to destroy ships and drive the rest back out. Cut back to Sokka holding Yue. Yue fades and disappears as the koi begins the light up and glow. Iroh places the koi back into the oasis water. The entire lake begins to light up until energy floats up into the air forming an image of Yue. Side-view of the oasis.
Yue Goodbye, Sokka! [Close-up of Sokka and Yue as she comes to kiss him.] I will always be with you.
They kiss and Yue disappears as Sokka looks up to the moon as it reappears in the sky, bringing the color back. Cut to Aang, still fused with the Ocean Spirit, in front of the Water Tribe city. Aang looks up and notices the moon has returned. Aang relaxes and assumes a meditation pose. Cut to Katara and Sokka watching in surprise, their backs to the camera.
Sokka [Seeing the destruction of the Fire Nation Fleet.] Man, sometimes I forget what a powerful bender that kid is. [Katara's expression changes at this, remembering Aunt Wu's words about her future marriage.]
Katara Wait, what did you just say?
Sokka [Casually.] Nothing, just that Aang is one powerful bender.
Cut to Katara's and Sokka's view of Aang and back to shot of Katara.
Katara [Slowly widens her eyes in realization; as if having an epiphany.] I suppose he is.
The Ocean Spirit fades into the water and moves back to the city, dropping Aang off on a wall as he leaves the Avatar State.

Cut to Zuko and Zhao fighting on a bridge. Zuko gains the upper hand and Zhao notices the moon has returned.

Zhao [Shot of the moon over Zhao's shoulder.] It can't be!
Zhao is consumed by the energy in the shape of a hand and dragged toward the water.
Zuko Take my hand!
Zhao considers it for a moment before retracting his hand. The energy plummets into the water, Zhao dragged along with it, and dissipates. Cut to Pakku and others on a ledge overlooking the city. Cut to a close-up shot of Pakku, Katara stands behind him.
Pakku I've decide to go to the South Pole. Some other benders and healers want to join me. It's time we helped rebuild our sister tribe.
Katara What about Aang? He still needs to learn waterbending.
Pakku Well, then he better get used to calling you Master Katara.
Cut to Arnook and Sokka standing on the ledge looking at the moon.
Arnook The spirits gave me a vision when Yue was born. I saw a beautiful, brave, young woman become the Moon Spirit. [Sighs.] I knew this day would come.
Sokka You must be proud.
Arnook So proud ... and sad.
Cut to Zuko and Iroh on a raft floating away from the city.
Iroh I'm surprised Prince Zuko, surprised that you are not at this moment trying to capture the Avatar.
Zuko I'm tired.
Iroh Then you should rest. A man needs his rest.
Zuko lays down on the driftwood and closes his eyes.

The scene fades back to the night where Aang and the Blue Spirit escape from Zhao's men. The archer releases his arrow, which the camera follows across the field to its impact point on the Blue Spirits masks. Cut to a side-view of Aang and the Blue Spirit as the masked man collapses backward in slow motion. Aang turns in horror, his eyes glazed. He recovers, turns around and airbends up a huge cloud of dust around him and the Blue Spirit.

Zhao Quick! Recover the Avatar!
Cut to the main gate opening and a crowd Fire Nation soldiers emerging and running toward the dust cloud. Cut to inside the dust cloud, where Aang removes the Blue Spirit's mask to reveal Zuko. Aang starts back in horror and falls backward on the ground. He jumps up and runs away, but turns to look at Zuko, his eyes huge and full of compassion. He sees the Fire Nation soldiers getting close through the smoke. Still, he hesitates. When the dust clears, however, the soldiers find nothing. Cut back to Zhao, looking insanely angry. A frog hops up onto the railing, croaks, and hops off. Fade to white, then a blurry shot of a forest looking straight up into the canopy overhead. It is morning. The screen pans down to Aang sitting on a nearby root, the view is still blurry. He looks forlorn. Cut to Zuko, whose view we were clearly just seeing. He looks a bit dazed still.
Aang [To Zuko.] You know what the worst part of being born over a hundred years ago is? I miss all the friends I used to hang out with. Before the war started, I used to always visit my friend Kuzon. The two of us, we'd get in and out of so much trouble together. He was one of the best friends I ever had, and he was from the Fire Nation, just like you. If we knew each other back then, do you think we could have been friends, too?
Cut to a wide shot of Zuko lying on the ground, Aang next to him, perched a large tree root. After a pause, Zuko lets loose a huge fireball at him, but Aang dodges and flies away on a current of air. Zuko watches him hop away from tree branch to tree branch and out sight. Cut to Zuko as the camera slowly zooms backward. Zuko raises his eye in consideration.

Fade back to Zuko and Iroh as their driftwood floats away. Cut to Aang looking out on the ledge in the city, listening to the words that he said after the previous scene.

Sokka [Narration.] Did you make any new friends?
Aang [Narration.] No, I don't think I did.
Katara stands behind him. He realizes she's there and turns around. They embrace. Momo chitters.
Katara You too, Momo.
Aang Come here.
Momo leaps on to Aang's shoulders as we see Sokka place his hand on Aang's shoulder. All four of them look out to the ocean and the moon as Appa rises up in front of them.

Cut to Fire Lord Ozai's chambers. Cut to panning shot of Azula.

Ozai Iroh is a traitor, and your brother Zuko is a failure. I have a task for you.
Close-up of Azula, looking up and smiling.
Fades to credits.

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