Book 1: Water
My grandmother used to tell me stories about the old days; a time of peace, when the Avatar kept balance between the Water Tribes, Earth Kingdom, Fire Nation, and Air Nomads. But that all changed when the Fire Nation attacked.
Only the Avatar, master of all four elements. Only he could stop the ruthless firbenders. But when the world needed him most, he vanished.
A hundred years have passed, and the Fire Nation is nearing victory in the war. Two years ago, my father and the men of my tribe journeyed to the Earth Kingdom to help fight against the Fire Nation, leaving me and my brother to look after our tribe.
Some people believe that the Avatar was never reborn into the Air Nomads, and that the cycle is broken. But I haven't lost hope. I still believe that somehow, the Avatar will return to save the world.
Iroh: *playing cards* That I won't get to finish my game?
Aang: Please... come closer...
Katara: What is it?
Aang: *brightly* Will you go penguin sledding with me?
Sokka: What is that thing?!
Aang: This is Appa, my flying bison!
Sokka: *disbelievingly* Right. And this is Katara, my flying sister.
Sokka: You just sneezed and flew ten feet in the air!
Aang: Really? It felt higher than that.
Aang: Oh. I was smiling?
Sokka: [groans disgustedly]
Aang: Hey. What're you thinking about?
Katara: I guess I was wondering - you being an airbender and all? - if you knew what happened to the Avatar.
Aang: Uh... no. I didn't know him; I mean, I knew people that knew him, but I didn't. Sorry.
Katara: Okay. Just curious. G'night!
Aang: Sleep tight. *turns away and looks worried*
Katara: Aang, this is the entire village. *gestures to group of 20 people* Entire village, Aang.
Aang: Uh, why are they all looking at me like that? Did Appa sneeze on me?
Gran-gran: Katara. Try not to put all your hopes in this boy.
Katara: But he's special! I can tell! I sense he's filled with much wisdom.
[Cut to Aang licking his staff in front of a group of Water Tribe children]
Aang: Thee? Naw my thongue ith thuck thoo my thath!*
Little Boy: *raises hand* I gotta pee!
Sokka: Listen! Until your fathers return from the war, they're counting on you to be the men of this tribe! And that means no potty breaks!
Little boy: But I really gotta go.
Sokka: *sighs* Okay, who else has to go?
[All children raise hands]
Wow! Everything freezes in there!
Aang: *catches fish, looking confused; immediately buried under swarm of penguins*
Aang: You still are a kid!
Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony. Then, everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked. Only the Avatar, master of all four elements, could stop them. But when the world needed him most, he vanished.
A hundred years passed, and my brother and I discovered the new Avatar, an airbender named Aang. The problem is, this Avatar is still a kid, and although his airbending skills are great, he has a lot to learn before he's ready to save anyone.
But I believe Aang can save the world.
Aang: You should try it sometime!
Aang: Because... I never wanted to be.
Katara: What's there?
Aang: Here, we'll ride the hopping llamas. Then way over here we'll surf on the backs of giant koi fish! Then back over here we'll ride the hog monkeys. They don't like people riding them, but that's what makes it fun!
Iroh: Our ship is being repaired.
Zhao: That's quite a bit of damage.
Zuko: Yes. You wouldn't believe what happened. *pauses* Uncle! Tell Commander Zhao what happened.
Iroh: Yes! I will do that. It was incredible! *to Zuko* What? Did we crash or something?
Zuko: *thinking fast* Yes! Right into... an Earth Kingdom ship!
Zhao: Really. You must regale me with all the thrilling details.
Aang: Oh. That was food? I used it to start the campfire last night. ...Sorry.
Sokka: You what?! Oohh... No wonder the flames smelled so good.
Zhao: Very well. It's a shame your father won't be here to watch me humiliate you. I guess your uncle will do.
Iroh: Prince Zuko, have you forgotten what happened last time you dueled a master?
[camera pans to Zuko's scar]
Zuko: I will never forget.
Iroh: So this is how the great Commander Zhao acts in defeat? Disgraceful. Even in exile, my nephew is more honorable than you. Thanks again for the tea. It was delicious.
[Zuko and Iroh walk off the dueling field]
Zuko: Did you really mean that, Uncle?
Iroh: Of course! I told you, Jing Sang tea is my favorite.
Zuko: *calmly* The only reason you should be interrupting me is if you nave news about the Avatar.
Iroh: Well, there is news, Prince Zuko, but you might not like it. Don't get too upset.
Zuko: *still calmly* Uncle, you taught me that keeping a level head is a sign of a great leader. Now whatever you have to say, I'm sure I can take it.
Iroh: Okay then: We have no idea where he is.
[candle flames explode in massive fireballs]
Zuko: How am I going to find him, Uncle? *looks at map showing wild zig-zag of Avatar sightings* He is clearly a master of evasive maneuvering.
[Match Cut to Sokka's almost identical map; ominous background music trails off]
Sokka: You have no idea where you're going, do you?
Aang: Well... I know it's near water!
[cut to wide-angle shot showing ocean as far as the eye can see]
Sokka: I guess we're getting close, then.
Suki: Even if I'm a girl?
Sokka: I'm sorry if I insulted you earlier. I was... wrong.
Suki: We normally don't teach outsiders, let alone boys.
Sokka: Please make an exception. I won't let you down.
Suki: All right. But you have to follow all of our traditions.
Sokka: Of course!
Suki: *smirks* And I mean all of them.
[Gilligan Cut to Sokka in full Kyoshi Warrior uniform]
Sokka: Do I really have to wear this? It feels a little... girly.
Suki: It's a warrior's uniform. You should be proud! The silk thread symbolizes the brave blood that flows through our veins. The gold insignia represents the honor of the warrior's heart.
[Aang passes by the front door and glances inside, while Sokka straightens his shoulders with burgeoning confidence]
Sokka: *proudly* Bravery and honor...
Aang: *pops in, smiling broadly* Hey Sokka! Nice dress! *Runs off laughing*
Sokka: *hunches over in embarrassment*
[Sokka grabs her arm, tugs her off balance, and knocks her backwards. They stare at each other in shock.]
Sokka: *crosses arms contemplatively* Hmm.
Suki: I fell on purpose to make you feel better!
Sokka: *ecstatic* I got you! Admit I got you!
Suki: *grins, grabs Sokka's finger and immobilizes him* Okay, it was a lucky shot. Let's see if you can do it again!
Sokka: What about "I'm sorry"?
Suki: For what?
Sokka: I treated you like a girl, when I should have treated you like a warrior.
Suki: I am a warrior. *gives Sokka a peck on the cheek* But I'm a girl, too.
Aang: Okay, you caught me. I'm the Avatar. Doing my Avatar thing, keeping the world safe. Everything checks out! [looks under tablecloth] No firebenders here. So, good work everybody! [starts dragging Katara and Sokka towards the door] Love each other, respect all life, and don't run with your spears. [smiles at guards] We'll see you next time!
Guards: [cross spears in front of doorway]
Katara: You can't keep us here. Let us leave!
King: Lettuce leaf? [munches lettuce leaf]
Sokka: *whispering* We're in serious trouble. This guy is nuts.
King: Tomorrow, the Avatar will face three deadly challenges. But for now, the guards will show you to your chamber.
Guard: My liege, do you mean the good chamber or the bad chamber?
King: The newly refurbished chamber.
Guard: Wait. Which one are we talking about?
King: The one that used to be the bad chamber. Until the recent refurbishing, that is. Of course, we've been calling it the new chamber, but we really should number them. Uh... [dramatic musical sting] Take them to the refurbished chamber that was once bad!
[Scarred, smirking, blade-festooned warrior appears to King's right]
[Hulking, giant, muscular warrior appears to King's left]
King: Point and choose!
Aang: ...So, you're saying, whoever I point to... that's the person I get to fight?
King: Choose wisely...
Aang: I... *glances at big warrior* choose... *glances at smirking warrior* you! [points at King]
King: *smirking* Wrong. Choice.
Katara: Think about the challenges. Maybe its some kind of riddle!
Sokka: I got it!
Sokka: He's an earthbender, right? Rocky!
Sokka: You know, because of all the rocks!
Katara: We're gonna keep trying, but that is a good backup.
June: Heh. Forget it.
Iroh: Plus we'll pay your weight in gold!
June: Make it your weight in gold and we got a deal.
Iroh: At my age there is only one surprise left, and I'd just as soon leave it a mystery.
Officer: Well, Sir, it looked like a flying bison.
Guard: It was a giant flying buffalo, Sir, with an empty saddle.
Warden: Which was it? A buffalo or a bison?
Officer: Uh, I'm not sure what the difference is, but that's not really the point is it, Sir?
Warden (angry): I'll decide what the point is, fool!
(Warden throws the man overboard)
Warden: You! Wake up the Captain. Search the entire rig!
Guard: That was the Captain you just threw overboard, sir.
Warden: Then wake up someone I haven't thrown overboard and search the rig! There's something going on here and I don't like it.
Book 2: Earth
Aang: Ten-fold energy, huh? [Aang drinks the tea, causing his eyebrows to twitch slightly. The camera pans downward to the same scene where Aang is riding rapidly on an air scooter, hyper from the energy boost.] [Quickly in a high-pitched voice.] Is it working? Is it working? I can't tell! Somebody tell me if I'm in the Avatar State 'cause I don't have a good view of myself! Am I talking too loud?
Sokka: [Sitting on the floor, tired out and annoyed by Aang's actions.] I guess he could talk the Fire Lord to death. [Aang hits a pillar and falls backward.]
Aang: [Annoyed.]...This is just mud!
Oracle: [Quizically.] So... do you feel anything?
Aang raises his finger, catching everyone's interest, only to sneeze, causing mud to fly everywhere, coating Fong, Katara and Sokka.
Chong: Hey, I remember the last line now! [singing] And diiiieeee....
Chong: Nobody react to what I'm about to tell you... I think that kid might be the Avatar.
Sokka: (facepalm, explaining the mark)
Sokka: I feel like I've lost a part of my identity.. it's like, if you lost your arrow, or Katara lost her... hair-loopies.
Shopkeeper: Here you go, ponytail-guy.
Sokka: (sigh) I used to be boomerang-guy...
(Near the end of the episode, Sokka finds his boomerang)
Sokka: Boomerang!! You do always come back!
Toph: Sounds to me like you're scared, Boulder!
The Boulder: The Boulder is over his conflicted feelings and is ready to bury you IN A ROCK-A-LANCHE!!
Toph: Whenever you're ready, The Pebble!
Sokka: I have a natural curiosity.
Book 3: Fire
Sokka: Yup, we're idiots.
Aang: I guess Plan B is, we send a note to Toph saying it's from Katara.
Sokka: I think we're gonna run into a similar problem.
Zuko: It's not a dance. It's a sacred Firebending form.
Katara: Oh yeah? And what is this 'sacred' firebending form called?
Zuko: ...the "Dancing Dragon".
Zuko: No, it's not. Look Sokka, you are going to fail a lot before things work out.
Sokka: That's supposed to make me feel better?
Zuko: Even though you'll probably fail over and over and over again...
Sokka: Seriously, not helping.
Zuko: ...You have to try every time. You can't quit because you are afraid you might fail!
Guard: Uh, they are in a cooler, sir.
Warden: One that's bolted down and not floating in the water!
Mai: I guess you just don't know people as well as you think you do. You miscalculated. I love Zuko more than I fear you.
Mai: Saving the jerk who dumped me.
Azula: You mean it's not obvious yet? I'm about to celebrate becoming an only child!
Zuko: Get out of the bison's mouth, Sokka.
Aang: It never is.
Zuko: Then I have a question for you: what will you do when you face my father?
Toph: Do you mean the Fire Lord?
Iroh: Even if I did defeat Ozai—and I don't know if I could—it would be the wrong way to end the war. History would see it as just more senseless violence. A brother killing a brother to grab power. The only way for this war to end peacefully is for the Avatar to defeat the Fire Lord.
Zuko: No, you're not.