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[S1E5] The King Of Omashu


The group arrives at the Earth Kingdom city of Omashu, where Aang shows Katara and Sokka the famous mail delivery system; Aang tells them that he and his friend Bumi rode the system for fun a hundred years previously. The trio gives the chutes a try, but they are soon discovered and arrested. Omashu's old king quickly discovers Aang is the Avatar and decides to put him through three deadly challenges to test his skills. After successfully completing his challenges, Aang discovers the king is his old friend Bumi, who reveals Aang's destiny: master the other three elements and defeat Fire Lord Ozai.




[S1E5] The King of Omashu



Aang and his friends arrive in the Earth Kingdom city of Omashu. Sokka and Katara are amazed at the sight of Omashu, noting how they do not have any cities like Omashu back at the South Pole, including having buildings that do not melt in the heat. Aang wants to get to the city as soon as possible, but Katara stops him, pointing out that it could be dangerous if people find out that he is the Avatar, and suggests he dons a disguise for the time being. Using some of Appa's shed fur, Aang puts on a makeshift wig and a fake mustache, adopts an old man voice, and uses his staff as a walking stick. Despite Aang's complaints about the fur being itchy, Sokka and Katara are pleased with his disguise, with Sokka adding that Aang looks just like his and Katara's grandfather. Katara, noting how Aang is technically 112-years-old, points out that the disguise itself is rather fitting.


Aang, using his old man-voice, angrily claims that his business is his own and threatens to bend the soldier over his knee. When the guard tells him to calm down and asks for his name, Aang introduces himself as "Bonzu Pippinpaddleopsicopolis the Third" and claims that Sokka and Katara, the latter of whom introduces herself as "June Pippinpaddleopsicopolis," are his grandchildren. After eyeing them suspiciously for a moment, the guard tasks "June" with keeping her "grandfather" out of trouble in Omashu and lets them pass. However, when Sokka walks by the guard, the captain stops him, momentarily alarming Team Avatar to have been discovered, though he only wanted to berate Sokka for seemingly not respecting the elderly as he did not carry his grandfather's bag for him. Hearing this, Aang immediately tosses the bag he was carrying to Sokka. As they reach the wall, it is bent open, shocking the siblings with the immensity of the city. Walking through, the gates closing in their wake, Momo, who was hiding in Aang's wig, pokes his ears out, much to the guard captain's surprise. Before he can do anything about it, however, the gate closes and hides the threesome out of sight.


Aang promises Katara that they will go to the North Pole once they have a ride down the chutes. They go to the highest point in the city and slide down, almost getting killed by a package of spears following behind them as they slide. Aang derails them from the chute, and their bin scrapes across the rooftops of several houses. Panicking, they cannot stop and crash into the cabbage merchant's cart, who screams once again in dismay for his ruined cabbages. They are surrounded by guards and taken captive to be punished by the King of Omashu for "vandalism, traveling under false pretenses, and malicious destruction of cabbages."


The king, an aged old man, looks for a while at Aang and, instead of punishment, orders that they shall be thrown a feast, to the surprise of the guards and Team Avatar. At the feast, the king inquires about where Aang came from, to which Aang lies that he came from Kangaroo Island. The king cracks a joke, saying he is heard that place is "really hoppin'", which only Sokka laughs at. Feigning his departure from the table, the king suddenly throws a chicken drumstick at Aang, causing him to catch it with airbending out of reflex, revealing to everyone that he is the Avatar.


Aang and the others try to leave, but are detained by the guards. The king declares that the Avatar shall face three deadly challenges the next day to win the freedom of himself and his friends, and locks them in a recently refurbished chamber.


The next day, Aang wakes and finds Sokka and Katara are missing. The king holds them hostage and promises to return them once the challenges are completed. Aang threatens the king and demands he return his friends immediately, but the king brings forth Sokka and Katara and has rings of jennamite placed on their fingers. Known as "creeping crystal", the crystals will grow until they cover the entire body, and only the king can undo the process. For the safety of his friends, Aang agrees to undertake the king's challenges.


For the first challenge, Aang must retrieve a "lunchbox" key hanging from a chain within a powerful, cascading waterfall. However, it is not as simple as it seems. The force of the water is too powerful for Aang to simply dive in or approach from below and climb the ladder. Even by using airbending, Aang cannot get to the key. The crystal creeps up to cover Katara and Sokka's arms. Aang resorts to breaking the tip of a stalagmite off, and, using airbending, shoots it like a dart into the waterfall, breaking the chain and carrying the key to the king, who is watching from a balcony.


For the second challenge, Aang must return the king's lost pet Flopsie to him. Outside, Aang sees a rabbit and chases after it, assuming it to be the King's pet, but a large goat gorilla appears and begins to chase Aang. The rabbit escapes and the monster closes in, but Aang suddenly has an idea. He turns to face the monster and realizes that this creature is the real Flopsie. Flopsie picks Aang up tenderly and gives him a huge lick before dropping Aang and running to the king, who rubs the monster's belly. Katara and Sokka are covered from head to ankle in crystal, and Aang demands the final challenge begin.


In a large arena, Aang must battle an opponent. He is allowed to choose which opponent to fight, with the king warning him to choose carefully. He can pick one of two nasty-looking gladiator-like warriors, but he realizes that he can choose to fight the king. Aang chooses the king, who declares he made the wrong choice, removing his robes to reveal a surprisingly muscular physique for such an old man. Aang recoils, realizing his mistake. The king claims he is the most powerful earthbender Aang will ever meet, and begins the battle.


The king immediately launches several boulders at Aang; the Avatar dodges, but the king taunts him for such a predictable airbender tactic. As they fight, the king continues to taunt Aang for his unwillingness to fight back. Eventually, Aang begins to counter the king. With tremendous effort, the king tears a massive chunk of earth out of the ground and holds it over his head. Aang screams in terror and begins to run in circles, airbending a tornado. The king throws the massive mound, but the tornado redirects it back at him. He bisects it neatly in two, but Aang appears out of the dust and pins the king with his staff.


The king concedes defeat, but before releasing his friends, requires the Avatar to figure out what his name is. Recalling the point of all the challenges, Aang realizes they all forced him to think differently than he usually would. He realizes who the king is, and calls his old childhood friend Bumi, now the old Monarch of Omashu, a mad genius. The two embrace, and Bumi declares Aang has not changed a bit, literally. Bumi shatters the crystal encasing Sokka and Katara, and eats a piece, revealing that jennamite is made from rock candy.


Sokka and Katara are surprised to learn that the king is actually Aang's old friend and question Bumi on why he made Aang do all those challenges instead of just telling him who he really was. Bumi explains that, aside from finding it fun to mess with people, as the Avatar, Aang has a difficult task to restore balance to the world by defeating Fire Lord Ozai. With how much the world has changed in the hundred years that he had been gone, Aang still has much to learn, and Bumi hopes that when he does, he will think "like a mad genius".


Aang thanks Bumi for all he has done and challenges the king in return. The two of them go sliding down the Omashu delivery system like they used to do a century prior, which results in them crashing into the cabbage merchant's cart, just like Team Avatar did before.


When Aang takes Katara and Sokka on a wild journey through Omashu's delivery system because he believes it's entertaining, they soon wind up on the wrong side of the law and are taken to the king for punishment. However, King Bumi decides to put Aang to a test or else his friends will be surrounded in a stone prison, but will Aang be able to complete the mad king's tasks?


Soldier: [The soldier is pouring tea in a cup. Drops white food item into the teapot.] This rare chi-enhancing tea is a natural stimulant. In an ordinary warrior, it improves strength and energy ten-fold. In you, it may induce the Avatar State. 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.] 041b061a72


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