Avatar: The Last Airbender

Avatar Day

Season 2, Ep 5, Aired 4/28/06
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  • Episode Description
  • Aang and the gang discover an Earth Kingdom town that celebrates something called "Avatar Day." But when they get there and learn the festival is of "anti-Avatar" sentiment and Aang is put on trial for a crime a past incarnation allegedly committed. Looking to clear the Avatar's good name, Katara and Sokka venture back to a familiar place to gather evidence and discover the truth. Can Aang redeem himself in the eyes of the people of the town?moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dee Bradley Baker

    Appa, Momo

  • Jack DeSena

    Sokka

  • Mae Whitman

    Katara

  • Zach Tyler Eisen

    Aang

  • Dante Basco

    Zuko

  • Fan Reviews (77)
  • Avatar Day

    By TrueTvWatcher, Jan 09, 2011

  • While I particularly enjoyed this episode, Sokka was way out of chatacter, although finally hearing Avatar Kyoshi speak after 21 episodes of knowing her was a pleasant surprise.

    By pooldude256, Jul 24, 2006

  • Underappreciated episode.

    By lordozai890, Aug 21, 2008

  • Another dime piece.

    By ZaleIsBackAgain, Jan 20, 2010

  • Aang is held on trial due to crimes in his past life.

    By trm6, Jan 19, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (25)

    • Sokka: What is this? Mayor Tong: That's our new festival food, unfried dough. May we eat it and be reminded of how on this day the Avatar was not boiled in oil.

    • Mayor Tong (when the Rough Rhinos invade): You, Avatar, do something! Aang: Gee, I'd love to help, but I'm supposed to be boiled in oil. (Mayor Tong moves the Wheel of Punishment) Mayor Tong: There! Community service! Now serve our community and get rid of those rhinos!

    • Old Man (slurring): We used to be a great society before you killed our leader. (pointing to himself) Now look at us! Aang (cringing in revulsion): Huh!

    • Avatar Kyoshi: I killed Chin, the Conquerer. A horrible tyrant, Chin was expanding his army to all corners of the continent. When they came to the neck of the peninsula where we lived, he demanded our immediate surrender. I warned that I would not sit passively while he took our home, but he did not back down. On that day, we split from the mainland. (Kyoshi seperates the peninsula from the mainland and moves it out to sea. Chin yells angrily at her before falling off the cliff to his death) I created Kyoshi Island so my people could be safe from invaders.

    • (Guard looking at the tourture wheel) Guard: Looks like boiled in oil.

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    Notes (1)

    • This episode aired in the UK on November 18, 2006.

    Trivia (12)

    • Kyoshi Island's origin is revealed in this episode. It was created by Kyoshi herself when she separated a small portion of land from the mainland of the Earth Kingdom with the use of bending of all four elements enhanced by her Avatar Spirit.

    • This is the second time that a previous Avatar appears via Aang. The first time was when Roku helped Aang in the Avatar Roku (Winter Solstice, Part 2).

    • When the Rough Rhino member with the chain first attacks, his teeth are brown.

    • While Katara is telling Mayor Tong about their evidence outside of Aang's cell, the right side of Katara's white collar turns blue like her outfit.

    • A bust of Avatar Kyoshi is seen in the middle of her shrine, but it goes missing after its initial appearance.

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    Allusions (14)

    • Chin the great is almost an exact historical reference to the first emperor of China pronounced the same but spelled Qin. His full name was Qin Shi Huang and he was the first to unify all of the Chinese kindoms like Chin was in the avatar world.

    • Sokka's "detective hat", with it's two wing-like projections resembles an Imperial Chinese Magistrates/Judges cap. Chinese Magistrates were responsible for investigating the crimes in their district as well as presiding over the trials themseves.

    • Chin the Great could be seen as a mix between Alexander the Great, and Mao Zedong. Chin, much like Alexander the Great, had a great empire, but over the years after his death the empire fell apart. Also, much like Mao Zedong, he caused a group of people to leave a nation to go live on an island away from the policy's, and on the mainland.

    • Chin the Great's height could be seen as a play on Napoleon Bonaparte, as Napoleon was a man who was the leader of a great army with contrastingly short stature who sought to create a grand empire by subjagating neighboring nations under his rule, similar to Chin goals in regards to the Earth Kingdom.

    • On the mural, following the familiar word Avatar, appear to be the words chǔ nǚ which in Chinese mean 'virgin.' This possible allusion to Queen Elizabeth I of England who was known as the 'Virgin Queen' could be a possible Chinese name for Avatar Kyoshi.

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