Avatar: The Last Airbender

The Drill

Season 2, Ep 13, Aired 9/15/06
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  • Episode Description
  • Having made it to the outer wall of Ba Sing Se, the kids confront a Fire Nation army that is driving a massive Fire Nation drill, which poses an imminent threat to the last Earth Kingdom stronghold. Meanwhile Zuko and Iroh make crucial mistakes which begin to attract Jet's suspicions. Can Zuko and Iroh keep their cover? Will Aang manage to save Ba Sing Se from the Fire Nation?

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dee Bradley Baker


  • Jack DeSena


  • Mae Whitman


  • Zach Tyler Eisen


  • Michael Dante DiMartino

  • Fan Reviews (79)
  • The Drill

    By TrueTvWatcher, Jan 11, 2011

  • Another Avatar episode, another quality watch.

    By ZaleIsBackAgain, Feb 02, 2010

  • Will Aang find aapa and destroy the drill

    By dragondude4, Jan 03, 2010

  • Aang and the gang must find a way to destroy a Fire Nation drill that's attempting to penetrate the city of Bah Sing Seh...

    By trm6, Jan 19, 2009

  • Almost perfect.

    By lordozai890, Aug 20, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (24)

    • Aang: You shouldn't give 100% of your energy into anyone strike. You've gotta be quick and accurate. Hits a series of points, and break your opponent's stance. And when he's reeling back, you deliver the final blow. His own weight becomes his downfall. Literally.

    • Aang: Everyone inside that wall...the whole world...is counting on us. Sokka: The whole world minus the Fire Nation, that is.

    • Jet: What do you think, Longshot? (Longshot, mute, looks back expressionlessly) Jet: I can respect that.

    • Sokka: Toph, Come on! Toph: No way am I going in that metal monster. I can't bend in there. I'll try to slow it down out here. Sokka: Okay, good luck.

    • Customs Lady: So, Mr. Lee, and Mr.....umm Mushy, is it? Iroh: It's pronounced Moo-shee. Customs Lady: You telling me how to do my job? Iroh: Uh, no no no. (speaking charmingly) But may I just say that you're like a flower in bloom, your beauty intoxicating. Customs Lady: You're pretty easy on the eyes yourself handsome. (makes cat-claw gesture) Raorrr. Welcome to Ba Sing Se. Zuko: I'm gonna forget I saw that.

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    Notes (5)

    • This episode along with The Serpent's Pass as the TV-Movie: Secret of the Fire Nation.

    • Character Debut: General Sung This general is part of the Council of Five, loyal to the Earth King, and is the person in charge of protecting the wall.

    • This episode is in the Avatar: The Last Airbender Book 2: Earth, Volume 3 DVD, along with The Library, The Serpent's Pass, City of Walls and Secrets, and The Tales of Ba Sing Se.

    • Director Giancarlo Volpe was nominated for and won the 2007 in the category "Directing in an Animated Television Production" at the 34th Annual Annie Awards for his work on this episode.

    • For Comcast Digital Cable subscribers, this episode, along with The Serpent's Pass, was available for viewing On Demand beginning September 12, 2006.

    Trivia (10)

    • As Mai moves to close the hatch of the slurry pipeline, her right thumb is as black as her glove.

    • Given that the Drill was a metal structure that is driven by a steam engine, why didn't Azula use her lightning to attack everyone? The metal would have conducted and spread out her attack, and given that it runs on steam, it wouldn't have affected the vehicle itself.

    • When Azula jumps off the edge of the drill, she falls a long way. Azula may be good, but she's not immortal, and that fall should've broken bones.

    • When Aang is being held against the wall by Azula and about to be blasted by lightning, the camera zooms into his opened eye, which is brown. But in numerous other episodes we see that his eye color is steel gray.

    • How could Azula possibly stop herself from sliding down the side of the drill? As we see before the slurry is extremely slippery, and she was halfway down when she stopped herself. Moreover, there's no way she could climb up.

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    Allusions (7)

    • The drill conquest could be compared to the Greeks trying to defeat Troy with the Trojan Horse. Both wars lasted a considerable amount of time and both had kingdoms behind a wall.

    • Once inside the drill, Sokka states that while he was the "idea guy", Aang and Katara were the "chop things up with waterbending guys." This alludes toward the possibility that Katara's name is derived from the word katar, which are Indian arm swords, as Sokka expresses chopping motions with his arms while delivering the statement.

    • The method for moving the the stone cars of Ba Sing Se's monorail system is similar to that of the locomotion of the stone "cars" on The Flintstones.

    • The train station where Jet, Smellerbee, Longshot, Zuko, and Iroh came to to go to Ba Sing Se is similar to the Grand Central Station in New York City.

    • The sheer size and architechture of Ba Sing Se's outer wall is very much similar to that of The Great Wall of China, which was one of the locations Avatar co-creators Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko visited during their trip to China the year before.

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