Avatar: The Last Airbender

The King of Omashu

Season 1, Ep 5, Aired 3/18/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Aang takes Katara and Sokka back to a favorite place he used to go to when he was younger, the Earth Kingdom City of Omashu. But when they break the law they are taken to the King to get their punishment. The eccentric King of Omashu puts Aang through a series of challenges and if he fails Katara and Sokka will be engulfed in a crystal cocoon.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Mae Whitman


  • Jack DeSena


  • John O'Bryan

  • Anthony Lioi

  • AndrĂ© Sogliuzzo

    King Bumi

  • Fan Reviews (88)
  • The King of Omashu

    By TrueTvWatcher, Jan 04, 2011

  • Aang and the gang travel to the Earth Kingdom city of Omashu. Aang meets a crazy king who kidnapps his friends and puts Aang up to a series of challenges.

    By Garyness, Jun 13, 2010

  • Great action scenes keep this a great watch.

    By ZaleIsBackAgain, Dec 09, 2009

  • Aang, Sokka, and Katara arrive at the Earth Kingdom of Omashu. They are taken captive, however, and put through a series of tests by the crazy king.

    By trm6, Jan 16, 2009

  • Time to have some fun watching the gang go through some adventures in Omashu!

    By Count_Dracula08, Oct 26, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (21)

    • Sokka: Eh, how was Appa supposed to save us anyway? Aang: Appa is a 10-ton flying bison. I'm sure he would figure something out.

    • Aang: I solved the question the same way I solved the challenges. As you said a long time ago, I had to open my brain to the possibilities. Bumi, you're a mad genius! King Bumi: Oh, Aang. It's good to see you. You haven't changed a bit. Literally.

    • Aang: Name's Bonzu Pipinpadaloxicopolis... the Third, and these are my grandkids. Katara: Hi, June Pipinpadaloxicopolis. Nice to meet you.

    • King Bumi: Aang, you have a difficult task ahead. The world has changed in the hundred years you've been gone. It's the duty of the Avatar to restore balance to the world by defeating Fire Lord Ozai. You have much to learn. You must master the four elements and confront the Fire Lord, and when you do, I hope you will think like a mad genius! And it looks like you're in good hands. You'll need your friends to help defeat the Fire Nation. (Momo lands on Aang's shoulder) And you'll need Momo, too!

    • King Bumi: Heheh! The people in my city have gotten fat from too many feasts, so I hope you like your chicken with no skin. Aang: Thanks, but I don't eat meat.

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    Notes (6)

    • This episode was also published in the Cine Manga Avatar The Last Airbender Volume 5.

    • According to Nick.com, this episode was originally titled "The King and Aang".

    • This episode was published in book format in Avatar The Last Airbender: The Lost Scrolls - Earth.

    • This episode marks the intial appearance of the unamed cabbage merchant who goes on to subsequently make cameos within several episodes in various locations as a series running gag.

    • This episode is on the Book 1: Water, Volume 2 DVD, along with "Imprisoned", "The Spirit World (Winter Solstice Part 1)", and "Avatar Roku (Winter Solstice Part 2)".

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    Trivia (9)

    • Katara's medallion shrinks and grows throughout the episode.

    • Before the guard places the genamite ring on Katara's finger, it appears that she is wearing a blue turtleneck, but after the genamite ring is placed on Katara's finger, the supposed turtleneck vanishes.

    • Despite not being permitted past Omashus's walls and having his cart hurled into the abyss, the cabbage merchant in seen twice inside the city with a produce cart.

    • After King Bumi takes the chicken off Aang's plate shoving it into Sokka's mouth, Aang's plate continues to switch from having a clear plate to one with a piece of chicken on it.

    • The table the kids were eating at in the King's palace turns 90 degrees when they leave.

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    Allusions (10)

    • Rumpelstiltskin Aang's final challenge, to guess the King's name, is very similar to the classic fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin, in which the main character must guess his name in order to save her son.

    • The Three challenges Aang faces are very simmilar to the 3 tasks Harry faces in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

    • Earthbending is based on the martial arts style called Hung Gar. A form of Kung Fu, Hung Gar uses many techniques, such as solid stances, that is used for earthbending. In addition, Hung Gar is the most pervasive form of Kung Fu, just like the Earth Kingdom is the largest and most populous nation.

    • The fact that the Cabbage Merchant is introduced in this episode could be a reference to the Lewis Carroll quotation "of cabbages and kings," from The Walrus And The Carpenter.

    • Later on in the episode when Sokka's jennamite ring grows some more and creates an imbalance in weight on one of his sides and Sokka falls over its similar to the ending credits of the Flintstones where Fred orders the bronto ribs and the car topples over.

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