Avatar: The Last Airbender

The Serpent's Pass

Season 2, Ep 12, Aired 9/15/06
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  • Episode Description
  • When Aang and the gang meet up with a group of refugees, they tell them where they can get on a ferry to Ba Sing Se. But after a series of events they have to take a deadly route called the serpent's pass with the help of an old friend, Suki. Meanwhile Zuko and Iroh meet up with Jet and the Freedom Fighters. Will Aang and the others be able to make it through the Serpent's Pass and ultimately to Ba Sing Se?moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dee Bradley Baker


  • Jack DeSena


  • Mae Whitman


  • Zach Tyler Eisen


  • Ethan Spaulding

  • Fan Reviews (66)
  • An episode that epitomes the series sense of adventure, creativeness, and originality.

    By uberito, Oct 17, 2011

  • The Serpent's Pass

    By TrueTvWatcher, Jan 11, 2011

  • Meeting up with some familiar faces.

    By ZaleIsBackAgain, Feb 01, 2010

  • Aang and the gang travel with a small group of nomads to get to Bah Sing Seh...

    By trm6, Jan 19, 2009

  • the gaang have to pass a dangerous bridged or whatever it is!

    By Breaker94, Jul 09, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (31)

    • Suki: (blushing) Listen, I'm really sorry about last night. (looks askance) We were talking, and saying things, (closes eyes) I just got carried away and before I knew it I… (Sokka surprises her with a tender kiss, draws back) Sokka: You talk too much.

    • Bureaucrat: Well, normally it's only 1 ticket per passport, but, this document is so official, I guess it's worth 4 tickets.

    • Katara: I can't believe how many people's lives have been uprooted by the Fire Nation. Tahn: We're all looking for a better life. Safe, behind the walls of Ba Sing Se.

    • Jet: So you've been there before? Iroh: Once, when I was a different man. Jet: I've done some things in my past that I'm not proud of. But that's why I'm going to Ba Sing Se, for a new beginning. A second chance. Iroh: That's very noble of you. I believe people can change their lives if they want to. I believe in second chances.

    • Aang: So, did you figure out what route we're gonna take? Sokka (pointing to the map): Okay. We just got out of the desert, so we must be around here, and we need to go to Ba Sing Se, which is here. It looks like the only passage connecting the South to the North is this sliver of land called the Serpent's Pass. Toph: You're sure that's the best way to go? Sokka: It's the only way, I mean it's not like we have Appa to fly us there.

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    Notes (8)

    • This episode aired along with The Drill as the TV-Movie: Secret of the Fire Nation.

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

    • Suki's armor has a different color than her season 1 armor. Specifically the armor she wears in this episode is a darker green than it was originally.

    • According to the episode commentary, the baby was originally going to be named the Chinese version of "hope," but the creators decided that nearly no one would get the reference.

    • This episode was originally going to be titled Journey to Ba Sing Se.

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    Trivia (13)

    • It is revealed that Toph cannot feel vibrations on anything other than solid ground (at least not as effectively).

    • When Aang asks where the other warriors are and when Suki looks at Aang with concern, Suki's hair is plan brown rather than red-brown.

    • When the group first gets in single file to enter the water, the order is: Katara, Suki, Toph, Aang, Sokka, and the three travelers. However, a moment later, in the water, the order changes to; Katara, Suki, Sokka, the three travelers, Toph and Aang.

    • In the commentary on the DVD box set, Josh Hamilton, the co-writer, points out that on the map Sokka looks at in the beginning of the episode, the desert is colored the same as the water.

    • When the gang comes to the break in the pass, why didn't Toph and Aang just earthbend a new path?

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    Allusions (5)

    • Invasive Species When the Ticket Woman is speaking with the Cabbage Merchant, she mentions that a cabbage slug would ruin the ecosystem of Ba Sing Se. This is a reference to a term in ecology known as Invasive species. It occurs when an organism is transported from its native land, by a human, human invention (i.e. ship), or animal, to a new land. There it will have no natural predators to it and will have free reign to grow and expand with little to no hindrance. An example of an invasive species would be the Chestnut Blight Fungus.

    • Avatar Cosplay When presented with the small group of imitators wearing costumes modeled after his image, Aang smiles and gives a nod of approval in their direction. This appears to be a "nod" towards the Avatar cosplayers (costume players), who have attended numerous panels dedicated to the show at various comic and anime conventions over the past year. Some of which have met Mike and Bryan in person and have been featured in Avatar Nick Mag articles.

    • The Serpent from the Serpent's Pass greatly resembles Seadramon from the television series Digimon.

    • Serpent's Pass' entrance: Abandon Hope These comes from Dante's Inferno. Dante reads these lines that are written in the gates to hell when he and Virgil passes into the Ante-Inferno before the river Acheron in Canto III.

    • Katara pulles a "Moses" through the Serpent's Pass. Basically, she separates the water to form a narrow gap for the travelers to cross. As they get deeper in the water, she puts them in a bubble and Aang helps her to keep it steady. The allusion is to the book of Exodus when Moses divided the Red Sea.

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