Avatar: The Last Airbender

The Southern Air Temple

Season 1, Ep 3, Aired 2/25/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Aang is excited about finally going home again for the first time in one hundred years, but he is shocked to find out that the temple is deserted. Aang tells Sokka and Katara about his childhood as they explore the temple, but they soon discover something that Aang never expected, also Aang discovers a new friend that joins them throughout their journey. Meanwhile, Prince Zuko must make repairs to his ship, and the only way he can do it is to dock his ship at his rival's naval base.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Mae Whitman


  • Mako

    Uncle Iroh

  • Dante Basco


  • Jack DeSena


  • Michael Dante DiMartino

  • Fan Reviews (108)
  • The Southern Air Temple

    By TrueTvWatcher, Jan 04, 2011

  • Katara and Sokka go to Aangs home, The Southern Air Temple. They try to hide the truth that Aang is the last airbender, but when he finds out, a catastrophe occurs. Admiral Zhao and Prince Zuko duel in an Agni-Kai

    By Garyness, Jun 13, 2010

  • Aang, Katara, and Sokka visit the Southern Air Temple, Aang's childhood home where Aang learns some unpleasant things. Elsewhere, Zuko comes across the ambitious Commander Zhao and a confrontation results.

    By Scorptilicus, Jun 12, 2010

  • now we learn more

    By dragondude4, Dec 31, 2009

  • I want more!

    By ZaleIsBackAgain, Dec 09, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (22)

    • Aang: I want you to meet somebody. Sokka: Who's that? Aang: Monk Gyatso, the greatest airbender in the world. He taught me everything I know.

    • (Aang sighs) Katara: What's wrong? Aang (with a sad look on his face): This place use to be filled of monks, and lemurs, and bison. Now there's just a bunch of weeds.

    • Sokka: (holding his stomach) So where do I get something to eat? Katara: You're one of the first outsiders to ever visit an Airbener Temple, and all you can think about is food? Sokka: I'm just a simple guy with simple needs.

    • Aang (as they approach the Southern Air Temple): There it is, the Southern Air Temple! Katara (excited): Aang, its amazing! Aang (happy, talking to Appa): We're home buddy, we're home.

    • Sokka (as his stomach growls): Hey, stomach, be quiet, I'm trying to find us some food.

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    Notes (6)

    • Instead of the normal white title card, the title of this episode appears over the normal episode scenes.

    • This episode was also published in the Cine Manga Avatar The Last Airbender Volume 3.

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

    • This episode is in the Avatar: The Last Airbender Book 1: Water, Volume 1 DVD, along with The Boy in the Iceberg, The Avatar Returns, and The Warriors of Kyoshi.

    • Character Debuts: Monk Gyatso, Monk Pasaang, Commander Zhao, Momo

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    Trivia (14)

    • Zhao said he was promoted from Captain to Commander, although Captain is a higher rank than Commander.

    • While Aang questions how Roku can help him, you can see that an airbender (not Avatar Yangchen as evidenced by the hair over the shoulders) is to Roku's right rather than Kyoshi, the Earthbender Avatar.

    • When Aang introduced Momo to everyone, Katara's braid is missing and the bead in her bun is colored the same as her hair.

    • When Zuko stands to fight in the Agni Kai, he only has four toes.

    • We can clearly see that the canopy ceiling in the building where Monk Gyatso died has given way, leaving a gaping hole, but after we see the Fire Avatar Temple, we can see from the outside that the ceiling is nearly whole but when we see Aang inside the building "glowing up", the ceiling is ruined once more only to mend again so Aang can break through it.

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    Allusions (11)

    • When Aang first goes into the Avatar State and surrounds himself with an orb of wind, the pose he assumes is similar to the pose the characters of Dragonball Z assume when they charge their Ki Energy.

    • The Patola mountain range is most likely named after the famous Potala Palace of Tibet, the culture which the Air Nomads are based on.

    • Zhao's name could be taken from a kingdom of the same name attacked by the first emperor of China.

    • Aang says that Sky Bison carried airbenders to the high altitudes of the Air Temples. Aang's sky bison, Appa is an allusion to Appa Sherpa, who holds the record for most ascents of Mount Everest. He guided climbers up to the high altitudes of Mount Everest 16 times, just like sky bison guide airbenders to the temples on the top of the mountain.

    • Monk Gyatso is probably an allusion to the Tibetan monk Thubten Gyatso. Aang says that Monk Gyatso was the greatest airbender. Similarily, Thubten Gyatso received the honor of being called Great among the Dalai Lama, or recognized holy monks in Buddhism.

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