Avatar: The Last Airbender

The Waterbending Scroll

Season 1, Ep 9, Aired 4/29/05
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  • Episode Description
  • After Katara attempts to teach Aang waterbending, she is desperate to improve her abilities. When Katara inadvertently stumbles across a waterbending scroll that can help improve her ability while Aang is looking at a pirate’s store, she decides to steal it after she realizes that she couldn’t hope to afford it; but will she be capable of stealing from the pirates without causing herself and her friends trouble?

  • Cast & Crew
  • Mae Whitman


  • Mako

    Uncle Iroh

  • Dante Basco


  • Jack DeSena


  • John O'Bryan

  • Fan Reviews (67)
  • The Waterbending Scroll

    By TrueTvWatcher, Jan 05, 2011

  • A really great episode!

    By ChocolateMilk81, Aug 13, 2009

  • Aang and the gang camp out by a lake and travel to an EarthKingdom dock. They meet a ban of pirates who sell stolen items. Katara decides to steal something from the thieves. A Waterbending Scroll. But Katara may end up regretting whens she becomes obsesd

    By Garyness, Aug 05, 2010

  • Action packed!

    By ZaleIsBackAgain, Dec 13, 2009

  • Arrgh! Pirates!

    By Count_Dracula08, Oct 27, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (28)

    • Sokka: Wait a minute. Sea-loving traders with supisciously aquired merchandise, and pet reptile birds?! You guys are pirates! Pirate Barker: We prefer to think of ourselves as high-risk traders.

    • Zuko: Tell me where he is, and I won't hurt you or your brother. Katara: Go jump in the river! Zuko: Try to understand, I need to capture him to restore something I've lost. My honor. Perhaps in exchange I can restore something you've lost.

    • Katara: Besides, who needs that stupid scroll anyway? Sokka: Is that really how you feel? (Sokka shows the Waterbending scroll but doesn't give it to her) Katara: The scroll! Sokka: First, what did you learn? Katara: Stealing is wrong. (After she gets it) Unless it's from pirates! (Aang laughs) Aang: Good one, Katara.

    • Sokka: Well let's see. You've pretty much mastered airbending and that only took you 112 years? I'm sure you can master three more elements by next summer. Aang: I haven't even started waterbending and we're still weeks away from the North Pole! What am I gonna do?!

    • Pirate: I hope that lemur of yours has nine lives!

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    Notes (1)

    • This episode is in the Avatar: The Last Airbender Book 1: Water, Volume 3 DVD, along with Jet,The Great Divide,and The Storm.

    Trivia (11)

    • Aang buys a bison whistle, which allows him to conveniently call Appa from virtually anywhere when he is in trouble.

    • Katara steals the Waterbending Scroll from the pirates, and her and Aang use it to start their Waterbending training.

    • Katara finds out that Zuko has her mother's necklace.

    • During Momo and the parrot-lizard's chase scene, the yellow spikes on the parrot-lizard's back are missing when it's back is to the screen.

    • When Katara is suggesting to Aang that they leave the pirate ship, her necklace (which is still in Zuko's possession at this point) can be faintly seen around her neck.

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    Allusions (4)

    • Many of the waterbending movements come from the martial arts style Tai Chi. Also, in Tai Chi, stances are very important just like how Aang told Katara to shift her weight through her stances. Some of the stances in the move Katara was trying to learn are the same stances in Tai Chi forms such as the Bow and Sit Stance and the Ding Bow Stances.

    • The sequence in which Momo is chased by the Reptile bird is taken from a similar sequence that occurred between Momo and a pet Dragon hawk in the unaired pilot episode.

    • When Zuko threatens to burn the waterbending scroll, it draws air to when Elizabeth Swann threatens to drop the medallion over the edge of the ship in Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of The Black Pearl. The intial exchange of dialog between Zuko and Katara regarding her necklace also quotes from Elizabeth and the pirates. Also, Katara tells Momo she owes him "a whole bushel of apples," another line from Pirates (where the pirate captain promises to "eat a whole bushel of apples," when he is free of his curse).

    • The parrot that the Captain owned had a striking resemblance to an Archaeopteryx. The Archaeopteryx was one of the earliest primitive birds, existing almost 145 million years ago. Its feathers resembled those of modern birds but it also had jaws lined with sharp teeth, three or four fingers ending in curved claws, and a long bony tail. To put simply, it looked more like a feathered dinosaur or a reptile bird.

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