Avatar: The Last Airbender

Zuko Alone

Season 2, Ep 7, Aired 5/12/06
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  • Episode Description
  • Following a fight with Uncle Iroh, Zuko travels by himself to an Earth Kingdom town were he meets a local boy. The two almost become friends. Meanwhile Zuko suffers from flashbacks of his past. Can Zuko save his friends and remember who he is?

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dante Basco


  • Grey DeLisle


  • Mako

    Uncle Iroh

  • Jen Cohn


  • Elijah Runcorn

    Young Zuko

  • Fan Reviews (141)
  • Zuko Alone

    By TrueTvWatcher, Jan 10, 2011

  • We go back to see zukos? past a little annoying as the show is about aang

    By blue_babe14, Jan 26, 2007

  • It was well written, but yet it to me just didn't keep me wanting to come back.

    By Water78, Aug 28, 2006

  • After Zuko decides to travel alone he stumbles into a town overrun with rogue earth nations soldiers. After befriending a family of paupers and reflecting on his past, Zuko decides to defend the people he has come to love only to be banished again.

    By sunkistjunkie, Jul 09, 2006

  • Absolutely fantastic!

    By ZaleIsBackAgain, Jan 27, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (26)

    • Iroh: (in a letter) If the city is as magnificent as its wall, Ba Sing Se must be something to behold. I hope you all may see it someday, if we don't burn it to the ground first! (chuckles)

    • Ursa: Zuko, please, my love, listen to me. Everything I've done, (she hugs him) I've done to protect you. Remember this Zuko. No matter how things may seem to change, never forget who you are.

    • Fire Lord Azulon : You dare ask me to betray Iroh?! My first born?! Directly after the demise of his only beloved son?! I think Iroh has suffered enough, but you, YOUR punishment has scarcely begun!

    • (Zuko has just saved Lee, revealed his identity and now walks up to Lee and his mother) Sela: Not a step closer. Zuko: (Handing Lee the knife) It's yours. You should have it. Lee: No! I hate you!

    • Young Azula: Uncle's coming home. Young Zuko: Does that mean we won the war? Young Azula: No, it means Uncle's a quitter and a loser. Young Zuko: He's not a quitter! He's probably just sad his only kid is gone... forever.

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    Notes (5)

    • This is the only episode in the entire series not to feature Aang.

    • This episode is in the Avatar: The Last Airbender Book 2: Earth, Volume 2 DVD, along with The Blind Bandit, The Chase, Bitter Work, and The Library.

    • Character Debuts: Fire Lord Azulon, Sela, Gansu, Lee, Ursa, Gow

    • This episode aired in the UK on November 25, 2006.

    • This episode marks the first time in the series we do not see Aang, Katara, Sokka and Appa in an episode.

    Trivia (12)

    • When Zuko beats the thug leader and reveals his identity, a man in the crowd shouts that Zuko's own father burned him. However, in "The Storm", it was implied that this fact was not public knowledge, as Zuko's own crew, who had been traveling with him for nearly three years, did not even know the true origins of the scar.

    • The Fire Sage who gave the eulogy said that Azulon was Fire Lord for 23 years. However, other episodes of the series state that Sozin was Fire Lord during the first 20 years of the war, while Ozai was only Fire Lord during the last 5 years of the War, this would mean Azulon would have had to have been Fire Lord for 75 years, not 23.

    • When Zuko is first seen appearing to save Lee, the posts of the gate are situated on the mounds of earth beside the road but when Zuko leaves the town, the gate posts are now beside the earth mounds and are on the road.

    • When Ursa turns away from Zuko, you can see that the curtains in the hallway are gone.

    • When Zuko says "Dad would never do that to me." his pillow is completely white instead of having red compliments.

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    Allusions (17)

    • The word Gow is a Scottish surname derived from 'Gobha,' the Gaelic term for 'smith'. The earthbending officer alludes towards this with his use of twin hammers.

    • Ten Lu tea It is revealed in this episode that the name of Iroh deceased son is Lu Ten. Lu Ten is the antithesis of Ten Lu, which is a obvious reference to Ten Lu tea and Iroh's love of the drink. The leaves used to brew Ten Lu tea are grown in Lushan, Taiwan, where the hills are shrouded by fog and covered by clouds throughout the year. The environmental moisture is absorbed by the tea leaves. The Ten Lu leaves are mixed with quality oolong leaves which also grow near Lushan to make the tea.

    • Jacob and Esau The concept of Ozai scheming for his older brother's birthright draws heir to the Biblical story of Jacob and Esau. Jacob, the younger brother, deceives his aging father, Isaac, to get his brother's birthright, while Ozai reasoned with Azulon to obtain Iroh's place on the throne.
      Another fact that branches off of this is that Jacob eventually came to be a 'great nation,' just as Ozai is a powerful ruler of the same.

    • When bearing news of the capture of Sen Su's (Lee's brother) battalion, the soldiers mention the Fire Nation army dressing their surviving captives up as their faux Fire Nation soldiers and sending them to the front lines unarmed. This military tactic draws heir to the war methods of the Mongol leader Genghis Khan, in which he would also use his captives to corrode the enemy fronts before sending his own soldiers to finish both them and the enemy off.

    • The Man With No Name The show makes yet another reference to western cinema within this chapter. On regular terms, Zuko would supply his false alias, Lee, whenever asked for his name. However, due to the fact that the boy he meets happens to have that name, he doesn't provide one at all, which the father understandably has no issues with, until he announces himself just after defeating the thugs at the very end. "The Man With No Name" is a stock character in western movies (personified by Clint Eastwood) which usually depict "him" as a hardened, skilled, self-reliant, outcast anti-hero. All characteristics which Zuko exhibits.

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