Avatar: The Last Airbender

Season 3 Episode 14

The Boiling Rock (1)

Aired Friday 6:30 PM Jul 16, 2008 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

Sokka is haunted by the decisions he made during the invasion plan, and feels the need to regain his honor. With the help of Zuko, Sokka travels to the highest security prison in the Fire Nation, The Boiling Rock. Disguised as guards, they search the prison, until one of them is revealed. With time running out, Sokka needs to decide if he should cut his losses and leave, or try to finish what he started.moreless

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  • The Boiling Rock (1)

    The Boiling Rock (1) was a perfect and very entertaining, suspensful, action packed episode of Avatar The Last Airbender. I really enjoyed watching this episode because it had a lot of character development for Sokka as well as Zuko who decided to help him. The story for this episode was amazing, and intricate. I thought it was cool how Zuko and Sokka worked together, and had each other's backs even after Zuko was captured. Sokka discovers a familar face and has some good scenes with her. I thought there were all the great elements that make this series great within this episode. I look forward to the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • Funny, witty, and exciting, what more did you expect?

    These past couple of episodes that has made Zuko the main character have been executed well and has explored some great and interesting character interactions. The last one dealt with Aang and Zuko, now it is Zuko and Sokka. Seeing Sokka's messy unorganized planning incorporated with Zuko's prideful and straight forward logical decision making has made for a rather enjoyable episode. Though it is not that alone; the events that have unfolded are also fun to watch; how that one prisoner that tried to escape and got caught was used as a device to contrast Sokka's decision making, along with Suki also be freed, really made your eyes glued to the screen hoping for the next miracle to just happen already.moreless
  • This review is for both parts...

    This has got to be one of the best episodes of the entire series! I was wondering when Sokka would finally trust Zuko. I guess traveling to a prison and helping each other escape from it did the trick (XD) This episode had so many twists and turns in it. There was the first escape plan that went wrong, and then that guy is now their friend and has joined their gang. There was also the fact that the warden is Mai's uncle. I got shivers down my spine when Mai turned up and actually helped Zuko and the gang escape. The biggest shocker was when Ty Lee saved Mai by disarming Azula. Now that was one thing I never saw coming! I'm glad Sokka and Zuko were able to save Sokka's dad and Sokka's girlfriend. I always liked her - she was cool. Especially when she was jumping over the heads of the prisoners and guards to get to the warden. That was cool!moreless
  • Wow! These two should have there own show!

    I really loved this two part episode which surprised me because most of the cast was not in it. Zuko and Sokka make a great team, they should have thee own spin off together. Throw in there girlfriends and it's perfect chemistry! I liked the plot, but I think what made the episode so great was the paring of Zuko and Sokka. Of course Zuko is my favorite; I could watch him in anything. But if you had paired him with Toph in this one it just wouldn't be as interesting. Sooooo glad that Sokka found Suki I really like them together. And I am no longer a Zutara fan because I can see now that Zuko really likes Mai and that it's probably a better match anyway. Katara looks much better with Aang. Overall the episode had great character development and was very entertaining. I wish I could see a 100 more like it.moreless
  • I liked part 2 better.

    "Boiling Rock Part 1" was part 1 of 2 in a special hour long episode of "Avatar: The Last Airbender" which aired during a week long premiere week of episodes leading up to the series finale "Sozin's Comet" called "Countdown to the Comet" and it was pretty good. I liked part 2 better, but it was still pretty awesome. I liked it mostly because it was about a Zuko and Sokka field trip, which I was really looking forward to it. I first saw it when it came out on DVD, but then watched it again when it was on tv. Good episode 9/10.moreless
Roger Rose

Roger Rose

Bully Guard

Guest Star

Wade Williams

Wade Williams


Guest Star

Ezekial Rollins

Ezekial Rollins

Chit Sang

Guest Star

Olivia Hack

Olivia Hack

Ty Lee

Recurring Role

Cricket Leigh

Cricket Leigh


Recurring Role

Jennie Kwan

Jennie Kwan


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Hakoda, Suki, and Zuko's prison uniforms are the only ones to have yellow beads on the ends of their belt.

    • When Zuko was in the lounge, the food he is picking up is brown, but when he walks to the guards it was green, when he sits down it was brown again.

    • When Sokka tests out the current, the wall doesn't seem that far away, but Chit Sang and his gang take all night and far into the morning to get halfway.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Warden: Well, well, well. I never thought I'd find you in here, Prince Zuko.
      Zuko: How did you know who I am?
      Warden: How could I not. You broke my niece's heart.
      Zuko: You're Mai's uncle? I never meant to hurt her.
      Warden: Quiet! You're my special prisoner now and you best behave. If these criminals found out who you are, the traitor prince who let his nation down. Why, they'd tear you to shreds.
      Zuko: So what's in it for you? Why don't you just tell my father and collect the reward.
      Warden: Oh in due time believe me, I intend to collect.

    • Warden: Get the fugitives and throw them in the cooler!
      Guard: Uh, they are in the cooler sir.
      Warden (Raising his voice in anger): One that's bolted down and not floating in the water! This is a lockdown! We have new prisoners arriving! Everything must be completely secure!

    • Sokka: Pretty clouds.
      Zuko: Yeah . . . fluffy. (Sokka begins to whistle due to awkward silence)
      Zuko: What?
      Sokka: Wha-- Oh! I didn't say anything. (Brief silence) You know, a friend of mine designed these war balloons.
      Zuko: No kidding.
      Sokka: Yep! A balloon . . . but for war.
      Zuko: There's one thing my dad's good at, it's war.
      Sokka: Yeah, it seems to run in the family.
      Zuko: Hey. Hold on, not everyone in my family is like that.
      Sokka: I know. I know, you've changed.
      Zuko: I meant my Uncle . . . He was more of a father to me... And I really let him down.
      Sokka: I think your uncle would be proud of you. Leaving your home to come help us. That's hard.
      Zuko: It wasn't that hard.
      Sokka: Really? You didn't leave anyone behind you care about?
      Zuko: Well, I did have a girlfriend. Mai.
      Sokka: That gloomy girl who sighs a lot?
      Zuko: Yeah. (smiles) Everyone in the Fire Nation thinks I'm a traitor. I couldn't drag her into it.
      Sokka: My first girlfriend turned into the moon. (frowns
      Zuko: That's rough, buddy.

    • Zuko: (After overhearing the guards about prisoners coming in) War prisoners. It could be your father.
      Sokka: I know, but is it right for me to risk Suki's freedom? All of our freedom on the slim chance my dad might show up?
      Zuko: Its your call, Sokka.

    • Zuko: (To Sokka about the prison) How do you plan to get there? On Appa? Last time I checked Fire Nation prisons don't have bison day cares.

    • Sokka: Oh good. You guys have met.
      Suki: Actually, we met a long time ago.
      Zuko: We did?
      Suki:(slightly angry) Yeah, you kinda burned down my village.
      Zuko: Oh sorry about that. Nice to see you again.

    • Sokka: You don't recognize me?
      Suki: You (guards) all look the same to me
      Sokka: Maybe you'll recognize this
      (Sokka leans forward to kiss her, Suki jumps up and smacks him back against the wall, making his helmet fall off)
      Suki: Sokka!

    • Sokka: So we came all this way for nothing!? I failed...again
      Zuko: What would uncle say? (Looks at the sky) Sometimes, clouds have two sides...a dark and light and a silver lining in between, it's like a silver sandwich! Sooo...when life seems down, take a bite out of the sandwich..?
      Sokka: Hey! Maybe we haven't failed after all!
      Zuko: That's the spirit! (In an undertone) I can't believe that worked, I didn't even know what I was saying.
      Sokka: No, what you said made no sense at all, but look! Suki!
      (Points to courtyard and we see Suki getting up from a bench. Cut back to Sokka and we see little hearts where his eyes are as he runs off.)

    • Katara: (Reading from note left behind by Zuko and Sokka) Need meat, gone fishing, back in a few days. Aang, practice Firebending while I'm gone, do ten hot squats and twenty sets of firefists everytime you hear a badgerfrog croak.
      (Aang yawns and tries to go back to sleep, then hears a badgerfrog croak)
      Aang: Ohhh, no one else has homework...One hot squat, two hot squat, three hot squat, four hot squat...

    • Chit Sang: I hear you're hatching an escape plan and I want in.
      Zuko: There's nothing to get in on.
      Sokka: Yeah, The only thing were hatching is...an egg?
      (Suki and Zuko groan and put their heads down in their hands)
      Chit Sang: Okay, Well I come with you unless you want the warden to hear about this egg too.
      Suki: I guess we have no choice.

    • Zuko: Not up to anything, huh? (Sokka screams and falls off of Appa after being surprised)
      Sokka: (annoyed) Fine, you caught me. I was gonna rescue my dad. You happy now?
      Zuko: I'm never happy.

    • Prison Guard: Can you believe this guy?
      Sokka: (as a guard) I know...psh...prisoners, am I right?

    • Sokka: Maybe sometimes it's just better to call it quits before you fail.
      Zuko: No, it's not. Look, Sokka, you're going to fail a lot before things work out.
      Sokka: That's supposed to make me feel better?
      Zuko: Even though you'll probably fail over and over again...
      Sokka: Seriously, not helping.
      Zuko: You have to try every time. You can't quit because you're afraid you might fail.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode aired along with The Boiling Rock, Part Two as the TV-Movie: The Boiling Rock.

    • A game called Boiling Rock Rescue was released on Nick.com before this episode aired. The basic concept of the game was the same as the episode, to break out prisoners.

    • This episode aired as part of the Countdown to the Comet event during the week of July 14, 2008.

    • This episode is available in the Book 3: Fire, Volume 3 DVD, along with, "The Day of Black Sun (2): The Eclipse", "The Western Air Temple", "The Firebending Masters" and "The Boiling Rock (2)". Almost all of these episodes were released on DVD prior to their airing in the US.


    • The Boiling Rock Prison is similar to the Strict Correctional Facility in the anime Naruto.

    • The Warden is voiced by American actor Wade Williams, who has a starring role as Captain Brad Bellick on Fox's television series Prison Break, about a man jailed for a crime he didn't commit.

    • Alcatraz, a famous American prison commonly known as "the Rock", claimed that nobody could break out since it was located on an island in the San Francisco Bay and surrounded by ocean currents.