Avatar: The Last Airbender

Season 3 Episode 15

The Boiling Rock (2)

Aired Friday 6:30 PM Jul 16, 2008 on Nickelodeon
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The Boiling Rock (2)
Sokka has found his father, but with one escape plan failure, he doesn't know if there's another way off the island. Luckily, with his father, Suki, and Chit Sang at his side their new plan soon comes together, but will they be able to execute if before Azula arrives? Meanwhile, Mai arrives at the prison and confronts Zuko about what happened on the day of the invasion.moreless

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  • It was good more or less.

    This episode is worth watching and not that bad. The only complaint I can really think of his Zuko's statement "I'm never happy". The reason I gave this episode a low score was because it was an constant reminder of ther previous horrible episodes. But Zuko and Sokka's relationship was more belivable than Zuko and Aang's. The Warden character was the rehash of the other one in "Imprisoned". He seemed like an arrogant prick trying to be villanous. "Why are you looking at my shoes". The scene where Mai and Ty Lee betrayed Azula was also pretty good. One of the best I saw this season.moreless
  • The Boiling Rock (2)

    The Boiling Rock (2) was a perfect and entertaining episode of Avatar The Last Airbender. I really enjoyed watching this episode because there is a lot of character and plot development, action and intrigue, suspense and surprising turn of events. I thought this episode wrapped up the Boiling Rock story pretty well. It was cool how Azula interrupted the Warden and he yelled before realizing it was her. She commands fear, but as seen later there is a greater force. Sokka is now able to free his father, Sukki and a few others as well as Zuko. The last scenes on The Boiling Rock with Azula and Mai was cool and Tai Lee made an interesting choice. The last part where Sokka and others meet up with Aang was perfect!!!!!!!moreless
  • Better than the first part!

    Just like the first episode, this offers elements of various genres and executes well in each category to create an overall fulfilling watch! Prison Break, one of the best shows on television, captured viewers with its unique theme of breaking out of prison, and this episode does an absolutely great job of capturing but a taste of what that show offers! It gets better though with the actual escape. The fights with Azula, Zuko, etc. were also up to Avatar standard quality, which is saying a lot in a good way! What will also be interesting to look out for is the relationship between Zuko and May.moreless
  • One of the best in the series.

    Keep in mind I'm reviewing both parts as one. I like this episode because it does so many things right. The action is the only thing that could've been better (the Zuko/Sokka and Azula fight, specifically), but everything else was just so awesome and kept me interested from beginning to end.

    There were just too many good moments, like Zuko and Sokka meeting Mai and Suki. The dialogue between them was nice, and it happens again when Sokka meets his father. Another thing I'd like to mention was the second escape plan, especially when Azula was brought into it. In the end, Sokka redeems himself in his own eyes, and you get two betrayals to top it all off.

    There were tense moments as well. It becomes tense as soon as Sokka and Zuko dress up as guards, and continues from there with their own encounters in the prison. You get some character development for Sokka, who shows his intelligence in escaping the prison. You can see how much Zuko changed, too, offering encouragement to Sokka and helping him rescue the others.

    Overall, this episode had some nice character development, great moments coupled with some humor, nice action and was tense. This is personally one of my favorite episodes in the Avatar series.moreless
  • My personal favorite episode of the third season.

    This episode blows my mind every single time I watch it. Not only do we have the return of Suki, Hakoda, Mai, Ty Lee, and Azula (lots of great characters), but also one of the best twists at the end. Suki's fighting is really showcased well when she goes after the warden and when she holds off Ty Lee (the only person to never be defeated before). Mai's story is also incredible and when she riles up Azula about loving Zuko more than fearing her, then Ty Lee also betrays Azula in the same instant it is the perfect moment to ever come out of an animated show, shown on Nick.moreless
Wade Williams

Wade Williams


Guest Star

Roger Rose

Roger Rose

Bully Guard

Guest Star

Ezekial Rollins

Ezekial Rollins

Chit Sang

Guest Star

Cricket Leigh

Cricket Leigh


Recurring Role

Olivia Hack

Olivia Hack

Ty Lee

Recurring Role

Jennie Kwan

Jennie Kwan


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Before starting the riot, Hakoda's hair beads were on the left side of his face. But when after they get out of the gondola, the beads were shown on his right side.

    • During the escape scene, Sokka is briefly seen in his Water Tribe clothes, although he is dressed in his prison guard uniform before and after the frame. You can see him in the background when Zuko begins to tell the guards they have the warden captive.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Warden: Look me in the eye when I'm talking to you.
      Hakoda: No.
      Warden: Oh, you'd rather look at my shoes? Then take a look!

    • Azula: You're both fools!
      Guard: What shall we do with them princess?
      Azula: Put them somewhere I'll never have to see their faces again. And let them rot!

    • Hakoda: I met a group of women who said they knew you. The Oshanama fighters?
      Sokka: You mean the Kyoshi warriors?
      Hakoda: That's right.
      Sokka: Their leader Suki is here and she's gonna escape with us.
      Hakoda: Great.
      Sokka: And you know Prince Zuko?
      Hakoda: The son of the Fire Lord? I don't know him but I know of him.
      Sokka: Well he's here too.
      Hakoda: Sounds like a major problem.
      Sokka: Actually he's on our side now. (Hakoda looks at him puzzled) I know, I had the same reaction. After all he's done it was hard to trust him. But he's really proven himself and I could've never found you without his help.

    • Katara: What are you doing in this thing? What happened to the war balloon?
      Zuko: It kinda got destroyed.
      Aang: Sounds like a crazy fishing trip.
      Toph: Did you at least get some good meat?
      Sokka: I did, the meat of friendship and fatherhood.

    • Hakoda: (to the Warden as he escapes) Sorry Warden. Your record is offically broken.

    • Hakoda: There's no prison in the world that can hold two Water Tribe geniuses.
      Sokka: Then we better find two. (Hakoda and Sokka laugh)

    • Zuko: How did you know I was here?
      Mai: (sarcastically) Because I know you so well.
      Zuko: (not catching the sarcasm) But, how...
      Mai: The warden's my uncle, you idiot.

    • Guard: (To Mai) Ma'am, there is a riot going on. I'm here to protect you.
      Mai: I don't need any protection.
      Zuko: (chuckles) Believe me, she doesn't.

    • Sokka: Hey, I just got orders. Let the prisoners out into the yard.
      Guard: But we are in the middle of a lockdown.
      Sokka: Oh, okay. I'll just go tell the warden you said that. I'm sure he'll be glad to hear about you undermining his authority. What's your name again?
      Guard: (starts to sweat) Wait, don't tell the warden. I'm just a little confused.
      Sokka: Hey, I'm confused too. But the warden is in bad mood and irrational. So, if you ask me, it's best not to question it and do what he says.
      Guard: Yeah, you're right. (To entire room) We're letting them out!

    • Azula: Who is this?
      Warden: He was a guard involved in a recent and feeble escape attempt.
      Captured Guard: It wasn't me!
      Warden: Quiet you!
      Azula: You're wasting your time. That's not one of them.
      Warden: How do you know?
      Azula: Because I'm a people person.

    • Male Guard: What are you doing here?
      Sokka: I was just telling this dirty lowlife what I think of him. (refering to Zuko, who is inside a prison cell)
      Male Guard: Well, you'll have to do that later. He's coming with us.
      Sokka: Why?
      Female Guard: (annoyed) Because we have orders straight from the warden. That's why!
      Sokka: Can I just get ten more seconds to rough him up a bit?
      Female Guard: Fine, ten more seconds. (Sokka walks into cell)
      Sokka: (pretending to hit Zuko) Take that, and this!
      Male Guard: (mockingly) Newbie.

    • Mai: All I get is a letter? You could've at least looked me in the eye when you ripped out my heart.

    • Zuko: This isn't about you. This is about the Fire Nation.
      Mai: Thanks, Zuko. That makes me feel all better.
      Zuko: Mai, I never wanted to hurt you. But I have to do this to save my country.
      Mai: Save it? You're betraying your country.
      Zuko: That's not how I see it.

    • Prison Guard: What are you doing?!
      Mai: Saving the jerk who dumped me.

    • Azula: I never expected this from you. The thing I don't understand is why...why would you do it? You know the consequences.
      Mai: I guess you just don't know people as well as you think you do. You miscalculated. I love Zuko more than I fear you.
      Azula: No! You miscalculated! You should have feared me more!

    • Toph: Seriously, you guys didn't get any meat?

  • NOTES (2)

    • 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 Mastsers" and "The Boiling Rock (1)". Almost all of these episodes were released on DVD prior to their airing in the US.


    • Chit Sang and his 2 friends failed escape attempt is an allusion to the escape attempt from Alcatraz made by Frank Morris, John Anglin, and Clarence Anglin. While successful in their escape; they most likely drowned in the San Fransisco Bay which ironically is very cold and has a strong current. In Chit Sang's case it was a hot lake and a weak current that foiled his escape.