Avatar: The Last Airbender

Season 2 Episode 2

The Cave of Two Lovers

Aired Friday 6:30 PM Mar 24, 2006 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

On their way to Omashu, Aang, Katara, and Sokka meet a group of nomads who show them a shortcut through the "Cave of Two Lovers." But when the group becomes trapped in the cave, it's up to Aang and Katara to save the group by trusting in love and possibly questioning their relationship. Meanwhile Iroh gets a lethal rash so Zuko and Iroh head to a small Earth Kingdom town for help, hoping their real identities will not be discovered.moreless

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  • The Cave of Two Lovers

    The Cave of Two Lovers was a perfect and entertaining episode of Avatar The Last Airbender. I really enjoyed watching this episode because it had a unique and interesting story of two lovers who became the first Earthbenders, learning from Badger-Moles. Aang and Katara share an awkward yet romantic journey as Sokka and the nomads encounter huge beasts. The story of the lovers was cool, and the key to getting through the caves was awesome. Appa does not like being underground, that is for sure! I was very surprised by the ending and I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • This was one of the show's better episodes.

    This was one of the funnier episodes. The nomads were very funny (especially when Chong told Sokka "at least you have us" and Sokka screamed). Then there is Uncle Iroh. He was deciding whether the plants he found were safe to eat or dangerous (like when he said "delicious tea, or deadly poison").

    This episode also shows romance between Aang and Katara. For one thing, when Aang is training, he blushes when Katara grabs his arms. Katara also blushes several times in this episode, which seems to give away that she might have a crush on Aang. As for when the lights go out in the cave, it's our opinion whether Aang and Katara really did kiss or not.

    Now I just have one question. How can anyone think Zuko and Katara will wind up together. Zuko is still after Aang and Katara is one of Aang's protectors. Also, aren't Zuko's actions when he is around Katara enough to show he hates her? He taunted her for stealing in "The Waterbending Scroll," tried to kill her in "The Siege Of The North Part 1," and shot fire at her when she offered to help heal his uncle in "The Chase." So how can anyone think they could possibly wind up together?moreless
  • Where did all this funny come from?

    Did the Avatar storyboard consist of the same comedic team that did The O.C.? It sure feels like it. Avatar has never been this funny and clever before. If only the nomads were a staple in the cast because damn they're just a funny addition to the roster. Although the jokes they said were really really stupid, it was just so stupid it became funny. Plus Iroh was pretty funny himself. Where people really found value in this episode though is the potential developing love relationship that is going on between Aang and Katara. It started off as comedy with Aang's lack of game and wrong choice of words, then it became a pretty nicely executed love story. Zuko's part of the story was also pretty interesting too. And the best part? It ended leaving you in anticipation as the kingdom they journeyed so far to get to is captured by the Fire Nation.moreless
  • Aang and the gang take a short cut through the mountains to get to Omashu without being captured.

    This episode was alright, but not one of my favorites. It did have its moments though. For example, while wondering through the cave, Sokka is constantly hitting his forehead with his palm because the peace-loving singers and dancers traveling with him are annoying him. The best part of this episode was when Aang and Katara were traveling through the tunnels together. They came to realize that the only way to make it safely to the exit of the cave was to show some affection towards each other. They both lean down to kiss each other afterwards. Unfortunately, the light went out at that moment and we do not know if they truly kissed.moreless
  • This episode is perhaps the show's most romantic one.

    Kataang alert! This episode heavily involved Aang and katara to be together and showed some romance! This episode proves that Aang and Katara are meant for each other, because in the cave, they show signs of love for a relationship. Yet the Zutarians still refuse to believe that even if they have seen this episode. What are they stubborn? Kataang rules all the way baby! You can tell that from the beginning and even more in this episode if you pay attention to certain love signs. Well, this was another awesome episode in the great book two! I can't wait to see what more this book has in store to offer! Oh wait, I already seen all the chapters in this book. Well still, I would love to see more great episodes in this book on tv again! It would make us Avatards happy and excited to see it again! I loved seeing them go through all those tests and trials to survive and get through the cave too! Sokka tries to rescue them with a different group of people, They are all trying to figure out ways to get them out, so Aang can go to Omashu to learn some earth bending from Bumi!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

  • QUOTES (35)

    • Katara: (voice-over) They met on top of the mountain that divided their two villages. The villages were enemies so they could not be together, but their love was strong and they found a way. The two lovers learned Earthbending from the Badgermoles; they became the first Earthbenders. They built elaborate tunnels so they could meet secretly. Anyone who tried to follow them would be lost forever in the labyrinth. But one day the man didn't come; he died in the war between their two villages. Devastated, the woman unleashed a terrible display of her Earthbending power. She could have destroyed them all, but instead she declared the war over. Both villages helped her build a new city where they would live together in peace. The woman's name was Oma and the man's name was Shu. The great city was named Omashu as a monument to their love.

    • Chong: Hey, I remember that line of the song! (gets his banjo and stands in the front of the cave and sings) and die!

    • Chong: (singing) Two lovers, forbidden from one another, war divides their people, and the mountains divide them apart. Built a path to be together - (talking) Yeah, forget the next couple of lines but then it goes - (singing again, rocker style) Secret Tunnel! Secret Tunnel! Through the mountain! Secret, Secret, Secret, Secret Tunnel! Yeah! (everyone claps)

    • Aang: We're gonna run out of light any second now, aren't we?
      Katara: I think so.
      Aang: Then what are we gonna do?
      Katara: What can we do? (they lean toward each other right when the lights go out)

    • Aang: Hey, Sokka, you should hear some of these stories. These guys have been everywhere.
      Chong: Well, not everywhere, Little Arrowhead, but where we haven't been we've heard about through stories and songs.

    • Aang (after Katara presents the idea of them kissing): Us... (stupid grin settles on his face) kissing...

    • Chong (to Sokka): Nice underwear! (Sokka uses Momo to cover it)

    • Chong: The big bad badger moles, they live in the tunnels, hate the wolf-bats but love the sounds.

    • Chong: Sokka, I hope you learned a little something about not letting the plans get in the way of the journey. (Hugs Sokka)
      Sokka (Blushing): Just play your songs.
      Chong: Hey, good plan!

    • Aang: So are you guys gonna come to Omashu with us?
      Moku: Nope
      Aang: Okay. Thanks for everything, Moku.

    • Katara: Sokka!
      Sokka (Jumps off of badger-mole): How did you guys get out?
      Aang: Just like the legend says. We let love lead the way.
      Sokka: Really? We let huge, ferocious beasts lead our way.

    • (After cave in; Sokka is trying to dig to Aang and Katara)
      Chong: Yeah, it's no use. We're separated. But at least you have us!
      (Sokka is horrified and moans loudly; he starts digging faster and gets covered in a pile of dirt)

    • Iroh: Zuko, remember that plant I thought might be tea?
      Zuko: You didn't.
      Iroh: I did. (Turns around revealing a horrible rash; Zuko jumps) And it wasn't. When the rash spreads to my throat, I will stop breathing. But look what I found. (Shows stick he was using to scratch his back; it is covered with pink berries) These are Pecurry Berries, known to cure the poison of the White Jade plant. That or Maccaory Berries that cause blindness.
      (Zuko throws the berries)
      Zuko: We're not taking anymore chances with these plants! We need to get help!

    • Zuko: Uncle. What are you doing?
      Iroh: You are looking at the rare White Dragon Bush! Its leaves make a tea so delicious, it's heartbreaking! That or it's the White Jade Bush which is poisonous.
      Zuko: We need food, not tea! I'm going fishing! (Zuko walks off)
      Iroh (deciding): Hmm. Delectible tea...or deadly poison?

    • Sokka: You guys are gonna be done soon, right? We've got a lot of ground to cover if we want to make it to Omashu today.
      Katara: What? Like you're ready to go right now, naked guy?
      Sokka: I could be ready in two minutes. Seriously, whenever.

    • Chong (sees Aang, Katara and Sokka "playing" in the water): Hey! River people!
      Katara: We're not river people.
      Chong: You're not? Then what kind of people are you?
      Aang: Just... people.
      Chong: Aren't we all, brother!

    • Chong: Wait a minute, we're thinking of ideas? 'Cause I've had an idea for about an hour now.

    • Sokka: Look, I hate to be the wet blanket here, but since Katara is busy, I guess it's up to me. (Katara looks at him angrily)

    • Lily: All you need to do is trust in love... according to the curse.
      (Sokka stops walking, while the others keep going)
      Sokka: Curse?!

    • Chong: We don't need a map, all we need is love! (Pointing over at Aang) The little guy knows it.
      Aang: Yeah... (scratching his head) ...but I wouldn't mind a map as well.

    • Song: My name is Song, what are yours?
      Zuko: I'm... uh... Lee! And this is my uncle... Mushi. (Iroh looks over at Zuko, annoyed)
      Iroh: But Lee is named after his father, so we call him Junior! (Zuko looks at Iroh annoyed and stamps his foot)

    • Song: When I was a little girl, the Fire Nation attacked my village. They took all the men away; that was the last time I saw my father.
      Zuko: I haven't seen my father in many years.
      Song: Is he fighting in the war?
      (Iroh looks at Zuko nervously; Zuko sets his bowl down on the table)
      Zuko: Yeah.

    • Iroh (As they're leaving Song's house): Junior, where are your manners? Thank these kind people.
      Zuko: Thank you.
      Song: I know it doesn't seem like there's much hope left, but there is: the Avatar has returned.
      Zuko: I know...

    • Chong: The tunnels, they're'a changin'! It must be the curse! I knew we shouldn't've come down here!
      Sokka (sarcastically): Right, if only we'd listened to you.

    • Song (to Zuko whose sitting silently on the front porch): Can I join you? I know what you've been through. We've all been through it. (she sits beside him and notices his scar) The Fire Nation has hurt you. (she reaches to touch his scar but Zuko catches her hand and lowers it) It's okay. They've hurt me, too. (raises her dress to reveal a severe burn scar on her leg)

    • Sokka: We will be fine. All we need is a plan. Chong, how long do those torches last?
      Chong: Ah, about two hours each.
      Lily (takes four torches out and lights them): And we have five torches so that's ten hours!
      Sokka (stomps the four torches out): It doesn't work like that if they're all lit at the same time!
      Lily: Oh.

    • (Chong tells the group about the "legend" of the Cave of Two Lovers)
      Katara: Is this real or a legend?
      Chong: Oh, it's a real legend.

    • Chong: I'm Chong. And this is my wife Lily. We're nomads. Happy to go wherever the wind takes us. (plays random notes on his banjo)
      Aang: You guys are nomads? That's great! I'm a nomad!
      Chong: Hey, me too.
      Aang (Kinda annoyed): I know. You just said that.
      Chong: Oh! (glances over at Sokka) Nice underwear! (Sokka smoothly walks away)

    • Sokka: O-MA-SHU!
      Katara: Sokka's right. We need to find King Bumi, so Aang can learn Earthbending somewhere safe.
      Chong: Well, sounds like you're headed to Omashu. (Sokka slaps his forehead)

    • (Approaching the city of Omashu)
      Sokka: I now present to you the Earth Kingdom city of O - (sees city has been taken over by the Fire Nation) Oh no!

    • Aang (to Katara): Yeah I definitely wouldn't want to kiss you. (Aang realizes he has made a giant mistake)
      Katara: Oh, well I didn't realize it was such a horrible option. Sorry I suggested it!
      Aang: No, no, I mean if it was choice between kissing you and dying...
      Katara: Oh!
      Aang: What?! I'm saying I'd rather kiss you than die. That's a compliment.
      Katara (obviously angered): Well, I'm not sure which I would do! (hands torch to Aang and stomps off)
      Aang: What is wrong with me?

    • Katara: Love is brightest in the dark.

    • Katara (after they've escaped the caves; to Sokka, who has a large red mark on his forehead): Why did you have a red mark on your forehead?
      Chong (pointing to Aang): Nobody react to what I'm about to tell you: I think that kid might be the Avatar.
      (Sokka smacks his forehead and another red mark appears)

    • Iroh: But where are we going to go? We're enemies of the Earth Kingdom and fugitives from the Fire Nation.
      Zuko: If the Earth Kingdom discovers us, they'll have us killed.
      Iroh: But if the Fire Nation discovers us, we'll be turned over to Azula.
      Zuko: Earth Kingdom it is.

    • Katara (to Aang): What if we kissed?

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (16)

    • The penultimate image of the legend of the two lovers shows Oma atop a pillar of stone, the sun behind her and blinding the villagers below. This picture is an allusion to the famous image of the Shinto sun goddess Amaterasu emerging from her self imposed exile in a cave and blinding the other gods with her brilliance and illuminating the world which had plunged into darkness in her absence. Also, Amaterasu is supposedly the origin of the Japanese royal family, much like how Oma began Omashu.

    • The word Chong translates to 'bug' in Chinese. No doubt an obvious reference to his constant pestering of Sokka.

    • When Chong says "All we need is love!" this could be seen as a allusion to the song All You Need Is Love by The Beatles off the Magical Mystery Tour album.

    • The name of Chong's wife, Lily, translates to the Chinese word for the flower, b¨£i h¨¦ (°ÙºÏ), which means "hundreds unite." This is yet another reference to the characteristic activities related to a hippie.

    • Upon discovery that the tunnels mysteriously change, Chong states that, "The tunnels, they're changin", a clear take on the title of American singer-songwriter/poet Bob Dylan's third album "The Times They Are a-Changin," released in 1964. The title track went gold and is one of Dylan's most famous, as many felt that it captured the spirit of social and political upheaval that characterized the 1960s.

    • The hat Zuko is wearing in this episode is called a coolie hat which is referred to in Chinese as "Li" or "Lee", while Iroh, who at the time was looking half-dead with a medicinal paste smeared over his sores, was given the name "Mushi", which translates to "grave corpse" in the same language. Mushi is also Japanese for insect. If you refer to someone as an insect, it means they are inferior to you or are a pest

    • The nomads Aang and his friends meet on the way are very much like people that are referred to as hippies in the late 1960's and early 1970's.

    • Moku (the nomad in pink and white) is the Japanese onomopatpoeia of smoke. Fitting as it is Moku that spots the trail of smoke left by the Fire Nation tanks. His name can also be seen as a variational pronunciation of the Chinese word for 'mushroom,' mó gu, which he somewhat resembles with his white robe and coolie hat.

    • The first human Earthbenders learned their bending art from mole-like creatures, this actually corresponds with certain ancient legends. In fact, almost every culture contain stories about our ancient human ancestors in which they're described to have learned the skills and created the tools we still use today by observing animals. In terms of the Asian-influence theme of the show, almost all martial art forms and styles, including those actively used within the show for the bending disciplines, are based from and were engendered by observing the movements of animals, including the snake, eagle, crane, bear, monkey, tiger, and several others.

    • Chong
      Chong could be an allusion to Tommy Chong of comedy duo "Cheech and Chong". Their comedy was based on the hippies and free love movement of the 1960s.

    • In Mizayaki's Castle in the Sky, The two main characters enter a cave that contains large deposits of "volucite" ("aetherium" in Disney's English language dub), crystals that glow only in the dark, very similar to the glowing path of stones that guide Katara and Aang's way out of the tunnel.

    • Junior: In most Asian cultures, it is very unusual to give a child the same name as their parents.

    • When the scene at the clinic began, you see a doctor using the cupping method to diagnose a patient. This is an allusion to the Chinese method of pain relief. And another would be Song, the junior doctor, and how she dressed in the Korean Ham Bok. This was an allusion to the historical personal and popular Korean Drama Dae Jiang Kum.

    • Aang: This isn't the exit... it's a tomb.
      This is almost exactly Boromir's famous line in the "Fellowship of the Ring," when they discover the corpses within the Mines of Moria.

    • The "Legend of the Two Lovers" is similar to William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet.

    • This title is an allusion to a cave on Urunao Beach in Guam, called "Two Lovers Cave."