Avatar: The Last Airbender

Season 2 Episode 8

The Chase

Aired Friday 6:30 PM May 26, 2006 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

When a mysterious vehicle follows Aang's group they try to escape but it appears every time they try to rest. They confront it, but Azula emerges and attacks and they are forced to run again. The tension grows among them and Toph leaves the group and finds help from an unlikely source. Meanwhile, Aang tries to draw their pursuers away and finally faces off against Azula. Zuko also arrives determined to claim his prize.moreless

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  • The Chase

    The Chase was a perfect, entertaining and character driven episode of Avatar The Last Airbender. I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of character and plot development. This episode combined multiple story lines and it was awesome to see events unfold. This episode definitely moves the season forward. It was cool to see more of Azula, Ty Lee, and Mai. I thought it was interesting how Toph and the gang were getting used to each other. This episode was fun and exciting to watch and I really look forward to watching the next episode of Avatar The Last Airbender!!!!!!!moreless
  • Marvelous.

    This is one of those episodes that makes you wonder how it can pack so much damn quality in just the span of a half hour. Not only did the episode treat us to one of the best looking fights so far, but it provided several morality and life lessons that were executed pretty nicely. Although little time was spent on Toph's situation of being selfish and backlashing at those that try to help her thanks to her inferiority complex, this isn't really a scenario that gets touched upon in cartoons and to see something original for once is just awesome. At the same time while the show was tackling Toph's problem, it also went over the shaky relationship with Zuko and his uncle. There's not much else to say about this episode besides it's flippin' fantastic.moreless
  • A good episode with action and some insight on Toph.

    Toph has just been included in the group and trouble has already started. As they are being continually chased wherever they go by Azula and start to get stressed from not being able to sleep, Katara and Toph also start arguing, which is both serious and humorous in a way. Toph leaves the group, but after an encounter with Iroh, who is secretly following Zuko following Azula, she learns she doesn't always have to do things herself, even if you don't need it. She realizes she could help everyone else and they could help her.

    This one included some nice action near the end of the show, with Azula, Aang, and Zuko fighting. It was interesting seeing this free-for-all take place. The Sokka and Katara segments against Mai and Ty Lee weren't as great, and could've been improved is so they had some sort of chance, instead of Appa taking them out after an easy victory. Also, in the free-for-all, when the others came, it was great seeing Azula getting ganged up on by all of them, but still escaping with her life, while still injuring one of them. This episode had a lot of tension, arguing, action, and Toph's character is beginning to develop, making me accept her more as part of the group.moreless
  • Great episode.

    This may be a filler episode but it's a fantastic filler episode. It's Aang VS Azula VS Zuko. It was a legendary fight. Until they showed the episode The Drill this was my favorite episode. When Azula hit Iroh with lightning I was shocked and I cryed. This is a great example for a newcomer to Avatar. Everyone loves a good fight and this was a good fight. It was the second best (to me) fight in Avatar behind Aang and Katara VS Zuko and Azula in The Crossroads of Destiny. Overall this was a great example of Avatar fighting and I give it a 9.8.moreless
  • A three way showdown between Azula, Zuko and Aang.

    Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee are in hot pursuit of the gang, every time they try to sleep Azula finds them, they end up so tired that Toph has a falling out with the group, and Aang gets defensive when she tells then its Appa's shedding is how the keep finding them.

    After realizing Toph was right Aang uses Appa's hair to try and divert Azula off course, which results in a showdown not only with Azula but Zuko as well.

    I loved this episode, the fight between Azula, Zuko and Aang was great, I like the little bit of humor in the battle as well like Zuko falling through a floor of a broken down house when he was chasing Aang, I epically like how all four elements where used at once after Azula attacked Iroh, what an amazing scene.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • When Katara and Sokka are first seen searching for Toph, the reins tied to Appa's right horn is missing the horizontal pattern seen on the left horn.

    • After Aang yells at Toph and she is quiet, the left half of her collar becomes part of the left part of her shirt, forming a yellow collar which then slants like her shirt.

    • When Aang steps in between Toph and Katara and Toph moves to push him aside, the slit of the back of her shirt is missing.

    • When approaching the trapped Aang, after setting the room on fire, the pieces of clothing over Azula's shoulders and chest is rounded when it should just be set at a straight angle.

    • When Ty Lee is running towards Sokka (before she does a large flip), her shoes are missing their straps, making them look like slippers.

    • When Toph returns and knocks down Azula, the yellow-green section of her wristbands disappears.

    • When Katara is mocking Sokka's ponytail, her shirt's collar are regular white lines rather than being wide at the top to nearly touching her shoulders and being curvy. Also, beneath the left half of the collar, Katara's skin is white.

    • When Azula dismounts her Mongoose-Lizard, her boots appear to be made of cloth yet in other appearances they are made of metal.

    • When Zuko is chasing after Azula's train machine and we see him from the front when he looks up, his burnt ear is normal.

    • When Appa tips over and the gang are deposited on the ground, you can see that Toph, Katara, and Aang are spread out on the ground. But when Aang begins to speak, you can see the three are much closer and laid out in a circle.

    • When they all attack Azula together, they are standing in this order: Sokka, Aang, Katara, Toph, and Zuko. However, when the smoke clears seconds later after the explosion, Aang and Katara have switched spots for some reason.

    • At one point while Katara is confronting Toph (The first time), you can see the carving on her necklace. She shifts postion slightly, and the carving disappears.

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Iroh: My pleasure. Sharing tea with a fascinating stranger is one of life's true delights.
      Toph: No, thank you for what you said. It helped me.

    • Katara: Let's get out of here!
      Aang: Maybe we should face them. Find out who they are. Who knows, maybe they're friendly.
      Sokka: Always the optimist.

    • Toph: Who's Zuko?
      Sokka: Oh, just some angry freak with a ponytail who's tracked us all over the world.
      Katara: What's wrong with ponytails, ponytail?
      Sokka: This is a warrior's wolftail.
      Katara: Well, it certainly tells the other warriors that you're fun and perky.

    • Iroh: There is nothing wrong with letting people who love you help you. Not that I love you (pause) I just met you.

    • Azula: Well, look at this. Enemies and traitors all working together. I'm done. I know when I'm beaten. You got me. A princess surrenders with honor.
      (when Iroh isn't looking she blasts him with blue fire)

    • Aang: What did I just do!? I can't believe I yelled at my earthbending teacher... Now she's gone.
      Katara: I know. We're all just trying to get used to each other... but I was so mean to her.
      Sokka: Yeah. You two were pretty much jerks.
      Katara: Thanks, Sokka.
      Sokka: No problem.

    • Sokka: How's a guy supposed to sleep with all this yelling and earthquaking!?

    • (Katara has been pinned to a tree by Mai's daggers and Sokka is unable to get up from the ground after being paralized by Ty Lee as Mai and Ty Lee advance)
      Sokka: How you doin'?
      Katara: Well, you know.

    • Katara: Ever since you joined us, you've been nothing but selfish and unhelpful!
      Toph: Look here Sugar Queen, I gave up everything I had so that I could teach Aang earthbending, so don't you talk to me about being selfish.
      Katara: Sugar Queen? (Toph uses Earthbending to slam the door) Did you just slam the door in my face? How can you be so infuriating? (Circling tent in a comical fashion)

    • Azula (to Aang): Do you really want to fight me?
      (From off-screen the ostrich-horse is heard, then Zuko bursts in between Aang and Azula)
      Zuko: Yes, I really do.

    • Sokka: (pause) The plan right now is to follow Appa's lead and get some sleep.
      Katara (Katara glares over at a sleeping Toph): Of course, we could have gotten some sleep earlier if Toph didn't have such issues.
      Toph (Toph awakens and slams her hands on the ground, causing the ground to crack): What?!

    • Sokka (The sun rises over the mountains): Oh, no. The sun is rising. (moan) We've been up all night with no sleep!
      Aang: Sokka, we'll be okay.
      (cue sci-fi alien music)
      Sokka: Are you sure? I've never not slept before. (freaks out) What if I fall asleep now and something happens? (Sokka's eyes buldge out) And something always happens!

    • Katara: Hey, Toph, I wanted to apologize for earlier. I think we're all just a little tired and getting on each other's nerves.
      Toph: Yeah. You do seem pretty tired.
      Katara: (glares) I meant all of us.

    • Toph: There's something coming towards us.
      Aang: What is it?
      Toph: It feels like an avalanche, but also not an avalanche.
      Sokka: Your powers of perception are frightening.

    • Aang: (Watching Katara and Toph fight) Should we help them?
      Sokka: I'm just enjoying the show.

    • Sokka (after Ty Lee hits him on the head but hurts her fingers): Nice try, but no.

    • Aang: All right, you've caught up with me. Now who are you, and what do you want?
      Azula: You mean you haven't guessed? You don't see the family resemblence? Here's a hint: (Puts hand over her left eye and says in a deep voice) "I must find the Avatar to restore my honor." (Aang is silent) It's okay, you can laugh. It's funny.

    • Ty Lee (after being beaten by Appa; about Sokka): Was it just me or was that guy kinda cute?
      (Mai scowls)

    • Mai (about Katara and Sokka): I thought the time Ty Lee and I finally caught you guys, it would be exciting. Oh well. Victory is boring.

    • Mai: (sarcastically about Appa's shedding) Wads of wet fur, delightful.
      Ty Lee: They're not wads, more like bundles or bushels... something with an "uh" sound.
      Mai: Clumps?
      Ty Lee: Clumps! They're clumps! (hugs Mai; Mai scowls)

    • Aang: (To Katara and Toph) Ok, ok. You both need to calm down.
      Katara: Both?! (turns to face Aang with a crazed look on her face) I'm completely calm!
      Aang: (looks surprised, then slowly backs away from Katara) I can see that. (quickly walks away)

    • Sokka (about the machine following them containing Azula and her gang): What are we gonna do about this tank full of dangerous ladies following us?

    • Azula (to Zuko): I was wondering when you would show up, Zuzu.
      Aang: Zuzu? (Aang starts laughing)

    • Toph: (about Mai, Ty Lee, and Azula) We can take them, it's three on three.
      Sokka: Actually, there's four of us.
      Toph: Oh sorry Sokka, I didn't count you, no bending and all.
      Sokka: I can still fight!
      Toph: Okay three on three, plus Sokka.

    • (talking about Aang)
      Prince Zuko: Back off Azula, he's mine.
      Princess Azula: I'm not going anywhere.

    • Toph: Hey! You guys picked a great campsite. The grass is so soft. (Feels ground with her feet)
      Sokka: That's not grass, Appa's shedding.
      Katara: Aw, gross!
      Aang: It's not gross, it's just a part of spring. You know: rebirth, flowers blooming, and Appa gets a new coat.
      Katara: Ahh, the beauty of spring.

    • (Appa is shedding and Aang and Sokka are playing with his shed fur)
      Katara: Well, I'm just glad we finally have another girl in the group, because you two are disgusting.
      Toph (walking up to Aang, Katara and Sokka): Excuse me, but does anybody have a razor? Because I have some hairy pits! (reveals Appa's fur under her armpits)

  • NOTES (3)


    • The blue jay that lands on Aang head while he talks about springtime is a reference to a similar bird that performs the same action in the unaired pilot. According the the audio commentary, the original concept was that nature had a tendency to be attracted to Aang due to being the Avatar, which to a certain point has been suggested in past episodes, such as when he was able to take control of the Unagi in The Warriors of Kysohi.

    • Once again, the show borrows some elements from a Western movie. The chase, the deserted ghost town, the standoff and the battle royale, or more commonly "Texas shootout," which took place in this episode are all well-known sequences of a Western movie. One of the most reminiscent parts had to be at the end when Azula shot down Iroh after surrendering. This parallels to how in the movies, the villain puts his hands in the air and pretends to give up right before whipping out his pistol and shooting his opponent down.

    • Sokka fights hand to hand with Ty Lee, in this fight, Ty Lee manages to cripple most of his limbs with her pressure point fighting style, when Sokka refuses to give up and headbutts her with only one leg working, it is an allusion to the fight of the Black Knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.