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Avatar: The Last Airbender

Season 2 Episode 8

The Chase

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Aired Friday 6:30 PM May 26, 2006 on Nickelodeon
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  • The Chase

    10
    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!!!!!!!
  • Marvelous.

    9.5
    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.
  • A good episode with action and some insight on Toph.

    9.0
    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.
  • Great episode.

    9.8
    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.
  • A three way showdown between Azula, Zuko and Aang.

    10
    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.
  • the gaang are being chased down by azula and her group.

    9.5
    im running out of ideas to write but i need to level and last time, which was yesterday actually, i wrote over 20 reviews and i got a lot of % so i dont wanna stop at the same time i wanna stop lol does that make sense? lol lol lol lmao lmao lmao lmao rofl rofl rofl rofl roflmao ahh i got nothing soooo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  • the chase is on!

    10
    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 but 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...which is actually avatar aang. it was such a good episodee and it finally showed zuko and iroh together again. i loved the battle scenes ad the chase scenes
  • a great episode starring 2 new major characters

    9.8
    The Chase offers character development and action. We also see things from three points of view: the Gaang, Ozai's Angels, and Uncle Iroh. Great character development for Toph happens when she leaves the group and meets up with Uncle Iroh. This episode is probably why I love Toph so much... But at the end everyone comes together to battle Azula and she shows her cunning. I swear, when she struck Uncle Iroh down, i was like "OMG! Is he dead? What happened?" Zuko's hesitation to whether he should let Katara help Iroh was great. But this was an overall great episode and it will get you hooked if you are watching for the first time.
  • One of the best.

    9.4
    this episode start off nicely with some friction between katara and toph. the classic en most beatifull part is the chase itself. the group is tired, the group is cranky, the group is crowded together. i tell you people, that is just asking for it. fights start and the guys are happy to stay out of the way of the crazy girls. nice plotline with Iroh helping Toph while zuko is away. some additional humor with the sokka/Ty Lee couple(they always make for a good laugh). it leaves a cliffhanger on a nice point and nicely works towards the end, with a cute sleeping scene. enjoy!
  • Aang and the gang get chased down.

    9.0
    An interesting episode, "The Chase" provides suspense, action, and of course the running montage. I particularly liked the fact that Azula and her crew and had the fast crawling lizards, symbolizing Azula and her friends, one way or another. I'm also seeing a western type theme happening one way or another in the recent Avatar episodes with "Zuko Alone" and this episode, in the simple fact of towns. In "Zuko Alone" it was simply a town habored by bullies with Zuko coming in playing that sort of Clint Eastwood character. Here, in this episode, Aang leads his trail off into a ghost town close to a desert. The wind rattles through the empty stores and houses, and you know a fight is to come. The battle at the end was something very good and interesting to behold and after it's over, you only want more.
  • A great Episode

    9.5
    This episodes in the first time that we see Toph really interact with the group. Toph has decided that she is going to carry her own weight, and really doesn't understand the meaning of this, which causes problems with her and Katara.

    Katara and Toph are contently fighting in this eposiode which developes both of their characters, and shows a new side of Katara that we haven't really seen before.

    But the end of this episode is what is really intreageing. I think that it is the frist real sign or forshaowding we get that Zuko will join Aang and teach him firebedning.
  • Adventurous.

    9.0
    It was...good, I guess. I mean, the ending, I remember hwen it first aired I was so angry about the cliffhanger! I mean, it made it look like Iroh died! But, the next episode, they didn't really do anything about it. It was just Iroh bandaged up. I though he could be really injyured, and that he would still be knocked out. That would have been good.

    But, this review isn't about the next episode, it's about this episode.

    The misery. Too much. I hate seeing those things around their eyes. It just...makes me feel weird. And everyone acting sleepy, and Aang espically. A little less misery wouldn't hurt, right?

    9 out of 10.
  • A hell of an episode...

    9.9
    Probably one of my favorites in the whole series, The Chase offers character development and action. We also see things from three points of view: the Gaang, Ozai's Angels, and Uncle Iroh. Great character development for Toph happens when she leaves the group and meets up with Uncle Iroh. This episode is probably why I love Toph so much... But at the end everyone comes together to battle Azula and she shows her cunning. I swear, when she struck Uncle Iroh down, i was like "OMG! Is he dead? What happened?" Zuko's hesitation to whether he should let Katara help Iroh was great. But this was an overall great episode and it will get you hooked if you are watching for the first time.
  • Very good!!

    10
    Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Toph have landed in a clearing where they begin to unpack. Toph comments on their superb campsite finding abilities as she fells the "soft grass." But Sokka corrects her that it's not grass but Appa's shed fur. This comment is not received well by Katara who believes it gross. Katara vocalizes her happiness of having another girl in the group because of the boys' immaturity. But, those hopes are shattered as Toph walks up and she like Aang and Sokka is playing in the fur. Aang and Sokka laugh, and Katara has no choice but to giggle too. Night has fallen as he group sets up camp. Aang pitches a tent, Sokka's unraveling sleeping bags, Katara is filling a pot with water, and Toph is lounged lazily against a rock. Katara comes over and begins to explain the group's normal system of setting up camp: they divide up the work, for example while someone pitches a tent someone else might get food or water. Toph doesn't take the hint and tells her she's already collected her food and water. Katara gets slightly frustrated and tries re-explaining the system but Toph becomes aggravated and snaps at her. Katara storms of. Later that night, Aang and Sokka are setting up the last of camp as they de-saddle Appa. Katara comes over to apologize to Toph. Toph again agitates Katara by turning the apology around on her. Now even later that night, Toph is silently sleeping in her earth made tent when she is awakened by a vibration in the earth. She rushes to tell the others. She tries to see if she can identify it, she says "It feels like an avalanche, but also not like an avalanche." Sokka congratulates her on her "frightening" powers of perception. They decide leaving the campsite is the best choice. Off in the distance the get a slight glimpse of what's following them: a large, tank-like war machine is moving fast across the desert terrain. After hours of flying the group's exhaustion plays out on their faces as they each have dark circles under their eyes showing from their lack of sleep. Finally they settle on a spot. Toph makes her way over to where she plans to sleep but Katara again asks her to help and Toph declines. Katara is again displeased by this and decides enough is enough and confronts Toph about her lack of help to them. Toph argues back before "slamming the door" in Katara's face as she earthbends a tent and earthbends the door right in front of Katara. Aang decides to play peacemaker and asks them both to calm down. But, Katara's emotions due to lack of sleep cause her to snap at Aang. Later, Aang and Sokka are seemingly fast asleep as Katara stares angrily at the night sky. She loudly comments on how beautiful the stars are and how Toph won't be able to see them in her tent. In response, Toph earthbends Katara airborne, a few feet before she lands on Sokka. Sokka's emotions cause him to snap from being woken-up. But there's little time to argue as Toph informs them the machine is back. They again fly away on Appa. While in the air they debate about the machine and how it continuously finds them. Finally finding a spot that has seemingly lost the machine the groups decides to not even set up camp but to sleep. They again debate for a minute on how or what the thing is. Katara brings up the possibility that it's Zuko, given they haven't seen him since they were up north. Unaware of whom Zuko is Toph inquires about him. Sokka answers that he's "just some anger freak with a ponytail who's tracked us all over the world." But, their debate is cut short as Momo senses the machine's approach as does Toph. They see the machine moving forward in the distance as it kicks up dirt behind it. Aang believes they should face them and find out who they are. The tank comes to a halt and the door opens. Three large basilisk lizards emerge from it. Their riders and the cause of all the tension between everyone in the gang are revealed to be Ty Lee, Mai, and Azula. Toph believes they can take them as she calculates the odds: three on three. But, Sokka corrects her telling her there's actually four of them. After a small argument Toph recalculates: three on three plus Sokka. Sokka is infuriated but he's no time to argue as Azula's group draws closer. Toph sends the first strike as she earthbends boulders down at them but their lizards easily climb over them. They decide it's safer if they left so Aang, Katara, and Sokka head back for Appa. Toph tries to buy them some time by creating a large rock wall separating Azula from them. It seems to work until Azula sends a bolt of lighting at it blowing a huge hole into the wall. The gang barely escapes as Azula sends a jet of fire at them. Meanwhile Appa too is tired and is rapidly closing and opening his eyes, trying desperately to stay awake. Again they debate on what to do and Katara reveals her fear of Ty Lee taking her bending away again. To Sokka's horror the sun rises over a mountain in the distance signaling they've been up all night. They decide to keep flying for as long as possible, but Aang warns them that they can't keep flying forever. As the sun rises Azula's machine is racing to catch up with the gang. But, they're not alone; Zuko follows the machines tracks not far behind. Appa, meanwhile, is having even more difficulty staying awake and finally gives in and falls asleep. This sends Appa and the gang plummeting towards the ground. Aang tries desperately to wake him as they continue to race towards the ground. Finally Appa awakens and stops just above the trees but is unable to keep airborne and they crash land in the woods. Aang states the obvious: "Appa's exhausted." More high tension causes another fight to break out between Katara and Toph but this time Aang joins in when Toph blames Appa for their predicament: his shedding is leaving a perfect trail for Azula and her gang. Toph, out of aggravation, decides to leave, as Azula's machine picks up speed upon seeing the fur flying through the air proving Toph was right. Aang is furious with himself for yelling at his earthbending teacher and Katara too is disgusted with herself because of her actions. Sokka is of little comfort as he agrees that they were jerks. They decide to find Toph and apologize but first wash Appa. Now clean and shed fur-less Appa is deemed ready to fly by Aang as long as they leave his saddle and everything else off. Aang decides to give Azula the slip and take what's left of the shed fur and lead the tank of course. Appa flies off in one direction (hitting trees on take-off) and Aang in another. Toph has now walked for sometime and gained much distance. She stops suddenly upon feeling a vibration. She hits the ground knocking the unknown person off his feet. But he's revealed to be Iroh. Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee have reached the spot of Appa's bath and found the wet fur deposited into the stream. Ty Lee debates with herself as to whether the "wads" are "bundles" or "bushels" of fur. Mai helps her along deeming them "clumps." Ty Lee excitedly hugs Mai before she can contradict the action. She pushes Ty Lee off and tells Azula the trail heads off in a direction to the right. But, Azula notices the broken trees from Appa's shaky take-off and is suspicious of Aang's plan to divert them. She tells Mai and Ty Lee to head in the direction of the broken trees and she'll follow the fur trail. Aang, exhausted and low on momentum, lands in a small abandoned Earth Kingdom town. He slumps on to the end of the town, there he dumps the remains of what fur is left and sits there, waiting for Azula. Back on Appa, Momo lets out a screech signaling the return of Mai and Ty Lee. Katara desperately tries to get Appa to move faster but to no avail. He shoots like a stone being skipped across the river to where Sokka and Katara believe they're safe. But their hopes are shattered as the basilisks reveal their most astonishing ability: they're able to run on water. Ty Lee heads for Katara. Once there she begins darting her hands to pressure points but Katara's smarter this time and dodges more easily. After a small battle Katara ends up pinned to a tree by the hem of her sleeves and Sokka's almost completely paralyzed by Ty Lee's strikes. But, Appa proves to be a saving grace as he smacks his tail to the ground shooting Mai and Ty Lee in the river. Back in the town, Azula has reached the end of the trail where Aang is waiting for her. She dismounts her lizard. Aang, tired and sleep deprived, tries to seek diplomacy and asks who Azula is and what she wants. She's surprised he hasn't guessed yet so she gives him a hint: she covers the left side of her face with her hand and deepens her voice to somewhat match Zuko's and says "I must find the Avatar to restore my honor." Aang doesn't respond. Toph and Iroh are sharing a cup of tea on cliff over-looking a farming village. Iroh finds similarities between Toph and his nephew. Toph asks where his nephew is and if he's lost. Iroh responds that he's "a little lost," he tells her his life has recently changed and now he's trying to find who he is. He also advises her not to contradict when people that love you try to help you. She takes this into consideration and heads off to find the gang. Azula and Aang stand facing each other at a stand off. She asks Aang if he really wants to fight her, right on cue Zuko busts through an old building and lands between the two. It's a three way stand off as Zuko holds his position between Aang and Azula keeping his battle stance poised at both of them. Azula fires the first shot, hitting Zuko hard and knocking him back. All three exchange blows until the duel is joined by Katara, Sokka, Iroh, and Toph. The six of them (Katara, Aang, Sokka, Toph, Zuko, and Iroh) create a perfect perimeter in front of Azula and back her in a corner. She surrenders, and for one brief second Iroh lets his guard down and turns to see his comrades. Azula takes advantage of this and fires a jet of fire at him. Zuko lets out a horrified cry and all four benders unleash their power against her. After a large explosion Azula disappears. Zuko rushes to his uncle's side. Zuko presumes him dead as he's laying there not moving, and let's out another angered cry. He senses the others behind him and orders them to leave. Katara comes forward and offers to help but before she can explain how Zuko's frustration causes him to let out a violent burst of fire and he orders them to leave again. Later that night the gang finally finds peace as they are fast asleep.
  • One of the best episodes throughout the Avatar animation! It has the action, suspense and emotional evolvement just the way it has to be within twenty minutes. I was at the edge of my seat!

    9.5
    Maybe I thought this episode was just as exiting as the Finale. I LOVED all elements about it; how all characters got to meet in the end, the clash between Katara and Toph, the tiresome chase...I was at the edge of my seat and felt as tired as the gaang felt! The godlike in a bad way appearance of Azula, the sense of humor; very sincere and not overacting. The action, and ofcourse a slight bit of Zuko falling down flat by his sister and Zuko angst after poor Iroh got hit....that was a cliffhanger! I thought he was dead!
    This episode EXACTLY has the right combination of action excitement and character development I love. Also in combination after episodes like Zuko Alone, this episode couldn't have been planned better. 'The Chase', 'Bitter Work', 'Zuko Alone', 'The Desert'....these episodes are the ones that made me glued to the show, because of their fantastic way of variating between character development, sincere humor, action and excitement, with even a bit of a dark edge and tearjerker moment.
  • Nothing special. A kind of pointless episode.

    6.8
    It's fun, has some laughs, drama and action, but it really has no point. I think the whole episode was just a build up and support for that 3 minutes with Toph talking to Iroh and the 2 minute fight where Iroh get shot. The rest is just filler. This had more action then quite a few Season 1 episodes, but it lacks the character development that most other episodes have. I think that the series would not be hurt in the least if you cut about 2/3 of this episode away and kept the Toph/Iroh talk and Iroh being shot. We don't see that crazy train thing that Azula was using again. I hope season three at least has better fillers (like The Headband) or none at all.
  • As Aang and his friends, including the newly added Toph, are pursued relentlessly by a mysterious machine, their exhaustion puts them at each other's throats.

    9.0
    After appearing to have just landed in a dried up creek, the group begins to descend from Appa and set up their campsite in a forest within the southern Earth Kingdom. As they begin unloading, Toph congratulates the team for picking such a nice camping site, as the grass is very soft. Sokka points out that the "soft grass" is actually Appa's fur; Appa is shedding. Katara comments how gross it is, but Aang begs to differ and state that its just apart of the rebirth of nature that comes with spring. He and Sokka then proceed to mess around in the fur; Sokka piles the fur on his head to form a tall pillar of hair while Aang creates a large mustache and beard. Not amused, Katara dryly states how good it is to have another girl in the group. However, Toph joins in on the play, stuffing large masses of fur under her arms to resemble armpit hair. This display brings all, Katara included, into bursts of laughter.

    As the group continues to set up camp, Katara notices that Toph is slumping lazily against a rock. Katara informs her that they usually divide the work among the group, implying she would like Toph to help them set up camp. Toph tells her not to worry, as she feels she can carry her own weight, suddenly earthbending a trianglar, earthen, makeshift tent with two slabs of stone. Katara rephrases her last statement, telling her that they all have a job to do, including Momo, who then appears on her shoulder with berries. Toph refutes that she does not feel she has to help anyone else, because no one needs to help her. Katara attempts once more to suggest to Toph that she help out, but all this does is further irritate her. Katara finally gives up and walks back to their campsite. Later on, Katara tries to rectify with Toph for the previous argument, apologizing and noting that she thinks that they're all just a little tired and getting on each others' nerves. Toph, rather than sharing the blame and accepting her overture, simply agrees that she does seem a bit too tired and lays down to sleep. Katara, though clearly incensed by the insulting retort, brings herself to half-heartedly tell Toph goodnight and walks back to her own tent.

    During the night, Toph awakens suddenly. Feeling the ground, she senses something approaching and alerts the rest of the group. When asked exactly that something is, all she can say is that it feels like an avalanche, but also not like an avalanche. Despite the limited detail, Aang declares that it is better to be safe than sorry and they hastily depart aboard Appa. Once high above in the sky, the group looks back to see plumes of smoke trailing the smokestack of a large black, train-like vehicle with three compartments traveling through the barren region close by.After feeling as if they have put enough distance between themselves and the machine, the group decides to make camp again. Toph immediately disembarks and nonchalantly bids the rest goodnight. Katara straighforwardly asks Toph if she could help unload this time, but Toph repeats her unwillingness to assist. Seeing as she can't quite get the point, Katara starts to remind Toph that she's a part of the team now, but all this serves to do is further agitate Toph, who once more declares that she can pull her own weight. Katara and Toph break out into another, more heated argument. Katara accuses Toph of being selfish and unhelpful ever since she joined them. Toph interjects that she has no room to be calling her selfish, making note of the fact that she abandoned the opulent lifestyle she once lead in order to teach Aang earthbending. When Katara tries to argue, Toph encases herself within another stone tent, only this sealing off the front opening and shutting out Katara, infuriating her further. Aang questions Sokka on whether they should intervene, but Sokka lightly replies that he is just enjoying the show. Nevertheless, Aang tries to calm them down but Katara hysterically screams that she is completely calm. Taken aback, Aang wisely and slowly backs.

    Later that night, the three are attempting to sleep, which, even without being pursued by the machine, is still difficult and is only made worse by Katara making snide remarks of how pretty the night sky is to Toph, sacastically expressing how bad it is she is not able to see them. Toph responds by bending a stream of earth towards Katara, launching her into the air. She falls on top of her brother who is not too happy to find his sister landing on top of him and throws her off. Toph then urgently removes the doorway from her tent and informs the rest that the machine is back. Sokka desires for the machine to be far away enough to get at a least a few minutes of shut-eye, but plumes of smoke rising from trees nearby say otherwise. Flying away on Appa once more, Katara and Toph ponder on just what the thing is and how it continues to find them. Though just as confounded, Aang affirms that he will be sure to lose it this time.Some time later, on top of some cliffs, Appa softly crashes onto a large, circular patch of land on one of the cliffs and tips onto his side, spilling the riders onto the ground. The exhausted group cannot even bring themselves to pick themselves off the barren floor. Sokka believes that they should just forget about setting up camp, instead opting to finding the softest pile of dirt and going straight to sleep. Katara agrees and interjects that Toph would not have helped out anyway. Toph retorts that she did not realize that she still needed someone to tuck her into bed. Aang distills the potential quarrel by reminding the two that they are still being chased by something and have no idea who or what it is. Katara suggests that it might possibly be Zuko, as they have not seen him since the North Pole. When Toph naturally questions who this Zuko is, Sokka simply retorts that he is just some angry freak with a ponytail who has chased them all over the world and that it is impossible for whoever is after them to have followed them to their location. He then slumps down and tells everyone to get some sleep, only to be interrupted by a frantic Momo. Though initially ignored, it becomes apparent that Momo is alerting them that something is approaching; it turns out to be the machine again. Katara wants to leave, while Aang suggests confronting them, as they could turn out to be friendly. Sokka's dry disbelief of Aang's optimism is almost instantaneously acknowledged as the machine slows to a halt and the middle section opens to reveal three young Fire Nation women astride three Mongoose Dragons. As the white smoke pours out and a ramp descends, Ty Lee, Mai, and Azula appear.

    The three girls rush forward, climbing the stone path towards the group. Katara recognizes the trio as the girls from Omashu and the four swiftly assume each of their unique battle stances. Toph confidently declares that they can take them, three on three, not counting Sokka, which incenses him to no end, and proceeds to make rock formations and a giant wall spring from the ground. The rock pillars fail to even temporize the nimble Mongoose Dragons, who easily climb over them without breakng a stride, and a lightningbolt from Azula effectively decimates a considerable portion of the stone wall. Seeing how unsuccessful they are so far, Sokka agrees that they would do better to retreat. Katara, Sokka, Aang, and lastly a reluctant Toph board Appa's saddle and take off yet again.

    Soaring through the night skies once more, Katara is astonished that the girls managed to follow them all the way from Omashu, while Toph is upset that they were so quick to run off without even putting up a decent fight. Amazed by her brash proposal, Katara, reminiscent of their last encounter with the three girls, remains adamant towards their decision against fighting such fierce oppenents, especially in regards to Ty Lee, admitting that the prospect of losing her bending frightens her. As they fly past nearby hills, the sun begins to rise behind one, causing Sokka to freak out irrationally towars the prospect that they've lost an entire night of sleep and that something will happen if he falls asleep during the day. Katara points out that whenever they land those girls show up, so they have no choice but to just keep flying. Aang somberly notes that they cannot keep flying forever. Not too far away, the tank-train continues to speedily rip across the grasslands, traveling in their direction. However, it is revealed that Zuko, using the machine's deep trails, is also in pursuit.

    Back on Appa, Aang questions what their plan should be. Katara says they will think of something after a nap, which Sokka happily agrees to. Suddenly, Appa begins to fall from the sky after falling asleep. The four desperately cling to the saddle for dear life as the bison plummets from the sky. Aang makes his way down Appa's face and tries to wake him as they close in on the forest below. Appa manages to regain consciousness, and begins to fly forward, but is still dropping fast. Brushing the tips of the trees, Appa soars just above the forest and crashlands next to a river. Seeing as how now everyone is completely exhausted, Sokka and Katara pick up their sleeping bags and seek a spot to sleep, once more foregoing the setup of camp. With an annoyed but sarcastically placid face, Katara blames Toph's issues for their lack of sleep under the belief that if Toph had helped out earlier, they could have set up camp faster, gotten some sleep and may not be in this situation. Infuriated by her statement and ignoring Aang's attempts to once again resolve the tension, Toph restates that she carries her own weight and never asked anyone for help. She also goes on to state that if anyone should be blamed, it should be Appa pointing out that Appa is leading a furry trail that leads the machine right to them. Aang is angered by Toph's accusations and yells that it is Appa who is the one carrying her weight he never had a problem flying when there were just three of them. Toph becomes silent, grabs her bag, and begins to leave, having had enough. Sokka stands in her way, but she effortlessly earthbends him to the side and continues walking.

    Aang is now heartbroken and ashamed of his outburst, and Katara herself feels guilty of how mean she has been to Toph. Sokka agrees that they have both been jerks as he is sipping tea. Katara now wants to find Toph and apologize, but Appa's fur trail still presents a problem. Then, Aang gets an idea. Appa is lying down in the middle of a river, Sokka and Momo are scrubbing him, and Katara and Aang are hosing him down with some water streams. Now that Appa's a bit lighter due to the cleaning/forced shedding, he will not lead a trail for the girls to follow. Katara, Sokka, and Momo get on to Appa, now without a saddle or luggage so as not too weight him down. Appa takes off, brushing into the top of some trees while doing so. Aang gathers some of Appa's fur into a bag and flies off. Toph continues through the forest; however, she meets an old man, who happens to be Iroh.Azula reaches the point where Aang and his friends split up. She also does not fall for the false trail because she spots the broken tree tops. She instructs Mai and Ty Lee in the direction of the broken tree tops (caused by Appa, Sokka, and Katara), while she follows the fur trail (led by Aang). Aang arrives in a Western-like ghost town and awaits his stalker while Katara and Sokka continue to search for Toph. Ty Lee and Mai suddenly catch up, and Katara urges Appa to reach the river, feeling they may not be able to be followed across water. As soon as they cross the river, Appa collapses, but they celebrate their escape. Unforunately, Ty Lee and Mai's lizards prove to be able to cross the river with ease. Ty Lee battles Sokka, while Mai battles Katara (both of whom, as well as the rest of their group, are suffering from a severe lack of sleep). Ty Lee is successful in paralyzing Sokka's arms and one leg, but Sokka injures her when he headbutts her hand. Mai manages to pin Katara's arms to a tree trunk with blades. Although Katara and Sokka are beaten, Appa manages to blow Mai and Ty Lee away and into the river, saving the two siblings. Ty Lee and Mai climb out of the river, and Ty Lee remarks, "Is it just me, or was that guy kinda cute?" speaking of Sokka. Mai only rolls her eyes.

    Aang is still waiting for his pursuers to catch up. Azula then appears over the horizon and approaches. Aang demands to know who she is and what she wants. Azula gives him a clue to her relation to Zuko, covering up her eye with her hand and trying to imitate his voice, but Aang is unable to see the resemblance.

    Toph has tea with Iroh on a small cliff. She comments that Iroh is probably thinking she cannot take care of herself, as he would not let Toph pour her own cup of tea, but Iroh explains that he poured her tea only because he wanted to and for no other reason. Toph tells him that everyone treats her like she is helpless, but she can take care of herself. Iroh responds that she sounds like his nephew, mentioning how both seem to feel that they have to do everything themselves, but both have friends and family that love them and want to help them. He also adds that he has been trying to track Zuko, so that even though Zuko may want to be alone to figure out his problems at the moment, Iroh will be right there should Zuko need him. The meeting inspires Toph, and she decides to go back and find her friends, but first tells Iroh that Zuko is lucky to have an uncle like him, and also that perhaps Iroh should tell Zuko that the uncle needs the nephew as well.When Zuko finally catches up to Aang and Azula, they begin to have a three-way battle, although both Aang and Zuko mainly ignore each other and focus their attacks on Azula, with both of them obviously believing her to be the most dangerous or the true enemy. Despite this, Azula dominates much of the fight, preventing Aang from escaping the battle when he attempts to do so, dodging a trap he sets for her, knocking Zuko out, and then trapping Aang under a pile of fallen rubble before Katara and Sokka join in to rescue. Meanwhile, Iroh joins to aid and revive the fallen Zuko. Finally Toph joins in, asserting her place back with her friends. Azula, surrounded and realizing that she is desperately outnumbered, pretends to surrender, only to slyly blast Iroh in the chest during a moment of distraction while Iroh notices and recognizes Toph. This causes everyone to attack at once; however, Azula creates a fire shield and vanishes.

    After Azula's disappearance, everyone notices that Zuko has already run over to and is kneeling over the badly wounded Iroh. The group approaches them, but Zuko tells them to get away. Toph looks upset; her feet are zoomed in on a groaning Iroh, perhaps implying that she recognizes him from earlier and also possibly that she recognizes his wounded condition. Katara tries to reason that she can help, but Zuko will not hear it. He shoots some fire over their heads, yelling at them to leave. Unable to do anything else, the group decides to leave.

    That night, Appa lands on a rock formation, and Toph can be seen sleeping next to Katara and the others.
  • Aang and his friends are chased by Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee.

    9.6
    I absolutely loved this episode. There was a ton of action at the end. Now that toph has joined Aang's team, Katara and Toph argue alot. They don't get along very well at first, but then, Toph realizes there being chased by a huge tank. Inside, Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee come out and they chase aang and the others across the land. Toph leaves the group and meets Iroh, who tells toph that she should go back to aang's team. At the end, Zuko shows up, and an all-out war breaks loose. As everybody comes together to defeat Azula, Azula escapes, injuring Iroh.
  • great eppy

    9.4
    You know there are many important things which happen in this episode. First we finally see the solidification of the Gaang as it will be forever know in fan circles. Toph is the new addition and clearly as one would expect there is some fine-tuning to be done between them all if they are going to live and work together as a team. Extreme sleep deprivation puts them all in their worst possible state mentally and emotionally but it is clear they all do care for one another rather deeply as they reunite by the end of the show. We also get a glimpse of Azula and just how far she will go to outshine her brother at all costs to win her father's approval by doing what her brother could not, capture the Avatar.
  • Runaway

    9.5
    After appearing to have just landed in a dried up creek, the group begins to descend from Appa and set up their campsite in a forest within the southern Earth Kingdom.the group continues to set up camp, Katara notices that Toph is lazily. ok we have a problem a big une Katara informs her that they usually divide the work among the group, implying she would like Toph to help them set up camp.And she act in like she not liseng her jaja she only move her had and crate her camp lol.During the night, Toph Feeling the ground, and alerts the rest of the group.. Despite the limited detail, Aang declares that it is better to be safe than sorry and they hastily depart aboard Appa. it is a big tain or something like that it is verry fast and strong and inside 3 crazy women are waithing Azula mai and ty lee.

    the group decides to make camp again. but agin the trouble with katara and toph bigan but more violent now. i can not stop to laug went i se the face of toph jajajaja ok get back to the story.the thing get bad went the 3 women ride Mongoose Dragons .uh uho the gang agrees that will be better to retreat. now RUN AWAYS KIDS.Not too far away, the tank-train continues to speedily rip across the grasslands, traveling in their direction. However, it is revealed that Zuko, using the machine's deep trails, is also in pursuit.. Appa manages to regain consciousness, and begins to fly forward, but is still dropping fast. crashing some trees, forest and crashlands next to a river. and agin the problens with katara bigas Katara blames Toph's issues for their lack of sleep toph Infuriated resolve the tension, Toph restates that she carries her own weight and never asked anyone for help.and she just left the gaang but it is not bad Toph continues through the forest; and, she meet uncle Iroh.the uncle give toph good masseges and she decides to go back and find her friends.she joins in,in the attacks agins azula and the uncle do to but went azula notice that iroh notice toph a slyly blast Iroh.Azula runaways the gang try to help iroh but zuko said leave.the gang run away .I love it. note, viva panama and latinoamerica.
  • this episode is a lot of fun.

    9.2
    this episode start off nicely with some friction between katara and toph. the classic en most beatifull part is the chase itself. the group is tired, the group is cranky, the group is crowded together. i tell you people, that is just asking for it. fights start and the guys are happy to stay out of the way of the crazy girls. nice plotline with Iroh helping Toph while zuko is away. some additional humor with the sokka/Ty Lee couple(they always make for a good laugh). it leaves a cliffhanger on a nice point and nicely works towards the end, with a cute sleeping scene. enjoy!
  • Azula never gives up!

    10
    You know there are many important things which happen in this episode. First we finally see the solidification of the Gaang as it will be forever know in fan circles. Toph is the new addition and clearly as one would expect there is some fine-tuning to be done between them all if they are going to live and work together as a team. Extreme sleep deprivation puts them all in their worst possible state mentally and emotionally but it is clear they all do care for one another rather deeply as they reunite by the end of the show. We also get a glimpse of Azula and just how far she will go to outshine her brother at all costs to win her father's approval by doing what her brother could not, capture the Avatar.
  • So...funny.

    9.8
    One of my favourite episodes, The Chase deals with a significant issue in a less-than-annoying way. It addresses a conflict that arises because of Toph's loner sort of nature and Katara's insistence that she help out in the group. The bickering between the two was awesome, and I loved it. Usually conflicts in cartoons are corny and grating, but this one...well, it worked. This is probably because the reasoning behind the conflict is actually understandable and doesn't feel forced.

    Plus, the arguments were pretty funny.

    Toph: Look, I didn't ask you to help unload my stuff. I'm carrying my own weight.
    Katara: That's not the point. Ever since you joined us, you've been nothing but selfish and unhelpful.
    Toph: What?! 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. *Summons Earth tent around herself.*
    Katara: Sugar Queen?!
    Toph: *Pulls up wall between her and Katara.*
    Katara: (hysterical) Did - did you just slam the door in my face?!
    - -
    Aang: Ok, ok, you both need to calm down.
    Katara: Both?! I'M COMPLETELY CALM!
    - -
    Katara: The stars sure are beautiful tonight. Too bad you can't see them, Toph.
    Toph: *Earthbends Katara's sleeping bag on top of Sokka.*
    Sokka: Hey! How's a guy supposed to sleep with all this yelling and earthquaking?!
    - -
    Sokka: Ok, forget about setting up camp. I'm finding the softest pile of dirt, and going to sleep.
    Katara: That's good, because Toph wasn't going to help anyway.
    Toph: Oh, I didn't realize baby still needed someone to tuck her in bed.
    - -
    Toph: (to Katara, of their current...situation) You're blaming me for this?!
    Aang: No! No! She's not blaming you!
    Katara: No, I'm blaming her.
    - -

    Gotta love it.

    Another great thing about this episode is Appa's shedding. It's a clever play, having the falling fur act as a trail for Azula and her crew. Maybe not the most difficult one to pick up on, but still clever. Speaking of Azula, it's always cool to see Ty Lee and Mai coming out and doing their thing; The funny, exuberant one and the quiet, bored one make an interesting team next to Azula, who's just nuts. There's also Iroh and his wisdom (and of course his tea), who is always fun, and Zuko and his emoness.

    And let's not forget the battles. Always great! I love that lightning!

    So plotwise, it was a very good way of dealing with the changes that Toph's joining the group brought about. I'm glad she didn't just sort of fit in spot on, and that it's dealt with in a funny, sort of subtle way. It's not entirely the main focus of the episode, and it works really, really well. It was something that needed to be dealt with, and it was handled perfectly.

    Character Performances

    Aang: He really didn't play much of a part in most of this episode, except for the battle with Azula toward the end (which I really, really enjoyed). He sort of took a backseat for the most part, but I still liked what he contributed to the episode.

    Sokka: Hilarious. Pretty much all of his lines were great, and he was really great to have around in this episode. No complaints here!

    Katara: A bit annoying, but she played her part. Not my favourite character, but it takes two to tango - the arguments couldn't have happened without her, so almost full points for the Waterbender.

    Toph: I love her. Stubborn, funny, and with a helluvan attitude! I love that this episode dealt with her not wanting to have people look out for her and trying to deal with being a part of a group, because it really worked. It makes sense that she would have a problem with people wanting to take care of her, and for her to be so determined to be independent - even within the group. I have no problems with how she did in this episode. Good stuff.

    Zuko: Oh Prince Emo. Well he didn't do much either, so I can't say a whole lot about him. The triple fight with him, Aang, and Azula was pretty awesome, I can say that much.

    Iroh: Hellz yeah! Tea and wisdom. What more could you want?

    Azula: As nuts as ever. I enjoyed her little joke at Zuko's expense. That was pretty great.

    Ty Lee: One word. Clumps.

    Mai: ...Yeah, I don't know what can be said about Mai, except that she's fun to have around, as always.

    Appa: Because the big guy did a lot of work this episode, he deserves some recognition. WAY TO GO!

    ...I'm pretty sure that's everybody worth mentioning. I'll fix this up if there's anybody else. Anyway. So the only place this lost points on was...uh...hmm...why did it lose points? It was funny and enjoyable and really well done and...uh...Well I guess I personally took off a few little marks because it wasn't perfect-perfect in the sense that...uh...maybe I was a bit annoyed at a couple of parts, just slightly but enough that it doesn't deserve a perfect score.

    It's really, really close.
  • Azula Chases Appa in the middle of the night. And a fight between all the main characters happens.

    9.5
    This is my second favorite episode(my favorite being the earth king). A battle where all the elements are used against one single person(Azula). This episode ahs everything a major fight, Comedy, a good plot, and Hot babes(Oh wait wrong show, sorry). Seriously if you love an anime style show and a great story then Avatar The Last Airbender is the show for you. I'm 15 and I love it!
  • one of my favorites

    9.3
    this episode start off nicely with some friction between katara and toph. the classic en most beatifull part is the chase itself. the group is tired, the group is cranky, the group is crowded together. i tell you people, that is just asking for it. fights start and the guys are happy to stay out of the way of the crazy girls. nice plotline with Iroh helping Toph while zuko is away. some additional humor with the sokka/Ty Lee couple(they always make for a good laugh). it leaves a cliffhanger on a nice point and nicely works towards the end, with a cute sleeping scene. enjoy!
  • One of the best episodes yet!

    10
    This episode had the best fight scenes and moments. I can pick some out now. One is when grumpy Katara verses grumpy Toph. That was plain hilarious. The fights were also great. Three of my favorites. One is when Mai and Ty Lee verses Sokka and Katara. Katara's bending move to knock out Ty Lee's bending thing was awesome and when Ty Lee tryed to poke Sokka's head it was funny. Great fight scene. And my favorite part was the next fight. First it was Azula vs Aang, then it was Azula vs Aang vs Zuko(it was funny when Zuko fell over the building and Aang pushed Azula off). Then finally it was Azula vs Aang, Zuko, Katara, Toph, Sokka, and Iroh. In the end Iroh gets shot by Azula and she runs for it. Another part of this episode I liked is when Toph and Iroh had thier moment together, it was very special there. So this is probably one of my favorite episodes ever of Avatar, the Last Airbender. I cannot wait for season 3!!!
  • I liked this episode a lot, especially for the fact that it introduced Mai and Ty Lee more fully.

    9.4
    I liked this episode a lot, especially for the fact that it introduced Mai and Ty Lee more fully. We also got to see who would win in a battle between Mai and Ty Lee vs. Sokka and Katara. Also, we get to see Zuko fighting with the gang for one of the first times in the series, hinting at the fact hat he may finally rejoin the gang. Also, the character of Toph is finally seen and developed further in this episode and shows her loyalty to the gang. Also, another great fight scene between Zuko, Aang, and Azula. Overall a great episode I'd watch again.
  • finally some ty lee action.. floopy :)

    8.9
    this episode start off nicely with some friction between katara and toph. the classic en most beatifull part is the chase itself. the group is tired, the group is cranky, the group is crowded together. i tell you people, that is just asking for it. fights start and the guys are happy to stay out of the way of the crazy girls. nice plotline with Iroh helping Toph while zuko is away. some additional humor with the sokka/Ty Lee couple(they always make for a good laugh). it leaves a cliffhanger on a nice point and nicely works towards the end, with a cute sleeping scene. enjoy!
  • Azula and her gang try to track down the tired heroes by means of a machine.

    10
    This has got to be one of my favorite episodes! It was very exciting. I liked the fights Katara and Toph got into because Toph wasn't helping the others with the gear and setting up the camp. I also liked the conversating Toph and Uncle Iroh had while drinking tea. It shows the Iroh isn't all that bad and is willing to help a traveler in need. The fight at the end of the episode was the best part. It showed who the smarter one is between Zuko and Azula. I liked the part where Zuko fell off the ledge when Azula, on the other hand, had the common sense to stop running. I like the imitation Azula did of Zuko to prove to Aang who she was. It was a pretty good imitation too. I also liked how the 'enemies and traitors' tried to work together to stop Azula. I'm upset that Iroh was hurt by Azula, but I thought it was cool how Toph realized who he was by using her feet.
  • this is one of my favorite episodes

    10
    this episode start off nicely with some friction between katara and toph. the classic en most beatifull part is the chase itself. the group is tired, the group is cranky, the group is crowded together. i tell you people, that is just asking for it. fights start and the guys are happy to stay out of the way of the crazy girls. nice plotline with Iroh helping Toph while zuko is away. some additional humor with the sokka/Ty Lee couple(they always make for a good laugh). it leaves a cliffhanger on a nice point and nicely works towards the end, with a cute sleeping scene. enjoy!
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