Avatar: The Last Airbender

Season 2 Episode 19

The Guru

Aired Friday 6:30 PM Dec 01, 2006 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

With the plans to invade the Fire Nation finally underway, everyone begins their own respective missions. Aang receives guidance from Guru Pathik at the Eastern Air Temple, Sokka is reunited with his father, Katara begins to help the Council of Five plan the invasion, and Zuko and Iroh begin to settle into the new lives of owning a tea shop. However, things are not what they seem. Toph has been captured and is being brought back to her parents, and Azula has infiltrated the city and is planning on finally conquering Ba Sing Se for the Fire Nation. Will Azula succeed? Will Toph escape, and will Aang finally master the Avatar State?moreless

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  • The Guru

    The Guru was a perfect, entertaining, and complex episode full of both character and plot development. I really enjoyed watching this episode because it was full of action, drama, and intrigue. Aang and the gang split up to take care of various missions and, while Azula begins to lay her traps to take control of Ba Sing Se. I thought it was funny how Mai had to clean up after Bosco. Elsewhere in Ba Sing Se, Iroh opens his own Tea Shop with an awesome name, and it is quite a beautiful shop to be proud of. Zuko has recovered from his illness and now seems to be wiser and more relaxed, different. Iroh gets a Royal Invitation. I thought Aang's journey was awesome and very engaging. I also thought Sokka's meeting with his fater was a good story. Katara gets into some trouble and Aang makes a quick decision he may regret. I look forward to the last episode, the season 2 finale next!!!!!!!moreless
  • The start of an epic.

    The first half of the hour long season finale. This is the stuff that makes women faint at romantic comedies; the decision to choose love above all else. The Avatar state training was interesting, and then at that point it just got even more interesting. Will Aang really not be able to have free will of the Avatar state? Knowing cartoons though, I bet there's an alternative. What's pretty neat is that Aang isn't the only one who is receiving power ups; Toff herself has grown stronger. Plus all the pieces have been set for a grand finale; the conspiracy going on between Azula and Long Feng, and Zuko and Iroh's secret being let out. Seeing Zuko's transformation almost made him seem really unfortunate; he looks like he's enjoying a new life, but will be pulled back into his old one by force.moreless
  • Another great episode

    After flying to the dagobah system I mean the east air temple Aang meets the guru and he got to be over a 100 years man and to think to master the Avatar state aang has to open chakras pools of energy. the people of this show study everything of chakras to use in the Avatar the last airbender. Then Aang learns in order to master the Avatar State and open the last Chakra Aang must let go of Katara if it was some one else Aang was in love he still has to let her go and Aang tries man I love the color and creation they do in the show and Aang has a vision leaves and won't be able to go in the avatar statemoreless
  • Sokka reunites with his dad, Aang tries to unlock the Avatar State, Katara meets with war officials, Azula is discovered, etc.

    A lot of things happened in this episode! It seems like every story is finally being pieced together and discovered. Aang goes away for a bit to visit a Guru named Guru Pathik to help him unlock the Avatar State to use whenever he needed it. Sokka meets up with his father for the first time in years. Katara meets with war officials to discuss strategies and techniques to use agaisnt the Fire Nation. When she leaves, she spots Zuko and Iroh in the tea shop. She runs back inside and warns the Kyoshi Warriors. She discovers Azula, and is taken captive. From far away, Aang senses her danger and returns to Bah Sing Seh. When Sokka sees him return, he realizes there is trouble. Azula is captured, but strikes a deal with the Dai Li.moreless
  • Awesome.

    Another great addition to Avatar, even it had hardly any action, it was still a great episode. The chakras that Guru Pathik was talking about was very interesting, some people say it was boring, but I think it was very interesting. Aang's greatest fear is fighting Fire Lord Ozai, I can't blame him, Ozai is a monster. When Ty Lee took down Katara, I thought Katara was dead, thankfully she wasn't. I really wanted to see Hakoda's men fighting the Fire Nation to see how good they are. This is a very special episode and this episode will receive a 9.5.moreless
Brian George

Brian George

Guru Pathik

Guest Star

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Earth King

Guest Star

Cricket Leigh

Cricket Leigh


Recurring Role

Olivia Hack

Olivia Hack

Ty Lee

Recurring Role

Marc Graue

Marc Graue

Xin Fu

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The flashbacks Aang has while opening his chakras are from episodes "The Boy in the Iceberg", "The Avatar Returns", "Avatar Roku (Winter Solstice, Part 2)", his flashback in "The Storm", "The Blue Spirit", "The Fortuneteller", "The Deserter", "The Avatar State", "The Cave of Two Lovers", and the opening theme.

    • This episode marks the grand opening of Iroh's new tea shop, the Jasmine Dragon.

    • While Mai is complaining about her outfit, we can see that Ty Lee is missing the fans from her belt though they reappear later.

    • When Katara is told by General How to deliver the battle plans to the Earth King, she says she will do it right away and it is the middle of the day. But if you watch closely the following scenes are at sunset, at night, day again, then at night once more when Katara reached the throne room.

    • In the part when the guru teaches Aang to open the 4th chakra, Aang turns his head to his left to see a woman Airbender statue, but actually, the statue is to his right.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Hakoda: Ready to go knock some Fire Nation heads?
      Sokka: You don't know how much this means to me dad. I'll make you proud, and I'll finally prove to you what a great warrior I am.
      Hakoda: Sokka, you don't have to prove anything to me. I'm already proud of you, and I've always known you were a great warrior.
      Sokka: Really?
      Hakoda: Why do you think I trusted you to look after our tribe when I left?

    • Earth King: But there is good news. As we speak, the Council of Five is meeting to plan an invasion of The Fire Nation this summer. On the day of a solar eclipse.
      Azula (feigning enthusiasm): Really? Now that sounds like a fascinating and brilliant plan.

    • Azula: We have been presented with an extraordinary opportunity, girls.
      Ty Lee: Mai finally gets to wear make-up that's not totally depressing?
      Mai: (make-up smeared all over her face, sarcastically) Ha, ha.

    • Zuko: (enthusiastically) Now let's make these people some tea.
      Iroh: (eagerly) Yes! Let's make some tea!

    • Katara: Thank goodness you're here, Suki! Something terrible is going on. The Fire Nation has infiltrated the city! I just saw Prince Zuko and his uncle! (Azula's eyes widen) We have to tell the Earth King right away!
      Azula: Oh, don't worry. I'll be sure to let him know.

    • Master Yu: I believe we need to go right.
      Xin Fu: What are you talking about? The Beifong estate's this way.
      Master Yu: I'm quite certain you're mistaken.
      Toph (knocking on the metal box): Hey! Can you two old ladies quit your bickering for a second? I gotta go to the bathroom!
      Master Yu: Oh...uh...Ok but make it quick. (Master Yu pulls out the key for the box and is about to open the metal box, but Xin Fu stops him)
      Xin Fu: What's wrong with you?!
      Master Yu: Oh! Very sneaky Toph! Nice try, but you can't trick me!
      Toph: Let me out of here so I can kick both your butts! Xin Fu: Quit your banging! You might think you're the greatest Earthbender in the world, but even you can't bend metal.

    • Mai: Ugh. I'm tired of wearing this girly disguise. I don't know how anyone could fight in this.
      Ty Lee: Maybe that's why it was so easy to beat the Kyoshi Warriors and take their clothes.
      (Dai Li agent looks at Mai and Ty Lee)
      Mai: How much longer do we have to serve the Earth King? If I have to clean up one more pile of bear poop, I'm gonna throw up.
      Ty Lee: Princess Azula promised we would go back to the Fire Nation as soon as we captured the Avatar. We just have to be patient.
      Mai: Shush up! Do you want the whole palace to know we're Fire Nation?
      Ty Lee (whispers): Sorry.
      (Dai Li agent creeps away; Azula walks out)
      Azula: Good work, girls. I'm sure the Dai Li will deliver the message.

    • Guru: That chakara opened less like a flowing creak and more like a... burping bison
      Aang (belches): Tastes like onions and bananas... but strangely, something else... pickles? (Guru Pathik Shrugs)

    • Toph: Come on metal... budge. (strikes at metal cage and makes a large dent) Woo! (shakes hand) Toph, you rule.

    • Guru Pathik: You've indeed felt a great loss. But love is a form of energy and it swirls all around us. The Air Nomads' love for you has not left this world. It is still inside of your heart and is reborn in the form of new love. (Aang sees Katara's face, as he first saw it) Let the pain flow. (Aang is crying but smiling and wipes away the tears) Very good.
      Aang: Can I have some onion-banana juice, please?

    • Guru Pathik: Third is the fire chakra located in the stomach.
      Aang (putting a hand on his stomach): My fire chakra would like to eat something other than onion banana juice.
      Guru Pathik (chuckles): Good one. Moving on…

    • Hakoda: This bay leads to the outskirts of Ba Sing Se. We've been using these tangle mines to stop the Fire Nation ships from getting thru.
      Bato: You're father invented tangle mines himself.
      Sokka: Destructive, buoyant, and… Agh! Halh! Terrible smelling.
      Hakoda: Very perceptive. The mines are filled with skunkfish and seaweed. When a ship detonates the mine, the seaweed tangles up the propeller and the foul smell forces people to abandon the ship. I call it the stink and sink.
      Sokka (laughs heartily): Good one, Dad.
      Bato (Sokka still laughing in the background): You're definitely your father's son.

    • Guru Pathik: There are seven chakras that go up the body. Each pool of energy has a purpose and can be blocked by a specific kind of emotional muck. Be warned, opening the chakras is an intense experience, and once you begin this process, you cannot stop until all seven are opened. Are you ready?
      Aang (thinks for a moment): I'll do whatever it takes.

    • Guru Pathik: In order to master the Avatar state, you must open all the chakras. Aang, tell me everything you know about chakras.
      Aang (looking sleepy and rubbing his eye): What are chakras?
      Guru Pathik: Oh, I see. I guess we'll start with the basics.

    • Aang: We're all connected. Everything is connected.
      Guru Pathik: That's right. Even the separation of the four elements is an illusion.

    • Aang (to Guru Pathik): Why would I choose "cosmic energy" over Katara? How can it be a bad thing that I feel an attachment to her? Three chakras ago, that was a good thing!

    • Aang: Um... hello? (gets off Appa and climbs up stairs) You're Guru Pathik, right? The person who attached the note to Appa's horn.
      Guru Pathik: Indeed. I was a spiritual brother of your people and a personal friend of the Monk Gyatso.
      Aang: In your note, you said you could teach me to gain control of the Avatar state. (sits down) How?
      Guru Pathik: You must gain balance within yourself before you can bring balance to the world. And the first step to gaining balance is with this. (hands Aang a bowl) Drink up.
      Aang (takes bowl and drinks but immediately spits it out): Ugh! It tastes like onions and banana juice.
      Guru Pathik: That's because it is. (finishes his bowl of juice) Yummy yum.

    • Master Yu: It's another one of her tricks!
      Xin Fu: There's a giant hole in the box! How is that a trick?!
      Toph: It's not! It's the real deal!

    • (Toph traps Master Yu and Xin Fu in metal coffin)
      Xin Fu: I'm going to be stuck here forever with you, aren't I?
      Master Yu: I have to go to the bathroom.
      (Xin Fu slams his head on the coffin)

    • Toph (to Master Yu and Xin Fu, who she just trapped into the metal prison she escaped from): I am the greatest earthbender in the world! Don't you two dunderheads ever forget it.

    • Guru Pathik: If you leave now you won't be able to go into the Avatar state at all!

    • Aang: Why would I let go of Katara? I love her!

    • Aang (to Sokka): You haven't seen your dad in over two years. You must be so excited.
      Sokka (coughs): I know I should be but, I just feel sick to my stomach.
      Aang (pats Sokka on the back): Don't be nervous. He's gonna be so happy to see you.
      Sokka: So what about you? Are you nervous to meet this guru?
      Aang: Not at all. I'm ready to master the Avatar State. I'll do whatever it takes. (Sokka jumps off Appa's back) See you in a week. Yip Yip.
      (Appa flies off, leaving Sokka to go to the Water Tribe camp)

    • Zuko (to Iroh): What's that smell?
      Iroh: It's jook. I'm sure you wouldn't like it.
      Zuko (smells the jook): Actually, it smells delicious. I'd love a bowl, Uncle.
      Iroh: Now that your fever is gone, you seem different somehow.
      Zuko: It's a new day. We've got a new apartment, new furniture, and today's the grand opening of your new tea shop. Things are looking up, Uncle.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode is available in the Avatar Book 2: Earth, Volume 4 DVD, along with, Appa's Lost Days, Lake Laogai, The Earth King, and The Crossroads of Destiny.

    • Ty Lee admits she, Mai and Azula defeated the Kyoshi warriors. However, no mention was made if the warriors survived their battle with the three Fire Nation women.


    • The process of Aang opening the seven chakras to master the Avatar State draws heir to the characters Rock Lee and Might Guy of the anime/manga series Naruto. In the show, they are taijutsu experts who are able to open chakra gates in order to achieve immense, almost godlike power, much like that of the Avatar State. The only difference being that have the two have the potential to open eight and that the opening of the gates takes a severe physical strain on their bodies, whereas for Aang the toll is primarily emotional.

    • The food Iroh is cooking in the morning is rice congee (a type of rice porridge), a popular dish in Asia.

    • Azula's battle strategy to take down the Earth Kingdom is similar to that of the Greeks in the Trojan War. By dressing up as the Warriors of Kyoshi and entering under the guise of allies, she was able to take down the Earth Kingdom from the inside, after years of failed penetration by the Fire Nation from the outside. The Greeks built a wooden horse after many years of trying to take Troy down from the outside. Greek soldiers were inside the horse, and when the Trojans took the horse inside, they came out and burnt Troy to the ground.

    • Aang learns about chakras from Guru Pathik. In Hinduism and in some related Asian ures, a chakra is thought to be a nexus of metaphysical and/or biophysical energy residing in the human body.

    • A guru is a spiritual teacher in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism.

    • "Guru" also refers in Sanskrit to Brihaspati, preceptor of the gods, foremost in all branches of learning, venerated alike by the gods and the asuras. In Vedic astrology, Guru or Brihaspati is believed to exert teaching influences. Indeed, in many Indian languages such as Hindi, the occidental Thursday is called either Brihaspativaar or Guruvaar (vaar meaning day of the week).