Avatar: The Last Airbender

Season 1 Episode 5

The King of Omashu

Aired Friday 6:30 PM Mar 18, 2005 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

Aang takes Katara and Sokka back to a favorite place he used to go to when he was younger, the Earth Kingdom City of Omashu. But when they break the law they are taken to the King to get their punishment. The eccentric King of Omashu puts Aang through a series of challenges and if he fails Katara and Sokka will be engulfed in a crystal cocoon.moreless

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  • The King of Omashu

    The King of Omashu was a perfect and classic episode of Avatar The Last Airbender. I enjoyed watching this episode as Aang and the gang travel to Omashu and encounter a crazy king who knows more than he is revealing. I thought this was a great character building episode as Aang was put through many tests to save his friends. I enjoyed the challenges he was put through, and it was cool to see Aang gain wisdom from the King who happens to be a very old friend of the Avatars. It was cool to see part of the Earth Kingdom, and I look forward to watching more episodes!!!!!!!moreless
  • Aang and the gang travel to the Earth Kingdom city of Omashu. Aang meets a crazy king who kidnapps his friends and puts Aang up to a series of challenges.

    This was a good episode but a little too stupid and weird for my taste. The beginning was laughable and its funny how dumb those guards were not to notice Aang was a kid. When the kids go in they start trouble at the mail postage system. Very cool and very unique. This was a great idea and it shows how bending is a way of life and how much its relied on in certain civilzations. Finally Aang gets sent to the King for their punishment of ruining the city... and cabages. The king is loony, and a bit too loony for me. I found him funny and annoying at the same time. I liked how there was just silence after the king said jokes. The crazy old man then kidnapps Aangs friends. Aang first goes through a challege of getting the earthkings key. It was sort of stupid for Aang to lose the ladder at first, i know hes only 12 but come on, hes smarter than that. The challenge of getting Flopsy was only good for a short giggle not much to laugh about and not all too entertaining. The final part was very clever. Boomy let Aang choose who he wanted to fight, instead of picking the scary guys Aang chose the king....

    "Wrong. Choice"

    That was a very amazing battle and i like how Aang techically didnt win. It showed how powerful earthbending can be. As an introudction to earthbending episode it was very satisfying. The end was just more of the king being loopy and it turned out to be Aang old time friend, it wasnt too hard to figure out either since you could tell from Aangs previous flashback. This episode was fun and entertaining, but i think Aang took a stupid pill before he went to Omashu...moreless
  • Great action scenes keep this a great watch.

    Although the writing isn't as strong, and the jokes were corny and silly, this episode of Avatar was backed by some great action sequences and the final fight scene between the king and Aang showed a lot of potential of how the battle system of bending elements could cook up some entertaining fights later on. The scene with Aang, Sokka, and Katara riding through Omashu's delivery system was pretty engaging and had you glued to the TV to see what crazy thing would happen next. The trials weren't as fun but they were still good to watch, like how Aang had to think outside the box in order to overcome them. Overall a good episode.moreless
  • Aang, Sokka, and Katara arrive at the Earth Kingdom of Omashu. They are taken captive, however, and put through a series of tests by the crazy king.

    This episode was certainly out of the ordinary. It was pretty good though. Aang takes Sokka and Katara to one of his favorite places: Omashu. When he shows them a popular game from his childhood, they are captured and brought to the King. He turns out to be something of an eccentric, and captures Sokka and Katara. To save them, Aang must survive a series of tests presented by the King. Aang performs them, and saves Katara and Sokka just before they are completely encased in crystal. In the end, the king reveals himself to be Aang's dear friend from 100 years ago.moreless
  • Time to have some fun watching the gang go through some adventures in Omashu!

    This was a great episode with some real action starting to form. Aang and his friends arrive at a big and bustling Earth Kingdom city known as Omashu! Katara and Sokka get Aang in by dressing him up as an old man, since Aang was frozen in an iceberg for a hundred years, and he's a twelve year old boy, that would make him 112 years old, the aging process just never took place for him since he was frozen. Katara also said and explained to us that Aang technically is 112 years old. Katara is a very nice and great character, same thing for the vioce actor for her which is Mae Whitman. I miss this show airing alot. But now i never see it anymore on Nick, what a shame. It was great while it lasted though and those good old days were great when I watched this show when it aired alot more and many more new episodes were in production. Oh yeah, this is the first episode where we see the cabbage merchant and King Bumi!moreless
Kevin Ng

Kevin Ng

Kid Bumi

Guest Star

Kevin Michael Richardson

Kevin Michael Richardson


Guest Star

André Sogliuzzo

André Sogliuzzo

King Bumi

Recurring Role

James Sie

James Sie

Cabbage Merchant

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Katara's medallion shrinks and grows throughout the episode.

    • Before the guard places the genamite ring on Katara's finger, it appears that she is wearing a blue turtleneck, but after the genamite ring is placed on Katara's finger, the supposed turtleneck vanishes.

    • Despite not being permitted past Omashus's walls and having his cart hurled into the abyss, the cabbage merchant in seen twice inside the city with a produce cart.

    • After King Bumi takes the chicken off Aang's plate shoving it into Sokka's mouth, Aang's plate continues to switch from having a clear plate to one with a piece of chicken on it.

    • The table the kids were eating at in the King's palace turns 90 degrees when they leave.

    • After Aang fights King Bumi, he is holding his staff upright. You can see that the number of dots at the top continues to switch from 1 to 2.

    • When Aang catches the chicken leg thrown at him by King Bumi, you can see a chicken leg already on his plate. But when Aang drops the caught chicken leg on his plate, the previous chicken leg is missing.

    • After Bumi frees Katara and Sokka from the creeping crystal, it's all over the floor. But when Bumi is telling Aang about Ozai, the pieces of crystal are gone.

    • During the battle between Bumi and Aang, for a split second the ring on Bumi's left ring finger turns green.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Sokka: Eh, how was Appa supposed to save us anyway?
      Aang: Appa is a 10-ton flying bison. I'm sure he would figure something out.

    • Aang: I solved the question the same way I solved the challenges. As you said a long time ago, I had to open my brain to the possibilities. Bumi, you're a mad genius!
      King Bumi: Oh, Aang. It's good to see you. You haven't changed a bit. Literally.

    • Aang: Name's Bonzu Pipinpadaloxicopolis... the Third, and these are my grandkids.
      Katara: Hi, June Pipinpadaloxicopolis. Nice to meet you.

    • King Bumi: Aang, you have a difficult task ahead. The world has changed in the hundred years you've been gone. It's the duty of the Avatar to restore balance to the world by defeating Fire Lord Ozai. You have much to learn. You must master the four elements and confront the Fire Lord, and when you do, I hope you will think like a mad genius! And it looks like you're in good hands. You'll need your friends to help defeat the Fire Nation. (Momo lands on Aang's shoulder) And you'll need Momo, too!

    • King Bumi: Heheh! The people in my city have gotten fat from too many feasts, so I hope you like your chicken with no skin.
      Aang: Thanks, but I don't eat meat.

    • Katara: Aang, do something, use your airbending.
      Aang: Yeah, good idea, that will make us go even faster.

    • Aang (breaks through a window and out another window): Sorry!

    • Aang: The Earth Kingdom city of Omashu. I used to always come here to visit my friend Bumi.
      Katara: Wow, we don't have cities like this in the South Pole.
      Sokka: They have buildings here that don't melt.

    • King Bumi: Throw them... (Aang, Katara, and Sokka all gasp) ...a feast!

    • King Bumi: Who are you calling old? Okay, I'm old.

    • Cabbage Merchant (screaming): Off with their heads! One for each head of cabbage!

    • King Bumi: First Avatar, what do you think of my new outfit? I want your honest opinion... (random cough) I'm waiting...
      Aang: I... guess it's fine...
      King Bumi: Excellent, you've passed the first test.
      Aang: Really?
      King Bumi: Well, not one of the deadly tests. The real challenges are, uh, much more... challenging.

    • Aang: How am I supposed to know his name?
      Katara: Think of the challenges, maybe there's some kind of clue.
      Aang: Well, I had to think differently than I normally do.
      Sokka: I know his name! It's Rocky!! Uhh...you know cause of all the rocks...
      Katara: We're gonna keep trying, but that's a good backup.

    • King Bumi: I bet you like meat.
      (shoves chicken leg into Sokka's mouth)

    • King Bumi: But for now, the guards will show you to your chamber.
      Earthbender Soldier: My liege, do you mean the good chamber or the bad chamber.
      King Bumi: The newly refurbished chamber.
      Earthbender Soldier: Wait, umm, which one are we talking about?
      King Bumi: The one that used to be the bad chamber, until the recent refurbishing, that is. Of course, we've been calling it the new chamber, but we really should number them. Uhh, take them to the refurbished chamber that was once bad!

    • Katara: Is it just me, or is this guy's crown a little crooked?

    • Cabbage Merchant: You're going to pay for this.
      Aang: Two cabbages please.

    • Earthbender Soldier: Men, you'll be going off to combat soon. It's important that you be prepared for anything.
      (Aang, Katara, and Sokka go by on an Omashu delivery cart.)

    • Aang (as Bonzu Pipinpadelopsocopolis III): My business is my business young man, and none of yours. I've got a mind to bend you over my knee and paddle your backside!

    • King Bumi: So tell me young bald one. Where are you from?
      Aang: I'm from... Kangaroo Island.
      King Bumi: Kangaroo Island, eh? I hear that place is really hoppin'... (A cough is heard, then Sokka breaks out laughing.)
      Sokka: What? It was pretty funny.

    • Katara: You can't keep us here, let us leave!
      King Bumi: Lettuce leaf?!

  • NOTES (6)

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • Rumpelstiltskin
      Aang's final challenge, to guess the King's name, is very similar to the classic fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin, in which the main character must guess his name in order to save her son.

    • The Three challenges Aang faces are very simmilar to the 3 tasks Harry faces in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

    • Earthbending is based on the martial arts style called Hung Gar. A form of Kung Fu, Hung Gar uses many techniques, such as solid stances, that is used for earthbending. In addition, Hung Gar is the most pervasive form of Kung Fu, just like the Earth Kingdom is the largest and most populous nation.

    • The fact that the Cabbage Merchant is introduced in this episode could be a reference to the Lewis Carroll quotation "of cabbages and kings," from The Walrus And The Carpenter.

    • Later on in the episode when Sokka's jennamite ring grows some more and creates an imbalance in weight on one of his sides and Sokka falls over its similar to the ending credits of the Flintstones where Fred orders the bronto ribs and the car topples over.

    • Kangaroo Island
      Is an actual island southwest off the coast of Australia. Named for landmarks rather than the presence of Kangaroos.

    • Omashu is reminiscent of the ancient Judean fortress of Masada.

    • King Bumi could be named after Bhumidevi, the Hindu goddess of earth.

    • Aang's friend is named Bumi. "Bumi" is an actual word in the Malay Language, it means "Earth."

    • Aang: Sorry, I don't eat meat.
      According to Avatar history, the Avatar is reincarnated. When Aang makes this remark, he also refers to most actual religions and beliefs that believe in the subject of reincarnation. In most of these beliefs, they do not eat most kinds of meat because, they believe that man can be reincarnated also into animals, and if worse came to worse, they could end up eating a family member that had been reincarnated into that animal before it's death.