This episode reveals that Katara's necklace is actually a Water Tribe engagement necklace that was originally made by Pakku for her Grandmother, Kanna. The two were set to be married.
Iroh: The Fire Lord will not be pleased when he learns who was behind the attack. Despite banishing him, apparently Ozai still cares for Zuko in some manner.
When Aang and Katara leave the house, the steps and candles are missing.
During Sokka asking Katara to leave him be while talking to Yue, Katara leans her head back while eating and her braid turns a dark blue.
The food on the table during the celebration changes throughout the scene.
If Master Pakku was engaged to Gran Gran and the marrying age is sixteen how could, in episode one, the fire navy ship that attacked the Southern Water Tribe haunt her ever since she was a little girl.
When Sokka first sees Yue, the crescent moon in the symbol on her hairband for her hair loops is missing.
When Yue tells Sokka to meet her on the bridge, Sokka falls in the water. When he gets out, he sits on the edge, his feet almost touching the water. But in the next shot, overhead, we see Sokka in the same position except the water is up to his knees.
While Appa is swimming through the canal, the man bending Yue's gondolianer has brown hair and a light blue parka, but when Sokka focuses on Yue, the man's hair is grey and his parka is much darker.
It is openly stated by Zhao that Zuko's weapons are broadswords; this is a common misconception. The twin swords that Zuko uses are known as Chinese Dao and are classified as saber not broadswords.
When Zuko's ship is being blown up, if you slow down the part were the fire engulfs Zuko, you can see him protecting himself by projecting a fire shield.
Pakku: I carved this necklace for your grandmother when we got engaged. I thought we would have a long happy life together. I loved her.
Katara: But she didn't love you did she? It was an arranged marriage.
(Yue's eyes start tearing)
Katara: Gran Gran woudn't let your tribe's stupid customs ruin her life. That's why she left. It must of taken a lot of courage.
(Yue leaves with her eyes tearing)
Aang(to Sokka): Go get her.
Pakku: You have disrespected me, my teachings, and my entire culture!
Aang: I'm sorry, I-
Pakku: You are no longer welcome as my student!
Zhao: He's heading north. The Northern Water Tribe. The Avatar needs to master waterbending. He's looking for a teacher.
Captain Li: Then what are we waiting for? Let's go get him!
Zhao: Patience, Captain Li. This isn't some little Earth village we can just march into. The Water Tribe is a great nation. There's a reason they've survived a hundred years of war. The frozen tundra is treacherous. The landscape itself is an icy fortress. We'll need a massive invasion force.
Uncle Iroh: He's taking everyone. (starts sobbing) Even the cook!
Zhao: So, have you reconsidered my offer?
Iroh: Yes, I accept. It will be an honor to serve as your general. To the Fire Nation!
Zhao: To Victory!
Sokka: Hi, there. Sokka, Southern Water Tribe.
Princess Yue: Very nice to meet you.
Sokka (after a brief pause): So... uh... you're a princess! (Yue nods and smiles) You know, back in my tribe, I'm kinda like a prince myself!
Katara: Hah! Prince of what?
Sokka: (to Katara) A lot of things! Do you mind? I'm trying to have a conversation here!
Katara: (Katara bows) My apologies, Prince Sokka.
Sokka: (to Yue) Looks like I'm going to be in town for awhile. I'm thinking maybe we could...do an activity together?
Princess Yue: Do an activity? (laughs while Sokka stuffs his mouth full with food)
Katara: Very smooth.
Princess Yue: What do you want from me?
Sokka: Nothing. I just want you to know, I think you're beautiful… and, I never thought a girl like you would even notice a guy like me.
Princess Yue: You don't understand.
Sokka: No, no, see, that's the thing. I think I do understand now. You're a princess, and I…I'm just a southern peasant.
Princess Yue: No, Sokka…
Sokka: It's okay. You don't have to say anything.
Iroh: The crew asked me to wish you good luck on your travels.
Zuko: Good riddance to those traitors!
(On the boat)
Uncle Iroh (singing): Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall
Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall
Four seasons, Four loves
Four seasons for love
Pakku (watching Aang doing a waterbending move): Not bad, not bad. (laughs) Keep practicing and maybe you'll get it by the time you're my age.
Sokka: This is crazy, Katara, there's no way that you can win this fight!
Katara: I know that, and I don't care.
Aang: You don't have to do this for me, I can always find another master to teach me.
Katara: I'm not doing this for you. Somebody's got to slap some sense into that guy.
Pakku (Katara runs up to him tired, he replies in an annoyed tone): What do you think you're doing… (softens his tone and gives a sly smile) It's after sunrise, you're late.
Aang: Good to see you.
Katara: You too.
Sokka: Hi, Princess Yue, I made you something. I carved it myself.
(Sokka sticks out his hand, in the palm of his hand lies a wooden object)
Princess Yue: It's a bear.
Sokka: Actually, it's a fish (he turns it sideways) see, it has a fin.
Princess Yue: Oh. I'm sorry. I made a mistake. I shouldn't have asked you to come here!
(Yue runs away and Sokka gets mad and throws the fish-bear-thing carving into the water)
Katara (referring to the city): This place is beautiful.
Sokka (with a dazed look on his face, referring to Princess Yue): Yeah, she is.
Pakku (to Aang): Just because you're destined to save the world, don't expect any special treatment.
Aang: My friend and I can't wait to start training with you, after we relax for a couple days.
Pakku: If you want to relax, then I suggest visiting a tropical island. If not, I'll see you both at sunrise. Good night.
Admiral Zhao (seeing Zuko's swords): I didn't know you were skilled with broadswords, Prince Zuko.
Prince Zuko (perfectly calm): I'm not. They're antiques. Just decorative.
Uncle Iroh (to Prince Zuko): No, it's about our plans. There's a bit of a problem.
Admiral Zhao: I'm taking your crew.
(Princess Yue kisses Sokka)
Sokka: Okay, now I'm confused. Happy, but confused.
Pakku: I'm sorry. I think there's been a misunderstanding. You didn't tell me your friend was a girl. In our tribe, it is forbidden for women to learn waterbending.
Sokka (to Katara): So how's waterbending training?
(Katara huffs and plops her head on the pillow)
Aang (referring to Pakku): Master Poophead won't teach her because she's a girl.
Katara (to Sokka): How's warrior training going?
(Sokka kicks his bag in frustration)
Aang: That bad?
(Zuko is sitting in his room, Iroh knocks on the door and sticks his head in)
Prince Zuko: For the last time, I'm not playing the sungi horn.
Aang (shouting, while approaching Master Pakku): Good morning, Master Pakku!
(The water Pakku was bending falls onto his own head because he lost concentration)
Pakku: No please, march right in. I'm not concentrating or anything.
Pakku (after defeating Katara): The fight is over.
Katara: Come back here! I'm not finished yet!
Pakku: Yes, you are.
Uncle Iroh (to Prince Zuko): It's a lovely night for a walk. Why don't you join me? It would clear your head. (Iroh waits for Zuko to reply, Zuko doesn't speak) Or, just stay in your room and sit in the dark. Whatever makes you happy.
Chief Arnook: What do you want me to do, force Master Pakku to take Aang back, as his student?
Katara (sincerely): Yes, please.
Pakku: You are an excellent waterbender.
Katara: But you still won't teach me, will you?
Admiral Zhao (after hearing of news of the explosion on Zuko's ship): I'm devastated to hear about Prince Zuko, just devastated.
Sokka: I'm not one to complain, but can't Appa fly any higher?
Aang (angrily): I've got an idea, why don't we all get on your back and you can fly us to the North Pole?
Sokka (sarcastically): I'd love to! Climb on everyone, Sokka's ready for takeoff.
(Momo jumps on Sokka's back)
Katara (while Pakku casually walks past her): So, you decided to show up? Aren't you gonna fight?
Pakku: Go back to the healing huts with the other women where you belong. (Katara water-whips the back of Pakku's neck and he turns around) Fine. You want to learn to fight so bad, study closely! (Pakku gets ready to attack Katara)
Pakku (waiting to get a forced apology from Katara): I'm waiting, little girl.
Katara (angry, makes the ice floor crack): No! No way am I apologizing to a sour old man like you!
Aang: Uh, Katara?
Katara: I'll be outside, if you're man enough to fight me!
(Katara heads outside)
Aang: I'm sure she didn't mean that.
Sokka: Yeah, I think she did.
Pakku (while picking up Katara's Necklace): This is my necklace...
Katara: No it's not, it's mine! Give it back!
Pakku: I made this 60 years ago. For the love of my life. For Kanna.
Katara: Gran Gran was supposed to marry you?
Katara: ...everyone's happy.
Sokka: I'm not happy.
Katara: You're never happy.
Sokka (to the princess): I think you're beautiful.
Aang (to waterbending master): If you won't teach Katara...
Pakku: Then what?
Aang: Then I won't learn from you!
This episode was published in book format in Avatar The Last Airbender: The Lost Scrolls - Water.
Character Debuts: Pakku, Arnook, Yue
This episode aired in the UK on October 15, 2006.
Master Pakku is the waterbender in the opening theme.
The Pirates from The Waterbending Scroll return in this episode.
The Northern Water Tribe is an allusion to the Inuit culture. The Inuit people live in the Arctic, just like the Northern Water Tribe. In addition, the Inuit people use fish and other marine animals for daily needs just like the waterbenders do in the Northern Water Tribe.
Given her harsh experiences of living in a world without the Avatar, Gran Gran's true name, Kanna, is most likely taken from the Japanese word 'kanna', which translates to 'godless world.'
The small boats seen inside the city are based off gondolas, traditional Venetian rowing boats used for centuries as the primary means of transportation within Venice, Italy and continue to have an active role in public transport, serving as ferries for major canals. The canals of the Northern Water Tribe capitol city themselves are clearly designed from that of Venice.
The water-locking chambers at the entrance of the Northern Water Tribe that are used to lift vessels to the level of the city's waterways are similar to that of the Panama Canal.
House of Flying Daggers.
According to the DVD audio commentary for this episode, Pakku's method of disabling Katara at the end of their fight by trapping her within a cage of icicles was inspired by a sequence in House of Flying Daggers.
The romance between Sokka and Princess Yue is based off the classic theme of a princess falling in love with a peasant, but status prevents their union. Such as the Arab story of Aladdin and his Princess.
Master Pakku: In our tribe, it is forbidden for women to learn waterbending.
This is similar to the old days, where at a young age, women were required to learn how to cook, sew, and care for the house, while men learned to read, write, and hunt.
Carved Necklaces in the Northern Water Tribe mean that a young woman is engaged, just as rings in our world mean a woman is to be wed.
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