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The team is situated at the waterfall pond. Sokka is surveying a map. Toph is sitting with her feet in the water, moving it back and forth. Aang is swimming while Katara is located at the top of the lake near the waterfall. Aang goes underwater for a moment and bends an ice cube around himself for amusement.
Katara [Excitedly.] Waterbending bomb! Yeah! [Jumps into the water.]
The splash sends Aang out of the water, breaks his ice prison, and soaks Sokka, Toph, and the maps which he tried to protect.
Sokka [Sarcastically.] Sure, five thousand year-old maps from the spirit library. Just splash some water on 'em.
Katara Sorry. [Wrings her hair dry and bends the water off the map.]
Aang So, did you figure out what route we're going to take?
Sokka Okay, we just got out of the desert, so we must be around here. And we need to go to Ba Sing Se, which is here. It looks like the only passage connecting the south to the north is this sliver of land called the Serpent's Pass.
Toph You sure that's the best way to go?
Sokka It's the only way. I mean, it's not like we have Appa to fly us there.
Katara [Quietly.] Shush up about Appa. Can't you at least try to be sensitive?
Aang Katara, it's okay. I know I was upset about losing Appa before, but I just want to focus on getting to Ba Sing Se and telling the Earth King about the solar eclipse.
Katara [Surprised.] Oh ... well, okay. I'm glad you're doing better.
Sokka Then to Ba Sing Se we go. No more distractions.
Suddenly, three refugees arrive.
Than Hello there, fellow refugees!
Aang So, you guys are headed to Ba Sing Se, too?
Than Sure are. We're trying to get there before my wife Ying has her baby.
Katara Great! We can travel through the Serpent's Pass together.
The three refugees look up in shock.
Ying The Serpent's Pass? Only the truly desperate take that deadly route!
Toph Deadly route. [Punches Sokka in the arm.] Great pick, Sokka!
Sokka Well, we are desperate.
Than You should come with us to Full Moon Bay. Ferries take refugees across the lake. It's the fastest way to Ba Sing Se.
Ying And it's hidden, so the Fire Nation can't find it.
Katara Hmm ... peaceful ferry ride or deadly pass?
At Full Moon Bay.
Katara I can't believe how many people's lives have been uprooted by the Fire Nation.
Than We're all looking for a better life, safe behind the walls of Ba Sing Se.
A ferry departs. Zuko and Iroh are on board.
Iroh Who would have thought after all these years, I'd return to the scene of my greatest military disgrace ... [Turns away for a second before turning back with a floral hat on his head.] as a tourist!
Zuko Look around. We're not tourists, we're refugees. [Sips food and spits it out.] Ugh! I'm sick of eating rotten food, sleeping in the dirt. I'm tired of living like this!
Jet Aren't we all? My name's Jet and these are my Freedom Fighters, Smellerbee and Longshot.
Smellerbee Hey. [Longshot nods.]
Zuko Hello.
Jet Here's the deal. I hear the captain's eating like a king while the refugees have to feed off his scraps. Doesn't seem fair, does it?
Iroh What sort of king is he eating like?
Jet The fat, happy kind. [At this, Iroh's mouth hangs open as he starts to drool.] You want to help us "liberate" some food?
Zuko [Tosses the bowl of rotten food into the water.] I'm in.
Jet smirks.

Back at the station.

Ticket lady I told you already ... no vegetables on the ferry! One cabbage slug could destroy the entire ecosystem of Ba Sing Se! Security!
A platypus bear destroys the cabbage cart.
Cabbage merchant Ahhh! My cabbages! [He is carried away.]
Ticket lady Next!
Aang Um, four tickets for the ferry to Ba Sing Se, please.
Ticket lady Passports?
Aang Uh ... no one told us we had to have passports.
Sokka Don't you know who this is? He's the Avatar!
Ticket lady Ah, I see fifty Avatars a day and, by the way, not a very impressive costume. [The screen pans to show several impostors; notices Momo.] Besides, no animals allowed. Do I need to call security?
The platypus bear chomps down on the cabbage. Momo hides in fear.
Aang That won't be necessary.
Ticket lady Next!
Toph I'll take care of this. My name is Toph Beifong, and I'll need four tickets. [Presents her passport.]
Ticket lady Ah, the golden seal of the flying boar! It is my pleasure to help anyone of the Beifong family.
Toph It is your pleasure. As you can see, I am blind and these three imbeciles are my valets. [Sweeps her arm behind her, presenting her friends to the hesitant clerk.]
Ticket lady But, the animal-
Toph -is my seeing-eye lemur.
Ticket lady Well, normally it's only one ticket per passport, but this document is so official ... I guess it's worth four tickets. [Stamps an approval seal on the tickets.]
Toph Thank you very much.
Sokka All right, we scammed that lady good!
Suddenly, a security guard, actually Suki without makeup, grabs Sokka.
Suki Tickets and passports please.
Sokka Is there a problem?
Suki Yeah, I got a problem with you! I've seen your type before. Probably sarcastic, think you're hilarious and let me guess, you're traveling with the Avatar.
Sokka Do I know you?
Suki You mean you don't remember? Maybe you'll remember this! [Kisses Sokka on the cheek.]
Sokka Suki! [Embraces her.]
Suki Sokka, it's good to see you!
Later, in a different location of the station. The gang and Suki talk.
Katara You look so different without your makeup! And the new outfit.
Suki That crabby lady makes all the security guards wear them. And look at you, sleeveless guy. Been working out?
Sokka Ahhh, I'll grab a tree branch and do a few chin touches every now and then. Nothing major.
Aang Are the other Kyoshi Warriors around?
Suki Yeah. After you left Kyoshi, we wanted to find a way to help people. We ended up escorting some refugees and we've been here ever since. [Momo jumps up next to her.] Hi, Momo! Good to see you too! [Scratches his head near his ear.] So why are you guys getting tickets for the ferry? Wouldn't you just fly across on Appa?
Katara Appa is missing. We hope to find him in Ba Sing Se.
Suki I'm so sorry to hear that. [To Aang.] Are you doing okay?
Aang I'm doing fine. Would everybody stop worrying about me?
Ying Avatar Aang, you have to help us! Someone took all of our belongings; our passports, our tickets, everything's gone!
Aang I'll talk to the lady for you.
Back at the desk.
Ticket lady No passports, no tickets! [Stamps a "denied" stamp on Aang's forehead.]
Aang But she's pregnant and all of her stuff was stolen! You have to make an exception!
Ticket lady No exceptions! If I just gave away tickets willy-nilly to anyone, there would be no more order! You know what that means, no more civilization!
Aang What if we gave them our tickets?
Ticket lady No!
Aang But ...
Ticket lady Next!
Aang Don't worry, you'll get to the city safely. I'll lead you through the Serpent's Pass.
Moments later.
Sokka I can't believe we gave up our tickets and now we're going through the Serpent's Pass.
Toph I can't believe you're still complaining about it.
Suki [In her normal Kyoshi Warrior attire.] I'm coming too!
Sokka Are you sure that's a good idea?
Suki Sokka, I thought you'd want me to come.
Sokka I do, it's just–
Suki Just what?
Sokka Nothing. I'm glad you're coming.
Outside, at the pass.
Sokka This is the Serpent's Pass? I thought it would be a little more wind-y, you know, like a serpent. Huh, I guess they misnamed it.
Ying Look at this writing! How awful!
Toph What does it say?
Katara It says, "abandon hope".
Ying How can we abandon hope? It's all we have!
Aang I don't know. The monks used to say that hope was just a distraction, so maybe we do need to abandon it.
Katara What are you talking about?
Aang Hope is not going to get us into Ba Sing Se and it's not going to help find Appa. We need to focus on what we're doing right now and that's getting across this path.
Katara Okay, if you say so.
Within the pass.
Suki The Fire Nation controls the western lake. Rumor has it they're working on something big on the other side of it and don't want anyone to find out what it is.
They all pass by a sailing Fire Nation ship. A part of the rock gives out, causing Than to fall. Toph stops it from falling and lifts him back up with earthbending.
Than I'm okay! [The rock falls to the water, which the Fire Nation ship notices. It fires.]
Sokka They've spotted us! Let's go, let's go!
Aang gets on his glider and deflects the fireball back. Another fireball hits the mountain, causing several pieces of rock over Suki to fall. Sokka pushes her out of the way. Toph bends out a part of the mountain to keep the rocks from falling on Sokka.
Sokka Suki, are you okay? You have to be more careful! Come on!
Toph [Pretending to be Sokka.] "Thanks for saving my life, Toph." Hey, no problem, Sokka.
Hours later, at sunset, the travelers set up their camp. Sokka approaches Suki.
Sokka Suki, you shouldn't sleep there. Who knows how stable this ledge is, it could give away at any moment! [Moves her sleeping bag.]
Suki Sokka, I'm fine, stop worrying!
Sokka You're right, you're right, you're perfectly capable of taking care of yourself! Wait! Oh, never mind, I thought I saw a spider, but, you're fine.
Back on the ferry. Zuko, Jet, and Smellerbee sneak up to the food storage area. Jet breaks the door open with his twin tiger hook swords, and he and Zuko take some food.
Smellerbee Guard's coming!
Longshot fires an arrow with a rope attached to it, allowing the three to slide down it. Longshot pulls it away before the guard notices. Back at the pass, Aang is standing at the edge of the rock, looking out at the ocean, blankly. Katara approaches him.
Katara You know, it's okay to miss Appa. [Aang remains silent.] What's going on with you? In the desert, all you cared about was finding Appa and now it's like you don't care about him at all.
Aang You saw what I did out there. I was so angry about losing Appa that I couldn't control myself. I hated feeling like that.
Katara But now you're not letting yourself feel anything. I know sometimes it hurts more to hope and it hurts more to care. But you have to promise me that you won't stop caring. [ Holds out her arms.] Come on, you need a hug.
Aang [Bows before her.] Thank you for your concern, Katara. [Exits.]
Katara shows visible concern.

In another part of the Pass, Sokka stands by himself, until Suki approaches.

Suki It's a beautiful moon.
Sokka Yeah, it really is.
Suki Look, I know you're just trying to help, but I can take care of myself.
Sokka I know you can.
Suki Then why are you acting so overprotective?
Sokka It's so hard to lose someone you care about. Something happened at the North Pole and I couldn't protect someone. I don't want anything like that to ever happen again.
Suki I lost someone I care about. He didn't die, he just went away. I only had a few days to get to know him, but he was smart and brave and funny ...
Sokka [Jealous.] Who is this guy? Is he taller than me?
Suki No, he's about your height.
Sokka Is he better-looking?
Suki It is you, stupid!
Sokka Oh!
The two prepare to kiss, but Sokka pulls back at the last moment.
Sokka I can't.
Suki I'm sorry.
Sokka No, you shouldn't be. [Exits.]
Back on the ferry. Jet passes out food to other travelers. The other Freedom Fighters, Zuko, and Iroh sit together.
Iroh So, Smellerbee. That's an unusual name for a young man.
Smellerbee Maybe it's because I'm not a man ... I'm a girl! [Walks away.]
Iroh [Calling out to her.] Oh, now I see. It's a beautiful name for a lovely girl!
Longshot approaches Smellerbee and gestures at her.
Smellerbee I know, you're right. As long as I'm confident with who I am, it doesn't matter what other people think. Thanks, Longshot.
Longshot nods at her. Jet approaches Zuko and Iroh.
Jet From what I heard, people eat like this every night in Ba Sing Se. I can't wait to set my eyes on that giant wall.
Iroh It is a magnificent sight.
Jet So you've been there before?
Iroh Once. When I was a ... different man.
Jet I've done some things in my past that I'm not proud of, but that's why I'm going to Ba Sing Se: for a new beginning. A second chance.
Iroh That's very noble of you. I believe people can change their lives if they want to. I believe in second chances.
Back at the Serpent's Pass. The travelers notice that a section of the pass is below the sea level, and not able to be navigated.
Katara Everyone single file! [She divides the water, allowing everyone to walk through the drowned out path.] Aang, I need help! [Aang helps by creating an air bubble.]
Momo's curiosity is aroused by the fish. He dives in the water, only to return back when he sees a large shadow. The rest of them notice.
Katara What is that thing?
The shadow breaks through the water, breaking the divide. Toph quickly uses her earthbending to raise the ground they are standing on above the water. The shadow is actually a large serpent, which appears from the water with a shriek.
Sokka I think I just figured out why they call it the Serpent's Pass! Suki, you know about giant sea monsters, make it go away!
Suki Just because I live near the unagi doesn't mean I'm an expert!
Sokka [Holds up Momo.] Oh great and powerful sea serpent, please accept this humble and tasty offering. Thank you.
Katara Sokka!
Aang [Blasts the Serpent back with a burst of air.] I'll distract it. Katara, get everyone across! [Takes off on his glider.]
Katara freezes the water to create an ice trail. Everyone except for Toph crosses. Katara tries to ice up the serpent, but it fails.
Sokka Toph, come on, it's just ice!
Toph [Feels the ice but her sense of sight is restricted.] Actually, I'm going to stay on my little island, where I can see! [The serpent takes out half the island.] Okay, I'm coming! [Slowly crosses the ice.]
Sokka You're doing great! Just follow the sound of my voice!
Toph It's hard to ignore.
Sokka You're almost there!
The serpent slams down the ice trail, dropping Toph into a struggle to stay above water.
Toph Help! I can't swim!
Sokka I'm coming, Toph!
Before he can do anything, Suki jumps in for the save.
Toph Help!
Toph falls below the water, but Suki pulls her up before she drowns.
Toph [Thinking it is Sokka.] Oh Sokka, you saved me! [Kisses Suki on the cheek.]
Suki Actually, it's me.
Toph Oh ... well ... [Chuckles. Embarrassed.] you can go ahead and let me drown now.
Meanwhile, the serpent is caught in a whirlpool created by Aang and Katara. The force of it slams the serpent into the mountain, causing it to fall back below water. Upon seeing the two return, the rest of the travelers cheer. Moments later, near Ba Sing Se's wall.
Sokka There's the wall! Now it's nothing but smooth sailing to Ba Sing Se.
Ying [Groans in pain.] Oh no!
Sokka What's wrong?
Ying The baby's coming!
Sokka [Panicked.] What? Now? Can't you hold it in or something?
Katara Sokka, calm down. I helped Gran-Gran deliver lots of babies back home.
Sokka This isn't the same as delivering an arctic seal! This is a real ... human ... thing!
Katara It's called a baby and I helped her deliver plenty of those, too. Aang, get some rags. Sokka, water. Toph, I need you to make an earth tent, a big one. [Toph earthbends the rock to form a tent.] Suki, come with me.
Back on the ferry. Jet approaches Zuko.
Jet You know, as soon as I saw your scar, I knew exactly who you were. You're an outcast, like me. And us outcasts have to stick together. We have to watch each other's backs. Because no one else will.
Zuko I've realized lately that being on your own isn't always the best path.
The ferry closes in on the walls.

Back at the pass. Ying is breathing heavily as the baby delivery continues.

Katara You're doing great, Ying. Sokka, where's that water? Now get ready to push. One ... two ... [Sokka enters.] ... three, push!
Ying groans; Sokka passes out. Moments later, the baby arrives and begins to cry. Aang, Toph, and Sokka are all outside the tent.
Katara [From inside the tent.] It's a girl!
Toph So, you want to go see the baby, or are you going to faint like an old lady again?
Sokka No, no, I'm good this time. [Toph and Sokka enter the tent.]
Katara Aang, you have to come see this.
Aang enters to see the new life.
Toph She sounds healthy.
Katara She's beautiful.
Sokka It's so ... squishy looking.
Aang begins to smile.
Than What should we name her?
Ying I want our daughter's name to be unique. I want it to mean something.
Aang [Sheds some tears.] I've been going through a really hard time lately. But you've made me ... hopeful again.
Ying I know what I want to name our baby now. Hope.
Than That's a perfect name. Hope.
Outside the tent. Aang meets with Katara. Suki, Sokka, and Toph stand next to the tent.
Aang I thought I was trying to be strong. But really I was just running away from my feelings. Seeing this family together, so full of happiness and love, it's reminded me how I feel about Appa ... and how I feel about you.
Katara sheds some tears. Aang and Katara embrace, Katara's eyes still watering. The other three approach.
Aang I promise, I'll find Appa as fast as I can. I just really need to do this.
Sokka See you in the big city.
Toph Say hi to that big fuzzball for me. [Punches Aang in the arm.]
Katara You'll find him, Aang.
Aang I know. Thank you, Katara. You ready, Momo? [Aang and Momo fly off. The rest wave goodbye.]
Suki approaches Sokka.
Suki Sokka, it's been really great to see you again.
Sokka Whoa, hold on. Why does it sound like you're saying goodbye?
Suki I came along because I wanted to make sure you got through the Serpent's Pass safely. But now I need to get back to the other Kyoshi Warriors.
Sokka So you came along to protect me?
Suki Listen, I'm really sorry about last night. We were talking ... and saying things ... and I just got carried away and before I knew it -
Sokka [Kisses Suki.] You talk too much.
The two share a deep kiss. Aang and Momo fly to the top of the Outer Wall of Ba Sing Se. However, Aang quickly notices a large drill with a Fire Nation insignia, heading for the wall.
Aang Sorry Momo, Appa's going to have to wait.
Fade to credits.






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