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Avatar: The Last Airbender
"Bato of the Water Tribe"
Season 1, Episode 15
Production code: 115
Airdate: October 7, 2005
Written by: Ian Wilcox
Directed by: Giancarlo Volpe
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"The Fortuneteller" "The Deserter"
"Bato of the Water Tribe" is the fifteenth episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender.


Sokka, Aang, and Katara find a seemingly abandoned Water Tribe fleet ship. Camping out by the boat, the kids discover that it belongs to Bato, an old friend of Katara and Sokka's father, Hakoda, and fellow member of the Southern Water Tribe. While they reminisce about the old days, Aang feels left out; when a messenger arrives with a message from Hakoda, inviting his children to visit them, Aang intercepts it and keeps it to himself, fearing they will abandon him. Later he comes clean about the message, but Sokka, furious at Aang for keeping it from them, is insistent on leaving to find his father. Meanwhile, Zuko finds a bounty hunter, June, to help him track down the Avatar. This leads to a skirmish, with Katara and Sokka returning to rescue Aang and resume their collective journey to the North Pole.

Home video releases

  • Avatar: The Last Airbender - Book 1: Water - Volume 4
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Complete Book 1: Water Collection
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