Dragon Ball Z episodes
A New Friend
A New Friend (泣くな悟飯! はじめての闘い。, Naku na Gohan! Hajimete no Tatakai) is the tenth episode of the Vegeta Saga in the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. The episode first aired on July 5, 1989. Its original American air date was October 18th, 1996.
For the past five years, Yamcha has been working on the side as a professional baseball player for the Taitans. In the middle of a game, he is pulled out of a brawl by Krillin with the news of Goku's death and the upcoming attack of Raditz's companions. The two of them, and Puar, meet up with Bulma, who still has not forgiven Yamcha for their last breakup, and leave for their rendezvous with Kami in one of her capsule hovercars.
Meanwhile, Gohan accidentally shares a cave with an injured Apatosaurus, and after a fright, tends to its wound with a treatment his father taught him. Suddenly, while he is away gathering medicine, the carnivorous dinosaur that pursued Gohan earlier attacks. Gohan leaps to the wounded dinosaur's defense with his new sword, but is no match, and as the boy is knocked unconscious the unlucky dinosaur is eaten.
- Many characters in this episode resemble characters from the Red Ribbon Army: the Taitans' coach Freddy Hein looks like Captain Dark, the baseball player Pepper Johnson looks like Staff Officer Black, and the baseball pitcher Rocky Rivers looks like General White.
- Yamcha playing baseball is filler, however his having a baseball career was, indeed, Akira Toriyama's idea.