Cell's Break Down (セルに異変!!崩された完全体 Seru ni Ihen!! Kuzusareta Kanzentai) is the twenty second episode of the Cell Games Saga and the one hundred eighty-seventh overall episode in the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. The episode first aired on May 26, 1993. Its original American air date was December 18, 2000.
After Cell realizes that he is no match for Gohan's awesome new powers, he decides to use the Z Fighters' techniques in full power, such as Krillin's Destructo Disc, Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon and Rapid Fire, to no avail. After his attacks failed, Cell tries to destroy the Earth with his Earth-Destroying Kamehameha. Gohan easily deflects the enormous ki wave with a Kamehameha of his own, which swallows Cell.
Goku reflects on Gohan's growing power and flashes back to when he and Gohan were training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber and Gohan managed to achieve Super Saiyan 2 for a split second before passing out from exhaustion and states that it was during that incident that he realized that, should Cell achieve his Perfect Form, Gohan was the only one out of the Z Fighters who would stand any chance at defeating Cell. Back at the fight, Rrealizing that Cell is still alive and that he could regenerate, Piccolo asks Goku to tell Gohan to finish Cell. Gohan refuses, stating that he wants Cell to suffer for what he did to the Earth.
Cell regenerates and transforms out of rage, sacrificing speed for power, a transformation which he had previously mocked Trunks for. While realizing that Cell was too slow to catch him, Gohan pummels the Android with two powerful kicks - one to the face and stomach respectively -, making him regurgitate Android 18. With Android 18 no longer a part of his body, Cell's perfect power begins to fade away and he eventually reverts to his Semi-Perfect form.
- Cell uses the Power-Weighted Form after becoming desperate.
- Cell regurgitates Android 18.
- Gohan (Super Saiyan 2) vs. Cell (Perfect/Power-Weighted)
- Goku (Super Saiyan) vs. Gohan (Super Saiyan) (Flashback)
- Destructo Disc - Used by Cell against Gohan, however, the young Saiyan easily catches and destroys the disks.
- Explosive Wave - Used by Gohan to destroy the Destructo Discs fired by Cell.
- Special Beam Cannon - Used by Cell, but Gohan easily deflects the blast.
- Rapid Fire - Used by Cell against Gohan, to no effect.
- Earth-Destroying Kamehameha - Used by Cell in an attempt to destroy the Earth. Gohan counters the blast with his Ultimate Kamehameha.
- Ultimate Kamehameha - Used by Gohan to counter Cell's Kamehameha. Gohan's blast easily overpowers and leaves Cell in a critical condition.
- Regeneration - Used by Cell to regenerate his body after being partially destroyed by Gohan's Kamehameha.
- Explosive Demon Impact - Used by Gohan to severely cripple Power-Weighted Perfect Cell, enough for Cell to regurgitate Android 18.
Bruce Faulconer tracks
- "Goku and Gohan Train" - When Super Saiyan 2 Gohan faces Cell.
- "Cell Powers Up" - When Cell launches his Destructo Disks at Super Saiyan 2 Gohan.
- "Imperfect Cell Theme" - When Perfect Cell fires his Rapid Fire at Super Saiyan 2 Gohan.
- "Destruction (soundtrack)" - When Perfect Cell charges the Earth - Destroying Kamehameha to blow up Earth.
- "Droids vs. Bikers" - When Gohan launches his Ultimate Kamehameha.
- "Long Flashback" - When Gohan first turns into a Super Saiyan 2 in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber.
- "Piccolo and 17 Talk" - When Cell survives Gohan's Kamehameha before regenerating himself.
- "16 Rips Off Cell's Tail" - When Cell regenerates after surviving Gohan's Kamehameha and subsequently transforms into his Power-Weighted Form.
- "Gohan Fights Frieza" - When Super Saiyan 2 Gohan gives Cell a powerful kick to the face.
Differences from the manga
- Due to Caroni, Pirozhki and Miss Piiza being created for the anime, all scenes involving them are exclusive to the anime.
- Cell performing the Destructo Disc which Gohan catches much to everyone's disbelief is exclusive to the anime.
- Cell performing the Special Beam Cannon which Gohan simply swats away into the air and Cell performing the Rapid Fire technique which proves futile is exclusive to the anime.
- Goku's flashback of training with Gohan in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber and catching a glimpse of his hidden power is exclusive to the anime.
- Gohan's line "Watch and Learn" is integrated in the remastered version when Cell launches his Special Beam Cannon towards him.
- During the original Toonami broadcast and initial DVD release of this episode it was titled "Cell's Mighty Breakdown".
- In edited versions of the episode, the scene where Cell vomits up Android 18 is removed, instead being replaced by it cutting to Gohan smirking while Cell is heard screaming off-screen.
- This episode marks the first time Gohan uses the Kamehameha.
- It is implied in this episode that Gohan's first transformation into Super Saiyan 2 was actually during his and Goku's training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, but he was not able to maintain the transformation before losing consciousness.