Frieza's Counterattack (あれが地球だよパパ... フリーザ親子の逆襲, Are ga Chikyu dayo papa... Furiza Oyaku no Gyakushu) is the first episode of the Trunks Saga and the one hundred eighteenth overall episode in the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. The episode first aired on November 27, 1991. Its original American air date was September 4, 2000.
Picking up shortly after the battle with Garlic Jr., Krillin is attempting to practice the Kamehameha (Turtle also implies that he has done this before quite recently) while Master Roshi is asleep on a lawn chair. He fires the Kamehameha, only to end up causing a tidal wave to hit the island that the Kame House is on, which also caused Roshi's magazine, which fell from his face while napping, to get wet. Krillin then irritably notes that the Kamehameha is still not good enough. Roshi then wakes up, unaware of what happened, and notes that Krillin's not been himself since his breakup with Maron, although he is dismayed when he learns from Turtle that he had been practicing the Kamehameha again.
At Goku's house, Chi-Chi introduces Gohan to his new tutor, Mr. Shu. However, once Chi-Chi is gone, Shu turns out to be a strict disciplinarian with a delight for using his prized whip. Meanwhile, at Capsule Corporation, Bulma briefly expresses concern for Vegeta, which makes Yamcha jealous, as the Capsule Corporation spaceship will soon be running out of fuel.
That night, Gohan has a dream in which Goku finally returns, as he and Chi-Chi are overjoyed by his return, but once Gohan follows Goku outside, the dream turns into a nightmare when Goku morphs into Frieza, who taunts Gohan about Goku's supposed death. Frieza attempts to hit Gohan, but Gohan grabs his fists. Suddenly, Gohan wakes up from the nightmare to see that he is actually squeezing Shu's hands during a tutoring session. Angered, Shu insults Goku, irritating Gohan greatly, and when Shu tries to whip Gohan again, Gohan easily catches the whip and crushes the end of it to powder with his bare hands. This leads a terrified Mr. Shu to call in Chi-Chi and tell her his side of the story, making Gohan sound like the bad guy. After Chi-Chi scolds Gohan, Mr. Shu proceeds to declare Goku to be worthless and a bad influence on Gohan, and when Gohan again defends Goku, Mr. Shu promptly whips him across the face hard enough to draw blood right in front of Chi-Chi. Outraged, Chi-Chi throws Mr. Shu out of the house and proceeds to jump out the window herself and chase him away while warning him never to come back.
Back at Capsule Corporation, Vegeta finally returns, having failed to find Goku. Yamcha and Puar await outside the Capsule Corporation spaceship. Mad, Yamcha snaps out "What do you want?!!", Vegeta explains that he is angry and pounding on Yamcha may satisfy his feelings. Bulma invites Vegeta to her house for a shower and a meal, and Vegeta reluctantly follows. Yamcha and Krillin are amazed at how Bulma can control Vegeta so easily, especially when Vegeta is openly rude to Bulma and expresses shock at the clothes she has left him, particularly the pink shirt, which he believes would suit a woman better. Although he still displays a bitter demeanor towards her, Yamcha and Krillin, Bulma persuades Vegeta to stay with them on Earth until Goku returns, although Bulma's apparent fondness for Vegeta causes a great deal of tension between him and Yamcha.
Back at the Son's house, while Gohan is studying, he begins to feel a massive Ki approaching Earth. He quickly realizes that it is not Goku, but Frieza. Krillin, Yamcha, Vegeta and the rest of the Z Fighters also sense it, and Krillin calls Gohan asking if he knows what he has to do. Gohan slips into the Saiyan Armor he received on Namek and abruptly leaves home to join the others in an attempt to group together before Frieza arrives.
In space, a spaceship is closing in on Earth. Inside, Frieza is with his father, King Cold, and the two are savouring their approach towards Earth with enthusiasm. Somehow, Frieza has survived the battle and explosion on Namek and has been rebuilt by King Cold into a more cybernetic form, much more powerful than ever before. They notice Goku in his own ship rushing towards Earth in order to arrive before them; Frieza consoles himself, knowing Goku will not reach Earth in time. Frieza's father asks if he wants to destroy the planet from space, but Frieza refuses saying that he wants to take out all of Goku's friends one by one so he could watch them and Goku suffer. Gohan changes to the Battle Armor he wore on Namek and flies to the Northern Wastelands, which is the spot where Frieza and King Cold arrive at.
- This is the fourth episode to not show a recap of the previous episode.
- Most of this episode is filler; with only the last few minutes occurring in the manga.
- This is the second episode to hint that Bulma may be falling in love with Vegeta (the first being in the episode "Goku's Alive!!").
- When Vegeta arrives on Earth, the front of his armor seems to be in good shape, despite the fact that both Krillin and Frieza blasted holes right through him on Namek; however, when his back is facing the camera, the hole that Krillin shot through him is still clearly visible, meaning that he could not have switched vests.
- In the FUNimation dub, Bulma tells Vegeta that she has known Goku since he was 5 years old. However, Goku is 12 years old when he and Bulma first meet in Dragon Ball.
- In the edited version, the scene where Mr. Shu whips Gohan in the head was shortened due to Gohan bleeding from contact. Likewise, the scene where Vegeta is showering is shortened due to nudity.
- In the FUNimation dub, Chi-Chi throws out Mr. Shu after hearing him call her husband worthless. In the original Japanese, while she is bothered by how the teacher speaks of Goku, Chi-Chi only throws Mr. Shu out after he insults Gohan's capacity for learning, referring to Gohan as a monkey and claiming he has no potential.
- In the Japanese version, this was the first episode to feature the 3rd Cha-La Head-Cha-La opening, which FUNimation also used. This ran until episode 199.
- Also in the Japanese version, in the beginning of Gohan's nightmare, the instrumental version of the Cha-La Head-Cha-La opening theme is heard.
- Gohan had a similar nightmare in "The Doomsday Broadcast" where he dreamed about Cell killing his mother and Piccolo, which references to his nightmare about Frieza disguised as Goku.
|Anime||Frieza's Counterattack · The Mysterious Youth · Another Super Saiyan? · Welcome Back Goku · Mystery Revealed · Goku's Special Technique · Z Warriors Prepare · Goku's Ordeal|
|Manga||Where is Goku? · The Coming of King Cold · The Young Man of Mystery · The Second Super Saiyan · Son Goku Comes Home · The Boy from the Future · The Terrifying Message · The Risky Decision|