Meanwhile, on Namek, the dying Frieza begs for mercy from Goku. Despite his better judgement, Goku cannot ignore Frieza's pleas for help and gives the tyrant some of his own ki before departing the vanishing planet. However, Frieza lets his pride get the better of him and unleashes one final ki blast at Goku, but the Super Saiyan decides that enough is enough, and easily repels the blast right back at the tyrant with an Angry Kamehameha, and seemingly destroys Frieza. Goku then attempts to escape in Frieza's spaceship, but is unable to make it take off. Namek finally explodes. Is this the end of our hero?
In the Nicktoons broadcast of the episode, Frieza's line, "Or better, still, to die, in disgrace, at the hands of your master!" has been changed to "Or better, still, to be crushed, like an insect, at the whim of your master!" Also, he calls Goku a "simian upstart" instead of a "simian bastard" to fit the TV-Y7-FV rating.
In the English dubbed version of the show, this is the first episode to feature Shunsuke Kikuchi's original background music for Dragon Ball Z, since previous composer Kenji Yamamoto had been removed for infringement reasons.