He's Always Late (遅いぜ悟空!みんなでパーティ!!, Osoi ze Goku! Minna de Pati!!) is the first episode of the Peaceful World Saga and the two hundred eighty-eighth overall episode in the original dubbed and the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. The episode first aired on January 10, 1996. Its original American air date was April 2, 2003.
Chi-Chi, Gohan, and Goten prepare to go to Bulma's house for a barbecue, but Goku is nowhere to be found. As Chi-Chi's anger rises, Goku is having troubles of his own. While waiting to witness the hatching of four pterosaur eggs, troubles arise casting him into the role of the egg protector. Goku must do his best to guard the fragile eggs not knowing that he will soon face another danger, an angry Chi-Chi. She indeed becomes angry upon hearing from Gohan and Goten that he has run off again. Chi-Chi decides to get past her anger so they can enjoy the party.
Once they get to the party, everybody begins to show up, including, Dende, Mr. Satan, and Majin Buu. Everyone seems to be enjoying the food, music, and each other's company until Goku is mentioned. Right then, the party comes to a halt, and everyone's face is downcast. They realize that the party just is not as good as it could have been if Goku was there. Meanwhile, Goku braves many dangers and keeps the pterosaur eggs safe until they hatch.
Goku remembers the party right afterward, and he gets there just as the party is coming to an end. While initially angry at Goku, Chi-Chi and Bulma get all the food and party supplies back out, because they feel Goku should get to participate in the party as well. At the end of the episode, everyone is sitting, listening to Goku tell about the eggs and how great it was to see the new baby pterosaur be born.
Just then, Goku notices that Vegeta has walked over to the other end of the room and stood against the wall, alone. Goku asks Vegeta to come back, and everybody starts teasing him, only to have him smile and look away (jokingly). The episode ends with Goku and everybody else spending time together and listening to Goku's story.
Bruce Falconer tracks
- "Android 16 (soundtrack)" - When Goku reflects on his childhood while watching the Pterodactyl eggs hatch.
- Just about every friend or family member of the Z Fighters is at Capsule Corporation, except Korin, Yajirobe and Launch.
- Perhaps by coincidence, Vegeta (presumably) never sees Yajirobe again following their fight in the episode "Hero in the Shadows" until the special Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!
- Goten wears a golf uniform similar to the one Goku wears in the Dragon Ball episode "Who is Fortuneteller Baba?".
- The dialogue where Chi-Chi argues with Bulma is changed a lot in North American dub. In the Japanese version, Yamcha reinforces Chi-Chi's comment that she is very pretty today and she says "that makes it sound like I'm usually not pretty, doesn't it" causing everyone to laugh. In the FUNimation dub, Yamcha asks Chi-Chi and Bulma if they are interested in him and Chi-Chi quips that she does not want a downgrade making everyone laugh at Yamcha. Also, Chi-Chi's comment that she would like Vegeta as a husband is unique to the North American dub.
- Vegeta seems to have gotten over his grudge against Majin Buu when he kindly gives him his hot dog, despite that Majin Buu crept up behind him and accidentally salivated on his hair.
- The song Chi-Chi was dancing to is one of the themes of Android 19.
- Bulma makes a statement on Chi-Chi's dancing, saying she calls it "Tai Chi-Chi". This is a reference to an actual style of martial arts called Tai-chi-chuan.
- This is the last episode to have filler.
- Bulma is wearing the same green dress from "I am Saiyaman".
- This is the last episode to feature Bulma's regular appearance such as her bowl-cut hairstyle and her gold hoop earrings from the Majin Buu Saga.
- This is also the last episode where Videl has short hair.
- Starting with this episode, the Westwood dub began using AB Groupe's French dub footage, instead of FUNimation's edited-for-TV footage, which was used for episodes 108-272 (123-287 uncut).
- This is the last episode in the FUNimation dub where Laura Bailey and Kara Edwards regularly voice Trunks and Goten. In the next episode, they are replaced by Eric Vale and Robert McCollum for the voices of Trunks and Goten for the remainder of the series.
- This is also the final Dragon Ball Z episode where Trunks is an only child. In the next episode, he gains a younger sister, Bulla.
- This is the last episode to take place before the events of Dragon Ball Super.
|Peaceful World Saga|
|← Kid Buu Saga||Black Star Dragon Ball Saga →|
|He's Always Late · Granddaughter Pan · Buu's Reincarnation · Goku's Next Journey|
|A Happy Ending... And Then... · 10 Years After · Farewell, Dragon World!|
|Goodbye, Dragon World|