Piccolo the Super-Namek (一気に形勢逆転!! 遅れてきた戦士·ピッコロ, Ikki ni Keisei Gyakuten!! Okure Tekita Senshi Pikkoro) is the fifth episode of the Frieza Saga and the eightieth overall episode in the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. The episode first aired on March 6, 1991. Its original American air date was September 27, 1999.
Frieza continues to torture Gohan as revenge for his earlier attack. Vegeta is at a loss of whether to help Gohan or not. In Frieza's spaceship, Goku, still recovering, also senses Gohan's decreasing energy, and prepares to leave the Medical Machine altogether to go to his son's rescue despite struggling to even move his arm. However, just before Vegeta can finally jump in, Krillin suddenly reappears and fires a Destructo Disk at Frieza. Frieza dodges, but part of his tail is chopped off. Krillin fires more disks at Frieza, but he dodges them all and flies after Krillin, who attempts to lure Frieza away from Gohan.
Krillin leads Frieza into a maze-like rock in the middle of the sea. Frieza finally fishes Krillin out, but before he can strike, Krillin blinds Frieza with the Solar Flare and flies back to the battlefield.
Meanwhile, Dende sits beside the unconscious Gohan and uses a special technique to heal him, intriguing Vegeta, who accuses Krillin of keeping Dende's power a secret, although Krillin counters that they did not know and would have otherwise had Dende heal Goku. Krillin flies back to see how Gohan is doing, and is relived to see Gohan fully recovered. Gohan regroups with Krillin and Vegeta, with his power slightly increased. The three unleash a barrage of energy on Frieza, but he is unfazed. Gohan moves in to attack Frieza head-on when a new figure surrounded by light appears between them. The light clears, and the figure is revealed to be Piccolo, who has finally arrived.
Piccolo announces that he will take on Frieza alone. Vegeta doubts his abilities, remembering Piccolo as the Namekian easily killed by Nappa on Earth. Piccolo counters by challenging Vegeta to a duel to the death after they beat Frieza. Frieza advises Piccolo to leave the battlefield and the planet while he still can, but Piccolo takes no notice and vows to defeat the tyrant and avenge the Namekian race.
- Piccolo arrives to the battlefield and prepares to fight Frieza.
- Krillin vs. Frieza (Second Form)
- Gohan, Vegeta, and Krillin vs. Frieza (Second Form)
Differences from the manga
- Krillin fleeing and hiding inside the crevices of a large rock formation which Frieza smokes him out of before then using the water to do the same is exclusive to the anime.
- Vegeta, Gohan and Krillin firing an energy barrage at Frieza to no affect after Gohan is healed by Dende is exclusive to the anime.
- In the FUNimation dub, when Gohan is being pounded by Frieza, Vegeta is unable to stomach what he sees, however, in the Manga, he does not care about Gohan at all, but wonders how he'd ever be able to defeat a force that powerful.
- This is episode marks one of the few times Vegeta enjoys fighting alongside others (after Gohan gets a zenkai, Vegeta is confident they can beat Frieza together if they all attack him at once).