Picking Up the Pieces (飛び出せ宇宙へ! 希望の星はピッコロの故郷 Tobidase Uchū e! Kibō no Hoshi wa Pikkoro no Furusato, lit. "We're Off Into Space! The Planet of Hope is Piccolo's Homeland") is the first episode of the Namek Saga and the thirty-sixth overall episode in the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. The episode first aired on February 14, 1990.
As Vegeta's space pod streaks away, Krillin carries the unconscious, naked Gohan over to Goku. Bulma's airship arrives, and, upon landing, Chi-Chi bursts out and snatches up her son. Master Roshi and Bulma attend to Goku, as Korin tells him how proud he is of their efforts. Krillin gives his condolences to Bulma over Yamcha's death. Now that Piccolo and Kami are gone, the Dragon Balls will not work any longer. Bulma becomes distraught and breaks down crying. She verbally attacks Yajirobe, wishing he were dead instead of Piccolo. Korin breaks up the argument, and reminds them that they need to get the wounded heroes some medical attention.
As night falls, Master Roshi and Yajirobe carry Goku up into the airship. Vegeta's artificial moon burns itself out, and they take off. Krillin guides them back to where the bodies of their fallen comrades lay. He tells Bulma not to cry, that there may be a very slim chance of resurrecting their friends. Before he can elaborate, they arrive at the first battleground. The bodies of Yamcha, Tien Shinhan and Piccolo are loaded into refrigerated coffins; there is not enough of Chiaotzu's body left to preserve. Everyone grieves over the loss of their friends. Bulma's thoughts are on the happy times she spent with Yamcha. Krillin reflects on how the other three lost their lives.
Gohan eventually awakens in his crying mother's arms, and everyone else congratulates him on his efforts. Now that Gohan is taken care of, Yajirobe suggests Chi-Chi might take some concern for Goku. She refuses, blaming her husband for everything bad that has happened to Gohan. Bulma prods Krillin to explain what he was saying earlier. He tells how the Saiyans first learned of the Dragon Balls on Earth through Raditz's scouter, and after wiping out the planet, they would seek to have their own wishes granted with them. When they arrived on Earth and saw Piccolo, they recognized him as being from planet Namek. Krillin relates how during the battle, Vegeta said that if they went to the Planet Namek, there would be more powerful Dragon Balls there.
Gohan remembers them having said that Namekians have the power to fabricate some kind of mysterious balls. If someone can somehow get to Namek, they can use those Namekian Dragon Balls to wish everyone back to life. Everyone jumps at this news, except for Bulma. She points out that they do not even know where this planet is supposed to be.
- Krillin, Bulma and the others set forth the plan to head to Namek.
Differences from the manga
- Due to watching the battle both on TV and later the Crystal Ball, Bulma and the others knew who had been killed by the Saiyans and tells Goku as such when they first talk. In the manga however it is only at this point that they made aware that they died so Bulma reacts very differently.
- The edited version of the dub removed the scenes showing the bodies of the fallen fighters being loaded into freezing pods.
- Despite this being part of FUNimation Entertainment's Namek Saga, the Uncut and Remastered FUNimation boxset ("Orange Brick" and Blu-Ray boxsets) places this episode with the Vegeta Saga including "Plans For Departure", "Nursing Wounds" and "Friends or Foes".