- This article is about the episode. For the soundtrack, see The World's Strongest Team (soundtrack).
The World's Strongest Team is the second episode in the Saiyan Saga and the second episode of the original Saban dub for Dragon Ball Z. Its original Japanese airdate was May 3, 1989. Its original American airdate was September 20, 1996.
In the previous episode, we see that Raditz effortlessly defeats his younger brother Goku in battle and kidnaps Gohan. He asks Goku to kill 100 of the Earth's population if he wanted to ever see his son again.
Unable to do the evil deed, Goku could do nothing but just sit there and ponder on how get his son back when his archrival Piccolo shows up. The others are shocked to see the reincarnation of the evil King Piccolo, and immediately take up fighting stances. Piccolo assures them that he means no ill-will, and offers Goku a helping hand in defeating Raditz. He states clearly, however, that he does not do it out of any goodness of heart, but rather just wants to make sure Raditz will not interfere with his future plans of taking over the Earth. While the others do not trust Piccolo and still remain wary of him, Goku accepts the help. Taking Bulma's Dragon Radar to locate the Four-Star Dragon Ball that was used as a decorating piece for Gohan's cap, Earth's two strongest fighters depart from Kame House to eliminate the threat and rescue Gohan.
Meanwhile, Gohan keeps annoying his uncle Raditz by crying out. Raditz, getting annoyed each second, shuts Gohan in his Space Pod. This distresses Gohan further, and, for the first time, he starts demonstrating his unlimited dormant potential, as his Power Level skyrockets. Raditz picks it up with his Scouter, but unable to believe that a child could possess such power, he dismisses it thinking that the Scouter malfunctioned.
That was until Goku and Piccolo arrive on the spot. Since the Scouter predicted their arrival, Raditz becomes baffled at realizing that his Scouter is not malfunctioning and Gohan has a Power Level of 710.
Goku declines the offer of life as a Saiyan and all three fighters head into battle. The battle remains intense, but Raditz easily has the upper hand from the very beginning. After he launches his Double Sunday, the episode ends with Raditz laughing maniacally at the severely wounded Goku, and Piccolo, who lost his left arm.
- Piccolo: Some brother. I don't think your mom gave him enough spankings when he was a kid.
Goku: Yeah, the creep! You'd think he'd make up for lost time. He never even took me to a ball game!
Raditz: Sure, I'll make up for lost time by teaching you how to fight.....the hard way!
- This episode and The Arrival of Raditz contain Shuki Levy music cues which were not used in any other episodes.