Tien vs. Jackie Chun (実力伯仲!!天津飯VSジャッキー, Jitsuryoku Hakuchu!! Tenshinhan Tai Jakkii) is the tenth episode of the Tien Shinhan Saga and the ninety-third episode in the Dragon Ball series. The episode first aired on December 23, 1987.
This episode begins with Tien Shinhan talking about Jackie Chun and his skills. Master Shen even admits that since so little is known about him, he is very dangerous. Tien spots Jackie with Goku and his friends, so he decides to test Jackie's strength against Chiaotzu's. Turtle then asks everyone where Master Roshi has went, since they do not know he is really Jackie Chun. Krillin teases that he is out being rejected by countless girls, so Jackie hits Krillin in the head. Launch suggests that he is down at the shops, and Jackie likes the idea, so he slips away to the shops so he can ogle at girls.
Meanwhile, Tien, Shen and Chiaotzu follow Jackie to the shops. They notice a little boy on his father's shoulders, playing with a toy gun, and Tien gets an idea. Jackie, however, is hanging out at a kiosk, pretending to be interested in the merchandise. The whole time, he was just staring at the salesgirl's cleavage. As he keeps staring, Chiaotzu uses his psychic ability to make the little boy's toy gun real. The little boy pretends to aim at Jackie, but when he shoots, the little piece of cork that covers the gun shoots out and is heading directly for Jackie Chun. At that very moment, he quickly leans in forward to get a better look at the salesgirl's cleavage, narrowly missing the fired piece of cork. Master Shen, though, thinks that Jackie has caught wind of Tien's scheme and are admiring his speed. The salesgirl hits Jackie, but realizing that he was "dodging the gunfire", she apologizes.
At the hospital, Yamcha is informed by Puar of Pamput's easy defeat. He is also informed that Jackie Chun will be fighting Tien Shinhan, and Yamcha then begins to remember his encounter with Tien. He wishes Jackie Chun would win, yet he is very unsure. Elsewhere, Tien vowed to defeat Jackie Chun and set Goku as his main goal.
The match is about to commence, and the tension is extremely high. As the match starts, Goku is unsure that Jackie can win. Tien first rushes Jackie, and both fighters are able to hit and block each other equally. However, Jackie works around one of Tien's moves, grabs him by the ankle, and flings him out of the arena. As it seems Tien is going to fall, he reveals he has the power to levitate, and floats back into the ring. Then, he once again rushes Jackie, and it seems he has disappeared. Really, Tien was just moving extremely fast. Aiming for Jackie's feet, he attempts to knock him over, but Jackie jumps out of the way. Then, the two go en l'air and display a spectacular series of punches from each side. The crowd is amazed when they come back down to the ground, and both fighters are out of breath.
Now, Jackie Chun rushes Tien with the Afterimage Technique. He creates eight versions of himself that rapidly spin around Tien in an attempt to confuse him. As Tien is baffled, the Jackies circle in closer and assault him with punches and kicks. As they move out into a wider circle, Tien uses his three eyes to zero in on the real Jackie Chun and kicks him against the wall. Jackie gets up and admits he underestimated Tien, removes his coat and powers up. Tien then uses a rush technique performed with his arms, but the old timer easily finds and grabs his arms, and split-kicks him into the air. Just as everyone thought it was over, Tien lands swiftly onto the arena. He then knees Jackie several times and grabs him in a chokehold. After a series of cartwheels and a very angry lashout from each fighter, they land on either side of the arena, worn out and out of breath.
- The title card for this episode spells Jackie Chun's name as "Jacky Chun".
- When Master Roshi goes to the city to look at some women before his match with Tien, one of the first women seen looks like Launch from her first appearance in the series, but with darker hair. Also, she wears a tube top instead of a halter top and her hair has no end-points.
|Tien Shinhan Saga|
|Rivals and Arrivals · Preliminary Peril · Then There Were Eight · Yamcha vs. Tien · Yamcha's Big Break · Full-Moon Vengeance · The Dodon Wave · Counting Controversy!! · Goku Enters the Ring · Tien Shinhan vs. Jackie Chun · Stepping Down · Goku vs. Krillin · Tail's Tale · Final Match: Goku vs. Tien · Victory's Edge · Tien's Insurrection · The Spirit Cannon · The Fallen|