Dragon Ball Z

Season 1 Episode 36

Picking Up the Pieces

Aired Weekdays 10:30 PM Unknown on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

The battle with the Saiyans finally won, Goku, Krillin, and the others mourn the loss of Yamcha, Tien, Chiatzu, and Piccolo. With Kami also gone, the Earth's Dragon Balls have disappeared. There is no hope for wishing any of the fallen heroes back to life... Or is there?moreless

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  • nothing special here.

    this is sort of the aftermath of the poorly made vegeta fight. It's a boring episode that was intended to make people feel sorry for the heroes. However, if you are a villain lover like I am, you'd disapprove of this episode almost immediately. Nothing particularly exciting happens, unless you count Goku, Krillin, and Gohan getting admitted to a hospital and Yajirobe trying to convince everyone he didn't beg for his life against Vegeta. It's a poor excuse of an episode, where again, half of it is filler. It has some jokingly peculiar additions, though this was never the main focus of DBZ so that can be neglected completely. It does serve as a waiting game for the upcoming awesomeness known as the namek saga however.moreless
  • Great Episodes

    As Vegeta leaves the Earth, Krillin picks up Gohan walks over to Goku\'s side. Suddenly, another ship appears, and at first they think it is Vegeta, but it turns out to be their friends when they see Master Roshi greeting them from out of the window. Immediately, Chi-Chi dashes out and snatches Gohan from Krillin\'s arms, totally ignoring her fallen husband. Meanwhile, Bulma, Master Roshi, and Korin go to Goku\'s side. Krillin tries to tell Bulma about Yamcha and Piccolo, but she tells them that she already knows and goes into an episode over why Yajirobe should have been killed and not Piccolo. They load Goku onto the ship and head over to the area where the battle with Nappa took place to gather Yamcha, Tien, and Piccolo\'s bodies.

  • Yeah... I actually almost cried, but only almost.

    There are so many episodes of Dragon Ball Z that are just so serious and action-packed that it's almost on a sickening level. However, this episode showed a different side to the series that makes it believable.

    The main characters retreive their fallen characters and are depressed over it. They are deeply sad and the voice actors can actually pull that off. In the beginning of the episode, Bulma starts crying after learning of Yamcha's death. I thought that she was faking it at first and I thought that Tiffany Vollmer was a terrible voice actress because of it. Then, I soon realized that it truly seemed sincere! Later, Bulma pilots the capsule plane and sheds silent tears and it adds so much depth to her character and the show.

    After, once the gang figures out about the Dragon Balls on Namek, there is so much hope on screen that you can almost feel it outside... I was very pleased with this episode because it consisted of planning and what the characters' next steps will be... something you don't see in a lot of normal shows.moreless
John Burgmeier

John Burgmeier


Guest Star

Sean Schemmel

Sean Schemmel

King Kai

Guest Star

Phil Parsons (I)

Phil Parsons (I)


Guest Star

Christopher R. Sabat

Christopher R. Sabat


Recurring Role

Kyle Hebert

Kyle Hebert


Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Recap
      Vegeta: Wait!
      Narrator: Last time, on Dragon Ball Z, Gohan's transformation brought the battle with Vegeta to its crushing conclusion! With his body and his pride seriously wounded, the evil Saiyan had no choice but to retreat and Krillin had little choice but to watch him go.
      Vegeta: When I come back to this planet, you're all going to suffer and when you beg me for mercy... I'll stare into your eyes as I crush the life out of you.
      Narrator: Krillin proved himself the bigger man by showing Vegeta mercy, but will this decision come back to haunt him? There's only one way too find out: stay tuned for more Dragon Ball Z!

    • Closing
      Narattor: A day of sorrowhas become a bright day of hope as our heroes prepare to embark on a bold, new adventure. It's planet Namek or bust, next time on Dragon Ball Z!

  • NOTES (1)