Dragon Ball

Season 4 Episode 21

Final Showdown

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Aired Weekdays 6:30 PM Oct 06, 2003 on Cartoon Network
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Final Showdown
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The fierce fight between Goku and Piccolo continues. But Piccolo gains the advantage when he breaks Goku down limb by limb. To make matters worse, Tien is used as a pawn in the battle. Goku is forced to make an awful choice. Will he surrender to Piccolo and save his friend or choose to fight and risk his own life?moreless

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Michael Donovan

Michael Donovan

Master Roshi, Grandfather Gohan (1995 dub)

Andrea Libman

Andrea Libman

Chi-Chi (1994) (voice)

Cathy Weseluck

Cathy Weseluck

Additional Voices

Dan Woren

Dan Woren

Tambourine

Kent Williams

Kent Williams

Mercenary Tao

Ian James Corlett

Ian James Corlett

Monster Carrot (1995 dub)

Teryl Rothery

Teryl Rothery

Mai (1995 dub)

Recurring Role

Alec Willows

Alec Willows

Oolong (1995 Dub)

Recurring Role

Saffron Henderson

Saffron Henderson

Goku (1995 dub)

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When the clip of Piccolo's death is replayed in a later episode of Dragonball Z (I think in the Frieza Saga), it is unedited. Goku plows through Piccolo's stomach, leaving a gaping hole. There is no blood, and they didn't edit it then, so why did they do it now? They have shown holes in people before (although they did edit them so you couldn't see all the way through).

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Tien: (to Goku) After watching you fight today, you've inspired me to train harder than I ever have. I can't stand it that you're so much better than me. The next time we meet in the tournament, I guarantee I'll be the champion.

    • Piccolo: (laughing) Too bad! You won't be able to use that arm anymore! Look at you, you're crying like a baby! You'll have to learn to be tougher than that. If you were more like me, you can overcome anything, even pain.

    • Goku: What's wrong? You looked surprise to see me. That attack wasn't nearly as good as the last one.
      Piccolo: I don't get it, that's impossible! How could you survive that? I fought all over the universe and I've never met anyone with the strength to face me in hand-to-hand combat!

    • (Goku is flying through the air directly at Piccolo)
      Goku: I'm coming at you with everything i've got!
      Piccolo: Good luck! I'll block it!
      Goku: It's time for your terror to end! YAAAAH! (punches right through Piccolo's chest)

    • (after having one arm and both legs broken by Piccolo)
      Piccolo: You're mine!
      Goku: That's what you think, buddy! I still have one arm left that I can use!

  • NOTES (10)

    • Original Air Date: August 10th, 1988

    • Japanese Title: The Final Attempt

    • This is the first time Goku has saved the world.

    • Well, here it is, ladies and gentleman. They couldn't end this story arc without one huge, gigantic, unnecessary cut. And that would be, of course, Piccolo's death. You see, Goku didn't just "magically fly up and defeat Piccolo" like the edited version would have you believe. Goku went through Piccolo's chest. Yes. He ripped a huge freakin' hole in his chest and flew out the other end. Wait, what's that? You...knew that already? Wait, how did you know they cut this? Oh, yeah! Of course, how could I forget? THEY SHOWED THIS SCENE COMPLETELY UNCUT SEVERAL TIMES IN FLASHBACKS THROUGHOUT DRAGONBALL Z.
      Frankly, I was in shock after watching what they did to this. They just cut the whole thing entirely. What the heck are we supposed to believe?! Goku just flew in the air and boom, Piccolo's defeated? Are you kidding me?! I am in complete disbelief. If so, this would be the most anticlimactic end to a villain in the history of animation. But that's exactly what they want you to think. Even though, as I stayed above, they showed this scene multiple times in Dragonball Z, they still cut the whole thing here.

    • In the Japanese version, we see Goku punch through King Piccolo's chest, which was edited out because this scene may or may not have frightened small children.

    • It isn't official, because it doesn't exist. Piccolo Jr. isn't precisely the reincarnation of Piccolo; he is the son, who just happens to reflect on his father's feelings and motives. Creatures that come from Namekian eggs should clearly be Nameks, as Dende and Nail in DBZ are both sons of Guru, and you don't see them looking like Tambourine, nor does anybody else on Planet Namek.

    • Later in Dragonball Z, you learn that Nameks lay (or spit out, in this case) eggs to hatch other Nameks. However, this does not explain Tambourine and Cymbal, who looked nothing like Nameks.

    • King Piccolo dies in this episode but before he dies he spits out an egg.

    • Piccolo's death in the Blue Water Dub version happens like this. We see Goku jump up in the air and fly straight towards Piccolo as he is falling back down to the ground. After there is a huge explosive flash caused by their collision with one another we then see Goku flying past Piccolo leaving a trail of either shreds of Piccolo's flesh or torn shreds of his shirt after Goku has punched through him. We even see the hole in Piccolo's chest and the blood on his hands.

    • Although this is the last episode of the Piccolo saga, the UK broadcast will keep the saga running up to "Hotter Than Lava" episode.

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