Piccolo explains to Gohan what his plan was; Piccolo, Gohan, and Krillin hold off Garlic Jr., Spice, and Vinegar while Kami and Mr. Popo take the sacred water to the seven air currents of the world; Vegeta fights a group of Frieza's thugs while he searches for Goku.
Gohan, Krillin, and Piccolo fight with Garlic Jr., Spice, and Vinegar, all three of whom are now powered up. Meanwhile, Kami and Mr. Popo carry the sacred water through the realm of the dead guardians of Earth in an attempt to reach the seven air currents, but the former guardians attempt to drain Kami's life force and keep him there forever.
Gohan keeps his shield up to prevent himself, Krillin, and Piccolo from being sucked into the dead zone, but Piccolo tries to convince him to lower the shield and to destroy the Makyo Star, thus destroying the source of Garlic, Jr.'s, power. Meanwhile, Kami struggles to survive as he is tortured by the former guardians of Earth.
Krillin goes shopping with Maron, and he contemplates marriage. Also, everyone is called to the Kame house for Turtle's 1000th birthday party. While there, Krillin goes deep sea diving with Gohan in search of the Mermaid's Tear, the world's largest pearl, which he plans to give to Maron.
Start of the "Trunks Saga". While thinking about his decision to break up with Maron, Krillin trains hard to improve his Kamehameha wave. Chi-Chi gets Gohan a tutor named Mr. Shu, who is very strict. Bulma tells Yamcha about a dream she had of Vegeta. Vegeta returns to Earth in search of Goku and a revitalized Frieza sets his sights on Earth.
After testing his strength against Goku, the Super Saiyan reveals himself to be Trunks, the son of Bulma and Vegeta from the future. He warns Goku of an upcoming battle with the Androids, which will determine the fate of the entire world.
Goku tells of his escape from Namek and his time spent on the planet Yardrat, and he demonstrates the Instant Transmission technique, which the people of Yardrat taught him. Also, the Z Warriors formulate a plan to fight the Androids, and they all leave to train for the upcoming battle.
In a desperate attempt to become a Super Saiyan, Vegeta begins a grueling training regiment. Despite suffering from injuries, he carries on as Bulma tries to convince him to slow down. Also, Yamcha watches him train and tries to keep up. Meanwhile, Goku, Gohan, and Piccolo train together.
On her way home from the grocery, Chi-Chi is chased by a wild boar. Mad that she doesn't have a car, she makes a deal with Goku and Piccolo that she will keep doing their chores if they get their driver's licenses. Meanwhile, Vegeta keeps training hard.