Captain Ginyu, back in his own body, allows Vegeta to pound on him until he is ready to attempt another body switch, but Goku has other plans; afterward, everyone prepares to fight Frieza. Meanwhile, Frieza continues to beat on Nail.
Start of the "Frieza Saga". Goku recovers in the isolation chamber, Gohan guards the dragon balls, and Vegeta rests while they all wait on Krillin's return; Dende looks for Krillin and Gohan; Frieza finishes interrogating Nail.
With Porunga summoned, Krillin, Gohan, and Dende make their wishes after Gohan consults with Piccolo; Vegeta grows angry when he wakes up and realizes what has happened; Frieza flies toward the Z Fighters.
Frieza taunts Vegeta, who stands helpless as he watches Frieza stand over the defeated Gohan. Goku itches to join in the fight. Piccolo rushes to help Gohan as he thinks back on their time together and Krillin rejoins the fight to draw Frieza away from Gohan.
Frieza continues to wail on Vegeta until Goku arrives. After Frieza recognizes Goku as the son of a former opponent, the battle is on. Also, Vegeta, near death, gives a heartfelt speech of remorse for his actions.
Goku, realizing that Frieza can't sense him, formulates a plan while he is underwater, but Frieza has some tricks of his own. Meanwhile, despite everyone's best efforts, Chi-Chi is determined to go to Namek.
Goku and Frieza agree to keep the fight on the ground, and Frieza decides to fight without using his hands; Chi-Chi urges Dr. Briefs to fix the ship, which was broken by the Ox King; Yajirobe tries to sneak off while Puar and Oolong talk; Bulma finds Captain Ginyu, who is still in a frog's body.
After Goku refuses to join him, Frieza reveals that he has been using only one percent of his power. He charges to fifty percent, and he and Goku continue to fight. Meanwhile, Captain Ginyu, in Bulma's body, watches the battle as Bulma, in the frog's body, tries to tell Gohan what has happened. Back on Earth, Chi-Chi, Roshi, Yajirobe, Puar, and Oolong prepare for take-off.
Goku loses hope as he is thrashed by Frieza, and he must rely on his love for his friends and family to summon enough strength to rebound. Meanwhile, Gohan must find a way to return Bulma to her own body.
While Goku and Frieza continue to fight, Kami and King Kai discuss how they should use the wish from the dragon balls that Mr. Popo has collected. Also, Gohan and Bulma return to the ship and try to get it working.
While fighting Frieza, Goku asks King Kai to change the wish to allow him to stay on the planet and finish the fight. Guru relays this to Dende, who must make the wish before Frieza notices that the dragon is back.
Goku and Frieza continue to fight; Guru explains the wish to everyone who was brought to Earth; Piccolo thinks back on everything he and Goku have been through together; Vegeta explains his plan for when Goku and Frieza are dead.
Goku and Frieza continue to fight, and Goku offers Frieza one last chance to live. Also, King Kai recaps Frieza's plan to destroy Namek. Back on Earth, the superstitious Bulma burns leaves and watches the burn pattern to determine if Goku will return from the battle.
Goku and Frieza continue to fight, with Goku trying to avoid Frieza's energy discs. Back on Earth, Vegeta thinks back on his hatred for Frieza, and he remembers the moment when he decided that he wanted to become strong enough to defeat Frieza.
As Goku is trying to escape from Namek, King Kai relates the action to Tien, Yamcha, and Chiaotzu. Afterward, Yamcha telepathically recounts it to Bulma through King Kai. Also, Gohan gets into a fight with Vegeta.
Vegeta suggests a plan to bring Goku back; Bulma invites Vegeta and the Nameks to stay with her until they can relocate; the Namekian dragon balls are used to bring Yamcha, Krillin, Tien, and Chiaotzu back and to relocate the Nameks.
Start of the "Garlic Jr. Saga". Garlic Jr. has returned from the Dead Zone to hatch a sinister plot of revenge upon those responsible for his defeat; Gohan meets up with Krillin and Krillin's girlfriend Maron; Piccolo splits himself in four and spars with himself, and he meets with Kami; Garlic Jr. and his goons invade the Lookout; there is a reunion party at Roshi's, but Chi-Chi won't let Gohan go.
As the black water mist spreads, Garlic Jr. reveals his plan to wish his father back and to get revenge on Goku and Gohan; Gohan and Icarus run into a group of animals who have been affected by the mist; Kami tells Mr. Popo that the Serpent race that Garlic Jr. belongs to has long been an evil race that wants only destruction; Chi-Chi arrives at Roshi's house looking for Gohan, and she is offended by Maron before everyone on the island breathes the mist.
Spice reveals to Piccolo how Garlic Jr. escaped from the Dead Zone using the Makyo Star; Krillin and Gohan go to the Lookout to find the sacred water while Piccolo stays behind to fight; in outer space, Vegeta looks for Goku.
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.