Bulma accidentally destroys the Saiyan spaceship! Luckily, Mr. Popo reveals the existence of another ship that may be able to reach Namek. Can they find it in time, and will the old ship still work if they do?
As Gohan, Krillin and Bulma travel through space to planet Namek they crash into a strange spaceship. As they encounter traps on the seemingly deserted ship it is beginning to look like they are unwelcome guests.
After crash-landing, Krillin, Gohan, and Bulma are nursed to health by two mysterious aliens. Afterward, they begin searching for the Dragon Balls. Meanwhile, Vegeta continues his recovery, and Goku gets inpatient while at the hospital.
Gohan, Krillin, and Bulma continue their search for the Dragon Balls. Meanwhile, Goku sneaks out of the hospital to train. As Vegeta finishes his recovery, Cui informs him that Frieza is already on Namek in search of the Dragon Balls.
Zaacro and Raiti explain their illusion to Krillin, Gohan and Bulma. As they struggle to escape and attempt to continue their journey to Namek, Vegeta discovers Frieza, Zarbon, and Dodoria are already collecting the Namekian Dragon Balls.
Frieza and his henchmen, Zarbon and Dodoria, gather some Dragon Balls. Cui tracks down Vegeta and is surprised by his strength. Two of Frieza's scouts attack Gohan and Krillin while Goku does mental training in the hospital.
Gohan, Krillin, and Bulma hide in a cave when they sense the energy of Frieza, Zarbon, and Dodoria. Yajirobe brings Goku Senzu beans and Goku takes the spaceship that Dr. Brief built so he can get to Namek.
As Goku trains on his ship, Gohan and Krillin watch as Frieza and his henchmen Zarbon and Dodoria, interrogate a group of Namekians about their Dragon Ball, and another group of Namekian Warriors show up to stand against them.
After Dodoria easily defeats the three Namekian warriors, Moori is forced to hand over the Dragon Ball. And when Dodoria begins to execute the remaining Namekians, Gohan intervenes. Meanwhile, Goku continues to train on his ship.
Dr. Brief warns Goku that the side of his ship is cracked, and it is heading straight toward a star. With the help of Kaio-ken he manages to propel himself back on course. Meanwhile back on Namek, Vegeta brutally massacres an entire Namek village and takes a Dragon Ball, while Dende tells Gohan and Krillin of Namek's origins,
King Kai warns Goku to stay away from Frieza. Piccolo, Yamcha, Tien, and Chiaotzu must make King Kai laugh before he will train them. Gohan, Krillin and Dende hide from Vegeta; Vegeta locates and challenges Frieza's elite henchman, Zarbon.
Zarbon reveals his ferocious transformation to Vegeta; Krillin and Dende continue their journey to the eldest Namek; Goku trains under 50 times normal gravity; Tien, Yamcha, and Chiaotzu attempt to catch Bubbles as Piccolo meditates.
The Eldest Namek, Guru, unlocks Krillin's hidden potential. Zarbon reports to Frieza and is told to retrieve Vegeta's battered body for interrogation. Gohan goes after the Dragon Ball that had been hidden by Vegeta.
Goku continues his journey as Piccolo, Yamcha, Tien, and Chiaotzu continue their training with King Kai. Vegeta is revived for interrogation but manages to escape with Frieza's Dragon Balls; Zarbon is sent to retrieve Vegeta.
Goku, still in the magnetic storm, attempts to save himself before he is crushed by the gravity; Vegeta and Zarbon fight a rematch as Krillin and Bulma watch in fear; Gohan flies back with the Dragon Ball he located.
Due to his increased strength, Vegeta is able to defeat Zarbon and takes the Dragon Ball from Krillin; the Ginyu Force is launched; Goku continues training at 100 times normal gravity; Gohan has a run-in with Vegeta.
Vegeta ponders how to obtain the last Dragon Ball; Krillin and Gohan fly toward Guru; Bulma tries to retrieve a Dragon Ball which she loses in a lake; Goku fires Kamehameha waves at himself to build his resistance.
Bulma tricks the soldiers who captured her and is able to reclaim the Dragon Balls; Goku trains using Kaio-Ken in 100 times normal gravity; Krillin and Gohan continue their way to Guru; Frieza gets a report the Ginyu Force is on its way.
Frieza orders the Ginyu Force to capture Vegeta, reclaim the Dragon Balls, and eliminate Gohan and Krillin; Goku prepares as his ship is on its approach for Namek; Vegeta, Krillin, and Gohan are confronted by the Ginyu Force.
The battle with Guldo may be over, but the real nightmare is just beginning! Recoome, the most massive member of the Ginyu Force, is ready to fight, and even the mighty Vegeta's attacks have no effect on this monstrous foe!
Gohan struggles against Recoome; Chi-Chi worries about Gohan; Captain Ginyu delivers the Dragon Balls to Frieza, but they learn they need a password for the activation of the balls; Goku finally arrives on Namek.
After Goku revives Gohan, Krillin, and Vegeta with Senzu beans and gets updated on the situation, he topples Recoome with a single blow, stunning Jeice and Burter; Dr. Briefs and Chi-Chi contact Bulma.