DBZ Episode 288

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"You're late, Goku! Everyone's Partying!"

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English titleHe's Always Late
Japanese title遅いぜ悟空!みんなでパーティ!!
Romaji titleOsoi ze Gokū! Minna de Pāti!!
Literal titleYou're late, Goku! Everyone's Partying!
Dragon Ball Z
SagaKid Buu Saga
Episode number (position in saga)288 (13)
Edited episode number (position in saga)274 (14)
Japanese airdateJanuary 10, 1996
English airdateApril 2, 2003
Previous episodeMagic Ball of Buu

He's Always Late is the thirteenth episode of the Kid Buu Saga and the two hundred eighty-eighth overall episode in the original dubbed and the uncut version of the Dragon Ball Z series. The original Japanese title is "Osoi ze Goku! Minna de Pati!!" (遅いぜ悟空!みんなでパーティ!!). The episode first aired on January 10, 1996. It's original American air date was April 2, 2003.

[edit] Summary

Chi-Chi, Gohan, and Goten prepare to go to Bulma's house for a barbeque, but Goku is nowhere to be found. As Chi-Chi's anger rises, Goku is having troubles of his own. While waiting to witness the hatching of four pterodactyl eggs, troubles arise casting him into the role of the egg protector. Goku must do his best to guard the fragile eggs not knowing that he will soon face another danger, an angry Chi-Chi! She indeed becomes angry upon hearing from Gohan and Goten that he has run off again. Chi-Chi decides to get past her anger so they can enjoy the party. Once they get to the party, everybody begins to show up, including, Dende, Hercule, and Majin Buu. Everyone seems to be enjoying the food, music, and each other's company until Goku is mentioned. Right then, the party comes to a halt, and everyone's face is downcast. They realize that the party just isn't as good as it could've been if Goku was there. Meanwhile, Goku braves many dangers and keeps the dragon eggs safe until they hatch. Of course, he remembers the party right afterward, and he gets there just as the party is coming to an end. While initially angry at Goku, Chi-Chi and Bulma get all the food and party supplies back out, because they feel Goku should get to participate in the party as well. At the end of the episode, everyone is sitting, listening to Goku tell about the eggs and how great it was to see the new baby dragons be born. Just then, Goku notices that Vegeta has walked over to the other end of the room and stood against the wall, alone. Goku asks Vegeta to come back, and everybody starts teasing him, only to have him smile and look away (jokingly). The episode ends with Goku and everybody else spending time together and listening to Goku's story.

[edit] Trivia

  • Just about every character that is Z Fighter or friends and family of Z Fighters is at Capsule Corp. except Korin and Yajirobe.
    • Perhaps by coincidence, Vegeta (presumably) never sees Yajirobe again following their fight in The Battle Ends.
  • This is the third time in Dragon Ball Z that Goku has been eaten or absorbed (the first being by Princess Snake, and the second by Super Buu).
    • Goku is eaten by a fish in this episode, when usually it is the other way around.

Kid Buu Saga
Evil Kid Buu! · End of Earth · True Saiyans Fight Alone · Battle for the Universe Begins · Vegeta's Respect · Minute of Desperation · Old Buu Emerges · Earth Reborn · Call to Action · People of Earth Unite · Spirit Bomb Triumphant · Celebrations with Majin Buu · He's Always Late · Granddaughter Pan · Buu's Reincarnation · Goku's Next Journey
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Brief summaryBulma has invited everyone to a barbecue a Bulma has invited everyone to a barbecue at Capsule Corporation, and Goku's family is ready to leave. The only problem is that Goku is nowhere to be found. Frustrated, Chi Chi and the boys leave without him. While everyone's having a good time at the party, Goku is out on a mountaintop, looking after some eggs that are ready to hatch. He protects them from the storm and from predators. After they hatch, he finally arrives at the party, to the delight of everyone. at the party, to the delight of everyone.