Dragon Ball GT Episode 40


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Dragonball GT Episode 40
(Aired 03/05/97)

Chikyuu Bakuhatsu! Pikkoro no Juudaina Ketsui
Earth Explodes!! Piccolo’s Serious Determination

(Just a quick note.)
It seems that there is now a “missing episode” for DBGT. Both
Newtype Magazine, and the Toei Studios web site list a different episode
for number 39. Apparently, episode 39 was slated to be:
Kutabare Bebii! Konjyou no Ichigeki
Shit on Baby! A Spirited One-Punch Attack

Then, things get interesting. Newtype lists episode 40 as:
Everyone Escape!! 5 Seconds Before Earth Explodes

However, the Toei web site gives a preview for the next 2 week’s
shows. According to the web site, episode 40 was to be
This is How It Ends! Finally, Baby’s Extinction

Which of course is the episode that actually aired last week. This
implies that Toei actually created artwork for “Kutabare Bebii”, but had
pulled that episode for some reason.
What makes things more interesting is that the real episode 40
doesn’t have the same name that Newtype lists as being episode 40.
Unfortunately, the Toei Studios page doesn’t have the preview for
episode 41 posted — that would have made things much more tantalizing.
I’m wondering too whether Toei will correct the episode numbering on
their page next week, or if they’ll perpetuate it.

And now, the summary for the real episode 40.

Dende’s Dragon Balls can not be used for two more weeks. The heroes
recap the problem, and watch as the Earth starts to slowly fall apart.
Vejiita is angry that Baby had used his body without permission, and the
group (Gokuu, Vejiita, Pan, Trunks, and Mr. Satan) go to Capsule Corp.
to use the spaceship to try to track down the Balls again. Bulma,
Gohan, and Chichi interrupt them, thinking that they’re just running off
to play without explaining themselves first. The heroes state that
Earth is going to self-destruct soon, which comes as a shock to Bulma,
Chichi, and Gohan.
Vejiita suggests that they try moving everyone to planet Plant, but
no one would want to leave the Earth. Eventually, they realize that
Satan is in the ship with them, and he’s the only one that can help
right now. Soon, Satan is announcing to the world that the Earth is
going to explode soon, but the reluctant humans don’t believe even
Satan; until the next big earthquake. Suddenly, everyone is more
willing to listen. Satan states that there are certain people that will
be wearing “Mr. Satan” buttons. The humans are to look for these people
as their way to get off Earth and onto planet Plant. (Vejiita refuses
to wear his button.)
Gokuu has gone SSJ4, and can teleport again. Large lines form, as
people touch shoulders with each other; whole stadiums of people get
teleported this way by Gokuu and Kiou-bit. Meanwhile, whole fleets of
spaceships take off. We get to see EVERYONE that has ever appeared in
the TV series and movies. (Pilaf, Tenshinhan and Chau-zu, the Money
family, the old dog that was mayor when Daimaoh Piccolo terrorized the
Earth.)
One group of punks want to stay on Earth and play video games. Goten
can’t get them to agree to go, so Vejiita zips in and KO’s all of them.

[Commercial Message]

Earth is nearly abandoned, and the quakes are getting worse. The
heroes struggle to gets all of the animals aboard a CC ship. Some
dinosaurs won’t fit, so Gokuu has to teleport them himself. A news crew
is sticking around until the last moment, and they run to the CC ship in
a panic. There are a few people left on Earth that haven’t gotten on
the ship — Gokuu senses their ki’s, and teleports out to save them (a
drunk, a shipwrecked couple, and a meditating hermit.) Gokuu brings
them back to the ship. A farm couple had been struggling to save all
of their animals, and they finally succeed. But, they forgot about
their son and pet dog. The ship takes off.
The boy and his dog almost get killed as they fall into a chasm when
the Earth gives its final heaves. They are saved by Piccolo. Gokuu
zips in, takes the boy and dog, and tries to teleport back to the ship.
However, the SSJ4 wears off, and Gokuu turns into a boy again. He
can’t teleport as a child.
Piccolo replies “You are Son Gokuu. There is NOTHING that you can
not do.” Piccolo zaps Gokuu, giving him the ability to teleport even
when he is a child. He teleports to the ship. But, he realizes that
the demon is still back in the molten core of the Earth. The ship lands
on Plant, and Piccolo contacts Gohan. The Namek says that Gohan has
grown up to be a fine, strong man, with a very fine Kamehame-ha. He
also says that he is going to die when the Earth explodes, so that
the Ultimate Dragon Balls (Black Star Balls) can never be used again.
Gohan-Baby’s Kamehame-ha didn’t actually kill Piccolo, but it came
very close. The Namek still has a severe oozing hole in his stomach.
Finally, the Earth blows up and Piccolo dies. Gohan cries.
Later, the Namek Dragon Balls are used to restore the Earth, and all
of the people return there from Plant. Trunks is back at his job as
president of Capsule Corp. Gill has been fixed, and is glad to be with
Pan again. Gokuu is still a child, and Piccolo is still dead. But
otherwise, the world is back to normal, and Dende’s Dragon Balls are
back to normal too.

[Note: In many ways, this is not one of the best episodes made.
There’s lots of plot holes, and the ending is very rushed. But, there
are some redeeming features (the scene in the core of the Earth with
Piccolo is very good.) Fortunately, it’s not the last episode in the
series either. This gives the story writers another chance to create a
better ending.]


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