Super Recaps: Dragon Ball Z (Episode 202)

So far, Gohan has had to fight bank robbers, dangerous drivers, and gravity, not to mention all the galaxy destroying tyrants he’s faced in his past.  Still, does any of this prepare him for his toughest challenge yet!?  Gohan’s about to dive head first into the dating pool, and hopefully he doesn’t get eaten alive in the process!

The episode begins with Gohan checking himself out in the mirror and trying to come up with badass lines.

“You talkin’ to me?  Are YOU talkin’ to me?”     “Gohan!  Dinner’s ready!  And Taxi Driver is really played out!”     “…thanks ma.”

“You talkin’ to me?  Are YOU talkin’ to me?”     “Gohan!  Dinner’s ready!  And Taxi Driver is really played out!”     “…thanks ma.”

He keeps trying different moves well into the night which means he sleeps in the next day and has to rush in order to make it to school on time.  He lands on the school’s roof (as The Great Saiyaman) and quickly changes before heading off to class.  Unfortunately for our amateur super hero, there was someone else on the roof at the time.

Smoking hot red-head?  Hey Gohan, I’m sure chicks dig super heroes!

Smoking hot red-head?  Hey Gohan, I’m sure chicks dig super heroes!

It turns out that the girl is in one of his classes and spends the entire time making moon eyes at him.  Gohan’s distracted throughout the lesson, admonishing himself for his carelessness, until the teacher who sounds a lot like Huckleberry Hound gets all up in his face.

“Mr. Gohan.  Daydreaming is a punishable offense in this room of education.”

“Mr. Gohan.  Daydreaming is a punishable offense in this room of education.”

Gohan is forced to stand outside for not paying attention, which gets his not-so-secret admirer upset.  She gets herself in trouble as well, and gets sent to the hall along with Gohan.

“I always had a thing for bad boys!”

“I always had a thing for bad boys!”

After sharing an awkward silence, the young lady (Angela) works up the nerve to ask Gohan out.  Nice!  Go for it dude!  He doesn’t respond immediately though, which sends her into a spiraling depression and she ends up curled up in a ball, crying her eyes out.  Uh-oh.  THEN she proceeds to get angry at Gohan and threats to destroy his life if he doesn’t go out with her.  OH SHIT!!!!!

“If you don’t go out with me, then I’ll tell EVERYONE your secret!  Let’s see how long you’ll last here with everyone thinking you’re a FREAK!!!”

“If you don’t go out with me, then I’ll tell EVERYONE your secret!  Let’s see how long you’ll last here with everyone thinking you’re a FREAK!!!”

Well, congratulations Gohan.  Not a week into the real world and you’ve got an emotionally manipulative life partner.  Sure, you kicked Cell’s ass, but let’s see you handle this shit!  He ends up capitulating to her threats and she’s instantly over the moon.

“Sorry I had to threaten you babe.  It’s just because I love you too much.”

“Sorry I had to threaten you babe.  It’s just because I love you too much.”

The date is set for tomorrow and Gohan spends the rest of the day pouting in his Great Saiyaman costume.  While flying around aimlessly, he says “Superheroes aren’t supposed to get blackmailed.”  I’m sorry, what?  That’s pretty much the ONLY thing that’s supposed to happen to Super Heroes.

“What’s next?  Is someone close to me gonna die due indirectly to my actions?”

“What’s next?  Is someone close to me gonna die due indirectly to my actions?”

He gets home and gives the news to Chi-Chi which she takes surprisingly well.  You’d think she’d either lose her shit about her baby boy being taken away by a harlot, or lose her shit about her baby boy growing up and finding a nice girl to be with.  She just kinda warns him not to get too distracted from his school work and then reminisces about when she met Goku.

“You’re father would always try to pound me in the face.  Good times.”

“You’re father would always try to pound me in the face.  Good times.”

The next day, Gohan is waiting for his date to arrive and is looking nervous and confused in an ill-fitting suit.  Angela arrives to drags his ass to a chick flick, and in a rare moment of fourth wall breaking, Gohan looks directly at the camera before being pulled off screen.

“Call the police!!!”

“Call the police!!!”

They’re watching some romantic movie and Angela is all teary eyed, but Gohan has the same look I had when watching Twilight: Breaking Dawn part 1.

“So first the werewolves don’t want to kill the baby, and then they DO want to kill the baby, but then they can’t because.. ZZZZZZZ”

“So first the werewolves don’t want to kill the baby, and then they DO want to kill the baby, but then they can’t because.. ZZZZZZZ”

Angela is justifiably upset at the guy for dozing off, but after some groveling from Gohan, she forgives him and takes him to a Starbucks.  They have some idle chat (mostly her talking about herself) and things seem to be going smoothly, but I get no sense of chemistry between them.  Maybe Gohan is too out of the loop to jive with Angela’s personality, or maybe the whole “blackmail” thing is making it hard for him to open up to her, but either way they don’t seem to be compatible at all.

“So Gohan, are you a fan One Director or Justin Beiber?”     “Uh… are those martial artists?”     “…No Gohan.  They’re not.”

“So Gohan, are you a fan One Director or Justin Beiber?”     “Uh… are those martial artists?”     “…No Gohan.  They’re not.”

Not one to take a defeat lying down, Angela decides to take Gohan to another place in the hopes of generating some sparks between them.  Along the way, Gohan and Angela notice a high rise has caught on fire and that Videl is landing on the roof in order to save anyone who hasn’t already gotten out of the building.

“Short sleeves and Capri pants might not have been the best idea, but my fingerless gloves should protect me just fine!”

“Short sleeves and Capri pants might not have been the best idea, but my fingerless gloves should protect me just fine!”

First of all; I’m no expert when it comes to fires, but since heat rises, wouldn’t it be EXTREMELY hot right above the building like say where a helicopter might hover?  Even if I’m wrong about that, she’s not wearing ANY sort of equipment to protector herself from the heat or the smoke once she gets to the building itself.  I’m proven right about this when Videl tries to turn the valve on a water tank on the roof and her hands are immediately burned.

“Damn you fingerless gloves!  WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME!?!?”

“Damn you fingerless gloves!  WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME!?!?”

Despite the fact that she’ll most likely cause permanent nerve damage, she keeps trying to turn the burning metal valve to release the water and buy them some time to save the people left behind.  Unfortunately the roof starts to collapse and the water tank almost crushes her to bits.  Luckily for her, a man in a funny looking hat appears to save the day!

“Fingerless gloves?  What the are you an idiot?”     “Says the guy wearing the giant fucking cloth cape.”

“Fingerless gloves?  What the are you an idiot?”     “Says the guy wearing the giant fucking cloth cape.”

The Great Saiyaman then proceeds to punch a hole into the water tank, releasing the water at an incredible rate which leads to the water cascading down the entire building and putting out the fire.

Yeah, I’m gonna call bullshit.  No way there was that much water in the tank.  Hell, it probably wasn’t even full due to evaporation from the intense heat!

Yeah, I’m gonna call bullshit.  No way there was that much water in the tank.  Hell, it probably wasn’t even full due to evaporation from the intense heat!

After that, Gohan changes back into his normal clothes, and tries to sneak past all the firemen to return to his date.

I’ve always wondered.  Why do people trying to sneak do the T-rex arm thing?

I’ve always wondered.  Why do people trying to sneak do the T-rex arm thing?

He can’t escape Videl’s eagle eyes however, and is spotted immediately.  She confronts him (thinking he’s hiding something) but still can’t seem to make the connection between him and Saiyaman.  Either that or she doesn’t feel like she has enough evidence to truly trap him.

“He doesn’t live anywhere near here, yet he’s coming out of a building that was just saved by a mysterious hero who first appeared in town around the same time he did.  WHAT DOES IT MEAN!?!?!?”

“He doesn’t live anywhere near here, yet he’s coming out of a building that was just saved by a mysterious hero who first appeared in town around the same time he did.  WHAT DOES IT MEAN!?!?!?”

Of course, Gohan is once again saved from her intense stare when Angela shows up and loses her mind thinking they’re having an affair or something.  Out of jealous rage, Angela tells Videl the secret she found out about Gohan.  I love the guy’s plan here.  He just keeps yelling, trying to drown out the conversation.  It obviously doesn’t work, but hey man, at least you tried.

“So anyway, it turns out that Gohan”     “AHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!”     …..     “Ya done?  So anyway…”

“So anyway, it turns out that Gohan”     “AHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!”     …..     “Ya done?  So anyway…”

Luckily for Gohan, it turns out the secret that Angela knows is NOT that he’s The Great Saiyaman, but that he wears underwear with teddy bears on the ass.

Cartoon on the back?  Childish.  Cartoon on the front?  Juvenile (but NOT childish).

Cartoon on the back?  Childish.  Cartoon on the front?  Juvenile (but NOT childish).

I think the more important piece of information we learned is that Angela has a habit of peeking on guys while their changing.  IT turns out that she DIDN’T see Gohan transform on the roof because she didn’t have her contacts in.  Wait, lack of contacts STILL wouldn’t explain how he got on the roof!  There’s only one entrance, and she was standing next to the door!  Anyway, Angela walks off in a huff, Videl thinks Gohan’s a weirdo, and Gohan is left twisting in the wind.  The next day at school, Gohan is feeling guilty about what happened, thinking he ruined the girl’s life (seriously), and goes to apologize.  The episode ends with him finding out that she’s already moved on and is shit talking about him to her new beau.

“Yeah, the bastard wore underwear with teddy bears on it.  I bet it means he has a little dick.”

“Yeah, the bastard wore underwear with teddy bears on it.  I bet it means he has a little dick.”

This was also a pretty fun episode, but it did have its shortcomings.  I wish that Angela had some memorable characteristics, but instead she’s just a pile of girly clichés.  She likes romantic movies, she likes sugar, and she likes to gossip.  She’s also a bit crazy (black mailing, mood swings, falls for guys instantly) which isn’t a helpful stereotype to portray in a show with as few strong female characters as this one.  Gohan’s lack of interest in the date also made it more of a chore to sit through than it needed to be.  I know he’s being blackmailed, but couldn’t he have at least TRIED to have a good time?  Videl still kicks massive amounts of ass, but her escapade this time around seemed a lot sillier than the last one.  Who the hell jumps face first into a fire without ANY form of protection!?  Overall, the episode feels like wasted potential that COULD have been great, but merely settled for cliché and tired storylines which ended up making an episode that was just decent.  Oh well, maybe the next episode will have something a little more interesting.  Tune in next time to find out!

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