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"Piccolo and I are of one body."
Nail (through Piccolo) revealing to Frieza that he has fused with Piccolo.

"Déjà vu" (ピッコロのしん!フリーザをたおすのはオレだ Pikkoro no Jishin! Furīza o Taosu no wa Ore da, lit. "Piccolo's Self-Confidence! I Will Be the One to Defeat Freeza") is the 7th episode of the Frieza Saga and the eighty-first overall episode in the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. This episode first aired in Japan on March 13, 1991. Its original American airdate was September 28, 1999.


Piccolo and Frieza begin their duel and appear to be roughly equal in power. Piccolo manages to land a few good hits, but Frieza retaliates by ramming Piccolo into a cliff and bombarding him with energy blasts. Piccolo, however, emerges from the rubble unharmed.


Piccolo engages Frieza in battle

Fearful for his life, Vegeta attempts to flee both Frieza and Piccolo's wraths, but Frieza catches up with him and smashes him back into the rocks below, rendering him temporarily incapacitated. Frieza resumes the battle against Piccolo, who manages to evade every attack Frieza throws at him. Piccolo taunts Frieza for this, and as Frieza grabs Piccolo, the Namek reveals that he is also housing Nail, taunting him for not being able to keep up with him despite transforming and using both hands. Dende, who had already begun to sense Nail within Piccolo, is relieved to discover Nail survived the fight with Frieza.


Piccolo, after firing his Explosive Demon Wave at Frieza

True to his word, Piccolo powers up to his maximum and unleashes a furious attack on Frieza. Enraged, Frieza launches a massive energy beam at Piccolo, who deflects it back, hitting Frieza square. Gohan, Krillin and Vegeta are astonished, believing Frieza is finished.

However, the dust clears and shows that Frieza blocked at the last minute. It seems that Piccolo and Nail combined are still not strong enough and Goku is truly their last hope of winning.

Major Events[]

  • Piccolo fights with Frieza.


  • Piccolo vs. Frieza (Second Form)
  • Vegeta vs. Frieza (Second Form)





Differences from the manga[]

  • King Kai, Tien Shinhan and Yamcha talking about Piccolo and him fighting Frieza is exclusive to the anime. As is a later scene where they believe Piccolo will beat him.
  • Vegeta attempting to escape while Piccolo fights Frieza only to be halted by Frieza who knocks him to the ground is exclusive to the anime.
  • Dende is able to realize through Piccolo's combat style that he and Nail have assimilated here. In the manga, he never became aware of this until after he and everyone else on Namek (sans Goku and Frieza) had been teleported to Earth where he confronts Piccolo about it.
  • In the anime, when Piccolo is fighting Frieza, Nail's essence comes through and using his voice tells Frieza that he has merged with Piccolo and grown much stronger. In the manga, Frieza was never made aware of this.


  • The episode's title is French for "already seen," and is a reference to how Nail is essentially fighting Frieza once again, although he is fused inside Piccolo's body.
  • In a few shots, Krillin's Battle Armor is perfectly intact, instead of having a hole from where he was impaled by Frieza.
  • During Frieza's flashback to his fight with Nail, for about one second, Frieza's underwear is purple like his armor instead of black.
  • After having been filmed on 35mm stock from episodes 73-80, the show returns to 16mm.
  • In the original Japanese broadcast, the first 15 seconds of the next episode preview were devoted to next week's show, and the other 15 seconds were devoted to a movie ticket lottery drawing for Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug (Released in theaters on March 9, 1991). This preview was not included in the Dragon Box. Instead, the preview used was the rerun version for the next normal episode, "Frieza's Second Transformation".


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