"Goku's Request" (孫悟空の頼み⋯ Son Gokū no Tanomi..., lit. "Son Goku’s Request...") is the forty seventh chapter of Dragon Ball Z and the two hundred forty-first overall chapter of the Dragon Ball manga.
Bulma, Master Roshi, Korin, and Chi-Chi are flying in an aircraft to where the battle is taking place. Chi-Chi is extremely worried about Gohan, and becomes angry at Korin who can only say that Gohan is "probably" alive. Kame-Sen'nin confirms that four or five people are still alive but he is barely able to feel their ki.
Meanwhile, Vegeta's space pod arrives. As he tries to crawl into it, Krillin picks up Yajirobe's katana and approaches him, intending to kill Vegeta once and for all. On his planet, the King Kai seems to be happy about this, although he notes that he really should not be playing favorites, but that the Saiyans have made much trouble across the galaxy. As Kuririn starts to thrust the sword down on Vegeta, he is telepathically told to stop. Realizing that it was Goku, Kuririn asks Goku why he had told him to stop. Goku, too hurt to use his voice, tells Kuririn through his mind that he has only one request: let Vegeta go. Kuririn calls Goku crazy, saying that a tyrant like Vegeta will never change his ways and that he will come back to Earth again if let go. Goku agrees that he will return, but says that he is determined to surpass Vegeta and beat him when he does. Reluctantly, Kuririn drops the sword. Vegeta leaves one last remark about how there will not be any miracles next time and flies off in his space pod. Kuririn picks up the unconscious Gohan, and Yajirobe, who did not hear Goku's telepathic plea, calls Krillin an idiot for not finishing Vegeta off. Goku apologizes to Kuririn, but he responds that what they need to think about now our their dead allies and if there is a way to bring them back. Just then, Bulma, Kame-Sen'nin, Korin, and Chi-Chi arrive on the scene.