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"Well is that it Vegeta, no more surprise attacks? Then I guess it's best I turn out your lights and say good night."
— Recoome to Vegeta

"No Refuge from Recoome" is the twenty-fifth episode of the Namek Saga and the fifty-first episode of the original Saban dub for the Dragon Ball Z series. If The Tree of Might three-parter is counted, then this episode is fifty-fourth overall in the Saban dub. It aired in first-run syndication on May 16, 1998.


Vegeta powers up before facing Recoome

Vegeta starts powering up in preparation to face Recoome. He punches Recoome in the face and proceeds to strike him with multiple blows. He then charges up and unleashes the Final Crash. Everybody presumes Recoome is defeated, until Recoome emerges standing in the cloud of dust striking a pose.

Jeice is concerned about getting dust out of his hair. Burter complains that he does not have any hair. Captain Ginyu is on his way back to Frieza juggling the Namekian Dragon Balls. Frieza waits for Captain Ginyu, making a plan of what to do after he wishes for immortality. Recoome stops holding back and launches a vicious counterattack. Vegeta manages to get some punches in, but they get blocked. The Saiyan is thrown into the water. After being underwater for a while, he flies out, nailing Recoome in the stomach. Recoome picks Vegeta up and power bombs him from thousands of feet in the air, all the way to the ground. Recoome taunts Vegeta, only to be blasted in the face. Vegeta can barely stand up. Goku is still on his way, getting closer and closer every minute. Recoome fires his Flame of Fury. Gohan barely saves him while Krillin kicks Recoome in the back of the neck. Vegeta yells at Gohan for saving him because he did not want to be saved by someone weaker than him.

Vegeta punches Recoome (censored)

Recoome is now missing some teeth. Krillin is taken out with one kick to the face. Gohan decides to go one-on-one with Recoome. Gohan powers up and attacks head on, but ends up being thrown aside. Gohan has to dodge many fireballs. Gohan fires his Masenko only to be blocked. Jeice and Burter are surprised by Gohan’s power. Gohan gets beaten up more. Gohan manages to stand up and limps over to Recoome. He refuses to give up and tries to punch Recoome who dodges and fires a kick at Gohan, breaking Gohan's neck and spine, and leaving him to fall to the ground, eyes wide open, unblinking. Krillin becomes very upset because of what happened to Gohan. Vegeta is left injured, Krillin's bones are completely broken, and Gohan is on the brink of death.


  • Krillin makes reference to Dinosaurs being extinct, despite the fact they are shown to exist within the series.
  • On its initial 1998 airing the episode was titled The Relentless Recoome.


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