"The End of Snake Way" (終点〜ん蛇の道！おめえ界王様か？ Shūtennn Hebi no Michi! Omē Kaiō-sama ka?, lit. "Last Stop on Serpent Road! Are you Kaiō-sama?") is the 12th episode of the Vegeta Saga in the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. This episode first aired in Japan on September 6, 1989. Its original American airdate was July 13, 2005.
Gohan and Piccolo continue to fight each other; Gohan is obviously outmatched, but is intent on not giving up. Goku continues to run on Snake Way. That night, Gohan has a dream about when Raditz attacked his father and becomes totally enraged. He hears a voice saying "Wake up, Kakarot", and responds to it as if he were Goku. Piccolo hears his screaming and flies to him. Gohan attacks Piccolo and seems to be doing much better than he did before by actually giving Piccolo a good fight. Piccolo continues to fight Gohan, and splits into two beings in order to better his chances. While one Piccolo fights, the other watched on. Piccolo, seeing that Gohan's tail has grown back, deduces that it only takes six months to grow back. Piccolo turns around and sees the moon, which has mysteriously came back. Piccolo looks around and sees that it is coming from Goku's original space pod.
Meanwhile, Master Roshi, Bulma, and Oolong have a celebratory party after finding all the Dragon Balls. They look on at the moon, since they, too, realize it's back. Gohan gets a sucker punch in on Piccolo causing the two beings to fuse together again. Piccolo traps Gohan in an electricity web, but it causes Gohan to look directly at the moon, transforming him into a Great Ape. Piccolo evades Gohan's maneuvers and eventually has to destroy the ancient space capsule itself. Gohan transforms back into a human, leaving him completely naked and Piccolo removes his tail again.
Meanwhile, Goku reaches the tail end of Snake Way. When he gets there, he finds that there is nothing there. He looks up and sees a small planet high above Snake Way. He flies up to it and sees a house and a car. Just then, the gravity weighs him down and he crashes straight into the planet. He sees a fruit-bearing tree, and tries to climb it, but he falls off. He sees a monkey behind him and assumes that it is King Kai. He asks "King Kai" to get him one of the fruit from the tree, but it falls so fast it goes right through the ground. The monkey comes down and starts parading around, so Goku does the same, thinking it is training. Suddenly, the real King Kai appears and introduces himself with one of his signature corny jokes.
- Gohan's tail grows back, he transforms again for the second time, and his tail is once again cut off by Piccolo.
- Goku reaches the end of Snake Way.
- First appearance of King Kai and Bubbles.
- Gohan (Base/Great Ape) vs. Piccolo
Differences from the manga
- Goku's original Space Pod which creates the illusion of a Moon, causing Gohan to transform into a Great Ape for the second time is exclusive to the anime.
- Bulma, Master Roshi, Oolong and Turtle at Kame House discussing how they had obtained the seven Dragon Balls is exclusive to the anime.
- This episode of FUNimation's Remastered dub shares its full name with its Ocean/Westwood dub counterpart.
- Gohan's Great Ape transformation and Piccolo subsequently destroying Goku's spacepod are filler. These events are later acknowledged when Dr. Brief tells Goku that he had a harder time building Goku a spaceship for Namek because his original spacepod was in pieces.
- Additionally the spacepod is also located in Break Wasteland as opposed to Mount Paozu which was where Grandpa Gohan found Goku.
- The filler portion of this episode establishes a six-month time frame for Gohan's tail to grow back, which foreshadows its return in "Krillin's Offensive".
- Despite being aware that the tail is necessary for the transformation, Piccolo never considers removing Great Ape Gohan's tail as a way to stop him. In addition, he always removes the tail after destroying the moon (or anything that resembles moonlight), without which such a transformation should not be feared (in the uncut version, Piccolo explains why he is taking both precautions because the lack of a moon would prevent the evil Saiyans from transforming, and Gohan's tail, even without the moon, was only a liability due to Saiyans having a weakness there).
- Only in the dubbed version, after Bubbles drops the apple from the tree, Goku makes a statement about Sir Isaac Newton. There is no such comment in the original Japanese version.
- The scene where Piccolo shocks Great Ape Gohan to stop him is very similar to Roshi/Jackie Chun when he tried to stop Great Ape Goku with his Thunder Shock Surprise in the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament.
- Since Gohan loses his clothes in this episode, it might explain how he got a gi similar to Piccolo’s before the Saiyans arrive.
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