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"The Trap is Sprung" (かいぞくたちのワナ Kaizoku-tachi no Wana, lit. "The Pirates' Trap") is the fifth episode of the General Blue Saga and the fiftieth episode in the Dragon Ball series. This episode first aired in Japan on February 11, 1987. Its original American airdate was March 12, 2002.



General Blue's men get caught in a pirate trap

Last time, Goku, Bulma, and Krillin managed to escape from the Red Ribbon Army and had made it to a cave. But General Blue and about four of his men are behind them. So, they are navigating around a dark tunnel. Krillin is chanting because he thinks he will get rich. Bulma just wants the Dragon Ball. Goku is hungry. General Blue and his men start to enter the tunnel and one guy follows the people ahead of them, with Blue also stating the cave would be Goku, Bulma, and Krillin's absolutely perfect grave.

Meanwhile, Commander Red is getting his picture painted by a goat painter. Staff Officer Black is next to him. A man tells Commander Red that General Blue is following Goku and his friends. Commander Red gets mad. The guy leaves. The goat finally finishes. It shows Commander Red actually being tall sitting in his chair next to a very short Staff Officer Black. Staff Officer Black gets kind of weird, and Commander Red yells at him for laughing at him.


General Blue is electrocuted by an electric eel

Meanwhile, Bulma is complaining that the tunnel is too long. They finally made it out of the tunnel. They came across a room with dots on the floor and holes on the walls. They think it's weird. Krillin is excited and steps on a dot. An arrow shoots through the hole above his head. They figured out that if you step on a floor dot, an arrow comes out. After making a joke about Krillin being short, Goku jumps across and says it's easy. Krillin says he can do it too because he trained with Master Roshi also. Bulma isn't so sure. Krillin ran and jumped. He flew across and hit the ceiling. His head hit the last couple of dots and some arrows fired. After rubbing his head a couple of times, he joined Goku on the other side. Bulma complains that she can't jump. They decide to extend the Power Pole. Bulma grabs on and it pulls her across. She complains it is going too fast. Goku slows it down and she complains it's shaking too much. Anyway, when she gets off, Goku says she's out of shape. Bulma yells at him while they continue through another tunnel.

Krillin pantsing

Krillin pulling Bulma's shorts down to her ankles

This is when one of General Blue's men saw them leaving. He went to General Blue and the other men and told them that Goku and the gang are not far in front. General Blue orders the men to charge at full speed, while he walks more slowly. He then expresses confidence that the Dragon Ball as well as the pirate treasure will soon be in the Red Ribbon Army's hands while praising himself. Suddenly, General Blue hears some screams. He approaches the dot room and concludes his men were killed by the arrows, to his horror. One of his men, gravely wounded, briefly revives to inform Blue of the death of his entire unit, much to Blue's annoyance at his divulging extremely obvious information, only for another arrow to kill the surviving soldier for good. He steps on a dot, and an arrow comes. He thinks that the pirates could find their way around here, and searches for a secret passage. He finds a button and a piece of rock crumbles to reveal a passage. Goku and the gang reach a room where light shines through some skulls. Bulma wonders if it is a trap. At that moment, they fall through the floor. Goku grabs onto the ledge, Bulma grabs onto him, and Krillin grabs onto Bulma's shorts. Bulma has to explain to Goku what lava is. Meanwhile, she is yelling at Krillin for accidentally pulling her shorts down to her ankles, revealing her strawberry underwear. Goku lets go, and him, Bulma, and Krillin fall. Goku uses his Power Pole, and the group nearly fall into the lava, as a lava bubble burns Bulma's underwear. They then land onto the room again.


The Pirate Robot appears

They have to creep by the hole and down another tunnel. Meanwhile, General Blue steps into a lake to find a big electric eel shocking him. General Blue gathers up his energy and suffocates the eel. He continues on. Right about now, General Blue and Goku and the gang and reached the same point. In the tunnel, General Blue got right behind them. He then states he might handle the three himself, and then bitterly states he'll make sure to outsmart Goku. They reached a port with a giant ship. Bulma thinks that the only way to the treasure is down into the water. General Blue runs and hides behind some boxes. Blue then decides to postpone confronting and killing the three until after they lead him to the pirate's treasure and the Dragon Ball. Goku notices something in a group of boxes. As they approached it, two small lights turned on. Two claws started to move. A giant Pirate Robot comes out. It chases Goku and the group. It slashes its claws and Goku and Krillin jump and Bulma ducks. General Blue gets scared. As the robot continues to chase the trio, the narrator replies how the pirates left more than treasure.

Major Events[]

  • Goku, Bulma, and Krillin navigate through the traps found in the Pirate Cave.
  • Goku, Bulma, and Krillin run into the Pirate Robot.


  • General Blue vs. Electric Eel
  • Goku and Krillin vs. Pirate Robot





Differences from the Manga[]

  • Commander Red having his portrait painted at Red Ribbon Headquarters is exclusive to the anime.
  • Goku, Bulma, and Krillin falling through a hole in the floor and narrowly escaping falling into lava is exclusive to the anime.
  • General Blue's fight with the Electric Eel is exclusive to the anime.


  • Throughout this episode, General Blue's armband is misspelled "BULE".
  • Commander Red's painting foreshadows his true desire for the Dragon Balls.
  • Near the beginning when you see Commander Red being painted, a Red Ribbon soldier walks in with brown hair, but when he turns to the artist and back he has blond hair, before it once more changes to brown hair later in the scene.
  • The first trap with the spear hallway is similar to a trap in the Incan temple at the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark, which also features long projectiles fired from the walls of a hallway that are triggered via buttons on the floor.
  • Bulma's panties are a different color from the previous episode, "Kame House - Found!", in which they are white. In this episode, her panties are purple with strawberries on it.
  • Under normal circumstances, Bulma's clothes would have ignited due to their proximity to the boiling lava when the Power-Pole bent.
  • As Blue walks away from the electric eel, he is in front of the eel and the hallway floor for a single frame during his walk cycle.
  • Despite Commander Red having ginger hair in the anime, his portrait depicts him with white hair, similar to in the manga.
  • The edited Funimation dub removed the shots of the Blue Corp men having been speared to death by the pirates' trap due to their graphic nature. This includes one of the supposedly dead soldiers getting back up and telling General Blue that there were no survivors. Blue's reaction to the carnage is left in, however, and the audience is left to picture the grisly aftermath for themselves.


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