Episode 24, "Resurrected Comrades! The Handsome Warrior Zarbon's Devilish Transformation", or "Vegeta Gets A Beatdown"
*****SPOILERS*****Synopsis: While training on the trip to Namek, Goku is contacted by King Kai, who informs him that Piccolo, Yamcha, Tenshinhan, and Chaozu have arrived to train on his planet. Goku informs King Kai about a more powerful presence on Namek than Vegeta, and King Kai confirms it's Freeza. He warns Goku to stay away from Freeza. On Namek, Vegeta encounters Zarbon, and they engage in combat. At first, it looks like Vegeta has the advantage, but Zarbon transforms into a more monsterous form and brutalizes him. After this, Zarbon flies off, while Vegeta passes out from his injuries.
What can I say about this episode? Oh yeah, for some reason, King Kai thinks Chaozu is worth training and Vegeta gets his fucking ass handed to him by a bishounen-turned-monster.
Of course, since we've all seen DBZ a billion times, we know there's no fucking reason to train scrubs like Yamcha or Chaozu. Guess what Tenshinhan ends up doing with his time on King Kai's planet? Uh, nothing! Well, at least he temporarily subdues Cell later on, but that's about it. Utterly worthless. King Kai is best left trying to get more out of Piccolo and kicking the other three down to Hell where they belong, the losers.
Again, we get to play a game of "What's Old Footage, What's New Footage?", with your host, uh, John O'Hurley, probably. Or maybe Wayne Brady. Probably one of those two. Not Louie Anderson, that guy's fucking awful. He should die in a fire. Anyway, back to my point. During the battle between Vegeta and Zarbon, we switch back and forth between old and new animation so much, the folks who worked on the Zeta Gundam movies blush in embarrassment. Although they should be blushing in pain, from being burned alive in a fire, because those movies were a travesty. But you get my point.
It is comforting to see Vegeta, who was so cocky after having easily killed both Kiwi and Dodoria, finally get a beat down. But he does get better.
3.5 out of 5