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Garlic Jr.

Original Airdate: April 1, 2019
Has all that whipping from his new tutor turned Gohan into a masochist?

It's time for Dragon Ball Z Kai Abridged, Episode...II.9. It actually decides to cover the full Garlic Jr. saga.

This episode contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Adaptation Expansion: This episode spends more time on Garlic Jr. than the main series spent on that filler arc.
  • Adaptation Name Change: The Spice Boy known as "Salt" is renamed "Enema".
  • All Just a Dream: The events are actually a daydream of Gohan while he's being whipped by his tutor.
  • April Fools' Plot: Prior to its release, Lanipator had said they needed to split the Kai for the Cell saga into two episodes. But with a release on April Fools' Day, of course there would be a catch: a full treatment of Garlic Jr. When the actual Episode 3 of Kai Abridged was released on July 3, it is revealed that the Cell saga is, indeed, split into two episodes as Episode 3 focused primarily on the Android saga with it ending right on Cell's reveal.
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  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: While searching for Goku in space, Vegeta is shown standing unprotected on a random asteroid. He can only incredulously attribute this to being in "the part of the galaxy where there's air".
  • Call-Forward: Vegeta went to look for Goku in space, and looked everywhere but planet Yardrat and Vampa.
  • The Cameo: Right before the All Just a Dream reveal, Alucard shows up and shoots Garlic Jr. in the head, knocking him into the Dead Zone. This is followed by a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate-style "Alucard goes for a walk!" card.
    Alucard: Kept you waiting, huh?
  • Deus Exit Machina: Naturally Lampshaded. Gohan says that Piccolo beat up Second Form Freeza and could easily defeat all the villains here, but then they feed him coke and he becomes unresponsive. Vegeta happens to be in space and so he's no help either.
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  • Drugs Are Bad: Garlic Jr.'s minions give Piccolo cocaine (which Mr. Popo keeps generous quantities of on the Lookout), Kami apparently had "a bad time" after eating French toast tainted by Popo's stash, and the Black Water Mist is something Popo's been cooking up for the last few centuries (and is apparently great for vape pens and butt-chugging). Meanwhile, in the real world, Lanipator snorts coke and Takahata shotguns Franzia while KaiserNeko does all the writing.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Krillin does not appreciate Tard's quip about gas, berating him for trivializing the damage mustard gas can do.
  • Education Mama: During the intervention, Gohan expressly tells Chi-Chi to put the "tiger mom" back in the cage.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When Garlic Jr. has Piccolo choke Gohan, Gohan says "Harder!" This causes Garlic Jr., all the Spice Boys, Piccolo, and Krillin to cry out in disgust that Gohan might actually like being choked. Even after Gohan says he was telling Piccolo needs to fight his mind control harder, Piccolo stops because he had made it weird.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Garlic Jr realizes during his explanation of the Dead Zone that he just realized he did the same thing that got him banished there the first time around.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: During a brief Seinfeldian Conversation between Krillin and Tard, they speak about how a good sequel tends to become more well-known than the original installment, which of course is a nod to how people tend to go straight to Z regarding Dragon Ball.invoked
  • Precision F-Strike: As part of the April Fools' Day joke, both Krillin and Garlic Jr. get uncensored F-bombs.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Vinegar up and leaves after all of Garlic Jr's other minions have been killed.
    Vinnie: Okay. This place is killing my high. I'm out. (leaves)
    Garlic Jr. (beat) ARE YOU FUCKING ME RIGHT NOW?
  • Self-Deprecation: A peek behind the scenes at Team Four Star shows the company lazing around with drugs and alcohol. And when they don't know how to write a scene (because Lani's too high, Taka's too drunk, and Kaiser's fed up with their shit), they just recycle jokes.
  • Shout-Out: The subtitle references the prologue episode of Kingdom Hearts III.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Gohan has some lip for his new tutor:
    Tutor: Are you learning yet?
    Gohan: I dunno. Did Caligula get his comeuppance?
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Rather than be killed by an enraged Gohan like he was in the anime, Vinegar simply decides he's had enough and walks out. We later find out that he's become a successful author.
  • The Stinger: After the ending card, we get an interview of Vinegar on ZPR in order to pimp his new book, The Fault in Our Makyo Stars.
  • Take That!:
    • As per usual, Team Four Star takes a jab at Dragon Ball GT by having Baby appear as "Baby Spice" who had been kicked out of the spice boys.
    • Garlic Jr. tells Piccolo to "make like an anti-vaxxer and murder [Gohan]." Spice asks if he's maybe being too heavy-handed with the social commentary.invoked
    • And of course the entire episode is a giant one to the Garlic Jr. filler arc of the anime itself with Krillin commenting at one point that "I'm glad we skipped this the first time" after being blasted and the reveal that the entire episode is nothing more then a nonsensical dream Gohan is having from being whipped to hard by his tutor.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Subverted. At first, when Piccolo starts choking Gohan, Gohan says "harder". However, he soon reveals that he meant for Piccolo to try harder on fighting the black water mist causing everybody to sigh in relief and Piccolo to stop choking him due to having made it weird.
    • And then there's Krillin, who actually moans when bitten. And again at the thought of Garlic Jr.'s schlong in his powered up form.
  • Unfortunate Names: Mustard shortens his name to Tard, while begging everybody not to take it the wrong way. Vinegar doesn't buy it, and compares it to doing the same thing with his own name.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The episode begins with Gohan, Krillin, Master Roshi, Yamcha, and Maron giving Chi-Chi an intervention on her being too hard on Gohan. She ends up smacking Gohan when he says Goku may come back home if she's easier on him, and her general expression throughout the intervention all but confirms she doesn't care about Gohan's opinion, still thinking she's in the right about her parenting style.

"Man, I'm glad we skipped this the first time."

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