One Piece Season 1 Episode 5 Recap – Is Zoro dead?

By Jonathon Wilson
Published: August 31, 2023 (Last updated: September 5, 2023)
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One Piece Season 1 Episode 5 Recap - Is Zoro dead?


The crew suffers its first major setback as Zoro bites off more than he can chew, and ideals are tested both among the pirates and the Marines.

This recap of the 2023 Netflix series One Piece Season 1 Episode 5, “Eat At Baratie!”, contains spoilers.

Episode 4 ended with the surprising revelation that Vice-Admiral Garp was Luffy’s grandfather, so there’s only one thing for it – an explanatory flashback.

It’s not much of a flashback, to be fair, just a snippet to show the essentials of the relationship. Garp wanted Luffy to be a Marine, not a pirate, and was willing to put his point across by force if necessary, destroying the ship Luffy was building and carrying him away from the wreckage over his shoulder.

One Piece Season 1 Episode 5 Recap

In the present day, the Going Merry is still under attack from Garp’s vessel and attempts to return fire are a slapstick disaster. It’s only through Luffy’s powers – it turns out he can wildly inflate himself, enough to catch a cannonball in his enormous rubber gut and fling it back at Garp’s mainsail – that they’re able to escape.

Who is Sanji?

The Straw Hat Pirates take refuge at the titular Baratie, an oceangoing restaurant owned by Zeff, where Sanji works as a line cook who imagines himself as a Michelin star chef. Sanji and Zeff clash, forcing Sanji to work front of house as a waiter, where he resolves disputes by wheel-kicking patrons and offers Nami the entire wine list the second he snatches a glimpse of her.

Luffy tries to pay for the gang’s meal with an IOU, so Zeff forces him to wash dishes to pay off his debt. In the kitchen, he gets to know Sanji a little. His dream is to find the All Blue, the point where all the ocean quadrants and their diverse wildlife meet – a cook’s dream. Naturally, Luffy tries to recruit him, but they’re distracted by a hungry pirate stumbling in. Sanji feeds him, but he warns them that sailing the Grand Line in search of the One Piece is certain death.

Who is Dracule Mihawk?

With Garp’s ship stranded until repairs are completed, and his complete refusal to send an SOS to the Marines, he instead turns to Dracule Mihawk, one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea and, supposedly, the greatest swordsman alive.

Unfortunately, Koby overhears this conversation, which brings his idealized view of the Marines into question. Helmeppo, who he’s beginning to bond with a little now after saving him from being crushed under the falling mainsail, explains how the World Government made a deal with the warlords, giving them the freedom to do whatever if they helped with services that the Marines couldn’t be seen to carry out.

Koby is so dismayed by this that he confronts Garp about it. Garp tells him that the world isn’t fair, and that he’s going to have to figure out whether or not he can live with that. Koby says he can, but he doesn’t look too sure.

Why does Zoro challenge Mihawk?

While Luffy works, the rest of the crew relax. Usopp gets extremely drunk. Zoro and Nami play a drinking game. The latter is especially considered about the Marines chasing them and the fact that Luffy never mentioned his grandfather being a Vice-Admiral. Since she’s clearly up to something the others don’t know about, given her secret communications, she’s more worried about this than the others, and secretly books passage for herself to the Conomi Islands.

Mihawk arrives that night looking for Luffy, and Zoro immediately challenges him to a duel – to the death. Since Mihawk is considered the world’s greatest swordsman, the only way Zoro can keep his promise is by besting him in single combat, which he’s determined to do, much to Nami’s dismay.

One Piece Season 1 Episode 5 Ending Explained

Is Zoro dead?

Since Nami has become close to Zoro and the rest of the crew, she turns down her ride to be present for Zoro’s duel with Mihawk, which takes place the next morning. Zoro is woefully outmatched, even when Mihawk is using his tiniest blade. However, Zoro refuses to yield, which earns Mihawk’s respect. He delivers a heavy, but not fatal blow, leaving Zoro badly wounded but alive. He tells him it’s too soon for him to die, and that when he grows strong, he should find him again.

He also decides not to bring in Luffy, saying the world needs more wild cards. The episode ends with Zoro’s fate uncertain as he loses consciousness.

You can stream the 2023 series One Piece Season 1 Episode 5, “Eat At Baratie!” exclusively on Netflix.

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