I just watched those episodes again after speaking to you about it, it pretty much goes like that. Gohan is clearly outclassing Super Buu, he "self-destructs" in order to buy time (an hour) so he can get Goten and Trunks to fuse again into Gotenks, at which point he will coax them into fusing and absorb piccolo (for his brains) and gotenks (for his strength). Then Gohan can't really keep up and because he's outmatched by strength and wit (Super Buu begins messing with Gohan at this point - and he loses focus). Goku shows up with the earings and etc...
The part where Goku goes SS3 for the first time on earth was pretty damn badass but that was in front of Fat Buu, I remember him screaming for like 5 minutes as he charged up and shifted from SS1 - SS2 - SS3. Then he apologized to Buu for taking so long because it was still "New to Goku". Good times!!! I think the music really did a lot for me for DBZ, I felt that it added a lot of depth/emotion (I said it!) but I didn't really like the music for GT.
Oh man that is awesome, where did you watch it? I need to catch it again. But yea, when Goku screams for 5 minutes to charge up is the cookie cutter of DBZ. I remember how I get all excited about them half naked screaming for 30 minutes. The best part is, I would be like can't wait to watch it tomorrow and of course they would do the same again. Such good times, I miss my childhood haha.
Yea, you are right, that was fat buu because I can now remember his stupid confused face as Goku was powering up. And how Goku said sorry for taking so long.
Hmm that would suck if they did that for the fans. Another fan interference, wonder where we just saw that huh? . They could have easily put goku and gohan together though. It is DBZ for crying out loud, not that hard to milk it for more episode to give the spotlight to both the dad and the son.