Out of Gas

Season 1, Ep 5, Aired 10/25/02
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  • Episode Description
  • In a delirious state after Serenity's engine explodes, draining the ship of its oxygen supply, Mal has a series of flashbacks about how he came to own Serenity and form his crew.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Nathan Fillion

    Captain Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds

  • Sean Maher

    Dr. Simon Tam

  • Ron Glass

    The Shepherd Book

  • Gina Torres


  • Jewel Staite

    Kaywinnit Lee 'Kaylee' Frye

  • Fan Reviews (43)
  • Best TV episode, of any show ever.

    By donkeyhigh, Jun 06, 2014

  • Out of Gas

    By joxerlives, Jan 06, 2012

  • One of the greatest hours of television I've ever seen.

    By BlakeMP, Oct 26, 2005

  • A nice flashback episode, but a bit too heroic and overdone.

    By 0hBoy, Mar 31, 2006

  • The very best episode of what proved to be one of the most innovative sci fi series ever.

    By Britgirlrnr, Sep 13, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (20)

    • Mal: (about Serenity) Try to see past what she is, on to what she can be. Zoe: What's that, sir? Mal: Freedom. Zoe: No, I meant... (pointing) ...what's that? Mal: Oh. Just step around it. I think something must have been living in here.

    • Kaylee: Sometimes a thing gets broke, can’t be fixed.

    • Jayne: Hey, what do you think you're doing? Fighting at a time like this! You'll use up all the air.

    • Mal: I tell you, Zoe, we get a mechanic, get her up and running again, hire a good pilot, maybe a like real people. A small crew - them's as feel a need to be free. Take jobs as they come. Ain't never have to be under the heel of nobody never again. No matter how long the arm of the Alliance might get, we'll just get ourselves a little further. Zoe: (pause) Get her running again? Mal: Yeah. Zoe: So, not running now? Mal: Not so much.

    • Mal: You're all gonna be here when I wake up? Book: We'll be here. Mal: Good. That's good...

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    Notes (5)

    • When Mal is talking to the crew about their leaving on the shuttles he reaches up and touches Serenity. This was improvised by Nathan Fillion.

    • The button which Mal is supposed to hit to call back the shuttles once the part has arrived was stolen by Alan Tudyk (Wash) and sent to Joss Whedon when the show was cancelled with a note saying 'When your miracle gets here, call us back".

    • Gina Torres spent much of the episode unconscious because in real life she was off getting married.

    • Mal narrates the pre-credit opening rather than Book.

    • The introduction at the beginning of the show in this episode is somewhat different from the normal introduction, but close-captioning displayed the words for the normal introduction.

    Trivia (4)

    • One of the candles on the birthday cake goes from being lit to not lit depending on the camera angle.

    • Trivia: The dress that Kaylee is wearing in the flashback is the same dress she wears on her date with Simon in the episode "The Message".

    • In one of the DVD commentaries for Firefly, it's explained that Zoe wears her leather necklace as a sort of wedding ring, symbolizing her marriage to Wash. But, she's wearing the same necklace during the flashback shots in this episode. Why is she wearing it if she's not married to Wash yet?

    • At least in our time, injecting a big needle of adrenaline into someone with a stomach wound will almost certainly result in one very dead patient.

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