Season 1, Ep 12, Aired
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  • Episode Description
  • Saffron (from "Our Mrs. Reynolds") returns - after Mal breaks up her current gig, she convinces him and the crew to help out with a "perfect crime" that isn't. The crime: go to Bellerophon and steal a criminal's prototype laser gun from his collection. The plan: Saffron and Mal sneak in and dump the gun down the trash, bypassing security, and the Serenity crew grab it from the disposal system. Of course, this is Saffron, and things don't quite turn out as planned... Meanwhile, Simon figures out Jayne betrayed them (in "Ariel") and the two have words.moreless

  • 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 (16)
  • Trash

    By joxerlives, Jan 06, 2012

  • They have had better episodes.

    By Parricida, Jan 16, 2009

  • The return of the all-time great double crosser, Saffron, ends with a naked Mal, perched on a rock, in the middle of nowhere. Nothing out of the ordinary about that!

    By la_survive, Feb 18, 2008

  • Any episode that begins with Mal sitting naked on a rock is going to get some serious attention.

    By rocco_lampone, Jun 05, 2007

  • Mrs. Reynolds strikes back

    By ionee24, Apr 28, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (21)

    • (When Saffron is seemingly crying) Mal: I've seen you without your clothes on before. Never thought I'd see you naked.

    • Wash: We're in space! How'd she get here?
      Mal: She hitched.
      Wash: I don't recall pulling over!

    • Inara: Well, since I can't seem to find work as Companion, I might as well become a petty thief like you!
      (an uncomfortable silence descends for a moment)
      Mal: Petty?
      Inara: I didn't mean petty.
      Mal: What did you mean?
      Inara: Suo-SHEE?
      Mal: ...That's Chinese for "petty."

    • Mal: Yeah. That went well. Inara: You call this going well? Mal: We got the loot didn't we? Inara: Yes, but... Mal: Then I call it a win. What's the problem? Inara: Should I start with the part where you're stranded in the middle of nowhere or the part where you have no clothes?

    • Saffron: Oh yeah, just like old times. Mal: We don't have any old times, I just don't want you pullin' a pistol out... (frisks Saffron) ...of anywhere. Saffron: You missed a spot. Mal: You can't miss a place you've never been.

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    Notes (5)

    • The laser gun was called the Lasseter. John Lasseter was the director of Toy Story, which was written by Firefly creator Joss Whedon.

    • This episode aired on Canada's Space Channel Nov. 24 2003

    • This episode takes place after "War Stories" in the episode order.

    • First aired in the UK on 21st July 2003, on The Sci-fi Channel.

    • This episode aired on FOX Latin America on Saturday, June 28th, 2003.

    Trivia (8)

    • Mal receives several injuries in previous episodes, including: "Serenity," "Train Job," "Shindig", and "Out of Gas." Yet there are no visible scars when he is seen naked at the end of the episode.

    • Why hasn't a security conscious guy like Durran changed his security/access codes in the last 6 years? Particularly when he knows that his security expert ran off, possibly with his wife.

    • Near the end of the episode, when Saffron is in the garbage crate, we can see lots of rubbish, but it is shown in the episode that after each piece of waste is disposed, the crate is taken away to the reclamation area. On top of this, the whole system itself seems inefficient. The crates are big enough to store lots of rubbish, but they are picked up 30 seconds after a piece of garbage has been disposed. Surely, it would be more cost-effective to wait until the crate is full before taking it for reclamation?

    • Trivia: Among the items in the "Earth that was" collection there are several US dollar bills; a U.S. telephone box; a model sailing ship; several vases; a grand piano; a grandfather clock; and several paintings, including the Mona Lisa.

    • Trivia: The outfit that Inara is wearing at the end of the episode is the same one she is wearing the flashback in ”Out of Gas."

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