Season 1 Episode 13

Heart of Gold

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Unknown on FOX



  • Trivia

    • If you're watching closely, when Rance Burgess is delivering his sinister speech to rally his men, you can see that one of the cutaway shots of the onlookers is actually played backwards. Keep your eyes peeled, you can see the fire on one guy's torch is flowing backwards when they tilt up to show him.

    • As Mal dives from the roof, one of Burgess' men shoots at him with his horse facing Mal dead on. Mal lands and does a forward roll, and now the horse is standing at right angles. Why would you move a horse while shooting at an armed, moving target?

    • We know Book knows his guns better than he should, yet in this episode he's only armed with a hose. We know from "War Stories" that he's not averse to taking up arms if needed. River, with her blind-shooting ability, also seems underutilised.

    • When Burgess walks out of the room with the baby, you can clearly see he's holding a doll in one shot

  • Quotes

    • Mal: You know, not altogether wise, sneakin' up on a fella when he's handling his weapon.
      Inara: I'm sure I've heard that said. But perhaps the dining area isn't the place for this sort of thing.

    • Inara: In that case, every well-bred petty crook knows the small concealable weapons always go to the far left of the place setting.

    • Wash: Well, it's for her.
      : Huh?
      Wash: The call's for Inara.
      Inara: I'll take it in my shuttle.
      Wash: All right. I'll send it back there to you.
      Mal: This distress wouldn't happen to be taking place in someone's pants, would it?

    • Inara: It sounds like something this crew can handle. I can't guarantee they'll handle it particularly well, but...
      Nandi: If they've got guns and brains at all...
      Inara: They've got guns.

    • Inara: I suppose you heard most of that?
      Mal: Only 'cause I was eavesdropping.

    • Book: These people need assistance. The benefit wouldn't necessarily be for you.
      Jayne: That's what I'm sayin'.
      Zoe: No one us gonna force you to go, Jayne. As has been stated, this job is strictly speculative.
      Jayne: Don't know these folks. Don't much care to.
      Mal: They're whores.
      Jayne: I'm in.

    • Jayne: That's the whorehouse?
      Inara: Yes.
      Jayne: How come it looks like a frozen dinner pack?
      Kaylee: Solar sheeting. Cheap power.
      Jayne: Hope the whores are prettier than the house.

    • Inara: Nandi, this is Malcolm Reynolds.
      Nandi: I appreciate your coming.
      Mal: Well, any friend of Inara's is a strictly businesslike relationship of mine.

    • Mal: This is my first mate, Zoe. I'll introduce you to the rest in a bit. They're good folk.
      Jayne: Can I start getting sexed already?
      Mal: Well, that one's kind of horrific.

    • Jayne: My John Thomas is about to pop off and fly about the room, there's so much tasty in here.
      Wash: Would be you'd get your most poetical about your pecker.

    • Kaylee: They got boy whores. Isn't that thoughtful?

    • Kaylee: Wash, tell me I'm pretty.
      Wash: Were I unwed, I would take you in a manly fashion.
      Kaylee: 'Cause I'm pretty?
      Wash: 'Cause you're pretty.

    • Book: I'm fair handy with a hammer, Captain.
      Mal: That so, Shepherd?
      Book: Been following the footsteps of a carpenter for some time now.

    • Mal: Well, lady, I must say... you're my kind of stupid.

    • Mal: Inara, think you can stoop to being on my arm?
      Inara: Will you wash it first?

    • Wash: Well, I'm not sure now is the best time to bring a tiny little helpless person into our lives.
      Zoe: That excuse is getting a little worn, honey.
      Wash: It's not an excuse, dear. It's objective assessment. I can't help that it stays relevant.
      Zoe: I don't give a good gorram about relevant, Wash, or objective. And I ain't so afraid of losing something that I ain't gonna try to have it. You and I would make one beautiful baby. And I wanna meet that child one day. Period.

    • Inara: How many babies have you actually delivered?
      Simon: As the primary? This would be the first. You?
      Inara: My first too.
      River: Mine too.

    • Nandi: You not sly, are you? 'Cause I got my boys.
      Mal: Sly? No. I lean towards womenfolk. Just... one thing at a time. Never liked complications.

    • Mal: (hitting on Nandi) Um, Miss Nandi, I have a confession to make.
      Nandi: Maybe I should get the Shepherd?
      Mal: Well, I ain't sinned yet. I'd feel a little more than awkward if he were here when I did.

    • (Mal and Nandi kiss)
      Nandi: You okay with this?
      Mal: I'm just waiting to see if I pass out...Long story.

    • Nandi: So my child, how long has it been since your last confession?
      Mal: Longer than I'd care to say.
      Nandi: You gonna remember where everything goes?
      Mal: Let's just say I plan to take it real slow.

    • Mal: Well, I just didn't want you thinkin'... that I was taking advantage of your friend.
      Inara: She's well worth taking advantage of. I sincerely hope you did.
      Mal: So, you're okay. Well, yeah--why wouldn't you be?
      Inara: I wouldn't say I'm entirely okay. I'm a little appalled at her taste.

    • Jayne: Oh, now, girl, that is just plain dirty.
      Mal: Jayne, you are aware your radio's transmittin'? Cause I don't feel particularly girlish or dirty at the moment.

    • Kaylee: Malcolm seem a little funny to you at breakfast this morning?
      Wash: Come on, Kaylee. We all know I'm the funny one.

    • Mal: You ladies and gentlemen all locked and loaded?
      Lucy: Yes, sir.
      Mal: Good. Remember, shoot the man, not the horse. A dead horse is cover. A live horse, great pile of panic.

    • Mal: Jayne, I do believe that's our first hurdle. Think you might...
      Jayne: (kills the machinegunner) I think I might, Captain.

    • (River watches Petaline in labor)
      River: Who do you think is in there?

    • Inara: (referring to Nandi) I'm glad you were with her, her last night. I am.
      Mal: Yeah, well, I ain't. Hell, wish I never met her... then I wouldn't have failed her.
      Inara: That wasn't the way of it.
      Mal: That's a kindness. But nothin' you say will convince me different.

  • Notes

    • International Airdates:
      Latin America: July 19, 2003 on Fox Latin America
      UK: August 4, 2003 on SyFy
      Canada: November 19, 2003 on Space
      New Zealand: March 22, 2005 on TV3

    • This episode was nominated for a Hugo Award for Dramatic Presentation: Short Form.

  • Allusions