Season 1 Episode 14


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Unknown on FOX
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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.


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  • Trash

    The good;

    Real white knuckle stuff with Zoe and Kaylee on the garbage barge, Indy snatching his hat close. Also love a paralysed, terrified Jayne at Simon's mercy calling out 'Anybody there?" only for River to stick her head around the corner of the door, for such a little thing she can be extremely sinister ("When did your little sister become unbelievably scary?"). 2nd appearance for Saffron and when you see her turn up you just know it's going to be a good one, the interplay between her and Mal and the bitchy rivalry between her and Inara is delicious. Really like Monty too, hope we see him again, with beard or without.

    The bad;

    Doesn't anyone notice a bloody great spaceship like Serenity screwing with the garbage?

    Best line;

    Saffron; (of Mal) "He's my husband"

    Mal; "Well who the hell in the galaxy ain't!?"


    Doren; (after Mal has explained they're here to steal his property but that Saffron lied to him) "I appreciate your honesty...not you know, a lot...but...."

    Packing heat;

    The whole plot revolves around 'The Lassiter', an antique laser pistol of untold value (check out Jayne's double take when he hears the name). We've seldom seen projectile energy weapons in the Fireflyverse, most people seem to still rely on lead. Noticeably the police on the core worlds seem to use some form of advanced stun guns whilst those on the outer planets stick with bullets. Because they need more firepower out in the wilds or just haven't been issued the new weaponry yet? Inara with a gun, the first time we see her with one. Needless to say it's an elegant, delicate looking affair, maybe a Ruger .22 or something similar.

    Kinky dinky;

    Naked Mal. Give Joss his due, whilst he has plenty of female nudity on his shows he makes sure there's plenty of male eye candy too (Spike, Angel, all the Actives in the Dollhouse showers). He frisks Saf-Brid-Yol commenting he's "never been there before'.

    Capt subtext;

    One thing that was suggested to me in feedback for my review of War Stories is that Inara's customer was able to provide sophisticated medical equipment at the drop of a hat which Simon uses to sew Mal's ear back on. At the end the crew wonder out loud how she's able to do that so easily but if we do believe that Inara is sick, maybe this was all intended for her as part of her treatment?

    Inara accuses Mal of avoiding the core planets not through his hatred for the Alliance or wish to avoid law enforcement but because he's jealous of her clients and wants to stop her working. Mal doesn't mind be called a thief, he just objects to being a 'petty' thief? Or does Inara just mean he's petty about her and a thief? Perhaps Inara resents Saffron so much because she recognises her as a fallen version of herself?

    Total Serenity crew; 9-Inara refers to 'our cut' and actually participates in the plan which is unusual for her (or at least she's the backup for when it inevitably all goes wrong). Simon and River inform Jayne they won't kill him for his betrayal because they consider him part of their crew.

    Knocked out; Jayne by an electric shock

    Book; 2

    Simon; 2

    Kaylee; 1


    Mal; 2

    Wash; 1

    Inara; 1

    Zoe; 1

    River; 1

    Women good/men bad;

    Even by his standards Jayne is amazingly crude to Simon and River, threatening to show then his 'man parts' and proclaiming that 'womenfolk ain't to be trusted'. Saffron leaving Mal naked in the desert in undoubteldy funny although would it have been acceptable to us if Mal had done the same to her?

    Happy high-class hookers in Space;

    Inara refers to her 'house mistress', presumably some form of high-ranking companion supervisor/tutor. She also refers to the Geisha dolls Mal has been smuggling, a similar profession to her own. Is she Mal's Geisha Doll? Mal calls Saffron a 'Dirty, dirty whore' as an insult, once again showing how his mind works. Saffron asks Doren if he regards her as his 'Princess in the tower', maybe suggesting she was a companion who made the mistake of becoming a kept woman as a couple of Inara's past clients have wanted of her.

    Alliance good or bad?;

    Mal actually shows real sympathy for Duren even though Saffron claims he's an Alliance war criminal, pronouncing him the one guy 'who don't have it coming'. Maybe Mal is starting to put the war behind him? (Or did his own share of looting which is how he afforded the Serenity?)

    Firefly speak;


    Weak tea=not good

    Back birth=idiot

    Companion=high class courtesan



    Rutting=bloody (or perhaps 'fraking'?)


    Purple belly=officious bureaucrat

    Ta-gow=Oh god!

    Won-gwa-pee= to urinate or defecate





    Wah=what the hell?

    Mah song=quickly


    Nu-shu-quong=nice going


    Sheinou-niou=no good

    Mei, mei=little sister



    Moon brain=inbred?


    Swa-shi=petty, small time

    Crew injured;

    Mal gets a bloody nose from Saf-Brid-Yol.

    Reminds me off;

    Inara's pistol is reminiscent of Princess Leia's in Star Wars. The police vehicles remind me of US Navy Viking ASW planes. The phonebox amongst Doren's collection may refer to Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. Floating balloons on tethers as we saw in The Initiative and may refer to The Prisoner. One of the fences Mal suggests is called Ellison, again a famous sci-fi author.

    Questions and observations;

    All the mechanics on the Serenity seem to (literally) revolve around the one moving part, it's like the engine on the Beatles' Yellow Submarine or something. So what did happen to Heinrich the security guy? Saffron refers to a fence she has standing by on Prersephone to buy the Lassiter, does she mean Badger? Simon is noticeably dressing down now, no longer so dandy as he used to be (like Wes on Angel). Does River just sense Jayne's betrayal on Ariel or can she actually read his mind? Check out Kaylee's flowery cup, you just instinctively know it's hers. It seems to be you can now fix spinal damage with a simple injection.

    So, River tells Jayne that she can kill him with her mind? Does she mean by telling what she knows? Because she's so much smarter than him? Or does she mean literally, implying once again the supersoldier/Dark Phoenix from the X-men idea?


    Marks out of 10;

    8 out of 10, an awful lot of fun to be had, as Mal says at the end, it's a good day. For me Firefly is very much hitting it's stride at this point.

  • They have had better episodes.

    I really do not know but I did not liked this episode. I somehow felt little stupit and to be honest, we get the real nature of Saffron in her previews appearance - so somehow it felt like something old is just brought in, made another steal something episode without no real value..

    But other than this.. it was adventure episode and the stealing job looked like going wrong all the time.. and when Saffron left Mal into the dessert.. I really wondered - are they going to end it like that but then Inara showed up.. I think it was a clever twist.. I did not expected it.moreless
  • 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!

    Top points for this (rather bizarre) episode goes simply for the brilliant final scenes. Mal, naked, sitting on a rock in the middle of nowhere is definitely worth a look (and a second, third, fourth look...)

    From start to finish the episode has the rather unstable feel that "Our Mrs Reynolds" had, due to the fact that Saffron is such an unknown character, and that she spends all her time lying and deceiving, so you are constantly waiting for the rest of the plot to unfold. She is an unusual character, not your typical enemy, but then again, Firefly is not your typical show.

    By this stage I have become a huge Mal fan so the Mal-heavy episodes are my favorites. He is such a cool-cucumber at times, and yet seems to get himself, and his crew, into the most bizarre situations. How on earth could he possibly thought he could trust that lying, scheming, double-crossing snake, Saffron??? It is beyond me how an intelligent, skilled guy thinks like a man every time!

    The plot for this one was great, very clever. It is fun to rob from the rich, and even more fun when there is a great plot twist thrown in. Saffron really plays her part well, she does convince you that she is genuine, even though you know deep down she is going to turn on them all.

    The twist with the husband was clever, and the way she used it to manipulate Mal was perfect. When he sits down next to her you just want to slap him! I mean: "Come on Mal!". Regardless, it is all worth it in the end just to see the final scenes: Inara holding a gun on Saffron and explaining her role in the scheme (Go Inara!) and then to have Mal wander back onto the ship - so happy just as he is, as everyone else cringes... just great Firefly moments!

    Finally, Jayne and Simon have their moment from the previous episode, which gives some closure there. I love River's comment to him: "Also, I can kill you with my brain". Just perfect!

    This is yet another strongly plotted and well presented episode. The return of Saffron makes you feel like an old-school Firefly fan and is a nice touch. A great show.moreless
  • Any episode that begins with Mal sitting naked on a rock is going to get some serious attention.

    Any episode that begins with Mal sitting naked on a rock is going to get some serious attention. Note, however, that it comes immediately after the episode where Inara and the Councilor have a lesbian scene in “War Stories”. This is the episode that serves as a balance to the apparent sexism that many felt the lesbian scene represented. In all fairness, Inara is the Companion, and thus has a character-driven reason for the naked; Mal’s situation is the one that feels more contrived in comparison. Despite that, there’s a theme at work, so Mal’s bare ass is justified. One thing that comes into play more and more in the “complication” phase of the first season (fated to end before any of the plot/character threads could be resolved) is the repeated appearance of acquaintances from Mal’s time in the war. In fact, Mal’s time in the war becomes a matter of central importance, since it begins to explore the depth of his loss of faith in humanity. This comes into play far more in “The Message”, but the teaser shows Mal putting up quite the front for his old war buddy. Mal is never that cheerful. Bringing back Saffron was a very good idea. For one thing, Christina Hendricks has an insane ability to switch from sultry to devious to lethal on a dime. It doesn’t hurt that she’s incredibly hot. Check out the scene where Mal is frisking her for weapons; she gets that little hip thing going that made millions fall in lust with her at the end of “Our Mrs. Reynolds”. Mal knows her tricks, of course, but that makes all the more fun to watch him resist her charms, ample as they are. Mal is all ready to send Saffron out into the middle of nowhere, where she desperately belongs, until she mentions her perfect little crime. Thus begins a clever series of double crosses that plays to the strength of Mal’s little band of thieves. As much as Mal might not be the perfect criminal mastermind, his team is top notch, and they prove it by outfoxing the fox. Saffron, after all, has made a fool out of dozens (if not hundreds) of men (and possibly women). It’s no small thing for Mal’s crew to pull together a successful caper against her. As much as Inara and Mal later use it as a basis for their back-up plan against Saffron, it’s not at all clear whether or not their conversation was part of the ruse. It’s far more likely that it was a legitimate argument that they used when it was convenient. This would actually play well into Mal’s psychology; he would be likely to reclassify the conversation, unpleasant and uncomfortable as it was, as a resource, rather than face the possibilities and emotions behind the words. Speaking of, this is a scene that builds on everything that happened in the first part of the season, where Mal and Inara continually revealed their feelings for one another. Inara continues to represent a kind of redemption in Mal’s eyes; his objections to her profession seem to be more concerned with the “impurity” it lends to his idealized vision of her than an actual disdain for prostitution. It’s an easy place for him to go when her disapproval puts him on the defensive. Inara might have legitimate business reasons for her questions, but if so, why go to all the trouble to use those feminine wiles on Mal? It’s suggested, though far from certain, that Inara suspects that Mal is trying to keep her to himself, arranging jobs in such a way to keep her out of the arms of other, more wealthy and “respectable” men. And she may be right. The question is whether or not Mal is aware of it. Equally, Inara may or may not be fully aware of her own reasons for wanting to get back to “civilization”. Inara bemoans the kind of work that Mal has been doing of late, which has been less than inspiring. But it’s also the kind of work that Mal is likely to get in the space he wants to roam, where he’s free of the demands of the Alliance. Metaphorically, Inara is trying to pull him away from the dangers of too much freedom (expressed by Jayne and the Reavers) towards something closer to the “middle path”. Not Alliance sympathy, of course; just something with less of a negative effect on Mal’s overall outlook on humanity. This is what places the two of them at odds, however postponed: Inara, as a major part of Mal’s redemption, needs to bring him closer to the rest of humanity and its current version of civilization. His current lack of faith in others, beyond his crew, continues to drive him further outside of human civilization. Each is trying, consciously or otherwise, to pull the other into their ideal version of the world. What they both need (and by extension, what the human ‘verse needs) is something in between. Looking at that from a more expansive view, in terms of where the series might have been going, this could have been a sign of Mal’s role with respect to River. River is dangerous because she’s very likely the culmination of everything the Alliance wanted to create as a means of ultimate control. As such, in the hands of agents of change (like a revived Independent movement), River represents a powerful weapon. Mal has the network of old war buddies and criminal elements, as well as a developing reputation; with River (and perhaps others from the Academy) as a resource, he could begin a new movement with relative ease. But for that to result in a better world, Mal would have to resist the urge to go too far, to slip humanity into the madness of the Reavers. This is where his crew comes in: they humanize Mal and represents a means of restoring his faith in people. Inara, Kaylee, Zoe…they all give him a reason to remain moral and decent, even loving. Seeing that struggle play out over several seasons would have been a fascinating and provocative commentary on the human condition. In terms of the episode, of course, it becomes part of Mal’s master plan to outwit and outlast Saffron. Certainly the negative emotions between Mal and Inara are realistic enough. Watching the episode the first time around, it’s easy to sit back and wonder why the crew would go along with the caper with such relative ease. There’s just enough resistance to make it seem plausible, but the scene works much better in retrospect, once it’s clear that the crew is playing along with an elaborate ruse. The ensuing scene between Jayne, Simon, and River picks up on the threads left on the table after “Ariel”. Jayne was conspicuously generous at the beginning of “War Stories”, but he’s not fooling the psychic assassin at all. River communicates, in her own special way, that Jayne is trying to hide his complicity in their capture. This adds a bit of tension to the end of the episode, but also an opportunity to explore Simon’s morality. Jayne is the one person he can’t stand, and the one person he has every reason to hate. If there is one moment where the crew almost breaks the ruse, it’s the critical scene between Inara and Zoe. They simply smile at each other too much while Inara dumps out the all-too-honest opinion about Mal’s decision to trust Saffron. At the same time, it’s important to wrap a lie in a mesh of truths, to make it easier to believe; in that respect, the fact that Zoe and Inara are having a relatively normal conversation before Inara rails against Mal helps to paint the right picture for Saffron. Like with “Ariel”, the caper is fun to watch, especially since they avoid the downside of exposition by showing the highlights while explaining what everyone is supposed to do. While Saffron looks hot leading Mal around the estate, the CGI team gets to show off while Jayne and Kaylee attempt to reprogram the garbage removal bin to drop into a remote location. The writers quickly jump through the hoops to get to the part where things go “not so smooth”. Jayne zaps himself, which drops him right into the waiting hands of Simon, the now very-unhappy medic. The mark, Durran Haymer, walks in on Mal and Saffron in the act of thievery, but sure enough, Durran only has eyes for Saffron. Or Yolanda, in this case. Mal is stunned, at least for a moment, at how quickly Saffron slips into the role of the pleasant and devoted wife, happy as peaches to be back in hubby’s arms. Mal’s attempt to keep on Durran’s good side, despite the fact that he’s robbing the man seconds earlier, is one of the better moments of the episode. Durran, thankfully, is not an idiot. The episode wouldn’t play out nearly so well if he were. Because Durran doesn’t believe Saffron, and because Saffron has gone to great lengths to avoid direct contact with Durran, her emotional response to getting caught is entirely sincere. It’s as if she’s fooled herself into believing that she can come back, when she’s ready, and have the relationship she wanted to have with him. She just about loses her mind when she realizes that it’s over. Even while Kaylee and Zoe manage to complete their part of the plan (if only barely), Mal is forced to keep Saffron on the mission, despite her meltdown. The escape from the estate is almost an afterthought. The real fireworks take place once they get past the pathetic security guards, on the way to the drop point. More than a few conversations in this episode are more revealing than the characters are willing to admit; a better title for this episode might have been “Naked”. Saffron certainly plays Mal for a fool, but she uses real emotion to make it happen. What separates Saffron, a woman who is about as human as Jayne (but a lot more clever and driven), from Mal is her ability to take her emotions and render them meaningless. She has feelings of deep regret, obvious attractions, wants and desires, but she dismisses them as irrelevant as soon as it becomes convenient. Scenes like the one with Durron in the estate show how easily Saffron could lose her sanity and become truly dangerous. While Mal also denies his emotions, he never truly escapes their effect. They continue to inform his decisions, even when he would prefer that they didn’t. For just a moment, the writers leave the audience wondering if Saffron got away with the scheme. The misdirection is that well done. It’s not until Inara shows up in her fetching veiled outfit that the scope of the plan comes together for everyone involved. Saffron is left to be captured, though of course, she would have gotten away eventually. Saffron would have made an interesting recurring villain, if only to see how hot she would be the next time. (If “Kevin Hill” were a better show, it would be worth watching just to see a weekly dose of Christina in action!) Back on Serenity, Jayne awakes to find himself unable to move, completely at Simon’s mercy. As mentioned, this is a pivotal moment in Simon’s characterization. He’s already shown the capacity for criminal mastery in “Ariel”, but no desire to inflict harm on those who deserve it in “War Stories”. This episode confirms his devious character turn, as he speaks very pretty words about not hurting Jayne, all the while giving Jayne a very different impression. River’s parting shot aside, Jayne had to be aware that Simon had ways, other than psychical torture or harm, to get his point across. It’s very unlikely that Jayne will be stupid enough to betray them again. Rounding out the episode’s theme of self-deception, Mal won’t admit for a second that he was actually fooled and beaten by Saffron. After all, since Inara managed to win the day, he doesn’t have to acknowledge his own mistakes at all. The final images are a nice metaphor in that regard: Mal acts like everything is fine, even though he’s walking around naked. The writers don’t take it too far, since it plays better as a concept and joke than something more serious, but there’s a definite vibe regarding an emperor and his new clothes. While it’s a lot more dense in terms of character exploration and hidden meaning than one would expect, given the straightforward nature of the plot, it’s not quite as strong as the episodes that came before it. Part of the problem is that “Out of Gas”, “Ariel”, and “War Stories” are some of the best episodes of the series. Even with the major added bonus that Saffron represents, this episode doesn’t quite delve as deeply into the complex interweaving of plot threads covered in “Ariel” and “War Stories”. This episode is really just a sequel to “Our Mrs. Reynolds”, which itself was not the deepest of episodes. But as with any “Firefly” episode, substantial layers are hidden beneath the surface. The confrontation between Mal and Inara suggests where that relationship (and possibly the series) might have been going. The interaction between Simon and Jayne reveals the changes in Simon’s character since boarding Serenity. For that matter, even the conversation between Zoe and Inara about Wash and his perceptiveness touches on the main theme: deception. It’s the extra layers that give this episode the kick that the writers intended.moreless
  • Mrs. Reynolds strikes back

    Mal strained wife uses his crew to gather a precious artifact from husband number one, while he tries to prove himself to non-wife Inara who has recently stroke a nerve pointing out his lack of skill on the petty thief department. Brat sister River takes fun at being locked down - to hide her from Mrs. Reynold - by taunting Jayne about his girly name much to his annoyance, however, the surprise is on clueless Simon as she reveals him she actually does it for Jayne, because he still feels guilty for selling her in "Ariel". The opportunity presents itself for Simon as Jayne gets hurt during Mrs. Reynolds operation which not only causes Mal to get caught with Saffron but also damages Serenity’s direction that must be repaired by Kaylee in order to rescue their captain. This is when Jayne wakes up from a delicate procedure in which Simon could’ve let him die, crippled him or worst but chose not to because threaten him is so much fun! So fun that his playful little sister shows up on the infirmary to tease him with this tiny piece of information: she can kill him with her brain.

    In the end, everything is good in the ‘verse as Captain’s back up plan kicks in, in the form of Inara, who double crosses Saffron right after she double crosses their man just in time for Serenity to come by and pick their naked captain along with Inara who just retrieved the artifact.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • 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.

    • 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."

    • Trivia: At the end of the episode, when Mal is butt naked and talking to Zoe and Wash, when they're leaving him Wash tells Zoe, barely audibly if you listen carefully, "Zoe, he's Jewish!" You can try guessing what he's referring to.

    • Trivia: At time index 17:45, as Mal's shuttle is landing on the island, a spacecraft can be seen flying from right to left in the background. This "spacecraft" is actually a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, a US supersonic reconnaissance aircraft which was first flown in 1964.

    • When Kaylee is reprogramming the garbage can, the screen next to her clearly shows a Windows desktop (with what looks like the new hardware wizard at the first step). Time index on the DVD copy of the episode: 21:41

  • QUOTES (21)

    • (naked, stranded in the desert)
      Mal: Well, that went well...

    • Monte: Mal, I want you to meet my Bridget. (Mal and Saffron/Bridget draw guns) So, you guys have met?

    • Monty: I shaved off my beard for you, devil woman!

    • Saffron: I'll die.
      Mal: Well, as a courtesy, you might start gettin' busy on that 'cause all this chatterin' ain't doin' me any kindness.

    • 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 of--of anywhere.
      Saffron: You missed a spot.
      Mal: Can't miss a place you've never been.

    • Inara: What was the last cargo we snuck past the Alliance to transport?
      Mal: That was a...
      Inara: What was the cargo?
      : They were dolls.
      : They were little geisha dolls with big heads that wobbled.
      Mal: Hey, people love those!

    • 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."

    • Wash: I'm confused...
      Saffron: You're asking yourself, if I've got the security codes why don't I go in, grab it for myself?
      Wash: No, actually. I was wondering... what's she doing on this ship?!? Didn't she try to kill us?!?

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

    • Saffron: This isn't a one-woman operation. To do this right I'm gonna need...
      Inara: Idiots!
      Saffron: Partners.

    • Jayne: (to Simon) Captain says you're to stay put. Doesn't want you to come afoul of his blushing psychotic bride. She figures out who you are, she'll turn you in before you can say, "Don't turn me in, lady."

    • River: (Saffron)'s a liar and no good will come of her.
      Jayne: Well, as a rule, I say girl-folk ain't to be trusted.
      River: Jayne is a girl's name.
      Jayne: Well, Jayne ain't a girl! If she starts in on that girl's name thing, I'll show her good and all I got man parts.
      Simon: I'm trying to think of a way for you to be cruder. I just... it's not coming.

    • Durran: Now I'm intruding.
      Saffron: Durran, this isn't what it looks like.
      Mal: Unless it looks like we're stealing your priceless Lassiter, 'cause that's what we're doing. Don't ask me about (Saffron's) gun, though, 'cause that's new.
      Durran: Well, I appreciate your honesty. Not, you know, a lot...

    • Mal: No one's killing any folk today on account of we got a very tight schedule.

    • Durran: How long have you been with him?
      Mal: We are not together.
      Saffron: He's my husband.
      Mal: Well, who in the damn galaxy ain't?

    • Mal: I hate to bring up our imminent arrest during your crazy time, but we gotta go.

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

    • Saffron: I should have killed Durran.
      Mal: Right. The one guy who don't have it comin'. The man who knows you, still loves you, treachery and all. No, can't have him walkin' about.
      Saffron: You must be loving this.
      Mal: A little bit.

    • Saffron: You won't tell anyone about me breaking down.
      Mal: I won't.
      Saffron: Then I won't tell anyone how easily I got your gun out of your holster.

    • Simon: (to Jayne) I don't care what you've done. I don't know what you're planning on doing, but I'm trusting you. I think you should do the same. 'Cause I don't see this working any other way.
      River: Also... I can kill you with my brain.

    • 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?

  • NOTES (3)

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

    • International Airdates:
      Latin America: June 28, 2003 on Fox Latin America
      UK: July 21, 2003 on Sci-Fi Channel
      Canada: November 24, 2003 on Space Channel
      Netherlands: August 15, 2009 on Sci-Fi

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