Season 1 Episode 14


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Unknown on FOX



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • (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

    • 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.

  • Allusions