Production Code: 1AGE79
Original Airdate: December 20, 2002
Directed by: Joss Whedon
|Laurence Dobson - Carlos Jacott
||(Dortmunder) - Captain Andy Umberger
|Badger - Mark A. Sheppard
||(Dortmunder) - ManStephen O'Mahoney
|Bendis - Eddie Adams
|| Man - Jamie McShane
|Radio Operator - Colin Patrick Lynch
||Old Man - John F. Kearney
|Patience - Bonnie Bartlett
||Slave #1 - Gabrielle Wagner
|Ensign - Domingo Vara
Flashbacks show Mal and Zoë in the trenches, fighting a losing battle to stay free from the Alliance who wants to be government to the universe. Six years later Mal and Zoë have assembled the crew of the Serenity including Wash, Jayne, Kaylee, and Inara. They recently picked up some cargo but their a buyer, Badger won’t take it. So after picking up some passengers, Shepard Book, Simon Tam and Lawrence Dobson, they move on to try somewhere else. But someone on board decides to send signals to the Alliance. It turns out that Dobson is a Federal agent after Simon but he will take in the whole crew. They move to capture Dobson, but Dobson shoots Kaylee before he is subdued. Since Simon is a doctor he agrees to save Kaylee but in return Serenity has to make a run for it so Simon isn’t captured. Mal is fed up with all this and though the two make a deal, Mal goes to look into Simon’s stuff only to find a naked girl.
Simon goes to comfort the woman as she is freaking out. It turns out that this is his sister who was experimented on by the Alliance until he broke her out. The crew continues on, narrowly avoiding a Reaver ship, and going to make a deal for the unwanted cargo with an acquaintance named Patience whom they are suspicious of. And rightfully so, but Mal and company survive Patience’s trick only to find the Reavers have returned and that Dobson has broken free of where they were holding him. Wash, being the skillful pilot he is, loses the Reavers. Mal kills agent Dobson also Book, the doctor Simon, and his sister River will continue with Serenity and in travels.
Read the Script
Mal: "We're not gonna die. We can't die, Bendis. You know why?
Because we are so very pretty. We are just too pretty for God to let us die. Huh?
Look at that chiseled jaw. Huh? C'mon."
Wash: "Everything looks good from here...
Yes. Yes, this is a fertile land, and we will thrive.
( He's playing with two plastic dinosaur toys).
(Stegosaurus)- We will rule over all this land, and we will call it... "This Land."
(T-Rex) - I think we should call it "your grave!"
(Stegosaurus) - Ah, curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!
(T-Rex) - Ha ha HA! Mine is an evil laugh! Now die!
(Stegosaurus) - Oh, no, God! Oh, dear God in heaven!"
Mal: "I don't believe there is a power in the 'verse that can stop Kaylee from being cheerful.
Sometimes you just wanna duct tape her mouth and dump her in the hold for a month."