Welcome to the River Tam quote database! This page will have a list of all the quotes River says, along with that which is said before it and during it. (Sometimes River says something, Simon says something, Jayne says something, and then River says something again. I'll be including all of these quotes, not just her quotes) So read on to see what River says in Firefly and, eventually, Serenity. Click here to go back to the River Tam page.
All of River's quotes are in Bold text.
November 8th, 2005: Added quotes from Pilot and The Train Job.
[[After commercial break, in Cargo Bay]]
Simon: I need to check her vitals.
Mal: Oh, is that what they call it?
Simon: She's not supposed to wake up for another week. The shock--
Mal: The shock of what? Waking up? Finding out she's been sold to some boder-world baron? Or-- I'm sorry. Was this one for you? Is it true love? Because you do seem a little--
[River screams, gasps and leaves cryo chamber]
Simon: R-River-- Hey. It's okay. It's okay. It's okay. It's okay, I'm here.
River: Simon. Simon, they-- they talk to me. They want me to- They want me to--
Simon: No. They're gone. They're gone. They're gone. They're gone. We're safe now. We're safe. We're safe. I'm here. Come here.
[Simon and River hug]
Mal: What the hell is this?
Simon: This is my sister.
Kaylee: What's wrong, sweetie?
[[In River's room]]
Simon: The shot I gave you will help you sleep.
River: I slept for so long, didn't I?
Simon: Just a little while. And then we'll find a place. We'll find a safe place.
[River touches Simon's face]
River: I didn't think you'd come for me.
Simon: Well, you're a dummy.
[River smiles and they hug]
The Train Job
Simon: River? River, it's okay. It's me. You know who I am?
Simon: Were you dreaming? Did you dream about the academy?
River: It's not relevant.
Simon: If you can talk about what happened there-- I know it's hard, but the more I know, the faster you'll get better.
River: This isn't home?
Simon. No. No we can't go home. If we go home, they'll just send you back to the academy. This is safe for now. We're on a ship.
River: Midbulk transport. Standard radion accelerator core class-code 03-K64. Firefly.
Mal: Well that's somethin'. I can't even remember all that.
Simon: Need a weave on that?
Mal: It's nothin'.
Simon: I expect there's someone's face feels differently.
Mal: Well, they tell ya, never hit a man with a closed fist; but it is, on occasion, hilarious.
Simon: Hmm. I suppose so. So the uh-- the fight didn't... draw any, um, any attention?
Mal: No feds. Just an honest brawl between folk. Ain't none of us want the Alliance on us, Doctor. That's why you're here.
Simon: I thought I was here because you needed a medic.
Mal: Well, not today.
River: Mal. Bad. In the Latin.
[Simon is grabbing "Pain Reliever" for Jayne]
Simon: All right, but what about the authorities. I mean, we're sitting here with stolen Alliance goods. Won't they be looking for us?
Wash: If they buzz this canyon, we'll hear 'em long before they ever see us. I figure we're good for a--
River: Stop. They'll never stop. They'll just keep coming until they get back what you took. Two by two. Hands of blue. Two by two. Hands of blue.
Jayne: How's about you shut that crazy mouth! Is that a fun game?
[Simon is patching up Mal]
Mal: How's your sister?
Simon: The same. One moment she seems perfectly cogent, the next she speaks nonsense. It's like a child. So difficult to diagnose.
[Camera pans out to River's room]
River: Two by two.
Simon: I still don't know what the government was trying to do with her.
River: Hands of blue.
Simon: So I have no idea if they succeeded.
River: Two by two. Hands of blue. Two by two. Hands of blue.