Mark Watches ‘Firefly’: Episode 6 – Our Mrs. Reynolds

In the sixth episode of Firefly, Mal’s bizarre relation with women is put to the test when he drunkenly marries a complete stranger. Intrigued? Then it’s time for Mark to watch Firefly.

Truthfully, by about the mid-way point of this episode, I had an entire review planned out in my head. I was waiting more than anything else for an episode dealing with Inara, Mal, his weird sense of male privilege, and their collective sexual tension. And holy shit, this episode brought it and with CHRISTINA HENDRICKS AS WELL. Swoon. My god, she is so beautiful.

Which is entirely not the point. Though…actually it kind of is? Well, we will get to that.

Let’s first talk about the UNBELIEVABLY FANTASTIC opening scene. Mal in a bonnet? Jayne as his loving husband? And ZOE DOING HER BADASS SIDEWAYS GUNSHOT JUMP THINGY. I don’t know what to call it, so that will have to do. The use of humor throughout this show is a big reason why I like it so much, but I also want to compliment how Whedon and the writers have crafted characters who all have their own sense of humor, so it’s feels believable that they’d actually pull of a stunt like this just to amuse themselves.

Does that make sense? IN MY HEAD IT DOES. Please validate all of my thoughts right now fandom thank you.

The drunken celebration that follows (which included a great scene of Jayne and Mal simply enjoying themselves) is what leads to the conflict of the entire episode. Unknowingly (drunkenly?), Mal gets involved with a sacred marriage ritual and returns to Serenity the next morning to find that he has a wife.

Everyone’s natural reaction (mine included) was to laugh. Really, really hard. The comedy of the set up is incredibly obvious: Could anything be more awkward for Mal than finding out he’s married to an absolute stranger?

However, this does something incredibly interesting to me: through Inara (and someone Book), it forces us to feel guilty for turning the scene into a play for laughs. It seemed so easy to laugh at a naïve girl from a culture we don’t understand, and we (as well as other characters) do exactly that. But Inara’s angry plea towards Mal to act like a human being is jarring because I couldn’t help but think about how my laughter was at Saffron’s expense.

The other great focus of this episode, written by Whedon himself, is that it doesn’t spare the entire cast (aside from a strangely silent River) from commenting on the issue. I loved that they flipped Wash and Zoe and had Wash be the empathetic, understanding one. It was absolutely in character (and, thankfully, openly criticized) for Jayne to treat Saffron as property.

But we all know that what we most look forwarded to (and what proved to be most interesting) was how Mal dealt with all this. We know that he cares about his crew more than pretty much anything. He has an intrinsic desire to protect women. Sort of? But as we saw in “Shindig,” he has an immense disrespect for companions because he somehow believes he knows what’s best for women involved with sex work.

Here, he’s presented with a subservient, naïve, and gorgeous woman. Who he’s now bound to. (Book makes sure to point that out.) Watching him squirm as she offers to cook him food, wash his feet and then “prepares” herself for him…it’s entertaining, for sure, because Mal is always so sure of himself. Here, he’s not at all. But it is an amazing chance to watch him grow. He sides more with Wash and Inara, choosing not to turn the situation into a joke, choosing to be more empathetic towards her instead of condescending. He refuses to sell or trade her, as if she’s a commodity. He tries to think of the best way to both accommodate her on the ship and to figure out how he can mutually solve the situation.

It’s honestly a very difficult situation and despite that OBVS I WOULDN’T BE IN A SITUATION WHERE I’D BE MARRYING A WOMAN lulz gay lulz, I could not even imagine what I would do. This episode is about a culture clash, the privilege that comes along with it, and the way these sort of these intersect with each other. I’m not even sure there is a right answer to what should have been done in this situation.

Because of that, I’m glad that Whedon never answers the question. We learn that Saffron is a plant, a companion who is well-trained in deception, who uses her situation to finally seduce Mal. (We get a tiny bit more back story on Mal, who reveals it has been a VERY long time since he last had sex. Or even a relationship.) Surprisingly, though, when Inara figures out that Saffron doesn’t real and goes to see if Mal is ok, she kisses him. WHOA. Did not expect in episode six, but the seeds have been sowed for a future story line I am actually anxious to see unfold.

I also have to admit that as much as I love the majority of this episode, things sort of fizzle out in the last third. I’m reminded of Danny Boyle’s Sunshine, which has two amazing acts before a third one that’s just not as strong. Whedon set up an amazing story, delivered some of the best dialogue and character interaction we’ve seen all season, and the finish is…well, not quite as great.

It’s ok. I’m not expecting perfection from this show and this episode is definitely more of the positive than the negative. It’s a huge episode for the greater story arc as well, even though there’s not much River and Simon. I’m hooked and I want more. Which is unfortunate because I know there are only eight more of these left what is the saddest image on the Internet right now that I can use here


  • “How drunk was I last night?” “I don’t know. I passed out.” Always a good sign.”
  • “Yum, I’ll get you a refill!” Wash you are my favorite.
  • “We are still two fleshes here.” THE MOST AWKWARD DIALOGUE OF ALL TIME.
  • “Good Bible.” Coming from Mal, that’s a compliment.
  • Seriously, why does Book know so much about crime? BACKSTORY, NOW, PLZ.
  • “That’s why I never kiss them on the mouth.” Oh, Jayne, please never change.
  • So…Mal is so naïve he doesn’t realize Inara kissed him. I was actually surprised by that twist at the end. DRAMA IS COMING IN THE FUTURE.
  • Mal. In a bonnet. Seriously, guys.

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196 Responses to Mark Watches ‘Firefly’: Episode 6 – Our Mrs. Reynolds

  1. Josh J says:

    One of my favorite lines from the series is from this episode: "My days of not taking you seriously are certainly coming to a middle"

    This show would be mid-6th season now if it were still on the air 🙁 Stupid FOX. 😐

  2. brigidkeely says:

    The opening IS one of the best bits of TV.

  3. Josh J says:

    Okay, possibly 7th season. MAYBE I CAN'T DO MATH IN MY HEAD OKAY?

  4. DameDallas says:

    I loved the episode. Main reason: Christina Hendricks! I love her in almost everything she's in!
    She goes from playing this sweet, naive vixen to a total bad-ass, and I believed both parts sincerely.

    …a level they reserve for child molesters and people who talk at the theater. GREAT QUOTE.

    But she was naked! And all articulate!
    That made me love Mal more.

    Great, great episode. My favorite so far, next to the pilot episode.

    • xpanasonicyouthx says:


    • Pam says:

      That Book line is one of my favorites of the whole danged series.

    • EldaTaluta says:

      Special Hell was probably my favorite line of Book's.

      Now that I think about it, when I first watched this series I didn't give Book much attention. I feel kinda bad about that now, he was a really good character. :/

    • ldwy says:

      I, too, LOVED Book's line.

      I'm becoming one of those "grown ups" who shushes the obnoxious teenagers at the movies. But really. Last time I went to see a movie, some person behind me actually picked up their phone and had a conversation!
      And in a live theater, which is what I imagine Book meant, it'd be even worse! Disrespectful to the people around you AND the artists performing!

      • notemily says:

        I've heard of shows where the actors break the fourth wall and, in character, make fun of people who are talking or whose cell phones go off. Heh. Must be embarrassing, but it makes the point.

  5. IsabelArcher2 says:


    1) Mal: “If someone ever tries to kill you, you try and kill them back!” Why is this so freaking hilarious?
    2) Book: “If you take sexual advantage of that girl, you’re going to burn in a very special level of hell, a level they reserve for child molesters… and people who talk at the theatre” HAHAHA Wow, this is the first time I’ve actually liked Sheppard. A+!!!
    3) Zoe: “Remember that sex we were planning to have ever?” Never change. You are amazing.
    4) Mal walking away from Saffron’s offer of a foot-washing was great!
    5) Jayne: “I call her Vera”
    6) Saffron made me throw up in my mouth like seven times. “I swell to think of you in me.” *shudder*
    7) Actual notes: Don’t do it Mal!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOO Oh thank God, she’s just trying to kill him. (Was it terrible that I was SOOOOO relieved when Saffron ended up knocking Mel out instead of having sex with him. )

    No question: this was my absolute favorite episode so far!!! (Though I agree that it fell off toward the end, as is evident in my lack of notes after "7."

    • bookling says:

      Haha, I think Saffron's sexy-time talk is kind of hot. But that may just be because it's Christina Hendricks.

    • ldwy says:

      Number 4 reminded me of something I loved.
      Saffron offered the foot washing and Mal refuses right. At some point soon after that, doesn't he ask Inara if she'd ever do that, and she says "It's my specialty," right?! What a great piece of foreshadowing! In the moment I thought nothing of it, I even thought Inara might just be teasing, but then it turns out that Saffron is really a trained companion and learned that at the training center/academy/whatever! And we, and Inara, don't realize her true training and identity until way later, when Saffron tries to seduce Inara!

  6. Arthur says:

    there are only eight more of these left

    Here is your saddest image

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  8. kayla says:

    Truth this was the first Firefly episode I ever saw. I loved it but was also confused because lol sixth episode.

  9. Roxanne says:

    I didn't really like this episode until I got to "I call her vera"

    That whole dialog between Mal and Jayne was so hilarious I was crying from laughter.

    Also, here is the saddest gif I could find.

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  10. affableevil says:

    I always loved the flowery bonnet and Vera sfm omg

    Only eight episodes left: <img src="; border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic">

  11. Lily says:

    This is my favorite episode. I think that the dialogue is BRILLIANTLY written.
    Jayne's love for Vera brings a tear to my eye.
    "If your hand touches metal, I swear on my pretty floral bonnet, I will END YOU." <—best. line. ever.
    Christina Hendricks will always be sexy. Forever and ever.

  12. Meltha says:

    Jayne/Vera. Theirs is the truest love of all. :: nods emphatically::

  13. Pam says:

    Heh. I'm not so sure Mal didn't realize Inara kissed him. 😛

    • Meltha says:

      Yeah, I sensed some denial going on there too.

      • notemily says:

        My roommate suggested that it's his pride getting in the way of that realization–he doesn't want to be the only one who got hoodwinked by Saffron. I think maybe the thought of hott girl makeouts was driving all reason from his brain 😛

  14. elusivebreath says:

    When I started watching this episode, I was at first less-than-enthralled by the old "accidental marriage" scenario, but trust Joss to make it awesome. It really goes to show that with good characters, even a tired old plotline can be interesting. Watching Mal be awkward was perfect, and I too loved Book's warning. The SPECIAL level, lol.

    I particularly loved the whole thing with Inara not wanting anyone to realize that she had kissed Mal, very amusing! And Jayne's love of Vera, very sweet, lol.

    I could have used more River in this episode, but I guess I can't get EVERYTHING I want 😛

  15. LadyLately says:


  16. Button says:

    I don’t know if you consider deleted scenes spoilers, so I’ll be as vague as possible here: something you brought up was addressed in a deleted scene for this episode.

  17. Karen says:

    There may only be eight more episodes left, but don't forget about the Big Damn Movie! Yeah. Seriously though, the fact that this show only has fourteen episodes leaves me with such rage and annoyance. I mean just due to the fact that it was canceled without much notice means that it wasn't possible to answer all the questions and resolve everything in the show. So frustrating.

    • bookling says:

      I KNOW. At least Joss was able to give Dollhouse a proper ending, because he got a second season out of it and knew he wouldn't get a third. So he was able to fast-track the plot to get to the ending he wanted to do (WHICH WAS FANTASTIC AND WELL WORTH IT). I can't imagine how frustrated I'd be if he wasn't able to get Serenity made, because you would really have no sense of closure.

      • notemily says:

        Serenity just breaks my heart though, because you look at the plot for the movie and you can see that it would have made a great SEASON of the show, or maybe even multiple seasons, with the plot unfolding slowly instead of within two hours, and… BAH. Stupid Fox.

  18. pica_scribit says:

    This is one of my very favourite episodes, and I was really excited to see what you would make of it. Glad you enjoyed it, too. The lack of River and Simon here is a bit sad, but if you check the DVD extras, they do have a scene that was cut from this episode because of time constraints.

  19. Nancy says:

    Mal. In a bonnet. Seriously, guys.

    Not just any bonnet. A pretty floral one.

    Yeah, this episode showcases what is pretty fantastic about this show: the characters. The last third of the plot might be a bit weak, but the characters more than make up for it.

    This is what I love about TV in general, actually. You can really get into who the characters are, and if you’re spending 10 or more hours with these people (depending on the length of the show, it can be 60 or 70 hours), you want to know who they are, and you want to like them. Which I do. A lot.

    Now, excuse me while I go have a good boggle at the amount of story and character I’ve gotten from some of my favorite shows. (Lost, for instance, is, like, three-and-a-half continuous days of viewing. Man, I love TV.)

  20. monkeybutter says:

    Christina Hendricks is gorgeous and perfect.

    Mark, I can't believe you forgot the saddest gif ever:
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  21. bookling says:

    This is probably my favorite Firefly episode.


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    Zoe's face when Saffron suggests that she might like to cook dinner for Wash is one of my favorite things ever. "Quaint!" Man, if looks could kill.

    Also, I love Shepard Book in this episode. "If you take advantage of her, you're going to a special hell. Reserved for child molesters and people who talk in the theater." HA!


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    • xpanasonicyouthx says:


    • EmilyAnne90 says:

      Oh my lord, Tangled gifs already?! Love, love, love that movie, forever.
      Are there more Tangled gifs floating about the internet that I should be aware of?

      • xpanasonicyouthx says:

        Seriously, people have been saying Tangled is amazing. SHOULD I SEE IT.

        • grlgoddess says:

          I just saw it today, and I say DEFINITELY. The musical numbers were a tad unnecessary, but it's Disney, there's gotta be music! Other than that it was pretty awesome. 🙂

        • EmilyAnne90 says:


          Seriously though, I would go out on a limb and say that it was the best Disney movie since Beauty and Beast. (Aside from Pixar movies, of course). Unless you really don't like the Disney Princess genre, you should go see it in 3D (The 3D was really well done)

          And because we all love lists-

          Reasons Why I love Tangled

          1. They found a way to avoid making Repunzel a damsel in distress. It's about as feminist as this kind of movie could be

          2. The cast knocks it out of the park. Zach Levi makes Flynn sooo charming and adorkable. Also, Mandy Moore was PERFECT as Repunzel

          3. The relationship between Mother Gothel and Repunzel is a fascinating psychological study.

          4. It is beautiful, in all ways possible. The animation is stunning and the story as equally as beautiful. Not going to lie, I cried. Maybe more than once. DON”T JUDGE ME

          5. Maximus, the horse. Enough said.

  22. Randomcheeses says:

    "I swear by my pretty floral bonnet I will end you."

    Best. Line. Ever.

    • cait0716 says:

      I love it. And every single time my brain responds "And I swear by your full and manly beard you're gonna break something trying". Which isn't even from th same tv show. But whatever

  23. totiebinds says:

    This is one of my favorite episodes. 😀 I just really like Saffron's character, she's so devious!

  24. Hotaru-hime says:

    If you think Mal in a bonnet is awesome, just you wait.

  25. shadeedge says:

    I think one of my favourite parts was the moment between Inara and Saffron after they're done bluffing each other of pretty much professional respect. Basically just "nice job!" before the whole attempted butt-kicking.

    Also standard Christina Hendricks – yow comment. I too could totally believe her both as the naive innocent and hyper-competent, experienced Companion-trained woman.

  26. myeck waters says:

    Apparently not…
    I'll just try the raw URL.

  27. Mauve_Avenger says:

    For some reason, the "embed YouTube video," "insert emoticon," and "check spelling" javascript thingies aren't enabled on this website like they are on the Mark Reads website.

    So since I can't embed the YouTube video, here's the link to the deleted scene with River and Simon:

  28. buyn says:

    Hi. River had a really great scene. And then it made the episode too long, so they had to cut it. Luckily, it's been released. Lemme go find it.

  29. myeck waters says:

    Hope this link works:

  30. Narcissaa says:


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    Drunken Jayne and Mal make me so happy.

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    Inara's overacting in this is utterly hilarious. I love her to pieces.

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    I always forget how much I enjoy this episode until I watch it again. Wash is amazing and we get to meet Vera!

  31. cait0716 says:

    This is one of my favorite episodes. About half of it is quotable! And Saffron may be my very favorite character.

  32. Elfy says:

    Loved Saffron so hard. Best character outside of the original cast.

  33. cait0716 says:

    Also, Some people juggle geese! This is a t-shirt, but almost no one ever gets it.

  34. ldwy says:

    Mal’s bizarre relation with women is put to the test when he drunkenly marries a complete stranger.
    Unknowingly (drunkenly?), Mal gets involved with a sacred marriage ritual and returns to Serenity the next morning to find that he has a wife.

    Okay, first, let me say I agree that it was great that we got to see Mal's relationship with women and Inara explored a little more. I think it was an important character trait to address, and I'm glad we're getting into it.

    That said, I feel like it's important to tell you that I think I'm reading parts of this a little differently than you. And it's really kind of a minor part, the setup really, but something about it just seems like I want it to be said.

    The way the above sentences were structured makes it seem like Mal was super super drunk (which he was) and so he married this girl. Drunkenly but actively. The way I interpreted it was more inactive. The marriage happened to him. Yes he was drunk and never questioned what was going on, but my understanding was that he didn't know the slightest thing about the wedding customs of this community, so was entirely unaware (not just later, but in the moment as well) that a wedding was going on! He wore flowers and danced. If that happened to me, I wouldn't assume I was married.

    Even as I write this, I'm not sure why I felt it was specifically important to point out my interpretation. I think it would be a little awful if, even though he was drunk and "didn't know what he was doing" Mal chose to marry this naive girl, in the moment. That kind of blame doesn't exist in the situation as I interpreted it. And it doesn't fall on Saffron either, as she is depicted as assuming he was totally aware of what was going on. So if I'm right, which I think I am, haha, the situation is really all a big misunderstanding (until we find out it's really a con, of course, but never mind that). Which I think is actually a really good way to set up the exploration of the bigger themes of how Mal views women and specifically the companions.

    Alright, well, possibly I totally misunderstood what you meant, anyway, in which case, disregard my long ramble. It was just a thought I figured I'd share.

    • Karen says:

      And it doesn't fall on Saffron either, as she is depicted as assuming he was totally aware of what was going on.
      Oh I don't think that's true, necessarily. Saffron is a con-woman. She was using Mal. I think she knew that Mal wouldn't be aware of the customs on that planet, so she took advantage of that.

      • ldwy says:

        Oh. I wasn't clear, I'm sorry. I meant it doesn't fall on the character of Saffron we as readers are initially introduced to: the naive girl, who's been raised to be a wife, and knows nothing else. And I think this is part of what Makes the con great-the character is totally full and believable.

        I agree that it definitely does fall on the character of Saffron that we come to know, she's brilliant in her manipulation.
        I was writing about my initial interpretation, relatively early in the episode, before that's been revealed.

        You make a good point though. She's not just preying on Mal, she's taking advantage of a whole situation and community of people and their customs, and Mal's ignorance of those, but his trust of the people.

    • xpanasonicyouthx says:

      No, you are right and I agree with you. I think those sentences are totally written in a weird way.

  35. embers says:

    I can tell you are no longer thinking of Richard Castle (who I like better than you do) when you see Nathan Fillion in Firefly! This episode was not my favorite, although I actually liked the climax (with Jayne and Vera saving the day) a lot. It is great to see Christina Hendrix in this, particularly after knowing all the success that follows in 'Mad Men', I got to meet her at a Firefly convention after the TV show ended and before she got 'Mad Men' and she is the sweetest person.

  36. betsy says:

    Here's what I've always wondered — Elder Gommen must be in on the con, right? Saffron says that the marriage was Elder Gommen's arrangement, and Gommen does say something to that effect just before Serenity leaves Triumph ("I'm sorry we have so little to pay it with. I hope our gifts will show our regard").

    The alternative, I guess, is that these people never saw Saffron before that night? She just showed up to the celebration, and then made up everything about Elder Gommen's arrangement — when Gommen was talking about gifts, he really did mean the rain stick. But the marriage ceremony was real, according to Book's encyclopedia, so I feel like somebody would have noticed that going on?

    What do you guys think?

    • ldwy says:

      Great comment. I thought of that too…but I didn't really know any of the answers to the questions.

    • Hermione_Danger says:

      I always thought that Saffron showed up and snuck in and did her thing, knowing (as it's apparently in the encyclopedia, and she's apparently had Companion training or some sort of education) the ritual of the place, and took her chance. Although the alternative is interesting…

  37. Favorite character in this episode: Wash.

    Favorite scenes:
    Mal & Inara at the end. I don't know if he was truly clueless or not. Poor Inara 🙁
    Kaylee being protective of Saffron. I <3 Kaylee. She was the sweetest to Saffron in the episode, and that's so her. 🙂

    Favorite lines which weren't mentioned:
    "My hand to God. Baby geese – goslings! They were juggled!"

    "See Vera? Dress yourself up, you get taken out somewhere fun."

    "'Sides, those soft cotton dresses feel kinda nice. It's the whole… air-flow.
    "And you'd know that because…?"
    "You can't open the book of my life and jump in the middle. Like woman, I'm a mystery."

    • lindsay says:

      That Wash line was absolutely my favorite thing ever, and I'm glad someone else brought it up. The lack of recognition of that line makes me sad. Whenever I say or do something that makes people go "bwuh?" now, I'll just yell "some people juggle geese!" and end the conversation there. Of course, most of them have no idea what I'm talking about, but it's fun anyways.

  38. Ladyluck says:

    One of my fave episodes. Altho I have to say that I dearly cherish all of them since there are so few 🙁
    This eps generated one of the best quotes because one of my pet peeves is people who talk in the theater: "you're going to burn in a very special level of hell. A level they reserve for child molesters and people who talk at the theater"
    And who doesn't love Vera?? 🙂
    Every episode is a gem.

  39. newageamazon says:

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  40. Mary Sue says:

    I have a ukulele I named Malcom because it is so damn pretty.

    My friend, who is a cosplayer, made Malcom the Ukulele a pretty floral bonnet. See here for a blurry phonecam picture.

    (My very favoritest ukulele was named Vera, she had an unfortunate falling down accident and cannot be repaired. What, me? Fangirl? What gave it away?)

  41. Katya says:

    I thought that maybe Mal did know that Inara kissed him and maybe wanted her to admit it, but at the end he made it into a joke to not put her on the spot and wait for her to admit that she kissed him. But maybe Im wrong. It just seems like Mal is too intuitive to not figure out that Inara kissed him and not Saphron. It would have been impossible for Inara to kiss her and walk down to his bunk and then pass out. Would have taken longer than the poison seemed to work.


  42. notemily says:

    "All I got was that dumb-ass stick sounds like it's raining." Jayne!

    Kaylee is all like YAY! And Simon is like "what?" And Inara is all like WHAT.

    The whole "How drunk was I last night?" exchange is priceless. The finger on Mal's face is a genius touch. I don't know why it works so well, but IT DOES.

    Ah yes, child molesters and people who talk at the theater. The evilest. I know "the special hell" is a favorite fan phrase, but something about Book's advice grates on me.

    I love the moment where Mal starts talking about having kids, in a pleasant way even, and Inara just shuts him DOWN. You can tell she really cares for him and is deeply hurt by the idea of his starting a family with someone else.

    "It's my very favorite gun."

    "My days of not taking you seriously are certainly comin' to a middle." I need to use that line in real life someday.

    The part where Saffron tries to hit on Wash amuses me, because anyone who's been watching this show knows that Wash would never, EVER cheat on Zoe. And not just because she would kill him, but because he loves her. He might fight with her, but he's smitten with her down to his bones.

    I love when she tries to seduce Inara too, because it's just like, she's on "seduce" mode ALL THE TIME. Hee hee.

    How much do I love that the shuttles look like tiny beetles hitching a ride on the "Firefly"'s wings? SO MUCH. <3333

    "Is it Christmas? What happened about me?" THIS EPISODE HAS THE BEST LINES EVER

    It's great to see Inara drugged, because her character is ALWAYS in control, always poised, and the actress doesn't really get to play it any other way very often. "I only fell is all!"

    "That's why I never kiss 'em on the mouth" is one of the all-time best Jayne lines.

    "But she was naked! And all… articulate!" Hee hee hee.

    I like how they have to put Vera in a space-suit in order to have enough oxygen to shoot at the net. Joss may not care about how they fly through space so fast, but he's good at the details.

    "That's cause I got people with me." This was the entire theme of Buffy–that if she hadn't had her friends, she'd be dead long ago. MARK I REALLY THINK YOU SHOULD WATCH BUFFY EVENTUALLY.

    • Erika says:

      Wait… Mark's never watched Buffy?! WHY DO FACTS LIKE THIS EXIST?

    • ladysugarquill says:

      I thought Book's line was a joke. After all, Saffron is more or less their age, so the "paedophile" part doesn't apply either.

      • notemily says:

        I know it's a joke, and I know he wasn't referring specifically to Mal with that comment, but it still seems to devalue the experiences of children who have actually been abused to equate that experience with being in a theater full of talky people. I dunno, maybe it's just me.

  43. Tilja says:

    Now that I found this one under the #6 Safe, I can comment.

    Seriously, seriously, Siriusly I was rooting for Jayne the whole episode. HE should've had the girl, although I don't believe she's worth that precious gun now. The gun (was it Vera?) is more faithful and compliant.

    What really intrigued me was Zoey's reaction. She pointed out that the girl was serious trouble and nobody else seemed to make that assumption. What kind of sense does she have that not even Inara had to notice straight away like that?

    Shepherd Book's preaching moments were hilarious. The special Hell, indeed.

    Best of the episode: Jayne's gun and rain stick.

  44. bambbles says:

    This episode made me lol the most so far. I had to comment and say that the first thing I thought of during the opening sequence was "They should have calked the wagon and floated across or at least waited for the Indians"

    BTW Mark, Thanks for watching this series. It has inspired me to finally get a move on and watch it myself. AND excite! This is the first time I get to watch something with you! (once I catch up of course… another day alone in the hotel room should get me there) 🙂

  45. purplejilly says:

    Yes, it is ultimate sadness that you are watching this and liking it because as you know there is no more after season 1 🙁 except the movie.
    This was the series that reminded me why I had developed the habit of not watching network TV shows – because all the ones I like would get cancelled. I couldnt stand the pain anymore!

  46. Stephalopolis says:

    Random Thoughts/Memorable Quotes
    * It's nice to see them happy and enjoying themselves and relaxed for a while.
    * I like the extended awkward silence pause they had after the announcement Mal now has a wife. It was just long enough to make me really feel the awkwardness of the situation.
    * Hahaha, I love that Zoe called everyone down to cargo. She dos like to bask in Mal's pain, doesn't she 😛
    * Aww, Kaylee's happy- though, I would think that she would be upset with Mal in that she didn't get to be part of/plan the wedding.
    * I'm thinking Mal needs to start reading up on the marriage rituals of these various colonies he keeps visiting
    * Dun Dun Duuunn…. Mal/Inara foreshadowing

    • Stephalopolis says:

      * "Someone ever tries to kill you, you try and kill them right back"
      * “I’d be a good wife. Yeah, well, I’d be a terrible husband”
      * *peers around corner* “The special hell”
      * "I would appreciate it if one person on this boat would not assume I'm an evil, lecherous hump."
      * Inara… I can sorta understand where you’re coming from… but it’s not like Mal chose to get married like this. It’s not his fault.

      • Stephalopolis says:

        * Uhhh…. What? Jayne? Now what??
        * "Jayne. Go play with your rain stick." Yes. I’m actually 12 years old.
        * Part of me is still paranoid from previous episodes and reading the hunger games…. But I’m wondering if there’s a second half of Saffron. Like, she’s a spy or something. I’m not sure. This scene about Mal’s past just struck me as… odd. So I say she’s a spy, or she’ll get killed somehow. I don’t wish for this to happen… but yeah.
        * Poor baby geese 🙁 It's all fun and games until somebody drops one.
        * Awww, women, stop being insecure. You are all strong, independent women. Don’t feel threatened by a woman of a different lifestyle.

        • Stephalopolis says:

          * Don’t do it Mal!!! You’re gonna end up with a baby!
          * Dun Dun Duuuuun. Knew it!
          * I agree Wash… That is a good myth 😛
          * Oh no. Don’t you go messing with Kaylee’s ship.
          * Lol, First, awww, Inara/Mal kiss. Second- Ahahaha, good one. This is why you don’t kiss those you don’t know why they’re passed out in the first place
          * “Well, isn’t this ‘special’”
          * Preacher, please stop judging, k, thxs
          * “That’s why I never kiss em on the mouth”
          * Why is this bad guy dude wearing a noose around his neck?
          * Jayne, if I were you, I’d go grab Veera.
          * Yay, Mal had the same idea regarding Veera that I did 😛
          * Yaaaaaaaaaaay survival!!!

  47. ladysugarquill says:

    FINALLY I have some context on the "I swear by my pretty floral bonnet I will end you" line!

    Most of what I know about Firefly I got from the Net. I'd caught a couple of episodes years ago, but only now I'm watching the whole thing. Also, the moment they mentioned her name I remembered she had something with her lipgloss. That's why I get by reading too much TV Tropes 🙁

    Zoe's attitude. I don't like it. She's making the poor girl feel awful just to mock Mal a bit!

    Honestly, I was laughing at poor Mal's face (Nathan does it like no one), but the crew turning it into some joke at the expense of Saffron was awful.

  48. Bubi says:

    AKAIK you’ve got the anwser in one!

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  83. Orianna says:

    I hate Mal in this episode. WTF with the rape threat at the end?! 🙁 I just can't like Mal.

    Also, I know the whole fandom loves that "special level of hell" line… but you know what? I don't. It's a rape joke. AND RAPE JOKES ARE NOT OKAY.

    PS. I know I'm 43 weeks late with this. But it frustrates me when someone like Mark who cares deeply for these issues does not comment on these things.

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