The crew travels to the central planet Ariel -- it's all shiny and clean, and very high tech. Inara sets off to do her yearly physical, and Simon hires the crew to pull a heist. (We'd best start calling him a criminal mastermind, 'cause his plan? It's good.)
They're to break into the hospital and steal some pricey drugs while Simon puts River through a Three D Neuro Imager to see what the Alliance did to her gray matter. Problem one: Simon and River need to be kind of dead to get into the hospital without the security system throwing up a flag. Problem two: leaving Jayne in charge of anything pretty much guarantees that somethin's gonna go south.
As usual, things get complicated.
Original airdate: 11/15/02
Written by: Jose Molina
Directed by: Allan Kroeker
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WASH: Can I use companion as a verb?
SIMON: Could you not do that while we're... ever?
RIVER: He looks better in red.
MAL: The patients were cynical and not responding and we couldn't bring them back.
MAL: Pupils were fixed and dilapidated --
JAYNE: If I had wanted schooling, I'd'a gone to school.
SIMON: For this to work, River and I will have to be dead.
JAYNE: Huh. I'm starting to like this plan.
MAL: Look, you got a little stabbed the other day. That's bound to make anyone a mite ornery.
JAYNE: Maybe I'll give him a tattoo while he's out.
RIVER: Your toes are in the sand.
ZOE: Can we fly somewhere with a beach?
WASH: Maybe a naked beach?
ZOE: Sorry, sir. Didn't mean to enjoy the moment.
JAYNE: You stop flapping that pretty mouth at me.
MAL: Just once I'd like things to go according to the gorram plan.
RIVER: Two by two. Hands of blue. Two by two.
JAYNE: Make something up. Don't tell 'em what I did.
RIVER: Time to go to sleep.
SIMON: No, mei-mei... it's time to wake up.
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