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The episode starts off with a rendezvous between Mal and an old war buddy-turned-smuggler by the name of Monty. It is soon discovered that Monty married a girl named Bridget - who also happened to be known as Saffron. A small brawl ensues and Monty discovers the truth about his wife, although it cost him his cherished "soup catcher" of a beard.

Basically, the premise of this episode is that "YoSafBridge" (a.k.a. Saffron, Bridget, Yolanda, etc.) was going to involve Monty and his crew on a heist of a priceless artifact - one of the first laser guns ever created. The crew, with Saffron's help, make plans to sneak the Lasiter out of a rich Alliance military officer's floating island on Bellerophon by throwing the laser gun into an automated disposal system. While the plan seems like a good one, obviously something goes wrong.

The visuals are interesting with the floating islands of Bellerophon where the wealthy live it up in an ultimate testament to paranoia privacy.

There is also the bit of story about Simon finding out about Jayne's betrayal on Ariel (in Ariel).

Original airdate: never aired
Written by: Jose Molina & Ben Edlund
Directed by: Vern Gillum
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  • Zoe hitting Saffron.
  • Inara and Saffron at the garbage bin.
  • Simon and Jayne in the infirmary.
  • River's comment to Jayne in the infirmary.
  • Mal sitting nekkid in the desert.


  • The display on the garbage dumpster is the Microsoft Windows desktop.


RIVER: Also, I can kill you with my brain.

SIMON: I'm trying to think of a way for you to be cruder. It's just not coming.

RIVER: Jayne is a girl's name.

RIVER: Also? I can kill you with my brain.

Chinese Phrases

  • BUN tyen-shung duh ee-DWAY-RO.
"Stupid, inbred pile of meat." (Saffron, addressing the departing Monty.)
  • HOE-tze duh PEE-goo!
"Monkey's butt!" (Saffron, addressing Mal.)
  • EE-chee shung-hoo-shee.
"Let's take a deep breath." (Mal, as he and Inara argue.)
  • suoxi or Suo-SHEE?
"narrow" (Inara, backpedaling to Mal how she didn't mean "petty".) \\ "suoxi" is technically trivial, small and tedious.
  • Nee mun DOH shr sagwa.
"Idiots. All of you." (Inara, addressing those going along with Saffron's plan.)
  • BOO hway-HUN duh PUO-foo
"remorseless harridan" (Simon, referring to Saffron.)
  • Shun-SHENG duh gao-WAHN.
"Holy testicle." (Mal, on seeing ritzy estate parlor.)
  • Wahg-ba {sic} DAN duh biao-tze.
"Harlots of S.O.B.s" (Saffron, Trash, addressing cops.)
  • Tah-shr SUO-yo DEE-yure duh biao-tze duh MAH!
"Whores in hell!" (Kaylee, on seeing Saffron's engine sabotage.)
  • {CUT SCENE} Chiang-BAO HOE-tze duh
"monkey raping" (Mal, referring to Alliance's Durran Haymer.)
  • {CUT SCENE} KWAI chur hun-rien duh di fahng.
"Go far away very fast." (Simon, to the crude Jayne, as he hides the Tams from Saffron.)
  • FAHNG-sheen.
"Don't worry." (Zoe, to Inara about keeping Mal safe.)
  • JAN-doh duh ee-KWAI-ro
"dangly piece of flesh" (Zoe, referring to what Mal shouldn't think with.)

For more information and a pronunciation guide, see the Firefly Chinese Pinyinary(approve sites).

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