When the crew of Serenity arrives on the heavily populated, industrialized Alliance core world of 'Ariel', where Inara is to undergo an annual physical examination for her clean companion medical record, Simon realizes it is the perfect opportunity to sneak River into an Alliance medical facility and find out what they did to her. In return for the crew's help in getting them in to the facility, Simon helps Mal, Zoe and Jayne organize an operation to steal valuable medical supplies. But Jayne has other ideas when he learns about the reward for Simon and River and contacts the local authorities, leading to another appearance of the two, sinister-looking agents known as "Hands of Blue". Written by
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Shepherd Book doesn't appear in this episode (the explanation given is that he is meditating at an abbey), making it the only episode in the series not to feature all nine protagonists. See more
When Simon is saving the patient who flatlined in the hospital he turns to take the defibrillator from the nurse, and when he turns back to the patient he has a syringe in his mouth that neither he nor the nurse put there. See more
What are you taking this so personal for? It ain't like I ratted you out to the feds!
Oh, but you did. You turn on any of my crew, you turn on me! But since that's a concept you can't seem to wrap your head around then you got no place here! You did it to me, Jayne, and that's a fact.
References Firefly: Out of Gas
The Ballad of Serenity
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Sonny Rhodes See more