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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The half-scale helicopter mock-up used for the exteriors of the "flying ambulance" was found by a fan in an aircraft graveyard located outside Mojave, California, still fully painted and reasonably intact. A fan campaign has begun to raise enough money to purchase the prop from the owner and donate it to a museum. See more
After unloading the "corpses" of Simon and River, the cart that is used to move around the flying ambulance/coroner vehicle can be seen underneath it, wheels and all. See more
[at a scrap yard
Figures, first time on the Core, and what do I get to do? Dig through trash. Couldn't he send me shoppin' at the Tri-plex, or... Ooh! Synchronizers!
References Firefly: Out of Gas
The Ballad of Serenity
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Sonny Rhodes See more