Firefly: Season 1, Episode 12

Heart of Gold (4 Aug. 2003)

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The Serenity responds to a distress call from Nandi, an old friend of Inara's, who is running a brothel on the moon of Deadwood. The unsavory leader of the moon's only town where the ... See full summary »

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The Serenity responds to a distress call from Nandi, an old friend of Inara's, who is running a brothel on the moon of Deadwood. The unsavory leader of the moon's only town where the brothel is located has gotten Petaline, one the girls, pregnant and is demanding that he be given the baby. Nandi enlists the help of the crew of Serenity to defend the brothel and keep the baby with its mother. Written by Shiro

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Baby Jonah is a fake baby doll when Rance Burgess comes out of the room after abducting it, then it turns back in to a real baby. See more »

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Petaline: Ranse, this is Jonah. Say hi to daddy, Jonah.
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Jayne's idea of heaven!
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When Wash reports that somebody is calling to request help Mal naturally assumes the call is for him; in fact it is for Inara. The call is from an old friend who gave up being a companion and is now running a brothel on a frontier world. She is having problems with a local rancher who is determined to take the unborn child of one of her girls; a child he believes is his. Most of the crew immediately volunteer to help and Jayne's initial reticence vanishes when he hears they the people asking for help are whores! Once there Jayne avails himself of their services, Simon helps the pregnant girl and the others prepare for an attack. While waiting Mal gets close to Inara's friend Nandi and ends up sharing her bed; Inara claims to be happy for them but it is clear that she is also a little bit upset. When the attack finally comes there is plenty of action which not everybody will survive.

This is another quality episode; although to be honest they all are. The story has exciting action, genuinely emotional scenes and quite a few laughs; usually involving Jayne who clearly thinks he has died and gone to heaven when get inside the brothel! It was nice to see Morena Baccarin take centre stage for once as Inari seldom gets such a key role. Of course the rest of the regulars performed well as did guest starts Melinda Clarke, Fredric Lehne and Tracy Ryan as Nandi, the odious Ranse Burgess and pregnant girl Petaline. The setting to the story perfectly fitted the 'space western' theme of the series; possibly more than any other episode.


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