Firefly: Season 1, Episode 4

Jaynestown (18 Oct. 2002)

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Mal and the crew of Serenity land to pick up some contraband In Canton, a township on Higgins' Moon, where labor is provided under servitude run by the local magistrate. Jayne had once ... See full summary »



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Fess Higgins (as Zachary Kranzier)
Well-Dressed Man (as Bob McCraken)


Mal and the crew of Serenity land to pick up some contraband In Canton, a township on Higgins' Moon, where labor is provided under servitude run by the local magistrate. Jayne had once robbed the boss with a partner but barely escaped by jettisoning from their getaway vehicle his partner (now waiting for revenge) and the money boxes (who have made him a legendary hero). Jayne is recognized by all and "welcomed" accordingly. Sub-plots show Simon and Kaylee face their growing romantic feelings, River first tries to "fix" the Bible and is later traumatized by seeing Book's hair. Meanwhile, Inara is "making a man of" the magistrate's resentful son who helps the crew escape out of spite to his father. But there has been a confrontation with Jayne's abandoned partner whose vengeful shotgun kills one of Jayne's young hero-worshipers, bringing Jayne to verge of philosophy with Mal. Written by anonymous

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River: River interprets Book's Bible in scientific and mathematical terms. When Book removes his hair tie, his shock of white hair is very reminiscent of Albert Einstein. See more »


Jayne is wearing his goggled hat when confronted by cheering Mudders. After the cut when he ducks inside, the hat is off. See more »


[Simon sees a statue of Jayne and realizes the town they are in idolizes him as a hero]
Simon: This must be what going mad feels like.
[later, after listening to a song about Jayne being a hero]
Simon: No, this must be what going mad feels like.
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Hero of Canton
Written by Ben Edlund
Performed by Cast of Firefly: The Mudders (uncredited)
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Unlikely Hero
31 December 2006 | by (Albuquerque New Mexico USA) – See all my reviews

Another unforgettable episode. Our hired muscle turns out to be an unlikely hero. The crew takes a job to a planet who's main export is mud. Seems easy enough get in get out. Grab the goods get off world to the buyer and everyones happy. Whoa just hold on Big Jayne is a kinda of folk hero. The legend not only lives he's back got songs and statues about we must have Jayne Day. But our hero is really just a robber who left his partner in the crime and dumped the loot to save his hide. But never the less its good cover for the motley crew to get the illegal goods and go. The head of mudville wants payback. Funny, good climax, and touching in the head. We see a softer side of are harden tuff guy Jayne.

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