While pursuing a smuggling job, Mal and Kaylee go undercover at an upper class fancy dress ball. Inara is attending the same ball with her wealthy client, Atherton Wing. In an attempt to defend Inara's honor after Atherton makes an offensive comment, Mal punches Atherton in the face. Outraged, Atherton challenges Mal to an old-fashioned duel using swords. Meanwhile, Badger returns and under Atherton's payroll, holds the Serenity crew hostage, while River begins showing some more of her sane side in a verbal confrontation. Written by
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The final scene revealing the cargo as cattle was created digitally because, among other reasons, cattle do not walk on grating, of which the cargo bay floor is made. See more
Mal, Jayne and the slavers play holographic snooker, however, when they fight the balls roll normally. See more
Well, get ready to starve. I'll see to it you never work again.
Actually, that's not how it works. You see, you've earned yourself a black mark in the client registry. No companion is going to contract with you ever again.
Sir Warwick Harrow
You'll have to rely on your winning personality to get women. God help you.
Referenced in White Noise 2: The Light
The Ballad of Serenity
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Sonny Rhodes See more