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 dress that Inara wears to the ball was a (heavily) remade version of costume designer Shawna Trpcic
's actual wedding dress. See more
At a number of points during the duel, the 'mist' in the field can be seen being pumped out from behind the tree, not drifting as it should. See more
Now there's the smile made of sunlight.
Atherton, how wonderful to see you.
Did you get my message? I was extra appealing.
Referenced in White Noise 2: The Light
The Ballad of Serenity
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Sonny Rhodes See more