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
Inara and Atherton, as well as the two couples before them, are announced to the party when they pass the podium near the dance floor. However, when Kaylee and Mal are announced, it is at the back entrance of the hall, well before they reach the announcing podium. See more
[to the crew, about their plan to take out Badger's people and rescue Mal
Doc is filling Shepherd in on the plan. Doc is the diversion.
[Entering the ship
Did you ever see such a lazy crew.
Referenced in White Noise 2: The Light
The Ballad of Serenity
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Sonny Rhodes See more