After scuffling with one of Inara's clients during a royal ball where the Serenity crew is hired by a diplomat to smuggle some unusual cargo, Mal is challenged to a duel of swords by the snobbish and arrogant royal Atherton Wing.

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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 Azure_Girl

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The covered bridge seen in the background during the Duel is the same covered bridge seen early on in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Emissary (1993). See more »

Goofs

There is a wide shot of the ballroom dancers and in the archway in the back of the room you see the director walk into view wearing a Hawaiian shirt, shorts, and a baseball cap with headphones down around his neck. Just as he raises his hands to speak to the dancers, they cut away. See more »

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Jayne: What we need's a diversion. I say Zoë gets nekked.
Wash: Nope.
Jayne: I could get nekked.
WashDr. Simon Tam: No!
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Referenced in White Noise 2: The Light (2007) See more »

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The Ballad of Serenity
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Sonny Rhodes
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Excellent!!!!
19 December 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I am a firefly fan. I have the series on DVD(TWICE), I have the movie on DVD. I have the books the t-shirt and the mug and the soundtrack. On a weekly basis I watch Firefly but for some unknown reason I did not watch the Shindig episode. Not sure why. Then I started to watch it and you know what? It is now my favourite episode. Why? It gives a further insight into the characters. The love between Zoe and Wash. Kaylee with her grease smudged face but all feminine underneath. The scene when Mal insults her over her fondness of a dress is particularly moving.The feelings Mal has for Inara and vice versa. But most of all the dialogue, there are some terrific lines in this episode just like all the other episodes but because there are no crash bang wallop scenes you tend to miss them. for instance Simon says "I sure the captain knows how to use a sword Zoe replies " I think he knows which end to hold". I could go on and on suffice to say give Shindig at least equal time with all the other episodes and you will see what I mean. Once again I am filled with sadness that this series was cancelled PLEASE CAN THERE BE A RETHINK!!!!


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