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
Did You Know?
The part of recurring character Badger, was originally written to be played by creator and executive producer Joss Whedon
himself (according to Joss's DVD commentary for the Firefly: Serenity
(2002). In the end, actor Mark Sheppard
was cast in the part instead. 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
[about the Captain
He said not to do anything. He'll join us after he wins the duel.
It doesn't hurt to have a contingency plan, Kaylee.
Referenced in White Noise 2: The Light
The Ballad of Serenity (Instrumental)
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Sonny Rhodes See more