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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Mal arrives in a planet with his crew and Badger offers a smuggling job for him. Mal goes with Kaylee to a ball to meet the client Sir Warwick Harrow while Inara attends the same ball with her noble and wealthy client Atherton Wing. When Atherton makes a rude comment about Inara, Mal punches Atherton in the face and is challenged by him to a sword duel. How will Mal defeat his opponent that is a skilled fencer? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Serenity approaches Persephone (in the "dirt kissing" scene), you can see a reflection of a person in a white T-shirt in Serenity's windshield! He/she is not part of the regular crew, Likely a boom mic operator. See more »

Quotes

Wash: I like our party better. The dress code's easier and I know all the steps.
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Connections

Referenced in White Noise 2: The Light (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

The Ballad of Serenity (Instrumental)
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Sonny Rhodes
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It's hard, when pretty much every episode is my favorite one, because each one brings something completely new, funny, and awesome. Shindig is a great episode because it's upbeat and amusing, without getting dark or "series-plot" heavy. It really isn't about River's past, or Book's identity. It's a day in their lives. It shows us what they do on a day to day basis, more or less. Again, the effects are used wonderfully and not over done, the acting is as tight as it gets, and the humor...my god the humor. Nathan again proves his range as an actor having some of the funniest lines in the series while still being completely serious. It's a beautifully shot episode, and paced near perfectly. It's a great window into Whedon's universe and we really get a great deal of information about the "upper" culture (whereas we mostly got the "lower" before). As any Firefly fan I'm sure I could rant on for hours about my love of the series, but I figure 2 minutes is long enough.


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