A pleasant day out at a space station turns sour when Mal and Zoe receive the dead body of one of their old army buddy's in the post office. Their old friend is named Tracey who fought with them during the Battle of Du-Khang during the Alliance-Independence Civil War six years earlier. Along with Tracey's body is an audio message, asking them to take him to his home planet to be buried by his parents. However, Mal begins to suspect something might be wrong when Alliance agents, led by the relentless Lt. Womack, start chasing Serenity, demanding return of their property: the body. It soon turns out that Tracey is actually alive and reveals the real reason why he faked his death, and why he's going to die soon. Written by
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The hat Jayne's mother made for her son became a fan favorite, with people creating their own knit and crochet versions and one fan even writing a song about it ("Jayne's Hat" by Stan Peal). See more
When Tracey is threatening Mal on the bridge a hand can be seen behind Mal through the ship's window reaching for a chunk of snow. Visible at 35:17. See more
Captain, I don't mean to
[walks to Tracey with stethoscope
... We may have a medical emergency here. This man appears to be in cardiac arrest.
What? Tracey, you havin' a heart attack? Don't look like he's havin' a heart attack.
The Ballad of Serenity
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Sonny Rhodes See more