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
Did You Know?
Although it is not the last episode aired, this was the last episode ever shot. See more
When the coffin is opened aboard Serenity, Jayne takes off his "silly hat" in respect. In the very next shot, he has the hat back on his head. Also, the hat appears in Jayne's hand in the space station before he has even taken it out of the box. See more
Everybody dies, Tracey. Someone's carryin' a bullet for you right now, doesn't even know it. The trick is, die of old age before it finds you.
The Ballad of Serenity
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Sonny Rhodes See more