Wash begins to feel threatened by the bond between Mal and Zoe. To see for himself how the two work together, Wash demands that he, instead of Zoe, goes on a mission with Mal to sell the stolen Ariel medical supplies. Unfortunately, the ruthless and sadistic gangster Niska has found out where Serenity is, and captures Mal and Wash and tortures them as revenge for their failure in the train robbery mission (from The Train Job episode). Meanwhile, Inara has another client who is a wealthy councilperson on the planet they're on and to the crew's surprise, the client is a woman. When Zoe learns about Niska's abduction of Wash and Mal, she tries to strike a bargain for their release, but Niska steals all their money and stolen cargo, while releasing only Wash. Realizing that Mal was willing to sacrifice himself for him, Wash persuades Zoe, Jayne and Book and the rest of the crew to help him launch a rescue mission in a full-scale attack on Niska's fortified space station to save Mal. Also,... Written by
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On the DVD commentary, Alan Tudyk
pointed out that despite the way Zoe and Wash were constantly portrayed, with Zoe being taller than her husband, Alan is in fact taller than Gina Torres
. He is 6', she is 5'10''. See more
Niska's henchman is shown cutting off Mal's left ear. However, when the 'pet' device is applied to Mal, he is shown with a bloody wound instead of a right ear. See more
[regarding Wash's idea for the medicine
I thought your plan was risky! I thought!
Then tell me! I am a large, semi-muscular man. I can take it. Don't hide behind Mal cause you know he'll shoot it down for you!
Right, cause what this marriage needs is one more shouting match!
No, what this marriage needs is one less husband. Right now it's kinda crowded.
The Ballad of Serenity
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Sonny Rhodes See more