Firefly: Season 1, Episode 9

War Stories (6 Dec. 2002)

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Niska catches up with the Serenity crew.

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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 Shiro

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In the opening scene, where Simon and Book are discussing the operations performed on River, Simon is looking at a computer display of River's brain. The text that scans past underneath the brain model is lines of Javascript code from a web page. See more »

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When Zoe is walking through the hall of Niska's ship to give him the money, her hands are at her sides except when she is first seen through the glass walking down the hallway. See more »

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Zoë Washburne: [to nishka] "Him!" "I'm sorry, you were going to ask me to choose right? do you want to finish?"
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This show is too damn good to be canceled
13 September 2010 | by (Valhalla) – See all my reviews

This is the best episode of Firefly ever it's where us viewers get in our heads that Nyska from The Train Job is a sadist (which If you watched this you'll understand). Is anyone here a fan of Angel or Buffy as well? I'm a fan of both and Jayne reminds me of Spike with his humor.

The Basic Plot Is That Nyska Finds Wash & Mal On A Planet & Kidnapps Them & Tortures Them With Knives & A Minute Electrical Shock & A 30 Second Break & The Rest Of The Crew Have To Save Them. A Funny Joke Is When Inara Gets A Female Client & Jayne Says When She Enters & Leaves "I'll Be In My Bunk"...Knowing Jayne Thats Funny...Another Good Joke & My Favourite Part Of The Episode Is This: Hoban 'Wash' Washburne: Mmmm. Wife soup. I must have done good.

Zoë Washburne: Yes dear. You done good.

Mal: Ow.

(sighs) Mal: Did you tell her? Hoban 'Wash' Washburne: Tell her what? Mal: Your husband has demanded that we sleep together.

Zoë Washburne: Really? Hoban 'Wash' Washburne: What? Mal, come on.

Mal: He seems to think it would get all this burning sexual tension out in the open. You know, make a fair fight for your womanly affections.

Hoban 'Wash' Washburne: No. That was the torture talking. Remember the torture? Mal: I know it's a difficult mission but you and i... have to get it on.

Zoë Washburne: I understand. We have no choice. Take me, sir. Take me hard.

Jayne Cobb: Now something about that is just downright unsettling.

(Clattering) Hoban 'Wash' Washburne: We'll be in our bunk.

Jayne Cobb: Oh, hey. Free soup.


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