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
Did You Know?
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
Halfway through the episode, Niska cuts off Malcolm Reynold's left ear. Yet, in many of the subsequent scenes, we can notice, even in the semi-darkness of the room, that the ear is still there. See more
I mean, I'm the one that she swore to love, honor, and obey.
Listen - She swore to obey?
Well, no. Not... But that's just my point. You she obeys! She obeys you. There's obeying going on right under my nose!
References Star Trek: Voyager
The Ballad of Serenity (Instrumental)
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Sonny Rhodes See more