, parts 1/2
The crew of
salvage some goods from a derelict
spacecraft, but discover they are marked with Alliance logos, and so hot
that their original buyer won't touch them. They take on passengers, and
attempt to fence the goods to an old rival. But one of the passengers
turns out to be a doctor on the run with his genius sister, while
another is a Fed agent chasing them. Kaylee is accidentally shot, and
the doctor saves her in exchange for running from the Feds. The fence
job is a double cross. The Fed is killed. Then the dreaded Reavers
nearly get them. But, at the end of the day, they're still flying.
The Train Job
The crew take a job hijacking some goods from a train for a gangster.
Then they discover the cargo is desperately needed medicine, so give it
back. Thereby making a new enemy.
The crew find a colony ship gutted be Reavers, who left behind one
maddened survivor. An Alliance cruiser finds them, and thinks
killed the colonists. Until the survivor starts on a killing frenzy. The
doctor and his sister have to hide from the Feds on the outside of
while all this goes on.
Mal takes Kaylee to a ball, to make contact with someone who wants
some goods shipped. But Mal ends up in a sword duel. He wins the cargo
-- a herd of cattle.
Delivering the cattle, the Shepherd is accidentally shot. But Simon
and River have been kidnapped by hillmen who need a doctor. The crew
take the Shepherd to an Alliance hospital. They then go back for the
pair, just in time to rescue River from being burnt as a witch for
Our Mrs Reynolds
After a visit to a backwoods planet, Mal finds himself unexpectedly
married, to Saffron. But his new wife isn't all she seems -- it's a con
job -- she knocks out some of the crew, sets the ship towards some
scrappers, hijacks a shuttle, and disappears. The crew just manage to
avoid being coming scrap, and Mal gets his shuttle back.
The crew go back to a town where Jayne pulled a heist four years
earlier. He's stunned to find that he's a hero with the townsfolk,
because he was forced to dump the money as he fled, and the poor people
are treating him as a modern Robin Hood. But the magistrate from whom he
stole it has other plans.
Out of Gas
breaks down in deep space, stranding the crew with
no life support. As they struggle to survive, we get flashbacks of how
they all joined in the first place.
River is getting worse, so Simon comes up with a plan to smuggle her
into an Alliance hospital for a diagnostic brain scan. He gets the
others to help by telling them how to steal medicines. But Jayne sells
them out to the Alliance, for the reward. However, the Alliance
double-cross him, and take him prisoner, too. So he's forced to help
them escape, and Simon is very grateful. Mal realises what really
happened, accuses Jayne of being a traitor, threatens to kill him, but
relents at the last minute.
Mal and Wash are abducted by Adelai Niska, the gangster they
The Train Job
and he has them tortured, just for fun. So Zoe and the crew go to get
them back. River displays sharpshooting prowess.
Mal runs into Saffron
, "married" to an old army buddy.
She convinces him to join her on the perfect con, the theft of a
priceless antique: one of the original laser guns. She out-cons him and
the crew, but they had arranged Inara as a back-up, to out-con Saffron.
Mal and Zoe receive a postal delivery, of the body of an old army
buddy, Tracey, plus a recorded message asking then to deliver his body
home. When the Feds start demanding him back, they investigate, and
discover he isn't dead, just shamming, and smuggling illegal organs. The
Feds' bombs start getting very persuasive. Tracey overhears a plan to
turn him in, starts threatening people with a gun, and takes Kaylee
hostage. Mal and Zoe have to shoot him, at which point he discovers the
whole plan was to call the Feds bluff. He dies, and they take his body
Heart of Gold
A friend of Irina's who runs a bordello on a back-woods moon asks for
her help. One of her girls is pregnant with the son of the local gang's
chief, and he's threatening to take the baby by force. The crew of
go to help. Mal and the madame have a night of passion before the fight.
She is killed, but the bandits are defeated. Inara tells Mal she has to
leave, because the bonds of family are threatening to tie her to the
Objects in Space
River is acting strangely, and gets hold of a loaded gun. No-one is
hurt, but when Kaylee recounts what River did during the rescue of the
everyone gets nervous, and wonders if it's safe to have her aboard. Then
a bounty hunter sneaks on board to abduct River. But River messes with
his head, and the crew band together to defeat him, and rescue River.