When the crew of Serenity arrives on the heavily populated, industrialized Alliance core world of 'Ariel', where Inara is to undergo an annual physical examination for her clean companion medical record, Simon realizes it is the perfect opportunity to sneak River into an Alliance medical facility and find out what they did to her. In return for the crew's help in getting them in to the facility, Simon helps Mal, Zoe and Jayne organize an operation to steal valuable medical supplies. But Jayne has other ideas when he learns about the reward for Simon and River and contacts the local authorities, leading to another appearance of the two, sinister-looking agents known as "Hands of Blue".
Did You Know?
The drug that Simon and River take to slow their physiological functions enough to make them appear to be dead is fictional, but not science fiction; it is a major plot device from William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, which he wrote in the 1590s. See more
When Jayne is taken into custody by the Alliance officer, the officer says that Jayne is "under arrest". However, the phrase used every other time a character is taken into custody is "bound by law". See more
[after zapping troublesome doctor from behind with defib paddles - deadpan
References Firefly: Out of Gas
The Ballad of Serenity (Instrumental)
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Sonny Rhodes See more