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Firefly: Ariel

The ship heads to Ariel to drop off Inara for her yearly companion health check-up. Simon realizes River's condition is getting worse and decides to sneak her into an Alliance hospital in Ariel for a brain scan. Mal and the others agrees to help him with his plan, but also takes this opportunity to steal some valuable medical supplies in the hospital and sell it at the street market.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x8
Production Number: 1AGE08
Airdate: Friday November 15th, 2002

Director: Allan Kroeker
Writer: Jose Molina

Alternate Airdates:

NL (Sci-Fi) Jul 18, 2009

Guest Stars
Blake RobbinsBlake Robbins
As Agent McGinnis
Dennis CockrumDennis Cockrum
As Blue-Hand Man #2
Jeff RickettsJeff Ricketts
As Blue-Hand Man #1
Alex ConnieAlex Connie
As Patient
Cate CohenCate Cohen
As Cash Team Nurse
Ira SteckIra Steck
As Young Intern
Michael NagyMichael Nagy
As Particularly Dressed Man
Roma ChuganiRoma Chugani
As Receiving Doctor
Tom VirtueTom Virtue
As Doctor
Main Cast
Nathan FillionNathan Fillion
As Captain Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds
Alan TudykAlan Tudyk
As Wash
Morena BaccarinMorena Baccarin
As Inara Serra
Adam BaldwinAdam Baldwin
As Jayne Cobb
Jewel StaiteJewel Staite
As Kaylee
Sean MaherSean Maher
As Dr. Simon Tam
Summer GlauSummer Glau
As River Tam
Ron GlassRon Glass
As The Shepherd Book
Episode Notes
Shepherd Book, played by Ron Glass, did not appear in this episode.

This episode was supposed to be episode #10, but FOX reshuffled the episode order and aired this one as #8.

Episode Quotes
Jayne: Gorram freak's completely off her axle.
Simon: I'm sorry about this. I don't know what she --
Jayne: Shut it. I ain't talking to you.

Mal: This is my boat, and they're part of my crew. No one's getting left. Best you get used to that.

Mal: Now all we need's a couple of patients.
Simon: Corpses, actually. For this to work, River and I will have to be dead.
Jayne: I'm startin' to like this plan.

Agent McGinnis: Do you have the fugitives?
Jayne: You got my reward?
Agent McGinnis: Yes. Just like we talked about.
Jayne: Then I got your fugitives.
Agent McGinnis: Good. We'll see you shortly. Congratulations. You're about to become a very rich man.

Mal: Two rights, two lefts and we're there. You see anyone, smile.
Zoe: I don't think people smile in hospitals.
Mal: 'Course they do. It's the Core, everybody's rich and happy here. Why wouldn't they smile?

Jayne: Where's my rutting money?
Agent McGinnis: You mean my money? For apprehending the three fugitives? I expect I'll be getting it soon.

Wash: How much did we get?
Mal: Enough to keep us flying.
Zoe: Can we fly somewhere with a beach?
Wash: Maybe a naked beach.

Simon: Agent McGinnis, I'm certain you're working under a superior who's keeping close tabs on this case. I'm certain of that because important people don't usually do field work. I'm also quite certain your superior wants me and my sister alive. Now, I'm not going to move from this spot until one of two things happen: you answer my very simple question, or you shoot me.

Mal: This is exactly what I didn't want. I wanted simple, I wanted in-and-out, I wanted easy money.
Zoe: Things always get a little more complicated, don't they, sir?
Mal: Once, just once, I want things to go according to the gorram plan!

Kaylee: Hey, 'Nara. How was your checkup?
Inara: Same as last year. What's going on here?
Kaylee: Well, let's see. We killed Simon and River, stole a bunch of medicine, and now the captain and Zoe are off springing the others got snatched by
the Feds.

Mal: Next time you decide to stab me in the back... have the balls to do it to my face.

Simon: Oh, I... brought some medicine. You
remember why we went to the hospital.
River: Is it time to go to sleep again?
Simon: No, mei mei. It's time to wake up.

Episode Goofs
One of the guards had blood over his mouth when he bit Jayne. But later, when the Blue-Hand men arrive and look at them, the blood is gone.

The little blue device the two Blue-Hand men uses had a deadly effect on anyone it encounters, but not the two Blue-Hand men themselves. It's apparent that they had build some sort of resistance against the device, probably of the implant we seen in their ears.

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