Even though this episode wasn't aired till December, it is actually part one of the pilot episode creator Joss Whedon had intended for FOX to air first. FOX instead aired The Train Job as it's pilot episode.
This is the only episode the crew refer Inara as the "Ambassador" of the ship.
Rebecca Gayheart was supposed to play Inara, but Producer Joss Whedon thought she wasn't right for the role. Morena Baccarin ended up with the part.
Wash: Everything looks good from here...Yes. Yes, this is a fertile land, and we will thrive. We will rule over all this land, and we will call it... "This Land." I think we should call it "your grave!" Ah, curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal! Ha ha HA! Mine is an evil laugh! Now die! Oh, no, God! Oh, dear God in heaven!
Jayne: Let's moon 'em.
Jayne: Captain, can you stop her from bein' cheerful, please?
Mal: I don't believe there is a power in the 'verse that can stop Kaylee from being cheerful.
Mal: How's business?
Inara: None of yours.
Simon: I don't understand.
Zoe: You've never heard of Reavers?
Simon: Campfire stories... Men gone savage at the edge of space, killing, and...
Zoe: They're not stories.
Simon: What happens if they board us?
Zoe: If they take the ship, they'll rape us to death, eat our flesh and sew our skins into their clothing and if we're very very lucky, they'll do it in that order.
Mal: Get me a visual.
Wash: They're still too far out to -
Mal: Give me something.
Wash: I'm picking up a lot of radiation... they're burning without core containment. Well, that's, that's suicide...
(Mal looks up at the window)
Wash: We look shiny, Captain. They are not repeat not coming about.
Jayne: Any one you walk away from, right? Long as those crates aren't empty, I call this a win.
Mal: Right. We win.
Mal: I don't believe there is a power in the 'verse that can stop Kaylee from being cheerful. Sometimes you just wanna duct tape her mouth and dump her in the hold for a month.
Book: I never married.
Man #2: What?
Book: I'm not a grandpa.
Inara: "Ambassador" is Mal's way of -
Mal: She's a whore, Shepherd.
Kaylee: The term is "Companion".
Mal: Yeah, but the job is whore.
Mal: Jayne. You'll keep a civil tongue in that mouth or I will sew it shut, is there an understanding between us?
Jayne: You don't pay me to talk pretty.
Mal: Walk away from this table. Right now.
(Janye reluctantly grabs his food and leaves)
Mal: We have done the impossible and that makes us mighty.
Mal: We're not gonna die. We can't die, Bendis. You know why? Because we are so very pretty. We are just too pretty for God to let us die.