Yes another week, another caper for our doughty crew. Despite their hard luck existence it’s sometimes fun to see one of their plans come together and actually work, well… as planned. Sort of like Ariel, but without the betrayal and last-minute rescue. Unfortunately with a visit from a past acquaintance we expect anything but. For those who haven’t watched yet, we’ll save the rest for after the jump.
“So, you guys have met?” – Monty
Saffron, or as we prefer Mrs. Malcolm Reynolds is back, and appears to have moved on. Unlike the men she marries Saffron seems the marrying kind. Which tends to cause some confusion when Mal and his old army buddy Monty meet on a smuggling run exchange and find that their better half is the same woman. Our Mrs. Reynolds. Clearly she’s up to no good, and Monty leaves her for Mal to deal with. He’s not falling for any of her whiles this time. Mal is on to her schemes. Her whiles, her pleading, her appeals to greed, none of them seem to work on Mal. For now at least. With Saffron we know one thing, when one approach doesn’t work, she’ll find another.
Inara is starting to learn how the other half lives. No work for weeks, she depends on the Captain’s schedule to take her somewhere near a planet where there are lonely rich yet appropriately hygienic men (Mal’s words). The problem is, Saffron got to Mal first. He’s in no mood for a woman’s whiles. And basically anything an attractive woman says to him about now is going to raise alarms with Mal. He just survived an encounter with the dark side. Eventually we get to it. Mal seems gun-shy after his last encounter with a displeased former client. They need work and Mal needs to get his mojo back. Nothing to focus the mind and get your head in the game like a deal with the devil. Luckily Mal stashed her on board.
Our intrepid crew, or at least those not confused by Saffron’s presence, aren’t inclined to be the trusting type. Inara especially, is not happy. And lets it be known that they are all likely to be dupes, and that Saffron will betray them. But Mal will be there with her all the time. What could go wrong.
Simple as can be. While Mal and Saffron sneak in to the floating estate Serenity hovers below so Jayne and Kaylee can stand on top to re-program the garbage disposal unit so that when they drop the priceless Lassiter into the garbage to avoid the tagging and sensors at all the other exits they can send the disposal unit not to go to reclamation but to their coordinates where they can later retrieve the loot at their leisure and as a team. What could be simpler? What could go wrong?
Well first there’s Jayne, then there’s Yolanda.
OK, Jayne first. Seems Jayne and high voltage don’t mix. In a somewhat tricky process of standing atop the hovering Serenity trying to insert a circuit board into the trash container Jayne manages to get himself knocked cold. Well the good Dr Tam is there to take care of him. Too bad he’s been locked in his room with River, the psychic, with nothing to talk about except the bounty on their heads and Ariel.
Oh yeah, Yolanda. Well, as I said YoSafBridge is the marrying kind. We’re not sure there’s anyone in the ‘verse not married to her. Seems there’s a reason Yolanda has such intimate knowledge of this particular estate. It’s hers. Well her husband’s. That would be her first (we think) husband. Or her real husband. Or… Well it’s a puzzle. The guy she apparently ditched to start a life of crime. The one guy that still loved her. The one guy she didn’t have to ditch. So her biggest job was the one place she could have walked into no questions asked. Sort of. Seems Yolanda’s husband isn’t under any illusions either. He called the feds the second he saw her, making her and Mal’s escape a bit interesting. Seems YoSafBridge and Mal do make a good team in some ways, but come on, you know the double cross is coming.
But speaking of double crosses, there’s one that needs tying up. Jayne it seems is at the good Dr. Tam’s mercy. He’s in a dangerous profession, so Simon makes a deal that Jayne seems to already have understood. We’re on the same crew, so you trust me, and I’ll trust you. Having made his point to Jayne that trust is a good thing a new level of understanding between the two has been reached. Plus River can kill him with her brain.
The double cross
Mal has finally met Saffron. And so it seems a bit odd that he lets her tears get to him. He understands who she is. So how is it she gets his gun? Well, she isn’t the killing kind. She just puts men in a position where dying comes easy. In Mal’s case that means naked in the middle of the desert while she goes to retrieve the Lassiter, having made sure Serenity would be late for the rendezvous.
The other twist
Oh yeah, Inara said she might as well join the gang. What, you thought she was kidding? Seems Saffron thinks pretty highly of herself, but Mal’s done worse than see her naked. He’s played a player. Nothing like outsmarting the devil to get your Mojo back.
Yep, that went well. Mostly.