Horatio and Alexx are in no rush. They're standing in the observation bay, looking down at Carl Aspen, who's looking worse by the second. In terms of decomposition and gruesomeness, he's definitely blowing the corpse curve. Alexx notes, "It's eating through his flesh." Just to make her feel better, Horatio muses, "Odorless, tasteless and invisible." Alexx replies, "Too many neutrons to stabilize the atom. All those atoms ripping apart, releasing energy." We get a TMIcam that actually goes down to the subatomic level -- a new record, unless there's a case in which Horatio's knowing the difference between an up quark and a down quark solves the crime -- and we see all the neutrons whizzing around like sociopaths at a speed-dating event. As much as I normally applaud the use of the TMIcam to add visual impact to the science lesson of the week, frankly, this one feels a little…showy. Alexx muses, "It makes you wonder what it's done to us." I know what it's done -- I saw The Day After. I couldn't sleep for three days after watching that; my entire generation didn't grow up on duck and cover drills, but we did get to see Steve Guttenberg lose all his hair in a post-nuclear fallout, so the psychic damage is there. Anyway, Horatio's got other things to worry about: "I just hope [the radiation] hasn't rearranged our DNA."
At that point RM -- radiation management -- comes in, kitted out in the full gear, and Adam Baldwin says, "You waiting for us?" Horatio speaks for the dozens of devoted Firefly fans nationwide as he says, "You better believe it." The RM team waves the Geiger counter around, and it crackles enthusiastically when it's waved over Carl. Horatio uses the intercom to tell the trained radiation professionals the source of the radiation. Adam Baldwin replies, "Ooh, hot hand. Medium radiation. Let's make this sucker safe." After a brief TMIcam shot wherein we see glowing purple particles swirling around to illustrate the radiation, the safety dance begins -- Unnamed Flunkie #2 wheels over a cart with two cylinders on it, and the RM team then performs a process that looks a lot like giving Carl a paraffin treatment, except that Carl currently has no skin on his hands, and nobody's in any hurry to remove his hands from the goo. Alexx and Horatio watch as the team maneuvers Carl's hands into the containers, then fills the containers via an old coffeemaker. She asks what's in the coffeemaker, and Horatio replies, "Cerrobend, a soft alloy." "Neutralizes the radioactive particles," Adam Baldwin -- or, as he's known in the closed captioning, DeSoto -- interrupts. He then notices that Horatio and Alexx are just kind of hanging out, and invites them to go take a shower, Silkwood-style. Horatio nods, "Roger that." It must be killing him not to be totally in charge of the situation.