Act break. It's morning when we return. Mal is sleeping next to Nandi. Nandi awakens and smiles for some reason. Then we cut out to the hall, as Mal leaves while getting dressed. So of course he runs into Inara in the hallway. And of course there's a lot of stammering and stuttering, and Mal tries to pretend that they didn't have sex, while Inara insists that it's a good thing that Mal had sex with Nandi, because Nandi's a friend and deserves to be comforted in this time of crisis. As Mal continues to stammer, Inara says, "One of the advantages of not being puritanical about sex is not feeling embarrassed afterward. You should look into that." Oh, please. Don't expect me to believe that Inara hasn't ever had to experience the walk of shame. It has nothing to do with Puritanism and everything to do with having low standards. Mal says he didn't want Inara to think he was taking advantage of Nandi. Inara doesn't see a problem. Mal says he's glad Inara is okay, than corrects himself to wonder why Inara wouldn't be okay, because, you know, they're totally not interested in each other or anything. Inara says she's not entirely okay: "I'm a little appalled at her taste."
Elsewhere, Jayne and his temporary girlfriend stir in bed together. They're both clothed for some bizarre reason. You'd think be the ones down with the nekkidness. Jayne rolls over and hugs his girlfriend, while at the same time clutching a gun he was also apparently sleeping with. I don't think it's Vera. And remember, kids: If you're going to incorporate a gun into your sex with a whore, remember to make sure the safety's on! This has been a TWoP service announcement.
Elsewhere, Inara sits on the floor in a bedroom and cries. She insisted to Mal that she wasn't interested in him, demanded they keep their relationship professional, insulted his work, called him names, and turned up her nose at him at every opportunity. And then he went and slept with somebody else. Where did it all go wrong?