It's fun to imagine this next part with the theme song to The A-Team playing in your head. Crew members hammer boards to walls and such to fortify themselves from attack. Zoe and Wash set up some sort of tripwire outside. Jayne and Zoe load their weapons. Petaline huffs and screams. Nandi looks concerned. She's probably wondering if they can continue to use the room for whorin' after a baby was born in it.
The two ladies who talked to Book before come up to him again while he's hammering to discuss what they'd like him to say over their bodies if they should get killed. Rather than being a good man of the cloth and listening to these women's fears and preparing for that very realistic eventuality, he simply insists to them that nobody's going to die. He really is one of the worst preachers on television, next to RevCam. I know it's not technically a lie, because Book has no way of knowing the future, but what preacher with the sense God gave a ferret would presume to know what the outcome would be in the first place? What is he going to say to these women if people do actually die? If I were a religious person, I don't think I would find it comforting to have a spiritual leader which such a weak grasp of reality in dangerous circumstances. I mean, you can comfort people without stringing them along idiotically.
Meanwhile, the "stupid" one, Jayne, up in a bedroom, tells his new best friend that some folks are going to get killed. He explains to her how people are going to panic, and warns her not to lose her wits. See? Jayne rules. Book drools. We see next to the bed a long table that is absolutely covered with guns. Jayne's temporary girlfriend has been put on weapon-handling duty. Again. Snerk. Sorry. Anyway, she's going to make sure Jayne's always got a loaded gun to shoot with. Hee. Snerk. Sorry. Incidentally, there's really effective natural lighting in this room. I know I've teased a few times in past episodes, but they've done some pretty effects with lighting throughout the series. After he's done with all the explaining, she jumps on his lap, so they can -- you know -- that. I'd make another weapons joke, but they're not as funny if they actually are about sex.
Outside, Wash and Zoe are arguing about having a baby as they kick sand over some trap. Apparently Zoe wants to have a baby, but Wash doesn't, because he thinks their lives are too dangerous. What we've learned about the characters so far made me feel that the positions would be reversed -- conservative, cautious Zoe would resist motherhood, while goofy, snarky, occasionally immature Wash would want one. But Wash is once again of the "this is all so dangerous!" mindset, even though he voluntarily joined it long before he and Zoe were a couple. Zoe says that she doesn't want to abandon the chance to have a child just because there's a possibility they could lose it. She says they'd make a beautiful child together (true, that), gives him a meaningful look, and walks off.