Nandi and Mal are fiddling around in some other room in the house. In a cute touch, we can hear Jayne off-screen, giving his temporary girlfriend shooting lessons. Apparently, every time she misses the target, she has to, uh, "give up a special treat" to Jayne. See, I don't think that's the kind of incentive that will actually improve her accuracy. I'm just saying. Mal comments that Jayne's going to cost them all the credit they've earned from the house before they even finish the mission. Nandi jokes that after they save all their lives, Mal and the crew can do some chores around the house. She adds that she's surprised that the crew isn't "taking more out of trade" out of the house. Mal points out that they aren't some big greedy conglomerate. He adds that Book is a preacher, Wash is married, and Simon -- there's a pause here where I can only assume that Mal is about to say "is gay," but then remembers that there are some affectionate boys there as well. He concludes instead, "Well, he'd have to relax for thirty seconds to get his play. And that would be a miracle." This discussion takes place while Mal looks over a stash of old-fashioned concealable guns Nandi owns. It turns out that when Nandi commented about the crew not taking advantage of the erotic opportunities, she was referring to Mal. She wants to know when Mal is going to let his crotch rocket out for a drive. Mal hems and haws about having work to do. Nandi says Mal hasn't even noticed the women, and asks him if he's "sly," which is Firefly slang for gay. Mal sputters and demands, "Who told you that? Was it Simon? I was drunk! I thought he was a girl! Have you seen his skin?" No, he doesn't. He does say he's not "sly" -- he just wants to take things "one at a time" and doesn't like "complications." Nandi says, "Oh, I'm certain of that." Mal wonders why she's smiling all of the sudden. Nandi reminds him that she has had "companion training" and is therefore capable into seeing into the heart and soul of every human being, or whatever. That must be why I find Inara so dull -- she's the crew's Troi.
Episode Report CardShack: C+ | 1387 USERS: B-
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