Mal wanders by to try to get Kaylee and Simon out of there to do some planning. Kaylee "subtly" complains, "Now, Captain? Things are going so well." Mal doesn't pick up on this hint, thinking Kaylee's talking about Jayne. She repeats the statement, emphasizing the "going well" part. Mal responds, "You do realize that Simon's gay, don't you?" Actually, no. He picks up on the meaning and tries not to laugh in Kaylee's face. Mal allows the two of them to hang out and "keep an eye on Jayne." I'm sure Simon will.
Back on Serenity, River is repeating the latest KRZY weather report. Something about snow crushing a guy's brains. Oh, she's talking about Book's crazy hair in her own crazy fashion. Book comes around looking for her. She seems to have crawled into one of the cargo nooks in the main bay. Zoe is sitting on the stairs next to the nook, amusing herself with the subplot. Book tries to get River to come out, but she won't, because of all the hair. Book explains that its one of the rules of the order he belongs to. Yeah, that lends credibility to your arguments about embracing faith. Zoe interrupts Book to tell River that Book is "putting the hair away now." As Book pulls his hair back into a rubber band, River whines that even if he does, "it will still be there, waiting." If Book's hair does something awful to River, I might actually end up liking him.
Wash and Mal return to the ship for the night. Zoe exposits to them that their contact is "chomping at the bit" for the goods. Mal explains that there have been complications. Because there are always complications in their missions. Wash explains to Zoe the news about the hero of Canton, the man they call Jayne. Zoe practically recoils when Wash puts his hand on her shoulder. Zoe observes that Wash is drunk. Mal agrees that Wash is, but his story is nevertheless true. Mal has arranged for the mudders to have a Jayne Day celebration in the town square tomorrow. Wash busts up giggling at the idea. Mal believes that the distraction will allow them to get the goods out of town without getting noticed. Yes, but what about Jayne? He's a "hero" for breaking the law. Why doesn't it even occur to Mal that the magistrate might try something? Or perhaps he doesn't care.
Back in Inara's Shuttle Of Tea And Sympathy (And Sex), Fess whines that the whole situation is embarrassing. Inara After-School Specials that there's nothing wrong with being a virgin and that there's nothing wrong with Fess. She explains that companions choose whom they're going to "be with" very carefully. She would never "be with" Mr. Higgins, because he's old and ugly. But she would "be with" Fess, because he's young and rather hot. She takes off Fess's glasses and kisses him.