Early asks her not to mess around with anything. She orders him to put the gun away. He says he does, but then Simon points out that he hasn't. Oops. Witnesses. How pesky. He finally puts the gun away and begs River again not to go fiddling with anything on the ship. She tells Early that he's got issues. Early says no, but then quickly agrees that he does. Way to go! Please don't destroy my ship! River tells him he talks too much. God, yes. Early agrees. River says it's okay; she's going to go with him. Simon's confused now. She explains that she doesn't belong. She's dangerous, just like Early. We see shots of everybody looking guilty. She says that she can't be trusted, and everybody would be able to go on without her, not worrying, and being whatever they want to be. They could "live simple." There would be no secrets. Simon says, "No," but River insists that she'll be fine. She says, "I'll be your bounty, Mr. Jubel Early. And I'll just fade away."
Early mutters that at least something is going according plan, and starts to walk off the deck back to the ship. But that's when Simon charges him, tackling him hard against the wall. They struggle briefly until Early shoots Simon in an area that looks likes it could result in Simon making his own vow of chastity. If he lives. River screams.
Commercials. We return to see that Simon's actually been shot in the thigh. Mal and Jayne breathe sighs of relief. He lies on the ground, gasping. Early says, "See, that's what it feels like," and walks off. He heads down some stairs to the corridor leading to the hatch. I'm annoyed at them not using Zoe at this point. She could have done something here. Then Simon somehow manages to hurl himself down the steps on top of Early. They could really work Simon up to bodybuilder levels if they made threats against River part of his routine: "You're going to do fifty reps with this heavy barbell or we'll hurt River. Forty arm curls or we'll hurt River." They fight. Oz percussion plays. We cut to Jayne's quarters. The noise wakes Jayne up. He angrily pulls a blanket off the wall, revealing all his guns. The cavalry! Then he wraps the blanket around himself and goes back to sleep. Heh. Early concludes beating the crap out of Simon, then walks off as the doctor lies gasping on the stairs. Through Serenity's com system, River shushes Simon and tells him that everything's going to be okay.
Early climbs out onto the hull of Serenity. Through a communication system, he tells River that she made the right choice. Then we see Mal standing behind him, in his own spacesuit. He says, "You think so? Some of us feel differently." Then, before Early can respond, Mal grabs him and tosses him out into space. He flies past his own ship, unsuccessful in his attempts to grab on to it to stop himself. Away he goes!