River leaves and wanders down another corridor until she can get a look through the doorway to the bridge. In there, Wash and Zoe are making out heavily. For some reason, River hears the sounds of the ocean (complete with seagulls) as she watches the two of them go at it. She makes ecstasy faces. Wash is going to be disappointed when he finds out that he actually had a three-way and didn't even know it.
Elsewhere, Mal and Inara walk across a catwalk, arguing. Inara's mad because she can't seem to get any quality clients on Mal's route these days. Mal gives a lengthy response that can be summarized as "tough patooties." River wanders down some stairs nearby. Suddenly, Inara turns to River and says, "I'm a big girl; just tell me." Okay. You've been cancelled. Sorry. Mal, arms folded, mutters, "None of it means a damned thing." Is that a meta comment?
A confused River rushes down the stairs to the cargo bay as KRZY continues to pipe soothing ocean sound effects into her head. Suddenly she steps on what appears to be a tree branch on the floor of the cargo bay, and the noises all stop. It's actually the first time she has actually interacted with anything in this segment. She leans down and picks up the branch. We pull back and see that the floor of the cargo bay appears to be covered with fallen leaves. She holds the branch and says to nobody in particular, "It's just an object. It's not what you think."
Suddenly we shift back to reality to see everybody in a panic around River in the cargo bay. It turns out that the branch she's holding is actually a handgun. Simon tries to calm her down. Kaylee looks particularly freaked out and backs away. Simon asks River where she got the gun. She mutters that it was in her hand. Mal finally manages to get the gun away from her, then notes that it was fully loaded with the safety off. He asks Simon if River understands how "unpleasant" what she just did could have been. River responds, "She understands. She doesn't comprehend." Eh? Mal says, "Well, I'm glad we made that distinction." Did we? Mal, speaking like a particularly rude Amazing Race contestant to a non-English-speaking taxi driver, leans over and demands, "No touching guns, okay?" River responds, "No touching," and starts to walk away. Simon tries to speak to her, but she shouts, "It's getting very, very crowded!" and runs out of the bay.
After she leaves, Mal tells Simon he thought River was getting better. Simon medibabbles about difficulties with the drugs. Mal angrily points out that River could have shot Simon, and if she had, there wouldn't be anybody to patch him up because they're out in space. Or as Mal puts it, on the "corner of 'no' and 'where.'" Just like the show's ratings! Sorry. Mal insists that Simon take better care of River, because they're "all alone out here." Everybody knows that an ironic segue is coming now. People who don't even know what the words "ironic" and "segue" mean know that it's coming. Certain species of mollusk know an ironic segue is coming. Is it still "ironic" if we all know it's going to happen? We cut outside Serenity for the ironic segue to see a smaller ship flying just behind it.