Inara and Saffron lean in close, long enough to get many, many shots to use in the promos. Inara says, "Come to my shuttle." Saffron asks, "You would lie with me?" Then an alarm goes off. Inara observes, "I guess we've lied enough." Saffron: "You're good." Inara: "You're amazing. Who are you?" Saffron: "Malcolm Reynolds's widow." Inara blocks a punch and ducks a kick from Saffron, who escapes into the shuttle and flees Serenity.
Inara rushes toward the bridge. Zoe and Jayne are already there. Zoe is tending to Wash and nervously points out that he's bleeding. Jayne is trying to force the door to the bridge open, without luck. Kaylee comes by and asks what's going on. Inara takes the ladder that leads down to Mal's quarters.
There she finds Mal unconscious on the floor. She rushes over, calling his name, and mutters something in Chinese ("Seven dogs own this café") before kneeling down and planting a big kiss on his mouth. Why? Oh, I don't know. Maybe she thinks he's dead and she wants to declare her love before the corpse gets too icky. Except that we heard him moan just before she kissed him. Perhaps she thinks she's performing mouth-to-mouth. Perhaps it's just her inclination as a companion to kiss a man when he's down. Regardless, the subtext just became text where Inara is concerned. She rushes over to the ladder and yells up to the others to call the doctor to help Mal. Then she tastes something funny on her lips. She wobbles and mutters, "You stupid son of a..." and faints.