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"I," she stutters, "is this a bad time?" "No," he stutters back, "This...good as any. How's...your world?" She smiles. Weather. "Cold. It's autumn here." He asks if she's still at the Training House, and she smiles at him. He actually tries to lay on the charm. It's Mal, so he accomplishes it, despite looking like he just went through a trash compactor. Albeit a sexy one. "So, what occasions the wave? Not that to see you ain't...well, you look very fine." They talk over each other, but being as how she's currently a hostage of the Operative and this is a big trap, she goes ahead and launches into it: "I guess we're having something of a problem here with the locals. And, I thought maybe..." He offers "a gun hand" and she says she hopes it's not necessary. "I'm hoping not. But if you happen to be close at all, you...the crew could take your ease here for a while. And there'd be payment." He gets excited, then tamps it down. "Well, it would be...I mean, I'd like to. Kaylee's been...missing you something fierce." Downstairs, the entire crew, now assembled in the cockpit and watching, shouts, "Oh, man!" Wash throws actual popcorn, is the level we're at right now. It's hilarious and heartbreaking. Word, y'all. "I miss her, too. I even miss my shuttle, occasionally." He's sheepish. "Yeah, you left, um...got some of your stuff in a trunk. I never did get a chance to drop it off." Lying -- and the commentary has a funny note from Joss about how both actors came to him with the subtext for this -- she says, "I didn't mean to leave stuff," and his response is equally an adorable lie, "I didn't look through the stuff." They talk about how they'll be talking, and he signs off.