Back in the Serenity kitchen, River healed for now, Mal now has a brand-new mission: hack the planet. "This report is maybe years old. Parliament buried it, and it stayed buried till River dug it up. This is what they feared she knew. And they were right to fear, because there's a whole universe of folk who are gonna know it, too. They're gonna see it. Somebody has to speak for these people. You all got on this boat for different reasons but you all come to the same place. So now I'm asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything I know this, they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground, swept clean. A year from now, they'll swing back to the belief that they can make people better. And I do not hold to that. So no more running."
He stands, so illuminated it's blinding, the harsh light of Miranda behind him like a halo: "I aim to misbehave."
Even Jayne's impressed, citing Book: "If you can't do something smart, do something right." Mal gives Wash the plan, to visit Mr. Universe and broadwave the Sarah Paulson transmission to every screen on every world. Wash points out the literal truth that between them and the 'verse (Mr. Universe, who transforms now from earhorn to megaphone, polarity reversed; the signal is reversed; the thing that keeps us enslaved, television, entertainment, opiate, now becomes the thing that sets us free, a carrier of pure truth; the signal you can't stop) there now lies a whole Reaver civilization, not to mention the Alliance up their collective ass. Jayne: "That's two armies against our one bitty cannon." Zoe also mentions how they have to know and tolerate Mr. Universe, in their arrogance: they will see this coming once Serenity leaves Miranda. Mal, again lit from behind, from within: "No. They're not gonna see this coming." Serenity takes to the sky.
Mr. Universe greets them on his moon, excited as all get out: "No problem. Bring it on. Bring it on. Bring it on. From here to the eyes and ears of the 'verse. That's my motto -- or it might be, if I start having a motto." He explains about the "ion cloud" that only we have thus far seen, and how it will play "merry hob" (this language!) with their radar, but it's only a few miles of pretty lights down to the surface. Zoe asks him to let them know if anybody else shows up, and he smiles charmingly. He's so dead. "You'll be the first."
Signing off, Mr. U. turns to the Operative: "There. Toss me my thirty coin. But I got a newswave for you..." We don't hear him -- the Operative runs him through, as the Lovebot looks on. The Operative calls over his shoulder to his group swarming the room: "Call in every ship in the quadrant. We'll meet them in the air. Destroy it all."