And now, the vaunted space toilet scene. Mal uses a space toilet. Oh, you sci-fi pioneers, you. See, other sci-fi shows don't have toilets because the shows aren't "realistic." It's not because they prefer their plots to take place on sets that are actually relevant to the story instead of wasting their time on scenes that don't advance either action or character development. We cut in just after Mal zips up from peeing, and thank god, because I've already addressed spit fetishists in a previous episode and I really don't want to get into water sports. The toilet flips up backwards neatly into the wall when he's done, and a sink pulls out above it. All space brigands with elastic, ambiguous morals must wash hands before leaving the restroom. When he's done, Wash calls him up to the bridge.
Mal hears the tense, sinister music playing, so he realizes something's wrong and rushes up. Wash tells Mal that somebody on the ship went on the Cortex and contacted the nearest Alliance ship. Wash scrambled it, but he doesn't know how much got through. Mal says something lengthy in Chinese ("I just can't get enough WWE Smackdown! Or Girlfriends!"). Wash says they've got a mole on board. Hmmm. Could it be Simon? Could it be Book? Or could it be the guy we've never seen before? That's a poser.