Inside the cargo bay, people mill around, stowing things, looking though the in-flight magazines, and making hand-puppets with the barf bags. Zoe meets with Mal over by one of the staircases and points out that they now have several civilian passengers to go along with their illegal cargo. Mal insists that nobody will be able to find their secret compartment.
Inara's shuttle returns to Serenity, and Wash greets her through the communicator. Inara is totally unsurprised that they need to leave in a hurry. She docks with the ship, and everybody prepares for take-off. The camera lands on Simon, trying to look more sinister than pretty, with mixed results, as the music suddenly turns tense. Gee, I wonder if this Simon guy is going to turn out to be some evil troublemaker?
Commercials. Did you know that current laws permit women to buy their own damned jewelry? It's true, you know. God, I hate Christmas commercials.
When we return, Mal is doubling as flight attendant in the mess area. There's food -- protein, all the colors of the rainbow. Well, that's better than most airline fare. Ech. Sorry. It's getting a little Premium Blend in here. During the introductions, everybody finds out that Book is a preacher man. Book wonders if that's a problem. Mal says it's not. He tells everyone they're allowed to come to the dining area at any time, but other than that, they're to stay in their quarters unless they have an escort. Simon points out that he has personal belongings in the cargo bay. Mal says that he figured people would need to get to their luggage, so they'll do that as soon as orientation is over.
Mal shifts gears to tell a nice little lie in order to deal with the stolen goods. He tells them all that he's been ordered by the Alliance to drop off some medical supplies on Whitefall before heading to Boros. Simon asks what the medical supplies are. Mal says he didn't ask. Zoe steps in to lie about insulin and plasma and such. See that dragging behind you? That's the plot. Speed it up, folks. Mal sends Zoe to escort the passengers back out to the cargo bay to get their Gameboys and MP3 players out of their luggage.
After they're gone, Mal asks Wash if he contacted Patience. He says he has, but hasn't heard back. Wash points out again that Patience once shot Mal. This joke isn't so funny that we need the rule of three here.
Simon tries to look sneaky as he goes through his stuff in the cargo bay. Dobson stumbles over him "by accident" as he's getting some of his bags. Book takes a bag and a wooden box up some stairs to the catwalk overlooking the cargo bay. Mal happens to be hanging out there with Kaylee. Book hands the bag and box over to Kaylee.