As Kaylee withers under the contempt of the snotty rich snobs of Snotterton, an older man wanders up to save the day. He greets Head Heather and marvels at her dress, telling her it must have taken a dozen slaves a dozen days to get her into it. She demures to his compliments. But then he puts the screws to her by adding, "Of course, your daddy tells me it takes the space of a schoolboy's wink to get you out of it again." The Heathers are humiliated, and rush off to go "well, I never!" at each other in the powder room. The man apologizes to Kaylee for his rudeness, but says he cannot abide "useless people." Kaylee chuckles.
Mal wanders around and finally finds the man he's looking for. Their contact is Benny from L.A. Law! I'm just going to call him Benny, because Warrick is a really stupid name. Mal wanders over and greets Benny, mistakenly calling him "mister." Benny corrects him that he's "Sir [Benny]." See, the red sash indicates that he's a lord, not Mr. Snob King 2157. Mal apologizes, and explains that he captains a ship and heard that Sir Benny is interested in moving some merchandise off-world. Mal stops for a moment to notice Inara dancing with Atherton. Sir Benny plays dumb and insists that he's an "honest man." Mal ripostes that there's nothing wrong with getting Sir Benny's goods to the people who need them. Benny asks Mal who he represents. Mal mentions Badger's name. They both think that Badger is a psychotic lowlife. Actually, Mal thinks he's even worse than that. Anyway, they both hate and don't trust Badger, but Mal insists that the deal is solid.
At that moment, Atherton drags Inara over to say hello to Sir Benny. Inara introduces Mal to Atherton. Mal "jokes" that he didn't know Inara was going to this party. In an annoyed "What are you doing on my turf?" voice, Inara points out that this was the only party. Oh, I suspect that all those slaves are having some fun of their own, now that all the snobs are away. They even have their own games, like "Peeing In The Master's Best Bourbon." Mal says he can see why and compliments the floating chandelier, pointing out, "It almost outshines our girl, here." We pan down to see that Atherton is clutching Inara's arm rather tightly. I think that "our girl" reference didn't really please him. Plus he's a snotty, smarmy prick, and I fail to see how anybody could be surprised. Mal tells Atherton that Inara has spoken highly of him and praised his generosity. Given that he's so generous, would he object to Mal asking Inara for a dance? Atherton stares at Mal, stone-faced, but says, "Of course." Inara looks annoyed, but joins Mal on the dance floor. After they leave, Sir Benny tells Atherton, "You're a brave man." Atherton responds, "I know what's mine."