Atherton shouts to Inara as she walks away with Mal. Sir Benny tells Atherton that he's lost her. Atherton shouts out, "You set this up, whore! After I bought and paid for you. I should have uglied you up so nobody else would want you." Mal says to Inara, "See how I'm not punching him? I think I've grown." I think it's more that you're not in a position to be punching anybody at the moment. Another twee guy helps Atherton to his feet, so he can threaten Inara to use his connections to make sure that she never works again. Inara, though, is unafraid, and tells Atherton that the opposite is true. Once she reports his behavior to the guild, no companion will accept offers from him, ever again. Sir Benny snarks, "You'll have to rely on your winning personality to get women. God help you." Yeah, rich assholes have a really hard time getting laid.
Sir Benny heads over to join Mal and Inara. He points out that he didn't have to keep wounding Atherton. Mal responds, "Yeah, I know. It was just funny." It turns out that Mal hasn't just won Inara's love; he's won Sir Benny's as well. Not that sort of love. Sir Benny isn't pretty enough. Anyway, Sir Benny agrees to give Mal his cargo to smuggle for him. Well, it's a good thing that Sir Benny hated Atherton and wasn't a good friend or anything, wasn't it? Contrivance can be clever that way. Mal works the episode title in my telling Inara, "Mighty fine shindig!" as they limp away.
Back on the ship, the crew continues trying to plot a way to escape. Simon is talking to Book. Jayne tells Zoe that they're ready to act on her command. Simon has agreed to be the diversion. Is he going to get naked? He's no Jayne, but you won't get any complaints from me. Sadly, we'll never find out. Well, sweeps are coming, though, and the ratings are in the toilet, so who knows? They show John Doe's ass all the time, and that show's getting better ratings. Anyway, we won't find out in this episode. Just as they're about to implement their plan, Mal comes limping back, snarking about his lazy crew. They're all surprised and happy to see him. Simon points out that he's hurt. Yes, and fixing him will require shirtlessness. I'm sure Simon's happy. Badger asks Mal if he got the deal. He did. He orders Badger and his Bad-Asses off the ship. They go. Status quo recovered.