Mal joins them on the bridge to admire the sunset they can see through the windows as they approach Persephone, which appears to be a fairly large planet. Zoe makes some mention of Persephone becoming their second home. Mal insists that it's not -- there are too many people there they need to avoid. Soon there will be a few more. He says they're just there to refuel, resupply, and look for work: "Sniff the air. We don't kiss the dirt." Zoe says she wasn't planning on any dirt-kissing. Wash jokes that he wouldn't let her anyway, because he's the jealous type. They start heading down to the planet, but they're going a little too fast because Wash isn't really paying attention. He nervously makes corrections and worries about crashing. Mal says, "Well, if that happens, let me know," as he leaves. Okay, then.
Cut to Inara's Shuttle Of Elegant Debauchery. It looks like Inara is playing some sort of puzzle game on her monitor that involves sliding images of men's faces around. She's making arrangements to, uh, bask in the compatibility of somebody's aura on Persephone. She quickly deletes a couple of faces. She taps on a face, and it pops open full-screen to reveal some boy who looks like Kelso in fey dandy attire. He clumsily stammers out that if Inara agrees to meet with him, it would honor his honor. Dude! Lay off the weed when you're trying to secure a space hooker.
A chime interrupts Kelso's desperate begging, so Inara closes his face and taps on another image. It opens up to introduce us to Chris Sarandon's heir to the "smarmy twerp" throne. This guy's name is Atherton Wing. What, no "III"? He even looks a little like Sarandon, except younger and prettier. In his snottiest voice, he says, "Now there's the smile made of sunlight." Ew. How could Inara have not known what a twit this guy is with lines like that? She responds that she's happy to see Atherton again. Okay, so this is an actual video call now, not a message. I was a bit confused for a second. They slip into exposition mode in their chatting. Atherton sent Inara an invitation to the biggest social event of the season. He asks if she'll accompany him. He also mentions some sort of offer he made to Inara that he's waiting for a response about. Just then, there's a knock on the shuttle door. Inara says that she will accompany him to the event, then ends the call to go answer the door.