Inara's shuttle returns to Serenity, and there are greetings all around. Wash gives Zoe a big hug. Jayne is lying on the one of the landings of the stairwell, semi-conscious. Kaylee explains that they tried to get him to the infirmary, but he was too heavy. Wash says that the ship is ready to go, but Mal has changed the plans. They're giving the medicine back. See, people need it, so they're going to give it to them. I guess they normally steal things that nobody wants. No wonder life is so hard for them. It's not easy being a soft-hearted, hard-bitten cynic with a heart of gold. Believe me, I know. Through partially paralyzed lips, Jayne expresses surprise that they're giving it back, and lies that he waited for them. Wash asks about Niska. Mal says they'll give the money back to Niska and explain and everything will be fine, because apparently Zoe wasn't joking when she told Mal he had a problem with his brain being missing. Wash informs Mal that they're about to get the opportunity to explain everything right now; Crow and his crew and his bad-ass tattoo have just found them.
Commercials. When we return, Crow and his crew and his bad-ass tattoo stride up the loading ramp into the ship. Crow holds a big, oddly shaped knife. He asks them why they aren't at the planned rendezvous point. Mal says they hit some complications. Crow suggests they were planning to hightail it with Niska's merchandise. Mal insists that he wasn't. He does, however, attempt to cancel the deal, telling Crow that they've changed their minds. Crow's not having it. He wants the medicine. Mal tries to offer the money back and wants to call it even. Crow says that there is no "even." Mal asks, "Is that right?" Crow's response is to throw his knife into Mal's shoulder. Ouch. That's the first thing in this incredibly predictable episode that surprised me. The other men draw guns and open fire. Zoe does as well, and immediately takes a man down. Inara pulls Kaylee away from the gun battle as Mal fights with Crow. A man tries to rush Zoe, and she knocks him out with the butt of her gun. Wash sneaks over to an ATV. Mal and Crow fight some more. Wash peels off in the ATV and knocks out another of Crow's crew. Crow and Mal fight some more. Crow knocks Mal down and is prepares to finish him off when a gunshot rings out and hits Crow in the leg. Crow goes down. Mal looks up to the stairway and says, "Nice shot." Half-paralyzed Jayne (he looks like a stroke victim here) holds a gun and drawls, "I was aiming for his head."