Man, even the street patrolmen of the Alliance have to dress like bellboys. That must suck. A bunch of bellboys head inside. Mal encounters one in a hallway and beats him up. He and Saffron make it through a doorway before a couple of other bellboys hit them with their sonic CGI guns. Mal and Saffron make it out the back door, and Saffron does some sort of jury-rigging to the security system outside to lock everybody in. They fight off two more bellboys on the way back to the shuttle, but make it and take off.
Ugh. Just in case we don't get it enough, Mal and Saffron have to have some "little girl lost" conversation. She sits there in the shuttle as Mal blathers on about how she must have been really hard up to pull a gig on a guy she actually cared about. She says she actually tried. She thought that Durran was a decent man and maybe things would work out. She thought money and a good man would make her happy, but it didn't. Mal brings up Heinrich. She insists she didn't kill him. Of course not. Saffron's hat is grayer than Mal's, but it's still not black. And that's how they justify letting her escape or not get killed at the end of her appearances. People die because of the stuff she does, but since she didn't actually kill them herself, it doesn't really count as evil. She mutters that she should have killed Durran. Mal points out that she'd be killing the only guy who knows what she's really like, but still cares about her. Saffron starts to cry, and tells Mal that he must be loving all this. Mal shakes his head no, then says, "Yeah, a little bit." He says, "I've seen you without your clothes on before," and I mentally complete, "I never thought I'd see you naked." What a cheesy, stupid line. If anybody ever said that in my presence I'd laugh my ass off. It's like something a college sophomore would say. Saffron asks if people can ever change. Mal says it depends on the person. He thinks that when the pain fades, she'll go back to being the way she is. Saffron asks what kind of person she is. Mal describes her as a "brilliant, beautiful, evil, double-crossing snake." So buck up, little camper! This is as good as it gets! He tells her to cheer up because she just made a ton of money today. She asks him if he'll tell anybody she broke down. He won't. In return, she promises not tell anybody how easily she got Mal's gun from his holster. Actually, it took her less time the last time they met. Oh, that's not what she meant. She meant his weapon. Saffron's in charge again. She declares that she played Mal with the whole "little girl lost" thing, but of course, it's not true. Everybody knows it's not true. She'd probably join the cast if this show made it to the third season. She decides she's going to leave Mal off in the desert, and orders him to take off his clothes. As he undresses, he says he doesn't see the point of this whole exercise, because even though she's got the drop on him, she'd never catch his crew "with their trousers down."
What's that, Ironic Segue Fairy? You have work to do? Bless your little heart. A burst of magic Ironic Segue Fairy dust (don't breathe too deeply -- it's been shown to cause cancer in lab rats) sends us back to Serenity, where Wash is discovering that the ship won't turn. Kaylee, Wash, and Zoe rush down to the engine room, where they discover that Saffron has stuffed a widget inside the turbine. Kaylee can fix it, but they have to land the ship and won't make it to the garbage bin drop-off location.