At the large table in the dining nook, Wash and Zoe munch on their own apples. They're both surprised and a bit worried by Jayne's sudden bout of generosity. So I guess that Mal is keeping Jayne's betrayal between the two of them. For now. Kaylee notes that Zoe and Mal always cut their apples up before eating them. Apparently, they do this with all fresh fruit. As Jayne heads into the room from a nearby corridor, Zoe asks Kaylee if she knows what a "Grizwald" is. She doesn't. Jayne shoots out from the corridor as he walks in that it's a type of grenade. He's correct. Zoe exposits that it's a grenade the size of a battery that responds to pressure. She tells them all a war story, so that the episode title makes sense. During the war, her platoon was stuck in a trench for more than a week, ten yards away from a group of Alliance soldiers. The two sides ended up talking and joking with each other across the distance, because they were all out of ammo and had no orders. They mentioned to the Alliance soldiers that they had run out of rations. Within minutes, apples started raining into the trenches. Wash suddenly interrupts the story here to joke about the apples growing into a magical tree that led to a land with unicorns and harps and such. I'm assuming that this is to telegraph his discomfort with Zoe's stories. Jayne then startles Wash by impaling an apple in the bowl next to him with a knife. Kaylee, less oblivious about violence than usual, realizes that people got killed when they ate the apples. Zoe says that Mal warned them against eating them, but some guys were too hungry, and well, they're not hungry anymore. Wash points out that these apples are healthy, non-explosive apples. Jayne snarks, "Yeah, grenades cost extra." But isn't it sometimes worth the extra expense?
Episode Report CardShack: B- | 1658 USERS: B-
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