Production Code: 1AGE04
Original Airdate: November 8, 2002
Written by: Drew Z. Greenburg
Directed by: Michael Grossman
|Regan Tam - Isabella Hofmann
||Older Grange - Andrew A. Rolfes
|Gabriel Tam - William Converse-Roberts
||Younger Grange - Matthew C. Ferreira
|Young River - Skylar Roberge
||Head Cop - Joel Steingold
|Young Simon - Zac Efron
||Ruby - Morina Pierce
|Stark - John Thaddeus
Patron - Gary Werntz
|Doralee - Erica N. Tazel
||Commander -Ron Ostrow
Flashbacks throughout this episode of Simon and River's childhood show River's genius and playfulness as well as Simon's past attempts to help his sister. In the present River is having a bad day, acting up a couple times and Serenity lands to finish the deal for cattle Badger hooked them up with. Mal suggests that Simon take River for a walk while he, Jayne, and Shepherd deal with Badger's cattle buyers and Kaylee and Inara shop. River wanders off, joining in with some locals' dance as Simon watches happily. But things go awry and the two are taken into the hills where the people are in need of a doctor. Simon lets it be known that he is not happy, but he still helps them out.
Meanwhile, the deal for the cattle is going well until Alliance men try to arrest Badger's contacts. A shoot out ensues and Book is shot in the crossfire. They get Book back onto the ship and while Zoe tends to him, Simon is nowhere to be found. They figure out what must have happened to Simon and River, but they need to get Book help now, so in desperation, Mal and his crew leave the planet and the Tams. Serenity ends up going to Alliance to get help for Book: the Alliance men don't care about Book until he gives them his ID, then they are eager to help, to the crew's shock.
Book is patched up and Serenity heads back for Simon and River. In bouts of clarity River and Simon reconnect, but when River, shows knowledge of things only a mute girl could have told her, she's accused of being a witch and the hill folk promptly prepare to burn her at the stake. Simon reprehends the villagers and gets up there next to her, prepared to die with her. But Serenity swoops in and the "big damn heroes" save the Tams.
Read the Script
Mal : "Well, look at this!
Appears we got here just in the nick of time.
Whaddya suppose that makes us?"
Zoe:"Big damn heroes, sir."
Mal : "Ain't we just!"
Jayne: "Dear Diary...today I was pompous and my sister was crazy.
Today, we were kidnapped by hill folk never to be seen again.
It was the best day ever."
Kaylee : "Well, we're headed for help... right?"
Zoe: "Captain will come up with a plan."
Kaylee : "That's good. Right?"
Zoe: "Possibly you're not recalling some of his previous plans."