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108 - "Ariel"

Transcribed by Elena B

(Original Air Date: November 15, 2002)

Written by: Jose Molina
Directed by: Allan Kroeker

Guest Cast:
Blake Robbins as "Agent McGinnis"
Jeff Ricketts as "Blue Glove #1"
Dennis Cockrum as "Blue Glove #2"
Tom Virtue as "Pompous Doctor"
Roma Chugani as "Receiving Doctor"
Ira Steck as "Young Intern"
Michael Nagy as "Particularly Dressed Man"
Alex Connie as "Patient"
Cate Cohen as "Crash Team Nurse"


TEASER

EXT. SPACE

Serenity in flight, music.

INT. SERENITY - KITCHEN AREA - CONTINUOUS

JAYNE cleans a gun, INARA sits on a couch next to KAYLEE they are playing a game (Mah Jong?), SIMON dishes much into a bowl for RIVER who stands next to him

RIVER
I don't want any.

SIMON
River, you have to eat. It's good.
It tastes like...
(uses chopsticks to eat some)
... It's good.

JAYNE
Smells like crotch.

KAYLEE
Jayne!

JAYNE
Well, it does.

WASH and ZOE enter through the corridor, conversation in progress

WASH
We don't even have to go someplace fancy.
We can just go to the park or something.
Feed the pigeons.

ZOE
Sure.
(puts arms around WASH)
Feed the pigeons. Probably get the
firing squad for littering.
(walks into room)

WASH
Come on, it's not that bad.

ZOE
It is. It's a Core planet, it's spotless.
It's got sensors, and where there ain't
sensors, there's feds. All Central
planets are the same.

WASH
Could you please tell my wife the
fun she's missing out on?

INARA
(laughs)
Ariel's quite a nice place, actually.
There are some beautiful museums, not
to mention some of the finest restaurants
in the Core.

WASH
But ... not boring, like she made it
sound. There's a .. .. Um, ah, um.
(looks to SIMON for help)

SIMON
There's hiking.

WASH
Yeah!

SIMON
And you can go swimming in a
bioluminescent lake.

WASH nods encouragingly.

ZOE
I don't care if it's got sunsets
twenty-four hours a day. I ain't
setting foot on that planet.

MAL
(walking into room)
No one is setting foot on that fancy
rock. I don't want anyone leaving the
ship. Come to think of it, I don't want
anyone looking out the windows or talking
loud. We're here to drop off Inara,
that's it.
(dishes mush into bowl)

JAYNE
(assembling his gun)
What's the point of coming to the Core
if I can't even step off the boat?

MAL
You could have got off with Shepherd
Book at the Bathgate Abbey. Could
have been meditating on the wonders of
your rock garden by now.

JAYNE
Well it beats just sitting.

WASH
It is just sitting.

We don't see KAYLEE and INARA; RIVER is looking at JAYNE as he licks his knife.

KAYLEE (V.O)
(to INARA)
So, how long you gonna be planetside?

INARA
Shouldn't be more than a day or two.

WASH
Big stop just to renew your license to
companion. Can I use companion as
a verb?

INARA
(laughs, plays game)
It's Guild law. All Companions are
required to undergo a physical
examination once a year.

JAYNE hocks and spits on his gun.

SIMON
(pauses eating in disgust)
Could you not do that while we're... ever?

JAYNE spits on his gun, looking straight at SIMON. SIMON stares at JAYNE, appalled, then looks away and starts to get up from the table.

WASH
(to INARA)
So, two days in a hospital? That's
awful. Don't you just hate doctors?

SIMON
(standing right here)
Hey.

RIVER walks to the cutlery bin.

WASH
I mean, present company excluded.

RIVER takes out a BIG knife, no one notices. SIMON sits.

JAYNE
Let's not be excluding people.
(smirks at SIMON)
That'd be rude.

RIVER walks up to JAYNE, we can see a flash of reflected light on his smiling face just before RIVER slashes him across the arm with the BIG knife.

JAYNE
(in pain)
Sonofa GAH!!

WASH
What the hell?!

KAYLEE and INARA jump up from the game table. JAYNE's face contorts with anger and he backhands RIVER across the face. RIVER falls to the deck, the knife is knocked out of her hand. JAYNE looks down at the bloody gash across his shirt. SIMON runs to RIVER.

SIMON
River! NO!

KAYLEE
Oh my god!

INARA
He's bleeding.

ZOE
That's deep.

KAYLEE
Are you okay?

SIMON helps RIVER sit up, she's bleeding from the mouth. INARA, KAYLEE and MAL crowd around JAYNE who is examining his wound.

SIMON
River?

JAYNE
(in shock and pain)
Oh, uh.

RIVER
He looks better in red.

Everyone stands around in confusion and shock. MAL looks between RIVER, who seems surprised by the fuss, and JAYNE, who is seething with anger.

INT. SERENITY - INFIRMARY - CONTINUOUS

JAYNE reclines on a gurney, bare-chested, while SIMON stitches his wound. MAL stands back.

JAYNE
(gasping in pain)
Gorram freak's completely off her axel.

SIMON
I'm sorry about this. I don't know what--

JAYNE
(to SIMON)
Shut up, I ain't talking to you.
(to MAL)
She's gotta go. Both of them's gotta go.
Ariel's as good a place as any to leave
'em. Might even pick us up a reward
for our trouble.

MAL
No one's getting left.

JAYNE
She belongs in a bughouse. You don't
pitch her off this boat right now, I
swear to you...

MAL
What? What are you swearing, Jayne?

JAYNE
They don't get gone, you better start
locking up your room at night. Next
time little sister gets in a murdering
mood, might be you she comes calling
on. Maybe Kaylee. Or Inara. You
let them stay, we're gonna find out.

MAL
(leans in very close to JAYNE)
Finish your work, doctor.
(SIMON turns away)
This is my boat. They're part of my
crew. No one's letting left. Best
you get used to that.

JAYNE looks at MAL, swallows visibly, looks very unhappy as he gets up from gurney, pushes bloody shirt at SIMON, who clutches it to his chest.

JAYNE
(to Simon)
You owe me a shirt.
(Leaves room)

MAL
(walks over to SIMON)
She's to stay confined to her room,
at all times, no exceptions.
(SIMON nods, unhappily)
Take her to the kitchen, the infirmary,
whatever, you ask me first, understand?

SIMON
I do.

MAL
When I took you and your sister in, the
deal was you keep her in check. You
can't hold up your end, we're going
to have to revisit the deal.

SIMON nods, looks down. MAL looks away.

MAL
She's getting worse, isn't she?

SIMON
Yes.

EXT. ARIEL - DAY

Serenity is landing in a futuristic city, full of gleaming spires and flying cars.

INT. SERENITY - CARGO BAY - CONTINUOUS

KAYLEE and INARA walk across a catwalk. JAYNE and MAL are below.

KAYLEE
Just look at the bright side. Maybe
you'll meet a young, handsome doctor
and he'll ask you out and...
(beat)
What's the Companion policy on dating?

INARA
(laughing)
It's ...complicated.

KAYLEE
Mmmm. Well, that figures.

INARA
Stay out of trouble.

INARA and KAYLEE hug and kiss cheeks.

KAYLEE
You, too. Bye.

INARA walks through a corridor. KAYLEE walks down the stairs.

INT. SERENITY - CARGO BAY - LATER

Cargo bay floor. JAYNE and MAL play horseshoes. MAL is playing blue, JAYNE, red.

JAYNE
Ah!
(he's thrown a ringer)
How're we going to find a job if we
don't leave the ship?

MAL
(lines up throw)
It's Alliance territory. Ain't any
jobs worth having.

WASH sits on some barrels, ZOE standing beside him

WASH
Nor the last three places we've been.

JAYNE
(makes a throw, missing)
My pop always said, 'anyone who can't
find work ain't looking hard enough'.
(walks over to gather up horseshoes)
We ain't even looking at all.

KAYLEE walks down to the Cargo bay floor. SIMON enters.

SIMON
You can stop looking. There is a client.
(beat)
Me.

ZOE and WASH, JAYNE and MAL look at him as music twangs.

SIMON
I have a job for you.

BLACK OUT.

END OF TEASER


ACT ONE

INT. SERENITY - CARGO BAY

Right where we left off. Crew minus Inara and Book are all staring at Simon.

MAL
You've got a job for us?

SIMON
One that will pay for itself ten
times over.

Everyone circles close to SIMON.

JAYNE
Aw, forget it. We ain't that desperate.

SIMON
(holds out a vial)
You know what this is? It's a common
immune booster called isoprovaline.
Street value for a dosage this size,
fifty platinum.

JAYNE looks intrigued; KAYLEE and MAL exchange looks.

SIMON
Maybe twenty credits.

ZOE takes the first vial; SIMON holds up another vial.

SIMON
Propoxine, maybe eighty.

JAYNE takes the vial; SIMON gives another to WASH.

SIMON
Hydrozepam, two hundred. And all of
these are just from the medkit I had
with me when I came on board. At a
hospital like the one in Ariel City,
they'll have shelves of that stuff.
Whatever the take, it's more than
enough payment for what I have
in mind.

WASH
So, the medvault isn't the job?

SIMON
That's the payment. I tell you how
to get in, get out, and what's worth
taking; if you help me get River into
the hospital's diagnostic ward.

MAL
What's in the diagnostic ward?

SIMON
A 3-D neuroimager. If I can get River
in there, I might be able to figure
out what they did to her at the Academy.

MAL
So we get you and your sister into the
whatchathing and you tell us how to
clean out the hospital.

SIMON
Yes.

KAYLEE
Not to be negative, but, don't the
hospital need that medicine?

ZOE
Government run facility. They'd be
restocked in a matter of hours.

SIMON
She's right. They'll never miss it.

MAL
Plus, folks on the rim sure could use it.

WASH
You know, it's all very sweet; stealing
from the rich, selling to the poor, but
you're talking about breaking into a
highly secure Alliance facility.
How do you on plan getting around
security?

SIMON
It's not easy; but it can be done.
(SIMON reaches over and takes the
vials from the others).
You see, like all Core hospitals,
St. Lucy's has its own dedicated
security force.

INT. SERENITY - KITCHEN AREA - CONTINUOUS

The others stand and sit around a table looking at schematics while SIMON walks around.

SIMON
(continuing his speech.)
A small battery of local Alliance
Federals substationed here.
(he points at a computer screen,
the others look)
Now, every floor, every doorway is
equipped with sensors, and at all
points of entry - patient ident scans.
However, once clear of those checkpoints,
movement within the facility itself
should be relatively unhindered.
(Everyone seems rather nonplussed
at SIMON the planner.)
Now, the standard layout should put
the medvault somewhere...

MAL
(interrupting)
Now, let's go back to the ident scans.
You and your sister are tagged fugitives.
How do you figure we're going to get
you in the building?

SIMON
Through the front door.
(MAL scoffs)
Believe me, Captain, getting the two of
us in is going to be easy. The rest of
you, that is going to be the real trick.
We'll need to procure a few items off
ship. I've made a list. Now, given my
status as a fugitive, someone else will
have to --

KAYLEE, JAYNE, and WASH all preemptively raise their hands, grinning. ZOE smiles over at MAL.

SIMON
We have some volunteers. Good. Now,
before we ever make it to the front door
we're going to have to breach the perimeter.
Only official vehicles are allowed in, so,
we'll need one.

MAL lifts an eyebrow.

EXT. ARIEL CITY - JUNKYARD - DAY - CONTINUOUS

A junkyard. KAYLEE is looking at engine parts.

SIMON (V.O.)
(continuing his speech)
Now, obviously we can't steal what we need.
Any illegal activity in the planning stages
could end this thing before it starts. St.
Lucy's Hospital contracts with the local
municipal dumpyard for all its large
disposals.

KAYLEE gathers up spare parts.

KAYLEE
Figures. First time on a Core and what
do I get to do? Look through trash.
(walks over to WASH, who is looking
through trash)
Couldn't he send me shopping at the
Triplex, or Oooh!
(picks up a piece of pipe)
Synchronizers!

SIMON (V.O.)
Big hospitals mean big waste, so we
shouldn't have any trouble finding
what we're looking for.

WASH walks around a corner and throws a piece of junk, hitting a small ship. He gestures to KAYLEE, pleased at his discovery.

INT. SERENITY - KITCHEN AREA - CONTINUOUS

SIMON walks around while the others sit at the table.

SIMON
We'll have to look like we belong.

EXT. ARIEL CITY - DAY - CONTINUOUS

JAYNE, off ship, signing off at a Telefonix console. He waits furtively, watching the crowd pass by.

SIMON (V.O.)
All we have to do is slip a couple of
bills into the right hands.

A PARTICULARLY DRESSED MAN in a beret drops two duffel bags near JAYNE. JAYNE stands and picks up the bags as he walks by. Successful trade off.

SIMON (V.O.)
That gets us uniforms, ID badges
and keycards.

INT. SERENITY - JAYNE'S ROOM - CONTINUOUS

JAYNE dumps contents of duffel bags; uniforms, medical equipment.

SIMON (V.O.)
A little creative forgery and we've
got ourselves a working alias.

JAYNE takes out a knife and starts cutting pictures of the crew.

INT. SERENITY - KITCHEN AREA - CONTINUOUS

SIMON is still talking to the group, detailing his plan.

SIMON
Now, all of these items are easy to
obtain. They'll get us up to the
door. Now, in order to get us in...

INT. SERENITY - INFIRMARY - CONTINUOUS

SIMON sits, ZOE, MAL, and JAYNE stand in front of him.

MAL
The patients were cynical and not
responding and we couldn't bring
them back.

SIMON
They were cyanotic.

MAL
They were cyanotic and not responding --

SIMON
(with MAL)
Not responsive.

MAL
Responsive.

SIMON
(coaching)
And we were unable to ...

MAL
(together)
Res.. Res...

ZOE
(together)
Resuscitate them.

ZOE (CONT'D)
Yes!

JAYNE looks confused.

SIMON
Resuscitate them.

MAL & ZOE
(together)
Resuscitate them.

SIMON
Good.

MAL
They were cyanotic.

SIMON
(to ZOE)
What methods did you use?

ZOE
We tried pulmonary stimulators
and-and cardiac... We ...

SIMON
Infusers.

ZOE
Infusers... Infusers. Pulmonary
stimulators and...

All together now, ZOE, MAL, JAYNE, and SIMON,

ALL
...and cardiac infusers.

SIMON
(to JAYNE)
What about cortical electrodes?

JAYNE
Oh! Uh, we forgot 'em.

SIMON
Let's try that again.

MAL
Yeah.

INT. SERENITY - CARGO BAY - CONTINUOUS

WASH is working with circuit boards. KAYLEE is welding.

INT. SERENITY - INFIRMARY - CONTINUOUS

Back to the practicing.

MAL
Pupils were fixed and dilapidated --

SIMON
Dilated.

MAL
Dilated! Dilated!
(pounds table, swearing in Chinese)
[Ching-wah tsao duh liou mahng! -
"Frog-riding bastard!"]

INT. SERENITY - CARGO BAY - CONTINUOUS

KAYLEE and WASH (in tank top) work on the salvaged ship.

INT. SERENITY - INFIRMARY - CONTINUOUS

Throughout this scene there are several different cuts of the speech, giving the impression that this is being done many, many times. MAL stands, sits, walks around; SIMON looks on, gesticulates, coaches, looks long suffering; ZOE paces, sits; JAYNE watches, sits, stand, writes.

MAL
We got there and the patients were
cyanotic... Not responding.. Non
responsive... And we tried to reviv...
Resuscitate them.. And, despite our
best efforts.. Ah, they kicked...
Despite our best efforts. Ah, they...

SIMON
(to ZOE)
Which methods did you use?

ZOE
We tried pulmonary stimulators and
cardiac infusers.

SIMON
(to JAYNE)
What about cortical electrodes?
(sees what JAYNE has been writing)
What is that?
(takes away what is presumably a
crib sheet, balls it up)

JAYNE
(looks up)
We applied, we applied the cortical
electrodes. We used them electromagnetic...
Reacted from... We were unable to a ...
We applied the cortical electrodes but
were unable to get a neural reaction
from either... Unable to get a neural...
(pounds table, swears in Chinese)

MAL
Response.

JAYNE
Response... Hell, I don't know.
If I had wanted schooling, I'da
gone to school. I'll get it.

ZOE stands in a prayerful pose.

INT. SERENITY - CARGO BAY - CONTINUOUS

SIMON walks into the cargo bay, standing between KAYLEE and WASH.

SIMON
That's amazing! You two did an
incredible job.

All three walk toward a fully restored ambulance ship.

KAYLEE
And now, for the finishing touch.

KAYLEE presses a button, opening the shuttle door. Out steps a uniformed ZOE, MAL, and JAYNE, all looking very medical, indeed.

SIMON
(smiling)
If I didn't know better I'd say you
were ready to save some lives.

MAL
Now all we need is a couple of patients.

SIMON
(losing his smile)
Corpses, actually. For this to work
River and I will have to be dead.

JAYNE
(smiling)
Huh. I'm starting to like this plan.
(chuckles)

INT. SERENITY - RIVER'S ROOM - CONTINUOUS

SIMON and RIVER sit on the bunk.

SIMON
We're going to be asleep. Captain
Reynolds and the others will have
to pretend we're dead to sneak us
into the hospital. But once we're
inside, we'll wake up. Everything
will be fine. You understand?

RIVER
You're going to suspend cerebral,
cardiac, and pulmonary activity
in order to induce a proto-comatose
state.

SIMON
(nodding)
That's right.

RIVER
I don't wanna do it.

SIMON
I know.

RIVER
(getting upset)
I don't wanna go to that place.
I don't want to die.

SIMON
No, now, no one is going to die.
It's okay. The others will take
care of us while we're asleep,
and when we get back --

River begins moaning in fright.

SIMON (CONT'D)
Shh, shh. River, it's okay. It's
okay. This, this could be what
we've been hoping for. When this
is over, I'll be able to help you.
I'll be able to make the nightmares
go away. Okay?

RIVER
(nods, whispers)
Okay.

SIMON
Okay.
(takes a deep breath)
Lie back.

RIVER reclines on the pillows. SIMON fills a syringe and prepares to inject RIVER as she looks on.

SIMON
It's time to go to sleep.

RIVER nods, crying silently.

EXT. ARIEL CITY - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS

Establishing shot.

INT. AMBULANCE SHIP - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS

The salvaged ambulance ship, the faces of the crew are light by interior panels; JAYNE's lips are moving, there are beeps and rattles and other background noise.

MAL
We speak only when spoken to, we avoid
all unnecessary contact, and we stay
together until we reach the morgue.
Understood?

ZOE
Yes, sir.

JAYNE
(mumbling)
We applied the cortical electrode...

MAL
Jayne?

JAYNE
(mumbling)
...were unable to get a neural response.
(louder)
Yeah, yeah, I got it.

MAL
Are we gonna have a problem?

JAYNE
I know what I gotta do.

MAL
That's not what I'm talking about. A
m I gonna have a problem with you
and Simon?

JAYNE
That's up to him.

MAL
Look, you got a little stabbed the other
day. That's bound to make anyone a mite
ornery, so I figure --

JAYNE
(interrupting)
It's a good plan.

MAL
What?

JAYNE
The doc did good coming up with that
job, don't mean I like him any better.
Nothing buys bygones quicker than cash.
Maybe I'll give him a tattoo while he's out.

MAL
Let him do his thing, and then you
get him out. No messing with him
for laughs.

JAYNE
Don't worry about me, as long as
I get paid I'm happy.
(mumbling)
We applied the cortical electrodes
and were unable to get a neural
response. We applied the cortical
electrodes...

EXT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - LANDING PAD - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS

The ambulance lands outside the hospital. The door opens. MAL and JAYNE, and ZOE and WASH each load a casket onto a gurney.

WASH
We've only got a few hours left
before the morning shift.

MAL
Won't be an hour.

WASH returns to the ambulance; ZOE, JAYNE, and MAL wheel the gurneys past some guards, into the hospital.

INT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - EMERGENCY ROOM - NIGHT

Inside the hospital, very sterile and white; people milling about. MAL walks up to a nurses' station, where a Receiving Doctor is standing there in her scrubs.

RECEIVING DOCTOR
What do you got?

MAL
Got a couple of DOAs, by the time
we got there...

RECEIVING DOCTOR
(interrupting, uninterested)
Take them down to the morgue.

MAL looks back at ZOE, ZOE starts to push the gurney forward.

JAYNE
We applied the cortical electrodes
but were unable to get a neural
reaction from either patient.

The RECEIVING DOCTOR looks at JAYNE for a second, then looks down, still uninterested. MAL grimaces at JAYNE. They head toward the morgue.

INT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - MORGUE - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS

White, bright, a few bodies on gurneys, draped with blue mesh cloth.

They open the caskets, move RIVER and SIMON to gurneys. MAL injects RIVER in the left arm.

MAL
That should bring them out of it
in a few minutes. Once they're up,
get them to the imaging suite.
(injects SIMON in the right arm)
Let Simon do his thing, and haul
it back to the rendezvous. Fifty
minutes.

MAL and ZOE take the empty caskets out of the room.

JAYNE
Got it. I'll just sit right here.

JAYNE sits back, looking around uneasily. Sighs, stands, and leaves the room. JAYNE goes to a terminal and swipes a card, pressing the screen to reveal the Telefonix logo; he's making a call. A man in an Alliance uniform comes on screen.

AGENT MCGINNIS
(Chinese greeting)
[Ni hao. - "How are you?"]

JAYNE
I'm in.

AGENT MCGINNIS
Do you have the fugitives?

JAYNE
You got my reward?

AGENT MCGINNIS
Yes, just like we talked about.

JAYNE
Then I got your fugitives.

AGENT MCGINNIS
Good. We'll see you shortly.
Congratulations, you're about
to become a very rich man.

BLACK OUT.

END OF ACT ONE


ACT TWO

INT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - MORGUE - NIGHT

JAYNE walks into the morgue, looks into an empty holding drawer. Behind him, RIVER sits up.

RIVER
(smiling)
Copper for a kiss.

JAYNE
(spinning, startled)
Jesus! What did you say?

RIVER looks confused. SIMON starts to cough convulsively, thrashing.

JAYNE
(to SIMON)
What the hell's the matter with you?

SIMON
(coughing)
Nothing. Just the after effects of
the drugs. I'll be fine. Just give
me a second.

JAYNE
Well, your sister seems okay.

Over SIMON's coughing we can hear retching and splashing, RIVER is vomiting. Jayne shoves some white clothes at Simon.

JAYNE
You've got to get dressed. We
gotta move.

INT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - CORRIDOR - CONTINUOUS

ZOE and MAL push the caskets off of an elevator, moving down the hall.

MAL
Two lefts, two rights, and we're there.
You see anyone, smile.

ZOE
I don't think anyone smiles in hospitals.

MAL
Of course they do, it's the Core.
Everyone's rich and happy here,
why wouldn't they smile?

POMPOUS DOCTOR
(coming up behind them)
Excuse me.
(they keep walking)
Excuse me.

MAL
(smiling)
Hi.

POMPOUS DOCTOR
Where're you taking those bodies?

MAL
(pointing)
Just downstairs to the morgue.

POMPOUS DOCTOR
(pointing in opposite direction)
Downstairs is that way.

MAL
(looking)
Right. Must've gotten turned around.

DOCTOR
(snorting)
Let me see your badge.

The DOCTOR looks at MAL's badge; looks at ZOE's badge.

INT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - RECOVERY WARD - CONTINUOUS

JAYNE walks with SIMON, dressed as a doctor or orderly, as SIMON pushes RIVER, who is in a hospital gown in a wheelchair. They are passing through a recovery area, doctors, nurses, patients in beds.

RIVER
They're doing it backwards; walking
up the down slide.

JAYNE
(whispering, to SIMON)
Keep her quiet.

SIMON
(whispering, to RIVER)
This is the recovery ward. This is
where patients come to get better.

RIVER
They're going to die.

SIMON
No one is going to die.

RIVER
(pointing to a bed)
He is.

SIMON
(pushes down RIVER's hand)
No he's not. That man standing next
to him is his doctor. He's going
to help him.

RIVER
He's not going to help him right.

SIMON
River, the doctors here are the
best in the system. This is one
of the top hospitals in the Core,
or anywhere else.

RIVER
Where you should be.

RIVER looks at the patient she indicated as monitors start to beep wildly. She starts to rise from her wheelchair, and SIMON and JAYNE hold her down.

RIVER
You have to help him.

SIMON
River, we don't have time.

RIVER
(fighting JAYNE's grip)
He's killing him!

CRASH TEAM NURSE
(in the b.g.)
Code Blue.

SIMON
Stay here. Don't move.

SIMON runs toward patient in distress; JAYNE looks on angrily. SIMON breaks through the crowd at the bed.

SIMON
What do we have?
(starts examining patient)

YOUNG INTERN
Forty-two year old double-bypass
post-op, prognosis was positive.

CRASH TEAM NURSE
BP's 60/20, pulse is thready.

YOUNG INTERN
Who are you?

CRASH TEAM NURSE
He's crashing.

SIMON
Get the cart.

CRASH TEAM NURSE
We have flatline.

YOUNG INTERN
We've got to crack it.

SIMON
We're not cracking a post-op.

CRASH TEAM NURSE
He's non-responsive, should I c
all the code team?

SIMON
Get the infusers and point-four
of atropine.
(to YOUNG INTERN)
What did you give him?

YOUNG INTERN
Just twenty of alprazoline push.

SIMON sighs disgustedly, holds syringe in his teeth, takes defib paddles.

SIMON
Clear.
(looks at monitor)
Clear.
(monitor shows a heartbeat)

CRASH TEAM NURSE
(in b.g.)
We've got rhythm.

YOUNG INTERN
He's going tachy.

SIMON
Yeah, but his heart's beating.

SIMON injects the atropine, monitors stabilize, NURSE and YOUNG INTERN look on.

YOUNG INTERN
He's okay.

RIVER smiles; JAYNE's expression is difficult to read.

SIMON
(confronts YOUNG INTERN)
Explain to me how you justify
administering a vasoconstrictor
to this patient.

YOUNG INTERN
Alprazoline is a pain killer, not a vaso --

SIMON
(interrupting)
Unless you combine it with dilaftin.
Which any first-year should know is
the standard prep medication your patient
was taking before surgery. Your patient
should be dead.

SIMON walks back to JAYNE and RIVER.

SIMON
Let's go.

INT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - CORRIDOR - CONTINUOUS

Back to MAL and ZOE and their problem DOCTOR.

POMPOUS DOCTOR
Walk with me a minute.

MAL
Where're we going?

ZOE looks around, starts to walk away.

POMPOUS DOCTOR
You see this badge?
(turns to face MAL, points to his badge)
It says 'doctor'. I say walk, you walk.

MAL
Yeah, but, where're we going?

POMPOUS DOCTOR
You must be new.
(ZOE walks up behind him)
Don't get comfortable, your type never
lasts long around here. When your
supervisor hears about the rude and
disrespect--ARGH!!!

The DOCTOR falls to the ground, revealing the defib paddles that ZOE is holding. MAL looks from the fallen DOCTOR to ZOE.

ZOE
(shrugging)
Clear.

INT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - NEUROIMAGING ROOM - CONTINUOUS

A large, empty room with a machine in the centre of the room, the function of which is not apparent, yet remains vaguely threatening. JAYNE, SIMON, and ZOE enter. JAYNE shuts the doors behind them.

SIMON
(to RIVER)
Ready?

RIVER looks apprehensive, but nods.

INT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - CORRIDOR - CONTINUOUS

ZOE and MAL push the caskets down the hall and stop in front of the door to the medvault.

MAL
Twelve-oh-five. Here it is.
(swipes his keycard, no go)
Zoe.

ZOE takes MAL's place. She swipes her keycard, nothing happens.

ZOE
Must've been demagged.

MAL opens a casket, revealing the unconscious POMPOUS DOCTOR. MAL grabs his keycard and swipes it. The door opens, MAL and ZOE stand in the opening.

INT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - NEUROIMAGING ROOM - CONTINUOUS

SIMON is gently lowering RIVER into the machine. SIMON goes to the controls, pressing some buttons. A humming fills the room, JAYNE backs away from the machine. RIVER closes her eyes stoically.

INT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - MEDVAULT - CONTINUOUS

ZOE and MAL enter the medvault, pushing the gurneys before them. They open the caskets, MAL deposits the unconscious DOCTOR on the floor. ZOE starts scanning bottles, picking up the ones she wants and putting them in her casket. MAL pushes back his uniform sleeve, revealing a list of names written on his wrist. ZOE and MAL work quickly and silently until their caskets are full. They close the caskets and start to move out.

INT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - NEUROIMAGING ROOM - CONTINUOUS

SIMON types instructions into the computer. A series of holographic images appear over RIVER - her skeletal system, her circulatory system, paring down until only her brain remains, hovering over her head.

INT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - CORRIDOR - CONTINUOUS

ZOE and MAL push the full caskets into the hallway.

INT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - NEUROIMAGING ROOM - CONTINUOUS

The computer screen informs us that it is downloading data. SIMON stands by RIVER's head, taking the holographic image between his fingers as if it were a picture and studying the changing angles.

SIMON
They opened up her skull.
(JAYNE walks over to look)
That's a scalpel scar. They... they
opened up her skull and they cut
into her brain.

JAYNE
(looks troubled)
Why?

SIMON
The only reason to make an incision in
someone's brain is to... lobotomize
them. To go in and remove damaged tissue.
Why...
(deep breath)
...anyone would cut into a healthy
brain is... They did it over and over...
(studies the scan)
They stripped her amygdala.

JAYNE
Her what?

SIMON
You know, ah, you know how you get
scared or worried or nervous, but
you don't want to be scared or
worried or nervous, so you push it
to the back of your mind? You
try not to think about it.
(cut to JAYNE's unreadable face)
Your amygdala is what lets you do that.
It's like a filter in your brain that
keeps your feelings in check.

JAYNE reaches toward the image of RIVER's brain. SIMON stays his hand. JAYNE angrily jerks out of SIMON's grip.

SIMON
She feels everything; she can't not.

JAYNE
(looking around)
Well, that's fascinating; let's get moving.

SIMON
We still have twenty minutes.

JAYNE
Oh, plan changed while you were out.
We're meeting out the back way in five.

RIVER's brain hovers eerily above her head, phantom words scroll out beside the image.

SIMON
Well, I, I could use another couple
minutes. I-I'm sure if we get in
touch with Captain Reynolds--

RIVER opens her eyes; SIMON walks toward the computer.

JAYNE
Captain gave his orders, we play it
by the book.

River SCREAMS.

JAYNE covers RIVER's mouth; SIMON shuts down the machine, grabs the information and comes over to RIVER. SIMON pushes JAYNE's hand away and gently cradles RIVER's face.

SIMON
River, River, shh, shh, it's okay.
It's okay

JAYNE
Get her in the chair, let's go.

SIMON
Shh, shh, shh.

RIVER
No, no, no, they come out of the black.
They come when you call.

JAYNE watches SIMON try to comfort RIVER.

SIMON
River, it's okay. It's over. We're leaving.

RIVER
Your toes are in the sand.

JAYNE
And you head's up your--

SIMON
(interrupting)
Hey! Back off.

JAYNE
You just make sure she keeps her mouth
shut. Don't need her screeching while
we're trying to make a quiet getaway.

JAYNE opens the door while SIMON tries to calm RIVER while getting her up.

INT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - CORRIDOR

A crowded hallway. A subdued RIVER is being pushed by SIMON while JAYNE hurries them along.

SIMON
You should have let me know when
the plan changed.

JAYNE
I told you when you needed to know.
What are you griping about? You
got what you came for.

INT. ARIEL CITY HOSPTIAL - CORRIDOR - MOMENTS LATER

A deserted hallway. JAYNE walks ahead of SIMON and RIVER.

RIVER
(distressed)
No, no, I can't go back. I don't
wanna go back.

JAYNE opens a door at the end of the hall.

SIMON
Shh, shh. It's okay. We're just
going back to the ship. We're
almost home.

RIVER and SIMON go through the door JAYNE is holding to,

EXT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - REAR EXIT - NIGHT

AGENT MCGINNIS
Federal Marshals! Don't move!
(a shotgun action is heard)
River and Simon Tam, by the authority
of the Union of Allied Planets, you
are hereby bound by law.

The feds close in on RIVER and SIMON.

BLACK OUT.

END OF ACT TWO


ACT THREE

EXT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - REAR EXIT - NIGHT

Right back where we left off.

AGENT MCGINNIS
(to minions)
Take them to Processing.

Minions grab SIMON and RIVER, cuffing their hands behind their backs. A minion grabs and cuffs JAYNE, who looks shocked. RIVER and SIMON are led away.

JAYNE
(whispering, to AGENT MCGINNIS)
So, you gonna take me away for
questioning now? How you wanna
play it?

AGENT MCGINNIS
You're under arrest for aiding
and abetting Federal fugitives.
Better get a lawyer.

JAYNE
You're kidding, right? What
about my rutting money?

AGENT MCGINNIS
You mean my money? For apprehending
the three fugitives? I expect I'll
be getting it soon.

JAYNE lunges for AGENT MCGINNIS, and is shot in the chest by a minion and falls to the ground, groaning.

EXT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - LANDING PAD - NIGHT

WASH is cooling his heels, sitting by the ambulance. ZOE and MAL come out of the hospital, pushing the loaded caskets.

WASH
(helping ZOE pick up a casket)
How much did we get?

MAL
Enough to keep us flying.

ZOE
Can we fly somewhere with a beach?

WASH
Maybe a naked beach?

ZOE
Ooh.

WASH
Ahh.

ZOE and WASH have themselves some smoochies.

MAL
Cut it out. Job's not done until
we're back on Serenity.

ZOE
Sorry, sir. Didn't mean to enjoy
the moment.

MAL
(looking worried)
Where are the others?

Now ZOE looks worried; WASH is still smiling.

INT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - SECURITY SUBSTATION - CONTINUOUS

Federal Processing room. Minions push SIMON and JAYNE onto a bench; RIVER sits quietly beside them without being forced.

SIMON
(whispering, to JAYNE)
If those officers hadn't been armed,
I think you'd have had a chance.

JAYNE
A guy shoves me, I shove him. Not like
I was trying to mount a rescue.

SIMON
Still. I appreciate you trying.

JAYNE
You know what I'd appreciate? You stop
flapping that pretty mouth at me. I'm
trying to figure a way out of here; can't
do it with you yammering.

RIVER
They took Christmas away.

JAYNE and SIMON look over at her.

JAYNE
What the hell now?

RIVER
Came downstairs for the shiny presents.
They took the tree and the stockings.
Nothing left but coal.

JAYNE
(to SIMON)
Will you shut her up!

RIVER
(smiling)
Don't look in the closet, either.
It's greedy. It's not in the
spirit of the holiday.

JAYNE
(rolls his eyes)
You shut the hell up, right now, or
so help me, I will shut you up.

EXT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - LANDING PAD - NIGHT

MAL
Time?

ZOE
Ten minutes past rendezvous.

MAL
Something's happened.

WASH
(entering the ship)
Kaylee, are you linked?

INT. SERENITY - BRIDGE - CONTINUOUS

KAYLEE is on the radio.

KAYLEE
Uh...
(punches some keys)
I am now. What do you need?

INT. AMBULANCE SHIP - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS

WASH
Find out if there's any kind of
security alert in the hospital.

INT. SERENITY - BRIDGE - CONTINUOUS

KAYLEE
Hang on.
(punches more keys)

EXT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - LANDING PAD - NIGHT

ZOE
Could be they're just late.

MAL
Not this late. Jayne would have
sent up a flag.

KAYLEE (V.O.)
Nothing from hospital security,
nothing on the local pipeline,
either.

INT. SERENITY - BRIDGE - CONTINUOUS

KAYLEE
Although I am getting some weird
chatter from the official two-six-two. Sounds like...

EXT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - LANDING PAD - NIGHT

KAYLEE (V.O.)
... They're talking about ducks.

ZOE
Code.

MAL
Feds got 'em.
(to WASH)
Have her bring up a hospital schematic
on the Cortex. Find me a way into that
security substation.

ZOE hands MAL a communicator and they put on the earpieces.

WASH
Wait a minute, you don't even know
for sure if they're in there.

MAL
Gonna find out.
(testing his com)
Check.

ZOE
Coming in clear.

ZOE hands MAL a gun. Straps another gun to her ankle.

WASH
So, you're just going to walk in
through the front door?

MAL
No.
(chuckles)
You're gonna find me a way around back.

INT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - SECURITY SUBSTATION - CONTINUOUS

AGENT MCGINNIS
Get up.

RIVER and JAYNE stand up, SIMON remains seated. AGENT MCGINNIS pushes JAYNE back down. JAYNE is not happy.

SIMON
What's going to happen to us?

AGENT MCGINIS
I said, get up.

AGENT MCGINNIS pulls at SIMON's jacket, SIMON shrugs him off and stands up on his own. SIMON and FED are standing face to face.

SIMON
Agent McGinnis, I'm certain you're
working under a superior who is
keeping close tabs on this case.
I'm certain of that because important
people don't do field work. I'm
also quite certain your superior
wants me and my sister alive. Now,
I'm not going to move from this spot
until one of two things happens.
You answer my very simple question;
or you shoot me.

AGENT MCGINNIS
(very precisely)
We are transferring you into a
holding area, until you can be
retrieved.

SIMON
Retrieved? By whom?

RIVER looks distressed; JAYNE looks angry.

AGENT MCGINNIS
People who want you alive. People not me.
(to minions)
Take them.

Two minions come and take RIVER, SIMON, and JAYNE into,

INT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - HOLDING CELL - CONTINUOUS

JAYNE is led in first. He strikes out with his elbow, hitting the guard in the face; the second guard gets kicked in the stomach. JAYNE pins the first guard to the wall with his shoulder while SIMON does the same to the second guard. Both SIMON and the second guard fall to the ground, dazed. JAYNE knocks the first guard to the ground and cracks skull. JAYNE rolls away and brings his bound hands under his legs, his hands are still bound, but are now in front. RIVER looks on. JAYNE climbs on top of the first guard and starts throttling him. RIVER looks away, crying. The first guard manages to roll over until he is on top of JAYNE. The second guard starts to rouse, and SIMON presses a knee into his chest, holding him down. The first guard punches JAYNE a few times; then JAYNE regains top position, hauling the first guard to his feet. SIMON still holds the second guard immobile.

INT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - CORRIDOR - CONTINUOUS

A smiling MAL and ZOE walk through a crowded hall.

MAL
(into his radio)
Uh, Wash, we need a little direction here.

INT. AMBULANCE SHIP - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS

WASH is on the radio.

WASH
(to MAL)
Working on it.
(to KAYLEE)
Kaylee, what do you got?

INT. SERENITY - BRIDGE - CONTINUOUS

KAYLEE
Tell them to hand a left when they
reach cryo. They'll see a door.

INT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - CORRIDOR - CONTINUOUS

MAL and ZOE rush toward a door.

WASH (V.O.)
Okay, go through that door, and down
to green level.

ZOE and MAL hurry down a stairwell.

MAL
This is exactly what I didn't want.
I wanted simple. I wanted in-and-out.
I wanted easy money.

ZOE
Things always get a little more
complicated, don't they, sir?

MAL
Just once I'd like things to go
according to the gorram plan.

WASH (V.O.)
Uh, guys, you might wanna hurry.

MAL
(into radio)
Oh, is there a problem?

EXT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - LANDING PAD - NIGHT

An Alliance ship touches down near the ambulance. WASH is looking at it through the window.

WASH
I think that reinforcements just arrived.

INT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - HOLDING CELL - CONTINUOUS

JAYNE and the first guard are still grappling, but JAYNE manages to snap the guard's neck. SIMON and RIVER look on, appalled. JAYNE staggers to the dead guard and takes the handcuff keys; unlocking himself, then SIMON, then RIVER. SIMON picks up the second guard's gun and hands it to JAYNE. SIMON grabs RIVER and they leave the cell, heading to the left. JAYNE heads to the right.

SIMON
What are you doing?

JAYNE
Going out the way we came in.

SIMON
There are at least four armed
feds out there.

JAYNE
Six. I know.

SIMON
(pointing to the left)
We run.

RIVER is watching the back and forth.

JAYNE
You got no idea where that goes.

SIMON
We'll find our way.

JAYNE
I ain't chancing that. I can
handle the feds.

RIVER
(shaking her head)
Doesn't matter.
(JAYNE and SIMON look at RIVER)
They're here.

INT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - SECURITY SUBSTATION - CONTINUOUS

The Processing room. A minion motions to FED who looks over.

AGENT MCGINNIS
Gentlemen, that was prompt. We're
almost finished here. The prisoners
will be out in a minute. Let me get the
paperwork together for you.
(to minion)
Bobby, bring that here.

REVERSE camera to REVEAL that AGENT MCGINNIS is talking to two men in dark suits. We can see that one of them is wearing blue gloves, BLUE GLOVE #1. BLUE GLOVE #2 hangs back.

AGENT MCGINNIS
Not that it will mean much.
(sits)
The men were tight lipped, the girl
was just spewing gibberish. We got
it all down.

BLUE GLOVE #1
(looks concerned)
You spoke to the prisoners?

AGENT MCGINNIS
Well, yeah. Had to process 'em.
There was no interrogation, if
that's what you mean.
(BLUE GLOVE #2 comes forward)
Didn't do your job for you.

BLUE GLOVE #2
Did your men also speak with them?

He is holding something that looks like a pen, but elongates with a snap to reveal an ominous glowing blue cylinder that extends from either side of his fist. A high-pitched hum emanates from it.

AGENT MCGINNIS
As much as they had to.

AGENT MCGINNIS looks uncomfortable. He brings a hand to his nose, which is dripping a small amount of blood. The BLUE GLOVES are smiling genially. AGENT MCGINNIS starts choking and gagging. The cuticles on his fingernails are leaking blood. Blood pours from his, nose, eyes, mouth - he is in acute distress.

Is he gonna survive the supersonic boomstick? Not so much, we're thinking.

BLACK OUT.

END OF ACT THREE


ACT FOUR

INT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - CORRIDOR

Hallway outside of holding cell. Distant screams can be heard. SIMON, RIVER and JAYNE look around uneasily.

JAYNE
What the hell is that?

RIVER whimpers.

INT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - SECURITY SUBSTATION - CONTINUOUS

Processing room, now something of an abattoir. All the minions lie dead, covered with blood. The BLUE GLOVES walk calmly to the door.

INT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - CORRIDOR - CONTINUOUS

RIVER
(terrified)
Two by two. Gloves of blue. Two by two.
(JAYNE and SIMON look at her)
Gloves... blue... two.

RIVER turns and runs crying down the hallway, SIMON runs after her. JAYNE looks up the stairwell for a moment, then follows.

The BLUE GLOVES walk through a door into the hallway our three heroes have just deserted.

INT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - EMPTY ROOM - CONTINUOUS

RIVER pushes open a heavy metal door, she runs across an empty room. SIMON and JAYNE are behind her.

JAYNE
(to SIMON)
Where the hell's she going?

SIMON
There must be some sort of exit this way.

JAYNE
I don't see no exit.

INT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - HOLDING CELL - CONTINUOUS

BLUE GLOVE #1
(checking the first guard)
Dead.

BLUE GLOVE #2
(checking the second guard)
This one's alive.

He reaches into his pocket to remove the supersonic boomstick.

INT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - EMPTY ROOM - CONTINUOUS

Back to the empty room with RIVER, SIMON, and JAYNE

JAYNE
I got no intention to run around like
a rat in a maze 'til we're dead.
Now, we're going back.

Someone screams in the distance. JAYNE looks back, gasps, and follows RIVER and SIMON.

INT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - HOLDING CELL - CONTINUOUS

The BLUE GLOVES step over the second guard, who is now very much not alive. They head down the hallway after the fugitives.

INT. ST. LUCY'S HOSPITAL - STAIRCASE - CONTINUOUS

RIVER runs down it.

RIVER
Almost there.
(another flight, we can see SIMON
and JAYNE behind her)
Almost there.
(reaches the bottom)
Almost there.
(stops in front of a blue door)
There.

JAYNE
(tries the door, locked)
Stand back.

SIMON
(moves RIVER back)
C'mere.

JAYNE
(shoots at door, rather
unsatisfyingly)
[Shee-niou - "shit urine"],
high-tech Alliance crap.

JAYNE uses the gun butt to beat at the lock.

INTERCUT WITH:

There are a series of cuts between the blue door and the BLUE GLOVES. The BLUE GLOVES open the heavy door. SIMON and RIVER watch JAYNE beat at the blue door. The BLUE GLOVES walk across the empty room. JAYNE throws himself at the blue door. The BLUE GLOVES are getting closer. JAYNE keeps beating at the blue door, and a sudden blast blows through the lock. SIMON shields RIVER, JAYNE moves back, training his gun on the door. The door is kicked open, and there stands MAL and ZOE. JAYNE gasps; MAL beckons with a tilt of his head. The BLUE GLOVES reach the top of the stairs and look down to see an empty room and an open blue door.

INT. SERENITY - CARGO BAY - CONTINUOUS

The cargo bay doors open, daylight hits INARA as she steps off her shuttle, and KAYLEE as she walks down the stairs.

KAYLEE
Oh, hey, there, Inara. How was
your check-up?

INARA
Same as last year... What's going
on here?

KAYLEE
(breezy) Oh, let's see..
(counting on her fingers)
We killed Simon and River...
(INARA looks aghast)
...Stole a bunch of medicine, and
now Zoe and the Captain are off
springing the others that got
snatched by the feds.
(a vehicle approaches)
Oh, here they are now.

The ambulance pulls into the bay. KAYLEE walks down the next set of stairs to push the button that closes the cargo bay door. MAL climbs out of the ambulance, goes to the cockpit window.

MAL
(to WASH)
Tell me we weren't followed.

WASH
Nothing in our rearview the whole
way back.

MAL
All right. Take us out of the world,
as quick as you can.

WASH
(climbing out of the ambulance)
We'll be out of atmo in five minutes.

MAL
(to INARA)
Hey. How was your thing?

INARA
As advertised: lots of needles and
cold exam tables.
(beat)
I heard you had some excitement.

MAL
Oh, nothing much. Lots of running
around. A little gunplay.
(walks toward JAYNE and KAYLEE)
A couple of needles.

JAYNE
Next time we come to the Core, I'm
staying with the Preacher.

MAL
(slaps JAYNE on the shoulder)
Oh, you hadn't come you wouldn't be
getting your big payday.

JAYNE looks a little confused. SIMON and RIVER walk up.

MAL
(to SIMON)
So...
(pulls KAYLEE into a back-to-front hug)
Did you get what you needed?

SIMON
I think I did. I have the information
I downloaded off the imager, I just
have to go over it and then... Ah,
I'm hopeful.
(looks at RIVER, who smiles)

KAYLEE
(to JAYNE)
What happened to your face?

JAYNE - Huh?

KAYLEE motions to her eyebrow 'ow'. JAYNE reaches a hand halfway to the cut on his face before shrugging.

JAYNE
Oh, uh, nothing.

SIMON
He was amazing. I can't even begin
to tell you.

SIMON slaps JAYNE's shoulder, JAYNE looks a little sick.

SIMON
We wouldn't be standing here if
it weren't for him.
(sincerely)
Thank you.

JAYNE
Well, hey, you're part of my crew.

SIMON pats JAYNE's shoulder before letting go.

MAL
I think I might cry.
(SIMON and KAYLEE laugh)
All right, Jayne, help me with the cargo.
Everyone, make yourself useful, you've got
jobs to do, go do 'em.

Everyone walks away, leaving JAYNE and MAL alone by the ambulance.

JAYNE
(opening a casket)
This's gotta be our best take ever.

MAL
Well, Doc had a good notion. The
boy's got a decent criminal mind.

JAYNE grunts as he moves some cargo out of the way and then walks toward MAL.

JAYNE
So, what're you buying with your cut?

MAL swings and hit JAYNE in the face. JAYNE falls to the floor. MAL looks down at JAYNE and the wrench he was holding drops to the deck. He looks quietly pissed as all hell.

EXT. ARIEL CITY - DAY

Serenity lifts off from Ariel City.

INTERCUT WITH:

INT. SERENITY - OUTER CARGO BAY - CONTINUOUS

JAYNE wakes on the floor of the cargo bay. There is a radio on the floor beside him. A door with a small diamond-shaped window is closing him in.

JAYNE
Hey! What the hell are you doing?

A finger taps on the window, then points down to the radio. JAYNE picks the radio up.

INT. SERENITY - INNER CARGO BAY - CONTINUOUS

MAL is pacing outside the door, talking into his own radio.

MAL
The job's done. Figured it was
time for a little chat.

JAYNE pounds on the door controls to no avail. MAL hits the button that opens the exterior bay door.

INT. SERENITY - OUTER CARGO BAY - CONTINUOUS

JAYNE looks behind him as the noise of the engine, the sunshine, and the wind, flood the room.

INT. SERENITY - INNER CARGO BAY - CONTINUOUS

MAL
Seems to me we had a solid plan.
Smooth, you might say. But what
I can't figure out, is what you
were doing 'round the back exit.

MAL leans against the door, we can see JAYNE's face through the window.

JAYNE (V.O.)
(on radio)
What? I couldn't go out the front,
I had to improvise. Open the
damn door.

MAL
You called the feds.

JAYNE (V.O.)
(on radio)
What? I got pinched!

MAL
Which is what happens when you
call the feds.

INT. SERENITY - OUTER CARGO BAY - CONTINUOUS

JAYNE
(clinging to the door)
No. I would never do that, my hand
to god, may he strike me down as
I'm standing here.

INT. SERENITY - INNER CARGO BAY - CONTINUOUS

MAL
Well, you won't be standing there long.

INT. SERENITY - OUTER CARGO BAY - CONTINUOUS

MAL (V.O.)
(over the radio)
The minute we break atmo,

INT. SERENITY - INNER CARGO BAY - CONTINUOUS

MAL
You'll be a lot thinner once you
get sucked out that hole.
(gestures to opening bay door)

JAYNE
(door alarm goes off)
Oh, come on, Mal.

SERENITY
(faintly heard over the wind)
Leaving atmo in two minutes.

JAYNE
That ain't no way for a man to die.

SERENITY
(louder inside the ship)
Secure cargo bay door at once.

JAYNE (V.O.)
You wanna kill me, shoot me. Just
let me in.

MAL
You know, I hear tell they used to
keelhaul traitors back in the day.
I don't have a keel to haul you on, so...

JAYNE (V.O.)
Oh. Okay. I'm sorry, all right?

MAL
Sorry for what, Jayne?

MAL looks JAYNE in the face, through the window.

MAL
I thought you'd never do such a thing?

JAYNE (V.O.)
The money was too good.
(MAL looks in at JAYNE.)
I got stupid.
(through the radio) I'm sorry, okay?
Be reasonable. What're you taking
this so personal for? It ain't like I
ratted you out to the feds.

MAL
(angry)
Oh, but you did. You turn on any
of my crew, you turn on me. But
since that's a concept you can't
seem to wrap your head around, then
you got no place here.
(through the radio)
You did it to me, Jayne. And
that's a fact.

MAL walks away while JAYNE watches him through the window.

JAYNE (V.O.)
What're you gonna tell the others?

MAL
About what?

JAYNE (V.O.)
About why I'm dead.

MAL
(through the radio)
I hadn't thought about it.

JAYNE
(V.O.)
Make something up. Don't tell 'em
what I did.

MAL stands still for a moment, looking at JAYNE. Then he presses the button that closes the outer bay door. The door closes.

MAL
(looking through the window)
The next time you decide to stab me
in the back...
(through the radio)
...Have the guts to do it to my face.

MAL leaves the radio on the window, and walks up the stairs. JAYNE looks after him, shaken.

JAYNE
(through the radio)
Can I come in?

INT. SERENITY - RIVER'S ROOM - CONTINUOUS

RIVER is drawing Russian nesting dolls. SIMON walks in, holding a syringe.

SIMON
Hi.
(RIVER looks up)
What are you doing?

RIVER
Drawing.

SIMON sits beside her, watching her draw.

SIMON
That's really good.

RIVER
(looking at the syringe)
What are you doing?

SIMON
Oh, I, ah, brought some medicine. Do
you remember why we went to the hospital?

RIVER
(sitting up)
Time to go to sleep again.

SIMON
(softly)
No, [mei mei - "little sister"].
(SIMON reaches down and takes
RIVER's hand)
It's time to wake up.

SIMON uncaps the syringe and looks down. RIVER watches him.

BLACK OUT.

END OF SHOW

[END TRANSCRIPT]


End 108 transcribed by Elena B

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