We get a better look than we have in the past at Jayne's
tattoo at 0:07 on the
DVD. The yin-yang symbol appears to have the letters M and A
in it; Ma? As in Mom?
In the lounge area just off the kitchen, notice that
behind Wash at 2:11 on the DVD, there is a netting bag of
old reading material like magazines and newspapers.
Inara and Kaylee may be playing a variation of the Chinese
game mahjong, though it is normally played with four
Notice that River inconspicuously grabs a sharp knife from
the kitchen at 2:14 on the DVD, before Jayne has even made
his insulting remark towards Simon; possibly an indication
of precognition from River.
When River slashes Jayne with the knife, notice that the
slash is directly across the Blue Sun logo on his t-shirt.
Possibly, River was attacking Blue Sun as her past
tormentors rather than Jayne himself. Jayne has worn this
shirt in previous episodes, but he's not seen wearing it in
future ones since it was damaged here.
As Serenity comes in for a landing on Ariel at 4:09 on the
DVD, we see several holographic billboards.
Simon tells the others about the street value of medicinals
such as isoprobyline, propoxyn, and hydrozopan as part of
his heist plan. These all appear to be fictional drugs.
The hospital our anti-heroes break into is St. Lucy's on
Ariel. Presumably, the name is from the Roman Catholic saint
of the blind, who lived 283-304 AD. There are also several
St. Lucy's Hospitals in existence in the real world.
At 8:55 on the DVD, at the junkyard, Wash holds and discards
what may be a
catalyzer for a
compression coil, the same device that blew out in
Serenity's engine in "Out of
At 9:19 on the DVD, Jayne uses a Telofonix public phone on
Ariel. This is a fictional company.
At 9:56 on the DVD, it can be made out that the charms on
Kaylee's necklace spell out her name.
The air ambulance put together by
Mal's crew is made from the modified
shell of a real world Russian MI-24
Hind attack helicopter.
attack helicopter (photo by
The landing gear of the air
ambulance looks rather different
between the CGI shot of the craft
landing and what is seen in ground
The body-carriers used to carry the
"dead" Simon and River into the
hospital are actually modern-day
automobile rooftop cargo boxes made
automobile rooftop cargo box
The reception desk at St. Lucy's, as Mal's crew brings in
their "patients" at 15:12 on the DVD, appears to have wheels
on it. It's probably just a common set piece that is wheeled
around for use in different locations.
When Jayne uses the video phone in the hospital, his menu
options presented on the phone are Social Services,
Emergency, Police, Information, Planetside, and Ship
Registry. Notice he selects "Police" in order to
call Agent McGiniss to turn in the fugitive Simon and River.
The left-hand bar of vertical writing appears to say "VidLine
Conxin" (possibly "conxin" is meant to be a sort of pidgin
English for "connection"). The right-hand bar says "Alliance
It's hard to make out what River says when she wakes up
in Jayne's presence at
the hospital at 17:30 on the DVD. According to the original
script for this episode, it's "A copper for a kiss."
This may be a play on the phrase "a penny for your
thoughts". It may also be an allusion to Jayne's betrayal of
her and Simon for payment from the Alliance.
At 18:39 on the DVD, Jayne walks past what appears to be a
medical waste receptacle. The plastic trash bag has a Maxxim
logo on it.
Maxxim is now part of
Medline Industries, a real world
company which markets various types of medical products.
At 18:47 on the DVD, the man whose life Simon is about to
save is lying on a Stryker medical bed.
is a real world company which markets various types of
When the patient on the Stryker bed begins to have a serious
complication, the doctor shouts, "Code
blue!" "Code blue" is the hospital emergency code for
a patient requiring immediate resuscitation.
Racing to save the dying stranger, Simon calls for .4 of
atropine. The patient's actual doctor had given him an
apresaline push. Simon also mentions dilaftin. Atropine and
apresaline are real world drugs for treating the beating of
the heart. Dilaftin appears to be a fictional drug.
At 22:22 on the DVD, Mal is seen to have written the names
of valuable drugs on his forearm. These all appear to be
fictional drugs. The last drug listed is fillioxalyn,
possibly a reference to the actor portraying Mal, Nathan
Fillion. Some other drug names appear to have been wiped off
after having been written...maybe they were less valuable
drugs they decided they wouldn't have room for?
At 23:02 on the DVD, we see that the holoimager at St.
Lucy's Hospital is made by Blue Sun.
Simon uses something called a memory tab on which to
download the data of River's medical holoimage.
While examining River's brain scan, Simon remarks upon
surgical damage to her amygdala, telling Jayne the amygdala
is what allows one to filter one's emotions and hold them
back enough to prevent adverse responses to emotional
stimuli. This is roughly true of current knowledge of the
amygdala in humans and explains some of River's outbursts
here and in past episodes.
The hospital sign past which Simon, Jayne,
and River race at 25:31 on the
EAST WING - CENTER CORE
Out Patient Services
The federal marshals who take Simon, River, and Jayne into
custody refer to the Alliance as the Union of Allied
The two blue hand agents seen here appear to be the
same ones seen at the end of
"The Train Job".
Sensing the presence of the agents, River repeats her
refrain first heard in
"The Train Job", "Two by
two. Hands of blue."
When Kaylee asks Inara how her check-up went, she answers,
"Same as last year." Note she does not say "fine" or
something else positive along those lines but, rather,
neutral. Might her check-up have had something to do with
her mysterious back-story as discussed in the studies of
"Government Goods" and
"Out of Gas"?
When Simon is praising Jayne's efforts in getting the three
of them out of their predicament with the feds, notice that
River is watching Jayne's reaction slyly. This and her
earlier "cryptic" comments indicate she senses what he did
to betray them in the first place.
At 41:11 on the DVD, River is
drawing a picture of what appears to
be a series of Russian nesting
dolls, a set of ovoid wooden dolls
of decreasing size, each nested
within the one previous. This may be
a metaphor for the various aspects
of River's personality within her
matryoshka (nesting) dolls (from
(Thanks to the
Firefly-Serenity Chinese Pinyinary for the translations)
A crate in the cargo bay has the Chinese symbol wei.
Mal says, "Ching-wah tsao duh liou mahng."
Chinese characters on the back of Mal's paramedic jacket
Chinese characters on wall behind admitting doctor
Agent McGiniss says, "Ni hao?"
Chinese characters on the medical readout
Chinese characters on the medical readout
Jayne says, "shee-niou"
Simon says, "mei-mei"
Notes from Firefly Role-Playing
Game Core Book
The fake identities assumed by Wash, Jayne, Zoe, and Mal for
the hospital heist are Beauma Sclevages, Kiki LaRue, Q.
Kumamota, and Miles Arixoen, respectively.
St. Lucy's Medical Center is in Ariel City.
The weapons used by the Hands of Blue agents are referred to
as a high-frequency sonic neutralizer and a sonic rifle.
The fake medevac cobbled together by the crew is meant to be
a Grasshopper-class short range shuttle.
The ship used by the
Hands of Blue agents is the Forged Crescent, a
Wraith-class black ops ship.
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