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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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Firefly
"Jaynestown"
TV episode

Written by Ben Edlund
Directed by Marita Grabiak

 

Serenity visits a world where Jayne is considered a hero of mythic proportions.

 

Read the full episode summary at the Firefly and Serenity Database

 

Didja Notice?

 

The balladeer in the bar of Canton sings "The Hero of Canton". The lyrics are below and I've put a pieced-together version (with dialog overlapping) to listen to here: "The Hero of Canton"

 

 
Jayne!
The Man they call Jayne!
He robbed from the rich and he gave to the poor,
He stood up to the man and he gave him what for.
Our love for him now, ain't hard to explain,
The hero of Canton, the man they call Jayne!
Our Jayne saw the Mudders' backs breakin'
He saw the Mudders lament
And he saw that magistrate takin'
Every dollar and leavin' five cents
So he said, "You can't do that to my people"
"You can't crush them under your heel"
Jayne strapped on his hat
And in five seconds flat
Stole everything Boss Higgins had to steal
He robbed from the rich and he gave to the poor
Stood up to the Man and he gave him what for
Our love for him now ain't hard to explain
The Hero of Canton, the man they call Jayne
Now here is what separates heroes
From common folk like you and I
The man they call Jayne
He turned 'round his plane
And let that money hit sky
He dropped it onto our houses
He dropped it into our yards
And the man they call Jayne
He turned round his plane
And headed out for the stars
He robbed from the rich and he gave to the poor
Stood up to the Man and he gave him what for
Our love for him now ain't hard to explain
The Hero of Canton, the man they call Jayne!

 

At 15:50 on the DVD, it looks like there's a skull-and-crossbones on some piping on Serenity.

 

 

Jayne kills Stitch with his knife, but it's a different knife than the one he usually carries. The book Firefly: Still Flying, speculates that the production needed a prop knife that had a retractable blade since Jayne stabs someone with it, and his original knife may not have been made that way.

 

Chinese translations
(Thanks to the Firefly-Serenity Chinese Pinyinary for the translations)
Time on DVD Chinese English
11:36 Wash says, "Je shr shuh muh lan dong shi!?" "What is this garbage!?"
13:26 Jayne says, "Yeh-soo, ta ma duh..."  "Hay-soose-mother-of-jumped-up--" (obviously the word left unsaid is "Christ").
17:18 The bartender says, "shiong mao niao" "panda urine"
17:20 Chinese symbol on whisky label Neng (the brand of whisky)
18:03 Chinese symbol "ping" on a candle lit by Inara peaceful
19:26 Jayne says, "guh jun duh hwoon dahn!" "a real bastard!"
21:58 Zoe says, "Hoo-tsuh." "Shut up."
26:52 Chinese writing on Jayne's t-shirt, "wan nao" troublemaker
33:11 Chinese symbol tattoo on mudder Tao (referring to Taoist philosophy)
39:21 Wash says, "Gao yang jong duh goo yang." "Motherless goats of all motherless goats."

 

Memorable Dialog

 

I use swear words.wav

have good sex.wav

this would be a perfect time for a swear word.wav

stop describing me.wav

son of a bitch.wav

this must be what going mad feels like.wav

a moment's consideration.wav

Noah's ark is a problem.wav

you don't fix the Bible.wav

plus 15 percent alcohol.wav

the crappy town where I'm a hero.wav

the box-dropping man-ape gone wrong.wav

you're pretty...pretty.wav

too much hair.wav

it'll still be there waiting.wav

a bona fide folk hero.wav

Jayne Day celebration.wav

my very own riot.wav

not with Kaylee.wav

better laugh when you say that.wav

no good with words.wav

I guess that's something.wav

just keep walking, preacher-man.wav

an easy mark.wav 

 

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