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Ariel

The crew visit the planet Ariel because Inara needs to receive an annual Companion physical. The crew is offered a surprising job by Simon: in return for stolen medicine he wants them to get him into a hospital to use a high-end scanner to diagnose River. Simon devises a plan - Kaylee and Wash browse through the local dump and find parts to make an imitation emergency vehicle so the crew can get into the hospital posing as EMTs. Simon and River pose as corpses with the aid of a drug Simon has. While Mal and Zoe round up some medicine, Jayne stays with River and Simon, who are unaware he has ratted them out to the Alliance in return for money. Jayne rushes Simon through the examination and on the way out Jayne, Simon, and River are caught by the Alliance. Jayne is betrayed by the Alliance and becomes a prisoner himself. They manage to escape as the Men With Blue Hands arrive and ruthlessly execute anyone who had contact with the Tams. Mal and Zoe end up saving their friends and Simon ma

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  • Originally Aired November 15, 2002
  • Runtime 45 minutes
  • Production Code 1AGE08
  • Original Network FOX
  • On Other Sites IMDB
  • Parental Guideline TV-14
Name Type
Allan Kroeker Director
Jose Molina Writer
Alex Connie Guest Star
Blake Robbins Guest Star
Cate Cohen Guest Star
Dennis Cockrum Guest Star
Ira Steck Guest Star
Jeff Ricketts Guest Star
Michael Nagy Guest Star
Roma Chugani Guest Star
Tom Virtue Guest Star

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