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  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: I mean to confound these bungers.


  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: I aim to misbehave...


  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: I'll take the shuttle in closer. Zoe, ship is yours. Remember, if anything happens to me, or you don't hear from me within the hour... you take this ship and you come and you rescue me.
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: I'll take the shuttle in closer. Zoe, ship is yours. Remember, if anything happens to me, or you don't hear from me within the hour, you take this ship and you come and you rescue me.
    Zoe: What? And risk my ship?
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: I mean it. It's cold out there. I don't wanna get left.


  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: What in the hell happened back there?
    Wash: Start with the part where Jayne gets knocked out by a 90-pound girl 'cause... I don't think that's ever getting old.
    Wash: Start with the part where Jayne gets knocked out by a 90-pound girl because I don't think that's ever getting old.


  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Dear Buddha, please bring me a pony and a plastic rocket...
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Dear Buddha, please bring me a pony and a plastic rocket.


  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Do you want to run this ship?
    Jayne: Yes!
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: [caught off guard] Well... you can't...
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Well, you can't.


  • Kaylee Frye: Have faith, Captain!
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Not today.


  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: I've staked my crew's life on the theory that you're a person, actual and whole, and if I'm wrong, you'd best shoot me now... [River cocks the gun she is pointing at Mal]
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: I've staked my crew's life on the theory that you're a person, actual and whole, and if I'm wrong you'd best shoot me now or we could talk some more.
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Or, we could talk some more.


  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Jayne, how many weapons you plan on bringing? You only got the two arms.
    Jayne: I just get excitable as to choice- like to have my options open.


  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Kaylee, what in the sphincter of hell are you playing at? We got the primary buffer panel coming right...
    Kaylee Frye: Everything's shiny, Cap'n. Not to fret.
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: You told me those entry couplings would hold for another week!
    Kaylee Frye: That was six months ago, Cap'n.
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: My ship don't crash. If she crashes, you crashed her.


  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: What are you doing?
    Inara: I'm praying for you Mal.


  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: [to Inara] But you fog things up! You always have. You spin me about. I wish like hell you were elsewhere.
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: But you fog things up! You always have. You spin me about. I wish like hell you were elsewhere.
    Inara: [sighs] I was.
    Inara: I was.


  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Come a day there won't be room for naughty men like us to slip about at all. This job goes south, there well may not be another. So here is us, on the raggedy edge. Don't push me, and I won't push you. Dong le ma?


  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Half of writing history is hiding the truth.


  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: [after landing on Miranda] Well, something sure the hell ain't right.
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Well, something sure the hell ain't right.


  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: "I aim to misbehave"
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: I aim to misbehave.


  • Mr. Universe: Can't stop the signal, Mal. Everything goes somewhere, and I go everywhere.


  • Wash: I'm a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar.


  • Shepherd Book: If you take sexual advantage of her, you're going to burn in a very special level of hell. A level they reserve for child molesters and people who talk at the theatre.


  • Zoe: I know something ain't right.
    Wash: Sweetie, we're crooks. If everything were right, we'd be in jail.


  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: I believe that woman's plannin' to shoot me again. (Firefly)
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: I believe that woman's plannin' to shoot me again.
    Jayne: Here's a little concept I've been working on. Why don't we shoot her first?
    Wash: It *is* her turn.


  • Wash: They're burning without reactor core containment. Well, that's kwong juh duh. That's suicide! That's...
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Reavers.
    Wash: Oh god... oh god... oh god...


  • Zoe: Sir, I'd like you to take the helm, please. I need this man to tear all my clothes off.
    Wash: [being dragged away by Zoe, in mock tired voice] Work, work, work.


  • Wash: Kaylee, how would you feel about pullin' a Crazy Ivan? (Firefly)
    Wash: Kaylee, how would you feel about pullin' a Crazy Ivan?
    Kaylee Frye: [Tentative] Always wanted to try one.


  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: How close are they?
    Wash: About 20 seconds from spitting distance.


  • Wash: I'm just the pilot. I could always say that I was flying the ship by accident. (Firefly)
    Wash: I'm just the pilot. I could always say that I was flying the ship by accident.


  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Did you send word to Patience? (Firefly)
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Did you send word to Patience?
    Wash: Ain't heard back yet. Didn't she shoot you one time?
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Everybody's makin' a fuss.


  • Wash: Can we maybe vote on the whole murdering people issue?


  • Wash: Don't forget to call him "sir". He likes that. (Firefly)
    Wash: Don't forget to call him 'sir'. He likes that.


  • Wash: Ah, curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal! (voice of toy dino in Firefly)
    Wash: Ah, curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal! [voice of toy dino in Firefly]


  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Faster Faster Faster would be better!


  • Jayne: I won't get ate you shoot me if they take me! Well don't shoot me first!


  • Dr. Simon Tam: Now River stay behind the others if there's fighting you drop to the floor or run away. It's okay to leave them to die.
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Doctor, I'm taking your sister under my protection here. If anything happens to her, anything at all, I swear to you I will get very choked up, honestly there could be tears.


  • Kaylee Frye: Don't mind the Captain none Simon, I know he'll look out for her they'll be back 'fore you can spit! Well not that you spit!


  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Set course for Beaumonde, first thing, I want these bod -- (Simon suddenly punches him in the face .)
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Set course for Beaumonde, first thing, I want these bod -- [Simon suddenly punches him in the face]
    Kaylee Frye: Simon!
    Dr. Simon Tam: You son of a whore!
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: I am a hairs breath from riddling you with holes Doctor!
    Dr. Simon Tam: 'One simple job! She'll be fine!'
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: She 'is' fine apart from being still crazy she's a picture of health!
    Dr. Simon Tam: Never again do yo understand me?
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Seems to me we had a talk about you giving orders on my boat.
    Dr. Simon Tam: Well we're off your boat just as soon as River gets her share of the bounty!
    Kaylee Frye: Let's not do anything hasty-
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: No shiny! We'll be on Beaumonde ten hours time you can pick up your earnings and be on your merry! Mean time you do your job patch up my crew!
    River Tam: He didn't lie down they never lie down.


  • Dr. Simon Tam: River?!
    River Tam: I swallowed a bug!


  • Kaylee Frye: Are you okay?
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Is 'he' okay?!


  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Shot me in the back. I haven't.. made you angry, have I?
    River Tam: There's a lot of innocent people in the air being killed right now.
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: You have no idea how true that is. I know the secret now. The truth that burned up River Tam's brain and set you after her. And the rest of the 'verse is gonna know it too. 'Cause they need to
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: You have no idea how true that is. I know the secret now. The truth that burned up River Tam's brain and set you after her. And the rest of the 'verse is gonna know it too. 'Cause they need to.
    The Operative: You really believe that?
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: I do.
    The Operative: You willing to die for that belief?
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: I am... .course that ain't excactly plan A!


  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: This report is maybe twelve years old. Parliament buried it, and it stayed buried til River dug it up. This is what they feared she knew. And they were right to fear, 'cause there's a universe of folk that are gonna know it too. They're gonna see it. Somebody has to speak for these people. You all got on this boat for different reasons, but you all come to the same place. So now I'm asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. 'Cause as sure as I know anything I know this: They will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground, swept clean. A year from now, ten, they'll swing back to the belief that they can make people... better. And I do not hold to that. So no more running. I aim to misbehave.


  • Dr. Simon Tam: May I see her?
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: I believe you go some storytelling to do what in hell happened back there?
    Wash: Start with the part where Jayne gets knocked out by a ninety pound girl. 'Cause I don't think that's ever getting old
    Wash: Start with the part where Jayne gets knocked out by a ninety pound girl. 'Cause I don't think that's ever getting old.
    Zoe: Do we know if anyone was killed?
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: It's likely. I know she meant to Ad kill me 'fore the Doc put her out which how exactly does that work anyhow?
    Dr. Simon Tam: It's a safeword. The people who helped me break River out had intel that River and the other subjects were being embedded with behavioral conditioning. They taught me a safeword, in case... something happened.
    Kaylee Frye: I'm not sure I get it
    Kaylee Frye: I'm not sure I get it.
    Dr. Simon Tam: It's a phrase that makes her fall asleep. If I speak the words, "Eta --
    Jayne: Well don't say it!
    Zoe: It only works on 'her' Jayne.
    Jayne: Oh. Well, now I know that!


  • Kaylee Frye: Don't talk to the barkers talk to the Captain. You look the captain in the eye know who you're dealing with.
    Dr. Simon Tam: I wish there was-
    Kaylee Frye: You shouldn't aughta be so clean. It's a dead give away you don't belong you always gotta be tidy. Don't pay anybody in advance. And don't ride in anything with a Capissen 38 engine, they fall right out of the sky.
    Dr. Simon Tam: Kaylee-
    Dr. Simon Tam: River do you want to stay with them?
    River Tam: It's not safe.
    Dr. Simon Tam: No, I fear it's not safe anymore.
    River Tam: For them.


  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: What was that?
    Wash: Did you "see" that?
    Wash: Did you 'see' that?
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Was that the Primary Buffer Panel?
    Wash: It did seem to resemble-
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Did the Primary Buffer Panel just fall off my gorram ship for no apparent reason?
    Wash: Looks like!
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: I thought Kaylee checked our entry couplings! I have a very clear memory of it!
    Wash: Yeah well if she doesn't give us some extra flow from the engine room to offset the burnthrough this landing is gonna get pretty interesting.
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Define "Interesting"
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Define 'Interesting'.
    Wash: "Oh god, oh god, we're all gonna die?"
    Wash: Oh god, oh god, we're all gonna die?
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: This is the Captain. There's a little problem with our entry sequence so we may experience slight turbulence and then explode. Can you shave the vector?
    Wash: I'm doing it it's not enough!
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Well just get us on the ground!
    Wash: That part will happen pretty defiantly!
    Jayne: We're gonna explode!? I don't wanna explode!
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Jayne how many weapons you plan on taking you only got the two arms.
    Jayne: I just get excitable as to choice, like to have my options open.
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: I don't plan on any shooting taking place during this job.
    Jayne: well, what you plan and what takes place ain't ever exactly been similar.
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: No grenades
    Jayne: What? aw!
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: No grenades!
    Zoe: We crashing again?
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Talk to your husband Mule prepped?
    Zoe: Go to go sir, just loading her up. Those grenades? Those grednaes?
    Jayne: Yeah Cap'n doesn't want'em.
    Zoe: Jayne we're robbing the place We're not occupying it.


  • Kaylee Frye: I didn't plan on going out like this. I think we did right but-
    Dr. Simon Tam: I didn't plan anything I just wanted to keep River safe I spent so much time on Serenity ignoring anything that I wanted for myself. My one regret in all of this was never being with you.
    Kaylee Frye: With me? You mean to say as in... sex!
    Dr. Simon Tam: I mean to say.
    Kaylee Frye: The hell with this I'm gonna live!


  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Dear Buddha please give me a pony and a plastic rocket.
    Inara: Mal what are you doing here?
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Well you invited me.
    Inara: I never thought for a second you'd be stupid enough to come!
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Well then that makes you kind of a tease doesn't it?
    Inara: You knew my invitation wasn't on the level!
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Which let me to conclude that you must be in some trouble
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Which let me to conclude that you must be in some trouble.
    Inara: I'm fine I'm giddy!
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: For a woman schooled in telling a man what he wants to hear you ain't much of a liar
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: For a woman schooled in telling a man what he wants to hear you ain't much of a liar.
    Inara: Mal you cannot handle this man!


  • The Operative: That girl will reign destruction down on your ship, she is a albatross Captain.
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Way I hear albatross was a ships good luck till some idiot killed it. Yes I've read a poem try not to faint
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Way I hear albatross was a ships good luck till some idiot killed it. Yes I've read a poem try not to faint.


  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: I never credited the Alliance with a over abundance of brains and if you're the best they got-
    The Operative: Captain Reynolds I should tell you so that you don't waste your time you can't make me angry
    The Operative: Captain Reynolds I should tell you so that you don't waste your time you can't make me angry.
    Inara: Please spend a hour with him!


  • River Tam: They're afraid of me
    River Tam: They're afraid of me.
    Dr. Simon Tam: I'm sorry.
    River Tam: They should be but I'll show them. Oh god.
    Dr. Simon Tam: Hey it's okay it's okay
    Dr. Simon Tam: Hey it's okay it's okay.
    River Tam: Show me off like a dog, old men covered in blood never touched them but there drowning in it. I don't know what I'm saying I never know what I'm saying!
    Dr. Simon Tam: In the Maiden Head you said something when you were triggered do you remember? The Captain saw you say something on the feed
    Dr. Simon Tam: In the Maiden Head you said something when you were triggered do you remember? The Captain saw you say something on the feed.
    River Tam: Miranda
    River Tam: Miranda.
    Dr. Simon Tam: Miranda?
    River Tam: Ask her
    River Tam: Ask her.
    Dr. Simon Tam: Who is Miranda? Am I talking to Miranda now? ( River gives him a look) No not right, but I think when they triggered you it somehow brought this up this memory
    Dr. Simon Tam: Who is Miranda? Am I talking to Miranda now? [River gives him a look] No not right, but I think when they triggered you it somehow brought this up this memory.
    River Tam: It isn't mine! The memory it isn't mine and I shouldn't have to carry it it isn't mine! Don't make me sleep again!
    Dr. Simon Tam: I won't I won't!
    River Tam: Put a bullet to me! Bullet in the brain pan squish!
    Dr. Simon Tam: Don't say that not ever! We'll get through this
    Dr. Simon Tam: Don't say that not ever! We'll get through this.
    River Tam: Things are gonna get much much worse
    River Tam: Things are gonna get much much worse.


  • Shepherd Book: I don't care what you believe. Just believe it.


  • Mr. Universe: You can't stop the signal, Mal.


  • Kaylee Frye: But you could have made them family...instead of keeping Simon from seeing I was there & I carried such a torch. It's going on a year now I aint had nothing twix my nethers wasnt run on bateries.
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: God I can't know that ughhh...
    Jayne: I could stand to hear a little more....


  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: You know what the first rule of flying is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take a boat in the air you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps her in the air when she oughta' fall down, tells you she's hurtin' 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.


  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: I aim to misbehave.


  • Kaylee Frye: Do you mean to say, as in, sex?
    Dr. Simon Tam: I mean to say.
    Kaylee Frye: Heck, I'm gonna live!


  • River Tam: I swallowed a bug.


  • Kaylee Frye: They'll be back before you can spit. Not that you spiy...


  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: This is the captain. We have a...little problem with our engine sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and then...explode.


  • The Operative: It's worse than you think.
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: It usually is.


  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: [talking to Simon before jetting off on the mule] Doctor, I'm taking your sister under my protection. If anything happens to her - anything - I'll get really choked up. Honestly, there could be tears.


  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: [metallic ripping outside the Serenity as it enters atmo] What was that?
    Wash: Did you see that?!
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Was that the primary buffer panel?
    Wash: It did sound like--
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Did the primary buffer panel just fall off my gorram frigate?!
    Wash: [ship shakes] Looks like.


  • Zoe: You know what the definition of a hero is? Someone who gets other people killed.


  • Wash: I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar.


  • The Operative: Do you know what your sin is?
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Aw, hell. I'm a fan of all seven. But right now, I'm gonna have to go with wrath.


  • Jayne: Sure would be nice if we had some Grenades...
    Jayne: Boy, it sure would be nice if we had some grenades, don't you think?


  • Inara: and that's not incense... BOOM!
    Inara: And that's not incense. [explosion]
    Inara: And that's not incense. [he turns to look: the incense stick burns away - rather like a fuse - and FLASHES in an explosion of light and sound]


  • Kaylee Frye: Goin' on a year now I ain't had nothin' twixt my nethers weren't run on batteries!


  • River Tam: I swallowed a bug...
    River Tam: I swallowed a bug.


  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: "I mean to confound these bungers."
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: I mean to confound these bungers.


  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: I aim to misbehave.


  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: I don't plan on any shooting taking place during this job.
    Jayne: Yeah, well, what you plan and what takes place ain't ever exactly been similar.


  • Jayne: We're gonna explode? I don't wanna explode.


  • Wash: This landing is gonna get pretty interesting.
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Define "interesting".
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Define 'interesting'.
    Wash: [deadpan] Oh God, oh God, we're all gonna die?
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: [on intercom] This is the captain. We have a little problem with our entry sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and then ... explode.
    Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: [on intercom] This is the captain. We have a little problem with our entry sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and then, explode.


  • Kaylee Frye: Sometimes people have feelings. I'm referrin' here to people.
    Kaylee Frye: Sometimes people have feelings. I'm referring here to people.


  • River Tam: I swallowed a bug.


  • Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Half of writing history is hiding the truth.


  • Mr. Universe: From here to the eyes and the ears of the 'Verse, that's my motto, or it might be if I start having a motto.


  • Jayne: she is damaging my calm!
    Jayne: She is damaging my calm!


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