"Any time a character begins a flashback or story with 'the plan was simple,' you immediately know it won't end well. The plan is always simple."
The best-laid schemes o' mice an 'men
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—Robert Burns, 'To A Mouse, On Turning Her Up In Her Nest With The Plough'
Zoe: Captain'll come up with a plan.
Kaylee: That's good, right?
Zoe: Possibly you're not recalling some of the Captain's previous plans.
"What you plan and what takes place ain't ever exactly been similar."
— Jayne, Serenity
"Helix, if everything goes according to plan, the plan has been compromised."
— Sam Starfall, Freefall