Inara gets a call from an old friend, who needs help defending her whorehouse.
Tropes used in this episode include:
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: The shooting script features this little gem:
Mal: I'll never understand rich folk. All that money, this is what they do with it.
Inara: It's art.
Mal: It's puppets.
Inara: It's puppet art.
- Brutal Honesty:
Jayne: Can I start getting sexed already!
- Continuity Nod: Mal starts kissing a woman then stops for a moment, waiting to see if he passes out or not.
- Daddy DNA Test: A pivotal part of the plot. If the baby turns out to be Burgess' then he'll take it from its' mother, killing everyone in his way to get to it. And it is.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: A whole brothel of them, with one exception.
- It Can't Be Helped: "Such Is Life"
- The Mole: Chari, one of Nandi's whores.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: Jayne doesn't give a crap about the whores and their problems, he just wants sex.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Burgess is a real nasty piece of work, to put it mildly. And among other moral failings, he doesn't acknowledge his wife's presence when Mal offers her a compliment, instead thinking Mal's talking about his fancy gun.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "This is Jonah. Say hi to your daddy."
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Non-lethal, but Chari gets sexually abused in public by Burgess after she tells him about the siege preparation.
- She also gets found out by the end of the siege, and for a moment it looks like she'll be executed for it. Instead she's just made to leave with what's left by Burgess' men.
- The Siege: Burgess wants his kid pretty bad, and is willing to lay siege to a brothel to get it.