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* UnresolvedSexualTension:
** Inara hears from her client about "The Hero of Canton" being in town. She immediately blabbers about how Mal can be, only to be told it's ''Jayne''. Just watching her brain reboot from that is priceless.
** Kaylee and Simon discuss theirs.

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* UnresolvedSexualTension:
** Inara hears from her client about "The Hero of Canton" being in town. She immediately blabbers about how Mal can be, only to be told it's ''Jayne''. Just watching her brain reboot from that is priceless.
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UnresolvedSexualTension: Kaylee and Simon discuss theirs.



* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Inara's reaction to the Hero of Canton being Jayne, not Mal is open-mouthed shock and confusion.

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* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Inara's reaction to Inara, who hasn't seen the statue, hears from her client about "The Hero of Canton Canton" being Jayne, not Mal in town. She immediately starts badmouthing Mal, only to be told the hero is open-mouthed shock and confusion.actually ''Jayne''. Just watching her brain reboot from that is priceless.

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'''Original airdate:''' October 18, 2002

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* BadBadActing: Simon posing as a mudder client is astonishingly bad at acting.


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* BrokenPedestal: Invoked. Jayne goes out of his way to tell the town that he did ''not'' give them his fortune altruistically, and symbolically kicks over the statue they made of him. Mal muses that they may have put it back up anyways and continued pretending, because they need a folk hero.


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* EyeScream: Stitch tries to do this to Simon for hitting him with a bottle. Thankfully, he's distracted by Jayne's speech before he actually does it.


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* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Inara's reaction to the Hero of Canton being Jayne, not Mal is open-mouthed shock and confusion.

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* DramaticGunCock: Take notice of the sound when "Stitch" Hessian points his shotgun at Mal's face. Seeing as Stitch doesn't pump the action (he's holding the shotgun one-handed) and that model doesn't have an exposed hammer, what exactly is creating the cocking sound?

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!!![[AC:Recaps]]: [[{{Recap/Firefly}} Index]] | [[{{Recap/FireflyE01Serenity}} 1]] | [[{{Recap/FireflyE02TheTrainJob}} 2]] | [[{{Recap/FireflyE03Bushwhacked}} 3]] | [[{{Recap/FireflyE04Shindig}} 4]] | [[{{Recap/FireflyE05Safe}} 5]] | [[{{Recap/FireflyE06OurMrsReynolds}} 6]] | '''7''' | [[{{Recap/FireflyE08OutOfGas}} 8]] | [[{{Recap/FireflyE09Ariel}} 9]] | [[{{Recap/FireflyE10WarStories}} 10]] | [[{{Recap/FireflyE11Trash}} 11]] | [[{{Recap/FireflyE12TheMessage}} 12]] | [[{{Recap/FireflyE13HeartOfGold}} 13]] | [[{{Recap/FireflyE14ObjectsInSpace}} 14]]


The next morning, Mal returns to find Kaylee on top of Simon. Simon hastily denies that anything happened between them, and she leaves, offended. The celebration begins in front of Jayne's statue, and the Hero of Canton gives a brief speech. Stitch takes Simon hostage and indignantly barges in on the festivities. He explains that Jayne only dropped the money because the ship was damaged, and he kicked out Stitch first. He shoots at Jayne, but a mudder leaps in the line of fire and is killed. Jayne kills Stitch, and is overcome with disbelief that anyone would take a bullet for him after learning that he betrayed his partner and only helped them accidentally. He says they shouldn't expect people to simply drop money on them, pushes over the statue and leaves.

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The next morning, Mal returns to find Kaylee on top of Simon. Simon hastily denies that anything happened between them, and she leaves, offended. The celebration begins in front of Jayne's statue, and the Hero of Canton gives a brief speech. Stitch takes Simon hostage and indignantly barges in on the festivities. He explains that Jayne only dropped the money because the ship was damaged, and he kicked out Stitch first. He shoots at Jayne, but a mudder leaps in the line of fire and is killed. Jayne kills Stitch, and is overcome with disbelief that anyone would take a bullet for him after learning that he betrayed his partner and only helped them accidentally. He says they shouldn't expect people to simply drop money on them, because there aren't people like that...there's just people like ''him.'' Guilt-ridden and disgusted, he pushes over the statue and leaves.


* NotWhatItLooksLike: Simon awkwardly insists to Mal that he and Kaylee did not sleep together, even though they ''[[ImplausibleDeniability fell asleep]]'' together.

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* NotWhatItLooksLike: Simon awkwardly insists to Mal that he and Kaylee did not sleep together, even though they ''[[ImplausibleDeniability fell asleep]]'' together.together with ''the latter lying on top of the former''.

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* PrecisionFStrike: The banter about how Simon doesn't swear sets up one of these when they find Jayne's statue.
-->'''Simon:'''...son of a ''bitch.''

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* {{Facepalm}}: Mal has one of these when he realizes the causes behind the "accident" in Jayne's AccidentalHero status.

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* EmergencyCargoDump: Jayne explains that he once pulled a heist on Higgins' Moon, but then had to dump the cargo to stay airborne after he got hit by anti-aircraft fire, and the strongbox inadvertently landed in the indentured workers' Company Town causing Jayne to become a local hero. He neglects to mention he pushed his partner Stitch Hessian out first, and Magistrate Higgins sends the vengeful Stitch after him.
-->''"Ohhh, I'll be gorrammed. That's where that cash went. I stole that money from Higgins just like the song says, lifted me one of his hovercraft. But I got tagged by anti-aircraft, started losing altitude. Had dump them strongboxes to stay airborne. Oh... 60,000, untraceable. And I drop it right square in the middle of mud-farmer central."''


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* ProfessionalSexEd: The episode dances back and forth between playing this straight and subverting it. Inara is hired by the Magistrate to "make his son a man". The son has much more confidence afterwards, but this may have had as much to do with Inara's pep-talks before and after as with the actual sex.


As it turns out, Jayne did a job in Canton stealing a large sum of money from the magistrate, but was hit by anti-air emplacements and forced to jettison the cash. It landed on the "mudders" (local peasants who harvested the mud and made up most of the population), and since that day he had been a folk legend, "the Hero of Canton." Though Jayne tries to lie low, he is soon recognized, celebrated, and plied with alcohol.

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As it turns out, Jayne did a job in Canton stealing a large sum of money from the magistrate, but was hit by anti-air emplacements and forced to jettison the cash. It landed on the "mudders" (local peasants who harvested the mud and made up most of the population), and since that day he had been a folk legend, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8omJvCrwRdY "the Hero of Canton." "]] Though Jayne tries to lie low, he is soon recognized, celebrated, and plied with alcohol.


* AManIsNotAVirgin: The Magistrate thinks so, but Inara doesn't, and makes this clear to the son.


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* VirginShaming: The Magistrate believes in this, but Inara doesn't, and makes this clear to the son.


* CodeOfHonor: Simon explains to Kaylee that his is why he does not swear or sleep around, even when he is on the run in the middle of space.

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* CodeOfHonor: Simon explains to Kaylee that his is why he does not swear or sleep around, even when he is on the run in the middle of space. Behaving properly is the only possession he really has left.



* DarkReprise: A sombre version of "The Man They Call Jayne" is plucked out on one guitar as he tries to make sense of what happened in the closing scene.



* HollywoodDateless: The handsome 26-year-old virgin that can't get any women.
** FridgeBrilliance: The only women around are probably mudders under his father's employ. None of them would risk getting involved with the magistrate's son, given that his usual method of dealing with people he doesn't like falls under the category of "hacking their hands and feet off with a machete and rolling them into the bog."

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* HollywoodDateless: The handsome 26-year-old virgin that can't get any women.
** FridgeBrilliance: The
women. (Of course, the only women people around are probably mudders under mudders, who are all but slaves of his father's employ. None father, so either he doesn't want to take advantage of them would risk getting involved with or they're afraid of facing the magistrate's son, given that his usual method of dealing with people he doesn't like falls under the category of "hacking brutal punishments--such as having their hands and feet off with a machete amputated and rolling them thrown into the bog."bog--if they displease his son.)



* UnresolvedSexualTension: Inara hears from her client about "The Hero of Canton" being in town. She immediately blabbers about how Mal can be, only to be told it's ''Jayne''. Just watching her brain reboot from that is priceless.

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* UnresolvedSexualTension: UnresolvedSexualTension:
**
Inara hears from her client about "The Hero of Canton" being in town. She immediately blabbers about how Mal can be, only to be told it's ''Jayne''. Just watching her brain reboot from that is priceless.


* HeroicSacrifice: The mudder who [[TakingTheBullet took the bullet]] for Jayne.



* JustLikeRobinHood: The people of Canton ''think'' Jayne did this for them. See AccidentalHero.

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* JustLikeRobinHood: The people of Canton ''think'' Jayne did this for them. See AccidentalHero. By the end, Jayne thoroughly deconstructs this trope.



* NotWhatItLooksLike: Simon awkwardly insists to Mal that he and Kaylee did not sleep together, even though they ''fell asleep'' together.

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* NotWhatItLooksLike: Simon awkwardly insists to Mal that he and Kaylee did not sleep together, even though they ''fell asleep'' ''[[ImplausibleDeniability fell asleep]]'' together.

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* BalladOfX: The song the mudders perform in the bar is called "The Ballad of Jayne Cobb".
-->Jayne! The man they call Jayne!\\
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!

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