Season 1 Episodes

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The Message

Season 1, Episode 15 - Air Date: 12/27/2002
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Season 1, Episode 14 - Air Date: 7/28/2003
An old war comrade of Mal's and Zoe's, Tracey, mails his corpse to them. He also leaves a message asking them to deliver his body to his family.
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Heart of Gold

Season 1, Episode 13 - Air Date: 7/21/2003
Saffron (from "Our Mrs. Reynolds") returns - after Mal breaks up her current gig, she convinces him and the crew to help out with a ""perfect crime"" that isn't.
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Heart of Gold

Season 1, Episode 12 - Air Date: 6/23/2003
The crew of the Serenity are in for a gunfight when one of Inara's companion colleagues asks for their help.
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Serenity (1)

Season 1, Episode 11 - Air Date: 12/20/2002
After a flashback to Zoe's and Mal's days in the wars six years previous, we cut to the modern day where the Serenity crew is running a salvage operation on a deserted ship and are forced to flee with the cargo when the Alliance show up.
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Objects in Space

Season 1, Episode 10 - Air Date: 12/13/2002
A bounty hunter boards the Serenity to capture River for the Alliance.
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War Stories

Season 1, Episode 9 - Air Date: 12/6/2002
Jealous of Zoe's relationship with Mal, Wash insists (thanks to a bit of scheming) that he go with Mal to try to sell some of the medical supplies the crew stole from the Alliance.
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Season 1, Episode 8 - Air Date: 11/15/2002
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.
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Season 1, Episode 7 - Air Date: 11/8/2002
On a planet, Simon is kidnapped by locals who need a doctor, while River is threatened with burning as a witch.
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Season 1, Episode 6 - Air Date: 11/1/2002
On the planet Persephone the crew contact their old "friend" Badger the ruthless crime lord to transport some goods on behalf of a local lord.
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Out of Gas

Season 1, Episode 5 - Air Date: 10/25/2002
In a delirious state after Serenity's engine explodes, draining the ship of its oxygen supply, Mal has a series of flashbacks about how he came to own Serenity and form his crew.
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Season 1, Episode 4 - Air Date: 10/18/2002
Serenity sets down at the mudder colony of Canton where it turns out Jayne is a hero for having dropped a bunch of money there years ago that he and his partner Stitch stole from the local magistrate.
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Our Mrs. Reynolds

Season 1, Episode 3 - Air Date: 10/4/2002
While completing a job on a backwater world, Mal is married to a village girl without his knowledge.
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Season 1, Episode 2 - Air Date: 9/27/2002
On a salvage mission aboard a drifting colony ship, the Serenity crew find signs that the crew were killed by the cannibalistic Reavers.
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The Train Job

Season 1, Episode 1 - Air Date: 9/20/2002
Serenity continues to travel through space conducting illegal runs across the star system, which is under the control of The Alliance.