Can't Take the Sky
Brief episode descriptions taken from the DVD packaging.

Serenity - #1AGE00   quotes  screencaps
Air Date: December 20, 2002
Written by: Joss Whedon
Directed by: Joss Whedon
The crew of Serenity is eager to rid themselves of an easily traceable cargo they salvaged from a vessel adrift in space, totally unaware that a passenger has brought an even more dangerous cargo aboard.

The Train Job - #1AGE01   quotes  screencaps
Air Date: September 20, 2002
Written by: Joss Whedon & Tim Minear
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Mal has second thoughts after discovering that two boxes of Alliance goods his crew has been hired to steal are full of badly needed medical supplies headed for the mining town of Paradiso.

Bushwhacked - #1AGE02   quotes  screencaps
Air Date: September 27, 2002
Written by: Tim Minear
Directed by: Tim Minear
After encountering a booby-trapped spacecraft carrying the lone crewmember of a horrific Reaver attack, Serenity is boarded by an Alliance Commander looking for Simon and River.

Shindig - #1AGE03   quotes  screencaps
Air Date: November 1, 2002
Written by: Jane Espenson
Directed by: Vern Gillum
In order to secure a job transporting cargo off-planet for a client, Mal attends a social event where a dance with Inara leads to him being challenged in a swordfight in defense of her honor.

Safe - #1AGE04   quotes  screencaps
Air Date: November 8, 2002
Written by: Drew Z. Greenberg
Directed by: Michael Grossman
When Simon is kidnapped by a group of villagers in need of a doctor, Serenity is forced to make contact with an Alliance ship in order to seek medical help for the critically wounded Book.

Our Mrs. Reynolds - #1AGE05   quotes  screencaps
Air Date: October 4, 2002
Written by: Joss Whedon
Directed by: Vondie Curtis Hall
After a celebration in which the crew is honored for ridding a planet of a group of bandits, they return to Serenity to find a woman named Saffron who claims that Mal married her during the festivities.

Jaynestown - #1AGE06   quotes  screencaps
Air Date: October 18, 2002
Written by: Ben Edlund
Directed by: Marita Grabiak
When the crew returns to a planet where Jayne participated in a heist gone bad, they're shocked to discover that Jayne's past actions have turned him into a local hero of Robin Hood-like mythic proportions.

Out of Gas - #1AGE07   quotes  screencaps
Air Date: October 25, 2002
Written by: Tim Minear
Directed by: David Solomon
After an explosion leaves Serenity crippled, Mal orders everyone to abandon ship while he stays behind in an attempt to make repairs and reminisces how he found the ship and picked its crew.

Ariel - #1AGE08   quotes  screencaps
Air Date: November 15, 2002
Written by: Jose Molina
Directed by: Allan Kroeker
Simon offers the crew a proposition: if they help him sneak River into a hospital so he can run tests on her, he'll tell them where to find medical supplies that will fetch an enormous price on the black market.

War Stories - #1AGE09   quotes  screencaps
Air Date: December 6, 2002
Written by: Cheryl Cain
Directed by: James Contner
Wash regrets insisting he be allowed to accompany Mal on a mission after the two men are captured by Adelai Niska - the client who previously hired Mal to steal the medicine bound for Paradiso.

Trash - #1AGE12   quotes  screencaps
Air Date: Never Aired
Written by: Bed Edlund & Jose Molina
Directed by: James Contner
Mal is shocked to discover his old friend's new bride is Saffron who, although furious after Mal blows her cover, offers to cut Mal in on what she calls the perfect, big-time scam.

The Message - #1AGE13   quotes  screencaps
Air Date: Never Aired
Written by: Joss Whedon & Tim Minear
Directed by: Tim Minear
While Jayne opens a mail package from his mother that contains a wool cap with ears and a pom-pom, Mal and Zoe open their package to discover the body of their old war buddy, Tracey.

Heart of Gold - #1AGE10   quotes  screencaps
Air Date: Never Aired
Written by: Brett Matthews
Directed by: Thomas J. Wright
The crew comes to the aid of a bordello when its madam, an old acquaintance of Inara's, asks for help after a gunslinger claims a prostitute's baby is his and he's taking because his wife is barren.

Objects in Space - #1AGE11   quotes  screencaps
Air Date: December 13, 2002
Written by: Joss Whedon
Directed by: Joss Whedon
The crew is caught off-guard when a bounty hunter, eager to claim the enormous reward on River's head, sneaks aboard Serenity and methodically begins taking the crew prisoner one by one.

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