Jaynestown is the fourth episode of the first season of Firefly.
Starring: Nathan Fillion (Captain Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds), Gina Torres (Zoe Washburne), Alan Tudyk (Hoban "Wash" Washburne), Morena Baccarin (Inara Serra), Adam Baldwin (Jayne Cobb), Jewel Staite (Kaylee Frye), Sean Maher (Dr. Simon Tam), Summer Glau (River Tam), Ron Glass (Shepherd Book)
Co-Starring: Zachary Kranzier (Fess Higgins), Jordan Lund (Foreman), Bob McCraken (Well-Dressed Man), Ronald Craig Williams (Busker), John Jabaley (Bartender), Laura Niemi (Woman), Simon Brooke (Prod), Clement E. Blake (Mudder Elder)
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. The drop was unintentional but Jayne doesn't turn down the attentions. Meanwhile, Kaylee and Simon dance, River rewrites Book's bible, and Inara beds the magistrate's son, a virgin.
The Hero of Canton Lyrics
- 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...
- Our Jayne saw the mudders' backs breakin'
- He saw the mudders' laments
- And he saw the magistrate takin'
- Every dollar and leavin' five cents
- So he said "You can't do that to my people"
- He said "Can't crush them under your heel"
- Jayne strapped on his hat
- And in five seconds flat
- Stole everything Boss Higgins had to steal...
- Now here is what separates heroes
- From common folk like you and I
- The man they call Jayne
- He turned 'round his plane
- And let that money hit the skies
- He dropped it onto our houses
- He dropped it into our yards
- The man they called Jayne
- He stole away our pain
- And headed out for the stars...
- Jayne: About four years prior to this episode, Jayne was involved in the theft of 60,000 platinum from the magistrate of Canton. While he was escaping with his partner, Stitch, their ship was shot and they attempted to decrease the weight of their craft. Eventually, after everything was gone, Jayne threw his partner out and ultimately the money. Because of this misunderstanding, he became a folk hero of Canton.
Behind the Scenes
- Ratings: This episode was given a rating of 2.7/5 during its first airing according to the Nielsen overnight report.
Allusions and References
- Simon" (to Jayne) My god, you're like a trained ape—without the training.
- Simon: (looking at a statue to Jayne) This must be what going mad feels like.
- Jayne: Hey, I got an idea. Instead of us hangin' around playin' art critic until I get pinched by the man, how's about we move away from this eerie-ass piece of work and get on with our increasingly eerie-assed day. How's that?
- Jayne: (singing) My love for me ain't hard to explain. The hero of Canton, the man they call me.
- Jayne: (addressing crowd) Far as I see it, you people been given the shortest end of the stick ever been offered a human soul in this crap-heel 'verse. But you took that end and you—well, you took it. That's... well, I guess that's something.
- Mal: It's my estimation that every man ever had a statue made of him was one kind of sumbich or another.