Re: Firefly first-time/rewatch (NO SPOILERS, please)
Mal's digs at Inara are to hide the fact that he's extremely attracted to her. And vice versa. Just wait, you'll see.
It was obvious that this is the writer's intent. It's another tired cliché, actually. My point is that I don't buy it. Why on earth would Inara fall for a guy who treats her like dirt? Also, these actors didn't have any chemistry going on, in the pilot anyway.
Mal is ever ready to call a spade a spade even if it's not a spade in someone else's eyes.
Good for him, but if I were Inara I'd let him rot and go for the doctor.
Loyalty, honor and a willing heart... I can ask no more than that - Thorin Oakenshield
Hercule Poirot: I am an imbecile. I see only half of the picture.
Miss Lemon: I don't even see that.