So, thinking back to how this episode was first shown, after Safe, I can see why more people were confused. Why on earth would Jayne make the mistake of thinking Mal wouldn't care about River and Simon after Mal showed he did in Safe. OTOH, as intended, we just finished watching Jaynestown and OOG, where Jayne is probably feeling a bit more full of himself and in charge and Mal hasn't so recently been as protective of River and Simon and actually starts to trust Jayne a bit and thus Jayne is confident enough to make such a bad choice.
Rewatching, I kept being a bit surprised that (a) the doctor Simon helped didn't raise more of a stink over "who was that guy?" and send people to track him down (although obviously that's what Simon must have believed lead to the feds finding them); and (b) the doctor Zoe zapped didn't wake up and sound the alarm.
Even knowing what little more I do about the blue-hand men, it's still confusing why they had to kill the feds just for speaking with the prisoners. I mean really, they had to know some words would be exchanged, it would be incredibly unusual for that not to happen.
That was such a good plan of Simon's, I'm almost surprised the crew didn't continue such a crime.
Always a laugh at how much Simon made the crew memorize words they had no idea what they meant, then the nurse doesn't care a bit, just "take them to the morgue."
It could also be because River's..."treatment"...was never finished. Simon got her out before they could finish whatever they were doing to her brain, so she wavers between fearing things she shouldn't and not fearing things she should.
This is probably what happened, and given how River reacts in the movie, it makes a lot of sense. Simon apparently got part of it right, but not the whole thing, at least not in the few short minutes he got at the hospital.
Edited by Hanahope, Apr 26, 2011 @ 12:07 PM.