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|guests=*[[Jonathan M. Woodward]]
 
|guests=*[[Jonathan M. Woodward]]
 
*[[Richard Burgi]]
 
*[[Richard Burgi]]
*[[Al Pugliese]]
 
*[[Tod Nakamura]]
 
*[[Craig Vincent]]
 
*[[Morgan Rusler]]
 
 
|writer=*[[Joss Whedon]]
 
|writer=*[[Joss Whedon]]
 
*[[Tim Minear]]
 
*[[Tim Minear]]
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Lt. [[Womack]] enters the cargo bay with [[Skunk]] and [[Fendris]]. He tries to cow the smugglers with his [[Union of Allied Planets|Alliance]] authority, but the unarmed [[Derrial Book|Book]] arrives to explain why he won't be using that authority, given the pains he's taken to keep his extracurricular organ-dealing activity from the local federal agents about eight sectors from his jurisdiction. Faced with a surprisingly direct threat of death from the preacher, Womack decides to depart, dismissing the "damaged goods" in Tracey's gravely-wounded chest. Before walking down the boarding ramp, he looks to Jayne and tells him that wearing his mother's hat makes him look like an idiot.
 
Lt. [[Womack]] enters the cargo bay with [[Skunk]] and [[Fendris]]. He tries to cow the smugglers with his [[Union of Allied Planets|Alliance]] authority, but the unarmed [[Derrial Book|Book]] arrives to explain why he won't be using that authority, given the pains he's taken to keep his extracurricular organ-dealing activity from the local federal agents about eight sectors from his jurisdiction. Faced with a surprisingly direct threat of death from the preacher, Womack decides to depart, dismissing the "damaged goods" in Tracey's gravely-wounded chest. Before walking down the boarding ramp, he looks to Jayne and tells him that wearing his mother's hat makes him look like an idiot.
   
Tracey belatedly realizes that Book's confrontation was part of a plan, one that he screwed up by threatening the crew and getting himself shot for his efforts. He asks [[Malcolm Reynolds|Mal]] and [[Zoë Alleyne Washburne|Zoë]] to deliver him home once more, and dies, speaking a phrase they shared in the war. Accompanied by a gloomy music and voiced-over excerpts from Tracey's message, the crew of ''[[Serenity]]'' solemnly returns the fallen soldier to his grieving family.
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Tracey belatedly realizes that Book's confrontation was part of a plan, one that he screwed up by threatening the crew and getting himself shot for his efforts. He asks [[Malcolm Reynolds]] and [[Zoë Alleyne Washburne|Zoë]] to deliver him home once more, and dies, speaking a phrase they shared in the war. Accompanied by a gloomy music and voiced-over excerpts from Tracey's message, the crew of ''[[Serenity]]'' solemnly returns the fallen soldier to his grieving family.
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
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==Mandarin Translation==
 
==Mandarin Translation==
(''Special Thanks to [http://www.browncoats.com/index.php?ContentID=42e83b412a309 BrownCoats.com].'')
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(''Special Thanks to [http://www.browncoats.com/main.php?parent=3e5aa2f800c31&line=3e546fb171d22 BrownCoats.com].'')
   
 
*"Well, I'm glad I rated higher than dead Bessie here. '''''Ni gaosu na niu ta you shuang meimu?''''' [Why don't you tell the cow about its beautiful eyes?]" - ''Kaylee to Simon.''
 
*"Well, I'm glad I rated higher than dead Bessie here. '''''Ni gaosu na niu ta you shuang meimu?''''' [Why don't you tell the cow about its beautiful eyes?]" - ''Kaylee to Simon.''
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* [http://www.russellmadden.com/Firefly_transcript_THE_MES.html "The Message" transcript]
 
* [http://www.russellmadden.com/Firefly_transcript_THE_MES.html "The Message" transcript]
 
* [http://web.archive.org/web/20080521074522/http://www.firefly-browncoats.com/script-the-message.html "The Message" shooting script] from Firefly Browncoats at Internet Archive
 
* [http://web.archive.org/web/20080521074522/http://www.firefly-browncoats.com/script-the-message.html "The Message" shooting script] from Firefly Browncoats at Internet Archive
 
[[ko:The Message]]
 
 
[[Category:Firefly episodes]]
 
[[Category:Firefly episodes]]
[[Category:Post-FOX cancellation episodes]]
 

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