Firefly saved my friend's life
Monday, February 23, 2004

An old college buddy of mine came to visit recently. There was a terrible winter storm, so we couldn't do much, but he was about to leave soon and catch a plane back home, weather permitting.

I tried my best to be a gracious host. I baked a fresh chicken and we ate in front of the TV. We watched "The Train Job."

He had never heard of Firefly before, but we didn't have time to sit and watch the 2-hour pilot episode because of his flight. I figured "The Train Job" would be a good introduction to Firefly.

Not five minutes into the show, my friend started choking on a chicken bone!

His face turned purple and he wasn't breathing very well. I called 911, but they said the winter storm had blocked the roads to my neighborhood and no one could come. They said he probably had 40-45 minutes to live.

I had to make a decision. All of my Boy Scout training was suddenly forgotten. As I stood there, I suddenly got an idea. "Keep watching the Train Job!" I yelled. It's your only hope. You have to trust me."

My friend looked at me with a crazy purple-faced expression, but he did what I said and kept watching the show.

But time was running out. Minutes passed, and slowly my friend began to breathe less and less. Every minute brought him closer to death.

"Keep watching!" I cried.

Just before my friend choked to death, the scene came that would save his life. I had been waiting for this moment... for the ending of this episode. It was my only hope.

My friend watched in surprise as Mal kicked the bad guy into Serenity's engine.

He burst out laughing, and the chicken bone suddenly flew out of his lungs at 100 miles per hour. It shot through the window and into the unknown.

It was amazing. My friend was saved.

Off in the distance, a cat meowed in pain, as if it had been struck by something. But I was too happy to care. My friend was alive!

And it's all because of Firefly. Thank you, Joss!


Wednesday, March 17, 2004 4:33 PM


Hey! Same thing happened to me, only without the snowstorm, chicken bone, friend or um....

Actually, every time I've watched Firefly it's been alone... (There be alot of narrow-minded Alliance members in this area...)

Thursday, February 26, 2004 10:17 AM


Never saw one of those "Heimlich Manuever" signs with pictures in a restaurant, eh?

Tuesday, February 24, 2004 7:04 PM


A friend of mine fell into an engine, I tried to make him watch "The Train Job", but it didn't help.

Tuesday, February 24, 2004 3:33 AM


That's a nice stroy Tash. I'll keep that in mind.

Monday, February 23, 2004 11:00 PM


ONE of the morals in this story is that you have to watch the whole thing to understand Firefly.

Use the pause button, sure, but Fast Forward is a NO NO, especially when new-comers are involved.

It's a tough choice indeed.

Monday, February 23, 2004 9:54 PM


I would've fast-forwarded to that funny engine scene.


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