When Inara finds out that Mal slept with another woman, she says it doesn't bother her, and she walks away, but then she breaks down crying later. Does she not understand the irony of this situation? Inara sleeps with other men, and sometimes women, as her job. Mal clearly loves her, even if he can't say it, and he has to feel like shit everytime Inara is with a client. Did this thought EVER occur to her? Is Mal supposed to remain celibate for her, even though she'd make no such accomodation for him?
I just think any Mal/Inara relationship is doomed as long as she remains a companion.