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The Orville (2017– )
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While the crew attempts to mediate a peace treaty between two warring cultures, tensions rise between Ed and Kelly when a familiar face comes aboard.


Jamie Babbit


Seth MacFarlane (created by), Liz Heldens





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Seth MacFarlane ... Capt. Ed Mercer
Adrianne Palicki ... Cmdr. Kelly Grayson
Penny Johnson Jerald ... Dr. Claire Finn
Scott Grimes ... Lt. Gordon Malloy
Peter Macon ... Lt. Cmdr. Bortus
Halston Sage ... Lt. Alara Kitan
J. Lee ... Lt. John LaMarr (as J Lee)
Mark Jackson ... Isaac
Chad L. Coleman ... Klyden
Rob Lowe ... Darulio
Victor Garber ... Admiral Halsey
Larry Joe Campbell ... Steve Newton
J. Paul Boehmer ... Navarian Ambassador
Derek Mears ... Bruidian Ambassador
Norm MacDonald ... Yaphit (voice)


Admiral Halsey orders the Orville to act as diplomatic forum for an attempt to settle the age-old war on the federation's border between Navarian and Bruidians which each claims to have colonized first, as they agreed to let a forensic archaeologist settle whose DNA is on the eldest artifact found there. The crew duly fears trouble when the expert proves none other then Darulio , the blue alien adulteress Kelly was caught in bed with by Ed. Although each professes to be professional about the situation, the exes turn hostile, but soon even they, like any crew member having been near Darulio, turns horny and pacific or romantically jealous, to the point of neglecting the delegations beyond their endurance. When this leads to a fleets stand-off, a surprising way out is suggested on top of the forensic findings. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

9 November 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


At the beginning of the episode, Lt. Cmdr. Bortus is about to sing "My Heart Will Go On" from the movie "Titanic". He was interrupted by a message from Admiral Halsey. Admiral Halsey is played by Victor Garber who played Thomas Andrews in "Titanic". See more »


Dr. Claire Finn: [seeing a portrait in Yaphit's quarters] And what is this? Is this you and your mom?
Yaphit: Kind of. My species reproduces by mitosis. That used to be my mom, but now it's me and my brother. He got the looks, obviously.
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Any Way You Want It
Written by Steve Perry and Neal Schon
Performed by Adrianne Palicki
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Orville Muzak
10 November 2017 | by tapalmer-94834See all my reviews

I recognized the voice of Bobby Goldsboro in the elevator. The song is called The Straight Life. I'd like to know how many other planets are familiar with his music. Maybe they know him from his TV series. I was surprised that I recognized a voice I had not heard since I was a kid. Who picks this stuff? Will there be more space Muzak in future?

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