The Orville (2017– )
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About a Girl 

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Bortus and Klyden debate whether their newborn child should have a controversial surgery.


Brannon Braga


Seth MacFarlane (created by), Seth MacFarlane


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
Deobia Oparei ... Captain Vorak
David Barrera ... Vásquez
Rena Owen ... Heveena
Lamont Thompson ... Kaybrak
Jonathan Adams ... Moclan Arbitrator
Antonio D. Charity ... Advocate Kagus




Bortus and his he-spouse Klyden having hatched a rare girl, they plan to have its sex normalized to male as customary on Moclan, but the ship's surgeon and captain refuse to have this performed aboard. The parents therefore successfully ask for a Moclan spaceship to pass and give them a boy, but while it arrives, Gordon Malloy's consolatory boys evening animation inspires Bortus to change his mind, unlike his mate. The Moclan captain now presides over a tribunal to decide the clash of cultures, with spectacular surprise testimonies. Written by KGF Vissers

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In the simulation program, Seth MacFarlane wears the same Western outfit that he wore in "A Million Ways to Die in the West". See more »


This episode is one big plot hole. If we assume that all Moclans are 'males', procreation would, in this case, be unisexual, and the concept of 'maleness' and 'femaleness' would not even be in the lexicon of the race. Also, in that case, all Moclans would be exactly the same genetically (barring any mutations), and look exactly the same (for the most part). Now, in this episode, we learn that there are still two genders in the Moclan race, but females are all altered to be males. In this case, the question of how reproduction occurs is still confusing, as it appears that 'males' have all the necessary equipment to reproduce and continue the existence of the race (males mate with males), which actually implies the race is hermaphroditic. If that were the case, Moclans which were exclusively female (or male, for that matter) would have been bred out as useless long before the race had developed the ability (and thus the need) to convert females to males. See more »


Captain Vorak: You are, Very fragile Captain Mercer, are you aware of this?
Ed Mercer: There is an Anti-bullying law named after me, Yes I'm aware of it.
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A mirror to our society
31 January 2018 | by HaraldSchSee all my reviews

The topic of this plot can be seen as a mirror to our current society, where 'the people' expect certain behaviour in spite of the wellbeing of the kids. Or where parents do fundamental decisions for their kids, as if they would 'own' their kids. Or where men decide about what women have to do or have to be. A very sad and serious episode indeed. Great SF.

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21 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



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16:9 HD
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