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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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Release Date:

21 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Rico E. Anderson, who plays the Moclan Doctor, also played an uncredited role in Star Trek (2009) as a Council Member. 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 »


Alara Kitan: [explosion outside shuttle] Oh my god, they're under attack!
Kelly Grayson: Alara, those are testing zones.
Alara Kitan: What are you talking about?
Ed Mercer: Malcas's primary industry is weapons manufacturing, so they're a little fast and loose with their research and development.
John LaMarr: They test explosives wherever the hell they want.
Gordon Malloy: [another explosion] Oh, frack!
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22 September 2017 | by nnomSee all my reviews

No spoilers here...just didn't think I'd see an Orville that was serious for longer than 45 seconds. But it was frickin' great...hmm...hard not to do spoilers without giving away the greatness. goes...not what you expect, beginning to end. Enjoy!

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