The Orville (2017– )
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Cupid's Dagger 

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

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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?


The concept of an alien that provokes strong sexual desires from a ship's crew is also used twice in the Star Trek franchise: in the TNG episode "The Perfect Mate", and in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture", where the Deltan navigator Ilia is said to possess strong pheromones that affect humans. In the latter case, the effects are seen only in the extended cuts of the film. See more »


Yaphit: Just put it anywhere, guy, you don't have to find my G-spot.
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My heart will go on
almost sung by Bortus
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Reminds me of DS9 S03E10 "Fascination"
9 November 2017 | by yoshimo-13129See all my reviews

I can't help. I have to rate this 10 out of 10 stars. Surely, way too many people rate way too high on IMDb due to their emotions. But I don't care, because this episode of The Orville was so much fun!

"Cupid's Dagger" is predictable and it has strong similarities with the Star Trek DS9 episode S03E10 "Fascination", which itself was a variation of the age-old "people-on-a-starship-start-to-act-strangely-theme". But know what? It doesn't matter! This episode still was great and it made me happy. Hopefully there is more of this stuff upcoming!

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