Gordon Malloy is Captain Ed Mercer's best friend and an excellent helmsman. He has problems with authority and doesn't seem to hesitate to have fun at Ed's expense.
His piloting skills are described as 'Legendary' by John LaMarr. He was kept on desk duty before Ed asked him to be a helmsman on the U.S.S Orville. To impress a girl, he did a manual override on a shuttle docking which resulted in a cargo bay door being sheared off. Fortunately, no one was hurt but 300 crates of authentic autumn squash were sucked into space, which resulted in him being suspended. If Ed hadn't asked him to be a helmsman on Orville, it was likely that Gordon would never have gotten a chance to be a helmsman again.
- He once drew a penis on the main viewing screen of Unit outpost 285.
- He normally wakes up at 7:00 am.
- In Old Wounds, he states "I don't think we're gonna make it outta here by 5.", which implies that he works shifts until 5pm.
- He is right-handed.