The Mess Hall is a common dining room within the USS Orville where the majority of the crew eat, drink, or relax.
The center of the Mess Hall holds the largest tables meant to seat up to six or more crew members. There are ramps leading to sections of both the left and right sides containing smaller, two person tables as well as a large window to view the cosmos outside. The hall is adorned with many Food Synthesizers and flora to create a more comfortable atmosphere. Despite that there is a physical bar built in for crew members to consume intoxicating beverages if they so choose.
After making the decision to listen to Admiral Tucker and not pursue Ed Mercer and Kelly Grayson, Alara relaxes in the Mess Hall while John LaMarr and Gordon Malloy express disapproval over her decision. Alara, sympathizing with their points announced to all the everyone there that she's going to disregard what the Admiral has requested and will go save Ed and Kelly anyway.
The crew of the Orville holds a farewell party for Chief Engineer Steve Newton. At the same party, Navigator John LaMarr and Helmsman Gordon Malloy play a prank on Lieutenant Yaphit and Second Officer Bortus by hiding a piece of Yaphit's gelatinous body in some of the food, which Bortus eats.
Ed and Kelly agree to start dating while sharing a drink in the Mess Hall and drink heavily that night. Kelly breaks up with him several weeks later in the Mess Hall.
Production designer Stephen J. Lineweaver led the creation of the Mess Hall, though the actual architectural plans were crafted by set designer Eugene Adamov. The room was originally called the Commissary.
- Commander Kelly Grayson finds the Mess Hall pretty when it is empty at night.
- According to the book The World of the Orville, the Mess Hall's set was repurposed in the episode Old Wounds to become the set of the Epsilon Science Station.
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