What Did the Jar of Pickles Mean on ‘The Orville’ Season 2 Episode 3 Ending?

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At the end of The Orville Season 2 Episode 3, called “Home,” Captain Ed Mercer is staring at a jar of pickles. What’s the significance? Read on but note: this post will have major spoilers for Season 2 Episode 3 of The Orville. 

Spoilers below.

At the end of the episode called “Home,” Alara unexpectedly left the Orville, deciding that she wanted to spend time with her family now that they have worked through their differences. When she went to Mercer’s office to say goodbye, she brought him a gift.

As the episode was concluding, he opened the gift and found a jar of pickles inside.

In case you don’t remember, this jar of pickles actually had quite a bit of significance for Alara and Mercer. Alara is surprisingly strong considering her size because of the gravity of her homeworld. In the pilot episode (Season 1 Episode 1), Mercer can’t open a vault door. So he jokingly asks Alara to “open this jar of pickles for me.” She just knocks over the entire wall instead of turning the vault wheel, which is even more impressive than what we expected. Mercer jokes that he loosened it for her and that’s why she could open the door.

This becomes a running gag and a “dad joke” of sorts for Mercer to Alara. He asks her to open a jar of pickles for him in later episodes over and over, as you can see in the video below.

Opening A Jar Of Pickles | Season 1 | THE ORVILLEIt's National Pickle Day! Celebrate it with your favorite crew from THE ORVILLE! Subscribe now for more The Orville clips: http://fox.tv/SubscribeTheOrville Watch more videos from The Orville: https://fox.tv/TheOrvilleSeason2 See more of The Orville on our official site: http://fox.tv/TheOrville Like The Orville on Facebook: http://fox.tv/TheOrville_FB Follow The Orville on Twitter: http://fox.tv/TheOrville_TW Follow The Orville on Instagram: http://fox.tv/TheOrville_IG Like FOX on Facebook: ‪http://fox.tv/FOXTV_FB‬‬ Follow FOX on Twitter: ‪http://fox.tv/FOXTV_Twitter‬‬ From Emmy Award-winning executive producer and creator Seth MacFarlane (FAMILY GUY, “Ted,” “Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey”), THE ORVILLE is a live-action, one-hour space adventure series set 400 years in the future that follows The Orville, a mid-level exploratory spaceship. Its crew, both human and alien, face the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of everyday life. The ensemble series stars MacFarlane as the ship’s Commanding Officer, Ed Mercer, and Adrianne Palicki (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Friday Night Lights”) as his ex-wife, Kelly Grayson, who’s assigned as his First Officer. Additional cast members include Penny Johnson Jerald as Dr. Claire Finn (“24,” “The Larry Sanders Show”), Scott Grimes as Gordon Malloy (“ER,” “Justified”), Peter Macon as Bortus (“Shameless,” “Bosch”), Halston Sage as Alara Kitan (“Neighbors,” “Goosebumps”), J. Lee as John LaMarr (FAMILY GUY, “The Cleveland Show”), Mark Jackson as Isaac (“That Royal Today”) and Chad L. Coleman as Klyden (“The Walking Dead,” “The Wire”). The Orville has been renewed for a second season. Opening A Jar Of Pickles | Season 1 | THE ORVILLE https://www.youtube.com/c/TheOrville #TheOrville2017-11-14T14:00:32.000Z

If you just want to see the part where she knocked over the wall, door and all, here it is:

Fans loved the ending. Here are some Twitter reactions.

What did you think of the gift? Let us know in the comments below. And if you want to know more about the decision for Alara to leave The Orville, read Heavy’s story here.

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