Sep. 26, 1987
60 min.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation

Settled in the 24th century and 78 years after the adventures of the original crew of the starship Enterprise, under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard the all new Enterprise NCC 1701-D travels out to distant planets to seek out new life and to boldly go where no one has gone before.

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Lieutenant Commander Jack.Crusher Star Trek: The Next Generation
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Lieutenant Commander Jack R. Crusher was a Starfleet officer and good friends with Jean-Luc Picard, serving under his command on the USS Stargazer. He was husband to Beverly Crusher and father to Wesley Crusher. He was killed on an away mission in 2354.

(TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint", "Family", "True Q")

Jack was introduced to Beverly sometime in the 2340s by mutual friend Walker Keel.

(TNG: "Conspiracy")

It took months for Beverly to figure out her attraction to Jack.

(TNG: "The Price")

He proposed to her in 2348 through a gag gift, a book entitled How to Advance Your Career Through Marriage.

(TNG: "Family")

An invitation to their wedding was part of material which was created for the Picard family album in Star Trek Generations, but not used on-screen.

Their son, Wesley, was born in 2348. Jack recorded a holographic message to Wesley shortly after his birth, intending it as a present for when Wesley reached his eighteenth birthday. Jack wanted to make a series of messages, but only completed one.

(TNG: "Family")

The family took a camping trip to Balfour Lake sometime before 2354. During the trip, Wesley amused himself by throwing manta leaves into the bonfire.

(TNG: "Attached")

When Beverly told the story to Picard, she started to say that Jack had done something in response to Wesley, but she did not get to finish the story.
The Crushers spent much time with Jean-Luc Picard, resulting in Picard developing an attraction towards Beverly. He never acted on his feelings even after Jack's death, feeling to do so would betray his friend.

(TNG: "Attached")

Jack and Beverly may have both been assigned to the Stargazer at the same time, which would explain how they would both spend lots of time with Picard during his command. It has never been explicitly stated that Beverly was a Stargazer crewmember, however. She most definitely was not a part of the crew by the time of Jack's death, since Picard needed to bring Jack's body home.

(TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint", "The Bonding")

His death was considered an accident.

(TNG: "Attached")

It also involved a choice of life and death made by Picard, which results in Wesley having to make a similar choice at his "psych test" during his first application to Starfleet Academy.

(TNG: "Coming of Age")

Picard personally returned Jack's body to Beverly and Wesley.

(TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint")

Picard accompanied Beverly to view Jack in the morgue on Starbase 32. When Beverly was mentally assaulted by the Ullian Jev in 2368, she was forced to revisit this event.

(TNG: "Violations")

When Dr. Crusher asked Captain Picard to describe Wesley, he said "He's his father's son. Honest, trusting, strong."

(TNG: "Evolution")

In 2367, Beverly brought several of Jack's personal belongings out of storage and aboard the USS Enterprise-D, including How to Advance Your Career Through Marriage and the chip containing the holographic recording. She gave it to Wesley and he watched the recording on the holodeck.

(TNG: "Family")

While on a vision quest on the Native American world of Dorvan V, Wesley saw his father. The vision told him that Wesley's quest which started after Jack's death now ended, and that Wesley must now find his own path.

(TNG: "Journey's End")

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