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|Caption:||Dr. Crusher in 2368.|
|Full Name:||Beverly Cheryl Howard Crusher|
|Born:||October 13, 2324|
|Place of Birth:||Copernicus City, Luna|
|Marital status:||Widowed (Husband, Jack Crusher, deceased in 2354)|
|Children:||One son, Wesley Crusher|
|Caption:||Dr. Crusher in 2375.|
Dr. Crusher was born as Beverly Howard in Copernicus City on Earth's moon in 2324. (TNG: "Conundrum") Her ancestry is from North America (TNG: "The High Ground"), although her distant ancestors hail from Scotland. While Beverly was still a young child, both of her parents were killed. She was raised by her grandmother, Felisa Howard, whom Beverly referred to as "Nana." (TNG: "Sub Rosa") Both Howards were present during the terrible disaster at the Arvada III colony, and it was during this time Felisa learned how to use herbs and roots for medicinal purposes after regular medical supplies had been exhausted. This inspired Beverly to a career in medicine. (TNG: "The Arsenal of Freedom") Beverly and Felisa later moved to the Caldos colony, where Felisa became a healer until her death in 2370 at age 100. (TNG: "Sub Rosa")
- It was never established how Beverly's parents died or when, only that she had very few memories of them. It is entirely possible they were killed on Arvada III, but "The Arsenal of Freedom" seems to imply Beverly was much older during that incident, which was also never fully explained. A line cut from "Sub Rosa" states Beverly considered Caldos her home until she married Jack in 2348.
In her later teens, Beverly admitted she developed a smart-aleck mouth, which often got her into trouble. She brought a date with a young man named Tom Norris to an abrupt end with the question: "Is that a beard or is your face dirty?" Beverly later realized that she had really hurt him, and from that point on she was more conscious of others' feelings. (TNG: "Attached")
Academy and early Starfleet career
Beverly was admitted to the Starfleet Medical School in 2342. During this time, she became romantically involved with Jack Crusher after being introduced by their mutual friend, Walker Keel (TNG: "Conspiracy") The two were married in 2348 after Jack proposed to her through a gag gift, a book entitled How to Advance Your Career Through Marriage. (TNG: "Family") Jack served aboard the USS Stargazer under Picard, and the couple became good friends with the captain. Picard later admitted he had fallen in love with Beverly, but did not act on his feelings because he felt doing so would betray his friend. (TNG: "Attached")
- Beverly may have served aboard the Stargazer at some point, explaining the large amounts of time she spent with Picard while he was captain of the Stargazer. Clearly, she was gone by the time of Jack's death.
The Crushers welcomed a son, Wesley Crusher, in 2349. Beverly graduated from Starfleet Medical School the following year, and interned with Dr. Dalen Quaice on Delos IV in 2352. (TNG: "Remember Me") Jack died on an away mission while serving aboard the Stargazer in 2354. Picard brought Jack's body home to the grieving Beverly and Wesley. (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint", "Violations") Beverly never fully recovered from his death. (TNG: "The Bonding", "True-Q") Crusher took the Starfleet bridge officer examination in 2362, and was promoted to commander. (TNG: "Thine Own Self")
Aboard the USS Enterprise
Dr. Crusher was appointed chief medical officer of the Starship Enterprise-D in 2364, and joined the ship at Farpoint Station with Wesley (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint"), reporting onboard on stardate 41154. (TNG: "Remember Me") Picard initially had reservations about her presence, but she assured him that the past would have no effect on her duties and she had no problem serving under his command. (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint")
In 2364, Captain Picard invited Crusher on a holodeck adventure set in the fictional world of Dixon Hill. They were joined by Data and Ship's Historian Whalen. Unfortunately, a malfunction in the holodeck systems due to a Jarada scan caused the safeties to become disengaged, trapping the group at the whim of Cyrus Redblock. They were later freed, but not after Redblock shot Whalen and threatened to kill Beverly. (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")
Crusher was offered a position as head of Starfleet Medical in 2365 and left the Enterprise during that year. She was replaced by Dr. Katherine Pulaski. (TNG: "The Child") She found it difficult to be away, however, and decided to return to the ship the following year. (TNG: "Evolution")
- The reason for Beverly's return was never explicitly stated.
Dr. Quaice retired in 2367 shortly after the death of his wife, and the Enterprise-D picked him up at Starbase 133 to ferry him home. Although he was in good spirits, he was slightly saddened at the prospect of facing the future without many of his friends, a feeling Beverly knew all too well. At the same time, Wesley Crusher was experimenting with a novel warp bubble. Beverly became trapped in this bubble, and her thoughts at the time created a universe where everyone and everything quickly began disappearing. With the assistance of The Traveler, Wesley was able to create a gateway back to the normal universe. Dr. Crusher was able to deduce what was happening in her universe, and escaped just before the bubble collapsed. (TNG: "Remember Me")
Beverly was questioned in connection with the explosion that crippled the Enterprise's warp core in 2367. Her testimony was twisted by Admiral Norah Satie in order to implicate the quarter-Romulan crewman Simon Tarses in the incident, later determined to be an accident. (TNG: "The Drumhead")
When the Enterprise entered a temporal causality loop while exploring the Typhon Expanse, Beverly's feelings of deja vu and evidence of temporal phenomena lead to a solution which allowed the ship to break the cycle. (TNG: "Cause and Effect")
The senior staff of the Enterprise traveled back to the late 19th century in order to stop Devidian lifeforms from feeding on the neural energy of humans from that era, and prevent the apparent death of Commander Data in that time. Beverly assumed the guise of a nurse and, along with Deanna Troi, experienced quite a bit of discomfort with the corsets of the period. Crusher determined why the Devidians traveled back to that era, and was almost a victim of their energy-draining device. (TNG: "Time's Arrow, Part II")
In 2369, Admiral Alynna Nechayev assigned Crusher, along with Captain Picard and Lieutenant Worf, to a covert mission to seek out and destroy a Cardassian metagenic weapon on Celtris III. Her purpose was to locate and destroy any biological material related to the weapon. The group went through a rigorous training program for the mission, and it was physically straining on Beverly. She used her charms to get a Ferengi, DaiMon Solok, to secure the team passage to Celtris III, and navigated the the dangerous caves of Celtris to what was believed to be the launching point for the weapon. It turned out to be a ruse intended to capture Picard, although Worf and Crusher escaped. (TNG: "Chain of Command, Part I") As a form of psychological torture under Gul Madred, Picard was offered freedom, but was told Beverly had been captured. Madred said that she would be tortured if Picard left, forcing the captain to stay. (TNG: "Chain of Command, Part II")
Discoveries and research
Crusher had to deal with various epidemics aboard the Enterprise, including the Psi 2000 virus in 2364. The virus was different than that encountered by the original Starship Enterprise nearly a century prior, and Crusher had to modify Dr. McCoy's antivirus to help her ship. (TNG: "The Naked Now")
Another disease ravaged the ship later that year, when students returning from a field trip on Quazulu VIII brought along a deadly respiratory virus. Fortunately, Beverly's skills led her to an antidote, averting disaster. (TNG: "Angel One")
A Romulan scout was found crashed on Galorndon Core in 2366, and Crusher was in charge of treating the sole survivor. Although she improvised as much as she could, there was not much medical knowledge available on Romulans and the survivor later died. (TNG: "The Enemy")
While visiting the Borg cube which invaded Federation space in 2367, Crusher came up with the idea of damaging the Borg ship's power nodes in order to halt their progress towards Earth. (TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds, Part I") Crusher later helped Commander Data link with Locutus of Borg, Picard's assimilated alter ego. She realized that the Borg interdependency was a great weakness, and suggested Data use a seemingly benign command to shut the Borg down. After the crisis, Crusher pioneered the surgical techniques used for removing implants from Picard. (TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II")'
When young Willie Potts was poisoned after eating a native plant on Ogus II, Crusher stabilized his condition and kept him healthy enough to live until the ship arrived at a medical facility designed to treat the poisoning. This task was complicated by the fact that the Enterprise had been hijacked by Data after his "father," Noonien Soong, sent out a signal to bring him to Soong's location. Power was needed from the quarantine field in order to restore the ship's systems, and Dr. Crusher needed to determine the precise amount of energy needed to keep Willie safe. (TNG: "Brothers")
Later that year, Dr. Crusher developed a method of treating victims of the Tarchannen III aliens; unfortunately, the treatment was only effective on individuals who had only recently begun metamorphosis. (TNG: "Identity Crisis")
When noncoporeal criminals imprisoned on Mab-Bu VI took over the bodies of Troi, Data, and O'Brien, Crusher helped design a neutrino field that would force out and then trap the lifeforms. Unfortunately, the timing was not right and the crew was forced to abandon the use of the device. (TNG: "Power Play")
Worf was paralyzed after an accident in the cargo bay in 2368. Beverly invited the noted neuroscientist Dr. Toby Russell to the Enterprise to confer on treatments. Crusher wanted to use traditional treatment options, but Russell pushed for a radical new surgical technique using a genitronic replicator. Dr. Crusher turned down the plan, feeling it to be too risky. Russell suggested the replicator to Worf anyway, angering Beverly. She later relieved Russell from duty after she used one of her experimental drugs to treat a disaster victim when a traditional medication would have saved his life. Furthermore, Crusher was frustrated by the fact that Worf wanted to commit suicide rather than live as a paraplegic. She was adamant that neither the surgery or suicide was possible, but after talking to Captain Picard, she realized that the genitronic replicator was Worf's best chance at staying alive. Crusher reluctantly granted permission for the surgery and it was ultimately successful thanks to the redundancies of Klingon anatomy, although Crusher still did not approve of Russell's methods. (TNG: "Ethics")
When Ambassador Ves Alkar began using Deanna Troi as a receptacle for his psychic "waste" in 2369, Crusher developed a way to break his link on her and restore Troi to normal. (TNG: "Man of the People")
Also in 2369, Beverly was a major participant in the race to decipher the final research of Dr. Richard Galen. Her contributions, along with those of the Enterprise-D crew and various other interests, led to the discovery of a message from the Progenitors, the oldest sentient humanoid species. (TNG: "The Chase")
Crusher unwittingly caused the first case of Barclay's Protomorphosis Syndrome in 2370. She used a synthetic T-cell to treat Lieutenant Reginald Barclay's case of Urodelan flu, intending for the T-cell to activate a dormant gene and allow him to fight the infection. Another anomaly in Barclay's genes caused the T-cell to mutate, and it began activating other dormant introns. The T-cell became airborne and rapidly spread to the rest of the ship, causing the entire Enterprise crew to "de-evolve" to earlier evolutionary stages. (TNG: "Genesis")
As a fully certified bridge officer, Crusher has commanded the Enterprise-D on several occasions, most notably in 2370 while nearly the entire crew was searching for Data on a renegade Borg planet. The ship was attacked by a Borg vessel, but her quick thinking allowed the Enterprise to escape and destroy the Borg ship. (TNG: "Descent, Part I," "Descent, Part II") She also occasionally commanded night watch shifts in order to stay on top of starship operations. (TNG: "Thine Own Self")
Conflicts with the Prime Directive
Dr. Crusher's empathy for her patients and her concern for their care above everything else occasionally causes problems, as when she rescued a native of Mintaka III during an emergency mission to a cultural observation outpost on the Bronze-age world. The Mintakan, Liko, awoke in the Enterprise sickbay and saw Captain Picard, believing him to be a god. After he was returned to his people, his story caused confusion and paranoia until Picard was able to prove that he too, was mortal. (TNG: "Who Watches the Watchers?")
Also in 2366, Beverly was taken captive on the wartorn planet of Rutia IV after tending to citizens wounded during an Ansata attack. Their leader, Finn, wanted to have her cure the internal damage caused as a result of the terrorists' use of a folded-space transport device, but Crusher was eventually rescued. (TNG: "The High Ground")
Crusher made her feelings about the empathic metamorph Kamala and her "duty" quite clear when the Enterprise played host to peace negotiations between Krios and Vault in 2368. She felt Kamala was being forced into what amounted to slavery, and resented the fact that she was confined to quarters aboard the ship. (TNG: "The Perfect Mate")
In 2368, the Enterprise discovered a crashed Borg vessel in the Argolis Cluster. There was one survivor, Third of Five, later known as Hugh. Although Lieutenant Worf and several Enterprise crewmembers wanted to kill the drone, it was due to Crusher's insistence that he was brought aboard and nursed back to health. Beverly strongly disagreed with the plan to send Hugh back with a computer virus designed to infect the Borg Collective, yet helped Chief Engineer Geordi LaForge work with Hugh to construct such a weapon. Eventually, Captain Picard decided against using the virus, but the Enterprise crew did not realize at the time that the personality Hugh developed working with Crusher and the rest of the crew would be nearly as damaging. (TNG: "I, Borg," "Descent, Part II")
Beverly attended the Altine Conference in 2369, and learned of the research of a Ferengi scientist named Reyga. He believed he had found the secret to metaphasic shielding, but many other scientists were skeptical of his claims. Crusher organized a small conference aboard the Enterprise and invited several leading scientists in the field of subspace morphology to view a test of the technology on the Shuttlecraft Justman. Unfortunately, the test was sabotaged by a Takaran scientist named Jo'Bril, who staged his own death and then murdered Reyga by making it appear he had committed suicide in order to discredit the Ferengi. Jo'Bril had planned to steal the design for his own malicious use. Beverly felt responsible for the two deaths, and was determined to find the cause of the accidents. Crusher broke a number of rules, including performing an autopsy on Reyga against the tenets of the Ferengi death ritual, and was relieved of duty. After some helpful encouragement from Guinan, she eventually discovered Jo'Bril's plan, prevented him from stealing the data, and proved the technology was valid. Crusher was exonerated and returned to duty shortly following the incident. (TNG: "Suspicions")
The Enterprise observed the destruction of Boraal II's biosphere in 2370. Crusher supported Dr. Nikolai Rozhenko's plan to save a small group of the Boraalans, feeling that the Prime Directive did not apply since the people would be destroyed anyhow. She was saddened when Picard did not take any action, and was confronted with a new dilemma when Rozhenko went over Picard's head and transported the group to the Enterprise holodeck. Along with Commander Data, Crusher had to decide on an appropriate new home for the Boraalans, a decision which weighed heavily on her shoulders. She correctly assumed that any choice made would shape the development of the Boraalan civilization for centuries to come. The Boraalan group was subsequently moved to Vacca VI, which had a climate somewhat less hospitable, but was in a secluded location. (TNG: "Homeward")
Also that year, Dr. Crusher was injured during an away mission to planet Minos. She and Captain Picard were being chased by one of the automated weapon drones on the planet, and the pair fell into an abandoned bunker. Crusher had lost her medical kit and was going into shock, but she kept awake long enough to instruct Picard on how to use the native plants to treat her wounds. She was rescued after Picard and Data figured out how to disable the weapons. (TNG: "The Arsenal of Freedom")
Under the tutelage of Worf, Beverly was very eager to learn advanced Klingon martial arts. She attempted the techniques as fast as possible, to varying degrees of success. She was slightly injured during a training session in 2369, although she admitted it was more of a blow to her pride. (TNG: "The Quality of Life")
The Enterprise aided a Romulan warbird damaged after an alien species used the artificial quantum singularity in its warp core as a nest for its young in late 2369. The Warbird was evacuated, and survivors were brought to sickbay. One of the aliens was masquerading as a Romulan female and was discovered by a Romulan crewmember. He fired a disruptor on disintegrate at her, but Dr. Crusher got in the way and was hit. When time was reversed and restored, Counselor Troi was on hand to move Crusher out of the way in time. (TNG: "Timescape")
Crusher was severely injured in 2370 by Lieutenant Worf, affected by Barclay's Protomorphosis Syndrome. She was placed into stasis after being nearly paralyzed by venom, and required reconstructive surgery. Therefore, she did not "de-evolve" with the rest of the crew at that point in time. (TNG: "Genesis")
- Placing Crusher in stasis during "Genesis" was a way of allowing actress Gates McFadden more time behind the camera as director of the episode.
The Enterprise-D was destroyed in 2371 following a crash landing of the saucer section on planet Veridian III. Although there were no fatalities, there were many wounded, which kept Crusher quite busy. (Star Trek: Generations)
She transferred to the newly-commissioned Enterprise-E the following year. Her command abilities were put to good use during the ship's near assimilation by the Borg during its trip to the year 2063, where she served as temporary executive officer during the crisis. Dr. Crusher also stayed calm when the Borg invaded sickbay. Even though she was not fond of the Emergency Medical Hologram, she successfully used it as a decoy to keep the Borg distracted while the sickbay staff and patients made it to relative safety. (Star Trek: First Contact)
In 2375, Beverly was part of the diplomatic contingent welcoming the Evora as a protectorate into the Federation. She also aided Captain Picard in his struggle to keep the Ba'ku from being relocated by the Son'a, and was the first to realize that both species were of the same ancestry. (Star Trek: Insurrection)
- The script for Star Trek: Nemesis, along with the novelization, implies Crusher became head of Starfleet Medical once again at the end
- of the film. All reference to this happening was eliminated from the final version and did not even make it to the cut scenes on the DVD, so canonically, she is still chief medical officer of the Enterprise-E.
Beverly is an accomplished thespian and playwright. She formed a theater troupe aboard the Enterprise (TNG: "The Nth Degree") and produced several classic and original plays, sometimes to the dismay of the crewmembers she sought to fill the roles. (TNG: "Disaster," "A Fistful of Datas," "Frame of Mind") She wrote the plays Something for Breakfast (TNG: "A Fistful of Datas") and Frame of Mind. (TNG: "Frame of Mind") At various points, her troupe included Will Riker (TNG: "A Fistful of Datas," "Frame of Mind"), Data (TNG: "Frame of Mind"), Geordi LaForge (TNG: "Disaster"), Reg Barclay(TNG: "The Nth Degree"), and even Captain Picard. (TNG: "A Fistful of Datas")
Although she is not shy about her theatrical abilities, Beverly was somewhat ashamed of her past as a dancer, not wanting to be known by her nickname, "The Dancing Doctor." She studied tap and jazz dance, winning several awards in St. Louis. (TNG: "Data's Day," "Ensign Ro," "The Game")
Beverly has varied interests in cybernetics (TNG: "11001001," "Ethics") and ethnobotany (TNG: "Clues," "Cause and Effect"), writing papers on the subjects (TNG: "Ethics"). She studied the Klingon mok'bara and other martial arts with Lieutenant Worf. (TNG: "The Quality of Life," "Sub Rosa," "Masks") Crusher was also a regular participant in the Enterprise-D poker games (TNG: "Cause and Effect," "The Outcast," "The Quality of Life," "Lower Decks," "All Good Things...") and enjoyed holodeck simulations of Alture VII (TNG: "Birthright, Part I") and the Orient Express. (TNG: "Emergence")
Crusher was quite close to several members of the Enterprise crew. She was good friends with with Deanna Troi, and the two would often work out or take mok'bara classes together, as well as talk. (TNG: "The Price," "Family," "Second Chances," "Sub Rosa," "Masks")
She was also interested in the well-being of her staff, and was especially close to Nurse Alyssa Ogawa. She often advised Ogawa on her romantic affairs, including that with her future husband, Andrew Powell. (TNG: "Imaginary Friend," "Lower Decks," "Genesis")
Beverly and Data also had a special relationship, with Data seeking advice from Beverly on subjects ranging from parenting (TNG: "The Offspring") to dancing. She taught Data to tap dance, not knowing that he had intended to learn how to dance for the wedding of Miles O'Brien and Keiko Ishikawa. (TNG: "Data's Day") Data also came to her for advice on whether or not to consider the exocomps alive, and she was present when Data learned they were indeed sentient. (TNG: "The Quality of Life")
Jack and Beverly took Wesley to Balfour Lake on his first camping trip while he was still very young. Beverly later recalled with amusement that Wesley entertained himself by throwing manta leaves into the fire. (TNG: "Attached")
Beverly never used physical violence to punish Wesley. The only time she ever struck him was during Ambassador Sarek's visit to the Enterprise-D in 2366. Sarek was affected by Bendii Syndrome and his negative emotions were projected onto the crew. (TNG: "Sarek")
When the Traveler first visited the Enterprise-D in 2364, he informed Picard that Wesley had great potential and was in touch with abilities most humans do not realize they can access. He asked that Picard not reveal this information to anyone, especially Dr. Crusher (TNG: "Where No One Has Gone Before"), although it is clear Picard did tell Beverly at some future point in time. (TNG: "Journey's End")
While visiting planet Rubicun III, Wes was arrested and sentenced to death for committing a minor violation of the Edo laws. Dr. Crusher was extremely upset, vowing that she would not let the Edo execute her son. Along with the Enterprise crew, she convinced the Edolord that the law was unjust and Wesley should be spared. (TNG: "Justice")
Wesley was the only person to realize that Lore had taken Data's place when the ship first recovered him in 2364. Picard ordered him off the bridge after he spoke his concerns, forcing Beverly to follow him. Wes later convinced her to go reactivate Data and investigate Lore's activities. This ultimately prevented the Crystalline Entity from harvesting the Enterprise crew as an energy source. (TNG: "Datalore")
During Crusher's posting to Starfleet Medical in 2365, Wesley remained aboard the ship. Commander Riker and Lieutenant Worf were responsible for caring for Wesley in her absence. (TNG: "The Child") After Beverly returned, she became concerned that Wesley was spending too much time on duty and not enough time socializing and being a teenager. Moreover, she felt she had missed out on much of his life, and was having trouble reconnecting to him. Later on, she learned that Wes did indeed have teenaged friends. She noticed one of his attractive female companions, and tried to get more information about her from Guinan, as a good mother would. (TNG: "Evolution")
Wesley was to leave for the Academy in 2367, but was delayed while assisting in a rescue of Commander Riker, Counselor Troi, and Ambassador Lwaxana Troi. Because he was set back one year, Picard promoted him to full ensign, making Dr. Crusher extremely proud. (TNG: "Menage a Troi"). Wesley finally left to attend the Academy in 2367, separating the Crushers yet again. (TNG: "Final Mission") He did not get around to writing Beverly until much later in the year. (TNG: "The Host")
In 2368, Nova Squadron members, including Wesley, were involved in a disaster which led to the death of one cadet, Joshua Albert. They illegally used the Kolvoord Starburst manuever and then lied to an inquiry panel about the circumstances surrounding the incident. Dr. Crusher rallied behind her son and defended the team on behalf of the other parents even in the face of evidence which indicated they were being deceptive. She was disappointed with Wesley's conduct when the truth was revealed. (TNG: "The First Duty")
Wes returned to visit the Enterprise-D in 2370. He became very rude and abrasive towards his former crewmates, including his mother, and jeopardized a Federation operation on the Dorvan V colony. After meeting with the Traveler once more, Wes realized that his destiny did not include Starfleet at that moment in time, and he resigned his commission. Beverly was apprehensive about his departure, but she remembered the Traveler's words from six years prior and realized not only had Wesley grown and needed to make his own decisions, but that this was an important and necessary step in his life. (TNG: "Journey's End")
Aside from her marriage to Jack Crusher, Beverly has been involved in a number of romances. She recalled her first crush, as an eight-year old on a eleven-year old soccer player named Stephan, led to fantasies about having children, a career, and a happy life. (TNG: "The Host")
While on the Enterprise-D, Crusher was enamored with a Zalkonian she named John Doe, rescued from a crashed escape pod in 2366. Thanks to her help, John evolved into another form of life and returned to Zalkon to help others of his kind escape repression. (TNG: "Transfigurations")
She fell very much in love with the Trill ambassador Odan in 2367, not knowing that he was in fact a joined lifeform. Odan's host at the time was killed in a shuttlecraft accident, but the symbiont survived. It was implanted in Will Riker, causing Beverly to experience many mixed feelings. She was able to accept and love Odan in Riker's body, but when Odan was implanted in a new Trill host, this time a female, she ended the relationship. Although she still loved Odan, she could not deal with the uncertainty and frequent changes of the Trill species. (TNG: "The Host")
After returning to Caldos in 2370 for her grandmother's funeral, Beverly learned that Felisa apparently had a thirty-four year old lover named Ronin. Ronin was actually an anaphasic lifeform who had been living with Howard women since taking up residence with Jessel Howard the 1600s. Her biochemistry allowed him to maintain molecular cohesion, and he formed a symbiotic relationship with all of her descendants. Ronin had a strong hypnotic influence and Beverly was bewitched, resigning her post on the Enterprise to move to Caldos. She eventually came to her senses after Ronin killed a resident of Caldos and seriously injured Captain Picard, Commander Data, and Commander LaForge. She was forced to destroy Ronin after he tried to merge with her. (TNG: "Sub Rosa")
Beverly and Jean-Luc maintained a close friendship while serving on the Enterprise-D, usually sharing their morning meal and talking when one or the other needed advice. (TNG: "The Perfect Mate," "Lessons," "The Chase," "Attached," Star Trek: Nemesis) Their relationship stayed platonic for the most part, despite close calls under the influence of the Psi 2000 virus (TNG: "The Naked Now") and a duplicate of Picard which replaced the captain in order to learn about human relationships. (TNG: "Allegiance") However, it was clear both desired something more, even if it was subconscious. (TNG: "Coming of Age" "The Arsenal of Freedom") Crusher seemed hopeful for some time alone with Picard in the Dixon Hill holodeck simulation, but Picard seemed oblivious to her and invited Data and Whalen as well, much to Beverly's dismay. (TNG: "The Big Goodbye") Several times, Beverly began to explain her feelings to Jean-Luc, once while they were held captive on Rutia (TNG: "The High Ground") and another time with Picard's duplicate in the warp bubble universe (TNG: "Remember Me") but she was interrupted in both instances. Both also displayed some jealousy when the other found a love interest, such as Crusher with Ambassador Odan (TNG: "The Host") or Picard with Lieutenant Commander Nella Daren. (TNG: "Lessons")
In 2370, Picard and Crusher were taken captive on planet Kesprytt, and were linked together by psi-wave devices in order to decrease the odds of their escape. The devices transmitted their thoughts to one another, and it was at this time both finally confirmed the other's affections. Beverly ultimately decided that she did not want to ruin their friendship or be placed in a conflict of interest, and their relationship didn't go any further at that time. (TNG: "Attached")
- It has been stated that the reason Beverly and Jean-Luc did not get together was to leave the captain free for possible movie storylines, such as that in Star Trek: Insurrection.
An alternate version of Beverly Crusher was chief medical officer on the Enterprise-D created after the USS Enterprise-C briefly entered the year 2366 through a temporal rift. She strongly objected to the plan to send the Enterprise-C back to its proper time, and wondered if she would even be alive in the restored timeline. (TNG: "Yesterday's Enterprise")anti-time present, Crusher was able to figure out that the temporal anomaly's effects were causing the crew's cellular structure to revert to earlier stages of development. At the same time, she became concerned about Picard's well-being after he learned he would be diagnosed with Irumodic syndrome sometime in the future. This caused her to reconsider her relationship with Jean-Luc, and she reversed her earlier decision to remain just friends. These events were eradicated from the timeline following the collapse of the anomaly, and it is unknown if they transpired in the "true" timeline.
In Q's anti-time future, Beverly had been promoted to captain and was commanding the medical ship USS Pasteur. She had also married Picard and then divorced him quite some years prior, but had kept the surname of Picard following the divorce. She was initially skeptical of her former captain's claims about a temporal anomaly, but devoted the Pasteur to searching for it as a favor to the man she still considered a good friend. The Pasteur was destroyed in a Klingon attack, but Picard later convinced Beverly and his other friends that the anomaly was a real danger, and they returned aboard the future USS Enterprise-D to collapse it. (TNG: "All Good Things...")
In Reg Barclay's holo-fantasies created shortly after he joined the Enterprise crew in 2366, Beverly took on the role of a friendly noble woman. Riker, LaForge, and Troi found Barclay asleep with his head on her lap after they intruded on his program. (TNG: "Hollow Pursuits")
- Beverly's middle name, Cheryl, is a homage to Gates McFadden's real first name. She first appeared in "Encounter at Farpoint."
- 2324: Born in Copernicus City, Luna.
- 2342: Admitted to Starfleet Academy's medical program.
- mid-2340s: Meets Jack Crusher.
- 2348: Marries Jack Crusher.
- 2349: Wesley Crusher born.
- 2350: Graduates medical school.
- 2352: Interns on Delos IV under Dr. Dalen Quaice.
- 2354: Jack Crusher dies while serving on the USS Stargazer under command of Jean-Luc Picard.
- 2362: Promoted to commander after passing the bridge officer examination.
- 2364: Assigned to USS Enterprise-D, Wesley comes aboard ship as well.
- 2365: Accepts position as head of Starfleet Medical.
- 2366: Returns to Enterprise-D.
- 2367: Temporarily trapped in a warp bubble.
- 2369: Part of a covert mission to infiltrate the Cardassian Celtris III outpost.
- 2370: Commands the Enterprise-D during a rogue Borg assault.
- 2370: Temporarily resigns commission while under the influence of Ronin.
- 2371: Enterprise-D destroyed over Veridian III.
- 2372: Assigned to the USS Enterprise-E.
- 2373: Travels back in time to 2063 in order to defeat an attempt by the Borg to create an alternate timeline in which the Federation is never created.
- 2375: Assists in Picard's rebellion against Starfleet Admiral Dougherty in order to protect the Ba'ku.