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"Wesley, you will be missed" -  Heartfelt farewell made by Captain Jean Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) to Ensign Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton) on the sci-fi series STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION/SYN/1987-94.

Captain Picard and Ensign Wesley Crusher - STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION
Picard and Wesley

On the November 19, 1990 episode "Final Mission" (Stardate 44307.3) Ensign Wesley Crusher is about to leave the Enterprise-D to attend Starfleet Academy. Before he goes, Captain Jean Luc Picard invites Wesley on a final mission that will involve negotiating with miners on planet Pentarus 5.

Unfortunately, their malfunctioning shuttle craft crash lands on a desert-like moon, thus forcing Picard and Wesley to walk across a hot and arid plain in search of water.

Eventually, they find water in a large cavern, but the cavern's water supply is protected by a force field. While searching for a way to get at the water, a bunch of falling rocks threatens Wesley and Picard pushes him out of danger but takes the brunt of the damage.

Desperate for water, Wesley finally cracks the force field's security code, and re-hydrates an injured Picard. When the Away Team from the Enterprise-D arrives, they rescue Picard and place him on a stretcher.

As Picard is being carried away, he asks to talk with Wesley. First, Picard says "Ensign, what are you doing in such a filthy uniform?" then he shakes his hand and says "Wesley, you will be missed."

This was the last time the Wesley character appeared as a recurring character on the program. Wesley was the teenage son of Dr. Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden), the head physician on the starship Enterprise-D.


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