William Leisner wrote:
Wouldn't the first officer, technically speaking, become captain upon the CO's death, regardless of his capacity to carry out that duty? And thus, wouldn't Picard have technically been the ship's second in command, acting in Leach's stead while he was out of commission?
Could be. I don't remember whether Ruhalter's death or Leach's coma came first. If it was both at the same time, then the above couldn't happen, because Picard (as the next senior officer) would go straight to being CO.
Jean-Luc Picard wrote:
Picard was the ship's second officer
I thought that was Jack Crusher.
But I suppose Picard could have become that, after Jack's death.