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"Star Trek: The Next Generation" Frame of Mind (TV Episode 1993) Poster

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Commander William T. Riker: If this is a real phaser, then I *was* on the Enterprise. But I fired it on myself, so I should be dead. None of this is real.

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Doctor Beverly Crusher: We have one hour before curtain. How are you feeling?

Commander William T. Riker: I feel like an actor.

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Inmate Jaya: Don't let them tell you you're crazy.

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[repeated line]

Commander William T. Riker: I'm not crazy!

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Counselor Deanna Troi: [after Riker has appeared rather confused during his play] It's nothing to be embarrassed about; we're your friends. We all know the stress you've been under. I'm sure everyone understands perfectly.

[Data passes by]

Lt. Commander Data: Commander, I must congratulate you on your performance this evening.

Commander William T. Riker: Oh?

Lt. Commander Data: Your unexpected choice to improvise was an effective method of drawing the audience into the plight of your character. You gave a truly realistic interpretation of multi-infarct dementia.

[walks on]

Commander William T. Riker: [bemused] Thank you.

Counselor Deanna Troi: Well, maybe not *everyone* understands.

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[repeated line]

Commander William T. Riker: It's not real.

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Counselor Deanna Troi: Don't be afraid of your darker side. Have fun with it.

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[a guard keeps Riker in check with a phaser]

Commander William T. Riker: You won't need that.

Attendant Mavek: [laughs] That's what you said the last time.

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Lt. Commander DataDr. Syrus: [respectively] I can see we have a lot of work to do.

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Commander William T. Riker: I'm not that far gone, am I?

Attendant Mavek: Of course you are.

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[final scene of the play 'Frame of Mind', with Riker as the patient and Data as the doctor]

Lt. Commander Data: Perhaps we should continue this discussion next week.

Commander William T. Riker: No. I wanna talk about this now!

Lt. Commander Data: You're starting to sound angry again. Maybe you need another treatment.

Commander William T. Riker: What I need is to get out of this cell! I've been locked up in here for days. You've controlled my every move, you told me what to eat, what to think, what to say. And when I show a glimmer of independent thought, you strap me down, inject me with drugs and call it a 'treatment'.

Lt. Commander Data: You're becoming agitated.

Commander William T. Riker: You bet I'm agitated! I may be surrounded by insanity, but I am not insane. And nothing you or anyone else can say will change that. And I won't let you or anyone else tell me that I am. You may be able to destroy my mind; but you can't change the fact that I'm innocent. I didn't kill that man!

Commander William T. Riker: [smirking madly] And that's what's driving *you* crazy.

Lt. Commander Data: I can see we have a lot of work to do.

[exits]

Commander William T. Riker: [shouts after him] Nothing you can say will change the fact that I'm innocent! I'm not crazy! I'm not crazy... I'm not crazy...

[lights fading out]

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