Riker returns from an away team mission wounded and infected with microbes from the planet below. He is soon in a coma in sick bay, the microbes having fused itself to his sciatic nerve and impeding his normal functions. Dr. Pulaski cannot find a cure and although she can kill the microbes, it would also likely kill Riker. With only a hour or so before the spreading disease reaches his brain, Pulaski stimulates his neural impulses leading Riker to recall previous events aboard the Enterprise. The Doctor realizes that negative emotions are what will defeat the the body's invaders.
Did You Know?
Riker sees things in flashback that he couldn't possibly remember. Like scenes aboard the Enterprise while he's off ship at the time. He also sees the test sequence put to Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Schizoid Man
. He even sees subtitles in flashback at one point. See more
Commander William T. Riker
[about the tenacity of the Rikers
My great-grandfather once got bit by a rattlesnake. After three days of intense pain... the snake died.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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