Dale Sams wrote:
He felt he had to relieve him cause he was insubordinate and out of control, but not so out of control he could be trusted with a crucial shuttle mission.
There is a wide difference between being an professional executive officer, and being a hot shot pilot in a twin seater craft on an attack mission.
The executive officer is the Captain good right hand, and representative to the officers and crew. While a private bitch session with the ship's resident shrink is one thing (and completely professional) such a venting in public is inexcusable.
And Geordi's complaints should have been shut down by Riker himself.