My position is, basically, when you've confused your empath and she's walking on eggshells around you...you've done something wrong. Riker is dead right that he's got the entire crew wound up. They probably started faking reports and running around like the crew of the Caine when the Captain saw someone with his shirt untucked.
You know the next person to go would have been Crusher...
"You want to explain to me why the entirety of Engineering is in here asking for stims?"
"Doctor, you're relieved."
"You going to make Data Chief Medical Officer in addition to XO? Good luck with that."