I would have found it funny if, after Riker and Data decide that no other vessel has ever encountered anything remotely like that "hole in space," they started watching the TOS episode "The Immunity Syndrome."
``No, no, Data, ours is like a different
hole in space. More...space-y, not so hole-y.''
``You know what? I will be on the holodeck playing Sherlock Holmes, and you may summon me when you have worked out your issues.''