Re: Why can't Ro wear her Bajoran earring?
The Old Mixer wrote:
I think it's unfair to criticize Riker's behavior towards Barclay based on only "Hollow Pursuits". I just rewatched Barclay's second appearance, "The Nth Degree", and Riker is perfectly friendly and encouraging towards Barclay there (until he starts taking over the ship, of course). He's grinning like a goon during Barclay's performance in the teaser, yelling "Bravo!", and telling Data to be polite.
Barclay had proven himself by then, so the circumstances were different. In "Hollow Pursuits," Barclay was new to the ship and hadn't yet been accepted by the crew. As he was an outcast, Riker rode him until he helped Geordi save the ship.
"He clapped his captain—his friend—on the shoulder. Yes, this man was very much like James Kirk, in all the ways that mattered." --Christopher L. Bennett-- Star Trek: Mere Anarachy, The Darkness Drops Again