One of the flaws with the episode format is that it often requires the characters forgetting something important. A life changing event, a relationship, some game changing technology that should affect the story line for years afterwards. The crew forgot they know how to time travel, open trans-warp, increase shields 1000 % etc. My thinking is different than 'let's explore Will's music hobby for a few minutes'. That, I find artificial and pretty boring. I'm thinking something like after the original episode aired, there's more episodes later with Geordi still talking with married Leah over the com-- Another one where they're talking and someone walks in and Geordi seems to end the transmission quickly as if not wanting anyone to know. Or is it coincidence? Later they meet and they actually have a one time affair--or they do nothing, but still end it when they're wondering if it's becoming an affair. Now, to me, that's interesting because you don't normally see that with TNG characters--spice it up!!!