So, I was out having a lovely evening dinner and drinks with minidrag and her husband this evening and this topic came up in our random discussion. As she hasn't posted here since we dated lo those many years ago, minidrag agreed to let me post this here. Every once in a while, someone posts a thread asking "Why was Riker such a jerk?" or something along the lines of "Why Did Riker Have to be a Dick To Ro?" etc. I myself don't think this applies, but our conversation was lively this evening and I quite enjoyed minidrag's logic here. So, when you think about it, more often than not we always saw Riker on duty during the same duty shifts with Picard, which when you think about it makes little sense (most of the time, anyway) in terms of effcient starship operation. Add to this that we very rarely ever saw Riker sleeping for any length of time - he's always being woken up or can't sleep ("Night Terrors," "Schisms.") There's even an episode dedicated to his inability to wake up - "Frame of Mind." Throw in to all this his usual gallivanting around with the ladies and it's easy to see why the man could be (from some people's perspective, not mine) such a dick to everyone sometimes -- poor guy just needed to get some sleep! Spoiler: Insomnia What do you guys think?