It'll blow people's minds when Data gets drunk, because he's normally not drunk! In that one previous episode! Quite why anyone felt that the best way to ease us into our second adventure with the new Trek cast was to throw in an episode where everyone acts vastly out of character, I'll never quite understand, but perhaps there's value in understanding the characters' various neuroses early on. It's just a shame they don't really come up again.
The crew of the Enterprise is subjected to an exotic illness that drives them to unusual manic behavior, akin to a type of alcoholic intoxication. The USS Enterprise -D has been assigned to investigate a loss of contact with the SS Tsiolkovsky , which had been assigned to observe the final days of a dying red supergiant star. Opening communications, the Enterprise bridge crew hear a woman speaking in a seductive voice. In confusion, Data requests for the woman to repeat her message, in which she states that a huge 'blowout' is about to occur. Many other crew on the Tsiolkovsky begin laughing before a large explosive sound is heard followed by silence. Captain Picard requests a report.