At one point Picard walks out of the shuttlebay and into a turbolift. The label on the door clearly says the lift is on Deck 6. However, the small shuttlebays are well below this on deck 12/13.
Riker refers to Picard's difficulty with sitting and waiting as his "Persian flaw". The phrase comes from Persia (obviously), which was famous for it's rugs which had fabulously complex patterns stitched into them. The rug makers would often include one tiny flaw in the symmetry of the pattern, to show that nothing except for god is truly perfect. The phrase came to symbolise the idea that even the greatest and most complex things always have some flaw, no matter how tiny.
Although really, it should be obvious how to win out in this situation. In all these time loop episodes, at some point somebody says "Well let's go in a different direction," and somebody else says "for all we know, going in a different direction is what makes us hit the problem." Well, no, this CANNOT be true. The FIRST time the ship encountered the anomaly thing there was no reason to change course; they had to be going about their normal business. Therefore, logically, the anomaly must lie on their original course and so a change of course will avoid it. But in every episode they bring out that "maybe changing course is what brought about the problem" argument, and in every episode they decide to go on as usual, and in every episode it turns out to be the wrong thing to do.
But like I say, that's a burden that hadn't already slapped us in the face a dozen times when this episode aired. It's interesting to see Picard wrestling with a situation he really has no handle on, and the episode does indeed give us a convincing reason why he might have abandoned the ship. Having him subvert it as he does is an interesting "cut through the Gordian knot" moment; rare to see Picard just drop the rationalising and resort to a phaser to solve his problems.
Overall not a great episode, but an okay one.
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