When the Enterprise was trapped in a Tyken's Rift in 2367, Gillespie spent much time in Ten Forward. He told Chief O'Brien a story about someone in an old Starfleet uniform spotted in the ship, to which O'Brien replied he was surprised that Gillespie believed such nonsense and stated that shades and spirits were not something that a good Starfleet officer would ever take seriously.
Later, under the influence of an alien telepathic wave, Gillespie got paranoid; he believed that their situation was a test conducted by Captain Picard to determine their reactions. Together with others, he tried to leave Ten Forward (under orders not to leave) and overwhelmed two security guards, when he was stopped by Guinan using an impressive alien weapon. (TNG: "Night Terrors")