After Tendi and Mariner had a great pairing, Boimler and Rutherford are a little less matched. It just didn't work as well. maybe they were closer? maybe they were more unified in their skills? Either way it didn't really gel, though the final solution of having the cannon be a holographic presentation was great.
Mariner continues to be intriguing. While they explained her situations, I am hopeful that she will go down that path eventually. It would explain why she gets into so much trouble but rare has lasting consequences. Though at this point, Starfleet Intelligence might as well put her on staff permanently.
The Tendi/T'Ana pairing was not that satisfying, mainly because it was obvious who the mysterious patient was and the behavior was downright stereotypical. Given how quick and un-invasive the scan was, why was it so hard to do? Tendi is really finding her footing this season
Freeman had a fun arc but she was thrown under the bus by falling for a scam. Not really a great episode for everyone all around.
With the draft, Boimler, Rutherford and Mariner went on an away team while Ransom, Freeman and T'Ana did not. Also, Boimler and Rutherford had a full blown financial presentation outside their normal skill sets.
This puts everyone within three points of each other with scores of ten, nine and eight. Jadziadax8, Grandar and Boffo97 re in the lead followed by BCSwowbanger, The Guardian, Weyounslastclone and Mogor with Armus very closely behind. We're almost halfway to the end of the season and it is anyone's game!
The Maquis, Rampaging Holograms and clowns come together in Caretaker
The welcoming Dominion and the Cardassians who oppose them; Dogs of War