^^Except that Tev would respect her more if she did the former.
The problem isn't that Tev doesn't respect her -- that's a
problem, but not the
problem. The real problem is that he tends to forget that he's part of a team, and he also tends to forget that Gomez is his superior officer
I'll grant the former, but the latter is in large part because Sonya failed to earn his respect at the beginning. Because she didn't assert herself and express her disapproval of him honestly as a Tellarite would, he perceived her as weak, untrustworthy, and indecisive.
See, as I see it, Tev isn't incapable of respecting others -- it's just that he only respects people who, in his eyes, have earned
that respect. But since he's such a perfectionist, not a lot of people can meet his high standards of approval. In his defense, though, he applies the same high standards to his own performance.