Exactly. Throughout the later seasons of the show, I was always very sympathetic with Jake, and it's hard not to be. I can see so much of myself in Jake, and I always enjoy his episodes, they feel very real, and human, and it's partly because he's a human not in Starfleet, it's also nice to have a young and, maybe, foolish civilian among the main cast. I remain of the opinion that if they'd been able to use him more, it would have been even better, but I'm satisfied with what we've got.
Given this is where Jake really started, in a sense, I have to like the episode for this. One of the best decisions they made throughout the series.