I was expecting not to like this episode, but much to my surprise I kind of got caught up in it. The actors portraying the mom and her son (I forget the character names) were really convincing to me, and I really felt for the two. When Grandma T'pol had left him the velcro money for his college, that was very moving to me.
As far as a low budget filler episode goes, my friends and I can't always afford big bashes. Once in a while we just get together at someone's house, sort of a b.y.o.b. thing, and often they turn out to be the most fun and memorable!