- The last pages of "Nothing Unless Asked" make a retroactive awesome moment out of Tal asking Gilou to work for him in "Passage".
- Governor Tal's explanation why the Tethys colony will not expand to a developer who wants to evade their treaty restrictions.
- Gilou's reaction to Tal's angst about his prejudices.
Tal [thinking]: It must run in the family — no coddling, just, "Yes, you've improved. Now do better. You know you want to and I know you can."
- Tal giving Richard the advice he needs to deal with having been reborn in the future. Because you can count on one thing: however little Tal likes you, he believes in the rights of people, and refuses to allow anyone's to be trampled upon.