- Jack Ryan's agile thinking and quick action, in which he successfully stops World War III!
- Only somewhat averted in that he burns out rather spectacularly afterwards, and has nightmares about it for the rest of his life.
- Cathy Ryan's pwnage of Rich Bitch Elizabeth Elliot.
- Clark and Chavez helping Jack and his wife heal their ailing marriage.
- Captain Dubinin of the Admiral Lunin gets one when he succesfully detects and tracks an Ohio-class submarine.