Heartwarming / Jack Ryan

Cardinal of the Kremlin

  • The exchange between Filitov and Corporal Romanov's ghost:
    Romanov: Both your sons, and your wife. Tell me, Comrade Captain, for what did we die?
    Filitov: We fought for the Soviet Union, Corporal.
    Romanov: Did we, now? I seem to remember fighting for Mother Russia, but mainly I remember fighting for you, Comrade Captain... a soldier fights for his comrades. I fought for my family. You and our troop, they were my only family. I suppose you also fought for your family, the big one and the little one. I always envied you that, my Captain, and I was proud that you made me part of both in the way that you did.
    Filitov: I avenged you, Romanov. I got the Mark-IV that killed you.
    Romanov: I know. You avenged all the dead of your family. Why do you think we loved you? Why do you think we died for you?

  • Cardinal being laid to rest at Camp David by the Americans who respected his accomplishments enough, both as a CIA mole and decorated Soviet officer, to give him a full military funeral.

Clear and Present Danger

  • Jack comforting Sergeant Buck Zimmer as he dies. The man is bleeding out in Ryan's arms and his final moments are heartbreaking while says that his family needs him to survive. Jack, being a former Marine officer and all around decent man, promises to watch over Zimmer's family and ensure they are cared for. True to his word, after the whole Colombian debacle is over, Jack not only sets up a trust for the Zimmer children to go to college, but also becomes something of a father figure to them. He remains a guardian for them even after becoming President.

Debt of Honor

  • The exchange between the American and Russian observers of the destruction of the last Nuclear ICBMs each country had. One Russian toasts with a US operative above the destroyed missile silo, whereas another American in another location shares a friendly beer with his new comrade.
  • John Clark, on an operation in the Marianas, meets with Manuel "Portagee" Oreza, an old friend from two decades in the past. That John Kelly had been dead for those last twenty years came crumbling down with tears.

Executive Orders

  • The new Japanese Prime Minister visits the Capitol shortly after the attack, and performs a brief Shinto ceremony, offering respect to the ghosts of those who died.