Clarice takes another call from Crazy Amanda about the brother drive-by, and talks her down. Eventually she brings Amanda around to how maybe this is still all grief about Zoë, and prods her to spill about her conversation (which we didn't see) with Daniel about the avatar. Essentially he told her what he's been telling Joe, that it's unstable code and she can't see her, although in this case he's lying. "You know what, it's the last thing I need anyway, is to start seeing more dead people..." Clarice apologizes for bringing it up, and offers to come chill with her of course, but is in the middle of a giant family BBQ, so Amanda just needs to drink more and smoke more cigarettes and fall down, down the rabbit hole she's in.
Round Two. Daniel chews on some scenery, having taken Zoë out to a lovely overlook so he can scream in her face about how she already dropped the act once and now he knows she's in there, so really she's just being a bitch. It's incredibly beautiful. His points, to summarize, in addition to how much he hates her loves her hates her, is that she's being a bad hang because, to his mind, he kept his "side" of the bargain: "I took you out of a virtual playground and brought you into the real world." But she's ungrateful, he says, because even though she's brilliant, she's still just a little asshole. The real world he brought her back into is the thing that always scared her. This point breaks down into several bulletpoints, as follows:
Number one, Daniel and Amanda are such fucking paragons of awesome that she couldn't help but feel like a failure (true, but not really accurate). Number two, this lack of self-esteem led her to declare war on the entire grownup world (entirely true). Number three, she is a terrorist who killed innocent people for the simple reason that she is afraid of "life itself" (half true). "Life is scary and brutal and unpredictable, and you gotta make choices like that. And sometimes you make the wrong ones. Maybe I've made some wrong choices, too. But you keep moving on." (Entirely true, and the problem with all fundamentalism.)