So back to the TV, where Duram and Youngblood have released maglev CCTV showing Ben and ZoĂ« together, and the stock is still falling, and the protests are getting worse, and Sarno makes a joke about the God of the Underworld having issued a statement that he's still ahead of the Graystones, which plays better than it reads.
And then into the kitchen at Castle Graystone, where Priyah Magnus (Kat, once) explains some shit about how Sarno is loving every second of this, but also let's not forget that he's making jokes about a terrorist attack, which makes it risky on his end too. Daniel whines about Sarno, and Priyah points out that "more than half of college-aged viewers say they get their news" from him, which back in like 2008 was a totally dad-shocking fact but is now basically the world, which is Priyah's next point: "It's a two-way street, and we can use him to reach those same people." Daniel offers them plums, and Priyah reminds him of "that actor that got busted for drugs" who went on Sarno, etc. Ugh, whatever. This whole scene is like trying to explain TiVo to your grandfather, I'm done. The way the adults on this show interact with culture and technology is just too real, it's embarrassing, and I can't tell if the full effect here is what's intended, or just a serendipitously dorky coincidence with the writing.
The meat of it is that Daniel is additionally wary because Sarno is anti-corporate, and ripped the Commerce Minister a new one before, and Cyrus finally pipes up -- they follow him to the dinner table -- to hector Daniel about how their brand is getting associated with terrorism, to the point that, as Priyah points out, Sarno's on the verge of implying it was the holoband that made her do it, and that idea is catching on too. Daniel -- and Cyrus is not loving the pithiness -- explains that "the band is benign," as though that settles it. Priyah goes, "You don't want a logical appeal. It has to be emotional. You have to make people care." Daniel laughs, bloodied and sad.