Daniel's plan: Use his Ravenclaw powers to defeat Hufflepuff, i.e., use the Matrix to eliminate the need for grief. (The danger is always thinking you're the thing you're not, thinking you can game the thing you're not with the powers you already have. It's why they'll both lose: By trying to overcome the other houses by pretending you already live there, you make it haunted and it will always take you down.) His last ditch, after losing wife and child numerous times, is to get his company back by allying with the Mafia to sell another form of earthbound heaven, where our loved ones never left.
He talks long enough that the Godfather gets a little antsy, and then reveals his concept. Gautrau's a bit peeved, considering they were supposed to be talking about an army of robots, but of course Daniel can't offer those any longer thanks to Vergis, and anyway he's much more excited about the idea of never having to feel bad feelings again. "I can make us both a great deal of money: A cure for human grief." Not mortality, like Clarice, but the pain of being left behind.
"Who hasn't lost someone that they loved? Who wouldn't do anything possible to bring that loved one back? Well, what if all I had to do was to buy the right piece of software? That would recreate them? They'd be in the virtual world, yes, but... But you could visit them every day. Talk to them, spend time with them again, say the things that you'd always wished you'd said. Maybe ultimately we can even find a way to get them bodies in the real world." Maybe ultimately -- once the Final Five show up -- they can even look like Tricia Helfer!
"The ultimate drug, to heal the ultimate pain." Even Daniel has got to hear how awfully bad that sounds, but he's long past caring. He brings up the recent death of the Guatrau's son, which makes everybody's nerves jangle, and he nearly gets killed right there, but Gautrau's feeling him. "Now, we can either sit and wail at the gravity of our loss, or we can rise up and redress it. This has unlimited potential on any number of levels, not the least of which is profitability." Gautrau sends everybody out of the room except Joe, who after all has even more anecdotal experience with this than anybody on the show.
On Gemenon, Obal tries to explain to Clarice -- his one-time protege, apparently, before she proved herself totally insane and joined the IRA -- why virtual heaven is gross. She asks why, if being OTG means accepting a heaven built by God, they can't just cut out the middleman, and awesomely he goes, "Well it's tacky, for one thing." Additionally, the entire point of heaven is not going there but knowing that it's there. Dying might well be dying, and heaven sounds pretty boring if it's real, but this is the point of faith: Not being right about the facts, but about something we don't have words for. Clarice is like, "You don't believe in life eternal?" Clarice and metaphor are estranged, but we already knew that. "I believe in being surprised," says Obal.