Serge welcomes Joseph and Samuel Adams at the door; Sam's quite taken with him. Daniel scrabbles at his memories, trying to remember how these meetings work, but his words come out too fast, jumbled up, nervous and hung over and crossing a line he never wanted to cross again. The Mob will "reach out" to Graystone Ind.'s board of directors, get Daniel his title and access so he can start working again on magic Matrix ghosts. In return, he essentially becomes their bitch, no expiration date. "A resource, not a partner. You'll suck my company dry of all its capital and toss the rest." Sam giggles that usually they just sell off the parts, and Joe wonders why Daniel's even going for this. He's so smart, and all. "I'm gambling that I can convince your Guatrau that my company will be more valuable to him operating business as usual. With my hand at the tiller." Joe admits this is both ballsy and, tacitly and reluctantly, that it might even work out. Daniel bitches at Sam for going through Amanda's stuff, and asks the "errand boys" to bounce. Daniel needs to review his networking skills, I think.
Joe pulls out a bomb trigger and starts talking about Daniel's mom, who lives in Phoebus, on 14 Arno Court -- Daniel gets very itchy at this point and Sam holds him down in his chair -- as Joe explains that Mama Graystone is about to get in her car, to visit her friend Irene. Except instead of that, Daniel is going to blow that car up with his mom inside. Daniel wigs and says it's a bluff, but Joe plays it cool. "We're not screwing around, Daniel. We sign our deals in blood. It's a show of faith to the Guatrau." Daniel thinks about it, but of course can't do it, and Joe presses his advantage a little bit, laughing and saying the whole thing was a lark.
"In a partnership, it's important to understand what lines your partner won't cross. The point was to make you think." Daniel spits on that, because it's pretty stupid, and Joe's like, "You've shown me your limitations. This isn't a life for you. Walk away, and hope that nobody ever asks you to kill someone you love. Think about it. Take the afternoon." But I mean, what was the point of that really? Just to fuck with him. It's not like Joe is capable of acting normal, especially with Daniel, and even his intimidation tactics got a little personal there at the end. And even though Sam and Joe both approved of his decision, secretly, all this advice is still just a challenge: We're going to fuck you up; I'm just asking you to really think about what that means before we do it. Rub this lamp!