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It's Ogden Morrow's 73rd birthday, and he's throwing a rocking shindig at his OASIS-based, zero-gravity nightclub, The Distracted Globe. Shmoop is not on the invite list.
Wade dresses up Parzival in the hottest digital clothes credits can buy and rides to the party in his 1980s Frankenstein car, a mix of the Delorean from Back to the Future, the Ekto-1 from Ghostbusters, and Kitt from Knight Rider.
At the party, Parzival and Art3mis drink digital drinks, listen to '80s tunes, and dance around in zero gravity.
Then, Parzival utters the words that screw up any budding, long-distance relationship: "I'm in love with you" (18.41). Screeeeeech.
They get into an intense argument about whether or not it's possible to love someone you don't know in person. (Shmoop amongst yourselves.)
Their fight is interrupted when the Sixers blow a hole in the club and invade, swarming in to kill Art3mis and Parzival. Their lovers' spat will have to wait.
A firefight ensues, claiming the lives of a few avatars, but Parzival and Art3mis manage to keep them at bay.
The battle ends when Og comes out of the DJ booth and blasts all the Sixers with magical red lightning bolts, instantly vaporizing them.
After kicking butt, Og starts the music again. Parzival looks around for Art3mis, but she's pulled an Irish goodbye.