DISCLAIMER: This recap of the SurrealEstate episode “Quarantine” is laden with spoilers. You’ve been warned. Proceed at your own peril.
Welcome back, stigmatized property hunters! “Quarantine” is, undoubtedly, SurrealEstate‘s strongest outing thus far. Turning the show’s signature format on its head is a wonderful way to keep things fresh. Instead of focusing on the team eradicating the “monster of the week,” we get an in-depth character study with our core cast. “Quarantine” is definitely more character-driven than plot-driven. It’s a breath of fresh air.
Ready to delve into “Quarantine”? Let’s get to it.
We open with our gang returning to the office after a particularly grueling battle with some spooky house creatures. Phil (Adam Korson) is on the phone with his husband, Anthony, asserting he’ll be home in time for the adoption agency’s arrival the following day. Susan (Sarah Levy) has won a prestigious accolade at an upcoming real estate awards ceremony. Luke (Tim Rozon) congratulates her for it.
Next, Luke summons Susan, Phil, August (Maurice Dean Wint) and Zooey (Savannah Basley) into the conference room for a post mortem meeting. Suddenly, red lights flash, signifying that something unwanted is in the building.
That grueling case the team just closed? It consisted of a noncorporeal being called a “roadie” that jumps from body to body. August reassures the group that he effectively vanquished the roadie. Unless there’s a second one…
So, Luke declares a quarantine for the crew. The whole building must be locked down. Chances are, someone inadvertently brought the roadie into the office with them. A person may appear normal at face value, but the roadie will find a way to rear its intangible head.
We see everyone call their respective partners/friends to inform them of their indefinite stay at the office. Luke insists they pair up and keep an eye on each other. You know, in case someone brought an unwanted passenger with them.
Then, Luke and Susan split from the masses. She begs him to let them go home — she has an awards ceremony the following evening! Intense self-care and makeup are involved. Luke compliments Susan’s physical appearance, further convincing me this pairing works. Admittedly, I prefer Luke/Susan over Luke/Megan. Susan and Luke have more chemistry!
After everyone feasts on Chinese food, Zooey joins August in the latter’s office. Well, his tinkering room. Naturally, it’s chock full of unique devices and peculiar rarities. You won’t find this stuff on eBay!
While August is tinkering with an invention, he directs some nasty, out-of-character comments toward Zooey. Something about him is … off. Methinks the roadie has taken residence in ole Augie.
Zooey leaves due to a phone call, but she hopes to hash out the aforementioned comments in a bit. Suddenly, we see August’s eyes turn black. He stretches out his arm to reach a tool that’s quite far away from him. Mr. Fantastic over here!
Meanwhile, Zooey is on the phone with her boyfriend. He’s breaking up with her. But before she can end the call, Zooey is yanked into the room behind her by an invisible force.
Next, August emerges from his space and reunites with the rest of the gang. Of course, everyone wonders where Zooey is. Phil and Susan wander off in search of her while Luke phones Megan. He asks her to purchase something for August’s machine.
Then, we see Roadie Zooey is on a laptop. She finds the listing for Megan Donovan’s house. Bingo!
Later, Zooey reenters the conference room. She’s fatigued but, thankfully, roadie-free. Luke switches on the TV to find a disconcerting news segment. Apparently, the two families they helped perished. Not only that, but the public is now aware the said families were clients of The Roman Agency. This doesn’t look good.
After that crock of unfavorable news, Luke falls asleep. He dreams he’s dancing with his mother, Victoria (Jennifer Dale), on the second level of the Donovan house. He wakes up just as she starts to choke him. Hey, that’s how I end all of my dance routines (she said sarcastically).
Finally, Megan (Tennille Read) arrives with the goods: a food processor. Obviously, our Augie will utilize certain parts to create a device that’ll destroy the second roadie.
Zooey and August have a chat while the latter works. We get more backstory for Zooey regarding her past beaus. Her bisexuality is confirmed here, which makes my heart sing. Anyway, August amends for his previously hurtful remarks by reminding Zooey that she deserves the best. Aw, their friendship is so sweet.
Meanwhile, Megan questions her belief about the paranormal. Initially, she was staunchly incredulous about the existence of creatures beyond our world. However, she’s slowly warming to the idea of creepy crawlies and poltergeists.
Suddenly, Susan starts hurling vitriolic comments toward Luke and Megan. Phil has an inkling that the roadie is now inside Susan. He demands to know if the roadie is sharing Susan’s body.
Then, Susan easily flings Phil aside. She approaches Megan. Susan asks if Megan lives in “that house.” After a scuffle with Zooey and Luke, the roadie transfers over to the latter. Thankfully, Luke doesn’t have to occupy space with the roadie for long. August directs his device toward Luke and effectively draws out the roadie. Like a vacuum cleaner!
Now that all bodies are bereft of the roadie, Zooey addresses the elephant in the room: Susan’s hurtful remarks. Apparently, the roadie only speaks someone’s innermost truth. Susan apologizes to Luke and Megan and departs.
Later, the following evening, we see Susan is all dolled up for the awards ceremony. She brought her mother, Constance (Alison Woolridge), as her plus one. Bob Livingstone (Jefferson Brown), Susan’s old boss/flame, is gossiping about her with the other realtors.
He pulls Susan aside. Bob urges her to keep her acceptance speech short and sweet. Oh, and refrain from mentioning The Roman Agency since it’s now an industry pariah.
After Susan is ushered to the stage to give her speech, we see Luke and our crew make a grand entrance. Susan assumed they didn’t want to attend after her nasty words the night before. Susan delivers a moving monologue about beliefs. She hugs it out with the gang. Bygones are officially bygones.
We learn that Phil and Anthony’s meeting with the adoption agency went well. “There are still a lot of hoops to jump through, but so far, so good.” Huzzah! I wish they were my dads.
Susan says goodbye to everyone. The last scene consists of Luke and Megan. Megan decides to head back to her house … alone. She gives Luke the cold shoulder while entering an Uber. As the driver pulls away, we see Megan’s eyes turn black. The roadie is inside of her!
I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: SurrealEstate had a slow start, and, thankfully, the season is picking up speed. I’d say from episode four on that each outing has been better than the last. It’s nice to see the writers and actors are hitting their groove.
“Quarantine” allows us to peek behind the curtain regarding dear old, enigmatic Augie. His relationship with Zooey is my favorite.
I hope the remaining episodes continue to play with the formatting—zero in on more character development. Keep creating new and inventive monsters. SurrealEstate is shaping up to be a solid genre series.
SurrealEstate airs Fridays at 10 pm on your Syfy affiliate.
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