DISCLAIMER: This recap of SurrealEstate Season 2 Episode 7, “Gods & Monsters,” contains spoilers. Proceed at your peril. 

Sometimes, creatures really do live under beds. And occasionally, you’ll meet a 500-year-old woman squatting in an apartment. “Gods & Monsters” is a pivotal outing in SurrealEstate‘s second season, introducing us to the delightful Lomax (I love her), moving Luke one step closer to finding his mom, turning Zooey on to the Susan mystery and making Phil and Anthony first-time parents. Phew. A lot goes down, y’all. 

The Morris monster dilemma is the least exciting part of the episode — it’s the character-driven aspects that propel the seasonal narrative. Season 2 has been a boon in that regard. We’ve gotten to know these characters inside and out, and it’s been fantastic. 

Ready to delve into “Gods & Monsters”? Let’s get to it. 

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We open with a flashback to 48 years ago, with young Morris (Sam Miller) getting tucked into bed by his mother Eleanor (Kimberly Drake). He fervently asks his mom to look for creatures lurking in his room’s dark corners. Eleanor insists she checked; however, Morris is getting too old to believe in monsters under the bed. Sure enough, after she departs, Morris hears a sinister voice call out his name from — you guessed it — under his bed. Fast forwarding to the present, we see adult Morris (James Collins) standing in front of his house. A sign for The Roman Agency is visible at the edge of the lawn. 

Morris Truby, a white man, stands outside a house during the day with the trunk of his car opened in SurrealEstate Season 2 Episode 7, "Gods & Monsters."

SURREALESTATE — “Gods & Monsters” Season 2 Episode 7 — Pictured: James Collins as Morris Truby — (Photo by: Duncan de Young/Blue Ice Pictures/SYFY)

Later, Luke (Tim Rozon) chats with August (Maurice Dean Wint) about checking Morris’ home for supernatural phenomena. While the house could be categorized as a “normie,” Luke has a feeling that Morris is withholding something. He admits to Auggie that he occasionally gets his Luke tingles. His Spidey sense, if you will. 

Next, Phil (Adam Korson) informs Luke about a significant development on the mom front: he knows where Luke’s mother is. Phil gives Luke her address should he decide to reach out. Luke asks Phil about any progress in the adoption process. Phil claims it’s a waiting game; he doesn’t want Anthony to get his hopes up. On another note, Phil also discloses Morris’ background. He just got released from prison after serving a lengthy sentence for manslaughter. So, tread carefully. 

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Zooey (Savannah Basley) tells Luke that he has a hefty stack of resumes to go through in his quest to replace Susan. Luke reminds Zooey that Susan quit of her own volition (no, she did not — that tendered resignation is courtesy of the evil house holding her hostage). Plus, they’ve doubled their listings, and they need help. Zooey offers her services on a part-time basis. Luke admits she’ll be needed; however, he knows Zooey’s heart isn’t in it, and she’s currently searching for her path. Luke claims they require a bona fide closer. A shark. 

Lomax sits across from an older white woman, Elsa, in a small apartment in SurrealEstate Season 2 Episode 7, "Gods & Monsters."

SURREALESTATE — “Gods & Monsters” Season 2 Episode 7 — Pictured: (l-r) Elena Juatco as Lomax, Brenda Bazinet as Elsa — (Photo by: Duncan de Young/Blue Ice Pictures/SYFY)

While he’s describing the perfect real estate agent, we see Luke at the cemetery. He spots a woman named Lomax (Elena Juatco), who sits beside a grieving woman at a burial site. She hands said woman a card and smiles. Meanwhile, Auggie sets up his equipment in Morris’ front yard. Morris confronts him, stating it’s private property and he needs to leave. Auggie silently hands him a Roman Agency business card. Morris switches gears, realizing Auggie is on Luke’s team. Auggie notices the gun on Morris’ hip and his various tattoos. He tells Morris that he hasn’t finished his surveying yet. 

Then, Morris heads inside. He checks under his childhood bed before climbing into it. Suddenly, he hears that same voice from 48 years ago. It taunts him. Elsewhere, Luke approaches Lomax at the funeral home her family runs. She used to work for one of the best real estate agencies out there. She was the top agent. Now, her father wants her to take over the family business. Luke offers her a job. She eagerly accepts it. 

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Meanwhile, Zooey pulls into Susan’s driveway. She knocks on the door. Inside, we see the Smart Home device turn red, but no sign of Susan. Luke calls Zooey, asking her to gather the troops for a mandatory meeting at the agency. She reluctantly departs, knowing something’s amiss. At the agency, Auggie tells Phil about Morris’ prison tattoos. Phil wants to know how Auggie can categorize them as such. Oh, the enigma that is August Ripley. 

Phil, August and Luke stand around a table in a meeting room in a real estate office in SurrealEstate Season 2 Episode 7, "Gods & Monsters."

SURREALESTATE — “Gods & Monsters” Season 2 Episode 7 — Pictured: (l-r) Adam Korson as Father Phil Orley, Maurice Dean Wint as August Ripley, Tim Rozon as Luke Roman — (Photo by: Duncan de Young/Blue Ice Pictures/SYFY)

Luke introduces Lomax to Auggie and Phil. Then, she meets Zooey, who informs her that she “runs things” at The Roman Agency. That’s my girl, Zooey. Hell, yes, she does. Lomax’s nose starts itching. In the previous scene at the funeral home, Lomax told Luke that she has a knack for knowing when someone is lying. The tell-tale sign is an itchy nose. Hey, Zooey’s not lying — she steers the ship. 

Next, Morris barges into the agency, demanding to talk to Luke. Lomax extends her hand as she introduces herself. However, Morris tells her off, claiming this is between him and Luke. Okay, that’s the second person of color to whom Morris has been rude. These microaggressions aren’t cool, dude. Anyway, Luke orders him to apologize to Lomax. When Morris does this, albeit reluctantly, Lomax’s nose itches again. Morris asks Luke to “kill” the spirit or creature lurking under his childhood bed. 

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Later, Luke and Lomax hit the road. She realizes this is what Luke meant by the agency tackling “weird” cases. Zooey calls Luke about a squatter who refuses to leave. She suggests that Lomax, as the newbie, talk to said squatter. After Zooey hangs up, Lomax admits to liking her. I can see them becoming friends, even though their personalities are pretty similar. After Luke returns to the agency, he chats with Auggie about Morris’ desire to murder the monster with a gun. At the same time, Lomax meets Elsa (Brenda Bazinet), the squatter in question. Elsa claims this is the first time the agency has sent a woman to discuss moving with her. 

Lomax shakes hands with Zooey in a real estate office in SurrealEstate Season 2 Episode 7, "Gods & Monsters."

SURREALESTATE — “Gods & Monsters” Season 2 Episode 7 — Pictured: (l-r) Tim Rozon as Luke Roman, Elena Juatco as Lomax, Savannah Basley as Zooey L’Enfant — (Photo by: Duncan de Young/Blue Ice Pictures/SYFY)

Meanwhile, Luke and Auggie give Morris an earpiece so he can chat with the creature that’s been haunting him since he was a kid. Then, Luke can hear what this supernatural entity says to Morris and instruct the latter on how to respond. Luke asks Morris to hand over his gun. He can’t kill anything that’s not of this world with a human weapon. Morris reluctantly does as he is bid. 

Next, Morris lies on the bed and talks to the creature, who, once again, taunts him. Luke tells him what to say. At one point, it gets too emotional for Morris. He leaps off the bed and crouches down, looking underneath it. Luke does the same. Both men see it’s only empty space. Hmm. 

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Lomax doesn’t have much luck with Elsa. She attempts to persuade the older woman to accept the hefty payout The Roman Agency plans to give her in exchange for moving out. Simultaneously, we see a drive-by shooting take place outside Morris’ house. Luke pushes Morris aside as the bullets whiz by them. Thankfully, both walk away unscathed. Lomax encounters quite the scare when Elsa brandishes a kitchen knife. Then, she plunges it into her chest, quickly removing it. Lomax notices the wound in Elsa’s chest close instantly, with not a trace of blood to be found.

As it turns out, Elsa is roughly 500 years old. She doesn’t know why she’s immortal. She explains that, over the years, she’s had people retrieve groceries and household necessities for her. Then, the pandemic hit, and the rise of delivery apps and Amazon made it easier for her to get what she needed. The world caught up with her. Squatting in this apartment — essentially off the grid — is easier than moving somewhere new and potentially exposing her secret. 

Lomax, an Asian woman who wears an all-black suit, sits in a chair in an office with her hands clasped in SurrealEstate Season 2 Episode 7, "Gods & Monsters."

SURREALESTATE — “Gods & Monsters” Season 2 Episode 7 — Pictured: Elena Juatco as Lomax — (Photo by: Duncan de Young/Blue Ice Pictures/SYFY)

Lomax claims she won’t give up, handing Elsa a brochure about a new property that would better suit her. Elsewhere, Luke and Morris have a drink after the drive-by shooting. Morris explains that he was diagnosed with stage four glioblastoma. He started getting headaches in prison, which seemingly accompanied the creature’s return to his house. Morris wants to sell his home and reunite with his daughter, spending what little time he has left with her. 

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Later, Auggie tells Phil how he knows about prison tattoos. Auggie’s brother spent time behind bars, getting arrested for being in the wrong place at the wrong time and with the wrong person. When he emerged, he was hardened — he wasn’t the same person he was before. Auggie also noticed the new ink. Unfortunately, his brother passed away 12 weeks later from a knife to the gut. That’s heartbreaking. After Auggie’s story, Phil gets an emergency call regarding his husband. 

Then, Zooey pleads with Luke to check in on Susan. She has a bad feeling after visiting Susan’s home and discovering nobody was there. Once Luke returns to his office, he calls Susan again; however, it goes straight to her voicemail. Lomax visits him. She claims she fell flat on her face regarding the squatter, which Luke expected. They’ve all struggled to get Elsa out of there. However, Elsa allowed Lomax in and talked to her, which is further than anyone else got. 

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Finally, Morris has one last conversation with the creature. He explains he’s dying and threatens to burn the house down. The monster pivots, switching gears from taunting Morris to comforting him. He claims he doesn’t want Morris to die. Then, a clawed hand slowly reaches out from under the bed, clasping Morris’ dangling hand. It’s a beautiful shot.

Lomax and Luke Roman stand in a real estate office while looking focused in SurrealEstate Season 2 Episode 7, "Gods & Monsters."

SURREALESTATE — “Gods & Monsters” Season 2 Episode 7 — Pictured: (l-r) Elena Juatco as Lomax, Tim Rozon as Luke Roman — (Photo by: Duncan de Young/Blue Ice Pictures/SYFY)

That night, Morris texts Luke, informing him that the situation is resolved. It’s time to sell the house. And now Morris is making a beeline for Nevada to see his daughter. Aw. Lomax knocks on Elsa’s door with more brochures for houses. Elsa smiles, letting Lomax inside. 

Then, Phil and Anthony (Paul Ewan Wilson) arrive home with their child. Yay! This is my favorite part of the episode. They’ll make the best fathers. Luke looks over paperwork at the agency while Zooey walks past Susan’s empty office. She glances at it worriedly. Girl, same

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Do you think Zooey will revisit Susan’s house (and discover she’s in the walls)? Will Lomax stick it out with Team Roman? Will Luke track down his mother? Only time (and three more episodes) will tell. 

SurrealEstate airs new episodes every Wednesday at 10/9c on your Syfy affiliate. 

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