DISCLAIMER: This recap of SurrealEstate Season 2 Episode 10, “Letting Go,” contains spoilers. Proceed at your peril.
Can you believe we’ve arrived at the season finale for SurrealEstate? Season 2 has been a blast and a half, a marked improvement from Season 1. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the episodic stories and the character-driven arcs. In “Letting Go,” Sarah Levy displays her impressive, versatile acting chops as she seamlessly shifts between the real Susan and the possessed Susan. Seriously, even her smile gave me the heebie-jeebies. That said, I’m glad our Susan is back.
The crux of this outing is letting go — exploring new beginnings and allowing those we love to find their bliss, even if it’s away from us. Luke learns this valuable lesson, one that’s been two seasons in the making.
This episode is an action-packed thrill ride brimming with the show’s campy energy, cheeky humor and impactful emotional beats. I love these new directions for Zooey, Phil and August (and I’d watch spin-offs for all of them). It seems like the finale can serve as a series finale if need be while also leaving a few loose threads for exploration in a third season.
Ready to delve into “Letting Go”? Let’s get to it.
Guess Who’s Back? (Back Again)
We open with Luke (Tim Rozon) and Susan (Levy) as they discuss the latter’s return to work. He gets a call from Megan Donovan, which he purposely ignores. Luke notices that Susan seems “off” but doesn’t dwell on it too much. Zooey (Savannah Basley) pops in to confront Susan, informing her that her house beat the crap out of her. Kudos to Basley for acting her face off in this scene. Naturally, Susan fixates on the fact that Zooey “intruded” on her property. That spooky house possesses Susan.
Later, we see August (Maurice Dean Wint) and Rochelle (Joy Tanner) in bed together. Rochelle tells him about her new invention, following up with another push to get Auggie to return to his old stomping grounds. ASDRA needs him!
Getting the Boot
Meanwhile, Lomax (Elena Juatco) formally meets Susan. She assumes Susan wants her office back. The latter somewhat passive-aggressively gives her the boot without explicitly saying so. Phil (Adam Korson) reunites with Susan. She asks him if he’ll accompany her to survey a “normie” client at a specific time. Phil reveals his newborn daughter has a doctor’s appointment. Susan fires back that it sounds like a “him” problem. Ouch. Phil holds his ground, stating that his child’s well-being is, understandably, non-negotiable.
Elsewhere, Luke chats with his dad, Carl (Art Hindle), at Fun Land. Luke informs his dad about meeting his mom. With tears in his eyes, Carl replies that Luke needed to see her. Then, he reveals that it’s time for him to move on. Luke was his unfinished business, after all. Luke puts his foot down, refusing to let his dad go. Their conversation is cut short when someone enters the bowling alley.
Next, Luke tries to call Megan back. He leaves an awkward voicemail. And thus commences the delightful game of phone tag. Before departing the office, Luke urges Zooey to play nice with Susan, even though let’s face it, she sucks now.
Home Is Where the Heart…
Susan stares at a framed photo of her house on her desk. Not many people can say they keep a framed pic of their home. We see a figure in red ascend the stairs underneath Susan’s house. Creepy. Auggie stops by to chat about Susan’s request. She wants him to survey a piece of land before someone builds on it. He explains they usually don’t do that, but Susan talks him into it.
Then, Susan hands Zooey her dry cleaning before leaving the agency. She treats Zooey like her assistant. Zooey rightfully stands up for herself. Susan fires back that if she’s not a real estate agent, what’s she doing here? Oh, this evil home possessing Susan is vile.
That evening, Susan stands in her house and talks to the Smart Home Device (voiced by Patrick Kwok-Choon). The house tells Susan it missed her. We finally hear our Susan as she briefly begs to be set free before Luke enters. He gives Susan a housewarming plant. After a brief chat, Luke shakes Susan’s hand. That’s when he hears her saying, “Help me,” in the quietest voice possible. Our girl is still in there somewhere.
A New Job
Luke calls Zooey and asks her to assemble the team for a meeting about Susan. Meanwhile, Phil receives a visitor at his house — Father Armandi Dola (Marc Senior). Dola reveals they want Phil to work for them again. They believe his distance from the church will help him approach this work with objectivity. The work in question? There have been a number of child possessions of late.
Dola knows Phil’s mentor wrote a book on this subject, which Phil edited. Phil would have access to a special sector of the Vatican that he didn’t even have access to when he was part of the church. Phil rejects the offer, claiming he has his family to care for. Hell, I’d watch a Phil spin-off in Rome as he exorcises demons/spirits.
Later, the following day, Susan and Auggie meet to survey that land. Auggie stands on the cliff, admiring the view. That’s when Susan approaches him from behind, seemingly intent on pushing him off said cliff. Thankfully, our Susan prevents this from happening. As Susan walks away, Auggie’s device pings, revealing something supernatural emanating from our girl.
A True Friend
In the car, August tells Susan about Zooey’s unwavering loyalty as a friend put to action. One night, when Susan started at The Roman Agency, Bob Livingston wandered into the office. He was inebriated and confessing his love for Susan. Zooey validated his parking, called a cab and told him to get the eff out. Zooey is a true friend, indeed. We see a tear streak down Susan’s face while she drives. This story clearly affects the real Susan.
Later, Lomax chats with someone over the phone about Elsa Amaranth. She joins the others for the meeting. Luke states the obvious: Susan isn’t really Susan. Zooey reassures the others that she’ll save the “I told you soes” for later. Phil offers to look into exorcism and all the possession stuff. Auggie reveals that Rochelle has a device that could help them. It extracts minerals from rocks.
Suddenly, Susan wanders into the office. She didn’t know there was a scheduled meeting. After all, Susan’s new and improved work/life balance only allows her to remain at the office until 5 pm each day. Lomax claims they’re there to discuss Elsa Amaranth getting kicked out of her apartment. Luke and the others throw Lomax to the wolves, leaving her with Susan to brainstorm PR angles for Elsa’s impending removal. That’s cold, y’all.
Next, Luke meets with Thomas Rabbitfoot (Bill MacDonald). He built Susan’s home. He provides a backstory for us, revealing that he constructed the house for Hela Ensom (Allie Duff), an ambitious woman who designed every detail. She was working on an oil rig when she died. A storm flung her and eight others off said rig and into the stormy waters. Hela had only resided in her “forever home” for a week.
Thomas explains that the bank seized the structure since Hela had no family. They leased it to a handful of folks, but they wouldn’t stay long because of the strange things that would occur. The house wants someone to live there permanently, to become part of it. Thomas shows Luke a photo of Hela. Luke notices the striking resemblance between her and Susan. Uh-oh.
Speeding to an Answer
The following day, Susan and Phil drive to meet with a client. As they’re en route to their destination, Susan interrogates Phil, demanding to know what the group discussed at the meeting. Susan puts the pedal to the metal, increasing the speed to a dangerous level. Phil spills that they were discussing ways to separate Susan from the house. Susan hits the brakes. Phil climbs out of the vehicle, refusing to get back in with her. He notices Susan crying for help before she speeds away. Listen, this scene gave me heart palpitations. Talk about tense.
Meanwhile, Luke and Lomax meet with Elsa (Brenda Bazinet). They ask if she would like to move into Susan’s old home. The house is looking for a forever companion, and Elsa is immortal. It works out perfectly. Phil calls Luke during this meeting, demanding that they chat later.
That night, the gang converges at Susan’s home to save her. Luke summons the ghost of Hela Ensom, which is something I didn’t know he could do. Zooey distracts Susan by destroying the Smart Home Device. Susan utilizes her fire abilities to freeze Zooey in place. Meanwhile, Phil recites a Latin spell to exorcise Susan. She starts choking Phil, bending him over the railing as she does this. Admittedly, I thought we were gonna lose good ole Father Phil for a hot minute.
Thankfully, Auggie and Rochelle step in with their device. They blast Susan with blue light beams. We see it try to extract the real Susan from the inorganic being that possesses her. Unfortunately, Susan demolishes the device with pyrokinesis. Hela enters the room. She embraces Susan. Susan, well, the house, reveals that she’s been missing Hela. This reunion catalyzes the separation between Susan and the house. Our girl is fully herself again. She thanks Luke for saving her.
Then, Susan and Zooey embrace. This moment made me a bit teary-eyed. Lomax arrives with Elsa, who looks pretty smitten with the house. A match made in heaven.
A New Chapter
Later, the crew reunites at the agency for some updates. Luke addresses his team. We learn that Phil is officially moving to Rome to work at the Vatican, researching the increase in child possessions. As for Auggie, he’s returning to ASDRA to work with Rochelle. Zooey will start law school in the fall. But wait … there’s more. Luke reveals the new logo for the agency, now called The Roman Ireland Agency. He’s making Susan full partner, effective immediately. Yay!
Everyone celebrates with champagne. Lomax approaches Luke and Susan, asking about getting herself a proper office. The trio chats about needing to hire more folks, especially since they’ve got an influx of listings and spooky sh*t to deal with.
Luke excuses himself from the festivities. He revisits his father’s grave. We see Carl beside him. They discuss what comes next. Luke feels better about letting his dad go because he’s already had to allow three of his loved ones to pursue different paths. They bid farewell, and it’ll make you ugly cry. Carl is ready to explore what’s out there. After the emotional goodbye with his father, Luke gets a call from Megan. As he walks away, we hear him ask, “How long were they dead?”
Do you think we’ll see our team together again in a potential third season? What did Megan Donovan want? Will Elsa and the house get along? Hopefully, Syfy will renew this delightful series for Season 3.
SurrealEstate Season 1 is now streaming on Hulu, with Season 2 slated to hit the streamer on December 7.