Nancy Drew Season 2 Episode 13 felt like it was packed with two mysteries in one.
Nancy, Ace, and Amanda teamed up to help Drew solve a mystery on the uninhabited Moonstone Island.
But much to their surprise, the island was inhabited by a young girl named Birdie, real name Elizabeth, who was deemed deceased after a shipwreck killed her parents.
The case had the perfect mix of true crime and supernatural. Birdie’s uncle, Andrew, was arrested for murdering his brother and his wife after they threatened to turn his business over for money laundering.
As for Birdie, she was spared thanks to the fire souls, several pirates who commanded a U.S. ship back in the 1800s.
Initially, Nancy and the Drew Crew assumed that the pirates were responsible for Birdie’s family’s shipwreck, but it turns out that they saved her and wanted to keep her safe.
It was a surprising twist when it comes to spirits as we’ve come to know most of them for being vengeful.
Nancy also took it as a sign that even bad people can change and possibly be redeemed, which she applied to her newfound relationship with Celia Hudson.
Of course, everyone else thought she was losing it, and I’d have to agree.
The only “good” we’ve seen from Celia is that she helped Nancy save Ace’s life, and even that came with a price. She only agreed to help if Nancy recanted her testimony against Everett.
Everyone knows you cannot trust a Hudson. Even Ryan Hudson would tell you that.
Nancy is being naive and hopeful but it’s strange because it’s so unlike her to be fooled by something as simple as a beanie… even if it is cashmere.
I’d like to think this is part of Nancy’s bigger plan to take down the Hudson’s once and for all.
After all, the fact that she had to recount her testimony did plenty of damage to her and her friends.
Nancy’s credibility was ruined as we saw people question whether she’s lied and fibbed about the other cases she’s solved. It tainted the Drew name as the publications dragged Carson and his practice.
And it made the evidence that Nick and Ryan built up from Tiffany’s hard drives totally unusable, which I think hurt the most.
Everyone around Nancy can see that she’s being manipulated, so why is she so eager to believe that Celia would change for her?
There was so much tension between Ace and Nancy. Even Amanda pointed out that there was a “vibe,” so I’m glad I’m not the only one that’s been sensing it.
Nancy was uncomfortable seeing Ace with Amanda — and George and Bess seemed to pick up on her shade towards his new squeeze — and Ace was equally uncomfortable seeing Nancy with Gil.
In fact, he let Nancy know that he didn’t think Gil was a good romantic partner for her, but it’s evident Nancy is on some kind of destructive path.
Though, I think Ace simply has a bone to pick with Gil because he’s harboring these internalized feelings for Nancy and also sees how toxic he is towards Amanda. Obviously, Gil’s behavior towards Amanda is going to be completely different than it is towards Nancy, but it’s not promising if he’s an asshole to his sister.
At this point, Nancy seems to be avoiding all red flags in her life and gravitating towards anything that’s bad for her. Is it her rebellious phase?
After everything she’s been through, she kind of deserves it.
However, I do think that Nancy and Ace need to realize what everyone else is seeing sooner rather than later otherwise this resentment is simply going to fester.
And it’s definitely more complicated now that they’re seeing other people. Maybe that will help them realize what they should’ve known all along? Amanda is going on a solo trip to Europe, I’m just saying!
And then there’s Bess and Odette and their forbidden love. Leah Lewis and Maddison Jaizani sell the dynamic so well that it’s kind of impossible not to root for them even though you know it would be completely messed up for George and Nick.
Since Odette is clearly going to be a permanent staple in George’s life, she decided to make peace with it and come to terms with her existence.
At the kickstart of the episode, the two kept bickering and sabotaging each other but eventually, George saw Odette’s side of things.
She realized how much of her life has been taken from her already and that she was simply enjoying this second chance.
Instead of fighting it, George and Odette set some boundaries that worked for both of them. It looks like this arrangement could actually work out well for them!
A good solution does seem to be to locate Mary’s ghost and reunite Odette with the love of her life, but I admit I’d be sad to see Lewis’s French accent go!
What did you think of the episode?
Are you on team Ace and Nancy?
Nancy Drew Review – The Testimony of the Executed Man (3×03)
A mystery within a mystery within a mystery.
That’s how Nancy Drew Season 3 is beginning to feel like. And much of it went down at DetectiveCon on Nancy Drew Season 3 Episode 3, where, surprisingly, Nancy wasn’t the star of the show.
Instead, George Fan learned that she had her own fan club due to online fan fiction that included Nancy as her sidekick. Talk about a plot twist courtesy of ghostwriter Ted!
In real life, however, I identify with George fan so much more. I truly felt it when she said “I don’t like that sound” and then complained about why they were following it.
Being friends with Nancy is a tough ask. It’s never just a simple road trip — there’s always a supernatural twist.
In this case, Nancy decided to open a box of Joe Kelsey’s belongings that she promised to bring Laci, the true-crime podcast host, in exchange for information about the Frozen Heart Killer.
Once she did, they very quickly learned — through spine-tingling haunts — that Joe did not want anyone to find out what happened the night of the murder.
He was a ghost determined to convince him that he was guilty of the crime that he committed, which obviously meant that he wasn’t guilty at all.
Bess suggested that they appease Joe’s ghost by burning all his belongings and getting rid of all the evidence, and it seemed to work.
Paying off at the historical society seems to be rubbing off on Bess.
You’d think that everyone would heed the “or else” warning, but Ace decided to hang on to Joe’s matchbook thus opening up himself to a haunting.
I’d hold it against Ace if he wasn’t so stinking cute. Not to mention he eventually helped Joe’s ghost pass on after they found out that he was in love with Laci’s grandmother back in the 50s.
He was with her the night of the murder, but since interracial relationships were banned at the time, he didn’t have an alibi and was found guilty and given the death penalty.
The last thing I expected out of this haunting mystery was a love story, but it turns out, Joe did everything her could to protect the love of his life. He died so that she could live a full and promising life.
What a sweet ending! Seeing Joe’s ghost actually pass on while Laci and her grandmother watched was a little too on the nose for me, but I’ll let it slide.
Through it all, Nancy and Laci were also able to work together to catch the FHK, who was surprisingly in attendance.
One thing we should all note about serial killers is that they love to hear themselves being praised.
Of course, Nancy used that to her advantage. When she joined Laci for a live Q+A, she bashed Rodric — the FHT’s real name — in hopes of luring him out.
And it worked. Nancy tapped into the mind of a serial killer and tricked him so that he walked right into her trap.
You would think Nancy would be jumping for joy after he was arrested. Not only did she give someone closure, but she also put away a really bad man. That’s two-for-two!
However, Nancy wasn’t content because the FHT suggested that he was “part of something bigger.” It sounds like there are other serial killers out there that helped him.
The mystery is far from solved, so it’s a good thing that the best detective that Horseshoe Bay has to offer is on the case.
Who do you think FHT is working with?
Does it have something to do with Temperance, her newly returned family member? Or is it part of that crime syndicate from last season?
There were a few Ace and Nancy moments that made our hearts flutter, but overall, the two of them are still keeping things super PG.
George picked up on the chemistry there very briefly, but she let it slide… for now. I definitely think she’ll confront Nancy about it soon enough. And as Ace’s relationship with Amanda begins to crumble, Nancy will be right there as the girl he should’ve been with all along.
Bess and Addy crossed paths on several occasions, and since she just got a job at Nick’s youth center, she’s likely not going anywhere anytime soon.
I can’t say that I’m thrilled about this love interest for Bess since the two of them didn’t immediately vibe.
The chemistry isn’t there, in my opinion, but I guess it’s better than being in love with the ghost trapped inside George’s subconscious.
What did you think of the episode? Was DetectiveCon everything you thought it was going to be?
Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Nancy Drew Review – The Frozen Heart Killer(3×02)
Nancy Drew might either be extremely reckless or she’s the bravest person we know.
Option #3 — she’s a bit of both, which makes her Horseshoe Bay’s resident badass.
The FBI profiler that blew into town knew it based on all the hearsay, but he was in denial about it.
However, after he saw Nancy leap into action during her first day as community liaison, he could no longer pretend to be unimpressed.
Without Nancy Drew’s clues, the Horseshoe Bay Police Department wouldn’t have gotten anywhere with their case.
Nancy deserves a much better job within the department, but if she’s settling for a volunteer position, the least they can give her is a better desk.
The FBI agent is the first person within the department to actually acknowledge Nancy’s skills as a rogue detective.
Despite all the assistance over the years, she has never gotten a proper thank you. She’s always reprimanded even though she puts the town and the safety of its citizens ahead of everything else.
It’s funny that it took her seriously jeopardizing a crime scene and making evidence inadmissible in order for anyone to acknowledge her and realize the lengths she’ll go to.
Maybe the FBI agent will stick around in a more permanent setting so that she can officially be clued into Horseshoe Bay matters.
There were definitely vibes between the two of them. Every single male on the series has some kind of chemistry with Nancy, but honestly, can you blame them?
Refer back to option #3 at the beginning of this post.
Nancy is a catch, both professionally and personally, and she fully enjoys the flings, even when they don’t evolve into anything more.
And while she definitely seemed to entertain the idea of a possible romance with an FBI agent, her heart seems to be set on Ace, whether she’d like to admit it or not.
Who was the first person she texted when she heard about DetectiveCon sweeping into town? Ace.
The ship is a slow burn, which is nice because it means the writers value the friendship between Ace and Nancy.
It’s also great that the series isn’t just hinging on the relationship as the main draw.
The show is about supernatural mysteries, so the romance comes in second place. Both Nancy and Ace have their own storylines independent of each other.
They are fully developed characters, so when their paths eventually cross in a romantic way, it’ll be that much more satisfying.
As Nancy pursues the truth about the town’s new serial killer, the Frozen Heart Killer, while working the police angle, Ace and Nick spent the episode running various possibilities to cut down their list of potential suspects.
Honestly, I probably wouldn’t eat at The Claw considering they use their meat lockers for science experiments.
They managed to pinpoint the identity of the man who turned two bodies into corpses with an icebox where their heart used to be, but Trott was an alias so they didn’t get very far at all.
Ace is also likely keeping his distance from Nancy romantically because he’s a good guy that’s loyal to Amanda.
He’s so loyal in fact that he’s giving Mr.Bobbsey a second chance after his stint in prison despite objections from a very concerned Bess.
Ace definitely isn’t that naive — deep down he knew that Bobbsey was asking him to get involved in something shady, but he wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt for Amanda.
Thankfully, when he realized Bobbsey was going to make him an accomplice by driving the getaway car, he put his foot down.
Sorry, Bobbsey, but no one threatens our Ace.
Will this bad blood jeopardize Ace’s relationship with Amanda? Probably.
Bess didn’t trust Bobbsey for one minute, so she tried her hand at casting a protection spell that quickly backfired.
It’s awesome that after the whole ordeal with the Marvin’s, Bess hasn’t given up trying to get to know her ancestors.
She decided to sneak into Icarus Hall to retrieve a candle that Temperance stole from Marta Marvin, but she wasn’t as stealthy as she hoped to be.
Temperance caught her and offered to help her come into her power, which was a tempting but dangerous offer.
I now know why they call her Temperance — it all makes sense.
Bess was excited to finally get a spell right, but I hate that she’s manipulating our girl and using her vulnerability for something more sinister.
Temperance comes off as trustworthy, but deep down, we know she isn’t.
She may have helped Nancy track down Trott using the memory weave, but she’s also involved with the mystery of the Frozen Heart Killer somehow as we saw her using the hearts in the previous episode.
What is she up to? Is she manipulating Trott? It can’t be a coincidence that he showed up in town just as Temperance did.
Maybe Trott is trying to take down Temperance and going after her ancestors to gain strength, which is why he set his sights on Nancy?
The season is also honing in on Nancy’s relationship with both her dads, Carson and Ryan.
While Carson knows Nancy’s plays by heart, Ryan doesn’t really have a clue what it’s like to be a father, so he’s easily manipulated by his daughter while trying to be the “Cool Dad.”
It’s sweet that they both want to carve out a spot for themselves in her life, and they deserve it since she’s always dragging them into her messes anyway.
Ryan has been doing his best, so it was a little uncool for Nancy to use his naivety against him.
Hopefully, she begins to loop them in more in the future because they have proven that they can get down with the supernatural on numerous occasions!
And finally, George and Nick are the absolute cutest. I love that she made it a point not to let the ring define her self-worth, but it’s almost important that she highlighted the importance of accepting the love you deserve.
The engagement ring is a sign of their future — it’s a promise that Nick will be around not only for her but for her sisters.
While the Fan Clan may have had their wall up because of experiences with Victoria, Nick proved that he’s a family guy first and foremost.
Have you ever seen a cuter family talking about BTS? The answer is absolutely not!
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments, Drew Crew!
Nancy Drew Season Premiere Review – The Warning of the Frozen Heart (3×01)
Set against the backdrop of a corn maze, Nancy Drew Season 3 is the perfect kickoff to spooky season.
The long-lost heiress for all of five minutes (she dissolved her grandpa’s company and redistributed assets to the victims amongst his victims with Ryan Hudson’s blessing) and homegrown town sleuth return on a brand new night. But being banished to Friday nights might not be a bad thing for Nancy in the slightest.
There isn’t a better way to wrap up a long week than by indulging in a little mischief and horror after a long workday.
Over the course of three years, the series has proven that it has a gift for delivering compelling mysteries that are way above the YA level.
This season is no different. After season 2 wrapped up the Drew Crew’s journey with the Aglaeca and the Wraithe, but a new mystery was just around the corner that continued to revolve right around Nancy.
Bodies with an “icebox where their hearts used to be” began popping up all over town, but only on properties related to Nancy. The first one was found in a corn maze on Hudson ground, while the second was left right on Nancy’s car.
And if the killer’s message is to be believed, he won’t stop until there are 12 bodies.
Obviously, this is a case for Nancy. No one in town can do what she can, and no one is that meticulous in their attention to detail.
While it wasn’t outright established, the case is definitely connected to Temperance Hudson, Nancy’s relative from the 1800s who used Nancy’s blood to lift the veil to re-enter the town.
Temperance cannot be trusted.
And I knew that cat had something to do with it.
For someone who is dealing with heartless cadavers haunting her around town — I think I almost preferred the supernatural haunting — Nancy and the Drew Crew still found time to plan a romantic proposal.
As a refresher, George popped the question to Nick at the end of last season after finding out she had about 10 years left to live.
When Nick didn’t say ‘yes’ right away and took a week to give her an answer, she became pretty flustered.
Turns out, Nick was planning a romantic gesture and international shipping delays — an authentic gift from her mother in China — caused the brief delay.
Still, the moment was everything George wanted and deserved.
It’s clear that the writers always intended to have Nick and Nancy end up together, but the chemistry between Nick and George is undeniable.
As is the chemistry between Nancy and Ace.
They’re dancing around their feelings for each other right now, and while their crushes are cute, I almost want to remind them that in their line of work they can die at any minute, so why waste any more time?
She was obviously insinuating that Ace didn’t want her when she was telling him about Columbia.
But the feelings are there, and they are palpable. And it’s such a reassurance to all of us day one Ace and Nancy shippers who could feel the sparks but couldn’t figure out if the series actually wanted to go there.
Of course, Nancy and Ace’s relationship isn’t going to come easily.
There’s a deep friendship there that they likely don’t want to mess up.
Ace is also dating Amanda, and it seems that he’s already doing Mr. Bobbsey’s bidding despite only running a few “innocent” errands for him.
Things are bound to get messy before they get romantic.
The bottom line is that Nancy cannot outrun her destiny — she’s born to solve crime in Horsehoe Bay.
With that impressive resume, it’s hard to believe she hasn’t been hired by the police department just yet.
While she may not be on the payroll officially, her talents have been acknowledged by the neighborhood, who nominated her as a community police liaison!
The fact that they gave her free reign to handle whatever business she wants means that they trust her more than they trust the new FBI specialist, who hopefully isn’t a replacement for Tamayo.
Tamayo kind of slid right into the group organically just like Ryan Hudson and Carson Drew. The former has been more privy to the cases Nancy has been working on, while Carson just finds things out in passing.
Did you see the poor guy’s face when he found out about Temperance?
They really have to remember to keep him up to speed.
As for Ryan, he’s learning to live humbly and without relying on money. It’s an adjustment, but it’s fun to watch him navigate the normalcy of the real world with his rose-colored glasses on.
Bess did her best to move on from Odette, but losing your heart’s desire and soulmate is tough.
She’s looking to numb the pain with quick hookups, which is just making her feel lonelier.
Hopefully, Bess gets a proper love interest this season now that everyone is all coupled up. Her luck in the romance department hasn’t been all that great, so she could use a little pick-me-up!
What did you think about the season premiere of Nancy Drew? Is Temperance going to be a royal pain?
Will Carson and Ryan continue to keep the fun dynamic? Will Ace and Nancy go there?
Sound off in the comments section.
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