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Nancy Drew Review – Ryan Hudson Confronts Nancy, [SPOILER] Dies (1×17)

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Everyone’s finally on the same page.

Nancy Drew picked up with Nancy coming to terms with the realization that she is Dead Lucy and Ryan Hudson’s daughter.

I use coming to terms very loosely because Nancy was upset, hurt, and betrayed by the fact that her father, Carson, lied to her to the point that she even called her late mother by her first name.

Nancy’s anger was understandable as she felt as though her whole life up until this point was a lie. She spent so much time trying to solve the mystery of Lucy Sable’s death and it was frustrating to find out that her father knew the truth this whole time and never thought to tell her.

However, it was a cold approach considering Carson and Kate gave up everything to raise and protect Nancy. They honored Lucy’s dying wishes and thought they were doing the right thing by protecting her from the Hudson’s including Ryan, whom Lucy said would be dangerous if they ever found out the truth. In truth, Lucy and the Drew’s gave Nancy a proper childhood in a happy home — she’s a smart girl and she’ll understand that when the shock finally winds down.

In the end, there are no real winners here. Everyone has been cheated out of some kind of experience. Nancy didn’t know the truth about her real parents and missed out on getting to know her real dad, Ryan. Ryan missed out on raising Nancy, who would have likely made him a better person.

Ryan spent one day with Nancy and was forced to confront his worst qualities — she kept him accountable and put him in his place. He has some redeemable qualities if he starts making better choices, which I think he will now that he knows he’s a father.

Nancy knew the truth the whole time when she went on the trip with Ryan and purposefully kept him in the dark because she thought it was better that way. It seems like Nancy wasn’t sure if she really wanted him to know, and the way he spoke about being a father convinced her it wasn’t right. However, you could see Ryan desperately wanted to know the truth.

In a sense, Nancy walked a mile in Carson’s shoes and learned just how hard it is to be on the other side of not knowing — knowing the truth is just as bad. You’d think it would have made her ease up on Carson, but Nancy just needs time. Time heals all wounds.

Ryan may not have known the truth when he asked Nancy to drive out to the ob-gyn to investigate the possibility that Lucy was pregnant, but their whole experience was definitely a father and daughter trip. They definitely bickered like father and daughter duo specifically when Nancy threw a tantrum, and Ryan punished her by driving away. Classic father and daughter stuff.

After Nancy called Ryan out for being a rich, entitled jerk and criminal, it made him re-evaluate his life and led him to finally making the connection himself.

Knowing that Lucy Sable was pregnant about 19 years ago and that Nancy had been the only other person haunted by Lucy Sable’s ghost, Ryan considered the possibility that Nancy was his daughter, and the locket she left behind that looked just like Lucy’s baby picture in the yearbook was all the proof he needed.

I would agree with Nancy that the argument that she looked just like Lucy when she was a baby was a stretch since all baby’s look alike, but it’s impressive that Ryan put two and two together.

He deserved to know. And just like Nancy figured it out herself, it was fitting that he did also. Like father, like daughter.

He also came through for Nancy when she needed him most. It was his first act of being a father and it was to do the ritual to ward away the pissed off sea spirit of the Aglacea.

The Aglacea was out for blood and it was going after everyone involved in the ritual since they never properly paid the toll.

George’s mom suggested a ritual to ward off the sea spirit from Nancy’s scent, which required a blood relative.

It was hilarious that George and Nick went to Nancy’s house to convince Carson to do the ritual and were super confused to see Ryan arrive with Nancy instead.

No one aside from Ace knew the truth, and it says a lot that Nancy entrusted him with the truth. He’s always been her most trusted friend.

Their reactions to learning that Ryan is Nancy’s dad amidst the bloody ritual resembled my reaction to finding out at the end of Nancy Drew Season 1 Episode 16 right down to Bess’ covering her mouth in shock.

George realizing that she slept with Nancy’s dad and also almost her ex-boyfriend was a close second top moment.

The scene with Nancy and Ryan joining hands and linking through a powerful blood ritual was powerful and very meta. They’re joined through blood now and have no choice but to be there for each other and see where this relationship goes.

You’d think coffee would be easy peasy after what they’ve been through, but as it turns out, sitting down and talking through feelings is always a lot harder than fighting off evil spirits.

Of course, this is Horsehoe Bay and one shouldn’t underestimate those spirits by any means.

The ritual would have worked had the Algaeca been a spirit but since it was a person, George’s mom summed it up best: they took the right medicine for the wrong illness and, in turn, angered the Algaeca even more.

The result? Everyone’s portents increased as Nick felt like he was drowning, Ace was tied up, George’s hair started falling out, Bess saw maggots on an open wound in her arm, and Nancy began choking again.

However, the Algaeca seems to have found her/his victim with Owen, who was seen laying in a bathtub bleeding from a gaping hole in his stomach.

So much for Nancy’s trip on a private jet to New York City with the man she’s smitten with.

Do you think Owen is dead? Is it just a hallucination or warning of what will happen if they don’t pay the toll? Does the fact that Ryan wanted Owen dead (there was some truth to him saying that) have something to do with it?

Is there a way to reverse this with another ritual? Or is he going down is CW hottie history? We’ll miss that dimple-y smile!

What did you think about the Nancy Drew episode, Cravers? Hit the comments and let us know.

Did you enjoy the emotional moment between Ryan and Nancy? How do you think Ryan will be affected moving forward? Will they catch up on lost time?

How will George cope with the realization that was was sleeping with her besties dad?

And does Carson deserve to be forgiven?


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WATCH: ‘Nancy Drew’ Season 3 Trailer Teases Nancy and Ace Romance

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WATCH: 'Nancy Drew' Season 3 Trailer Teases Nancy and Ace Romance

The season 3 trailer of Nancy Drew is finally here, and we’ve never been more excited for October 8! 

In addition to a possible Nancy and Ace romance (there’s so much chemistry there, it’s insane), the trailer picks up a week after the Nancy Drew Season 2 finale.

Fans can expect plenty of new dark mysteries and murders to continue haunting Horeshoe Bay, along with a deadly new game brought upon by the spirit of Nancy’s relative Temperance Hudson, who is all too eager to cause mischief. 

The rest of the Drew Crew —  including Nancy’s biological father, Ryan Hudson, and her adoptive dad, Carson Drew — can expect to be dragged into the cursed world of the supernatural. 

Watch the trailer below and get ready!  

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Nancy Drew Season Finale Review – Temperance Hudson (2×18)

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Being a Hudson comes with its fair share of problems. 

Putting Everett Hudson behind bars for the crimes he committed was nothing compared to dealing with the Wraith. 

In a surprising twist, the supernatural parasite had a connection to the Hudson family. What doesn’t in Horsehoe Bay?

After exhausting every single remedy to detach the Wraith from Nancy, the Drew Crew realized they had to go back to the beginning of its creation by none other than Temperance Hudson. 

And then they had to try to reverse the ritual in order to save Nancy’s life. 

Can I just say, the makeup department did a fantastic job making Nancy look like she was dying more and more with each passing scene. I appreciate the attention to detail. 

The Wraith didn’t just latch onto Nancy because of her Hudson blood, however. It sensed that she was vulnerable and exploited that vulnerability every single day. 

In order to rid herself of its presence, Nancy had to go into her subconscious and face all the repressed trauma it was feeding off of. This included coming face-to-face with past versions of herself that were too painful so she buried them deep within herself including the Nancy who solved her very first case (because the world wasn’t perfect and she was looking for the truth), the Nancy at her mother’s funeral, and finally, baby Nancy that was abandoned after Lucy killed herself. 

It was interesting to see Nancy’s introspection pan out on screen because it’s the first time that Nancy has allowed herself to feel the emotions that she’s been bottling up inside. We knew that it has been weighing on her, but she’s never fully acknowledged it until now. 

But the truth shall set you free. 

As she cut off the Wraith, she realized that she couldn’t let go of the painful parts because they made her who she was. It was her first conscious step into accepting the good and the bad.

During her journey, Nancy also made quite the realization about her feelings for Ace. Everyone from the Drew Crew showed up to guide her through her subconscious, but Ace played the most important role. 

The moment was so profound that Nancy decided to tell Ace how she felt, but unfortunately, it was too late as Ace already embarked on his trip with Amanda. 

I’m upset. 

I wasn’t aware that I was such a #Nace shipper until I saw them almost kiss on screen and squealed like a schoolgirl. Why do the writers have to tease us like that!?

While Nancy’s feelings for Ace were very clear, he subconsciously felt it when he told Amanda that he felt like he was leaving something behind. 

Uh, yeah, your girl! Sorry, Amanda. 

Now that Nancy is totally aware of her feelings, how will it affect her dynamic and friendship with Ace moving forward?

Nancy also came to the realization that her relationship with Gil was based on lies. The Wraith was manipulating her since being with Gil, who put her down, made her weaker and an easier target.

I was never a Gil and Nancy fan, but we all have to go through our “bad boy” phase at some point. Hers just happened to be while she was going through something traumatic. 

If she’s not going to be with Ace, she might as well get with Detective Tamura. It’s unfortunate the finale didn’t include him.

After getting rid of the Wraith, it seemed as though Nancy might finally, finally catch a break. I mean, it has to be exhausting dealing with the supernatural all the time. 

But unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. As she closed one case, she unintentionally opened up another.

Nancy is meeting all the Hudson relatives… including the supposedly dead and supernatural ones! Nancy’s blood helped Myrtle, her distant relative, reveal her true form as Temperance, who is back with a vengeance as she lifted the magical veil.

What a bombshell twist that no one saw coming! What do you think her plans are for the small town?

It’s been quite a wild season with plenty of hauntings and supernatural stalkers taking hold of the Drew Crew, but that hasn’t interfered with the show’s character development. They all have their own compelling storylines that are given just as much screen time as Nancy’s story is. And they’re all integral to the storyline. 

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Nancy Drew — “The Echo of Lost Tears” — Image Number: NCD218a_0766r.jpg — Pictured: (L-R): Maddison Jaizani as Bess, Alex Saxon as Ace, Tunji Kasim as Nick, Marilyn Norry as Myrtle and Leah Lewis as George — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

The love story between Bess and Odette was so pure. 

Odette selflessly promised to give George back whatever remaining time she had left, and it’s a sweet gesture considering the fraught nature of their relationship initially. 

But before she retreated into the depths of George’s soul forever, she said her goodbye to Bess. I melted when George told Bess to “kiss her.”

It was a doomed relationship from the start and one of the most absurd things on television, but thanks to Leah Lewis and Maddison Jaizani, you found yourself rooting for the ghost and human couple! 

While they still don’t know how to buy George more time, she decided to accept her fate and do the things that make her happy including proposing to Nick. 

Um, George and Nick are getting married — bust out the wedding planners. 

It may seem haste, but well, they don’t know how much time they have. However, they’ve been the most solid couple on the series; they’ve bettered each other, and they’re better together. 

Ryan Hudson was cut off by his father, but he gained an even better father figure when Carson welcomed him into his home. Nancy will now be able to live with both of her dads under one roof, which will be great for her, but it will also be a good change of pace for Ryan who has never really had a normal family life. 

The poor guy didn’t even know how to do dishes. It’s almost like Carson is going to be fathering two kids.

I’m excited to see this dynamic at play. Anytime Ryan and Carson share a scene, it’s pure gold. And now that they’ve been unofficially inducted into the Drew Crew and are aware of the supernatural forces at play, things are bound to get even more interesting!

Ryan and Carson started off as enemies fighting for Nancy’s love, but in putting aside their differences, they were able to be there for Nancy when she needed them most. Ryan also gave up his rights as Nancy’s father in case Everett decides to come after Carson with kidnapping charges. 

Regardless of what’s on paper, Nancy will need them now more than ever as she gears up to publicly reveal that she is Everett’s granddaughter and discloses her plans to take over Hudson Enterprises as the rightful heir. 

What did you think of the episode? What did you think of the season? Did you enjoy all the insane twists and turns that led us to Nancy’s continued Hudson problem?

Let us know in the comments below. And we’ll see you next season! 


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Nancy Drew Review – Confession of Everett Hudson (2×17)

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Nancy Drew Review The Judgement of the Perilous Captive Season 2 Episode 17

Everett Hudson went down for murder on Nancy Drew Season 2 Episode 17, but it wasn’t for the murder of Celia Hudson. 

Everett was the obvious suspect, and it was hard to believe that he was innocent after he showed absolutely no remorse or emotion upon finding out that his wife was brutally murdered, but he was telling the truth when he said he wasn’t responsible.

The more Nancy dug into the case to dig up evidence, the more she realized that she may have been wrong about Everett’s involvement. 

And truthfully, we should’ve seen it too. The way Celia was killed and displayed was, as Nancy mentioned, almost ritualistic. It didn’t vibe with Everett’s usual way of handling business.

My favorite thing aboutˆ is that the writers encourage you to be a detective and part of the Drew Crew from the comfort of your home. They drop clues and breadcrumbs along the way that you can pick up on if you aren’t passively watching. 

It’s almost like an interactive experience that allows you to solve the mystery on your own. 

Prior to Celia’s death, she was acting weird and kept mentioning a list. Much like Nancy, I assumed it was the guestlist for the party that evening, but in reality, Celia was referring to the list of witnesses she helped Nancy recover from The Road Back, the Illuminati-like secret society. 

We should’ve known that there would be repercussions for botching their plans. 

Celia’s death was meant to send Nancy a message for crossing them, and my guess is that we haven’t seen the last of them just yet. 

But for now, Nancy was consumed with guilt over the fact that she contributed to her grandmother’s death. 

The moment allowed for a sweet heart-to-heart with Ryan, her biological dad. Carson may always be there for her, but this was a Hudson family matter. 

Ryan reminded Nancy that she didn’t do anything wrong and wasn’t to blame. Her reason for taking on The Road Back was to save Ace’s life, and Celia only agreed to get involved because she wanted to help keep her husband out of prison. 

Everett might not have pulled the trigger, but he was still inadvertently responsible for his wife’s death. 

And he has plenty of blood on his hands, which Ryan reminded Nancy was the whole reason why she kidnapped him in the first place.

She got the right guy, she just didn’t figure out the right murder. Everett already confirmed that he committed a crime by putting a hit on Ryan after he sought out The Black Crown tapes, so they simply needed a way to find the evidence. 

While it seemed like Gil betrayed Nancy’s trust by accepting Everett’s deal and setting him free, it was all part of a meticulously calculated plan… the kind only Nancy could pull off.

Nancy knew that Everett would feel the pressure and run home to destroy the tape, which is where they caught him red-handed. He should’ve realized this was the moment he was outmatched by his own son and granddaughter! 

After watching the tape, it was revealed that Everett ruthlessly killed his own brother. 

You’ve got to admit that Nancy, Ryan, and Tamura’s teamwork was very impressive here. They were able to catch the guy who has evaded paying for his crimes for years. 

Tamura even managed to do what no other detective has done before! 

But I don’t think it’s over just yet. As Nancy and Ryan rejoiced, I couldn’t shake Everett’s warning to Ryan in which he threatened to take him down with him. 

Is there more to the tapes that we don’t know? How is Ryan involved? And what leverage does Everett have?

You would think that after nabbing Everett and solving the mystery of Celia’s murder, Nancy would go home and get some much-needed rest but that’s wishful thinking. 

Nancy Drew Review The Judgement of the Perilous Captive Season 2 Episode 17

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Carson and the Scooby Gang — because tell me that whole library scene didn’t give you Buffy the Vampire Slayer vibes — spent much of the episode trying to figure out why Nancy’s picture featured dark markings all over her face and body. 

If you guessed possession, you were kind of on the mark. 

Turns out, George isn’t the only one in town that has a supernatural entity hitching a ride in her body.

In Nancy’s case, however, the parasite has unknowingly been with her since Nancy Drew Season 2 Episode 1 when the Drew Crew took on the Wraithe. 

Everyone noticed that Nancy hasn’t been acting like herself, and even Nancy pointed out that she doesn’t know who she is anymore… at least now we know why. 

Figuring out what’s inhabiting Nancy’s body was one thing, but finding out how to get rid of it is another as parasites typically kill their host. 

This isn’t Nancy’s first near-death experience with a supernatural entity, but that doesn’t make it any less dangerous, especially since she’s running out of time. 

The Drew Crew always finds a way, but will they manage to save Nancy this time around?

The episode was packed with incredible moments, but I don’t think there was anything better than Nick sticking it to Jake. 

Nick sat out from the Everett/Waithe drama, for the most part, to deal with Jake, a cafe owner in his building who was against the creation of his youth center. 

When it became clear that Jake couldn’t be reasoned with because he was a racist who wanted to keep the town “good and traditional,” Nick took matters into his own hands and sought out Tamura for help. 

In what can only be referred to as a “boss move,” Nick bought the building across from the cafe for his youth center, reminded Jake that he’s really rich, informed him that the zoning commission gave him permission, told him that he has the backing of the Horshoe Police Department to build a safe space for kids in their own neighborhood, and then informed him that he’d be opening up a rival cafe across the street. 

Nick is my hero. 

This season of Nancy Drew has been exceptional, and I’m so sad it’s coming to an end.

The writers have delivered compelling supernatural and criminal mysteries in both long-form and case-of-the-week formats. And through it all, they’ve managed to deliver incredible character development for every member of the Drew Crew while also giving them compelling storylines and genuine relationships. 

Even Ryan and Carson have been roped into the supernatural world and now consider it to be the “new normal.”

I have no doubt that the Nancy Drew Season 2 finale will blow us away! 

How do you think the season will end? Will they find a way to save Nancy? Sound off in the comments below!


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