The Drew Crew finally solved the mystery of Tiffany Hudson’s murder on Nancy Drew.
As with most great murder mysteries, the answer was staring us right in the face the whole time just asking to be solved. And yet, we never thought to look at the mystery from another angle.
As any good detective knows, the key to solving any mystery or riddle is to retrace your steps, which is what the group did to recall the events of the fated night and unearth new clues they may have overlooked previously.
What transpired after was an episode chock-full of twists, surprises, and satisfying revelations.
While Ryan Hudson was initially the suspect, his name was cleared when it was revealed he was the intended target rather than Tiffany.
Whoa, can you say, “hello plot twist!”
From there, the pieces seemingly began to fall into place.
We knew that Tiffany and Lucy’s deaths were connected, but we didn’t understand the “how.” However, the common denominator has always been Ryan Hudson, who had a romance with both the ladies.
Before they even retraced what happened the night of Tiffany’s murder, Nancy, Ace, and Laura Tandy worked together to figure out what she was doing right beforehand.
Turns out, Tiffany wasn’t just investigating the Hudson’s, she was also trying to solve Lucy Sable’s murder because she thought it was her husband.
But when Ryan participated in the re-enactment at The Claw, he quickly went from suspect to target with a salad switcheroo that no one saw coming.
Poor Tiffany was an innocent victim who ate the wrong lettuce at the wrong Claw.
This newfound information paired with the love letters between Lucy and Ryan led Nancy back to the machine shop where she confronted Josh, Lucy’s brother.
She realized he had access to the email exchanges between Lucy and Ryan in which Ryan (or someone posing as him) called Lucy a “whore” and wished death upon her.
It dawned on Nancy that Josh was the man following Tiffany upon their return to Horseshoe Bay as he saw an opportunity to get his long-desired revenge for his sister.
Josh knew where the spare-key was to get into the restaurant because his mother, Patrice, once worked there, and he knew that Ryan would order the salad, which he poisoned.
Except Ryan sent the salad back and instead of tossing it, Ace, Bess, and George accidentally served it to Tiffany.
They blamed themselves for her death, but it wasn’t on them — how could they have known it would have been laced with poison?
Of course, Nancy walked through the whole crime while alone with Josh, and honestly, this girl really needs to learn how to travel with friends. Something always seems to go wrong and she’s been lucky about getting out safely, but this situation, in particular, could have ended badly for her.
Josh wasn’t your typical killer, but he was unhinged and vengeful, and he wasn’t interested in going down for his crime, so he tried to kill Nancy.
It ended badly for him as he literally fried to death right in front of her, but, in yet another plot-twist, his body was gone when police arrived on the scene.
Now, I know it doesn’t take a genius to point out that it’s absolutely impossible for him to still be alive following that gruesome death, so what happened to his body?
Patrice seems shady, but she doesn’t seem like she’d have enough strength to lift him.
And another open-ended mystery involves the poison used to kill Tiffany. It was said to be very rare and almost untraceable, so how did Josh get it? And from who?
Speaking of Patrice, she asked Nick if Josh ever mentioned their family’s past to him, which was an odd thing to say and makes me wonder if there’s more to her than a fragile old woman haunted by her daughter’s death.
It doesn’t seem like anyone liked who Lucy became when she was with Ryan Hudson, and if Josh had access to those emails, it’s likely so Lucy’s mother did also.
Is she wracked with guilt because she was the one who killed her own daughter?
Ryan was shaken up with all the revelations and informed Nancy that he never sent the email calling Lucy a “whore,” but it came from his account, so who was it?
All signs point to his father, and we know the Hudson’s had a motive to get rid of her. Imagine if this was another plot-twist and she was actually having a romance with Ryan’s father!
While Nancy made some impressive headway in solving an outstanding murder in town, she didn’t find the necessary information to clear her father’s name as Lucy’s murder continues to remain a mystery.
Considering how obvious it was that Josh killed Tiffany (in retrospect, of course), it’s likely that when we finally do learn Lucy’s killer we’re going to feel so dumb for not seeing the full picture.
Other Ghostly Thoughts
- Bess is torn between two women — Amaya and Lisbeth. She chose to be faithful to Lisbeth by the end of the hour, but she didn’t seem too convinced that she didn’t want to pursue anything with Amaya. I think Bess will be drawn most to the lifestyle she offers.
- Bess gave George advice about pursuing her feelings for Nick. He still seems smitten with Nancy, but he deserves someone who will make him a priority and that’s George.
- Laurie Tandy is off to Paris without Ace who had to be true to himself and stayed behind in his hometown, which benefits all of us. Ace is easily the fan-favorite character.
- Ace had some stellar jokes on this week’s episode — “I’m not going to the library, I have enemies there” and “the first season of Serial really shook me — and his competitive nature with Dominique is a sure-sign that they’re going to couple up.
- Where is Owen? Anyone?
- Is it strange that Owen was supposed to be at The Claw for a business meeting the night of the murder?
- The way the show is utilizing Dead Lucy now simply to get a quick jump out of the audience is getting a little boring.
- Where is Nick going to live now?
- Ryan running away from Lucy’s ghost instead of sticking around to help Nancy proves he ain’t sh**.
What did you think of the episode?
Are you surprised with the reveal that Josh was Tiffany’s killer?
What happened to Josh? And who killed Lucy?
Nancy Drew Premiere Review – A New Mystery Unfolds (2×01)
A new mystery unfolds as Nancy Drew kicks off its second season.
Competing with the spine-tingling Lucy Sable mystery is a tall order, but it’s a challenge that the writers and the Drew Crew are up for! The Nancy Drew Season 2 premiere delivers an exceptional mystery with the same amount of scares we’ve come to expect.
Though the Drew Crew tackles a brand-new case when a mystery woman runs out from a forest and mutters Nancy’s name, it all ties back to the Aglaeca curse introduced in the latter half of the first season.
For those who don’t remember, here’s a quick refresher: Nancy and friends performed a ritual that upset a vengeful sea spirit. When they failed to pay the blood toll, it not only killed Nancy’s boyfriend, Owen Marvin, but it triggered a deadly curse that saw the rest of the group having visions of their untimely death: Bess was burned alive, Ace was hung on a meat hook, George and Ned drowned in his pick-up, and Nancy fell off the cliff just like her late mother, Lucy.
So it’s not surprising that their main priority is to stop the Aglaeca curse before it wipes them off of the face of Horsehoe Bay.
But how does one even begin to fend off an evil spirit? With Nancy, answers tend to fall into her lap. This time, however, they come at the hands of Bess, who utilizes social media to get some help. Bess really is the MVP of the crew even if the way she goes about it is a bit sloppy.
The answers are directly connected to the case of the missing Jane Doe, which leads Nancy and the team to the Gorham Woods during a full moon where legend has it, a wraithe is said to feed on fear.
The self-awareness of the series is one of the reasons it’s able to sell the urban legends and the idea of supernatural ghosts and spirits haunting the town. The team is all too clued into the dangers of their “missions” because past experiences have proven that urban legends are not legends in Horseshoe Bay. If they know it’s outrageous and accept it at face value, it’s easier for the audience to digest that there’s some creature lurking in the woods ready to attack them at any moment.
It also allows audiences to understand why they keep putting themselves in danger; they don’t have much of a choice as their very survival is on the line.
Wanting answers on how to defeat the Aglaeca, they locate the spot where Jane Doe, whose real name is Amanda, was attacked, and conveniently find a cellphone with footage of her conversation with her twin brother, Gil, which pretty much clues them into everything that the twin-duo had planned. (I’ll ignore how convenient all of their findings are because it’s necessary to help usher along the story and get some real answers about breaking the curse.)
Other items they find to help them solve the mystery include an insulin pump, which forces them to race against the clock because if they don’t find Gil in time, he won’t make it to give them they answers they’re looking for or the mirror her promised that can break the curse.
Ace, who clearly knows the grounds better than anyone thanks to his boy scout days, suggests that maybe Gil ran to the hunting lodge in the area.
And again, that conveniently connects to the Hudson family. Then again, what in this town doesn’t?
The Hudsons – which we now know is Nancy’s biological family – have their hand in everything. This is why you never trust a town’s founding families.
Including the Hudsons in this mystery is very clearly a ploy to include Ryan Hudson in Nancy’s life in a meaningful way. They have a lot of catching up to do, and if he’s not included in her mysteries, there wouldn’t really be a chance for them to get to know each other.
But he also comes to her aide twice in the premiere episode, so maybe having a Hudson on her side will prove to be beneficial or, at the very least, to get her out of trouble, which she always seems to find herself in.
The first time around, Ryan protects her and her friends after they trespass on Everrett’s property. The second time, when Nancy is arrested for “stealing” the mirror, a Hudson family heirloom, he bails her out.
For now, Nancy’s identity is a secret that only a handful of people know about in this town, but it’s a powerful weapon, especially for Ryan, who proves that while he’s trying to make good with his biological daughter, he isn’t above “threatening” her adoptive father, Carson Drew.
This makes is harder to root for Ryan since he teeters the line of being a good guy versus being just like his father. However, his hostility towards Carson is understandable as he was stripped of being a father and lied to his whole life by someone he trusted. Their beef isn’t just going to go away, but eventually, they’ll have to put their differences aside for Nancy and to take down Everrett.
I can’t help but feel for Carson, who not only had his reputation ruined by being accused of a murder he didn’t commit, but is now on the outs with his daughter because he did what he thought best. Nancy may feel betrayed, but Carson thought he was protecting her and acting in her best interest. At some point, she has to acknowledge that. He’s always been a good dad to her.
Nancy also doesn’t want her true identity getting out simply out of the fear that people will think she’s just like her blood relatives. And there’s nothing worse than being compared to a Hudson.
When Ace suggests she’s just like her grandfather leading them into danger, it really takes a toll on Nancy.
Ace may be Nancy’s right-hand man, but his fears and frustrations are understandable, also. This isn’t the first time Ace and the team almost died because they decided to help Nancy. Once again, it’s refreshing when characters don’t sugarcoat that their lives constantly revolve around shady situations that could get them killed. It humanizes the characters and shows that the supernatural occurrences aren’t just something you can “get used to.”
We often wonder why the supporting cast always does everything to help the heroine, and while that proves that they are great friends, it doesn’t mean that she should always expect it from them.
Nancy attempts to payback the favor by facing the Wraithe alone and saving her friends, but it also comes off as simply a gesture to prove to herself and everyone around that she’s nothing like the Hudsons.
It also doesn’t seem like we’ve seen the last of Gil. He may have a rap sheet and seized the opportunity to extort money from Nancy, but he knows more about the Hudson family than he’s letting on. Plus, there definitely seemed to be some sparks with Nancy as he ran onto the bus to save her.
And he actually delivered on his promise since the mirror actually gave them the next step to beating the Aglaeca: a sea shanty.
Seeing as Nancy is able to solve any mystery quicker than the police and the newest detective Demora, who is already weary of her probably because of her sleuthing reputation, it likely won’t be a challenge for her. It’s just like solving a riddle only this time, it’s a sing-songy riddle.
But will they find the sea shanty before any of those death visions come true? Let’s hope so!
- What is Everett Hudson up to? Why does it feel like he also knows more than he’s letting on?
- Nancy would have to be blind not to realize that George and Ned are an item. There’s no use in hiding that relationship anymore! I may be mistaken, but I feel like she gave them her blessing back in season 1 and made it clear she’s moved on by dating Owen.
- Ace continues to provide tense moments with some comedic relief. Telling Everett that he has a “lovely home” and asking if there’s a “meat hook” in the house were two highlights the episode.
What did you think of the Nancy Drew season 2 premiere? Sound-off in the comments, Cravers!
‘Nancy Drew’ Season 2 Trailer Teases New Mystery, Same Thrills
In case it wasn’t made clear on Nancy Drew Season 1, Maine has a bit of a ghost problem.
That ghost problem continues into season 2 on as Nancy and her Scooby Gang (Drew Crew) embark on a brand new mystery.
The series returns Wednesday, January 20 — finally! — following a COVID-19 production hiatus.
In the first trailer promoting the return, Nancy finds herself smack-dab in the middle of the mystery because as the saying goes, “where there’s smoke…”
The Drew Crew’s latest case involves a woman who uttered Nancy Drew’s name before she was attacked and lost consciousness.
“How do you have the bandwidth for another mystery?” George (Leah Lewis) asks Nancy, but that’s clearly rhetorical… has she even met Nancy?!
But they obviously haven’t forgotten all about the Aglaeca curse (which claimed the life of Nancy’s bae, Owen) as Bess (Maddison Jaizani) exclaims: “Death can come to us at any moment.”
Their adventures bring the Drew Crew to a deserted school bus where Nancy warns them to “stay calm,” adding, “It cannot find us if we’re not afraid.” But surely, that’s easier said than done as “it” is right on their trail.
And don’t worry — the season continues to amp up the scares with terrifying ghosts and monsters appearances that’ll scare the bejeezus out of you.
Watch the trailer below:
Catch the return of Nancy and crew on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 9/8c.
Scariest Horror TV Shows to Watch for Friday the 13th
Happy Friday the 13th.
If you’re in the mood to get your mind off of reality (we can’t blame you, we’re all tired of hearing about coronavirus) and watch some scary TV shows, we have just the thing.
While horror used to be a big-screen format, it has found a home on small-screens with shows eager to push forward complex and psychological mysteries, apocalyptic themed-themes, classic slasher tropes, and, for good measure, old fashioned jump scares.
Check out our list of Friday the 13 TV shows to watch!
Forget Freddie, Jason, and Michael, Riverdale has the Black Hood, the Gargoyle King, and Edgar Evernever. Riverdale, a town best known by its nickname “murder capital of the world,” is filled with murder mysteries and serial killers, and you never know if what you’re watching is what’s really happening.
Haunting of House Hill – Netflix
There’s nothing scarier than moving into a creaky, old house with your five children. Add in that the house begins to have paranormal experiences that haunt the family simply looking to make a quick buck from a house-flip and you have one of the scariest shows on Netflix. Keep the lights on, you’ll need ‘em.
We hope you remember Ghostface because he’s back this time in a TV series adaptation of the horror film franchise. The MTV series centered around a brutal murder in Lakewood that stirs up memories of a crime spree from the past. The masked killer is out for blood and revenge and leads you on a fun and twisted game of whodunnit.
Your favorite sleuthing book detective has made her way to the small screen. Horseshoe Bay is a town plagued by unsettled and ghostly spirits, but one reigns supreme: Lucy Sable. The Seaqueen was murdered in 2000 and has become somewhat of an urban legend until Nancy and her friends, the Drew Crew, decided to solve her mysterious death when it intertwined with another, connected murder.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – Netflix
The series will leave you praising Satan! Sabrina Spellman lives on the other side of the Sweetwater River in Greendale, the neighboring town of Riverdale. Sabrina is a half-watch, half-mortal who finds herself fighting against dark forces from the occult that threatens her human world.
The Exorcist – FOX
If the film scared you, the series will give you nightmares. Angela Rance turns to Father Tomas Ortego, a church leader in Chicago, for help battling the evil emitting from inside their house and causing nightmares and psychotic breaks.
American Horror Story – FOX
The anthology series from Ryan Murphy finds each season diving into a new disturbing and gruesome storyline though the actors appear in multiple episodes as new characters. Many elements of the plot are pulled loosely from real events, which makes it even more terrifying. To help you get a general idea, “Murder House,” “Asylum,” “Coven,” “Freakshow,” and “Hotel” are all different seasons to indulge in… if you dare.
Black Mirror – Netflix
When I was a little girl, the Twilight Zone series terrified me, but Black Mirror amplifies the genre by “tapping into the collective unease about the modern world.” In short, it examines modern society through the lens of technology, and there’s nothing scarier than being hit with a dose of realism. Each episode is a stand-alone drama, so you don’t have to watch it all at once.
Tell Me A Story – CBS All Access
These aren’t the fairy tales you’re used to. The anthology series, hailing from The Vampire Diaries’ Kevin Williamson, is a dark and twisted take on your favorite fairy tales as they emphasize qualities like greed, lust, murder, and revenge. Season 1 digs into “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Three Little Pigs,” and “Hansel and Gretel,” while season 2 taps into “Beauty and the Beast,” “Sleeping Beauty” and “Cinderella.”
The Purge – FX
Based off a film of the same name, the TV series explores what happens to a society when murder and all crime becomes legal for a 12-hour period. Seemingly unconnected characters cross paths, but can they be trusted on Purge Night or are they all just playing the game?
Les Revenants (The Returned) – A&E Network
When a group of men, women, and children return home to their village, they’re met with confusion as they’ve been dead for several years. A series of murder coincide with their return that seem connected to a serial killer from the past.
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