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 Review – Amensia Got the Best of Us (2×11)
It’s always a blast when shows switch up their format.
On Nancy Drew Season 2 Episode 11, the Drew Crew dealt with a Viking monster that murdered anyone who knew its name.
Once we figured that out, it made all the sense in the world that Nick erased his memory upon accidentally hearing the name from Aristotle, the tour guide from the historical society, who was found dead.
Playing with the amnesia aspect allowed for some truly hilarious moments from the cast while also tapping into their incredible acting skills.
Nick went through a world of emotions upon learning that he was a “lying millionaire who couch-hops and has no home.
And learning that he killed someone in self-defense didn’t make things better as he was now a suspect in Aristotle’s murder and couldn’t remember a thing about what transpired.
In an effort to help Nick, the Drew Crew began investigating the Vikings from Artistotle’s podcast and stumbled upon the name of the creature, which then led to a series of memory erases that somehow always found Bess waking up and screaming bloody murder.
It’s really great that even without her memory, Bess’s personality remains consistent. Even though she doesn’t know who she is, she’s still the Bess we’ve come to know and love.
Since this isn’t their first rodeo, the Drew Crew left themselves quite a detailed map to help get them up to speed whenever they erased their memories. This included all the ways they tried to “kill” the creature.
You really have to give it to them for being crafty!
Eventually, they figured out that the only way to weaken the Stranger Things-looking animal known as the grimathorn is by publicizing his name.
And what better way to get the word out than through the power of social media?
Bess’s social media expertise and Ace’s hacking skills truly came in handy for this one!
While the creature wasn’t as terrifying as the ghosts of Horsehoe Bay’s past, the episode remained one of the stronger ones this season by allowing the Drew Crew to tap into several iterations of themselves trying to solve the same riddle over and over.
On top of the amnesia, Nancy also dealt with Celia finding out that she’s Ryan’s daughter.
Celia go-to reaction was to tell Everett, which Ryan couldn’t allow.
He called for an emergency family meeting, and Can I just say that I love that Ryan is now in a group text and considered family?
When Celia couldn’t be persuaded with logic, Nancy decided to steal her memories in order to buy herself some more time.
Honestly, how was Ryan not asking more questions about Nancy’s abilities to alter somoene’s mind and give them amnesia?
Without the Hudson blood running through her veins, Celia was actually quite enjoyable, though, it didn’t last long. The moment her memories were restored, she was right back to threatening Nancy with the truth.
Though, it’s quite possible that Nancy made a compelling point about proving her worth to the family, which would prevent Celia from revealing the truth.
Sure, if push comes to shove, Nancy could destroy the family, but she could also be an asset. She’s known about her Hudson blood for much longer than Celia and hasn’t come after the company. All she wants is Everett’s victims to get justice.
But if her cover is blown, Nancy, Ryan, and Carson will be forced to retaliate.
Celia should play her next move wisely.
Ace also dealt with some family drama as he finally met his brother.
While I knew that there had to be more to Grant, the new employee at The Claw, I never guessed he would end up being Ace’s long-lost brother.
But are we surprised? The series has a knack for pulling off a good family plot twist!
Grant informed Ace that his mother was in troubled and needed his help, but what could that possible mean?
And will helping her force Ace to finally confront his father and potentially destroy their perfect little family?
- I don’t really mind Odette anymore. She’s kind of a good addition to the team, and she even tried to save them all.
- Carson’s moving back home, which means Nick gets his own place. In fact, he splurged and bought the whole building!
- George and Nick forever — they’re just too cute together!
- Ace is so pure.
- How funny was the scene where Ace tried to hit on Bess and she let him down by reading a cue-card that reminded her she was into girls!
What did you think of the episode?
Are you a fan of episodes that play with reality? Are the mysteries captivating? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!
Nancy Drew Review – Handsy Drew! (2×10)
A new curse made Nancy Drew quite thirsty for all the men in town.
One of the best things about the reimagined CW series is that it never takes itself too seriously.
The case managed to embrace a compelling yet lighthearted tone simultaneously while moving the overall plot along.
And the best part — we were back to supernatural hauntings!
Even before the curse turned Nancy Drew into a sex addict, she teamed up with Detective Tamura to solve the great bouquet heist that involved a woman in a wedding dress robbing various locations for things like flowers, jewelry, and gold wedding bands.
Considering the tension between Tamura and Nancy prior to this episode, it was surprising that they were so eager to work together. And it was even more shocking to see how receptive Tamura was to the whole “ghosts” revelation.
Unless you’ve been dealing with the spirit world directly, it’s kind of hard to wrap your head around ghosts, curses, and supernatural entities. However, he didn’t seem to question it at all.
In fact, the two even admitted that they enjoyed working together, which is a big step for Horseshoe Bay. Nancy’s detective skills are finally being appreciated in this town!
Tamura gave me Owen replacement vibes. They even have a similar facial structure.
We didn’t know much about Tamura until this episode, but it’s clear why he was drawn to Nancy. His previous relationship failed because his fiancee disliked his job and wasn’t interested in the cases he was working on. With Nancy, he’s not only found someone who is interested, but he’s found someone who’s just as passionate about it and equally s good.
Their pairing simply makes sense, but I was glad that they didn’t cross the line and kiss while she was under the influence. If it happens in its own time, so be it, but not when she’s all jacked up on lust and desire.
Plus, I want to see their friendship and partnership form before they pursue anything romantic as they seem to be on the same wavelength with cases.
When Nancy and the team destroyed the wedding dress, she absorbed the curse, which gave us some of Kennedy McMann’s best work.
The poor girl was locked in a freezer so that she would cool down.
Each man’s slow-motion cameo was hilarious, the way she was trying to talk herself down in the cooler was perfection, and the fact that she faked sick to jump out of a bathroom window and chase down a man was one of the best things on television.
And now, I want to run my hands through Ace’s soft and silky hair!
But while Nancy was the one lusting, there were still two men inside The Claw fighting over her as Tamura and Gil Bobbsey got all up in each other’s faces. What a lucky girl.
While being overcome with a sex curse likely wasn’t Nancy’s idea of a fun day, she did realize that there was something liberating about embracing desire.
And Bess and George both encouraged her to essentially “get some.”
So, for now, Nancy has decided to walk on the wild side by pursuing her feelings for Gil. See, it wasn’t necessary to fight cops to get the girl!
We haven’t seen Nancy in a relationship since Owen’s death, so maybe allowing herself to feel again will do her some good.
Bess went on a date with Odette, in George’s body, and props to the ladies for being able to sell the narrative. I could never see Bess and George together, but I could totally see Bess and Odette together!
However, as Ace informed her, it’s absolutely not okay, and he’s right. George is already giving up her body to host Odette, but it’s another thing for Odette to pursue relationships with others while she’s “unconscious.”
Also, what a strange love triangle (or square) that would make if Nick had to share George’s body without actually sharing her soul.
Ace connected with his brother, who agreed to come to Horsehoe Bay, but instead of meeting up with him, he left him a box with a photo of their father.
Does anyone else think that maybe Ace isn’t actually chatting up his long-lost brother?
I’m slightly worried for him and don’t want him to get his hopes up only to end up disappointed.
And finally… the cat’s out of the bag about Nancy Drew being Ryan Hudson’s daughter.
Ryan thought he had Val Samuels in the palm of his hand, which speaks to Ryan’s privilege. He thinks that he can manipulate someone by flashing his pretty little smile and flirting a bit.
However, Val was manipulating him by acting interested when she was really trying to get a DNA test.
It’s unclear how she connected Ryan and Nancy to each other. It’s one thing to assume Ryan may have had a child with Lucy Sable, but it’s another thing entirely to know that the child is Nancy.
Maybe she’s just that good of an investigative reporter. Either way, she went behind Ryan’s back and informed Mrs. Hudson of the fact that Nancy is her grandchild, which is what everyone was trying to avoid.
Way to put Nancy in the line of danger, Val.
This is the second strike against her. We were first thrown off by Val due to her woman-on-woman repression in which she told Nancy to keep it clean on social media. How is that any different than the spelled wedding gown to curb women’s natural impulses?
Maybe let’s just let women be women and not judge their abilities and achievements based on a bikini photo!
What did you think of the episode? Are you enjoying the second season of Nancy Drew so far? Let us know in the comments!
Nancy Drew Review – The Bargain of the Blood Shroud (2×09)
For the second week in a row, Nancy Drew graced us with an episode that limits the supernatural mysteries in lieu of ones that align more with the books.
Nancy Drew Season 2 Episode 9 brings back the Bobbsey twins, Gil and Amanda. The former is responsible for stealing the shroud that not only revived George but is currently the only thing keeping her alive.
Ace may have let it slip to Amanda that they had the shroud in their possession, and while she didn’t tell Gil anything, it wasn’t Ace’s brightest moment considering she has an overprotective brother who reads her texts and has sticky paws.
Gil also had a purpose for it as he wanted to solve the mystery of his mother, Rosemary’s, death.
His plan was to use it on Eddie Collins, a man on his death bed that he believed killed his mother.
Nancy struck a deal with Gil, and man, I’m constantly in awe of her self-confidence.
She put George’s life on the line and committed to solving a 14-year-old mystery. Then again, there’s no better detective around than Nancy. Her track record speaks for itself.
If anyone can do it, Nancy can.
And she did. Within the hour, Nancy figured out that Eddie Collins, who eventually passed away, wasn’t a murderer. And Rosemary? She wasn’t dead.
After realizing that Rosemary was the artist behind the self-portraits tucked away in Eddie’s basement, the Drew Crew learned that she was actually still alive.
A quick search of her medical records revealed that she was institutionalized for psychiatric delusions as she thought she was being haunted by monsters.
In Horseshoe Bay, there’s a huge chance she was being haunted by them.
She met Eddie in group therapy, and he provided her with an outlet to paint.
Initially, Gil was skeptical of accepting the truth, but it did set him free and allow him to move on from a past that haunted him.
And a new relationship may be blossoming between him and Nancy. Aside from the fact that he didn’t seem to mind killing George for his own selfish reasons, I think Gil nicely balances out Nancy’s energy.
They both seemed to enjoy breaking into Eddie’s house and snooping around. Nancy needs someone that will meet her level of enthusiasm for wild escapades.
My heart is slowly but surely letting go of the fantasy that Ace and Nancy will get together… for now. Even though they had a really cute moment at The Claw that made my heart skip a beat!
While Nancy is embracing her feelings for Gil, Ace is smitten with the other Bobbsey twin: Amanda.
Amanda also seems like a good fit for Ace, and he’s so gushy around her!
Their first kiss was interrupted by a text for Ace’s brother, which has been a mystery that was looming over the series since he made that distressed call when he thought he was going to get killed by the Aglaeca.
Ace deserves his own storyline, so bring it on!
George and Nick also dealt with the third-wheel in their relationship — Odette Martin.
She kept popping up at the most inopportune times, and while I’m a sucker for Leah Lewis’ French accent, Nick was right… she is really mean.
Eventually, Odette overheard Nick and Bess talking about their plans to contain her, so she decided to drive to the cliffs and end her life in hopes of reuniting with her one true love, Mary.
What is it with people and these cliffs?
Bess and Nick successfully talked Odette off the ledge — Bess using Carson Drew’s tactics and analogies was especially poignant — and it seems as though the body-snatcher may be gone for good.
Maybe the way to get rid of her all along was to show her that this wasn’t her life to live? She was constantly seeking revenge for having her life and love taken from her prematurely, but by robbing George of the same thing, she was just as bad as the ruthless men.
I know I’m not the only one that would be excited to see Odette go back to where she came from!
Does anyone else think Bess should work for Carson? I can’t wait to see what her next “vine” will be!
The episode had all the makings of a classic Nancy Drew mystery, but I’ll be the first to admit that I’m missing the ghostly spirits and hauntings.
These episodes have been far less scary (sans Eddie’s “death rattle” moment), but they’ve helped me realize that I crave those frights from the series!
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below!
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