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 Season Finale Review – Who Killed Owen Marvin? (1×18)
And that’s a wrap on an incredible first season of Nancy Drew.
Mystery by mystery, the series has slowly inched its way into becoming my favorite CW series.
“The Clue in the Captain’s Painting” was a full-on murder investigation as the Drew Crew, the Marvin’s, and the Horseshoe Bay police department were all determined to find out who killed Owen Marvin.
However, they were three very different investigations that blended into one led by the town’s sleuthing heroine, Nancy Drew.
If anyone were to figure out who killed Owen, it would be his grieving yet mystery-solving girlfriend.
In a surprising twist, Owen Marvin’s murderer was not the Aglaeca, so his death was not a payment of the blood toll brought on by summoning the sea ritual.
It was the obvious go-to, but it would have put way too much guilt on our Nancy, who was already dealing with quite a lot.
Owen’s killer was of the human form, and I couldn’t help but chuckle when Nancy quipped that things have gotten so crazy none of us considered that it may have been an actual human murderer. We were all so quick to blame the poor spirits!
From there, there were only a handful of people who had the motive and thus, it wasn’t nearly as delicious and shocking of a twist than the Lucy Sable reveal!
The only person that would ever gain anything from Owen’s death is Ryan Hudson, but considering he was just revealed as Nancy’s biological father, the series couldn’t tarnish his name or character like that. He may lead with ego, but he’s not a killer.
And really, that left us with Joshua, the brother of Lucy Sable, who escaped after a near-death encounter with Nancy.
He didn’t have a motive to kill Owen, but he did have a motive to get revenge on Nancy, and the quickest way to get to her was through Owen, who refused to send a text and draw Nancy out.
Owen died protecting her and that honestly makes his death ions more painful.
He was such a good guy — he cared about Nancy in a way no one else has, he accepted her for who she is, he supported her, and he died for her.
It was a premature death that had absolutely no merit. And yes, Nancy did everything to solve his death, but we never even got to see her mourn or grieve him.
Owen didn’t get the goodbye he deserved and it’s upsetting and unfortunate. What a terrible decision by The CW to kill him off when he would have been more useful alive.
And the way they killed him off was so pathetic as it didn’t contribute anything to the plot.
If it was a result of the Aglaeca, I could at least accept that it was a lesson for Nancy and the Drew Crew that there are life or death repercussions to their investigations, seances, rituals, etc, but having him be an innocent victim killed by Joshua was a disappointing turn of events.
My only hope is that the fact that this is a supernatural show somehow brings him back to life, but that seems like wishful thinking.
Making a protagonist suffer tends to be how a show encourages, but in this case, it hinders Nancy’s growth and upsets a dedicated fandom.
On her mission to solve the murder, Nancy managed to tell Lucy’s mother the truth and thus, established a relationship with her grandmother.
She also came face-to-face with Joshua and saved his life so that he could rot in jail.
And again, Owen died for nothing.
As Bess investigated Owen’s murder, she too got to know her family on a deeper level and realized that they’re all mean-spirited, narcissist, which honestly, is not someone I’d ever want to be around. Why is she still so desperate to become a Marvin?
Aunt Diana encouraged her to leverage her relationship with Lisbeth to find out what she knows about Owen’s death, and this is the second time that Bess has been put in a compromising position when it comes to her relationship.
Even Lisbeth informed her that she’s going to have to choose between the relationship and being a Marvin at some point. She can’t have both.
Still, Bess is choosing to embrace her family by accepting Aunt Diana’s invitation to live at the mansion.
Of course, one is to assume such an invite comes at a price… but what is it?
The only good thing that came from Bess embracing her Marvin side is that she got a brief history lesson into her great, great, great (a lot of great’s) grandfather Douglas Marvin who painted all the paintings in the hall of tragedies (apparently, rich people have these) and in one of them, she saw the Aglaeca.
What did good ‘ole Douglas know about the creature that’s trying to destroy them all? Was the Aglaeca a Marvin?
Hopefully, Bess finds out fast because the portents are only intensifying and the latest one showed them all visions of their own death.
Bess died by being burned alive, Ace was hooked and hung, George and Nick drowned inside their car, and Nancy Drew met a fate similar to Lucy Sable’s — she fell off a cliff.
Talk about things coming full circle. How can they get the Aglaeca off their backs?
Other Horsehoe Bay Musings
- George figured out why she’s so emotionally unavailable and it all boils down to how she was treated by Ryan Hudson. He preyed on a 17-year-old girl with a crush who didn’t know any better and made her think that being a “secret” was normal. It was incredibly sad to see George break down and finally realize the damage Ryan caused her, but it was necessary for her to confront him, make him realize that his actions have consequences, hold him accountable, and move on. I like her and Nick together.
- I initially thought George was keeping her relationship with Nick under wraps out of respect for Nancy.
- There’s definitely something happening between Ace and Nancy, and while it’s too soon right now, I wouldn’t be surprised if the series went there. I love the way he cares about her. I think he’s been harboring feelings for her but realizes that the timing simply isn’t right.
- I wondered how Nancy Drew would keep up the scare factor, but guess what, they managed to make the Aglaeca even scarier than Dead Lucy. I didn’t think that was possible, but here we are.
What did you think of the Nancy Drew season 1 finale?
Are you happy Owen’s murder was solved? How will the Drew Crew fend off the Aglaeca?
QUIZ: Which ‘Nancy Drew’ Character Are You?
Is Owen Marvin Really Dead on ‘Nancy Drew’?
In the past few episodes, Nancy Drew has thrown some wild twists at the Drew Crew, and it has left the audience in a state of constant shock.
*SPOILER ALERT — the post contains spoilers. We advise you to stop reading if you’re not caught up with episodes*
One of the show’s biggest twists was the reveal that Nancy Drew is not Carson and Kate Drew’s biological daughter.
Nancy has been haunted by the ghost of Lucy Sable, and initially, it seemed like she wanted Nancy to solve the mystery of her death before an unlikely connection revealed that Lucy was Nancy’s biological mother.
And that means that Ryan Hudson is her father! It’s been a few weeks since the reveal and it still has my mind spiraling in all different directions.
The series didn’t even give us (or poor Nancy) any time to recover from the twist because the following episode resulted in the tragic death of Owen Marvin, Nancy’s love interest.
Owen’s death was a result of Nancy and her friends summoning the Aglaeca and not paying the blood toll.
The Aglaeca latched onto Owen during the spell, but Nancy and the Drew Crew were able to pull him back without losing too much blood.
Nancy hoped it was enough, but it wasn’t as the portents began shortly after they conducted the spell.
Nancy and the Drew Crew then opted to perform a ritual to mask Nancy so that the “spirit” couldn’t find her and she could cheat fate and continue on without paying the toll, but the portents only intensified.
That’s when it dawned on Nancy that the Aglaeca must have been a human entity and thus, the ritual only infuriated it.
As a result, they found poor Owen dead in the bathtub with a bloody, gaping hole in his stomach likely from the fisherman hooks.
Of course, upon seeing such a gruesome sight, everyone’s first reaction is that “Owen Marvin is dead.” And I’m not arguing with it, but I’m also not 100% convinced.
Many shows rooted in the supernatural have a penchant for bringing people back from the dead, and that goes double for any CW series.
Nancy and the Drew Crew dabble in all kinds of seances, spells, and rituals, so there’s a huge likelihood that they can find a way to bring Owen back.
Maybe the can make a deal with the Aglaeca? We’ve only scratched the surface of fully knowing what it wants and how it operates.
There’s also a chance we see Owen Marvin in the spirit world since Nancy has a way of reconnecting with the dead and/or being haunted by them.
What I’m saying is that dead doesn’t really mean dead on television.
However, Miles Gaston Villaneuva’s Instagram suggests that his character, Owen Marvin, is dead dead.
In a post from three days ago he wrote, “RIP Owen. so sad & disappointing. definitely not my choice. definitely blindsided. no one told me why.”
Miles seems very triggered and upset by the death (as he should be) as he alludes to the fact that it was a decision he was not forewarned or consulted about.
After thanking friends for their support on this “short run,” he goes on to encourage people to be better and to stand up against those in your “inner-circle” badmouthing others.
Is he alluding to some tension on the set as the reason he was written off? Was there some drama between the cast behind closed doors?
While he seems to be coming from a real place of hurt and anger, there’s a slight chance Gaston Villanueva is trying to make us believe his death is permanent.
Is he throwing us off?
On one hand, it would be foolish of The CW and Nancy Drew to kill off a promising character. Nancy just found out her father and her boyfriend are rivals, which would undoubtedly make for compelling television.
There were so many story avenues to explore with Owen’s ties to the Marvin’s and his relationships with Nancy and Ryan.
His death seems premature and foolish.
However, on the other hand, as an audience, we’ve grown so accustomed to death on shows never being final. It’s the very reason why this article exists.
While I’m an Owen Marvin fan and hope his death is reversible, there’s something to be said about a series upping the stakes in a permanent fashion that’s refreshing and keeps audiences on their toes.
Horseshoe Bay is a town filled with uneasy spirits. Nancy’s decision and actions to wake the dead and follow mysteries must have repercussions not only for herself but for her friends as well.
Killing off someone that had the potential of becoming a main character pushes the boundaries, it changes the narrative, and it forces characters into uncomfortable and painful situations that inspire character growth.
It’s a stark realization that what they do matters and has permanent consequences.
And for the audience, it means that we’ll never see what’s coming next.
Update: Gaston Villanueva tweeted us after we published this article and yep, he’s a ghost.
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