When Nancy Drew kicks off an episode celebrating some townie holiday dedicated to an urban legend, you know it’s about to go down.
And Harbor Day did not disappoint as the Drew Crew rallied together to call upon a new spirit, the Aglaeca, to get some answers about Lucy Sable’s death.
Many shows don’t understand the power of poking fun of themselves, but it’s a good thing Nancy Drew does because that light-hearted humor allows the darkness of the series not to consume it. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, which becomes a strength when a series relies so heavily on the audience suspending their belief.
George and Bess both made tongue-in-cheek comments about what happened the “last time” they called upon a spirit, and it’s those moments that echo the audience’s thoughts exactly.
Earlier on in the episode, Nancy’s reply to her father, who was insisting she stay home because of her near-death experience, was that “almost dying is my new normal.”
And it’s true. While the amount of times Nancy’s come close to death is slightly worrisome, it’s hard to imagine what Horseshoe Bay would be like without its bravest little sleuth.
Nancy didn’t have time to waste because she was on a mission to exonerate her father. And in order to do that, she needed to prove that he didn’t kill Lucy Sable. And in order to do that, she needed to get her hands dirty and meddle with some spirits.
Her first order of business was trying to poke a hole in Ryan’s alibi. He claimed to have been at boarding school the night of Lucy’s murder, but those emails would prove otherwise. After all, it’s the reason poor Tiffany is dead and Lucy’s brother, Josh, is scorched like a little raisin and on the run probably plotting Nancy’s murder.
Also, how did Josh just get up and walk out after that? Was he a ghost?
There’s no way a human could have survived that let alone just walked out as if nothing happened.
Nancy’s quest for answers takes her on a trip out of town with Owen, who offered because he wants to be supportive, gave her some insight into Ryan and Lucy’s relationship prior to her death and his whereabouts the night of.
However, all of that was quickly overshadowed by Nancy’s visions, if you can even call them that. I’m getting the sense that the Nancy Drew crew has way too much fun inserting dead Lucy into moments that literally scare the living crap out of me. I don’t even know how many times I screamed “whyyyyy.”
Anyway, to me it seems like Lucy is trying to scare Nancy away from looking into the case more because much like with Tiffany, she doesn’t want her to learn the truth. My working theory is that the email that called Lucy a whore either wasn’t sent by Ryan or it was after he found out she was pregnant with his father or something. It could’ve been an affair or it’s possible that Lucy was a victim of rape. It would explain why her soul hasn’t been able to find peace.
Unfortunately for her, Nancy isn’t easily scared (unlike me). She may have been spooked, but she deduced that Lucy wanted her to find her bones and get the answers that way, which is when they decided to summon the Aglaeca.
But before they could do that, Owen, Bess, and George needed some more information on how to do it properly, while Nancy needed to make a pitstop at the police station to help Max and Nick with their findings.
The duo set out the answer one question that was bugging them following the reveal that Josh killed Tiffany Hudson on accident: where did he get the poison?
Nick figured that at some point, Joshua and Claire (remember the crazy serial killer who tried to poison Nancy one of the times she almost died?) crossed paths at some point. But upon further investigation, it was revealed that they never did.
I shouldn’t even have to bring up how ridiculous it is that three teenagers are just hanging around the precinct and attempting to solve the town’s crimes, but it’s happening, and they’re actually doing a great job. Someone needs to put them on payroll because they’re doing free labor at this point.
Nick discovered that at some point, Claire’s poison was checked into the station as evidence, and they realized that there was a perfect opportunity to swipe it when it was temporarily moved because the fridge broke.
Nancy’s science skills came in handy here as she realized that the vial didn’t have poison in it but water. Furthermore, the person who signed off on the repairs was none other than Detective Karen.
I love the energy Nancy gets when she realizes she’s onto something!
Ace, our incredibly lovable friend, stupidly drank the contents of the vial to prove her point, and thankfully, it was just water. It would have ended pretty badly for him if it wasn’t, but then again, his decision to just go for it shows how much faith he has in Nancy. The whole team does. They’ll do anything for her because they trust her and know she’s never going to let them down or leave them behind. When it comes to shows with friendships at the core of the series, Nancy Drew takes the cake. They will literally follow her anywhere, even into a lake to conjure up the Aglaeca.
We’re getting there, I promise, but first, we have to deal with Karen. Oh, Karen.
When she realized there was no way out of this for her, she came clean and basically said she helped Joshua because she saw the emails that proved it was Ryan Hudson. Her anger at losing her best friend to a man who avoids punishment at all costs simply because he comes from a rich family got the best of her, so she helped Joshua get the poison to use it on Ryan.
As we all know, however, it was accidentally sprinkled on Tiffany Hudson’s salad and thus, Karen assisted in the homicide.
What’s worse is that Karen has been responsible this whole time but she put up a holier than thou attitude and pretended like Carons’s arrest for Lucy’s death was warranted. How could she believe that when she thought it was Ryan?
She knew damn well he was innocent and yet, if it hadn’t been for Ace, Carson would have been attacked and killed in prison!
And don’t even get me started on the fact that she put him in this mess in the first place by sneaking around and reading Nancy’s diary.
If you didn’t hate Karen before, you should probably move her over to your “hate” column now.
Okay, nooooow we get to the part where they summon that spirit and realize it was probably a really bad idea. Like, really bad. Couldn’t they just dig up Lucy Sable’s bones instead?
If the terrifying riddle that they had to recite wasn’t warning enough, calling up the spirit of the Aglaeca required a toll to be paid.
Owen offered to be the sixth person representing the six women despite Nancy’s insistence that he stay out of it. And he probably should have listened.
Instead, they all linked up, walked into the water, dropped some of their blood into the water (again the commentary here echoed our thoughts because no, that wasn’t sanitary at all but at least they all used their own knives), and then recited the chant.
Suddenly, bones appeared at their feet, which was weird but you know, it worked.
And for the toll, Owen got cemented into the ocean and his arm began to get deep cuts. Nancy wasn’t going to let anything happen to him, so they destroyed the wreath and hoped that severing the link was enough to shoo the spirit away.
Except, we all know it wasn’t. After Nancy drove Owen home, the two finally gave into the passion and slept together.
When she got home the next morning, Nancy had what I’d like to call the worst walk of shame in her life because she pulled out the whole ass wreath from her mouth.
I mean, it was probably the most vomit-inducing thing I’ve ever seen, so I’ll let you re-live it.
edit: this is my new favorite GIF no questions at this time
— Kennedy McMann (@kennedymcmann) March 5, 2020
You’re welcome for that.
Clearly, the Drew Crew did not sufficiently pay the toll, but how can they make amends? Cause there’s no way Nancy is giving up that good looking man to no spirit!
Nancy Drew keeps getting better with each episode, and that’s a fact.
The ghost mysteries may fuel this show, but the friendship between the cast is the glue that holds it all together.
Will Nancy find a way to exonerate her dad? Find out next week, Cravers!
Nancy Drew Review – Haunted Corpse (2×06)
We’ve dealt with plenty of ghosts and unsettled spirits in Horsehoe Bay, but Nancy has opened up a whole new can of… demonic spirits.
I thought that there couldn’t be anything scarier than Lucy Sable’s spirit, but I was dead wrong. The Lamia (don’t hold me accountable for the spelling on this one) was ten times more terrifying, and I think that has to do with the simple fact that he reminded me of the boy from The Grudge.
It’s safe to say, I’ll be having plenty of nightmares of him popping out of Nancy’s kitchen cupboard. We knew they were building up to the moment, and yet, it still made me jump several feet in the air.
The Lamia was a direct-result of Nancy’s ambush on the Historical Society, in which she opened up all the vaults to find a way to save George and inadvertently released the most dangerous of spirits into town.
The Lamia was the first, but absolutely not the last of the terrors coming their way. And if this is the first, I shudder to think what else is in store for our Drew Crew.
Thankfully, it looks they’re up for the challenge.
When the episode picks up, it’s been two weeks since their battle with the Aglaeca where they declared victory and beat the curse. Everyone is kind of thriving in their post-survival reality, but looks can be deceiving.
The moments of bliss and joy are short-lived, and the moment an opportunity presents itself to get involved in yet another supernatural mystery, everyone is game. Well, everyone except for Nick — he’s clearly the only sensible one.
They were like “are we really ready to invite all this back into our lives?” and everyone was like “let’s do it!” No hesitation.
It’s a much different tone than the one they had prior to facing the Aglaeca where they blamed Nancy for all their problems and for dragging them into the mess in the first place.
The demonic spirits inhabiting town may be Nancy’s fault, but they all willingly decided to perform an autopsy on a haunted corpse as it gave them a “sense of purpose.”
Personally, I’d run the opposite way and let Nancy deal with the mess. I don’t have the stomach for cutting open aged corpses filled with occult symbols that randomly start to bleed fresh blood, but that’s precisely why I’m not part of the Drew Crew.
Nancy’s lucky to have a group that will get down and dirty with her… literally.
Nancy was the only one who seemingly didn’t catch a break during the two spiritless weeks as she was arraigned for breaking into the morgue and punished with serving community hours in said morgue. That’s the true meaning of “ironic,” Alanis Morisette.
And yet, there doesn’t seem to be a more fitting place for Nancy than the morgue.
In case anyone was wondering why they were ever terrified of morgues, the clanking from one of the steel body fridges was a clear reminder.
Again, a normal person would bolt upon hearing a knocking while alone with several dead bodies, but not Nancy. She opened up the body bag and pulled out the insects from the corpses’ mouth like it was no big deal!
The corpse ended up being an evil entity masquerading as a human (though, who really looked at that corpse and thought it was a human?!) that sought out children.
It was a nice addition to include to coroner’s son, Leo, as the child who was being protected by the spirit of the Lamia’s victim.
We haven’t seen children get sucked into the supernatural world, but realistically, children are more in-tune with these kinds of things and we usually just shrug them and their “imaginary friends” off the way Connor and Nancy did at first.
But in this case, Leo was actually talking to his action figure (not a doll!) and was trying to inform them about the dangers looming large.
With Leo protected, the Lamia set its sights on George’s sisters, but Nancy followed through, as always, to save them from the monster’s grasp.
Honestly, all of the occurrences leading up to the Lamia’s attack were far more interesting than the attack itself, but that probably because we knew it would never actually do any harm to Ted and Charlie.
It was fitting that they relied on the souls of the dead children for help while Horeshoe Bay was celebrating All Hallow Tide, a holiday that honored the dead.
By defeating the Lamia, they were able to honor and help 13 young souls finally find peace.
Maybe Nancy’s “accidental” act of releasing malevolent spirits from the Historical Society will pay off if they manage to vanquish them and help all trapped spirits move on.
The episode struck a good tone between comedic and creepy/gruesome. The series has managed to figure out how to not take itself so seriously while scaring the crap out of us simultaneously. It’s admirable.
Everyone’s comedic timing was on-point, but per usual, Bess and Ace were the stars.
Between Ace’s game night jokes and asking if the corpse followed Nany home, to Bess saying they should do the autopsy in the living room cause it’s more spacious than the kitchen and channeling Boxy to communicate with the kid — it was all so great.
Also, Nick has a terrible English accent.
While it initially seemed like they put all of the Aglaeca drama behind them that wasn’t entirely the case.
The Lamia was connected to a group of women who first called upon the Aglaeca, while George also had an encounter with her body-snatcher.
Throughout the episode, George was also experiencing head rushes and lapses in memory, which audiences knew had to be related to the shroud that brought her back to life.
I was right when I said the ghost staring back at her in the mirror after she was revived looked just like Odette.
George came face-to-face with her in the bathroom, and it’s clear that she’s sharing a body with the ghostly spirit. But why?
Does Odette want to take over permanently? Does she want another chance at life? Why didn’t she just disappear peacefully into the night?
Will George remember this encounter?
At this point, supernatural cases seek Nancy out. She doesn’t even need to leave her house for a corpse to land at her feet!
And that’s going to be even more true when she starts her part-time gig with Carson Drew.
Finally, someone outside of the Drew Crew is acknowledging Nancy’s detective talents rather than shrugging them off as an annoyance. Carson is right to think that Nancy could be his secret weapon to winning cases as she’s the most clued-in person in town.
Just imagine how much Det. Tamora could have benefitted from working with Nancy instead of forming a hostile relationship.
Connor experienced the supernatural occurrence first-hand, which strengthened his relationship with Nancy (and you know it’ll be helpful to have a friend at the morgue that she can ask for favors). I imagine if Tamora also witnessed something unexplainable, he’d be forced to believe Nancy’s involvement is more crucial than he’d like to admit.
Are you ready to see the Drew dream team in action? Do you think Carson is ready to be exposed to the supernatural world?
What do you think their next threat is? And what’s going on with George?
Sound off in the comments below!
Nancy Drew Review – Did the Drew Crew Defeat the Aglaeca? (2×05)
Death day is upon the Drew Crew on Nancy Drew Season 2 Episode 5.
With time running out, the group has one day left to come up with a promising plan to defeat the Aglaeca, but instead, they find themselves turning on each other.
It was bound to happen. When death is knocking on your door, you start looking for people to blame. In this case, all the blame fell on Nancy as everyone felt that she used them as tools in her missions.
Of course, that was partially true. Nancy was the reason they were involved, but she didn’t force anyone; they all knew the risks of meddling with the spirit world and willingly participated.
Nancy decided that since she was responsible for bringing the curse upon them, she was going to find a way to break it.
Finding the sand from the portent wasn’t easy, but thankfully, Ryan Hudson conveniently kept a vacuum in his trunk that had some leftover sand stashed away.
What a relief, right? Wrong.
The series is incredible at building up the anticipation and anxiety, which made those “death” scenes so thrilling.
As everyone waited to see who the Aglaeca would come for first, they spent their final moments on a five-way call sharing some last-minute confessions.
Ace explained that he hacked into the federal system to retrieve a number for someone in witness protection, but he wasn’t brave enough to call it.
Bess finally admitted what everyone already knew — she’s a klepto!
Nick explained that he never finished Tiffany’s mission of exposing the Hudson’s with a USB drive filled with evidence simply because he wanted to move on and rebuild his life.
George had no regrets, and really, we should all follow her example and live life that way.
And Nancy, well, she simply regretted dragging all of them into this mess.
In those moments, you could truly see just how much everyone meant to each other and how they were forever bonded by their shared experiences. They were in this together for better or for worse.
Then, Odette’s creepy and mesmerizing French singing began as their curses triggered: Nancy fell off the cliff, Ace got locked in the freezer with a sharp hook hoping to land a blow somewhere on his body, a fire erupted at Bess’ house, and water began filling George and Ned’s truck.
Did anyone else think that Ryan and Carson would come to Nancy’s aide as she was dangling from the cliff? They spent the whole day stalking her, so it would have been fitting to have both of her dad’s come to her rescue, especially since it mimicked Lucy Sable’s death Neither of them were able to save her, but this could have been like their second chance.
Then again, Nancy isn’t the type of girl that needs to be rescued and she did just fine pulling herself to safety. Her dads didn’t even know the full extent of the danger she was in.
George and Ned faced the Aglaeca head-on and were able to successfully throw the sand at her and escape the car as she “drowned” instead.
But it couldn’t be that easy, right? A post-death survival celebration at the Claw revealed that the Aglaeca wasn’t’ done with them at all. And those visions of their group’s death at the restaurant a few hours later were enough to terrify and discourage anyone.
At this point, it truly seemed like they were out of options. The look on Nancy’s face and the fact that she went to Carson’s to make amends and eat pizza like the “good old days” made it clear that she was defeated.
They seemingly exhausted all their options, Nancy thought. That is until Carson said that his love for her would live inside him forever.
That’s when she realized that the portents were reminders of the Aglaeca’s pain, suffering, and trauma. Instead of defeating her, they were antagonizing her and making her mad.
The solution to simply read Odette’s love letters was a bit silly in the grand scheme of things, but then again, love is universal and does conquer all.
And in this case, love did conquer the Aglaeca. As they appealed to the woman inside the monster, Odette resurfaced and they broke the curse.
At this point, it’s safe to assume that they finally allowed her to find peace, which is the most respect she’s been shown since her brutal death and the hands of greedy men.
Also, can someone explain how Ted and George have money for all these repairs at The Claw? There isn’t an episode where the restaurant doesn’t incur some form of damage at the hands of the supernatural.
Half the time, the place is closed for business, so where are they even making all this money? Moot points, I know, but a girl does wonder.
It wouldn’t be believable for the Drew Crew to come out completely unscathed from this incident, however, and defeating the Aglaeca was short-lived because in the tizzy of it all, George was stabbed and bled to death. I guess the blood bucket curse was real after all.
The cast really delivered on the emotional beats in this scene. You could feel the heaviness and sadness despite not being at The Claw.
Ned’s reaction was the most heartbreaking because he had finally found the soulmate that made his life better only to have her ripped away from him. And right before her death, George finally told him that she loved him.
Nancy was so overwhelmed with guilt that she couldn’t allow George to die because of her, but this caused her to act recklessly and once again inadvertently dragged all of her friends into yet another supernatural mystery.
The shroud to revive the dead may have worked and brought George back to life, but it’s unclear what the side-effects and repercussions of using it will be.
Nancy meant well, but it was pretty careless to unlock all the locks in the historical society that were safeguarding dangerous objects. Her actions single-handedly released all those spirits into Horseshoe Bay.
Nancy may be the town’s most promising detective, but she’s also the town’s biggest problem.
After all that happened, why didn’t any of them question what might happen after they cheated death yet again?
In this case, they didn’t just cheat death once as beating the Aglaeca still counts.
We’ve all seen Final Destination — we know what happens when you try to outrun your destiny.
George may be content with getting a second shot at life and might feel fine for now, but that woman (who looked an awful lot like Oddette… or maybe some other white, blond-haired woman?) staring back at her in the mirror says otherwise.
My guess is that the woman’s spirit will inhabit George’s body in a case of body snatchers. What do you think will happen?
Bad things (worse than the Aglaeca) are coming to Horsehoe Bay, so let’s hope the Drew Crew is ready for their next battle.
Other Ghostly Musings
- Ace eventually called the number of the man in witness protection and left a voicemail informing him that he thought he was his brother. We don’t know too much about Ace’s past, so this is promising! Did I mention he’s my favorite? Because he is.
- Ned gave Ryan a copy of Tiffany’s USB to fill in the gaps and use it against his father. There’s no telling if he will, but it’s in his best interest if he wants to bring his father to justice and earn some brownie points with Nancy.
- Bess is great. For some reason, she thought throwing out the portents was a good idea because it would cleanse their chi. You can’t blame her for trying!
- Carson offering Ryan parenting books because he believes he can reinvent himself was so pure and genuine.
What did you think of the episode? Do you think fending off the Aglaeca and helping her find peace was too easy?
Did Nancy do the right thing by reviving George without considering the consequences of her actions?
Let us know in the comments below!
Nancy Drew Review – The Ghost of Agnes Marvin (2×04)
There’s a lot of ghosts with unfinished business on Nancy Drew.
With just 46 hours left on the clock, the race to destroy the Aglaeca continues on Nancy Drew Season 2 Episode 4.
The Drew Crew attempts to utilize the dybbuk box that they scooped up from AJ Crane’s apartment, but there are a few caveats.
First off, the dybbuk box needs to be made of a certain type of wood and blessed by a rabbi who died in 1971. Ace immediately finds a solution by explaining that there’s a dybbuk box on loan from a private collection in Boston that they could potentially get their hands on.
Okay, it’s half of a solution because the museum won’t just rent the box to anyone. And that’s where Ryan Hudson comes into play.
Ace embarks on a little adventure with Ryan and Drew Carson, which gives us one of the show’s greatest team-ups.
Ace is a mediator between two grown men who don’t seem eye-to-eye at first, but the trip bonds them and by the end of the hour, they’re working together to figure out what is going on with Nancy.
To be fair, she was talking about ghosts and stuff, which is bound to concern any parent even one that just found out he’s your dad not too long ago.
It was nice to see them talk it out like adults should instead of slinging cheap shots at each other. Neither of them meant to hurt the other. Carson was simply doing the best for Nancy and honoring Lucy’s wishes.
It was big of Carson to apologize for robbing Ryan of the chance to be a father.
Both of them were trying to right their wrongs; Carson gave Ryan advice on how to connect with Nancy, while Ryan did his best to be there for her starting with purchasing the dybbuk box.
You also have to give Ace credit for keeping the truth under wraps and remaining cordial with both of them. His bond with Carson is also really sweet.
Meanwhile, Nancy and Bess set out on another important mission: finding the necessary belongings to put into the dybbuk box. In order to trap the spirit, they needed meaningful objects from the ghost’s life and death.
Sounds easy enough, right?
Nancy suggests Owen’s sand could serve as a totem, which also marks the first mention of Owen roughly four episodes into the season. It’s strange how the series is just trying to erase his existence by having Nancy act as though his death didn’t impact her at all.
Finding a totem from OdetteLamar’s life allows us to explore more of her backstory, and it’s heartbreaking.
Nancy and Bess attempt to find the necklace she wore in her portrait, which was later worn in a photo by Agnes, Captain Douglas Marvin’s second wife.
During the search, Bess and Nancy have their scariest ghost encounter to date as Agnes locks them in the cellar and terrorizes them. The jump-out-of-your-seat scares are Nancy Drew’s specialty.
It’s unclear why Agnes did that because Nancy’s search — aided by Ryan Hudson, who proudly boasts that he solved a riddle before Nancy Drew — reveals that Agnes was not mental at all as the history books led people to believe.
It was a cover-up because she found out the truth about her husband drowning Odette aboard the ship and stealing all her wealth to build the town of Horeshoe Bay. When she tried to expose his misdeeds to Reverand Hudson, she was deemed mentally insane and locked away until her untimely death.
No wonder Horseshoe Bay attracts so many evil spirits; it’s literally built on the blood of two women.
And for the most part, the Marvin and the Hudson families continue to be the town’s thorn.
Agnes was a crafty woman, however, who left Odette’s necklace and a letter containing the truth in a confessional at the church. She hoped someday, someone would solve the cipher she left behind in the hymnal and expose the truth.
With the necklace in her possession, Nancy and the Drew Crew attempt to lure the Aglaeca’s spirit and trap it into the dybbuk box.
Sadly, it doesn’t work and only angers the vengeful spirit.
But it does lead them to a new and promising conclusion — they can hurt the Aglaeca, which means that there’s a possibility they can kill her. All they have to do is figure out the “how.”
I wish the Aglaeca would just accept Nancy’s offer of righting history and telling her story.
Odette was used by greedy men, and the town deserves to know the truth about what happened to her. With Agnes’ letter in hand, she can now has the proof to back up what she said during the historical tour!
It’s likely that the Drew Crew will eventually find a way to defeat the Aglaeca before time runs out, but not everyone’s survival is guaranteed, so it’s reasonable that the group was preparing for death, writing their obits, and struggling to say goodbye.
If you knew you were going to die, you’d want to leave your loved ones with a lasting memory, make sure they’re protected, and know how much you love and appreciate them.
George wanted to make sure her sister took over her responsibilities and took care of the family in her absence, but instead, she pushed her too hard. When she apologized and told her she loved her, it was a genuine moment that allowed her to say how she really felt before it’s too late.
Nick told George that he loved her while he still had the time and the opportunity.
Ace didn’t have it in him to say goodbye to his father in person, and he knew that if he told him the truth, his dad would die trying to find a way to save him. He didn’t want to put him at risk, so he wrote a letter.
And poor Bess couldn’t find the words to say to Lisbeth because the truth and the lie would both break her heart. It’s reassuring that Bess and Lisbeth are still going strong because it’s been a bit since we’ve seen them together and hopefully, Bess has the opportunity to make it up to her for missing dinner.
As for Nancy, this is the first time a TV show lead doesn’t have a love interest, but I’m still rooting for Nancy and Ace! Will almost dying make them realize they have feelings for each other?
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below!
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