Nancy Drew calls the CW home and thus, it’s obligated to deliver one alternate reality episode per season. I’m convinced that it some kind of unspoken yet mandatory rule for all of the network’s shows.
In the real world, our girl was dying, but in the dream world, she was thriving in a place that exceeded her expectations.
It was perfect — her mother was alive, her parents were together, her dad wasn’t in jail, she was in college, George was her bestie, Bess was content living out of a van, Ryan was a “great guy” (we’ve heard that one on Supergirl about Lex Luthor, too) and married to Tiffany, who was still alive also, Ace was, well, Ace (he’s been living the dream this whole time), and she still had a shot with Nick because they never met in this reality, which means she never botched things with him.
Also, let me point out that this is the second episode without Owen and his presence has been missed. How did he not even make the cut in a fake world?
Nancy had every reason to stay behind in this dream world and allow her to be happy, so it says a lot about her willpower to not only realize that this wasn’t reality but also to fight that urge to give in to the forces trying to convince her to stay.
And trust me, they tried. From her “friends,” aka the figments of her subconscious, urging her to leave her worries behind and hang out with them for eternity to her mother trying to keep her around, the temptation was there and yet, Nancy knew that regardless of how messy and heartbreaking reality truly was, it was real.
So, the wish box didn’t get what it wanted, but the audience, on the other hand, got an exciting mystery that found Nancy working with the fake Drew Crew to find the key back home.
If you were surprised that the 3 clues left behind were a riddle, you really shouldn’t be — this is Nancy Drew, solving riddles and mysteries via clues is her thing!
What’s best about “alternate reality” tropes is they allow writers and characters to play with “what if.”
They’re all the same characters, but the experiences they had have made them much different than what we’re used to seeing.
Those interactions really carried the episode from just another mystery to Nancy evolving and recognizing some of her earthly mistakes.
Nick never went to prison in this alternate world, he bought a home (which was the sanatorium in Nancy’s world), and their chemistry was way stronger than it’s ever been in her world also. Her time spent with Nick made her realize that she let go of a guy who truly loved and accepted her because she was too scared to fight for him and pursue those feelings.
In both scenarios, the real world and the alternate reality, however, Nick was by her side making sure she was okay, which says a lot about him as a man and friend.
Unfortunately, in the real world, telling Nick how she feels isn’t that easy because it means Nancy has to commit to changing her ways, which I don’t think she’s truly ready for.
Nick’s also managing a new business now and whatever is happening with George is also valid and cannot be ignored even if Nancy had him first.
She also hasn’t explored her feelings for Owen but rather tried to shoot them down and pretend they aren’t there. It’s fine for now since “out of sight, out of mind” is working as she’s too preoccupied with the spiritual world, but she can’t repress those feelings forever.
Nancy also got to spend some time with her mother and say her goodbye, which is something she didn’t get to do on Earth.
She’s been haunted by her mother’s death this whole time because she felt so guilty about it, but in reality, her mother set her up for success before she passed.
Still, it was nice for Nancy to get that closure and to experience a few stolen moments with her mother one last time.
At times, it felt like the wish box was heaven because and her mother was there to guide her out of it and back to reality.
In the real world, Nancy was so close to death that it would have been possible for her to die and crossover, and yet, her mother continuously gave her all the clues to finding the key that allowed her to wake up.
Her mother left her a map before her death, so she quite literally gave her the answer.
Everyone was relieved when Nancy opened her eyes and returned to the land of the living, and she was back to figuring out the next piece of the puzzle in no time.
During her stay in the alternate reality, she kept getting haunted by some woman, whom she later found at the Historical Society, a suggestion that came from her mother also.
The woman, a self-proclaimed “keeper” of sorts, unlocked Tiffany Hudson’s safety deposit box and showed Nancy the video that was taken shortly before her death.
Turns out, Nancy is in more danger than she previously assumed because Tiffany may have been murdered for getting too close to finding out who murdered Lucy Sable.
Much like Nancy, Tiffany said she “found” something and was being haunted by Lucy.
If all this checks out, what does this mean for Nancy? Up until now, it seemed like Nancy was leading her down the “right” path, but what if she was showing her misleading clues purposefully?
Did Lucy kill Tiffany?
And why doesn’t Lucy want anyone to know the truth?
The series is leaving us on a bit of a cliffhanger as Nancy Drew Season 1 Episode 14 returns in 2 weeks on February 26, and the promo is teasing a classic “who-dun-it” mystery.
The Tiffany/Lucy murder mystery has spanned a good chunk of the first season, and while it’s been intriguing, I’m also ready for it to end and for the Drew Crew to move onto something new that utilizes all their skills.
Hopefully, the murder reveal is executed in a brilliant way (with a few carefully crafted scares) because this episode may go down as one of the strongest this season.
There was a clear purpose, everyone worked towards a common goal, and it gave us some new information that lends itself to another episode down the line.
What did you think of Nancy Drew?
Are you impressed that she was able to push through the noise and pull herself back into reality?
Nancy Drew Season Finale Review – Temperance Hudson (2×18)
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 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.
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!
Nancy Drew Review – Confession of Everett Hudson (2×17)
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.
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!
Nancy Drew Review – Stay Alive (2×16)
The takedown of Everett Hudson has begun, and it’s a dangerous game that requires plenty of skill.
Nancy Drew has that skill, which she put to use on Nancy Drew Season 2 Episode 16.
Usually, when an episode’s purpose is to set the scene for the upcoming final episodes, it tends to be a bit boring and predictable, but Nancy Drew managed to deliver an episode with plenty of unexpected twists and alliances.
And not everyone came out of it alive.
Everett hired Nancy to find out information about his former accountant, Howard, who was leaking damning information.
More importantly, Everett wanted to know who Howard was leaking the information to.
Nancy took on the case in order to prove her loyalty to Everett and get close to him, but she also wanted to keep her friends safe as she knew Ryan, Nick, and Valentina were involved.
As the trio aimed to find the location of The Black Crown Tape, which allegedly showed Everett committing murder, Nancy took a different angle by hoping to find out why Everett wanted to know in the first place.
She figured out that he essentially set a trap for the person who was looking for incriminating evidence against him, and before she could warn them, Ryan and Valentina were caught in the crosshairs.
Their desire to catch Everett red-handed prevented them from taking a step back and thinking rationally.
You’d think Everett’s own son would be able to figure out his little twisted game, but Ryan doesn’t have that devious Hudson gene.
Nancy, on the other hand, has it coursing through her blood.
I honestly don’t know why the three of them chose to cut Nancy out of their little investigation. Sure, it was dangerous and she wanted to protect everyone, but she was already in the thick of things. There was no stopping her, and They were essentially seeking out the same information.
Plus, they should’ve known that she’d crack the case on her own faster than the three of them combined.
After all, she is Horseshoe Bay’s greatest detective.
Nancy was able to pull Nick out of the way so that he wasn’t caught on camera, but Ryan and Valentina are now on Everett’s hitlist.
And Everett has no qualms about eliminating the people who pose a threat to him. He’s a monster, and no one has been able to stop him or put him behind bars!
Valentina thought she could just stick around town and hope for the best, but she sorely underestimated his capabilities.
Everett has no qualms about eliminating the people who pose a threat to him… just ask his wife!
Nancy Drew pulled off one of the greatest twists back in season 1 with the reveal that Ryan was Nancy’s father, and somehow, they’ve managed to do it again.
It didn’t even occur to me that Nancy was chatting up Celia’s ghost. While she definitely seemed scatterbrained and confused, I chalked it up to her normal pre-party behavior since that’s what everyone said it was.
But when Nancy found Celia’s body hanging, my jaw dropped all the way down to the floor. I mean really, who saw that coming?
And if Everett has it in him to kill his own wife, he wouldn’t think twice about a reporter who was sniffing around his business and trying to expose him.
Even Ryan understood the danger they were in, which is why he told Val to book it immediately.
Personally, I think he should’ve gone with her because the fact that he’s Everett’s son isn’t going to help him out of this mess.
Kennedy McMann was born to be Nancy Drew. And not just any Nancy Drew — The CW’s version of Nancy Drew.
This version of teen detective has always been a bit more mature and dark, but she’s stripped away the last remaining bit of innocence by taking on Everett. She’s turned into a savage, no-nonsense badass.
She put on her red lipstick and did the damn thing. She told him she was his granddaughter, tasered him, put a bag over his head, and told Gil to drive off!
Gil as the getaway driver is somehow the cherry on top. There’s something to be said for a man who will help you kidnap your murderous grandfather… but don’t think that means I’m no longer shipping Ace and Nancy. I’m still waiting for that moment!
Kidnapping Everett puts Nancy in even more danger, but it also gives them all a shot at surviving and bringing him down once and for all for the crimes he’s committed.
It’s a go big or go home kind of operation — one that, hopefully, he won’t be able to weasel out of this time.
Other Memorable Moments
- The series continues finding fun ways to incorporate the Bobbsey twins including introducing audiences to Bertram Bobbsey, Gil and Amanda’s father.
- I just can’t get over how brilliant the writers are!
- Bess creating a dating profile was the ounce of comedic relief we needed. Her line about being a former con-woman who dabbles in the supernatural and is trying to rebound from a dead lover was perfection.
- What was up with the picture Carson took of Nancy? Was it because she’d come in contact with Celia’s ghost? What were the marks on her arms? And why did she look dead? Did it mean “dead girl walking?” Was it a warning that she’s in danger? I have so many questions!
- It must be difficult for Carson to see Nancy walk the same path with the Hudsons as he once did. He knows, more than anyone, what they’re capable of. He managed to free himself, but Nancy is way more connected and involved than he ever was.
What did you think of the episode?
I for one am stoked about the upcoming episodes as they look deliciously chaotic in the promos.
Nancy Drew Season 2 tackled so many mysteries, and it continues to surprise us with exceptional storylines and twists.
I’d go as far as to say this is The CW’s best series, though, I’ve heard some mixed reviews. Let us know how you feel in the comments below!
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