If it weren’t for the Drew Crew, Nancy would have crossed over and joined Lucy Sable in haunting the living.
Nancy Drew’s midseason premiere put our teenage sleuthing heroine in yet another questionable situation that was entirely of her own making.
In an attempt to solve the mystery of Tiffany Hudson’s death and clear her father’s name, Nancy provoked a serial killer to come after her.
Nancy needs to learn to stop putting herself into these life-threatening situations.
While Nancy is usually one-step ahead of most murderers in Horseshoe Bay, Claire pulled one over on her by pretending to be the victim before revealing herself to be the mastermind who enjoys watching her victims open up and be unapologetically honest before succumbing to the poison that’s filling the air.
I’ll give it to Nancy for figuring out Claire’s involvement midway through their “chat,” but it if wasn’t for Nick, George, and Ace, Nancy would not have made it out alive.
Also, how could Nancy know that Claire’s ring was the anecdote? She’s observant and good at what she does, but not that good, especially in a lucid state of mind.
The series makes an effort to underline the importance of having a good circle of friends who always have your back, but in the same vein, highlighted that Nancy has always been a good and helpful friend in return.
The realization that she’s surrounded by good people because she’s a good person eased her guilt for unintentionally incriminating her father in Lucy Sable’s murder and landing him in prison.
Karen should have never gone through her stuff, but what did Nancy think was going to happen when she dug up clues and evidence that stacked up against her father?
There are consequences to solving mysteries and it’s important Nancy learns that.
And now, it gives her even more reason to find out what really happened to Lucy and thus, Tiffany.
While Nancy and I were both hopeful that Claire’s murders would give us some lead into who was behind Tiffany’s death, they didn’t illuminate much of anything other than Tiffany’s killer was sloppy and fast.
Thanks to the autopsy, it also involved an almost undetectable poison that could be misinterpreted for cardiac arrest meaning that the party responsible must be someone with access and money.
The only people that come to mind are either the Hudson’s or the Marvin’s.
Tiffany and Lucy’s murder continues to be the overarching mystery, but the more time we spend on these cases of the week, the more it gets sidelines.
These mysteries, while intriguing, cannot stretch out for more than one season.
Even the scare-factor of seeing a rotting Lucy Sable has started to rub off and become less effective.
We also learned that Nick is still very much in love with Nancy when he risked his life to save hers, but Owen is moving in on Nancy and she’s not putting a stop to it either.
Owen has also integrated himself into her friend group by confirming that Bess is his first cousin and working side-by-side with her, Nick, and Ryan to take down the Hudson’s for murdering his uncle and covering it up.
It’s a little surprising that Ryan had no idea about the Bony Scott or the deal between the Marvin and the Hudson families, but then again, he’s been oblivious to how his parents have been manipulating everyone for years.
He even seemed a little shocked to stumble upon the realization that his parents are likely behind Laura Tandy’s “accident.”
He warned Owen and Bess not to get too close because it’s dangerous, but he’s plotting something with the artifacts he took from his safe. What is it?
If Ryan is trying to become a better man and prove he’s not his father, it’ll make for some exciting moves that could help Nancy and friends uncover the truth in town.
Ace is also back and it was nice to see him jump into the action and help his friends. His easygoing persona has been missed.
At this rate, everyone at The Claw should join the local police force and get paid to crack the cases that trained cops and detectives haven’t been able to.
What did you think of the midseason premiere?
The upcoming teaser for next week’s episode reveals that we’re in store for a wild ride!
Nancy Drew Review – Tom Swift Comes to Horseshoe Bay (2×15)
- It’s always fun to see a new person in town deny the fact that ghosts are real. As Nancy put it, “you can’t out science ghosts.”
- George and Nick really attempted to have a cute date night while the world was falling apart around them.
- First George messed up a spell and made a ghost come out of Bess’s cheek and then she was possessed by a hex. Poor Bess!
- There’s something so pure about Ace telling Swift that he named his car Florence because it came to him in a dream.
- You would think a meteorite would be a lot heavier… just saying!
- I can’t wait to see Nancy rock couture!
What did you think of the episode? Do you agree that it was one of the best this season?
Let us know in the comments below1
Nancy Drew Review – What Happened to Dolores Barrett? (2×14)
Nancy Drew delivered an intense and powerful episode that tackled police brutality in a way that was authentic to the series.
The episode swapped the usual supernatural mystery for a who-dun-it set at the police precinct.
Everyone that was trapped in the station that evening played some kind of role in the 2013 disappearance of a Black woman named Dolores Barrett.
The “arbiter” called upon Nancy Drew to figure out what happened, and Nancy was up for the challenge mainly because she wanted to redeem herself after the whole town thought she was a fraud for rescinding her statement against Everett Hudson. Heck, they even called her the “liar of Horsehoe Bay.”
Since the episode gave off murder mystery dinner party vibes, I didn’t expect it to take such a heartbreaking turn.
Within a few hours, Nancy figured out that Dolores was deceived and harassed by Brandon, the married man she was seeing, humiliated by Mitzi, who couldn’t hide her racism, terrified and assaulted by Fraser, who hit her head while arresting her, and ignored by Hampton, who turned a blind eye as she died a slow and terrible death in her jail cell.
The series often addressed dark storylines, but none of them are ever as gut-punching as this one since they’re set in a supernatural world.
Sadly, there was nothing supernatural about this.
Dolores, a Black woman, was murdered at the hands of police while in police custody, and they didn’t even hesitate to cover it up.
Not even Horsehoe Bay is immune from police brutality.
It’s no secret that Nick is one of the only men of color on the show, so it was nice that he was able to nudge Tamura into doing the right thing.
Nick and Nancy are singlehandedly responsible for the police reform happening in their small town.
It’s striking how much pressure needed to be put on everyone in order to have them confess to such a terrible crime.
You’d think their conscience would eat at them, but instead, they needed to be threatened and put on the spot to come clean.
Nancy was able to get justice for Dolores, and she even figured out that the Reverand was behind the whole thing.
I know she wanted the truth but it seems a little extreme that a woman of God would think that threatening people with violence was the solution.
Tamura was even injured in the process, and though he made it out alive, it was still a little concerning at one point.
I also don’t know why the series is pushing a love story between Nancy and Gil when she and Tamura have obvious chemistry.
Maybe Gil is supposed to represent the idea that Nancy isn’t feeling like herself. She doesn’t know what she stands for or who she is anymore. The only way she’s going to get back on track is if she remedies what happened with the Everett Hudson case.
Tamura began asking questions about Nancy and Ryan Hudson’s relationship, and while Nick shut that down immediately by asking that they focus on the missing Black woman for once, it’s concerning that other people are beginning to notice how close they’ve gotten.
Realistically, why would someone like Nancy and someone like Ryan be that close unless there was more to the story?
People are going to talk and possibly figure it out. My money is on Tamura figuring it out first.
Carson Drew may not be Nancy’s biological father, but he sure knows her well.
When he came by the station, Nancy tried to get rid of him by telling him off. It seemed like a harsh approach, but she was actually sending him a secret message via a riddle from her childhood.
Carson immediately knew Nancy was in danger and being held hostage.
I wish that we saw more of his team-up with Bess and George because that’s a fun trio! No matter which of the show’s characters you put into a scene together, it just works!
Carson talking about scaling a building was downright hilarious.
While Nancy handled things at the station, Bess and George were a bit busy summoning Aunt Mei’s spirit into Ace’s body.
Is it just me or did he nail the mannerisms of an older Asian woman perfectly?
Aunt Mei helped them find Mary Clarke, Odette’s long-lost lover, but the news wasn’t what she wanted to hear.
Odette couldn’t be reunited with the love of her life because she had moved on after living a long, prosperous, and happy life.
Human or ghost — no one wants to hear that they were only a small part n someone’s story when they were a major part of yours.
And sadly, reuniting Odette with Mary was their one shot at getting George back into her body exclusively.
And now, the pressure is on because as Aunt Mei pointed out, her lifeline is merging with Odette’s and shortening greatly.
George is running out of time to untangle Odette’s soul from hers.
If only Aunt Mei had a solution!
Other Bayside Claw Musings
- Aunt Mei saying she took Ace’s body because she wanted to see what it’s like to be a tall white man was hilarious and so very valid.
- I also couldn’t stop laughing at the fact that she blamed George’s ghost problem on the fact that she didn’t go to college.
- Oh, and happy-n0t-real-birthday, Nancy. It surely was eventful.
What did you think about the episode? Did you enjoy the real-world influence on the case-of-the-week?
Nancy Drew Review – Fire Souls (2×13)
Nancy Drew Season 2 Episode 13 felt like it was packed with two mysteries in one.
Nancy, Ace, and Amanda teamed up to help Drew solve a mystery on the uninhabited Moonstone Island.
But much to their surprise, the island was inhabited by a young girl named Birdie, real name Elizabeth, who was deemed deceased after a shipwreck killed her parents.
The case had the perfect mix of true crime and supernatural. Birdie’s uncle, Andrew, was arrested for murdering his brother and his wife after they threatened to turn his business over for money laundering.
As for Birdie, she was spared thanks to the fire souls, several pirates who commanded a U.S. ship back in the 1800s.
Initially, Nancy and the Drew Crew assumed that the pirates were responsible for Birdie’s family’s shipwreck, but it turns out that they saved her and wanted to keep her safe.
It was a surprising twist when it comes to spirits as we’ve come to know most of them for being vengeful.
Nancy also took it as a sign that even bad people can change and possibly be redeemed, which she applied to her newfound relationship with Celia Hudson.
Of course, everyone else thought she was losing it, and I’d have to agree.
The only “good” we’ve seen from Celia is that she helped Nancy save Ace’s life, and even that came with a price. She only agreed to help if Nancy recanted her testimony against Everett.
Everyone knows you cannot trust a Hudson. Even Ryan Hudson would tell you that.
Nancy is being naive and hopeful but it’s strange because it’s so unlike her to be fooled by something as simple as a beanie… even if it is cashmere.
I’d like to think this is part of Nancy’s bigger plan to take down the Hudson’s once and for all.
After all, the fact that she had to recount her testimony did plenty of damage to her and her friends.
Nancy’s credibility was ruined as we saw people question whether she’s lied and fibbed about the other cases she’s solved. It tainted the Drew name as the publications dragged Carson and his practice.
And it made the evidence that Nick and Ryan built up from Tiffany’s hard drives totally unusable, which I think hurt the most.
Everyone around Nancy can see that she’s being manipulated, so why is she so eager to believe that Celia would change for her?
There was so much tension between Ace and Nancy. Even Amanda pointed out that there was a “vibe,” so I’m glad I’m not the only one that’s been sensing it.
Nancy was uncomfortable seeing Ace with Amanda — and George and Bess seemed to pick up on her shade towards his new squeeze — and Ace was equally uncomfortable seeing Nancy with Gil.
In fact, he let Nancy know that he didn’t think Gil was a good romantic partner for her, but it’s evident Nancy is on some kind of destructive path.
Though, I think Ace simply has a bone to pick with Gil because he’s harboring these internalized feelings for Nancy and also sees how toxic he is towards Amanda. Obviously, Gil’s behavior towards Amanda is going to be completely different than it is towards Nancy, but it’s not promising if he’s an asshole to his sister.
At this point, Nancy seems to be avoiding all red flags in her life and gravitating towards anything that’s bad for her. Is it her rebellious phase?
After everything she’s been through, she kind of deserves it.
However, I do think that Nancy and Ace need to realize what everyone else is seeing sooner rather than later otherwise this resentment is simply going to fester.
And it’s definitely more complicated now that they’re seeing other people. Maybe that will help them realize what they should’ve known all along? Amanda is going on a solo trip to Europe, I’m just saying!
And then there’s Bess and Odette and their forbidden love. Leah Lewis and Maddison Jaizani sell the dynamic so well that it’s kind of impossible not to root for them even though you know it would be completely messed up for George and Nick.
Since Odette is clearly going to be a permanent staple in George’s life, she decided to make peace with it and come to terms with her existence.
At the kickstart of the episode, the two kept bickering and sabotaging each other but eventually, George saw Odette’s side of things.
She realized how much of her life has been taken from her already and that she was simply enjoying this second chance.
Instead of fighting it, George and Odette set some boundaries that worked for both of them. It looks like this arrangement could actually work out well for them!
A good solution does seem to be to locate Mary’s ghost and reunite Odette with the love of her life, but I admit I’d be sad to see Lewis’s French accent go!
What did you think of the episode?
Are you on team Ace and Nancy?
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