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!
Nancy Drew Review – The Testimony of the Executed Man (3×03)
A mystery within a mystery within a mystery.
That’s how Nancy Drew Season 3 is beginning to feel like. And much of it went down at DetectiveCon on Nancy Drew Season 3 Episode 3, where, surprisingly, Nancy wasn’t the star of the show.
Instead, George Fan learned that she had her own fan club due to online fan fiction that included Nancy as her sidekick. Talk about a plot twist courtesy of ghostwriter Ted!
In real life, however, I identify with George fan so much more. I truly felt it when she said “I don’t like that sound” and then complained about why they were following it.
Being friends with Nancy is a tough ask. It’s never just a simple road trip — there’s always a supernatural twist.
In this case, Nancy decided to open a box of Joe Kelsey’s belongings that she promised to bring Laci, the true-crime podcast host, in exchange for information about the Frozen Heart Killer.
Once she did, they very quickly learned — through spine-tingling haunts — that Joe did not want anyone to find out what happened the night of the murder.
He was a ghost determined to convince him that he was guilty of the crime that he committed, which obviously meant that he wasn’t guilty at all.
Bess suggested that they appease Joe’s ghost by burning all his belongings and getting rid of all the evidence, and it seemed to work.
Paying off at the historical society seems to be rubbing off on Bess.
You’d think that everyone would heed the “or else” warning, but Ace decided to hang on to Joe’s matchbook thus opening up himself to a haunting.
I’d hold it against Ace if he wasn’t so stinking cute. Not to mention he eventually helped Joe’s ghost pass on after they found out that he was in love with Laci’s grandmother back in the 50s.
He was with her the night of the murder, but since interracial relationships were banned at the time, he didn’t have an alibi and was found guilty and given the death penalty.
The last thing I expected out of this haunting mystery was a love story, but it turns out, Joe did everything her could to protect the love of his life. He died so that she could live a full and promising life.
What a sweet ending! Seeing Joe’s ghost actually pass on while Laci and her grandmother watched was a little too on the nose for me, but I’ll let it slide.
Through it all, Nancy and Laci were also able to work together to catch the FHK, who was surprisingly in attendance.
One thing we should all note about serial killers is that they love to hear themselves being praised.
Of course, Nancy used that to her advantage. When she joined Laci for a live Q+A, she bashed Rodric — the FHT’s real name — in hopes of luring him out.
And it worked. Nancy tapped into the mind of a serial killer and tricked him so that he walked right into her trap.
You would think Nancy would be jumping for joy after he was arrested. Not only did she give someone closure, but she also put away a really bad man. That’s two-for-two!
However, Nancy wasn’t content because the FHT suggested that he was “part of something bigger.” It sounds like there are other serial killers out there that helped him.
The mystery is far from solved, so it’s a good thing that the best detective that Horseshoe Bay has to offer is on the case.
Who do you think FHT is working with?
Does it have something to do with Temperance, her newly returned family member? Or is it part of that crime syndicate from last season?
There were a few Ace and Nancy moments that made our hearts flutter, but overall, the two of them are still keeping things super PG.
George picked up on the chemistry there very briefly, but she let it slide… for now. I definitely think she’ll confront Nancy about it soon enough. And as Ace’s relationship with Amanda begins to crumble, Nancy will be right there as the girl he should’ve been with all along.
Bess and Addy crossed paths on several occasions, and since she just got a job at Nick’s youth center, she’s likely not going anywhere anytime soon.
I can’t say that I’m thrilled about this love interest for Bess since the two of them didn’t immediately vibe.
The chemistry isn’t there, in my opinion, but I guess it’s better than being in love with the ghost trapped inside George’s subconscious.
What did you think of the episode? Was DetectiveCon everything you thought it was going to be?
Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Nancy Drew Review – The Frozen Heart Killer(3×02)
Nancy Drew might either be extremely reckless or she’s the bravest person we know.
Option #3 — she’s a bit of both, which makes her Horseshoe Bay’s resident badass.
The FBI profiler that blew into town knew it based on all the hearsay, but he was in denial about it.
However, after he saw Nancy leap into action during her first day as community liaison, he could no longer pretend to be unimpressed.
Without Nancy Drew’s clues, the Horseshoe Bay Police Department wouldn’t have gotten anywhere with their case.
Nancy deserves a much better job within the department, but if she’s settling for a volunteer position, the least they can give her is a better desk.
The FBI agent is the first person within the department to actually acknowledge Nancy’s skills as a rogue detective.
Despite all the assistance over the years, she has never gotten a proper thank you. She’s always reprimanded even though she puts the town and the safety of its citizens ahead of everything else.
It’s funny that it took her seriously jeopardizing a crime scene and making evidence inadmissible in order for anyone to acknowledge her and realize the lengths she’ll go to.
Maybe the FBI agent will stick around in a more permanent setting so that she can officially be clued into Horseshoe Bay matters.
There were definitely vibes between the two of them. Every single male on the series has some kind of chemistry with Nancy, but honestly, can you blame them?
Refer back to option #3 at the beginning of this post.
Nancy is a catch, both professionally and personally, and she fully enjoys the flings, even when they don’t evolve into anything more.
And while she definitely seemed to entertain the idea of a possible romance with an FBI agent, her heart seems to be set on Ace, whether she’d like to admit it or not.
Who was the first person she texted when she heard about DetectiveCon sweeping into town? Ace.
The ship is a slow burn, which is nice because it means the writers value the friendship between Ace and Nancy.
It’s also great that the series isn’t just hinging on the relationship as the main draw.
The show is about supernatural mysteries, so the romance comes in second place. Both Nancy and Ace have their own storylines independent of each other.
They are fully developed characters, so when their paths eventually cross in a romantic way, it’ll be that much more satisfying.
As Nancy pursues the truth about the town’s new serial killer, the Frozen Heart Killer, while working the police angle, Ace and Nick spent the episode running various possibilities to cut down their list of potential suspects.
Honestly, I probably wouldn’t eat at The Claw considering they use their meat lockers for science experiments.
They managed to pinpoint the identity of the man who turned two bodies into corpses with an icebox where their heart used to be, but Trott was an alias so they didn’t get very far at all.
Ace is also likely keeping his distance from Nancy romantically because he’s a good guy that’s loyal to Amanda.
He’s so loyal in fact that he’s giving Mr.Bobbsey a second chance after his stint in prison despite objections from a very concerned Bess.
Ace definitely isn’t that naive — deep down he knew that Bobbsey was asking him to get involved in something shady, but he wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt for Amanda.
Thankfully, when he realized Bobbsey was going to make him an accomplice by driving the getaway car, he put his foot down.
Sorry, Bobbsey, but no one threatens our Ace.
Will this bad blood jeopardize Ace’s relationship with Amanda? Probably.
Bess didn’t trust Bobbsey for one minute, so she tried her hand at casting a protection spell that quickly backfired.
It’s awesome that after the whole ordeal with the Marvin’s, Bess hasn’t given up trying to get to know her ancestors.
She decided to sneak into Icarus Hall to retrieve a candle that Temperance stole from Marta Marvin, but she wasn’t as stealthy as she hoped to be.
Temperance caught her and offered to help her come into her power, which was a tempting but dangerous offer.
I now know why they call her Temperance — it all makes sense.
Bess was excited to finally get a spell right, but I hate that she’s manipulating our girl and using her vulnerability for something more sinister.
Temperance comes off as trustworthy, but deep down, we know she isn’t.
She may have helped Nancy track down Trott using the memory weave, but she’s also involved with the mystery of the Frozen Heart Killer somehow as we saw her using the hearts in the previous episode.
What is she up to? Is she manipulating Trott? It can’t be a coincidence that he showed up in town just as Temperance did.
Maybe Trott is trying to take down Temperance and going after her ancestors to gain strength, which is why he set his sights on Nancy?
The season is also honing in on Nancy’s relationship with both her dads, Carson and Ryan.
While Carson knows Nancy’s plays by heart, Ryan doesn’t really have a clue what it’s like to be a father, so he’s easily manipulated by his daughter while trying to be the “Cool Dad.”
It’s sweet that they both want to carve out a spot for themselves in her life, and they deserve it since she’s always dragging them into her messes anyway.
Ryan has been doing his best, so it was a little uncool for Nancy to use his naivety against him.
Hopefully, she begins to loop them in more in the future because they have proven that they can get down with the supernatural on numerous occasions!
And finally, George and Nick are the absolute cutest. I love that she made it a point not to let the ring define her self-worth, but it’s almost important that she highlighted the importance of accepting the love you deserve.
The engagement ring is a sign of their future — it’s a promise that Nick will be around not only for her but for her sisters.
While the Fan Clan may have had their wall up because of experiences with Victoria, Nick proved that he’s a family guy first and foremost.
Have you ever seen a cuter family talking about BTS? The answer is absolutely not!
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments, Drew Crew!
Nancy Drew Season Premiere Review – The Warning of the Frozen Heart (3×01)
Set against the backdrop of a corn maze, Nancy Drew Season 3 is the perfect kickoff to spooky season.
The long-lost heiress for all of five minutes (she dissolved her grandpa’s company and redistributed assets to the victims amongst his victims with Ryan Hudson’s blessing) and homegrown town sleuth return on a brand new night. But being banished to Friday nights might not be a bad thing for Nancy in the slightest.
There isn’t a better way to wrap up a long week than by indulging in a little mischief and horror after a long workday.
Over the course of three years, the series has proven that it has a gift for delivering compelling mysteries that are way above the YA level.
This season is no different. After season 2 wrapped up the Drew Crew’s journey with the Aglaeca and the Wraithe, but a new mystery was just around the corner that continued to revolve right around Nancy.
Bodies with an “icebox where their hearts used to be” began popping up all over town, but only on properties related to Nancy. The first one was found in a corn maze on Hudson ground, while the second was left right on Nancy’s car.
And if the killer’s message is to be believed, he won’t stop until there are 12 bodies.
Obviously, this is a case for Nancy. No one in town can do what she can, and no one is that meticulous in their attention to detail.
While it wasn’t outright established, the case is definitely connected to Temperance Hudson, Nancy’s relative from the 1800s who used Nancy’s blood to lift the veil to re-enter the town.
Temperance cannot be trusted.
And I knew that cat had something to do with it.
For someone who is dealing with heartless cadavers haunting her around town — I think I almost preferred the supernatural haunting — Nancy and the Drew Crew still found time to plan a romantic proposal.
As a refresher, George popped the question to Nick at the end of last season after finding out she had about 10 years left to live.
When Nick didn’t say ‘yes’ right away and took a week to give her an answer, she became pretty flustered.
Turns out, Nick was planning a romantic gesture and international shipping delays — an authentic gift from her mother in China — caused the brief delay.
Still, the moment was everything George wanted and deserved.
It’s clear that the writers always intended to have Nick and Nancy end up together, but the chemistry between Nick and George is undeniable.
As is the chemistry between Nancy and Ace.
They’re dancing around their feelings for each other right now, and while their crushes are cute, I almost want to remind them that in their line of work they can die at any minute, so why waste any more time?
She was obviously insinuating that Ace didn’t want her when she was telling him about Columbia.
But the feelings are there, and they are palpable. And it’s such a reassurance to all of us day one Ace and Nancy shippers who could feel the sparks but couldn’t figure out if the series actually wanted to go there.
Of course, Nancy and Ace’s relationship isn’t going to come easily.
There’s a deep friendship there that they likely don’t want to mess up.
Ace is also dating Amanda, and it seems that he’s already doing Mr. Bobbsey’s bidding despite only running a few “innocent” errands for him.
Things are bound to get messy before they get romantic.
The bottom line is that Nancy cannot outrun her destiny — she’s born to solve crime in Horsehoe Bay.
With that impressive resume, it’s hard to believe she hasn’t been hired by the police department just yet.
While she may not be on the payroll officially, her talents have been acknowledged by the neighborhood, who nominated her as a community police liaison!
The fact that they gave her free reign to handle whatever business she wants means that they trust her more than they trust the new FBI specialist, who hopefully isn’t a replacement for Tamayo.
Tamayo kind of slid right into the group organically just like Ryan Hudson and Carson Drew. The former has been more privy to the cases Nancy has been working on, while Carson just finds things out in passing.
Did you see the poor guy’s face when he found out about Temperance?
They really have to remember to keep him up to speed.
As for Ryan, he’s learning to live humbly and without relying on money. It’s an adjustment, but it’s fun to watch him navigate the normalcy of the real world with his rose-colored glasses on.
Bess did her best to move on from Odette, but losing your heart’s desire and soulmate is tough.
She’s looking to numb the pain with quick hookups, which is just making her feel lonelier.
Hopefully, Bess gets a proper love interest this season now that everyone is all coupled up. Her luck in the romance department hasn’t been all that great, so she could use a little pick-me-up!
What did you think about the season premiere of Nancy Drew? Is Temperance going to be a royal pain?
Will Carson and Ryan continue to keep the fun dynamic? Will Ace and Nancy go there?
Sound off in the comments section.
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