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Nancy Drew – The Case of the Wayward Spirit (1×05)

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We’re only on the fifth episode of Nancy Drew and so much has happened, the most important being George’s possession by Tiffany’s unsettled spirit.

Horseshoe Bay was seeing dead people in its first possession case.

Tiffany wasn’t just sticking around for no reason either, she had a vengeance against George and Ryan.

She wasted no time letting Ryan know that “she knew” about the waitress at The Claw.

Her anger is understandable. Her Ryan cheated on her — it was low on his part.

But poor Tiffany didn’t know two things: 1. she was dead and 2. she was inhabiting George’s body.

There has always been a supernatural element to Nancy Drew, but the possession cemented it. At the beginning of the episode, Nancy dismissed Bess’ assumption that George was possessed but by the end of the episode, she was on board and even trying to figure out what message Lucy Sable was sending her.

The strength of the episode was Leah Lewis, who did a phenomenal job embodying both George and Tiffany into one body.

When she was George, you could tell she was terrified and had absolutely no idea what just happened or why she was holding a knife and pressed up against a bookshelf by Ryan.

And when she switched over to Tiffany, she was confused but angry and ready to make someone pay.

These little nuances sold what would have been a cheap and cheesy storyline if not done right.

But as much as we embrace the supernatural, Nancy strikes me as someone who is always going to choose concrete evidence over everything and it’s exactly that balance the series needs to not go down a similar path as Ravenswood.

Playing with the idea that Tiffany wasn’t crossing over because she had unfinished business was fun, but the storyline didn’t overstay it’s welcome. When it was time, Tiffany let go and was banished while George reassumed her body feeling guiltier than ever.

I guess when you feel a spirit’s emotions and the hatred she had towards you, it takes a toll on you.

However, I would have loved for Nancy to get some kind of information out of Tiffany about her murder. Anything, even the slightest hint, would have been great.

They had the spirit of the dead woman at their disposable and didn’t get any leads into her death.

Tiffany left behind a ton of secrets, but the good thing is that she gave Nick the password to the drive that Laura found (Dantes as in Dantes Inferno, the first book she gave him), which revealed a ton of documents on the Hudson family signed by Owen Marvin.

Not only is the hunky dude that flirted with Nancy a member of the Marvin family (Bess, get your cousin) but he’s also involved in the mystery, which means Nancy may be in danger.

We know she can take care of herself, but you wish she picked up the call from Nick warning her of Owen’s possibly nefarious intentions.

Anyone associated with the Hudson’s cannot be trusted. It’s just a fact.

However, if it wasn’t for Owen, Nancy would have never connected Tiffany’s death with Lucy’s.

Since the first episode, Lucy has been a presence on the series and has been haunting Nancy and now, we know why — it all has to do with Ryan.

If you haven’t picked up on it yet, Ryan’s a scumbag.

And he may be at the center of two mysterious murders.

It was surprising to learn that Ryan was involved with Lucy Sable while they were in high school because of the age gap. Ryan’s sleeping with George who is Nancy’s age while Nancy’s dad is sleeping with Karen, who was Lucy Sable’s best friend.

It’s easy to forget Ryan was older and thus, could have been responsible for both deaths.

What exactly happened to Lucy at the exclusive party that Karen mentioned?

Why did she drift away from her best friend?

In retrospect, we should have figured out that Ryan was involved in Lucy’s murder in some way.

Nancy’s father had Lucy’s bloody dress hiding in his attic not because he killed her but because he was representing the man who did.

The series has stressed Carson’s involvement with the Hudson family ran deep and spanned years. It probably started with Lucy.

While the focus was on getting Tiffany’s spirit out of George’s body we got to know a lot about George through it.

Her family life is fractured and her relationship with her mother is complicated.

Victoria helping showed that she loves her daughter, but there’s also a layer of resentment stemming from George who likely had to grow up quickly to become the breadwinner and to be a parental figure for her siblings while her mom partied and acted like a child.

George even blamed her affair with a married man, which her mother referred to as immature, on her mother’s messy love life.

Overall, both of them are strong women who don’t see eye-to-eye but love each other nonetheless.

Hopefully, overcoming a possession brings them closer together and they work it out.

Bess and Lisbeth finally arranged a dinner date, though, as I said before, I don’t trust anyone who works so closely with the Hudson’s.

Lisbeth may like Beth, but she may also have ulterior motives.

Ace and Laura’s connection runs deep and he seems to be the only one able to reason with her to give up the drive, but he also has no willpower around her. That could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on the situation.

But when it comes to Ace as a person, his heart is in the right place. He’s harmless and genuinely on point when assessing situations about the real world and even the spiritual one.

What did you think of this week’s Nancy Drew?

Did Ryan kill both Lucy Sable and Tiffany?

Will George get over what happened to her?

How is Owen involved?


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Nancy Drew Review – What Happened to Dolores Barrett? (2×14)

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Nancy Drew Review The Siege of the Unseen Specter Season 2 Episode 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.

Nancy Drew Review The Siege of the Unseen Specter Season 2 Episode 14

Nancy Drew — “The Siege of the Unseen Specter” — Image Number: NCD215b_0459r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): RJ Hatanaka as Detective Tamura and Kennedy McMann as Nancy — Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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?


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Nancy Drew Review – Fire Souls (2×13)

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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. 

Nancy Drew Review The Beacon of Moonstone Island Season 2 Episode 13

Nancy Drew — “The Beacon of Moonstone Island” — Image Number: NCD213c_0080r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Alex Saxon as Ace, Leah Lewis as George and Maddison Jaizani as Bess — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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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