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Nancy Drew Review – Amensia Got the Best of Us (2×11)

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It’s always a blast when shows switch up their format. 

On Nancy Drew Season 2 Episode 11, the Drew Crew dealt with a Viking monster that murdered anyone who knew its name. 

Once we figured that out, it made all the sense in the world that Nick erased his memory upon accidentally hearing the name from Aristotle, the tour guide from the historical society, who was found dead. 

Playing with the amnesia aspect allowed for some truly hilarious moments from the cast while also tapping into their incredible acting skills. 

Nick went through a world of emotions upon learning that he was a “lying millionaire who couch-hops and has no home.

And learning that he killed someone in self-defense didn’t make things better as he was now a suspect in Aristotle’s murder and couldn’t remember a thing about what transpired. 

In an effort to help Nick, the Drew Crew began investigating the Vikings from Artistotle’s podcast and stumbled upon the name of the creature, which then led to a series of memory erases that somehow always found Bess waking up and screaming bloody murder. 

Comedy gold. 

It’s really great that even without her memory, Bess’s personality remains consistent. Even though she doesn’t know who she is, she’s still the Bess we’ve come to know and love.

Since this isn’t their first rodeo, the Drew Crew left themselves quite a detailed map to help get them up to speed whenever they erased their memories. This included all the ways they tried to “kill” the creature.

You really have to give it to them for being crafty! 

Eventually, they figured out that the only way to weaken the Stranger Things-looking animal known as the grimathorn is by publicizing his name. 

And what better way to get the word out than through the power of social media?

Bess’s social media expertise and Ace’s hacking skills truly came in handy for this one!

While the creature wasn’t as terrifying as the ghosts of Horsehoe Bay’s past, the episode remained one of the stronger ones this season by allowing the Drew Crew to tap into several iterations of themselves trying to solve the same riddle over and over. 

Nancy Drew The Scourge of the Forgotten Rune Review Season 2 Episode 11

Nancy Drew — “The Scourge of the Forgotten Rune” — Image Number: NCD211a_0007r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Leah Lewis as George, Tunji Kasim as Nick, Kennedy McMann as Nancy, Maddison Jaizani as Bess and Alex Saxon as Ace — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

On top of the amnesia, Nancy also dealt with Celia finding out that she’s Ryan’s daughter. 

Celia go-to reaction was to tell Everett, which Ryan couldn’t allow.

He called for an emergency family meeting, and Can I just say that I love that Ryan is now in a group text and considered family?

When Celia couldn’t be persuaded with logic, Nancy decided to steal her memories in order to buy herself some more time.

Honestly, how was Ryan not asking more questions about Nancy’s abilities to alter somoene’s mind and give them amnesia?

Without the Hudson blood running through her veins, Celia was actually quite enjoyable, though, it didn’t last long. The moment her memories were restored, she was right back to threatening Nancy with the truth. 

Though, it’s quite possible that Nancy made a compelling point about proving her worth to the family, which would prevent Celia from revealing the truth.

Sure, if push comes to shove, Nancy could destroy the family, but she could also be an asset. She’s known about her Hudson blood for much longer than Celia and hasn’t come after the company. All she wants is Everett’s victims to get justice. 

But if her cover is blown, Nancy, Ryan, and Carson will be forced to retaliate.

Celia should play her next move wisely.

Ace also dealt with some family drama as he finally met his brother.

While I knew that there had to be more to Grant, the new employee at The Claw, I never guessed he would end up being Ace’s long-lost brother. 

But are we surprised? The series has a knack for pulling off a good family plot twist! 

Grant informed Ace that his mother was in troubled and needed his help, but what could that possible mean?

And will helping her force Ace to finally confront his father and potentially destroy their perfect little family?

Other Musings

  • I don’t really mind Odette anymore. She’s kind of a good addition to the team, and she even tried to save them all. 
  • Carson’s moving back home, which means Nick gets his own place. In fact, he splurged and bought the whole building!
  • George and Nick forever — they’re just too cute together!
  • Ace is so pure.
  • How funny was the scene where Ace tried to hit on Bess and she let him down by reading a cue-card that reminded her she was into girls!

What did you think of the episode? 

Are you a fan of episodes that play with reality? Are the mysteries captivating? Share your thoughts in the comment section below! 


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Nancy Drew Review – Handsy Drew! (2×10)

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Nancy Drew Review The Spell of The Burning Bridge Season 2 Episode 10

A new curse made Nancy Drew quite thirsty for all the men in town. 

One of the best things about the reimagined CW series is that it never takes itself too seriously. 

The case managed to embrace a compelling yet lighthearted tone simultaneously while moving the overall plot along. 

And the best part — we were back to supernatural hauntings! 

Even before the curse turned Nancy Drew into a sex addict, she teamed up with Detective Tamura to solve the great bouquet heist that involved a woman in a wedding dress robbing various locations for things like flowers, jewelry, and gold wedding bands. 

Considering the tension between Tamura and Nancy prior to this episode, it was surprising that they were so eager to work together. And it was even more shocking to see how receptive Tamura was to the whole “ghosts” revelation. 

Nancy Drew Review The Spell of The Burning Bridge Season 2 Episode 10

Nancy Drew — “The Spell of The Burning Bride” — Image Number: NCD210b_0211r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): RJ Hatanaka as Detective Tamura, Tunji Kasim as Nick and Praneet Akilla as Gil Bobbsey — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Unless you’ve been dealing with the spirit world directly, it’s kind of hard to wrap your head around ghosts, curses, and supernatural entities. However, he didn’t seem to question it at all. 

In fact, the two even admitted that they enjoyed working together, which is a big step for Horseshoe Bay. Nancy’s detective skills are finally being appreciated in this town!

Tamura gave me Owen replacement vibes. They even have a similar facial structure. 

We didn’t know much about Tamura until this episode, but it’s clear why he was drawn to Nancy. His previous relationship failed because his fiancee disliked his job and wasn’t interested in the cases he was working on. With Nancy, he’s not only found someone who is interested, but he’s found someone who’s just as passionate about it and equally s good. 

Their pairing simply makes sense, but I was glad that they didn’t cross the line and kiss while she was under the influence. If it happens in its own time, so be it, but not when she’s all jacked up on lust and desire. 

Plus, I want to see their friendship and partnership form before they pursue anything romantic as they seem to be on the same wavelength with cases. 

When Nancy and the team destroyed the wedding dress, she absorbed the curse, which gave us some of Kennedy McMann’s best work. 

The poor girl was locked in a freezer so that she would cool down. 

Each man’s slow-motion cameo was hilarious, the way she was trying to talk herself down in the cooler was perfection, and the fact that she faked sick to jump out of a bathroom window and chase down a man was one of the best things on television. 

And now, I want to run my hands through Ace’s soft and silky hair!

But while Nancy was the one lusting, there were still two men inside The Claw fighting over her as Tamura and Gil Bobbsey got all up in each other’s faces. What a lucky girl.

While being overcome with a sex curse likely wasn’t Nancy’s idea of a fun day, she did realize that there was something liberating about embracing desire. 

And Bess and George both encouraged her to essentially “get some.”

So, for now, Nancy has decided to walk on the wild side by pursuing her feelings for Gil. See, it wasn’t necessary to fight cops to get the girl!

We haven’t seen Nancy in a relationship since Owen’s death, so maybe allowing herself to feel again will do her some good. 

Bess went on a date with Odette, in George’s body, and props to the ladies for being able to sell the narrative. I could never see Bess and George together, but I could totally see Bess and Odette together!

Nancy Drew Review The Spell of The Burning Bridge Season 2 Episode 10

Nancy Drew — “The Spell of The Burning Bride” — Image Number: NCD210a_0904r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Leah Lewis as George and Maddison Jaizani as Bess — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

However, as Ace informed her, it’s absolutely not okay, and he’s right. George is already giving up her body to host Odette, but it’s another thing for Odette to pursue relationships with others while she’s “unconscious.”

Also, what a strange love triangle (or square) that would make if Nick had to share George’s body without actually sharing her soul. 

Ace connected with his brother, who agreed to come to Horsehoe Bay, but instead of meeting up with him, he left him a box with a photo of their father. 

Does anyone else think that maybe Ace isn’t actually chatting up his long-lost brother?

I’m slightly worried for him and don’t want him to get his hopes up only to end up disappointed. 

And finally… the cat’s out of the bag about Nancy Drew being Ryan Hudson’s daughter. 

Ryan thought he had Val Samuels in the palm of his hand, which speaks to Ryan’s privilege. He thinks that he can manipulate someone by flashing his pretty little smile and flirting a bit. 

However, Val was manipulating him by acting interested when she was really trying to get a DNA test. 

It’s unclear how she connected Ryan and Nancy to each other. It’s one thing to assume Ryan may have had a child with Lucy Sable, but it’s another thing entirely to know that the child is Nancy.

Maybe she’s just that good of an investigative reporter. Either way, she went behind Ryan’s back and informed Mrs. Hudson of the fact that Nancy is her grandchild, which is what everyone was trying to avoid. 

Way to put Nancy in the line of danger, Val. 

This is the second strike against her. We were first thrown off by Val due to her woman-on-woman repression in which she told Nancy to keep it clean on social media. How is that any different than the spelled wedding gown to curb women’s natural impulses?

Maybe let’s just let women be women and not judge their abilities and achievements based on a bikini photo!

What did you think of the episode? Are you enjoying the second season of Nancy Drew so far? Let us know in the comments!


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Nancy Drew Review – The Bargain of the Blood Shroud (2×09)

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Nancy Drew The Bargain of the Blood Shroud Review Season 2 Episode 9

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. 

Nancy Drew The Bargain of the Blood Shroud Review Season 2 Episode 9

Nancy Drew — “The Bargain of the Blood Shroud” — Image Number: NCD209a_0692r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Kennedy McMann as Nancy and Praneet Akilla as Gil Bobbsey — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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! 


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Nancy Drew Review – The Quest for the Spider Sapphire (2×08)

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Nancy Drew Review The Quest for the Spider Sapphire Season 2 Episode 8

Can you believe we got through an episode of Nancy Drew without any ghosts and spirits?
 
Or, should I say, any new ghosts or spirits since Odette’s spirit is still very much present in George’s body, and while it’s terrifying for the Horsehoe Bay resident, it’s actually really fun to see Leah Lewis take on another character and deliver that incredible French accent. I could listen to her for hours! 
 
Without any new curses and hauntings, Nancy Drew Season 2 Episode 8 delivered an hour that was all character-focused. 
 
Bess Marvin was the star of the show, but in this instance, she was likely wishing the spotlight would be on anyone but her. 
 
Her husband, Stephen, blew into town with a vengeance. We found out that before coming to Horseshoe Bay, she planted counterfeit Euros on him in England, which landed him quite a stay in prison.
 
Naturally, he was eager for payback and it required going back to her thieving ways to steal the Spider Sapphire, a priceless Marvin heirloom.
 
Seeing as this would threaten her relationship with Aunt Diana, Bess decided to come clean about her past, but her Aunt already knew all about it and accepted her for who she was now. 
 
It was promising until Stephen upped the stakes by chloroforming and kidnapping Nancy and George. Bess felt like she was left with no choice, so she stole the watch and handed it over to Stephen. 
 
Personally, I think she would’ve been better off just telling Aunt Diana the truth about what was going on. Since she was understanding the first time, she likely would’ve come up with a plan that wouldn’t have tipped Stephen off. 
 
Not to mention she didn’t actually need to get him the watch as Ace had already figured out the location where Nancy and George were being held.
 
But alas, Bess did what she had to do to save her friends — which says a lot about how far she’s come as a person — and jeopardized her relationship with the Marvin’s in the process. 
 
And that was Stephen’s goal all along. As revenge, he wanted to hurt Bess the same way she hurt him when she betrayed him. 
 
Stephen returned the watch to Bess’s pocket knowing that there was a tracker and Aunt Diana would find her with it in her possession. Once she did, she realized that Bess could no longer be trusted and ousted her from the family in a pretty brutal way. I guess there really is no making a mistake when you’re a Marvin. 
 
It was heartbreaking considering that’s exactly what Bess’s mother did to her at the age of 13, which led her down a dangerous path with a destructive man who used her because she felt like she had no other choice. 
 
However, I think Bess will be better off without the Marvin’s. They didn’t seem like good people to begin with, and as Ace pointed out, she doesn’t need to lie and steal anymore. She has real friends who will always be there for her!
 
Nancy realized that her bloodline is responsible for putting so many people in danger including George, who continues to share a body with Odette’s spirit. 
 
And that’s not even the worst news. If they don’t find a way to get rid of Odette, there’s a chance she’ll permanently take over and George will go “crazy” just like Ralph, the man who used the shroud to come back to life prior to George. 
 
Oh, and they also learned that if the shroud were to be used again, it would kill George permanently. 
 
While the solution seems easy — hide the shroud so no one ever finds it, when Nancy goes to retrieve it from her locker, she finds it’s been stolen.
 
Who could have taken it? The only person that comes to mind is Stephen as he’s the only one who heard them talking about it. And I don’t feel comfortable with Bess’s lunatic ex holding George’s life in his hands. 
 
Since Odette was in full-swing when Nick and Ace came to rescue the girls, she finally had to come clean to Nick about what happened the night of her death.
 
It’s safe to say, Nick’s not going to be recovering from the trauma anytime soon. 
 
And Ryan Hudson is encroaching dangerous territory with his interviewer Valentina.
 
Though he’s been saying all the right things and navigated the questions about Lucy Sable’s “daughter” without missing a beat, Valentina doesn’t buy a word of it. I guess that speaks to how good of an interviewer she is. She knows when there’s a story, and she’s going to stick around and get it.
 
Of course, if she reveals that Ryan had a child and that the child is Nancy Drew, she puts Nancy in the crossfire of Everett Hudson, which is what everyone is trying to avoid. Everett blames Nancy for his impending murder trial, so he’d spare no remorse. Unless becoming a grandfather might soften him up a bit? We’ve seen crazier things. 
 
It seems that the only thing more problematic in Horseshoe Bay than the ghosts are the living. 
 
Other Thoughts
  • It’s hilarious how Nancy just takes things with a grain of salt. Oh, Bess has a husband? Okay. 
  • Odette has a thing for Bess… but who could blame her?
  • Ace is such a great and reliable friend!

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