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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. 


Nancy Drew — “The Judgement of the Perilous Captive” — Image Number: NCD217a_0199r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Kennedy McMann as Nancy and Praneet Akilla as Gil Bobbsey — Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.


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!


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