Nerds Rewatch: ‘Nancy Drew’ Season 2, Episodes 17 & 18

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Hello, Drew Crew! Welcome to our final edition of Nerds Rewatch Nancy Drew, where we will be rewatching the series from the beginning to prepare for the arrival of season 3 this fall. We’ll be watching three episodes of season 1 per week, then switching to two episodes a week for season 2, ending the week of the season 3 premiere. Never seen an episode and want to dive in? Seen every episode but want a refresher? Either way, we’ve got you covered with both spoiler-free and spoiler-filled discussions of our favorite sleuth and her friends. You can head over to HBO Max to watch seasons 1 and 2 now.

Under each episode heading, you’ll find a discussion ONLY of the current episode and the ones preceding it, while at the end of each article there will be a section discussing how the episodes relate to the series as a whole (translation: spoilers). If you missed our last rewatch, you can head here for all the action. Without further ado, let’s jump right into the final episodes of Nancy Drew season 2!

“The Judgement of the Perilous Captive”

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Written by: Erika Harrison

Directed by: Jeff W. Byrd

  • Everett Hudson is despicable, but Ben Hollingsworth’s performance is fantastic. He does a great job of making Everett an awful person, but someone whose motivations are clear. His delivery of, “You used Lucy Sable’s one night stand and Kate Drew’s cancer death to make yourself an heiress” is spine chilling.
  • Nick’s mission to help at-risk kids in Horseshoe Bay is the perfect goal for his character. His interactions with Jake work on two levels. They really illustrate the racism Nick has faced in Horseshoe Bay, but they also show the kind of determination Nick has to make the world better in any way he can. It’s also a great reminder for all of us that Nick is sitting on a nice pile of Tiffany Hudson money.
  • This episode sets up The Road Back as a major antagonist that is not to be messed with. Having Celia be a victim of the group rather than Everett is a nice twist, and it’s one that will clearly have a big impact on Nancy.
  • Anyone else cheer when Ryan nails Everett with that punch? He had it coming!
  • I love Nancy, Ryan, Tamura, and Gil teaming up to double-cross Everett. It’s a well played moment where the audience is in the dark until the last second.
  • The reveal of how Josiah died felt like a natural resolution to Everett’s arc, but anyone else think this will be important later?
  • The montage showing the wraith being with Nancy all along is so cool to see! The practical effects and creature design are top notch as always. Once again, hats off to the actors, stunt performers, makeup, and hairstyling teams who create the incredible monsters on Nancy Drew.
  • Praneet Akilla is also great in this episode. We get to see all the different sides of Gil, from his relationship with Nancy to his complicated feelings about his father. I enjoyed getting a fuller picture of his character.

“The Echo of Lost Tears”

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Written by: Noga Landau and Katie Schwartz

Directed by: Amanda Row

  • There’s a lot to say about the brilliance of the mental health metaphor that is the wraith. Luckily, we have a whole article about it!
  • The baby wraith is adorable in a terrifying way. And even better — it’s not CGI!
  • The trio of George, Bess, and Odette creates a bittersweet end to the Odette arc. Odette’s choice to let George live her life is the right one, but it is a sad one for Bess. I’ll miss Odette and her sarcasm, but kudos to Leah Lewis for playing two separate characters for the majority of the season.
  • Nace fans had reasons to rejoice and despair in this episode. While Nancy clearly realized that she cares about Ace in a romantic way (and we ALMOST got our first Nace kiss!), Ace leaves on his road trip with Amanda. If the writer’s room’s teasing about season 3 is to be believed, Nace is about to be a classic slow burn storyline.
  • George has proposed to Nick! But what will his answer be?
  • Nancy’s relationship with Ryan and Carson is adorable. We definitely deserve more Hudson-Drew shenanigans in season 3.
  • Temperance Hudson has arrived! Surely she will simply decide to lead a quiet life in Horseshoe Bay after her resurrection … right?

Parting Words

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As this is the last installment of Nerds Rewatch Nancy Drew before the season 3 premiere, I wanted to say a quick thank you to the readers who have followed along from the start! Having written about Nancy Drew since the pilot aired back in 2019, I am excited to continue covering Nancy Drew for season 3. I can’t wait to see your thoughts and theories! Be sure to keep following Nerds and Beyond for more Nancy Drew content as the season unfolds!

What did we miss? Let us know in the comments! Seasons 1 and 2 of Nancy Drew are available now on HBO Max. Nancy Drew season 3 premieres October 8 at 9 p.m. EST on The CW. You can also watch the first trailer for season 3 here!

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By Jules
I am a nurse and dedicated nerd from Boston, MA. When I'm not at work, I'm rewatching old favorites like Supernatural or discovering my new obsessions (too many to count!). When not fangirling, I can be found reading, writing, or listening to a true crime podcast. You can find me on Twitter @juleswritesblog for more nerdy nonsense.
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