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Nancy Drew is a 2019 horror mystery series on The CW. It is the third television adaptation of the titular character created by the Stratemeyer Syndicate, following a 1970s crossover with The Hardy Boys and a short-lived 1995 standalone series.

Nancy Drew (Kennedy McMann) solved her first mystery when she was just in seventh grade but after her mother died of cancer, she gave all of that up. Working at the Claw diner with former high school frenemy George Fan (Leah Lewis), city girl Bess Marvin (Maddison Jaizani), and loner stoner Ace (Alex Saxon), she is pulled back into solving mysteries when Tiffany Hudson, wife of local rich businessman Ryan Hudson (Riley Smith), dies in the Claw's parking lot. Now Nancy, George, Bess, and Nancy's ex-con boyfriend Ned "Nick" Nickerson (Tunji Kasim) are all suspects in her death and Nancy has to prove who actually did it.

Complicating matters is the fact that Nancy's father, Carson Drew (Scott Wolf), is keeping secrets from her, and the fact that video footage from before Tiffany Hudson's death points to the killer being a ghost...specifically, "Dead Lucy," the ghost of Lucy Sable, a girl who died years ago and whose body was never found. When Nancy discovers evidence that her parents might have been involved, she also discovers that Lucy's ghost might be more real than she ever imagined.

From there, Nancy and her friends realize that something big has happened to Lucy that it may be tied to other spooky things going on in Horseshoe Bay.

The show is notable for being the first successful small-screen adaptation of Nancy Drew in the new millennium after years of failed attempts involving different networks. ABC created a Pilot Movie in 2002 that did not generate enough interest to merit a series. The critical and financial failure of the 2007 film adaptation put any more adaptation on hold until 2015, when CBS was reportedly developing a series starring Sarah Shahi as an older Nancy. A pilot was shot, but its creators eventually ditched it in favor of Doubt (which ended up being canned after one season). Two years later, the same creators attempted to pitch a pilot again, this time revolving around a middle-aged Nancy, to NBC, but received a negative response.

The series has aired for four seasons from 2019 to 2023, making it the longest-running adaptation of a property of Stratemeyer Syndicate. The show also had a Spin-Off titled Tom Swift, revolving around Tom Swift (played by Tian Richards), another Stratemeyer Syndicate character who was reimagined as a gay African-American man and debuted in an episode of Season 2 ("The Celestial Visitor"). The spin-off aired for one season before cancellation.

The series is not connected to Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, which came out the same year.

This show provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Despite not really having any angst in the books over her mother's death, in the show, Nancy is wracked with angst from it and has given up solving mysteries due to it.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: Nick definitely wasn't an ex-con in the books, while Bess wasn't a "city girl." She was also George's cousin, which was changed for the show. Also, having Nancy so much older when her mother died effectively does this for her.
  • Adaptational Diversity:
    • In the books, George and Nick were both white, while here they are Asian and black, respectively.
    • Bess is white in the books, but played by an actress of Iranian descent in the show. The new version of Bess is a lesbian, while her book counterpart was decidedly straight.
    • The show also introduces Ace, a Canon Foreigner who is Jewish.
    • Tom Swift was white and straight in his original series. Here, Tom is black and gay.
  • Adaptational Location Change: The show is set in the fictional seaside town of Horseshoe Bay, Maine, whereas the character is normally depicted as living in the fictional Midwestern city of River Heights, Illinois.
  • Adaptational Nationality: In the books, Bess is presumably American. In Episode 4, we learn that she is actually English.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Bess usually has blonde hair in the books, while she has dark hair in the show.
  • Adaptation Name Change:
    • In the books, George's last name was "Fayne," while in the show, her last name is "Fan," probably due to the change in ethnicity.
    • Ned Nickerson also goes by "Nick" instead of "Ned."
    • The town's name is also changed from "River Heights" to "Horseshoe Bay," although there is a street named River Heights.
    • A downplayed example with Bess. Her last name is Turani in the show, but her mother told her that she was descended from the Marvin family, which is why Bess came to Horseshoe Bay.
    • The Bobbsey twins are now named Gil and Amanda.
  • Adaptation Personality Change:
    • Nancy has gone from a chipper sixteen-year-old to an angst-ridden eighteen-year-old. It is later revealed that she turned nineteen during the pilot.
    • George has gone from Nancy's best friend to someone who resents Nancy for not standing up for her in high school.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: Bess is a lesbian here, and Tom Swift is gay.
  • Age Lift: The books start with a sixteen-year-old Nancy in high school, while the show begins with Nancy having graduated high school and waiting to apply to college.
  • All for Nothing: The Drew Crew summon the Aglaeca to retrieve the bones of Lucy Sable. On their end, it's because they want to solve her murder. For Lucy, she has a very special secret to reveal to Nancy. It's unnecessary, because the bones say nothing about her death and the secret is revealed in the hair left on her tiara. Worse, the deal with the Aglaeca doesn't end well.
  • Amateur Sleuth: Nancy, of course. She became one when she was twelve.
  • Ancient Conspiracy: The final season reveals that the black sludge the Drew crew is investigating has been dated back to the 1990s due to coverup by the local government.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Despite Nancy and her crew encountering supernatural phenomena all the time, Nancy remarks in "The Web of Yesterdays" that she told her friend Tom Swift that time travel doesn't exist, which was a nod to Tom Swift's Cut Short twist cliff-hanger.
  • Big Bad: In the non-supernatural side of things, Everett Hudson certainly counts.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The Hudsons, the richest family in Horseshoe Bay. They’re snobby, feuding with each other and classist. And in the case of Everett, cruel enough to drive a teenager to kill herself and threaten the life of a newborn.
  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • Season 3 ends with Nancy taking down Temperence. She decides to open up a private detective agency, using Temperence's old hideout as an office. However, Nancy also decided to not get close to Ace for fears that the curse Temperance unleased can someday kill him.
    • The series ends with the main characters deciding to leave Horseshoe Bay, but all of them have promising directions. George is off to law school, Nick is off to work with Tom Swift along with his lover Jade, Bess is off to travel the world to find artifacts to replace the ones destroyed in the Historical Society fire, Carson prepares himself for the arrival of his new baby with Jean, Ryan and Red are still together, and finally Nancy and Ace break Temperance's curse, allowing them to finally be together. Breaking the curse took damaging their souls such that they can't reincarnate again, but Nancy and Ace want to make the most of the life they're currently living, with Ace deciding to go to school to become a medical examiner and Nancy traveling the US to stop other Sin Eaters, but they will remain a couple.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: Nancy towards Ace to protect him from Temperance's curse.
  • Canon Character All Along: Possibly; the series finale hints that Ace's last name is Hardy, indicating he is either Frank or Joe Hardy, or a Composite Character.
  • Canon Foreigner: Ace, Ryan Hudson, Karen Hart, and Lucy Sable are all new.
  • Casting Gag: The medium, Harriet Grosset, is played by Pamela Sue Martin, who played Nancy Drew in The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries.
  • Character Development: In the first two seasons, by far the most development is seen by Ryan, who goes from a spoiled playboy having an affair with a teenager who jokes about willing to see someone die to a man who's willing to give up his entire fortune to do the right thing.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Although their Claw uniforms are otherwise identical, Nancy's is always blue, Bess's is always yellow, and George's is always green. The civilian clothes they wear in the last scene of the series finale are in these same colors.
  • Darker and Edgier: The first Nancy Drew show with actual supernatural elements, including ghosts.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Everyone has their snarky moments, but George and Nancy are the most prominent snarkers with Ace not far behind.
  • Deal with the Devil: In the episode “The Haunted Staircase”, when George’s younger sister Ted is kidnapped and her kidnapping turns out to be connected to the first mystery Nancy solved, we learn that both kidnappings are the result of the kidnappers making deals with a demon named Simon to obtain something that they wanted desperately, in exchange for sacrificing the child to Simon. What’s more, Ted’s kidnapper was recruited by the first kidnapper, now in jail!
  • Death Trap: Somehow, Nancy and George and Ace all end up in one of these at some point in season 2.
  • "Die Hard" on an X: "The Siege of the Unseen Specter" is basically Die Hard inside Horseshoe Bay Police Station with the entrances and exits rigged to electrify anyone who tries to breach through.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Ace's plan to "rescue" Carson from jail involved faking his way into a prison transfer which takes a few minutes for it to be discovered. Carson himself lampshades how Ace's plan is to take Carson to his own house and it's less than an hour before the place is surrounded by the cops with Ace acting like Carson is his "hostage" to push them to get proof of his attack. His heart was in the right place but Ace really should have put more planning into this.
  • Dirty Cop: Between distributing poison to be used for vigilante justice, getting paid off by the Hudsons, and covering up the murder of a black woman, Horseshoe Bay is full of them.
  • Driven to Suicide: Poor Lucy Sable.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Nancy and Ace break Temperance Hudson's curse and are able to fall in love and start a relationship, but it came after their stopped the Sin Eater curse by permanently damaging their souls, meaning that they cannot reincarnate and their deaths will be final.
  • Exact Words: In the second episode, “The Secret of the Old Morgue”, George kicks her bucket over on the last night of the Summer Festival, and the bucket is full of blood, an omen which means that George was going to die within the year! But nobody said that she would stay dead...
  • Extremely Short Timespan: All four seasons of the series take place in less than a year.
  • Family Theme Naming: George and all of her female younger siblings have Tomboyish Names, those being Jesse, Ted, and Charlie.
  • The Fellowship Has Ended: The gang disbands by the end of the series; Nick and George decide on sell off the Claw, partly since the latter needs the money to manage through her undergrad studies for her law degree. Nick is employed in one of Tom Swift's companies as an engineer. Bess is now going on a world tour to investigate and study relics that will be brought back to HB. Nancy and Ace are now together and are on a road trip, which implied that mysteries will be solved along the way.
  • Feuding Families: The Marvins and Hudsons have cordially hated each other for decades.
  • Five-Token Band: Nancy is white and female, Ace is Jewish, Nick is black, George is Chinese-American and Bess is Iranian-British and gay.
  • Foreshadowing: Used to excellent effect to set up the truth of Nancy's parentage. The first ghost featured in the show is Dead Lucy, right after Nancy places her Sea Queen crown on Lucy's gravestone. After Kate Drew dies, she practically asks her (adoptive) mother to start haunting her and Dead Lucy answers.
  • Fully Absorbed Finale: Of a sort, Tom Swift gets a few name drops during the final season, indicating that Swift Industries is still thriving and does survive the takeover Claire tries to pull in the cliffhanger season/series finale and Tom is still working to save his dad.
  • Girl Posse: Nancy's friends in high school, who stopped being her friends when her mom died.
  • He Knows Too Much: In "The Sign of the Uninvited Guest", Lucy Sable's brother tried to kill Nancy when she confronted him on the truth.
  • Hotter and Sexier: This may be the first Nancy Drew adaptation to show Nancy and Nick half-naked and having sex.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Aside from the pilot, each episode title sounds like a Nancy Drew novel, i.e. "The Secret of the Old Morgue" and "The Curse of the Dark Storm."
  • In Name Only: There is the occasional Mythology Gag here and there, but between the different setting, the supernatural aspects, and the fact multiple characters have their backstories and personalities radically changed, it feels like a new property where some characters just happen to share their names with Nancy Drew characters. Or just similar names in some cases, since Nick, Bess, and George all had their names slightly changed from their book counterparts.
  • Instant Birth: Just Add Labor!: Lucy giving birth takes place between roughly mid-afternoon and only an hour or two after sunset. Notably it averts Clean, Pretty Childbirth with the umbilical chord being cut and the dress bloodstained.
  • Interrupted Declaration of Love: Nancy shows up on Ace's doorstep ready to confess her feelings for him, only to be interrupted by his mother, who reveals that Ace left for a roadtrip with his new girlfriend.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Rita Howell's final message to George in "The Curse of The Dark Storm" - that the protection of the salt circle will only work if George believes it's real - could easily be read as a message to critics who struggled to suspend disbelief over the supernatural elements: in order for the show's supernatural premise to work, one must accept it at face value.
  • Lethal Eatery: The Drew Crew's mystery solving makes The Claw consistently unsanitary and riddled with health code violations. The fridge is full of spoiled eggs, a botched seance causes one of the waitresses to throw up all over the tables, and on one notable occasion, the gang hides and loses one of Lucy Sable's bones at the Claw. Unsurprisingly, Carson mentions that he has gotten sick from their food on multiple occasions.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: Temperance traps Nancy in one in the season finale of season 3, right before she's about to kill her. It isn't quite a paradise as Ryan was killed during the sequence, but she and Ace finally get together and are in love — and then he is killed in a car accident. Temperance explains with her magic, she can make a second last a month in Nancy's eyes.
  • Love Triangle: Nancy between Ned and Owen Marvin in the first season.
  • Missing White Woman Syndrome: "The Siege of the Unseen Specter" deals with this. One of Nancy's old cases was the disappearance of a girl named Rose Turnbull. What Nancy didn't know was that a black girl named Dolores Barrett had gone missing the same week as Rose. Ned points out that between her race and a white girl being missing, Dolores never stood a chance.
  • Murder by Mistake: In ''The Sign of the Uninvited Guest’’, we learn that this is why Tiffany Hudson died. The killer was trying to kill Ryan Hudson by poisoning a salad meant for him, but Ryan didn’t want any dressing on his salad so George returned it to the kitchen, but when Ace saw the salad, he thought it was meant for Tiffany, so he plated it for Nancy to give to Tiffany. Oops.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Carson gets arrested, because Karen found Nancy's diary, left out in the open, and read about Nancy's suspicions that her dad killed Lucy.
    • The whole Claw crew gets this when they realize their collective actions accidentally led to Tiffany being murdered instead of Ryan.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The first mystery Nancy solves is finding a missing child in a hidden staircase — which is a reference to The Hidden Staircase, the second Nancy Drew novel. The girl's name is Rose Turnbull, a nod to Rosemary Turnbull, one of Nancy's clients from the 1930 edition of The Hidden Staircase.
    • Nancy finding a bloodied wedding dress in "Pilot" is an entire reference to the novel The Secret in the Old Attic.
    • In "The Curse of the Dark Storm", Nancy has to solve the mystery of an antique clock, which eventually leads her to the Lilac Inn. This is a reference to both "The Secret of the Old Clock" and "Mystery at Lilac Inn."
    • In “The Haunted Ring”, Nancy reveals that her high school is named Keene High School. The pseudonym of the various Nancy Drew writers is Carolyn Keene.
    • Hannah Gruen shows up in "The Whisper Box", not as the Drews' housekeeper, but as the head of the Horseshoe Bay Historical Society.
    • “The Search for the Midnight Wrath” introduces The Bobbsey Twins.
    • The girl that Nancy rescues in “The Beacon of Moonstone Island” has a grandmother named Carolyn and an uncle named Frank. Carolyn Keene and Frank Dixon were the pseudonyms used by the authors of the Nancy Drew books and the Hardy Boys books respectively.
  • Myth Arc:
    • The first season is entirely one for Nancy and the team investigating Dead Lucy and how she's related to Nancy and the Hudsons.
    • The third season centers on Temperence and her plans to reunite with Charity, her daughter who used a magic spell to banish Temperence out of Horseshoe Bay.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: Nancy's mom died while she was at school prom, though her mom insisted so she wouldn't miss out on her social life. Still, Nancy wished she stayed for her mom's last moments. Nancy resented her dad for this.
  • Not So Invincible After All: Everett Hudson, who was long thought to be untouchable, ends up having a weakness after all: being Tased and tied to a chair.
  • One of Our Own: Ace gets into a suspicious car accident in the end of “The Tale of the Fallen Sea Queen” and is in a coma for the next two episodes. He recovers, though.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Ace’s real name has yet to be revealed. The series finale sheds some light on it, as the group carves their initials under one of the counters in The Claw before they leave Horseshoe Bay; Ace leaves "A.H.", indicating (and seemingly confirming a popular fan theory) that his last name is Hardy. The rights to The Hardy Boys weren't public domain until shortly after the finale was filmed.
  • Only Sane Man:
    • Ace is the calmest and acts as Nancy's rock, but his free spirited nature sometimes gets him into trouble.
    • Nick is often the one questioning the crew's more outlandish plans.
    Nick: No! We are not performing an autopsy in your kitchen!
    Bess: No, you're absolutely right, Nick. We should do it in the living room, there's more space.
  • Paranormal Episode: For the Nancy Drew franchise as a whole.
  • Plot-Powered Stamina: The Drew Crew gain this during the last couple episodes of season one and the first couple of season two which all take place over the course of a single week, with the characters being shown to spend the majority of several nights awake. Admittedly they are shown to sleep several times so it's less glaring than most examples, but it seems that there was little, if any, sleeping done between the beginning of The Girl in the Locket and the middle of The Reunion of Lost Souls, a period of three days and two nights.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Thanks to Temperence's spell in "The Confession of the Long Night", everyone in the party began to spout out things they don't want to say. They know it and they either act on their bottled up feelings or just snark and deny it.
  • Prophecy Twist: Temperance tells the fortunes of the Drew Crew at the beginning of season 3, and while all sounding scary and ominous, each plays out differently throughout the season:
    • "One of you will be the other's demise": Nancy is forced to kill Temperance to keep her from opening the Veil and destroying the town.
    • "One of you will forsake what is dearest for you": Nick sells the youth recreation center.
    • "One of you will betray your true love": George breaks it off with Nick after her curse is broken, and finds that she has a new lease on life.
    • "One of you will lose your heart": To save Ace's life from Temperance's curse, Nancy torpedos any chance that they will be together.
    • "One of you will wreak havoc on this town": Bess's truth spell earlier in the season caused a lot of the townspeople to inadvertently blurt out secrets they've been keeping from one another.
    • "And only of you will fulfill your destiny...and that one will cause the rest to fall": Ryan gets himself mixed up with a couple that hunts relics in order to get a weapon to stop Temperance. And it's clear that they aren't done with him just yet.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: In Judgement of the Perilous Captive, Nancy and Gil kidnap Everett Hudson, hold him hostage, and try to force a confession out of him for the murder of his wife, Cecilia, which Everett denies. Eventually, Ryan shows up, and beats up Everett for his mother's death. Only that it is later revealed that Everett, as evil as he is, actually is innocent, and had nothing to do with Cecilia's murder. But upon finding this out, Ryan and Nancy justify their actions after-the-fact on the grounds that Everett is a bad person who has still done several bad things. Later on, when Everett tells Detective Tamura that Nancy and Ryan kidnapped and tortured him, Detective Tamura claims that he has no reason to believe him, despite knowing that Everett is telling the truth, the bruises on Everett's face, and evidence of Everett's kidnapping.
  • Race Lift
    • Bess is played by Maddison Jaizani, an actress of Iranian descent.
    • Tom Swift is now a Black man.
    • The Bobbsey Twins are played by actors of South Asian descent.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In "The Girl in the Locket", Nancy calls Ryan out being an immoral stuck-up rich snob, especially since she learned that he's her biological father.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: While dybbukim are a part of Jewish tradition, dybbuk boxes are a modern invention. Specifically, it was a modern horror story, where a man modified a wine cabinet and invented a story to go with it, then sold it on ebay.
  • Sex for Solace: The likely reason why Nancy is sleeping with Nick. She is still grieving over her mother’s death from cancer and sleeping with Nick probably helps her cope with the loss.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Horseshoe Bay in "The Warning of the Frozen" has an annual Town Carnival that includes a corn maze.
    • The Aglaeca storyline is basically the Final Destination franchise, but with a more sensible explanation, if that can be believed.
    • Nancy's waitress uniform at The Claw evokes Alice in Wonderland.
    • In "The Oracle of the Whispering", Nancy warns Ryan to not be too good in the relic hunt or she needs to find him if he goes to the dark side.
  • Skewed Priorities: In "The Search For The Midnight Wraith", Gil Bobbesy is more concerned with whether or not Nancy brought the money she agreed to pay him than the fact that she's currently trying to save him from going into diabetic shock. He even raises the price when she tries to keep him focused on the matter at hand.
  • Spooky Séance: Nancy, George, and Bess have one with the medium and try to contact Tiffany Hudson...but end up contacting Dead Lucy instead.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Lucy Sable and Ryan Hudson. Their romance was ruined by Ryan’s snobbish father, Everett, who ultimately caused Lucy to become suicidal.
    • Nancy and Ace. After the two finally find themselves in a place where they recognize and act on their feelings for one another, the two are in a horrific accident, which Ace dies from. Cue Temperance appearing and stating that everything Nancy has experienced and witnessed the past month, particularly Ace and Ryan's death, is actually a vision of what could happen if Nancy kills her. She also states that if Nancy stops Temperance from opening the Veil, she has a back up curse, that she will place on her and Ace, stating if the two ever consummate their love, Ace will befall a fatal accident. Brought back to the moment right before Nancy killed Temperance, Nancy makes the choice to save Horseshoe Bay, by killing Temperance, who as she warned Nancy, releases the curse upon Ace. A month later Nancy considers trying to defy her fate, and confess her love for Ace, only for his barometer to break, a warning sign that the curse is still in effect. Nancy leaves stating that the most the two will always be is friends, and that she doesn't love him back, running out of his apartment before breaking down in tears.
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: The last scene in the pilot is one of these appearing right behind Nancy who turns out to be Dead Lucy.
  • Supernatural Fiction: This is the first Nancy Drew adaptation where ghosts actually exist. The murder is still done by a human being and Nancy has to solve it, know, there are also ghosts. And creatures.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • Nancy got away with her Kid Detective schtick for a while since everyone just found it cute, but her still running around insisting she can solve any mystery better than the town's actual law enforcement in her late teens just annoys a lot of people and has made her a bit of a social pariah even though it initially made Nancy a hero when she found a lost child in her initial foray into detective work. This even makes the police chief question her motives in looking into the dead Lucy incident.
    • Nancy figures she can just break into the town morgue by picking the lock. As it happens, like any modern-day lab that recently had a body go missing, it has a lock that can only be opened via keycard and code.
    • Breaking into places to do private detective work is, you know, illegal. Nancy gets caught at the aforementioned morgue and has charges brought against her. As of "The Riddle of the Broken Doll", Nancy is sentenced to do community service because of it.
  • Theme Naming: George and her sisters Ted, Charlie and Jesse all have masculine-sounding names.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation:
    • George and Bess are cousins in the novels. They are not related in this show.
    • The end of season 1 reveals that Nancy is not biologically Carson Drew's daughter.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: "The Celestial Visitor" has this when George accidentally summons a "Kitchen Demon" into Bess.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Victoria and George. Though it's not Played for Laughs, as George is forced to be the responsible one with a job while her mother spends most of her time drinking (which she claims helps her deal with her clairvoyance).
  • Weirdness Magnet: The Roman burial coins act as this (at least when removed from their lead lined box), attracting not just ghosts, but spirits who were never human to begin with, in massive numbers.
  • Wham Episode:
    • "The Haunted Ring" has Nancy trespass inside Keene High and spot a photo of Lucy with Karen, suggesting that the latter may know Lucy aside from her reputation in high school.
    • The knife Nancy found, which is tied to Gomber's case, in "The Haunted Staircase" has Carson's DNA on it.
    • Nancy is knocked out in the East Wing of the asylum due to a supernatural presence. The appearance of roaches in the faux Drew residence confirms it in "The Lady of Larkspur Lane".
    • "The Whisper Box" suggests that Tiffany was assassinated because she was close to finding a suspect in the Lucy Sable incident.
    • And "The Sign of the Uninvited Guest" reveals that Tiffany was actually Murdered by Mistake when Lucy Sable's brother got into the Claw restaurant and poisoned salad intended for Ryan Hudson in an attempt to avenge Lucy's death, only for the salad to go to Tiffany instead.
    • Nancy and the gang summon the power of the Agleaca to help the former win Casey's case. However, the price is that Owen needs to die. Nancy later coughs up the wreath, which means that the Agleaca is not pleased that she bailed on the deal.
    • "The Haunting of Nancy Drew" reveals that Lucy was never murdered. She took her own life when she couldn't handle being the town pariah any longer. But From a Certain Point of View, the murderer is the whole town. Or at the very least, Everett Hudson is the real murderer, since he was the one to spread the rumors about Lucy in an effort to keep her away from Ryan. At the end, Nancy discovers from the DNA results that Lucy is her real mother. Carson admits it when Nancy confronts him about it, and confessed that he and Katherine adopted her to honor Lucy's wishes. They were also there when Lucy fell to her death, but were too late to stop her.
    • The team at the end of "The Fate of the Buried Treasure" can't appease the Algeaca. Nancy notices that the sand turned into seaweed during the event, which leads the team to come up with a plan to kill it instead.
    • Odette shows up in "The Riddle of the Broken Doll" before George and the episode suggest that whatever mistakes she's making like getting olive oil when she's not suppose to suggest that she's sometimes possessed without her knowing.
    • "The Trail of the Missing Witness" has Nancy amending her witness statement after her meeting with the post-amnesiac Celia Hudson.
    • The end of "The Judgement of the Perilous Captive" has the reveal that the Gorham Wraith has been attached to Nancy ever since she left the woods. And unless it can be exorcised for good, Nancy has a few days to live.
    • The end of "The Echo Of Lost Tears" shows Myrtle using blood to soak herself in the bathtub. She later takes on Temperance's appearance. She was also able to breach the paranormal barrier around Horseshoe Bay.
    • "Voices from the Frost" show Ace and Hannah in a mysterious void after he used the key to unlock a lock in the Historical Society. And they're the phantom knockers.
    • "The Confession of the Long Night" has Hannah making plans to put a successor in the Historical Society. And Temperance warns Nick that she placed hexes on every child in the youth child, marking them for death.
    • "The Oracle of the Whispering" indicates that a creature is responsible for being the source of the blaze sludge. It's known later as the Sin Eater.
    • "The Ballads of Lives Foregone" has Nancy and Tristan abducted.
    • "The Heartbreak of Truth" has Callie make the people of HB riot thanks to the water being contaminated with the town's 200 years old sins.
  • Wham Line:
    • In “The Sign of the Uninvited Guest”, as they’re realizing that something isn’t right with their theory, Ace gives one that not only upends the mystery, but the entire series.:
      Ace: ...I used that for Tiffany's order.
    • Nick makes a call to the gang at the end of “The Beacon of Moonstone Island”
      Nick: I think we lost Nancy.
    • Nancy and company were able to solve a coverup that involved a guy who almost killed a girl he liked, thanks to a corrupt judge. But they later find out that the details thanks to tainted paranormal water.
      George: I think there's something in the water.
  • Wight in a Wedding Dress:
    • Not quite a wedding dress, but Dead Lucy is wearing a white dress of a "Sea Queen," the local version of Homecoming or Prom Queen.
    • Played straight in (aptly) "The Spell of the Burning Bride."
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Nancy has a moment like this after she takes Everett hostage and wants to kill him, earning her a place in the family, according to him.


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Leaving the Claw

Nancy and the gang disband for the last time. George is going to law school, so she has no choice but to sell the Claw. Nick's gotten a position as an engineer. Bess is going to investigate relics overseas and Nancy and Ace are going to a road trip.

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