All the men in Horseshoe Bay are shady as hell.
On Nancy Drew Season 1 Episode 2, “The Secret of the Old Morgue,” Nancy has to come up with a plan to prove her innocence after finding out Tiffany Hudson’s body is being transferred for a private autopsy. She enlists the help of her friends, who also desperately need to prove they aren’t guilty. Meanwhile, Horseshoe Bay hosts its annual “Bucket Ritual,” one of the town’s many old superstitious traditions.
Things picks up right where they left off with Nancy in her attic discovering what appears to be Dead Lucy’s blood-stained dress. However, her sleuthing is cut short when her dad gets home and wants to talk about his new relationship with Karen. Unsurprisingly, after what she just found in the attic, she isn’t exactly eager to hear him out. Nancy continues to question how well she knows all the people closest to her, including Nick and her fellow Claw employees, which is a common theme throughout the episode.
After being told the body is being moved outside of Horseshoe Bay, Nancy is convinced someone is trying to cover up a murder and has no choice but to seek the help of the people she doesn’t fully trust yet. Each of them plays an important role in making sure everything goes smoothly, but things don’t exactly go according to plan. To make matters worse, Nancy is distracted by her continued sightings of Dead Lucy and fears she’s losing her mind. Unlike Bess, Nancy isn’t sure she believes in ghosts, but I have a feeling that’s going to change in the near future.
Bess and Ace were eager to help with the autopsy dilemma, as described in the synopsis of the episode, whereas George needed some convincing. Much like in the first episode, she comes off as quite hostile in comparison to the others in the group. Considering she has a less than favorable past with Nancy (which is explored a little bit), and is having an affair with someone whose wife just got murdered, I don’t blame her for being a little aggressive and on edge. That being said, I hope this tension between George and everyone else doesn’t last for too long. And I hope her “relationship” with Ryan doesn’t last long either. Ryan Hudson is clearly not a good man if he was cheating on his (now dead) wife with someone who is barely of legal age (and it’s very possible they started seeing each other even before that). Watching her adamantly defend him is really frustrating, and I hope circumstances between them will change.
Although the strained relationships between characters in the pilot do carry over, there’s a few moments scattered throughout the episode that start to show some progress between them. As for Nick, he isn’t as involved as the others in Nancy’s latest scheme, but he and Nancy do make plans to meet by the beach for one of Horseshoe Bay’s traditions. He also comes up in a conversation between Nancy and her father later on.
There’s been some speculation as to whether or not Nancy Drew was going to include any LGBT characters, and I’m happy to announce that they are, and it’s one of the main characters! It’s unclear what exactly their sexuality is as of now, but they definitely aren’t straight, and it looks like it’ll be further explored in upcoming episodes. As much as I wish I could say who it is, all I’ll say is that it happens rather unexpectedly, and it’s a sweet moment. Considering this wasn’t something that was announced ahead of the show’s premiere, it’s a very pleasant and welcomed surprise.
There’s also a series of twisted and shocking events that take place that are sure to shake up the rest of the season!
No Context Quotes
- “They’re railroading your investigation, aren’t they?”
- “God I hope he’s innocent.”
- “All that’s left is for you to tell my secret and laugh at me.”
- “I’ve got a bunch of dead peoples’ parts.
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