Dating drama or ghost drama? Horseshoe Bay is overrun with both during this week’s episode of Nancy Drew, so you have your pick of the plotlines. And like the torrid lives of the Carrington family on Dynasty, all of it happened to converge at a swanky party. If there’s one thing small-town life can provide, it’s the promise of secret lurid parties between the rich and the powerful. Nancy and friends didn’t know what to expect, but this one little party provided the biggest piece of evidence yet for the case of Lucy Sable (and potentially Tiffany Hudson).
Based on Lucy’s letter and the clues from the party, what Lucy witnessed at the masked ball must be what triggered the downward spiral toward death. Her discovery implicated both the Marvins and the Hudsons, which are two of the biggest families in Horseshoe Bay, so any one of them would do anything to keep her quiet. The biggest suspects right now are Ryan’s mother and Owen’s uncle because of the affair, and Ryan’s father. Owen’s uncle might not be responsible for Tiffany’s death because he’s dead, but that doesn’t rule him out from the past crime. Someone tried to keep Lucy quiet and keep her separated from the family; she probably kept pushing, which means someone got involved and cleaned up the mess.
We can take Ryan off the suspect list as of now. With him being at a boarding school, it means he couldn’t have killed Lucy, and since he was in the diner, he didn’t kill Tiffany either. However, his involvement in their lives indirectly led to their deaths. Tiffany’s ghost was more upset at him because of the cheating debacle than connecting to her murder, while Lucy tormented him just to share the clue that connected Lucy’s death to Tiffany. He’s pretty clueless about what’s happening around him. Ryan might not even realize that the coins he sold had a greater meaning to shady dealings in town.
Speaking of the coins, they might be the next connection to new ghosts in town. Everyone was adamant about 12 lives being lost during the shipwreck and how the Hudsons might have caused the accident. If that’s the case, whatever evil is housed in those coins could bring new spirits that will not find peace until their revenge is met. Tiffany’s digging uncovered that connection, so the coins might be one of the reasons that she was killed too. Ryan should be worried for his life because he’s a Hudson, but his parents seem like they’re more involved in the crimes. Everything could be tying back to them for all of the mysteries.
Why was Nancy so dead-set on working alone? She put herself in countless amounts of danger just because she wouldn’t loop her friends into the casework. Firstly, she could’ve faced more jail time had she been caught stealing the coins for Ryan. She’s already under facing serious consequences after breaking into the morgue; if she had gotten caught by the police again, there’s no amount of work her dad could’ve done to avoid jail. Secondly, up until that point, Ryan was the main suspect for both Tiffany’s and Lucy’s murders. Why would she put herself in danger by being alone with him on multiple occasions? She’s lucky that it all turned out to be red-herrings.
And finally, the black mask party is the scandalous event of the upper elite. Why would she go in alone? Not even without help from Owen, Nick or any of her friends. The fact that they all happened to be there was a great fortune of coincidence. Nancy has got to start acting like a team player; she needs to let people in and work with them to solve the cases. Facing ghosts alone and delving into the dark side of Horseshoe Bay will only put her life at risk. The lone wolf act has gotten old.
The same goes for the ambiguous relationship between Nick and Nancy. Why can’t they just be open with each other about wanting to be in a relationship? There would be no confusion and hurt feelings otherwise. Nancy turned down the dreamboat Owen Marvin to be with Nick; that alone should be the flashing sign that they want to be together. Instead, we have a sulking Nick who can’t handle his jealous nor can be open enough with Nancy to say what he wants. Come on, a little honesty between the two would go a long way.
At least, Lisbeth and Bess took their relationship to the next level. They were finally open with each other, took a chance, and are willing to make it work. Nick and Nancy would learn a thing or two from them. Though, who is Lisbeth’s employer? She has now mentioned this individual on two separate occasions, but we can’t ignore that she has turned up at several opportune moments where the others happened to be. Could she be secretly evil and doing acts for her employer?
“The Mystery of Blackwood Lodge” uncovered a huge piece of the Lucy Sable case, but it came at the expense of poor character development for Nancy. While the other characters have continued to grow, she regressed back into her standoffish and solo ways. Nancy has got to start trusting people and letting them in. Without her friends by her side, there could be trouble heading her way as the rich and powerful players become the main suspects.