There are a lot of things we can say about Nancy Drew on The CW. It is a drama series that doesn’t always take itself too seriously, while at the same time making sure that serious subjects are treated with respect. And while the paranormal aspect of the series often brings with it fascinating twists and turns, it is the relationships that really drive this show forward.
And in episode 7 of season 3, “The Gambit of the Tangled Souls,” it was friendship that really brought the story to life. While a lot of the fun focus was on Ryan and Carson reverting to their more teenage selves, this was also an episode where George finally got her body back as Odette was set free.
The scenes where Nancy and Bess connected with each other over loss were beautiful and powerful, a reminder that no matter what else is happening in their lives, these two women are friends first. And even George was a part of this friendship moment, as she was able to connect with the two people who not only helped to save her life (or at least extend it), but who stood by her when she needed it most.
Nancy, Bess, and George strengthened their connection in “The Gambit of the Tangled Souls” in a way we didn’t expect, but truly appreciated. Their scenes together were pure brilliance and it reminded us of why Nancy Drew works as a paranormal mystery series – because the relationships are powerful.
Nancy Drew used friendship to tell a powerful story
But it wasn’t just Nancy, George, and Bess that reminded us of the power of friendship on Nancy Drew. Ace being there for Ryan and Carson was its own level of brilliance. He made sure these two didn’t do things they would later regret and he stood by them when they needed it.
This was also his way of being a friend to Nancy because she couldn’t be there to wrangle her fathers. It was Ace being a true friend to the people in his life.
And speaking of Ryan and Carson, we can’t talk about this episode and friendship and not talk about these two men. There is no doubt in my mind that these two men have bonded over their love for their daughter, Nancy. And through that bond, they have clearly become friends.
That friendship truly came together in this episode because we got to see what these two would have been like as teen boys. And as teenagers, they would have been ridiculous together, while also helping each other out of a bind (just like Ryan did for Carson at the courthouse).
We got to see these two men having fun with each other, being ridiculous together, and supporting each other. They may have been under a youth elixir, but that didn’t take away from the fact that these moments just proved that Ryan and Carson are truly friends.
At the end of the day, friendship and relationships, in general, are truly at the heart of Nancy Drew. While “The Gambit of the Tangled Souls” gave us both fun moments and serious ones, in the end, all these did was cement the fact that the Drew Crew and fathers too are friends first over everything else.