As you no doubt expected, Nate's thinky face was no match for the pure joy Ed Westwick unleashed at the end of "The Lady Vanished" when Chuck finally sat down with his mom for a chat. Of course, when she said she wanted to know everything about him, I laughed that she had no idea what she was in for. Part-time rapist? Full-time purple enthusiast? (Though the ensembles are on a downward trend. Not for craftsmanship, mind, but they are certainly less fabulous than they used to be. Remember his bass cardigan? The paisley? And what's up with the pinky ring/bracelet combo?). Although the episode was light on scheming, complicated sexual dynamics, and dire stupidity, it was also a vast improvement over "The Hurt Locket" and on par with the Gossip Girl we've come to know and love. Like so:
Apparently Elizabeth Fisher (née Evelyn) is indeed Chuck's mom, which doesn't explain her uncontrolled accent or addiction to beige, but I guess we'll take it one step at a time. Seems she wanted to give Chuck up for adoption only for Bart to decide to keep the baby, so they cooked up the "died in childbirth" that, you know, saddled Chuck with a lifetime of guilt and strained his relationship with his dad.