I have a question. When David and Maddie are following Barbara Wylie, they follow her to a lake where she gets rid of the gun and then to the hotel where they see her coming back out and they realise that it is actually her husband. When she is coming back out, David asks 'what happened to the wiggle?', at which point I believe that he suspects it to be her husband, or at least not her. So are we to believe that it was the real Barbara Wylie that they were originally following until the point of arriving at the hotel? If so, why would Barbara Wylie have been disposing of the gun, as we find out later that she knew nothing about the murder?
Is anyone still with me? I think I'm even more confused that I was before I started writing this!
It was the husband all along, and he was "wiggling" for an audience (Dave and Maddie, who he knew were following "the lady in the iron mask"). He kept up the charade of being his wife (i.e. wiggling) up until the time when he entered into the hotel, at which time he must have assumed that Dave and Maddie were convinced that he was she (i.e. he was his wife). So when he came out of the hotel again (still wearing the dress), he dispensed with the wiggle, because there was no reason for it anymore–no "audience" to convince. He assumed that Dave and Maddie had left at that point and were no longer watching him.
Does that make sense? That's how I always saw it, anyway.
ok, I think that makes sense. So you're saying that he knew that they were following him the whole time? (you mean he saw through the paper in the lobby thing? How?!) And he also had another room in another part of the hotel, which he would use to change etc, which is where Maddie and David saw him take off the mask?
Yeah, you've pretty much got it right, I think. The plot does not hold up under close scrutiny (how would the husband know exactly when he was being followed, and when he wasn't? Why didn't he "wiggle" all the time, just in case he was being watched?). But I think the only way the story makes sense is for it to be him all along. After all, he came to visit David and Maddie disguised as his wife. He admitted that he knew that everyone would think his wife committed the murder (remember he asks, "What jury is going to convict her?"). The wife had nothing to do with it, ever.
It's interesting that they cast Dennis Christopher in the role of the husband. Christopher is a slightly-built guy and could be convincing as a woman. (Compare Christopher with a 6' Bruce Willis in a dress, and—yow! Big difference!)
Yep, Bruce Willis doesn't make a convincing woman does he? Being 6' tall and broad shouldered doesn't help... Ooh, I'll be back to the discussions about his slim hips and how good he looks in jeans next....
"You can lead a horse to water, but that doesn't make it a duck"
But then later in the show you have the husband showing back up at Room 417, in costume, closely followed by his wife. I wonder why he would go to the trouble to get a second room to change in, only to waltz right up to the original room in drag?
I know this isn't Sherlock Holmes here, but that one always confused me.