Some disco tune flares up as Vartann, Gil, and his Number Three Adopted Son, Grasshopper, all ride down the escalator in the Tangiers. Vartann says there's only one convention in town this week. As a rather overweight young woman wearing a t-shirt that reads "If my body disgusts you...keep it to yourself" rides up the escalator in the opposite direction, we quickly figure out which sole convention is in town for the weekend.
Hey, it turns out the tune is "I'm Every Woman." And every woman on the pool deck is at least a size 20. We see a synchronized swim team wearing some truly jubilant bloom-covered caps doing their routine, and lots of people dancing on the pool deck. Vartann explains, "It's a Hogs and Heifers convention. Hudson wasn't fat. What was he doing here?" Accepting the Supreme Court ruling Sprat v. Sprat's order to "mingle among different weight classes with all due haste"? Expressing an aesthetic preference echoed in several different cultures at several different points in human history? "Maybe he used to be [fat]," Gil suggests, instinctively looking for a motive that would give Maurice an outsider-passing-for-normal mentality. "Maybe he's a chubby chaser," Grasshopper, Gil's Adopted Son Number Three suggests brightly. Gil gives him a glare, and Grasshopper, Gil's Adopted Son Number Three's sunny look stays in place as he shrugs, "Some men like curves." Vartann sneers, "There's curves and there's rolls. Look, have tons of fun. I've got a murder-suicide to cover." Both Gil's and Grasshopper, Gil's Adopted Son Number Three's expressions suggest that they won't really be missing the special ingredient he brings to the investigation.
Gil looks around at the assorted revelers with a look of helpless confusion. He muses, "Something heavy killed our vic." Grasshopper, Gil's Adopted Son Number Three -- still sporting a blithe tone that suggests he's taking in the scene with a great deal more sangfroid than anyone else would -- shrugs, "Heavy object, heavy person." Gil dispatches Grasshopper, His Adopted Son Number Three to see if anyone at the registration desk recognizes Maurice. "Where are you going?" Grasshopper, Gil's Adopted Son Number Three asks. Gil gets positively festive as he smiles, "I'm going dancing." Incidentally, during this whole conversation, the shots of the guys talking have been intercut with shots of the synchronized swim team underwater. I have no idea what purpose these shots serve. If TPTB put them there in an effort to get viewers to examine their own reactions to seeing substantial-sized women moving in bathing suits underwater...it worked.