in re-reading my last post, i did not make myself clear. when marie is talking to kimble, and refers to the will o the wisp, the guy who is never there, he wasnt there again today, he was in all the papers, you must have heard about him - she prefaces this with this is the guy who she lost her husband to. she is rambling about her marriage. being that he is currently being chased, that would have brought up suspicions with anybody in kimble's position. this is when kimble should have had high suspicions that this person that was talking was girard's wife. so he would never have gone on talking about one and a half, and the dispatch. cuz he would have been prewarned, and would not have wanted marie to know that she was actually with dr kimble, but rather ed carver (the name i think he was using). this is where i think the first huge story line mistake took place (at least within the context of the two talking to one another). when kimble mentions one and a half and the dispatch - now, marie basically knows she is actually with kimble. and since she basically knows that, her only goal is to keep him there - and would not have done anything to risk scaring him off - like mentioning the name of helen. that was a huge risk, and a mistake that kimble would not likely have made. look at his history. the first time anything occurs that could make someone suspicious, he is out the door. if anyone knows about how hard it is to catch kimble, marie certainly did - it was her nightmare. remember when he found that his sail-matchbook was missing a match ? talk about CAREFUL - kimble defined the word careful. he could not afford to make those kinds of slip-ups - and that had a major role in why he was not caught. so it isnt likely that kimble would be confused about whether he said "helen" or not. and even if kimble reasoned that he might have said helen, he would have had to reason that the chances were small. and with those sorts of odds, kimble would have assumed he was with girard's wife, and acted accordingly.