Oh man do I ever feel your pain. I've worked in this pattern -- in the round -- just a little while back, and did exactly the same thing. Unfortunately my solution won't work for you because that was to go "Wendy? HEEEELLLLLPP?" Even after watching what she did (more than once
) I'm pretty sure I couldn't fix it myself.
And I thought the same thing when I learned about lifelines. What a handy thing that would have been.