While on the subject of the missus, I recalled one of my favorite movie scenes (I don't have the memory for detail that you do, though).
In the movie Oliver, the rich guy confronts Mr. Bumble over Bumble's possession of a locket that belonged to Oliver's mother. Bumble blamed his wife for taking and concealing it. The rich guy reminds Bumble that the law holds a man responsible for the actions of his wife.
At which Bumble erupts, "If that's the case, sir, then the law is an ass. If that's the case, sir, the law has never been married!"