Okay - so I sort of solved the only going in one direction problem with my Wanda Whale by taking her all a part to see if anything was cracked or broken (NO) and then once again to lube up all the parts that MOVE except the small gear box. I've cleaned the pool filter - TWICE and inspected the hoses for any obstructions. Wanda's still moving - slowly - so the only thing I can think of is she NEEDS NEW SHOES. That won't solve the TURNING SLOWLY problem but it may help her climb the sides (AGAIN) and move a bit faster on the bottom of the pool. Ya, think?
Okay - so off to the POOL STORE! Must repeat my mantra - 'I'm only here to buy Wanda's shoes, only here to buy Wanda's shoes, Wanda's shoes - only!" HA!