How to fix a dishwasher that won't drain - look up!

We recently had a problem with our dishwasher -- it wouldn't drain. Merely scraping stuff off the bottom of the washer didn't help. I pulled the rotor out, and took off a housing above the motor, but this didn't reveal lots of gunk either.

I tried running with white vinegar and baking soda. I think it cleaned things up, but still water at the bottom.

Next I took the baseboard off and unconnected the drain tubing. This allowed water to drain freely, so it looked like things were draining from the washer fine.

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