Tuesday, July 24, 2012

What I’m Watching: Wilfred

Wilfred: Season 2, Episode 5 “Now” (B+)

Wilfred seems to really want to challenge himself when it comes to convincing Ryan of things, but it’s not actually such a difficult task. The fact that Wilfred was able to convince Ryan that he had a tumor in mere moments was impressive, and only on this show could such a thing occur so casually and easily. Ryan is, of course, doomed to misfortune, as evidenced by the theft of his wallet during Wilfred’s speech about his tumor. Wilfred losing his sense of smell was a fun twist since it opened up the door for Wilfred to think and to read a whole slew of depressing books. His observations on life and the fact that Jenna doesn’t cease to exist when she leaves his line of sight were highly entertaining, and his voicemail was particularly amusing. His suicide was typically dramatic, and was followed up by another thing that could only happen on this show, which was Wilfred finding Bear in the middle of a suicide attempt as well. The lengths Wilfred will go to in order to obtain a $9,000 doghouse are mesmerizing, and it’s certain that this won’t be the last time that an unexpected condition and a mischievous aim on Wilfred’s part come together to make Ryan’s life even more chaotic and difficult than it is already. Bob Gunton’s guest spot as the overly serious moneyman was a typically stoic and intimidating part for the actor best known for his role as the warden in “The Shawshank Redemption.”

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