Monday, August 27, 2012

What I’m Watching: Wilfred

Wilfred: Season 2, Episode 10 “Honesty” (B)

After a seriously depressing installment last week, this episode was equally dark but more hopeful after Ryan finally admitted what he, or rather, Wilfred, had done to Jenna and found himself unexpectedly forgiven. Wilfred was full of cinematic references, from his obsession with making a cat suit akin to Buffalo Bill in “The Silence of the Lambs,” and then a parody of a rant that I thought belonged to Christian Bale but was actually delivered by director David O. Russell and aimed at Lily Tomlin on the set of “I Heart Huckabees.” The filming of the cat video, with Ryan’s mask and voice-changer, was definitely extreme, and it’s just the latest awful plot that Wilfred has tricked Ryan into getting himself involved in just to indulge him. Jenna is becoming less and less likeable as she airs her career woes and complains about her new job delivering the Squish report, and it’s interesting to hear her tell Ryan that she’s been using him since she knew that he had a crush on her. Knowing what we do about Ryan’s relationship to Wilfred, it’s strange to think that Jenna is responsible for all that or that she tried to get Ryan to do things for her because she knew he would. Exposing the unrecognizable nature of pot candies is sure to be her new defining career point, and that should earn Ryan some goodwill in the long term. Otherwise, Ryan isn’t getting all that much accomplished in either the love or family department at the moment.

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