Wilfred: Dwight Yoakam Plants the Seeds of "Doubt"

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Trying not to look so pretty is no longer an issue for Dwight.
Nothing good can come from being stalked by Dwight Yoakam. Trust me, I've seen Panic Room.

So what's Ryan to think when "Bruce" starts appearing everywhere Ryan and Wilfred are hanging out, lurking in the shadows and giving him the stinkeye? Or so one would assume, given that he's always wearing sunglasses and pulling his hat down low over his eyes like, well, Dwight Yoakam does.

In last night's Wilfred, we continued exploring the increasingly convoluted relationship between man and dog, and were once again left wondering if Wilfred is a benevolent force who merely wants his human buddy to lighten up and free himself from the shackles of modern Western existence, or a malevolent one, seeking only to sow discontent and cause mayhem.

A canine version of Shiva the Destroyer, if you will.

The events of the last episode (which I conveniently failed to recap) have led to Ryan turning over a new leaf: no more cheeba, doing yoga, looking for work, and attempting to date once again.

Throughout the episode's first half, however, Ryan is shadowed by the man he comes to know as Bruce, who -- besides the obvious suspicious stalking behavior -- also sees Wilfred as a grown man in a dog suit. This obviously comes as a shock to Ryan, though not so much as Bruce's story.

The stranger's talk is eerily familiar: Bruce thought he was the only one with the ability to see Wilfred, and ended up going down the road we've seen Ryan take: smoking weed, dropping out, until eventually his life was ruined (I won't go into details; suffice to say a sabotaged condom and incest were both involved).

[Side note: Now we've had incest as well as bestiality, I hope the show's writers don't decide to tackle necrophilia in the season finale.]

Bruce admonishes Ryan to get to know Wilfred better, lest the "demon" (as he describes him) destroy his life as well. Ryan's attempts are for naught, though we do get to see Wilfred do the "tuck" from Silence of the Lambs.

Wilfred also sets Ryan up on a date with the drunk -- yet strangely compelling -- Angelique (Mike & Molly's Katy Mixon, oh god, why do I know that?). Bruce pops up once again and Ryan discovers a condom planted in his pocket. A condom sabotaged in much the same way Bruce described in his own story.

From there, the episode gets really good, by which I mean it takes a hard left turn into serious mind-fuckery. "Bruce," as it turns out, was in cahoots with Wilfred all along as he tested Ryan's "faith." Ostensibly, he planted doubt to see if Ryan would eventually side with Wilfred, and he did, but now Ryan has no idea what the hell is going on, or who to trust, so no lesson was learned at all.

As Bruce tells Ryan, "This shit is complicated." Again, I have no idea where Wilfred is going, but I'm still enjoying the ride. Especially if he keeps destroying evil robots.

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"has no idea what is going on or who to trust"  hmm.  seems familiar its on the tip of my tongue agh.  nope.  idk.  weird.

Sid Fein
Sid Fein

The episode was genious. I thought Bruce was very convincing and in the end when he got up, I was on the floor laughing. The really wierd part of this is, I had a dog that acted EXACTLY like wilfred. Of course I never saw him as anything but a dog, but the inference is totally there.


The ending was exactly the way a seventh grader would write it -- it was all a dream!  It irritated me.  I felt that the writer wrote himself into a corner and took the easy way out.

I'm still hanging with this series, although the tone has become less fun and more bleak.  The hole in the condom thing was deplorable. Ick.

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