Full spoilers ahead:
Last week’s episode of Wilfred was a surprisingly serious fake-out that I wasn’t too fond of but this week’s was certainly more of a return to form for the show in terms of humor and being lighter as a whole but it still fumbles in terms of strongly moving the plot forward but maybe, just maybe, the show isn’t trying to strongly move the plot forward yet as much as it is actually prepping to do so. The episode begins with Ryan interrogating Wilfred by tying him up to a chair (and torturing him with a jar of pennies which is absolutely stupid in a great way) and questioning him, which more than anything comes from the revealing of a God named Krugel who simply exists to torment aka Wilfred. We are then led into a flashback sequence first seen through Ryan’s eyes that leads to Wilfred causing mischief at Joffrey’s “interview” for some prestigious preschool. Ryan sees it as another Wilfred-causing-bullshit-moment (or something like that), which seems probably true at first but we then see the flashback in Wilfred’s eyes.
Wilfred’s flashback starts with us seeing Bear as a drunk human…my favorite moment of the entire episode because it’s so ridiculous in a beautiful way. But the only important detail to come from the flashback is that Wilfred saw Amanda at the school-Ryan’s old girlfriend that could also see Wilfred but in a different way who then got sent to a psych ward after stealing millions of dollars in Ryan’s name. Ryan obviously doesn’t believe Wilfred and makes his way over to the school to see her working as a janitor (although in Wilfred’s flashback she is seen as a teacher with a boyfriend? Something strange there) and she freaks out and runs away from Ryan basically. I feel like she MUST play some factor later on the series or maybe even the finale because otherwise her return feels utterly pointless especially in this episode. She is the only major connection to Wilfred so I think it may be a good move to bring her back into the show.
And I suppose it is also worth noting that Jenna returned for like five seconds as well…she must play a role later on as well. This episode felt very much like a building episode but at the same time, returns to the lightheartedness that the show has at its core in terms of humor/story. I still think the episode is very much average (only a couple of worthwhile jokes and very expositiony story stuff) in many ways but at the very least it feels like a necessary building block to hopefully better episodes to follow…with actual answers.
- JAR OF PENNIES. Why did it make me laugh so much? I don’t even know.
- Bear as a drunk human is still complete gold humor-wise and I can’t even explain it. I guess seeing him/her/something as an inanimate bear for the entire show and finally seeing him/her/something as human just made it completely hilarious.
- The gerbil game is something I’d totally love to play with Wilfred…shouldn’t have put that in this review.
- “Nerd!” Wilfred’s wonderful response to Ryan putting initials on his backpack.
- Wilfred’s series of bad one-liners when interrogating Ryan. Stupid but fun.
- “Thanks…Bear.” I really loved Elijah Wood’s delivery of this line when he uses bear to escape, nice piece of awkward humor and how even Ryan is sort of buying into the existence of Bear…sort of?
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Jesse Jordon is an aspiring comedic writer/filmmaker/performer/pieceofshit who writes this garbage on these blogs to (hopefully) make you laugh or learn something I guess. Follow him on Twitter @WhyShitSoCrazy for bad, witty tweets.