Friday, July 15, 2011

Thursday Night: Wilfred

Jason Gann and Elijah Wood star in Wilfred.
Wilfred, FX 10PM EST
Season 1, Episode 4, "Acceptance"

For the past three episodes, Wilfred has been the most consistently strange show on cable television that manages to retain its wit and also develop characters that a viewer will care about. This episode was the first swing-and-a-miss of the American series. When Ryan and Jenna sign Wilfred up for Daryl's (Ed Helms) doggie day care service, the plan goes horribly awry. It turns out that Daryl had actually been sexually abusing the dogs by dipping his testicles in peanut butter.

This is partially where the episode starts to fall apart. As the characters are so well developed and, even three episodes in, we are so very involved in these characters, to see one, even an anthropomorphic dog, sexually assaulted by Ed Helms (of all people) is a little unnerving. The dramatic tone in which the scene is shot detracts from the overall humor of the show.

The overall humor, unfortunately, was also underwhelming. Ryan deals with some family-drama when Wilfred sabotages his steps. His overbearing sister, Wilfred claims, needs to be taught to respect Ryan for who he is. That's really all that happens. There are a few uproariously hilarious lines, but there's not enough to carry the weight of the drama appropriately.
Rating: 6.5/10

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