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Wilfred – “Trust” – review
The second episode of Wilfred begins with a quote: “Trust thyself only, and another shall not betray thee.” It then fades away, leaving us with the episode title, “Trust.” So we have a pattern already being set up for this quirky series. Each episode focuses on something Wilfred teaches Ryan. Last week he learned about happiness, and this week it’s trust.
To start things off with a bang, Wilfred hacks his way into Ryan’s yard with an axe, reminding you how messed up this show can get. Quickly we learn that Ryan’s ex is getting married. They broke up because she unceremoniously stuck her finger up his butt. Ryan takes Wilfred to the beach to go for a swim, but dogs aren’t allowed. “I can’t believe these racist rules still exist,” laments Wilfred. To prove he’s a loyal friend, Ryan lets Wilfred go in anyway. He starts off innocently enough, having fun splashing in the water, pointing at birds (“It’s a pelican!”), but he goes too far when he kills the pelican and drops it in front of a child.
Ryan’s loyalty is tested when Jenna asks to take him to the doggy dentist for a teeth cleaning. Wilfred obviously hates doctors. When he finds out, the trust is broken, and he freaks out until the doctor drugs him. Before he passes out he makes Ryan think that Jenna is really a man.
Going back to the finger-in-the-butt girl, Ryan has a habit of ruining relationships by obsessing over small problems he has with women. Wilfred knew this and teaches Ryan a valuable lesson about trusting oneself. Slowly, over time, Wilfred is going to fix Ryan. We’ll get to a point where we look back at the pilot episode and Ryan will be unrecognizable.
What makes Wilfred great is the way he toes the line between being a profound philosopher and perverted canine. I love that one second he can be talking about how everything relates to everything and shaking his wet fur on topless sunbathers the next. What will really make this show great will be when Ryan realizes how much he needs Wilfred yet how insane he is for seeing the dog as a human.