You know, I completely believe in the writers of this show, but sometimes I just worry where it’s going to go, how it’s all going to turn out. But I can rest easy for another week because once again Wilfred delivered. This episode was a bit more toned down, even more so than last week, but once again the weird dog shit breaks through as the best material of the episode. I don’t mean literal dog shit, though there was some of that in the episode. I’m talking the quirky little details that remind us that the rest of the world sees Wilfred as an actual dog. This episode, it was that he got so scared and stressed at being held at gunpoint, he lost his sense of smell. I, for one, wasn’t aware that this was a thing, but I haven’t owned a dog since I was two. He was a cocker spaniel named Max, and I don’t even remember him. :( Oh, Max.
Anyway, so before we get to the good stuff, let’s just sum up. Ryan wants to invest money so that he can create a cushion for himself for the future. So Rob Riggle (or Kevin, as his character is known) introduces Ryan to his investment guy, who after deeming Ryan worthy, allows Ryan the opportunity to get involved in a project to repurpose some abandoned buildings and unused land for the low, low price of $10,000.
Here’s where Wilfred comes in. Wilfred, who we know can’t even feel guilt for more than five seconds, doesn’t believe in planning for the future. It’s all about living in the now. I generally try to follow this philosophy myself (because it’s more fun), but that’s mostly because I don’t have enough money to invest anyway. Sigh. So Wilfred tries to sabotage Ryan, first by scaring him with a gun, only to have a couple of thugs come down the alley, point a gun at Wilfred and take Ryan’s wallet. As I mentioned earlier, the traumatic event causes Wilfred to lose his sense of smell. And because the sense of smell is so important to a dog… all hell breaks loose… in Wilfred’s mind.
Now that he can’t smell, he has so much more time for these weird words and voices in his head that have ideas. We know them as “thoughts.” He becomes quite a philosopher (“When Jenna leaves the house, she doesn’t just cease to exist. She’s just… somewhere else?”), and is a follower of Kant. Boy, does he love him some Kant.
Beyond that, when Wilfred finds out that the investment opportunity is going to destroy a dog park, he begins to identify himself as one of the K-99% and protests the project. He guilts Ryan about how he doesn’t need to plan for the future because he, Wilfred, needs Ryan right now. Right before Ryan signs the investment project papers, he realizes Wilfred is his here-and-now, and that IS what’s important. Aww. So he rushes home and sees Wilfred has turned into an emo kid. Wilfred, too put upon by the weight of society, decides it’s time to end it, and hangs himself with his leash, but Ryan rushes to save him. He performs CPR, which of all things struck me as odd, and revives Wilfred. And he got his smell back, yay!
The story wasn’t too complicated, but I suppose there was a moral there. But once again, the best parts of the episode were the details, the little lines of dialogue. So I’ll leave you with my favorite quotes, and some random thoughts I had while watching.
- “You just put a foot print on that Mona Lisa. Did you see the swirl on that masterpiece? The form? The texture? The taper of the pinch-point?” This was just so graphic and amazing. I love when Wilfred describes shit.
- “Open your nostrils and smell around you, Ryan! Dirty diapers, sour milk puddles, used tranny ass condoms. We are so lucky we live in L.A.; we really do have it all.”
- “Give me 5! 10 coming back! I just doubled your investment. What what!”
- “Now that I can’t smell, it’s like my brain has nothing to do.”
- Wilfred’s ideal book: any of the Bourne movies, starring Matt Damon. Heh.
- I love that with no sense of smell, Wilfred can’t even seem to sense that there was a squirrel crawling on his head – about which I have several questions and thoughts. First of all, that was terrifying. Squirrels are crazy, vicious fuckers, and I’m just mostly impressed that they had one well trained enough to just sit on Jason Gann’s head. Second, do you think that squirrel also knows how to water ski?
- “Jesus, put down the bong and pick up a book.” Word to the wise.
- “Have you ever heard of this Kant? I loooove Kant.”
- “Wipe that smirk off your face and listen to this Kant.”
- “Don’t ever apologize for being late, Ryan. It makes you sound poor.”
- “There’s darkness everywhere. You just can’t see because the sun is an attention whore.”
- “Camus, Sylvia Plath, ‘Marley & Me’. Maybe you should stop reading.”
- “That’s one of the things about being rich – you get to treat other people like shit. I can’t wait!”
- “If this is Bear, I’LL SEE YOU IN HELL.” I love Bear so much.
- “I love you, Wilfred.” “Stingy prick.” “What?” “I said I love you too.”
- Love the tag where Wilfred admits he’s been neglecting Bear and goes to go see how he’s doing. BUT BEAR’S HUNG HIMSELF! Awww. He gives him CPR, and delivers Ryan’s speech. And then he starts having his way with the bear. ‘Atta boy, Wilfred. Make me proud.
So, what did you guys think about the episode? What were your favorite parts? Did I leave out any of your favorite lines? Now that we’ve seen a handful of episodes, how do you think Season 2 matches up to Season 1? Leave me some comments, people! Let’s talk it out!