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Wilfred – Are we ever going to get to the truth?

One day, we'll get the inside track on 'Wilfred' ... but in the meantime episodes like this one are, quite simply, the highlights of the series.

- Season 2, Episode 8 - "Truth"


This is exactly the kind of Wilfred episode I love.

First of all, the last time we saw Bruce (Dwight Yokam) — Wilfred’s “enemy” and the only other person who sees him as Ryan does — it was evident there were, well … issues between the two. Yet Wilfred “called” Bruce for assistance with Ryan and the soon-to-be-moving-in Amanda. So the question is: How much of an enemy can Bruce really be to Wilfred? There is definitely an understanding between the two … tenuous as it might be.

But there’s a reason for it. And that reason is probably a deep-seated one. You see, Wilfred’s got an agenda. Sometimes we can see right to the heart of it, but most of the time it’s hidden from us and all he does is toss out hints we simply don’t comprehend.

And there were tons of them thrown at us this time around:

“You say you have my best interests at heart, but have you ever once told me the truth?” — Ryan
“Lots of times!” — Wilfred (Of course we know this … but the manner in which Wilfred told this to Ryan was so matter of fact it was as if he’s done so dozens of time before. Can this be true?)

“That’s how long you’ve been down in the basement playing with your dog and his … well … Bruce …” — Ryan (Was that a huge “Bruce” clue? What does it mean?!?)

“You knew this would happen. This is the disaster you predicted.” — Ryan
“Sorry mate. That still wasn’t it.” — Wilfred (Ryan’s been teased with this particular ploy by Wilfred more times than we can count.

I love this stuff! It’s equally intoxicating while frustrating as all get out. Even Wilfred mentioned the possibility of the basement not being real. Think about it: A lot of clandestine things have taken place within the underneath of Ryan’s house. Of those things, how many hold truths? How many are simply figments of Ryan’s imagination?

I’m not certain when we’re ever going to get to the truth about Wilfred … or the truth about Ryan for that matter. But when episodes like this one crop up — especially on the heels of such a senseless chapter as last week’s — all appears to be right with the world for the time being. Even when we don’t know what the hell is going on. Like this:

“French rules … standard protocol …” — Wilfred
“I wouldn’t have it any other way …” — Bruce

What the hell were these two talking about … ?!?


  • How does Bruce know about Ryan’s father? And Bruce’s cryptic exit “I’ll get you next time” assures us he’ll be back.
  • Maybe, just maybe, Ryan’s rejection of Amanda was a move forward for him, some much needed growth he’s been seeking.
  • The exchange between Ryan and Amanda at the last was good television.

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2 Responses to “Wilfred – Are we ever going to get to the truth?”

August 10, 2012 at 6:08 PM

I’m rapidly losing interest in Wilfred. We had this discussion last year. It feels like Lost. No real rules, everything up to being imaginary, and in the end the destinct possiblity of it all being purgatory.

So why care?

There are a couple of nice jokes, but it all starts to feel so disconnected to the real world that it’s hard to keep tuning in.

August 19, 2012 at 9:09 PM

I’m enjoying it. I think we can assume Bruce is not real, due to the way he interacts with Wilfred. So he’s just an extension of whatever psychosis Ryan has going on.

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