‘Wilfred’ 2.02 Recap: “Leash Aggression”

As I explained last week (but still don’t understand), the previous episode of ‘Wilfred’ was technically not the season premiere, but rather some sort of “Preview” that just happened to have been the first episode of the new season, which aired when a premiere would normally run and did the sort of stuff you expect in a premiere. But it wasn’t a premiere, OK? This past Thursday’s second episode was the premiere. Got it? Yeah, me neither.

Whatever the reason, ‘Letting Go’ mostly ignores what happened the prior week anyway, aside from the fact that Wilfred has recovered from his injuries and no longer has amnesia. Oh, and Ryan apparently still has that corporate job. How much of the last episode was real and how much was a dream? I have no idea.

In this one, we’re told that Ryan hasn’t seen Wilfred in three months, because the dog-man has been recovering in Wisconsin with Jenna’s fiancé Drew (Chris Klein), who has also been training him to be obedient. When they’re reunited, Wilfred ignores Ryan in favor of playing fetch with Drew. However, Ryan gets back in his good graces by helping Wilfred enter a dog agility competition where he has to run through an obstacle course on the beach, which Drew doesn’t have time for. Wilfred gets it in his head that he’s in a heated rivalry with a Golden Retriever named Jellybeans, and will need Ryan to procure him steroids to give him an edge. Of course, by the time it’s his turn in the competition, Wilfred simply plows through the course and makes a big mess of everything.

Meanwhile, Jenna and Drew’s relationship has been strained ever since Jenna discovered that she wasn’t really pregnant, which was the only reason they got engaged in the first place. Ryan schemes to take advantage of this, even though a cute girl in his office has been hitting on him. Eventually, he decides to let Jenna go and date the new girl.

A lot like the “Preview” episode (and like many episodes of the show, frankly), ‘Letting Go’ doesn’t particularly strive for big laughs. The closest it comes is a scene where Ryan has to give a very uncomfortable hug to a creepy drug dealer. I still feel that there’s something strangely compelling about the show, but I have to admit that I’m getting kind of frustrated and a little bored with it. In the early first season, it used to be that I could count on the show to have at least one really good laugh per episode. That doesn’t seem like it should be too much to ask from a comedy, no matter how unconventional or rule-breaking it wants to be.

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