Wilfred: Red Rocket

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Wilfred S02E07: "Avoidance"

Not gonna lie, this was a pretty weird episode of Wilfred, and not in that "Is Ryan crazy or sane?" psycho-scary kind of way. Two of the three biggest moments were far-out, silly, scenes that drew from the innocence of just feelin' it (dance montage! dance number!); the third was a sophomoric, nearly pornographic yank gag of one man in a dog suit just feelin' it (doggy cum blast!). "Avoidance" was sloppy and funny at the same time, a microcosm of what Wilfred has been in Season 2.

Unlike the obvious familiar pattern of last week's "Control," there was no real story here. As far as I could tell, Ryan had an old friend who wanted to reconnect, and Wilfred wanted to participate in a dance recital and eat churros. Neither plot had definitive goals and both were devoid of beginnings, middles, and ends, burying any sense of the traditional rhythm we're used to after decades of sitcoms. It was free-form television that was head-scratching—because seriously WTF?—and charming, because Wilfred does its own thing and that's part of its DNA, at the same time.

Let's revisit those two big moments. I'm not sure we've seen a Wilfred scene as loosey-goosey and goofy as the dance-training montage. I've read that it may have been based on the Footloose montage, but I'm at least eight degrees separated from Kevin Bacon, so I can't say for sure. And the dance number at the end, where the basement stage broke away to reveal a '40s musical number, was incredible. Weird, but incredible. Maybe it was the result of someone in the writers room saying, "Hey, what if we did this?" and no one else having any better ideas, but it was dazzling.

In the other big scene, Ryan sort of jacked off Wilfred while massaging the doggy's pulled groin. It wasn't quite the same as South Park's Red Rocket, but the results were the same gooey mess. A more graphic version of this episode was actually screened at Comic-Con, but FX made edits and cut out some of the more sticky parts of this scene. That probably means producers wasted money on the mayonnaise budget. It's unfortunate that it was edited, because with a joke like this, it becomes an all-or-nothing act of gusto—and the more graphic, the better (maybe the unedited version will make it to the DVD set?). And please, someone explain to me why Ryan didn't wash up after getting Wilfred spunk all over his arm.

In the end, Ryan and Wilfred never even entered the dance and Ryan's fears that Wilfred was trying to rape him were all a misunderstanding over Wilfred's desire to eat churros. Ryan also reconnected with his friend, who had a good reason for backstabbing him by not leaving his job and starting a new firm with Ryan: Ryan's dad threatened to ruin his career if he left. Both stories ended with an "Okayyyyyyyyyyy..." rather than any resolution; there were no lessons learned, fears conquered, or obstacles cleared. Both stories were brushed them off as misunderstandings, which leads me to believe that this script lost its way late in the process and chose absurd humor and sex jokes (albeit funny funny sex jokes) over cohesiveness.



NOTES

– Once again, Wilfred told a story about having sex with a dead or near-dead dog, this time one that had just been hit by a car, and it was comedy gold, I tells ya! I love the sense of humor this show can have at times.

– This episode was screened at Comic-Con, and there was a great shout-out to the event with Amanda being away for the weekend to attend the 'Con. Ryan also scored points for saying he would make a mean Harry Potter.

– During the final dance number, all I could think was, "Hey! That's live-action Stewie and Brian from Family Guy!" Which makes sense because Wilfred creator David Zuckerman was a producer on the animated show.


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