On Wilfred this week, things veered into the realm of true awkwardness, with Ryan's twin worlds of Jenna (Fiona Gubelmann) and Amanda (Alison Mack) colliding. How'd it turn out? Read on to see.
Awkward Meetings Are a Beach
While at the beach with Jenna, Ryan (Elijah Wood) runs into Amanda. It's definitely a little weird for him to be with his former crush while he sees his current girl, so he tries to make things as affable as he can, trying to be charming and make some jokes. It's only afterward that Wilfred (Jason Gann) comes up with an idea: Ryan should have a dinner party and invite both women, so they can hit it off better. Jenna and Drew (Chris Klein) and Amanda and Wilfred all make it over, but things don't go as planned.
Not a What Person?
At dinner, Amanda reveals a shocking truth to everyone: she's not really a dog person. She goes off on a big lecture to Jenna about how dogs are incredibly unsanitary, which does not sit well with Jenna or her dog-loving friends. Wilfred isn't particularly pleased either, and begins wreaking havoc as best he can. Trying to cover for Amanda, while she's away Ryan tells Jenna that Amanda was bitten by a dog on her behind when a child, and still has a scar because of it.
It seems like everything is going okay until Amanda and Jenna, now hitting it off, make plans to go to the spa sometime. Wilfred tells Ryan this means Jenna will see Amanda naked -- i.e., with no scar -- and so Ryan tries to come up with a reason for them not to go. But all is lost when Wilfred pulls Amanda's pants down, revealing that there's no scar to Jenna. Angrily, Amanda explains that the real reason she doesn't like dogs is because when she was young, she saw her grandfather's dead body being eaten by dogs.
Great Close-Quarters Humor
This week's episode was a great example of close-quarters humor. Almost entirely set in Ryan's apartment during the dinner party, at times it felt like comedic theater being put onscreen -- pretty original for TV programming. The awkwardness of Ryan wanting Jenna and Amanda to get along was really palpable, and Drew's funny-stupid comments were the icing on the cake. Amanda's monologue about her grandfather was priceless in its strangeness.
Did the stage-like setup work for everyone else, or would you have preferred to see a little more variety? How much longer will it take before Wilfred is simply a character in the show, and not the catalyst for every episode's dog-related plot?
"Come on, treasure! I know you're under here somewhere!"
-- Wilfred, with a gold detector at the beach.
"Great -- I think I have the same beer you brought me from last year."
-- Ryan, when Drew brings over a strange beer.
""I was a business major, but one time my roommate and I had an argument about whether it's pronounced Monet or Manet. Turns out either is acceptable."
-- Drew, demonstrating his intellect.
"Yes Bear, I heard you the first time -- six beers and Amanda's starting to look bone-able!"
-- Wilfred, classy as always.
"When Bear drinks, all restraint goes out the window."
-- Wilfred, expressing the obvious.