In last week’s “Wilfred,” Ryan (Elijah Wood) starts to feel used and abused by the people in his life after he meets a beautiful woman on the beach and forgoes spending time with her to pick up Jenna’s (Fiona Gumblemann) dry cleaning. He decides to do something for himself for a change and plans to move to Italy with her, despite his longtime crush on Jenna and Wilfred’s (Jason Gann) disapproval.
While the show is never short on jokes, the overall themes of the episodes are starting to feel repetitive. In every episode, Ryan decides to do something that sounds like a good idea, Wilfred gets pissed, they fight and Ryan ends up succumbing. This episode feels similar to “Acceptance” with Wilfred’s anger at Ryan’s abandonment. However, unlike “Acceptance,” this episode lacked a big punch line with the gumption of Ed Helms and bestiality.
Recently “Wilfred” has taken on a more episodic format, but this episode revisited the relationship between Ryan, Jenna and Jenna’s fiancée as Jenna’s life and career undergo some big changes. A shift to serialized comedy could open some more opportunities for a changing relationship between Ryan and Wilfred, which is definitely needed, as the current formula is starting to feel stale.