Original Air Date: Jul 5, 2012
Kym – TwoCents Reviewer
“Let not a man guard his dignity, but let his dignity guard him.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Hmm, food for thought as usual. Is this part of what Wilfred represents? The guardian of Ryan’s dignity. True or not, it’s clear from the beginning of this week’s episode that Ryan still hasn’t learned how to say no to authority figures. Oh, and who gives a dog his own cell phone?
As Ryan struggles with his desire to say no to attending a banquet for his father, his very attractive co-worker, Amanda, comes in to confirm their date that evening. Good job Ryan! Moving forward. At least until his boss, Jeremy, comes in and demands that he review the latest patent by Wednesday. Amanda takes it well though and leaves as Ryan takes a call from Wilfred – who’s apparently trashing his house. Jenna and Drew are away for a couple of weeks, leaving Wilfred in Ryan’s care. The following day, when Wilfred objects to being put in a kennel, “like some guy caged up like some animal” (and making all of us dog owners suddenly contemplate how our own dogs really felt about those things), Ryan decides to sneak him into work with him. Of course, this fails, but fortunately Wilfred’s a hit, especially with the boss, getting Ryan a brief reprieve from the overbearing demands and allowing him to finally hit happy hour with Amanda while Wilfred tells the local pigeons all about it. There’s clearly chemistry between Ryan and Amanda and I love her sense of humor.
Of course, what’s funny about a dog one day wears thin over time and, after a couple of days, Wilfred seems to be wearing out his welcome at the office. He’s anguished that he doesn’t seem to be entertaining everyone anymore, except Jeremy, who “rubs him the wrong way”. Literally. Then, disaster, as Wilfred intentionally slides into the water cooler and makes a huge mess. Even the boss doesn’t seem to find him cute now, and he demands that Ryan have his review in the next day. As he works late into the night on the review, Wilfred compares Ryan’s boss to his father and tells him he needs to stand up for himself against both of the overbearing authority figures in his life.
Finally, Wilfred agrees to go back to the office and help Ryan get an extension out of Jeremy if Ryan will help him come up with new material. I love the various suggestions on the board – and the way I almost believed, just for a second, that Ryan was hearing Bear too – but the head in the bag that he does come up with is usually a winner. “YouTube Gold” as my fiance would call that sort of thing. It goes badly though, when Ricky decides to “save” him and does his routine instead, unintentionally making fun of Wilfred, and causing Wilfred to subsequently attack him. Ryan’s able to make a deal with Ricky to keep it a secret, which makes me question Ricky’s “simpleness”. In standing up to Wilfred while cleaning the bathroom for Ricky Ryan finally realizes he’s “done” and goes directly to Jeremy and confronts him, successfully, for more time on the review, giving him the confidence to also decline his invitation from his father before chasing Wilfred back into Jeremy’s office and a surprising discovery of some under the desk action. Ryan’s able to get a week off, ostensibly for keeping it a secret, but I’m left a bit disturbed by seeing a relationship at play that I’m not sure Ricky is capable of understanding. I’m hoping we get a better understanding of Ricky as time goes on so I can determine how I feel about his relationship with the boss, although I assure you the fact that they’re the same sex is irrelevant.
So, it would seem like Ryan’s problems at work should be resolved. After all, he’s got dirt on the boss and we know he knows how to use that sort of thing. But will he be able to stand behind his decision not to attend his father’s banquet? Will his new-found dignity stand up to that? And will he, at any point, stand up for Ricky’s dignity or will he simply continue to use his accidental knowledge to his own advantage?