Wilfred Season Finale Review: Will Power

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Who are you? What are you? Why are you?

Ryan asked these questions of Wilfred during a fit of hysteria in "Identity," and I for one, cannot wait to find out the answers.

Breaking Out the Bubbles

Throughout the season finale, Ryan slipped deeper and deeper down the proverbial slope, to a point where he was back to using dirt to win cases, switching urine to save clients, and basically doing whatever it takes to get the job done.

What did it cost him? Well, he forced his pregnant sister to leave her husband and move to India. He pushed Jenna to marry Drew, because she believes that she has a baby on the way. And he caused his pal Wilfred to jump in front of a moving car, which severely injured him, and might have rid him of his memories.

But after Wilfred's fit of amnesia, be it real or artificial, Ryan remembered that the dog was recently writing a will that could help Ryan know what to do if anything happens to [him].

I was expecting the will to be a joke by Wilfred, saying something to the effect of I can't believe you thought I lost my memory, but instead, when Ryan got to the door of his beloved basement, he found a closet! The basement that he has been hanging out with Wilfred in for the entire season has been imaginary? Is that what we are being ed to believe?

It was pure cojones by the writing staff to come up with that development. I mean, who ends a season of a comedy like that? Wilfred does, and it was brilliant. There can't be any sort of finality to what exactly this hallucination is until the series ends, but the continuing feeling that we might find out keeps the audience on its feet.

That makes Wilfred different from any other sitcom on television, and yes this is a straight-up comedy. It's not like Louie or any of the Showtime dramedies, where it is up for debate on how to categorize them. Wilfred is hilarious week in and week out, it just so happens that along with being funny, it is also very strange, and really makes you think. That was no different in "Identity."

When you have Wilfred drinking bong water like it is coffee, being distracted by bubbles three times in four minutes, and really wanting to go to India after hearing about the dirt, feces, and decaying animals, you have a recipe for hilarity.  

Does there need to be growth from some of the characters as season two moves forward? Absolutely, but we've seen some of that already. Wilfred, be he real, a part of Ryan's mind, or something else entirely, has had moments of sincerity during the first season, and I see that continuing next year. Will Ryan continue to improve? Probably, but it won't be a quick process or there wouldn't be a show left to put on the air.

Wilfred is a series about Ryan's problems, and the fact that those problems lead to him seeing this dog as a man. That leads to hilarious hijinks week after week, and it has certainly been a funny first 13 episodes.Bring on the next 13.

Now, after checking out some of our favorite Wilfred quotes from "Identity" below, let us know what you thought of the finale.

Wilfred: After I'm gone I don't want you and Bear fighting over my s**t...or any of my other stuff. | permalink
Wilfred: Come on Ryan! These are big existential questions, best left for boring Russian novelists and teenagers on acid. Real people don't think about this s**t! | permalink
Wilfred: Jenna's not a meat-lover's pizza I can have delivered in 30 minutes or less. Hey! You know what sounds good right now? Chinese. | permalink
Wilfred: I don't know what you're up to Ryan, but I've got my nose and ears on you...and my eyes too, I guess, but frankly my vision's pretty s**tty. | permalink
Ryan: I know why you're here now, to stop me from slipping down that slope. Please Wilfred, I need you to pull me back up. | permalink


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Just watched the episode "Anger" last night and Ryan says to Kristen "I'll look for Mom's copper kettle in the basement" to which Kristen replies, "Basement?" Very interesting that they may have had this in mind way before the finale!


The most original and convoluted show on TV. Ryan is obviously crazy and Wilfred is a manifestation of his own creation. Yet Wilfred works as Ryan's coping mechanism, providing a vehicle through which Ryan can work out his fears and insecurities. All while displacing responsibility. Bloody marvelous!


@Fernando Your english isnt very good but from what i gathered... I think the answer your looking for is "Hey mate". An Australia expression as Wilfred is an Australian actor. Such an interestingly smart comedy. What a great way to end the first season!!


WOW. Mind blowing end..! Who would thought that a comedy like Wilfred would ever end like that? Such a cliff hanger.. And now I want MORE!


That ending was awesome! Kristen is probably the most interesting character. she noticed that ryan had no basement and in the coutroom scene in the episode sacrifice, she is sits with her hands on her stomach, clearly pregnant. So ryan knew she was prego before the pee test and her confession?!?! This show is written excellently. Cant wait for season 2


What its what wilfred say "hey my" ? , or "hey might?" whats the expression he used to say when he talk whit ryan??


Wow that ending blew my mind, I didn't see that coming. Like my girlfriend said, "Wilfred shouldn't end like that, its Wilfred." but like me we still look back fondly on the Aussie series that really didn't take anything to seriously. Unlike this series of Wilfred, which was really well written and some great acting as well. Because of that ending it will have you looking back through the episodes looking for clues to what actually is really going on in Ryans head. I loved the comment Wilfred makes about Lost which sums up the ending of the series really well. "What did you think of the Ending?"


The ball is for Ryan to play with Wilfred!!! RECONNECT!!! (his will) (if something should happen to me, play ball with me)


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Wilfred Season 1 Episode 13 Quotes

Wilfred: Ignorance is 9/10 of the law.
Ryan: That's possession.
Wilfred: She wasn't charged with possession Ryan. I thought you were a good lawyer.

After I'm gone I don't want you and Bear fighting over my shit...or any of my other stuff.