FX Release: World renowned singer-songwriter and critically-acclaimed actor Dwight Yoakam will make a guest starring appearance in Thursday night’s episode of WILFRED as “Bruce,” an enigmatic man from Wilfred’s (Jason Gann) past. Episode 11 – “Doubt” (Airs August 25, 10:00 PM ET/PT) – Ryan begins to suspect that his friendship with Wilfred may be self-destructive. Written by Reed Agnew & Eli Jorné; directed by Randall Einhorn.
WILFRED “Doubt” Episode 11 Advance Review, Airing 8/25/2011
One thing you can always expect from WILFRED, the dog, the bloke, the show is to always expect the unexpected. Did you enjoy last week’s special surprise guest star, Rhea Perlman as Mittens? Not only did we get to meet Ryan’s (Elijah Wood) mother, Catherine but she was played by the beautiful Mary Steenburgen. Catherine opened the door to Ryan’s way of looking at things. WILFRED has had some incredible guest stars and this week Dwight Yoakam is welcomed into the world of imagery and delight.
Dwight plays Bruce, an interesting man from Wilfred’s past that may or may not have been coaxed into uncomfortable relations with all the wrong people.
Sometimes you forget how amazing dogs are and that they will always save you from the “evil robot” that resides in your house. Wilfred always keeps things interesting and provides a safe and loving environment for Ryan but with strings attached, of course. Wilfred is the self-proclaimed “silver lining” of any cloud and you just have to respect confidence like that.
Ryan gives yoga a shot and Wilfred tags along for the vast aromas that ensue. They already have a yoga pose perfect for Wilfred, downward dog.
Wilfred later treats himself to some “red velvet” and that is where the fun really begins. Ryan talks to Bruce and Bruce comes bearing some intriguing information. What Ryan does with that information is the exciting part. Ryan goes all out in this episode and explores love, loyalty, and strangers.
Ryan leaves Wilfred alone and Wilfred demonstrates his admiration of “The Silence of the Lambs.” He follows that up by going for a stroll to some of the best theme music ever.
Ryan runs into Bruce in an intimate setting and Bruce is interested in searching for holes in unusual places. It makes for several cringe worthy moments, trust me.
Dwight is fantastic as Bruce. I have always been a fan of his and I really enjoyed his role as Doc Miles in “Crank” and “Crank: High Voltage.” Those are a couple of high action Jason Statham films that you should check out if you want to see some crazy action and stunts. Dwight knows how to do creepy but also manages to keep it fun at the same time so he was perfect for the part. He delivers the best line of the episode that really sums up the show, “This shit is complicated.”
Wilfred may do horrible things to Ryan but he is helping Ryan find his true self and actually cast his own shadow. You can see by the way he deals with his sister, Kristen (Dorian Brown) that he is used to being bossed around and he is finally and slowly coming into his own and standing up for himself. I predict that when this series comes to an end, after at least ten seasons, Ryan will be the one in charge or he will be the one a dog suit. No matter how you look at it, Ryan will come out on top and he owes it all to Wilfred.
Don’t miss Dwight Yoakam’s guest starring role in WILFRED this week on FX.
Advance Episode Review
Airing August 25th at 10 PM EST on FX
August 24, 2011
By Lena Lamoray