Robert "Bob" Wilson
MASH episode - Strange Bedfellows - Potter and son-in-law Bob Wilson
Bob Wilson, a traveling salesman, visits his father-in-law, Col. Potter, the 4077th in the episode "Strange Bedfellows" in Season 11 of M*A*S*H.
M*A*S*H character
Vital information
Rank: None/Civilian
Job/Role in Unit: A traveling salesman for a U.S. novelty company. He visits his father-in-law, Col. Potter, at the 4077th; he breaks the news of him having an affair, which angers Potter before he forgives him.
Home: ????
Hair Color: Sandy Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 165 lbs
Family/Personal Information
Born: ????
Birthplace: ????
Nationality/Race: American/Caucasian
Spouse(s): Evelyn Potter (Evie), Col. Potter's daughter
Relatives/Children: Stuart Wilson (son)
First appeared in: "Strange Bedfellows" in Season 11
Last appeared in: N/A, one-time appearance
Appeared on/or in: M*A*S*H
Played by: Dennis Dugan in guest appearance

Robert "Bob" Wilson was a character who appeared in the Season 11 M*A*S*H TV series episode titled "Strange Bedfellows". The part of Bob in the episode is played by actor/director Dennis Dugan, whom, earlier in the series, appeared as Private Danny McShane, a G.I. who duplicity attempts to marry a Korean local girl, only for the purpose of selling her to a "pimp" as part of a black market prostitution ring in the Season 3 episode titled "Love and Marriage"

About "Bob" Edit

A traveling salesman for a U.S. novelty company, Bob visits his father-in-law, Col. Potter, at the 4077th. They talk about how, initially, they didn't get along, but now they're fast friends. Bobby even calls Potter "Pop."

When a call from a hotel in Tokyo where Bob, who was there on a business trip, arrives at the 4077th for a Mr. Bob Wilson that "Mrs. Wilson" left a nightgown in the hotel room which he was staying in, it causes Col. Potter to fume. Later that night, Col. Potter, after talking about his son-in-law's transgression to Father Mulcahy, calls his daughter, prepared to tell her the truth. But something stops him from doing so, and he pretends the call was just to say hello.

The next morning, as Bob prepares to leave, things still awkward between him and Col. Potter. But before he goes, Potter reveals he knows the truth about his affair with another woman in Tokyo, but in a surprising way - he tells him about one time when he "slipped up" and was unfaithful to Mildred, admitting that for a week afterward, he felt so bad he couldn't look her in the eye, and could never live with that kind of guilt again.

Bob comes clean, at first offering excuses, but then admitting that he knew what he was doing, even though he knew it was wrong. He promises it'll never happen again, and says that he truly loves his wife and son, and would never want to do anything to hurt them.

Potter accepts this, even admitting that he had called his daughter, prepared to tell her everything, and came very close to tearing Bob limb from limb, but decided not to do either, saying he decided "Why screw up three people's lives over one slip-up?", also going on to say, that he hopes that Bob, an otherwise faithful, loyal husband and family man, would always be a part of his family.

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