Robert Lipton is a fictional character played by Jack Coleman in The Office. His closeted homosexuality is the basis for a story arc in Season 9

Season 7

In "WUPHF.com", Robert attends at Dwight's Hay Festival with his son. He sits next to Angela on a hay bale while she is waiting for a romantic encounter with Dwight, per their love contract. Angela jokes that the hay place is a "pay place". Robert laughs, and Angela retorts "Don't laugh at me!" Robert tells her he was just laughing at her joke. Angela calms down and continues to ridicule of the festival. The two appear to hit it off and begin dating.

Angel brings Robert to the office in "Classy Christmas". Upon their first meeting, Oscar is confident that Robert is gay.

In "Search Committee", Robert invites Angela to lunch at the botanical gardens where he proposes marriage, with media present.

In "Search Committee", Angela tells the others that she and Robert are now engaged. Oscar reveals his suspicions about Robert's sexual orientation to Pam.

Season 8

At the start of the season ("The List"), Angela is pregnant, having married the Senator during the summer hiatus. Their son Philip is born one month early at a whopping nine pounds, seven ounces ("Jury Duty"). Dwight immediately believes that he is Philip's father. In "Free Family Portrait Studio", Dwight steals one of Philip's diapers for a DNA test, and Oscar and Robert have an enigmatic conversation in the lobby in which Robert tells Oscar, "You didn't call."

Season 9

At the start of the season ("New Guys"), Dwight learns that the DNA test shows that he is not Philip's father. We also discover that Oscar is having an affair with Robert.

When the promos for the documentary start airing, Angela and Oscar call Robert to tell him that the documentary is going to out him as gay, but he comes out on his own terms during a press conference, also revealing that he had yet another lover. He and Angela got divorced sometime after the press conference.

In "A.A.R.M.", Angela reveals to Dwight that she faked the DNA test results, and Philip is indeed his son.

Trivia

  • According to the episode "Stairmageddon", Robert is apparently a Republican.

Appearances

Characters of The Office

Main characters

Michael Scott | Dwight Schrute | Jim Halpert | Pam Beesly | Ryan Howard | Andy Bernard | Kevin Malone | Stanley Hudson | Angela Martin | Phyllis Vance | Meredith Palmer | Creed Bratton | Oscar Martinez | Kelly Kapoor | Toby Flenderson | Darryl Philbin | Erin Hannon | Gabe Lewis

Other characters

Jan Levinson | Roy Anderson | David Wallace | Nellie Bertram | Karen Filippelli | Robert California | Holly Flax | Pete Miller | Clark Green | Bob Vance | Todd Packer | Mose Schrute | Hank Tate | Nate Nickerson | Val Johnson | Robert Lipton | Cathy Simms | Helene Beesly | Glenn | Hidetoshi Hasagawa | Madge Madsen | Esther Bruegger | Nick | Jo Bennett | Deangelo Vickers | Charles Miner

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