Robert Donnelly was a married professor at Harvard University. Years ago he had an affair with his student at the time Rebecca Bunch. When he ended things with Rebecca what followed was an unfortunate event that resulted in scandal. His first appearance was in the Season Two episode "Can Josh Take A Leap Of Faith?". He was portrayed by actor Adam Kaufman.
In 2009, Professor Robert Donnelly cheated on his wife with a girl enrolled in his class named Rebecca Bunch. As their tryst continued he made repeated promises that he'd leave his wife and marry his student. He realized he couldn't do that and made a decision to end things with Rebecca. On that same night Robert saw Rebecca who had some news for him and he indulged in a brief make out session with her. He then broke up with Rebecca prefacing it with platitudes that he cared deeply for her. Robert then told her he had to end their affair which came as a complete shock to Rebecca. She came to his house to tell him she had just dropped out of his class so there'd be no conflict of interest in them being together.
On a whim she bought a cheap veil to mark the occasion excited that they could finally be together without sneaking around. Robert again tried to gently let her down but she stubbornly refused to accept it was over. He then coldly reiterated that they were done and told her to let herself out. Robert left her alone in his house and in a rage she gathered a few of his personal belongings. She put them in a pile and lit it on fire along with her veil. The flames unexpectedly spiraled out of control which set the house on fire. Afterwards at a hearing Rebecca was brought up on three counts of arson. The judge told her Robert requested that a restraining order be put on her. Her fling with Robert ultimately resulted in her expulsion from Harvard ("Can Josh Take A Leap Of Faith?").
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