After Ruthie's message, Wilson goes back into the other room. I'm not sure why, since he already knows there are a bunch more messages. I guess the writers did this so that little Billy would have the chance to get out of bed and turn the volume control up on the answering machine. At first I had no clue what the brat was doing. I thought he was going to erase some of the phone messages, which would have been pretty funny. That turning-up-the-volume thing was awfully strange, but I'm even more bewildered when Billy scurries back into bed and pretends to be asleep. When Wilson comes back out to listen to Lucy's message, he's taken off his shirt but still has his undershirt on. Does he play some kind of mutant variation of strip poker, where he has to take off one item of clothing for every message on his machine? God, I hope not. There are a hell of a lot of Camdens, and I'm sure they've all called to pry into his business.
Sure enough, Robbie is next. Wilson's already gone back into the other room, so Billy does that obnoxious thing again where he gets up and turns the volume up. He sucks! When Wilson comes out to listen to Robbie's message, he's taken off his undershirt -- an act which seems symbolic somehow, though it's not really anything I wanted to witness personally. Matt's message finds Wilson stripped down to just his underwear. By the time Simon calls, I've got my eyes covered. Simon's offer to talk is the last message on the machine. Wilson goes over to Billy and knowingly says, "I'm home, son. I'm so glad the answering machine didn't wake you. It was so loud." Okay, but even if the machine hadn't woken him, you just did, so that was a pretty pointless comment. In fact, this may be the single most annoying and meaningless scene on this show ever. Billy wants to talk about his disappointment over the fact that Wilson didn't bring Mary back with him, but Wilson just tells him to go to sleep.
The phone rings, and Billy asks if it's Mary calling. Wilson tells him again to go to sleep, which might be a little hard for him, since Wilson is still sitting on his bed, talking to RevCam on the phone. At least he gets up to put on some pants. I guess that's one of the rules in the bizarre game of Strip Phone he invented: if you get a live call, you put on an item of clothing. RevCam expresses surprise that all his kids have called Wilson already. Why he would be surprised by that is anybody's guess. Of course he's calling to pry, just like everyone else did, though he pretends that he's just offering his services as a counselor. Wilson doesn't fall for it, though, and he says that any explanations will have to come from Mary. He hangs up on Eric, but at least he does say goodbye before he does. Wow. That's probably a first for this show.