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Wendell Bray

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Michael Grant TerryMichael Grant Terry
Michael Terry was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Will Terry, an English ...

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Wendell first appears in "The Perfect Pieces in the Purple Pond", as Dr. Brennan's "brightest scholarship student". During the episode he misinterprets Dr. Brennan's question about dating older women (it dealt with the episode's case) as a come-on, and he asks Angela about it. He says he is not sure what to do, as he needs the job as intern/graduate assistant because he owes people money. Angela assumes this means he owes money to the mob, but when she discovers him with a cigarette (which he uses to remind himself to think like his father, dead from lung cancer) it is revealed Wendell needs the money to pay back his old working-class neighborhood, who donated money in order for him to go to college. In that episode, he revealed that he boxed golden gloves in his teens. His second appearance is in "The Bone That Blew".

During his third appearance on the show ("The Fire in the Ice"), it is revealed Wendell is now a member of Booth's amateur hockey team, "The Fed Cases". Later in the episode, while on a "field trip" with Hodgins to get evidence from a suspect's apartment, he inadvertently mentions he once spent a night "in juvie". In "The Girl in the Mask", as Dr. Brennan is reviewing her personnel files, she comments "Wendell has the most potential"; and Booth describes him as being "Sort of normal", which Dr. Brennan acknowledges he likes.

In the fourth season finale, Wendell was re-imagined as the bouncer at Booth and Brennan's night club.

In the season 5 episode "The Bond in the Boot", everyone in Brennan's team but Wendell comes to know that Wendell can no longer work as an intern as his scholarship had run out of money due to recession. This fact is kept from him as Cam tries to figure out another scholarship for him until Brennan breaks the news to him assuming he was aware of it. Wendell manages to work impressively on the case and by the time he was bidding everyone farewell, Camille told him due to an anonymous donation, he did not lose his scholarship after all. A visibly affected Wendell thanks everyone, suspecting them of the good deed and leaves when he found it difficult to maintain composure. Then Camille tells Brennan, Hodgins and Angela that the scholarship party received enough donations to fund the scholarship for 3 people. As everyone exchanges knowing smiles, and leaves, Brennan glances at Angela's appreciative smile indicating that she was proud that Brennan finally used her newly earned wealth for her request of funding Wendell's scholarship. It can be assumed that Camille and Hodgins along with Brennan all made the anonymous donations for Wendell.

In the same season episode "The Tough Man in the Tender Chicken", Wendell and the sex-deprived Angela, who has been celibate for almost six months, on the advice of Dr. Sweets, end up sleeping together. However, Angela breaks it off with him later in the episode, "The Death of the Queen Bee", after Wendell learns that Angela mistakenly thought she might have been pregnant with his child. Angela realized that had she been pregnant, Wendell would have "done his duty" while Hodgins' offer was to stay with her because of love.

In the sixth season episode "The Mastodon in the Room", the fellowship program of the interns was closed down on Dr. Brennan's departure from the Jeffersonian Institute. Wendell got a job working at a mechanic shop to save money for tuition. When Brennan came back and tried looking for an assistant, she came to know all had branched out and left. She came down to the mechanic shop to rehire Wendell who agreed to come back if the job was not a one-off. At Brennan's querying how much would he need for his "Tuition" since all her money "was not much use in Maluku", he smiles back and later is found to be working in the episode's case, indicating Brennan might have agreed to his terms.



Episode Screenshots

09x09 - The Fury In The Jury
Season 9, Episode 09
03x01 - Widow's Son In The Windshield
Season 3, Episode 01
02x04 - The Blonde in the Game
Season 2, Episode 04
05x22 - The Beginning in the End
Season 5, Episode 22
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Wendell Bray Quotes

08x06 - The Patriot in Purgatory Season 8 / Episode 6: - The Patriot in Purgatory

Colin Fisher: The soft callus hasn't consolidated yet. I'd put this break 10 days before he died. [Squinterns turn expectantly to Vaziri]
Arastoo Vaziri: ...Dr. Saroyan and Dr. Hodgins fixed time of death on September 21.
Colin Fisher: That means this injury occured September 11, 2001.
Arastoo Vaziri: Yeah.
Dr. Clark Edison: My God.
Wendell Bray: 9/11.
Finn Abernathy: Given the presence of jet fuel and his injuries, this man could've been at the Pentagon when the plane hit.
Dr. Clark Edison: Yeah. But every victim in that attack has been accounted for and identified.
Arastoo Vaziri: Maybe not. Maybe just the victims that had a home.
08x06 - The Patriot in Purgatory Season 8 / Episode 6: - The Patriot in Purgatory

Colin Fisher: 9/11 was a trauma to us all - not like this guy or the people who died that day. But it still changed us, right? A-and we act like it doesn't matter. Clearly Wendell is freaking out. And you [to Arastoo] You went nuts earlier. The first rule at the looney bin is to get it all out in the open. So that's what we're going to do, all right? I'll go... I was in High School. It was my Senior Year. I was [chuckls] breaking into my history teacher's desk to steal a test I hadn't studied for, and he walked in. He was crying. He couldn't care less what I was doing. That's when I found out. So I... I talked to him. I had stolen test in my hand, and we both sat... and we cried... Next?... Oh, come on!
Dr. Clark Edison: ...I was working. It was uh, before school - coffee shop. Everyone was just staring at the TV. No one said a word. The cook came out to watch with the rest of us. I still remember the smell of food burning on that grill.
Finn Abernathy: I was 9. I got in the way of my stepfather hitting my mama. He stuck me with some scissors. My mama wanted to take me to the hosital. But my hurt didn't seem like nothin' when we heard what happened.
Arastoo Vaziri: I was at morning prayers... I didn't believe that day. I didn't believe in anything.
Colin Fisher: ...Wendell?
Wendell Bray: ...I was uh, with my aunt... from that morning for the next few days... My uncle was a firefighter at New York... He never came home.
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