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|Portrayed By||Ryan Cartwright|
|Family||Sandra Bell (mother)|
Gary Bell is a transducer who can read electromagnetic wavelengths with mind power alone. Hacking into cellphone signals, television broadcasts, and Wi-Fi frequencies without any hardware is his specialty. Gary has been diagnosed with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (more commonly known as ASD). He has idiosyncratic and compulsive tendencies, echolalia, and has difficulty empathizing with others.
Episode One: When we meet Gary Bell and his mother, he is sitting at a table making hand movements. Soon we are shown lights and television programs that he seems to be opening and closing. It is apparent that he is autistic. He opens up a street security camera and sees Dr. Lee Rosen and Rachel Pirzad on their way. He tells his mother that they are there and heads outside with her. Although he seems to be in his late 20's to early 30's, he is obviously still very dependant on his mother and has a very childlike personality.
When he gets to the Rosen team Headquarters, he tells everyone that he is putting his lunch in the refrigerator and that his mom doesn't want him to eat fastfood and that no one else can eat his food. Bill Harken jumps in and teases him, telling him that he changed his name to Gary, so he is going to eat Gary's food. Bell is quickly agitated by Bill, so Rachel jumps in to stop things from heating up. Harken obviously can easily get to Gary, but later on in this episode we also see Gary enjoying Bill's jokes. Then we soon see Gary being agitated by Harken again, establishing a definite pattern to their relationship. While Dr. Rosen is around, he takes over mediating between Gary and Bill. Rachel takes a back seat.
Gary, Rachel and Nina go to a scene of a crime at a police station to investigate. They don't have credentals to show the woman guarding the scene, so Gary tells her that they can not tell her who they are or what they can do, but that they can solve the crime because of what they can do. When Nina uses her ability on the woman guarding the scene, Gary tells her that they are only supposed to use their abilities in an emergency.
Later, while doing survalence (on Hicks) with Bill and Nina, Hicks begins to walk home and Gary panicks. He keeps telling Bill where Cameron Hicks lives, but can't seem to get his real meaning out. Nina realizes that he is worried about Rachel, because she is investigating Hicks apartment, which was where Hicks was headed. When Hicks flees, Rachel and Gary use their abilities to work together well to figure out where Hicks is going so that Nina can head him off.
Not much on Gary's past and private life is known, other than the fact that he lived at home with his mother. It isn’t clear yet if his father is involved with his life, but Gary has never mentioned his father nor any desire to interact with him during the show. His mother seems to care greatly for him, but is struggling with his growing independence. There most likely aren't any siblings, though that has not been confirmed.
As a person with Alpha abilities he works on Rosen's Team for surveillance and various search tasks. At the office one of his responsibilities is the team's electronic equipment, for example to administrate their servers.
Between the first and second seasons of Alphas (2011-2012), Gary was sent to work for the NSA. The organization made him "spy on [his] friends", but did not accommodate his routines. Following an autistic meltdown, he was sent to Binghamton Building 7, where a chip was implanted in his nervous system and he was released into the general population.
Though it was eight months between the end of the first season of Alphas and the start of the second, Gary still mourned Anna Levy. Following his release from Binghamton, Gary intergrated 10 seconds of multiple prolonged screams into his morning routine to help him express this feeling. When Gary was made aware that this behavior alarmed and upset his mother, he chose to move from Sandra's house into the office in order to spare her upset, rather than changing his mourning behavior.
Gary is a transducer who can read electromagnetic wavelengths with mind power alone. Hacking into cellphone signals, television broadcasts, and Wi-Fi frequencies without any hardware is his specialty. In "Alphaville" Gary gets better at using his ability when he finds out he doesn't need electronics to see em waves as the waves are around him everywhere.
- Gary cannot read Nokia signals; they function on a different platform.
- Gary cannot drive but often wishes he would be allowed to, and asks frequently. He has only driven once in the series under Bill's supervision after Gary helped him solve a kidnapping case.
- Due to the nature of his Alpha ability, he can be affected by a DoS attack, an attack hackers use on online servers.
- Gary does not like going to the salon with his mother Sandra Bell. This could be because of the loud noises that occur in the salon.
- It seems that microwave towers interfere with Gary's abilities.
- His bedtime is 9:30 and he gets cranky if woken after. If he misses his bedtime he will stay up all night just to keep his schedule. He also gets up at 7:42 each day, calls his mother at 8 (after he screams, but before breakfast), greets his coworkers at 9am, and calls his mother at 3:14pm at work each day.
- Gary has stated that he's "a 32 on the CARs Scale," which would place him toward the mild end of Autism Spectrum Disorders.
- Gary's autistic tendencies make it more difficult to lie, a social skill for most people. However, as revealed in The Unusual Suspects, he has been practicing telling white lies, and his facial tics and mannerisms make it difficult for people like Eric Latreaux (a micro-expression-reading Alpha) to determine if he's telling the truth.
- Gary often feels like he is capable of doing more than people give him credit for and wants people to treat him like an adult.
- Gary moved from his mother's house into his office
- The primary reason for this is that Gary's post-Binghamton routine of screaming every morning before breakfast upsets his mother.
- Due to the nature of his brain, Gary is immune to Nina's form of telepathy.
- Gary is apparently immune to the effects of the photo stimulator. The reason for this may be due to his autism.