Bree's parents were portrayed in early episodes as strict and overprotective. They homeschooled Bree and limited her contact with the outside world for what seemed to be religious reasons. Both parents have traveled extensively; they met in England, lived in New Zealand when Bree was young, and lived in motels across the United States before finally settling down in Southern California.
Bree saw her parents be taken away by Lucy and a Deacon shortly after they asked that she be excused from participating in the ceremony. She's had virtually no contact with them since, but she was able to meet with her father on December 30th, and she learned that her parents are not her biological ones. She was greatly shaken by this revelation and the subsequent loss of her "father", who was apparently killed when he defected from the Order. Bree's adoptive mother lives, but Bree has not sought contact with her because her father said she had a higher place in the Order and remained loyal.
|Portrayed by||Mesh Flinders / Greg Goodfried|
Bree's father was first shown in the series in a brief shot of his lower body in "The Tolstoy Principle (and Dad "talks" to Daniel)". In The Mistress, we hear his voice, and it is revealed that his full name is Drew Avery, the name that Nikki Bower gave him.
He studied medicine at Oxford and has done research for several biotech companies, himself specializing in ribozymes. Though none of these companies has been mentioned by name, Daniel once found a box with a mysterious symbol that Bree recognized. This discovery led him to one of the company's warehouses, which he broke into and found a box of the medicine Bree's father had once been administering to her in preparation for the ceremony.
Bree's father met her mother while he was studying medicine at Oxford. They met by chance at a performance of the Tom Stoppard play "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead" in London. She overheard his discussion with a friend and approached him to express her disagreement. He had been saying that the theme of the play was Determinism and Bree's mother stepped in to argue that the theme was actually Free will. As Bree put it, her father was "smitten like a kitten" after that.
Although Daniel was allowed to visit Bree, her father was nevertheless very protective of her. By Daniel's account, he would keep an eye on them while they watched movies in the "family room that's not like the nice family room." In contrast, he did allow Bree and Daniel to hang out in her room unsupervised and with the door closed. Daniel's relationship with Bree's father is complicated at its best, and downright uncomfortable at its worst moments. In one of the earlier videos, Bree's father pulls Daniel aside for a private talk. He asks Daniel to come to Bree's summer camp and film a play she participates in. Daniel initially refuses to go because it's a religious summer camp and "it sucks. It's so weird." to which Bree's father apparently replies "Well, maybe we can't have you coming over anymore." Eventually Daniel decides to go anyway and shows up by surprise. He does not film the play though, his reason being that he's not going because of her dad, he's going for Bree.
Despite his strict and overprotective nature, Bree's father has a close relationship to her and in other respects seems the softer of the two parents. He encouraged her studies in science and also enjoyed taking her out to watch mystery movies. He also had a role in her homeschooling, as evidenced by his mention of their conversations about Richard Feynman and Jared Diamond.
Bree's parents allow Daniel and Bree to go swimming and hiking. But when Bree asks to go to a party with Daniel, her father refuses. After Bree sneaks out to the party anyway, her father catches her, grounds her and bans Daniel from the house. He is allowed back after Bree tells them about the fake ceremony and how Daniel had kept watch over her. When Bree's parents try to get Bree out of the ceremony and are met with resistance, she goes over to Daniel's house and her parents actually encourage her to stay there overnight. Less than a week later, her parents were taken away by Lucy and a Deacon.
Months into Bree and Daniel's running away, it was her father who slipped from the grasp of the Order to find Bree and tell her the truth about her life. He left her a secret message, which she eventually discovered after trying to contact her great uncle Franklin. This message led to their meeting on December 30th, which was also his last appearance. He met Bree at a café and told her, among many things, that she was adopted. Since she showed potential for the ceremony, she had been placed in a "protected home" with him and her (also adoptive) mother. He was killed by Order operatives shortly after informing Bree, presumably because he had defected.
Both hands were clearly visible in his brief appearance, and he wasn't wearing a wedding ring. It is possible that Bree's somewhat unusual remarks about Pluto's new planet friends not having rings in "Poor Pluto" could somehow be a reference to that. His next appearance was in "On The Run", in which he and Bree's mother were directed into a car and driven away by Lucy and a Deacon.
In The Unthinkable Happened, Bree meets up with her father. They are then at a parking garage, where The Order shoots him, and loads his body into a car. The next video, Bree's Dad Is Dead, says it all. (Since then, fans have been known to irreverently comment that something -- a storyline, for example -- is "deader than Bree's dad".)
|Portrayed by||Allison Probert|
Bree first divulged detailed information as to the identity and character of her mother in How My Parents Met. In this episode, Bree explained how at the age of 21, her mother lived and studied in Edinburgh, Scotland. At that time, Bree's mother was working on a dissertation on Weyer Johann Weyer, a Dutch physician, occultist, and demonologist. This bit of information alludes to Bree's religion, which is host to a plethora of speculation that revolves mostly around Aleister Crowley, and Thelema.
Bree's mother has historically taken the offensive when arguing or debating with Bree's father as evidenced by their interaction when they first met at a showing of the play Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. When Bree's mother overheard Bree's father debating with a friend of his that the theme of the play is Determinism, she felt compelled to walk over to a man whom she had never met, and tell him he was completely wrong--that the theme of the play was Free will, a basic concept of many Thelemic sects. According to Bree's accounts, Bree's father was instantly "smitten like a kitten". In Living In London, Gemma describes how her mother met Bree's mother. In this story too, Bree's mom was debating and impressed Gemma's with her confidence.
Although both of Bree's parents are strict, her mother appears to be the stricter one. She reprimands Bree for crying because it projects weakness (Purple Monkey Returns), and disapproves of her watching mystery movies, even if accompanied by her father (see Mystery Movies).
In On The Run, Bree's mother appears briefly as a slim woman with dark brown hair. We do not see her face, but she appears to be quite young. Bree has had no contact with her since then. However, she did have the opportunity to briefly meet with her father on December 31st (The Unthinkable Happened), and she learned that they were not her biological parents (My Dad Said...). She does not expect to speak to her mother "anytime soon", but does not explain why. Perhaps her mother is dead, but even more likely, her mother might have been acting against Bree's best interests, thus rendering any further contact undesirable. Her father explains that Bree's mom had a higher position in the Order and therefore knew more than he did about their workings (Hiding In The Bathroom).
Bree's biological parents
Nothing is known about Bree's biological parents. Bree herself only learned that she was adopted after her parents disappeared. Whether she was willingly given up, or forcefully taken is also an unknown. The Order arranges for thousands of girls to be placed in what are called "protected homes" to be brought up as potential ceremony participants, so Bree's case is hardly an anomaly in their society. Some fans have speculated that Bree's biological parents could be Jonas's parents. However, this is highly unlikely, especially in light of the recent romantic developments between Jonas and Bree.
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|Main Characters||Bree · Daniel · Jonas · Sarah · Taylor · Emma · Jennie · Gina|
|Supporting Characters||Gemma · OpAphid · Tachyon · Alex · Carl · Spencer · Mallory · Dr. Hart|
|Recurring Characters||Lucy · Nikki B · Virgil · Elizabeth Avery · Bree's Watcher · Brother · Sonia · Jules · The Whartons · Claire · Edward Salinas|
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