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How does Wheatley reassemble himself after GLaDOS crushes him when she awakes? I have looked all over chapters 2 and 3 but I must be missing something.

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It doesn't. You'll notice that since then, Wheatley's eye appears cracked. Take a gander.

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I thought his cracked eye was from being dropped. –  Christopher Jul 22 '11 at 14:25
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It's not just his eye. His entire shell is also damaged, however it wasn't damaged beyond repair. –  The Annoying Pyro Jul 22 '11 at 15:32
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While Wheatley obviously sustains some damage from GLaDOS's rough handling, he's not actually offline when she discards him and tosses you into the incinerator. As Wheatley's line in this video suggests ("There I was, just lying there, you thought I was done for, but—"), he's just playing dead.

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You also see visable signs of damage on wheatley after his escape from crushing, He sparks a bit and his movement is a little jitty, Also his eye is cracked.

He rambles on about how he escaped in the test chamber with the broken faith plate, Something about birds

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When you first see him after he is crushed he rambles on about something while you jump up and down to hear it. I always assumed that the game developers intended to give you the impression he was telling you how, but he didn't realize you couldn't hear him between jumps. I think they did it this way to develop his character as someone who was incompetent.

What's interesting is that in "The Final Hours" they reveal that for the longest time they were going to have Wheatly die off when GLaDOS awakens, it's only in the last year of development that it was decided that the character should live and take on a larger role in the game.

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