I'm attempting to repair my friend's front wheel which has several loosened spokes and one bent one (15-30 degrees of bend). He caught his foot in the front wheel when he got a flat on a downhill (don't ask me how) and bent the spoke, however it is still attached to the rim and threaded on the nipple. He claims that he can just "bend it back" (the bent spoke) and have me tighten the loose spokes and true the wheel, and he'll be on his way for the Sunday ride, but I have my doubts.
Should I go by what he says, or does the spoke absolutely need replacing? I'll have more details and maybe a picture up on Wednesday, when I actually see the damage... right now I'm going by his descriptions.