Brody Morgan (2016-)
Occupation: Restaurant Owner/Chef
Brody was first seen trying to stop Justin having a go at Ash when he accidentally forced the three brothers off the road as they arrived in town. Reunited with sister Tori, the family soon moved into their new house, the latest of many moves. Brody was frustrated at having had to give up a good job as a chef for the move and upset Leah on his first visit to the Diner with his frank criticism of the food, prompting her to throw him out. He met Phoebe after she’d spent the night with Justin and invited her to stay for breakfast. He later found her having troubles managing Angelo’s, having just lost the chef, and volunteered his services when he found she could only serve charcoaled pizzas. He broke up a fight between Justin and Mason at the restaurant.
He and Tori talked about settling in Summer Bay and he used the family’s savings to buy the restaurant, telling Justin and Tori he wasn’t going to run again. He quickly clashed with Phoebe when she kept disappearing from her shift to check on Billie but eventually let her go. However, he was reluctant to continue employing Josh when he got out of remand after being charged with covering up Andy’s murder of Jake Pirovic. He began working with Phoebe on ideas to rebrand the restaurant but was quickly distracted when he thought someone was following him, unaware that it was Spike Lowe, who he had briefly met at the restaurant. The family, who were in witness protection after a drug syndicate murdered their parents, were told to stay in town.
Having accepted Justin’s suggestion of renaming the restaurant Salt, Brody supervised a successful launch only to be promptly told they had been discovered and had to leave town. He initially refused to go, with Tori having to talk him round, and even then continued trying to make plans for the restaurant despite being told he’d never see it again. They were taken prisoner by Blaine Varden, their parents’ killer, who revealed Justin had been aware of their father’s dealings. When the family fled, Brody was separated from the others and attacked by Spike Lowe, who pushed him down a slope. He was rushed to Northern District Hospital but soon discharged. Like Tori, he was angry with Justin for hiding things from them and ignored Phoebe’s attempts to make peace between them. When he and Tori did get talking to Justin, they began to forgive him until it appeared he’d been hoarding money. He also warned Justin off Phoebe when he realised they had slept together. He briefly feuded with Chris, who accused him of stealing his burger recipe, but ended up shaking his hand and ending the disagreement.
He went along on the plane trip to celebrate Tori’s birthday, ignoring Justin’s attempt to contact him. When the plane started to crash, Brody tried and failed to give Justin their co-ordinates and was thrown overboard, meaning he was nowhere to be seen at the crash site. He wandered around in the bush, hallucinating seeing his mother Katie and Tori and Justin as children, before the visions led him over a cliff edge. He was given emergency treatment by Nate and Tori before being taken to hospital where he came through surgery despite warnings he might need an amputation.
Brody began having flashes of seeing his mother arguing with a man when he was a boy. Like the rest of the family, he began to mistrust Decker, who had not taken Spike’s threat about the plane crash seriously. When he spoke to Decker and Decker used the same phrase as the man in his flashbacks, Brody realised it was him, meaning Decker had been around the family eight years earlier than they had thought. When Decker was run off the road, Brody tried to talk to him in hospital but all he managed to say before fitting was “Sparrow”. When Decker’s nieces Hope and Raffy turned up, Brody quizzed them but all they could offer was that it was Raffy’s nickname. He witnessed Hope smashing her phone in anger and backed Phoebe up when she told Justin Hope had lied about John doing the damage. Phoebe offered to let him set up a vegetable garden at the farmhouse and he ended up in a manure fight with Evelyn, which resulted in Mason, who had had a friends with benefits arrangement with Evelyn, finding them in a state of undress, jumping to conclusions and attacking him.
He was nervous when a critic, Richard Legrande, came to the restaurant but was left with a different problem when Richard wanted to do a feature on him. Even though he knew it would expose the family, Brody was upset at having to turn the offer down, telling Phoebe that the restaurant was a tribute to his mother, who had always wanted to do something similar. When Decker came round, Brody interrogated him again and Decker confirmed he’d had an affair with Kate while working undercover to investigate the syndicate. Brody then realised Raffy was Decker and Kate’s daughter on seeing her wearing Kate’s old necklace and Decker confirmed it. He shared the information with his siblings and he and Tori found evidence in the hospital records, then took a DNA test to confirm it. He was in favour of telling her and frustrated when Hope told Raffy not to trust them. When Justin employed Hope at Salt, Brody was willing to let her steal from the till if it meant Raffy, who now knew the truth, sticking around, until she stole the whole lot and Phoebe called the police on her.
After initially declining to take part in a charity volleyball game, Brody was smitten with one of the players, Jeannie Wood, and donated $1,000 in return for being allowed to partner her. They met up again shortly after and arranged to meet for a drink. When they both ended up at Salt, she accused him of following her and he had a hard time convincing her he was the owner. He gave her a job as a waitress only for her to announce she couldn’t date a work colleague. During her first shift, she gave him mixed messages, alternating between flirting with him and then shutting him down when he responded. When she finally pushed him into a table after he returned her kiss, he ordered her out. He allowed her to resign quietly but when Evelyn gave him the details of the youth centre where she volunteered he tracked her down and she agreed to both carry on working for him and date him, with them sharing a drink. He invited her round for dinner but she turned up with her bags saying her father had thrown her out. They ended up spending the night together but next morning her father Randall turned up in an aggressive mood. Brody managed to mollify him by claiming to have slept on the couch. Jeannie privately admitted to him that her parents were doomsday preppers and she had taken the job because she was hoping to save up and move out of home. Brody decided to keep on seeing her but Randall told him they were taking her away for a bit since she needed to be with someone who shared their beliefs and could protect her.
Brody tried to make Raffy feel like part of the family by teaching her Kate’s old recipes but ended up having to join the rest of the family in telling her about Kate’s murder and the witness protection. When Jeannie returned, he picked up where he left off with her but she had trouble breaking her old habits. Randall caught them kissing and Brody told him he needed to let Jeannie make her own choices. Randall agreed but Jeannie felt Brody had been rude. After they continued to clash over their different attitudes to life, they agreed to break up and Jeannie took another job in Yabbie Creek.
He rejoined the family in the aftermath of Decker’s murder and joined them in hiding out at the farmhouse until the syndicate were arrested, after which he pondered the chance to go public with the restaurant. He gave Justin a pep-talk about how he should treat Phoebe and had to put up with Salt being vandalised by locals when the press reported on their witness protection and made it sound like they were involved with drugs. His van was torched but he managed to serve food at the Summer Grooves music festival, where he convinced Mason to talk to Olivia and Phoebe to perform without Justin being there.