The daughter of a professor and a journalist, Brody later graduated from Michigan State University.
She was also engaged to be married to James Lathom, a journalist but the two later broke up.
Brody later joined NCIS and after becoming a fully-fledged NCIS agent, presumably carried out a few assignments of her own before being assigned as the Special Agent Afloat on board the USS Moultrie.
In 2010, she confronted a terrorist on board the ship but before she could shoot the suspect, they were able to detonate an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) which presumably resulted in possible damage to the ship as well as fatalities.
In the aftermath of the bombing, Brody was later reassigned to the NCIS Chicago Office.
NCIS Season 11
While at the Chicago Field Office, Brody requested a reassignment, stating that she needed a change.
As such, Brody was sent to assist the New Orleans field office to help Agents Dwayne Cassius Pride and Christopher LaSalle into the death of Congressman and former NIS agent, Dan McLane despite Pride being strongly against having more manpower being sent to New Orleans and Pride even insisting that he and LaSelle could handle the case themselves.
Despite this, Brody later proved herself to be a huge help and after the case, was reassigned to New Orleans on a permanent basis, resulting in her becoming an official member of the New Orleans team.
NCIS: New Orleans Season 1
In the Season 1 episode, "Careful What You Wish For", Brody was investigated after she witnessed the death of an NCIS Special Agent who was shot dead while the two of them were providing protection for an Admiral.
It was later revealed that the explosion on the U.S.S. Moultrie where Brody had been assigned to as an NCIS Agent Afloat had been caused by a disgruntled Petty Officer Third Class Jerry Cooper who had set off an explosive device with the attack causing extensive damage to the ship and also resulting in five fatalities as well.
Brody also revealed that she had hesitated because the Petty Officer's eyes had reminded her of her dead twin sister, Emily Ann Brody who had been killed by a drunk driver only days earlier.
NCIS: New Orleans Season 2
Brody was getting photos of her that were modified to include her deceased sister. Suspicious, she had Sebastian Lund investigate the images off-the-record. Eventually, she learned via Sebastian that the modified images acted as a cipher, which led to a secret murder site, which strongly implicated that, contrary to the reports, Brody's sister had in fact been murdered, not merely killed by a drunk driver.
A new lead for her sister's murder eventually popped up when a party bus ended up running over a drugged man under similar circumstances to Brody's sister's death. During this time, she was reacquainted with an old friend, although she began to suspect him as being the true murderer. In addition, the man sending her the images of her sister was revealed to be the "drunk driver" who supposedly killed her sister, who revealed that he only plead guilty because he was at a loss of how to explain himself and also suspected foul play as well, even conducting his own investigation. Eventually, she and the NCIS team discovered that the murderer was her friend's father. With the murder solved, she then put the past behind her.
Eventually, she and the NCIS team investigated a possible affair between a deceased Naval supply officer and a four-star Army general, only to learn that the officer had actually been meeting the general in secret to report a possible breach in security at the shipyards via shell corporations. Eventually, they managed to trace the man directly responsible for the supply officer's death, although the murderer eventually supposedly committed suicide in prison via the same substance he used to kill the supply officer. To make matters worse, a leak occurred that exposed what the Army general was trying to investigate, thus forcing him to step down from being nominated to the Joint Chiefs. In order to investigate the leak, Brody was dispatched to Washington D.C. to investigate the area. However, she was brought before the FBI due to her breaking into a secure server room despite her claims that she had proper clearance. Eventually, she was bailed out by Homeland Security agent Russo. They then worked together to find out who was responsible for the leak. They eventually found him, only to discover he killed himself in an apparent suicide.
Eventually, Brody met Russo again when the latter moved operations to New Orleans due to a spike in terrorist activity, with their working together to find a couple who tried to commit a terrorist act involving bombs at New Orleans. By this time, however, they also became intimately involved. Unbeknownst to her at the time, however, Russo was the one pulling the strings on the terror attack.
Afterwards, at Russo's apartment, Brody started becoming suspicious of Russo when she noticed he had two cell phones as well as his suspiciously standing at the balcony at the time a bombing occurred. She then spent time trying to investigate Russo illicitly while at the same time trying to maintain his trust after she relayed her suspicions about him to her teammates. Eventually, she got information fully exposing him and sent it forward, although Russo managed to catch on. She then learned that Russo had ties to a Colombian drug cartel and was trying to enact terrorism as revenge for America's crushing of their cartel numbers, hence the terror attack via a hijacked boat. She then held him off long enough for the NCIS team to disarm the bomb on the boat, and then shot Russo in self-defense.
As a result of what happened, the team were put on administrative leave for a few weeks with Brody later taking a vacation that soon became an extended one.
NCIS Season 13
Three years later, Brody appeared in the NCIS Season 13/NCIS: New Orleans Season 2 crossover episode, Sister City: Part 1 (episode).
NCIS: New Orleans Season 3
In the NCIS: New Orleans Season 3 premiere episode, "Aftershocks", Pride revealed to LaSalle and Percy that Brody had resigned from her position as an NCIS Special Agent which in turn left the team shocked and struggling to come to terms with Brody's abrupt departure with Pride stating that he had even tried to convince Brody to change her mind but Brody had gone ahead with it anyway.
The team initially suspected that her departure had to do with her being manipulated by Russo into nearly conducting a terror plot in New Orleans, although she denied that was the case and stated she had planned her departure "for quite some time", suggesting at some point she had presumably begun to get tired or exhausted of investigating various cases or that as before, she needed a change or an opportunity to start over.
Brody was a tall, thin woman in her late thirties, early forties with short brown hair and brown eyes although she was later seen with longer hair during NCIS: New Orleans Season 2.
In the backdoor pilot for NCIS: New Orleans and also NCIS: New Orleans Season 1, Brody had short hair that reached to the back of her neck with a slight fringe covering her forehead.
In NCIS: New Orleans Season 2, Brody's hair grew long to the point that it completely covered both her ears while the fringe remained on the right side of her face, essentially covering the right side of her forehead.
Brody also wore various jackets, shirts and trousers along with high heeled boots while wearing her NCIS badge on the right side of her hip.
While processing a crime scene, Brody donned an NCIS windbreaker and cap while maintaining her high-heeled boots.
While pursing a criminal in the field, Brody wore the NCIS cap and also dons the traditional NCIS bulletproof vest as well as high-heeled boots although she later exchanged those for low-heeled boots.
She was later seen wearing high-heeled boots during NCIS: New Orleans Season 2 once again.
She also wore a hand-held headset that is a small blue or black earwig that she put into her left or right ear, enabling her to communicate with her teammates.
Like Pride and LaSelle, she also had the holster containing her Glock placed at her back so that she could freely grab it in the event of danger.
In the backdoor pilots, "Crescent City" and "Crescent City Part 2", as a visiting agent, Brody originally carried a SIG-Sauer P228 but upon officially transferring to New Orleans and subsequently joining the NCIS: New Orleans team, she exchanged her SIG-Sauer P228 for a Glock 26 which she carries to this day.
Similarly to NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee of the NCIS Major Case Response Team in Washington D.C., Brody is left-handed.
Also like NCIS Probationary Agent Eleanor Bishop, Brody wears her watch on her right hand although Brody has stopped wearing a watch altogether in recent months.
Like all federal agents, Brody is trained to process a crime scene and interrogate suspects. She is also an expert at handling interrogations.
Hand to Hand Combat
Due to her possessing a black belt in Aikido, Brody is skilled in hand-to-hand combat and is capable of taking down an opponent.
In the NCIS: New Orleans Season 1 episode, "The List", Brody revealed that she is fluent in Russian.
Brody is an expert in interrogating the various suspects that the NCIS: New Orleans team arrest.
Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Gibbs and Brody previously worked together on a classified operation. When Dwayne Pride attempted to ask Gibbs about the operation, Gibbs replied that it was classified. Whether the operation occurred during Brody's tenure aboard the Moultrie or during her time in Chicago is unknown.
Pride is unsure what to make of Special Agent Brody, he initially was slow to trust her especially after he finds out that she requested reassignment. Although, after becoming acquainted with Brody over breakfast and reviewing a file pertaining to Brody he was willing to give her a chance to prove herself.
By the end of the McLane case, Pride offered Brody a position in his team and she accepted.
LaSalle first met Brody in the NOLA office and although they butted heads at first, they slowly warmed up to form an amicable working relationship. LaSalle also helped Brody find a new place to stay in New Orleans.