Matt was a popular teacher at West Beverly Hills High School. A lot of the girls had a crush on their teacher, including Kelly Taylor, Brenda Walsh, and Donna Martin. They lament on how he should be a ski instructor or work outdoors somewhere, because he didn't fit their interpretation of a teacher.
Although Brenda fantasized otherwise, Mr. Brody asked Brenda to babysit his kids while his wife went out on a Saturday night. he seemed rather laid back, but his home life was chaotic, with an overbearing wife in Nancy Brody and two rambunctious kids in Elliott and Lisa. Brenda later wondered what she was thinking with her crush.