Ellen was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous and attended meetings with Noah Hunter. She was also a single mother with a six-year old daughter who was trying to put her life together without much success.
One night, at the Peach Pit After Dark, Noah listened to her problems one night and then took a drive with her. The two shared a connection and almost instantly began seeing each other.
She felt inadequate after talking with Donna Martin, who was Noah's successful ex-girlfriend with her own business compared to her being a temp. However, Noah found her a new job, which she happily accepted.
However, she was easily shaken and started self-destructing after messing up one order. She then called Noah from prison after being found passed out in her car. She had been evicted and had nowhere to go. Noah got Ellen to go back to A.A. to have people to lean on.
Ellen eventually told Noah that she would need a commitment soon, in order to protect her daughter from getting attached to him. As the series concluded, Noah was undecided between committing to Ellen and sailing around the world on a sailing race.