Ellie is introduced in Ellie where she defends the actions of the Surgeon General Dr. Millicent Griffith, who had given an interview about medical marjuiana and seemed to reverse the administrations stance on drugs although Dr. Griffith only spoke about the medical aspects not the legal aspects. In response Ellie calls Danny Concannon and tells him that her father would never fire Dr. Griffiths. By calling Danny, Ellie breaks the rules of press because she didn't speak to anyone before contacting him to get the statement approved. This caused the president to call her to the White House and reprimand her. President Bartlet learns from a conversation with Dr. Griffith that Ellie had always felt as the least favorite of his daughters, which is why there had always been a strain on their relationship. Dr. Griffith helps him examine his relationship as she has an inside glimps because she is Ellie's godmother. She helps Jed see how to relate to his middle daughter, which causes Jed to see Dr Griffith is a valuable asset to his staff and refuses her resignation which he had earlier asked for. Jed tells Josh that when CJ talks to the press she can show their full support and mean it. Jed then renews his relationship with his daughter although the relationship was always good he just needed an outside view to see it.
After Zoey is taken hostage, Ellie arrives at the White House along with Elizabeth's family to support her parents. As her mother continue to blame Jed for Zoey's kidnapping she attempts to console her father. After Zoey is rescued she reunites with her in the hospital. (7A WF 83429, The Dogs of War)
Her career comes under scrutiny when Republican Congresswoman Barbara Layton begins a campaign against National Institutes of Health funded projects on Sexual Transmitted Diseases. Ellie's research on cases of Human papillomavirus in Puerto Rican sex workers becomes the focus of the attack. Her father attempts to get Ellie to make a statement on the important of scientific freedom but her fear of public speaking prevents her from doing so. After seeing her mother play a doctor on an episode of Sesame Street to explain her return to the medical profession, Ellie decides to make a speech to the White Hose Press Corps defending her own research and arguing the importance of free scientific research. (Eppur Si Muove)
Towards the end of her father's second term Ellie became engaged to Vic Faison, a researcher who specialized in Fruit Flies. The engagement came as a surprise to her parents, as both had been under the impression that Ellie might be a lesbian. While discussing the wedding Ellie reveals that the ceremony would need to be soon because she was actually pregnant. The scale of the wedding plans proved to be a lot for the couple, especially because there was a rising chance that war might break out between China and Russia. The escalation of the possible war caused several delays on the wedding day and the President is forced to ask the Chinese President to remember his own daughters wedding so that the possible World War III may be delayed long enough so that he may walk Ellie down the aisle. (Here Today, Undecideds, The Wedding)
- Carnegie Mellon University
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