Craig and Ellie first met in Season 2 when they began their freshman year at Degrassi Community School in 2002. They were acquaintances as they were both close friends with Ashley Kerwin, whom Craig dated, and Marco Del Rossi, whom Ellie dated as a cover for his homosexuality. However, they were not friends themselves at the time. When Craig cheated on Ashley with Manny Santos, Ellie grew to dislike him, though she, like Ashley, eventually forgave him. The following year, however, she advised Ashley not to begin another relationship with him as she believed that he would break her heart again but Ashley ignored her. They later became better acquainted when they began attending the same therapy group for teenagers with mental health problems: Craig was bipolar while Ellie used to cut herself.
When Ashley went to London for the summer before senior year, Craig and Ellie hung out and became best friends. Over the summer, she fell in love with him. On the first day of their senior year, Ashley broke up with Craig via email. As Ellie joined Downtown Sasquatch as its new drummer, she and Craig spent even more time together. She hoped that he would begin a relationship with her but she was heartbroken when he told her that he thought of her as only a "really good friend" and started dating Manny again. However, they remained best friends. After Craig moved to Vancouver to pursue a solo music career, he developed an addiction to cocaine and, when Ellie found out about it, he manipulated her by kissing her and telling her that he loved her so she would not tell his stepfather Joey Jeremiah. Ellie was extremely hurt that he had used her to continue his drug abuse. Although Craig later told her that he had meant it when he said that he had feelings for her, Ellie told him that it was beside the point as he needed help and left crying. Craig felt extremely guilty about hurting her.
Over a year later, Craig and Ellie met again while she and Marco were visiting Paige Michalchuk in Los Angeles. As she wanted to avoid dealing with the fact that her father Colonel Nash was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, she spent the night with him in his apartment. She reconnected with him over the course of the following day and her strong feelings for him returned. However, she was extremely upset when she learned that he had a girlfriend named Yvette, which he had failed to mention in the time that they had spent together. Ellie left, telling him that she would just have to accept that her feelings for him would never be requited. The next day, Craig tried to tell her that he did have feelings for her but, as she was drunk, Ellie misunderstood him and attempted to commit suicide. He and Marco prevented her from doing so. Craig took care of her and convinced her that she should visit her father in Toronto. At the airport, they kissed passionately and it was hinted that they would eventually begin a relationship.
In a deleted scene in Take My Breath Away, Craig met Marco and Ellie in the corridor and they walked to class together. Marco told Craig that he heard that he and Manny were a couple after their date the previous night. Craig said that this was not the case and Marco advised him to let Manny know that they were not in a relationship. When Craig asked him how he should do that, Marco said that he should be upfront with Manny. Ellie, who had feelings for Marco and had been sending him anonymous secret admirer emails, said that it was not that easy. Marco countered that it was and told Craig that he could not keep things bottled up inside or he would go crazy. Craig realized that he was right and that he should tell Manny how he felt.
In Dressed In Black, both Craig and Ellie disapproved of Ashley's decision to revert back to her preppy look as they preferred her as a Goth.
In How Soon is Now?, Craig overheard Marco telling Ellie that he trusted her and teased them by saying, "Your love brings tears to my eyes." Marco responded, "Just wish everyone could be so lucky" before kissing Ellie's hand.
After Craig's father Albert Manning died in Tears Are Not Enough (2), Ashley confided in Ellie that Craig had laughed at the funeral. Ellie said, "Funerals can be stressful. Weird things happen." After Craig walked over to them, a concerned looking Ellie said "hey" to him. Craig told Ashley that he had signed them up as candidates for king and queen for the end of year luau, much to her surprise. Ellie tried to take their picture but Craig told her to save it for the dance.
In Father Figure (1), Ellie was amused that Paige Michalchuk referred to her boyfriend Spinner Mason as "honeybee." Craig said that he bet that she and Marco had pet names as well. He tried to take a photo of Ellie and Marco with his camera but Ellie took one of him first. She then blew on her camera like a smoking gun before laughing.
The day after Marco came out to Spinner in Pride (2), Marco and Ellie heard Craig say to Jimmy Brooks, "Alright, Spin asked us to keep it a secret until he’s thought about it more, so you can’t tell anybody, alright?" Marco and Ellie were both concerned that Spinner had told them that he was gay and were relieved to learn from Jimmy that he and Craig had been talking about the fact that Spinner was planning a surprise party for Paige's 16th birthday in several weeks. Marco gave Craig and Jimmy a hug and told them that he would take the secret to his grave. Ellie gave them a confused look as she left. Craig and Jimmy were likewise confused. After Spinner told Craig and Jimmy that Marco was going a "gay artsy thing" with Ellie, Craig expressed his regret that Marco would not be joining them for their boys' night.
In Accidents Will Happen (2), when she and Craig bumped into each other, Ellie angrily said, "I'm walking here!" and Craig apologized. As he had his arm around Manny at the time and she and Paige Michalchuk saw them kissing immediately afterwards, Ellie surmised that they had begun dating and told Ashley.
In Rock and Roll High School, Hell Hath No Fury (of which Ashley and Ellie were both members) went up against Craig's band Downtown Sasquatch in a Battle of the Bands competition. When Ellie saw Downtown Sasquatch looking at the poster, she pushed her way through and said, "Real musicians coming through." Hell Hath No Fury's song "Mr. Nice Guy" was about Craig and he confronted her about in Media Immersion class. Ashley said, "Typical. Self-absorbed Craig actually thinks the song is about him" to which Ellie responded, "Wow. So vain." Like the other members of Hell Hath No Fury, Ellie wore a T-Shirt depicting Craig's head engulfed in flames. In the end, Downtown Sasquatch won and, as Ashley started to forgive Craig, so did Ellie.
In Ghost in the Machine (1), Craig sat in front of Ellie in Math class on their second day in Grade 11.
In King of Pain, Craig and Ellie both supported their mutual best friend Marco's campaign to become Student Council President.
After Craig kissed Ashley in Neutron Dance, she told Ellie that she was thinking about giving him another chance and getting back together. Ellie, still bitter over her recent break-up with Sean Cameron, said, "Guys suck, Ashley. They enjoy messing with our feelings - and then sticking us with the rent. Just don’t come crying to me when he Craigs out on you." She believed that it was only a matter of time before Craig cheated on her again. However, Ashley ignored Ellie's advice and she and Craig got back together the next day.
In Secret (1), Ashley said to Ellie that she was worried about Craig as he was bipolar. Ellie told her that it was not her job to worry about it and that she should take it from "another sicko." Craig sat down beside them and asked them who was a sicko. Ellie told him that she was referring to the goulash on his tray and promptly left. Craig then asked Ashley what they had been talking about and she lied to him by saying that she had not told Ellie that he was bipolar. She told him that there was a support group for teenagers with mental health problems and advised him to go. While he predicted that he would hate it, he went anyway and found it beneficial until Ellie arrived. The next day at school, Craig yelled at Ashley for sending him to Ellie's group. When she told him that she did not think that he would mind, he said that she did not think at all.
Several hours later, Ellie came to Craig's house on the pretext of having her guitar repaired but admitted almost immediately that it was an excuse. She told Craig that she used to cut herself, saying that, "What's bizarre is I'm always going to be a cutter. Even if I don't do it for years, it's still me." He confided in her that he was bipolar and she tried to cheer him up by reminding him that the same was true of Kurt Cobain. She then advised him to talk to Ashley, telling him that she cared about him. Craig said that he knew that but he was bothered by the fact that all she ever talked about lately was his medications, his therapist and his moods. In his garage that night, Ashley said that she should have told him that it was Ellie's group earlier. Craig told her that he wanted to be her normal boyfriend and talk about things like music, movies and even goulash rather than his condition. Ashley kissed him and they reconciled. After Craig and Ellie opened up to each other about their mental health problems, they became friends.
In Queen of Hearts, Craig, Ellie, Marco, Jimmy and Alex Nuñez played Euchre outside Degrassi. Ellie told them that her pet ferret Bueller Nash-Cameron had died and Craig sympathized with her. Ellie told them that she was not looking forward to having dinner with her mother Caroline Nash that night, which she described as "an event promising to be as much fun as a ferret funeral." Craig suggested that she postpone the dinner due to Bueller's death, which he referred to as a "death in the family." However, Ellie told him that the dinner meant that she would receive rent money.
When playing Euchre again the next day, Craig advised Ellie not to start with a Queen of Hearts as it was not a good idea to lead trump. Ellie explained that she did not have any spades and it was her lowest heart. They then skipped French class and continued playing in Degrassi's basement. After Craig and Jimmy lost $20 each when they began playing for money, the two of them left but Ellie and Alex arranged to play that night with Marco, his boyfriend Dylan Michalchuk and his hockey team.
In Moonlight Desires, Craig and Ellie helped Marco to organised the blood drive at Degrassi. Ellie handed out stickers while Craig packed the blood bags. She playfully stuck one of the stickers on his left cheek, which he promptly removed. They were both shocked at Marco's plan to graduate early and move in with Dylan. The next day, Craig and Ellie were both extremely angry that he was refused permission to donate blood because he was gay and had sex with Dylan. After Marco discovered that Dylan was seeing other people, Alex claimed that promiscuity was a guy thing rather than a gay thing. Craig took exception to this but Ellie sarcastically reminded him that he had dated Ashley and Manny at the same time the previous year.
In Goin' Down the Road (1), after filming a scene of Jay and Silent Bob Go Canadian, Eh! with Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes, Ellie complained to Craig that her Goth costume was very 1988. She tried to cheer him up but he said that he did not feel like smiling as Ashley was going to spend the summer in England, where she would meet someone much cooler than him with an accent and never come back. Given his depressed attitude, Ellie jokingly referred to him as "Morrissey." Kevin told him that instead of hanging around Degrassi all summer, he should follow Ashley to London.
In Goin' Down the Road (2), Ellie was surprised to see Craig when he rushed to tell Kevin about a song that he had written for the film as she thought that he had gone to England.
In Venus (1), while Ashley was in England and Marco was in Africa over the summer, Craig and Ellie bonded, becoming best friends. As Marco excitedly told Ellie about his time in Africa, he became jealous of the fact that the two of them have even developed hand signals as his relationship with Ellie did not include them. On the first day of school, Ellie received an email from Ashley, telling her that she had met a boy named Alistair in England and had started a relationship with him. As it was Craig's 17th birthday the next day, Ellie decided not to tell him yet and organised a party at The Dot for him. However, she mentioned it to Spinner, who later told Craig that he deserved better than Ashley. Craig demanded an explanation from Ellie, who told him that Ashley had dumped him via email. He was furious with her but Marco, who also knew about it, told Craig not to shoot the messenger. After discovering that he was the last person to know, Craig said, "Screw you" to Ellie and left the Dot in a rage. Ellie was very hurt. Marco realized that she had feelings for Craig, which she denied.
The next day at school in Venus (2), Marco attempted to get Craig and Ellie to reconcile but neither of them were receptive to his efforts. He told Ellie that she and Craig should not stop hanging out together because of one argument as they had been best friends all summer. Given that Ellie had recently began playing the drums again and Craig refused to allow Spinner back into Downtown Sasquatch, Marco suggested that Ellie join it. In English class, she told Craig that Ashley had wanted to tell him herself but not until the time was right as she was concerned. Craig angrily told her that he was not going to go off his meds and "go all crazy." He said that Ellie knew that he was fine as they hung out all summer and that he did not need her to protect him. Ellie responded, "All this anger is for Ashley. Buy a ticket, go to London and freak on her there." Later that day, Craig, Marco and Jimmy were having lunch in the cafeteria and Marco motioned for Ellie to join them. However, Ellie instead had lunch with Paige and Hazel Aden. She looked over to Craig but he averted his gaze.
The following day, after they had both calmed down, Ellie visited Craig in his garage. She apologized for not telling him that Ashley had broken up with him as soon as she found out and not realizing that he did not need her to protect him. After some hesitation, he apologized to her for overreacting at the Dot. Their friendship repaired, Ellie told Craig that, since she was between bands and Downtown Sasquatch was between drummers, she should join his band. After Ellie demonstrated her drumming proficiency, Craig readily agreed.In Weddings, Parties, Anything, Craig, Ellie, Marco and Jimmy were practicing in Craig's garage. Craig became annoyed when Jimmy started to play a guitar solo in the middle of his singing and cut the performance short. Jimmy criticized Craig's decision to try and get the band a gig at a wedding, which he considered lame. He, Jimmy and Marco began arguing but they were interrupted by Ellie banging her symbols. She told them that they would get nowhere by criticizing each other and Jimmy conceded that weddings were gigs. After Jimmy and Marco left, Craig thanked Ellie for backing him up. She told him that she enjoyed playing with him and then said that she meant the band. He complimented her on drumming but she told him that she still needed help. As he showed how to improve her funk drumming, they seemed to be growing closer. The next day at the car lot, a potential customer, Diane, told Joey that her ex-boyfriend's band was supposed to play at her sister's wedding and she had found no one to replace them. Joey introduced her to Craig and invited her over to his house to see the band audition.
At school, Marco asked him what they happened with Ellie after he and Jimmy had left. Craig told him that he gave her a drumming lesson and they watched a DVD. He said that 90% of his troubles in life were caused by girls and, as such, he intended to be a monk for the year, focusing on nothing other than school and the band. In therapy group, Craig said that he owed his recovery to Ellie as she had been "incredible" and thanked her for all of her help. Ellie was delighted. When Joey commented that Ellie was a nice, cute girl, Craig said that she was merely a friend who was a girl. Joey told him that he knew from personal experience that there was no such thing.
After Diane hired the band for the wedding gig, they went to the Dot to celebrate but Marco and Jimmy left so that Craig and Ellie would be alone. Ellie thanked Craig for giving her the drum lesson and he again thanked her for all of her support. He did not realize that Ellie was flirting with him. When Manny came in, Craig beckoned her over to join them. Ellie was very annoyed at this. The next day, Marco, describing himself as Craig's "best friend in the whole world," asked him how the date went. Craig denied that it was a date as "monks don't date." He claimed that it was just friends hanging out and mentioned that Manny had joined them. Marco said, "Cue the romantic train wreck."
On the day of the wedding, Ellie wore an attractive black dress and Craig was so distracted that he let go of the large speaker that he and Marco were lifting, causing it to fall on Marco's toe. Manny then arrived wearing a turquoise dress and Craig became even more distracted. He explained to the band that he had invited Manny along to help them. Ellie, once again very annoyed by Manny's presence, said, "Yeah, very practical roadie costume." Before the gig, Craig confided in Marco that he found both Ellie and Manny attractive and had no idea what to do. During the performance, Craig invited Manny on stage to play the tambourine and Ellie became so angry that she threw one of her drumsticks at Manny's head. When Manny accused her of it, Ellie remarked that she was surprised that she could even feel it through all of her hairspray.
Ellie stormed out and Craig asked Marco what he should do and he said, "I'm actually too busy enjoying not being you." Craig then followed Ellie, asking what the hell was going on. She said, "You tell me! You're the one who called her. You're the one who sat there drooling over her like you were some perv." She then told him that her outfit was not her as she did not dress up. When Craig said that he was flattered in an uncertain tone of voice, she told him not to be as it was for the gig and that it did not mean anything. Craig said that she was a really good friend who was always there for him and that she had seen him in the gutter where he did not want anyone else to see him. Ellie, who was very hurt, sarcastically said that she was glad to be of help and told him that she would see him in group. The next day, Craig and Manny began a new relationship.
In Redemption Song, Craig and Ellie congratulated Jimmy when Ms. Hatzilakos announced that he had been commissioned to paint a mural commemorating the school shooting. They later helped him to paint it. Craig was shocked when Hazel threw a can of paint over Jimmy as he had included Ellie in the mural.
In The Lexicon of Love (1), Craig and Ellie both attended the Toronto premiere of Jay and Silent Bob Go Canadian, Eh!, in which Ellie appeared and for which Craig wrote a song. However, they did not go together: Craig went in a stretch limo with Manny, Marco and Hazel while Ellie went in a taxi with Jimmy.
In Together Forever, Craig and Ellie were hanging out in his garage discussing what they would do with their money when Downtown Sasquatch was discovered at the Northern Sound Showcase in two days time. Craig wanted to buy a car while Ellie planned to invest it and perhaps buy a condo. Craig accused her of being boring and began tickling her. Joey came in and told Craig that Manny was on the phone for him. Craig said to tell Manny that he was studying. When Joey pointed out that it did not look like studying, Craig sarcastically said, "Thanks, Mom." After Joey left, Ellie told Craig that he really did have to study for his history presentation the next day but Craig said that it was more concerned with the band.
Craig failed his presentation on World War I due to his lack of preparedness in spite of Ellie's attempts to help him in class. At the Dot, he told Ellie, Marco and Jimmy that he was not worried as their grades had already been submitted and, in any event, he was not terribly interested in going to university in the first place. Jimmy asked Ellie if she really planned to take a year off and follow Craig around. Somewhat annoyed, Craig told him that she would not be doing that; they would instead be cutting their own album after they won the Showcase and were given recording time in Vancouver during the summer.
At the Showcase, a record producer named Leo Davies was impressed by Craig's vocals but claimed that the band's sound was a little rough. In spite of this, he offered to manage Downtown Sasquatch and Craig accepted immediately. At the photoshoot the next day, Leo placed Craig in the foreground with Marco, Ellie and Jimmy in the background and condescendingly referred to Ellie as "Chick with Sticks." Craig told him that he was "kind of about the band" but Leo said that now the band was all about him. At the Dot the following day, Leo told the band that the Showcase had asked them to return for another performance and, if they won, they would fly out to Vancouver at the weekend to record their material. Marco pointed out that they had exams and essays to do and missing them would screw up their year but Leo said that the band was more important. He told Craig that the band still sounded rough, particularly the drumming, but Craig promised him that Ellie would be ready.
That night, Craig gave Ellie a drumming lesson but Manny arrived in the middle of it and accused him of caring about nothing but the band. She said that it appeared to be all about Ellie and stormed off. Craig followed her, leaving Ellie alone. When they next performed for Leo, he said that they had improved but that Ellie was still the weakest link. She told him that she would practice all night and get it right but Leo responded that there were plenty of other drummers in Toronto and that Ellie was no more qualified to drum than he was to fly airplanes. Craig was furious and told Leo that there were plenty of other singers in Toronto as well. Dejected, Craig filled out the acceptance form from Toronto University but did not send it away.
In his garage the next day, Ellie told Craig that the Showcase was too good an opportunity for him to pass up. She said that she could not drum, Marco was not much better on bass and Jimmy was more interested in painting. Leo had only seen them as excess baggage in the first place. Craig told her that, if he did win, it would mean leaving Toronto and worried about what would happen to Manny, Joey and Angie in his absence. She said that they would be manage and be fine. When Craig asked her if she would be okay without him, she responded that she would wave him goodbye because it was what she had to do. Craig won the Showcase. Before he left for Vancouver, Ellie gave him a hug. As Ellie walked away, Craig looked after her longingly. In spite of this, he was delighted to be going to Vancouver as his dreams had come true.
When Ashley returned home from London in High Fidelity (2), Ellie told her that Craig was in Vancouver pursuing his solo music career and that he was dating Manny. Ashley said that this made her "vaguely itchy," referring to their love triangle two years earlier. When Ashley asked if she was dating anyone, Ellie told her that she was crushing on someone "as usual" but it was never going to happen "as usual." She was referring to Craig but Ashley believed that she meant Jimmy, who confided in her that he had feelings for Ellie. The next day, at the variety show before the graduation of the Class of 2006, Jimmy told Ellie that she had become one of his best friends and asked her if she wanted to take their friendship to the next level. However, she told him that she did not feel that way about him. Shortly afterwards, Craig returned to Toronto to surprise Manny. He waved at Ellie, who gave him an awkward look before averting her gaze.
In What's It Feel Like to Be a Ghost? (1), Craig returned to Toronto to perform at a music festival. At his welcome home party at Marco and Ellie's house, he played a song for the two of them, Jimmy, Spinner, Dylan and Jesse which he wrote on the Vancouver ferry. When Ellie mentioned that she loved the allusions to Herman Melville, Manny glared at her but Craig failed to notice. Ellie asked him to play another song while an even more annoyed Manny pointed at her watch. Craig again failed to notice and continued playing his guitar. The next day, Craig told Marco and Ellie that Manny had nailed her audition for the teen drama West Drive and they were looking at a future acting legend. Manny admitted to Craig that she felt a buzz from auditioning and wished that she could do it again. Craig said that he felt the same way during his gigs.
Manny went to Craig's gig with Emma and Sean and happily told them that she and Craig had reconnected since he had come back to Toronto. However, she was annoyed by the presence of Ellie, whom she derisively referred to as “Craig's shadow” and “Smelly McSnootypants.” Manny then went backstage and was extremely disturbed to find Craig snorting cocaine in his dressing room. Emma noticed the change in her mood but Manny shrugged it off. After Craig performed his new song “Drowning”, Marco told Craig that it was awesome and Ellie called him a genius. She asked him if that was why he had asked her about drowning allegories the previous month. Craig was delighted that Ellie understood him so well and gave her a hug. He then went over to Manny to see if she was alright as he could tell that she was upset during his performance but she lied to him and said that she was fine.
The next day, Craig invited Manny to the dinner party that Ellie was throwing in his honor. Manny joked that Ellie would probably poison the food if she knew that she was coming. Craig said that she needed to get over Ellie but Manny claimed that she was intimidated by Ellie's intelligence. Craig tried to comfort Manny by assuring her that while she was not book smart like Ellie, she was “brilliant in every other way.”
At the dinner party, Ellie, Jesse and Craig discussed Rosseau's work. Manny tried to contribute but the conversation was over her head. Craig told her that he was an 18th Century philosopher and that Ellie had sent him one of his books while he was on the road. The conversation turned to Carl Jung's view that everyone had, in Marco's words, “massive complexes.” Ellie joked that she had no neuroses, of course, but Manny countered, “Really? Because I thought being constantly rejected by guys would mess you up, Ellie.” A visibly annoyed Ellie responded, “Yeah. Yeah, I feel bad that I take time to meet guys who actually like me. In fact, I don’t know how I made it through high school without having my breasts shown online.” Manny ran out upset. Craig followed her but pointed out that Manny had started it and asked why she could not just get over Ellie. Manny said that it was because Ellie made her feel inadequate and asked Craig to give her some coke to boost her confidence. After getting high, they returned to the dinner party where they proceeded to laugh hysterically when Manny knocked over a glass. The next morning, Ellie brought a cup of coffee up to Craig's room and found a bag of coke. She confronted him about it but he lied to her, claiming that it was Manny's.
In What's It Feel Like to Be a Ghost? (2), Ellie was preparing to interview Craig about his life as a musician for The Core. She mentioned to Jesse that she had found the coke on Craig's bedroom floor and was annoyed when he assumed that it belonged to Craig. She told him that Craig had claimed that it belonged to Manny, whom she described as a “toxic influence.” However, Jesse was not convinced. He told an excited Ellie that he had arranged for her to interview Taking Back Sunday and they kissed. Craig then entered the office, telling Ellie that he did not have time for the interview at the moment as he had to clear out Joey's garage since he and Angela were moving to Calgary. Ellie said that she would help and assured Jesse that she would be on time to interview Taking Back Sunday.
In Joey's garage, Ellie interviewed him and he confided in her that he had expected everything to be the same when he returned but all of his old friends were moving on. Ellie said that she would always be there for him. She then received a text from Jesse, who told her that Taking Back Sunday were waiting for her. She brought Craig along and introduced him to the band, who asked him to perform the following night during a break in their set. Before she could continue her interview with Craig, he left to tell Manny. Much to Jesse's annoyance, Ellie was also unable to finish her interview with the band due to Craig's presence. Jesse again told her that Craig was a drug addict and said, “You know what's really wrong? The fact that Craig keeps crapping on you, and you keep going back for more!”
In Marco and Ellie's house, Manny suggested that they go see a film or get a bite to eat but Craig instead wanted to snort more coke. She said that she felt horrible after taking it the previous night and never wanted to do so again. Craig angrily told her that the last two days had been the best of his life and he did not want her to ruin them. Manny realized that he had chosen drugs over her and promptly dumped him. As she left the house, she met Ellie and sarcastically told her that Craig was all hers. Ellie accused Manny of giving the drugs to Craig but Manny retorted that Craig had lied, which was what drug addicts do. Ellie again confronted Craig about his drug use and got him to admit that he was an addict. She convinced him to attend group therapy with her to discuss his problem and he agreed. The next day, he turned up at the clinic but did not enter the meeting room.
That evening, Ellie visited Craig backstage and he told her that he could not attend the group therapy session as something had come up. She began to go through his things and found more drugs. She threatened to call Joey and bring an end to his rock star lifestyle. He asked her why she would do that to him but she replied that he knew why. Craig kissed her and told a delighted Ellie that he loved her. She said that she loved him too. He responded, “So don’t make me stop. Please. I need it. Don’t call Joey.” She pushed him away and called him a bastard, having realized that he would say or do anything to get his hands on more drugs. During his performance, Craig got a nosebleed as a result of his drug use as a horrified Ellie looked on and he finally realized that he had a serious problem.
The next morning, Ellie gave Craig an airline ticket and told that he was on the 11am flight to Calgary, where Joey was waiting for him. She said that Mr Simpson was there to make sure that he got on the plane. She walked away and began crying but Craig ran after her and said, “Ellie, I know I messed up, badly, but I am glad for one thing. I was finally able to be honest with you. I meant what I said and I felt that way for a long time.” She told him that it was beside the point as he needed help. Craig then suggested that they meet up after he got out of rehab but Ellie dismissed this by saying “Goodbye, Craig” before walking away, heartbroken. Craig was guilt stricken at having hurt her so badly.
In Rock This Town, Ellie told Manny that even though she was "so incredibly pissed" at Craig, she still thought about him and worried about him a little. Manny admitted that she felt the same way. Ellie commented, "He really messed with us" before leaving.
In It's Tricky, Ellie was slightly annoyed that one of the songs on Craig's album Of Two Minds was entitled "Red-Headed For Trouble" as it was about her. After Ashley pointed out that there was another one called "Thong Girl, Wrong Girl" about Manny, Ellie realized that he had written a song about everyone that he had kissed. The next day when discussing the prospects of her own music career with Ellie, Ashley said, "People thought I was Craig's sidekick, I don’t want to be Jimmy’s. Does that make me a bitch?" but Ellie did not answer.
In Degrassi Goes Hollywood, Ellie and Marco were visiting Paige, who had been cast as Trixie in Jason Mewes' film Mewesical High, in Los Angeles. While there, Ellie ran into Craig, who was talking to Pete Wentz and Cassadee Pope, on the street. They were delighted to see each other and hugged. He said that he could not believe that she was in LA while she responded that she could not believe that he was eating Ketchup Chips with Pete Wentz. Craig introduced the musicians to his friend. Pete told Ellie that Craig had introduced them to Ketchup Chips and now they could not go on tour without them. Craig asked her why she had not let him know that she was in Los Angeles and she explained that they had assumed that he would be on tour, adding that she and Marco were visiting Paige. He invited the three of them to a club called the Highland Grouse where he would be performing that night and gave her a brochure with the relevant information. She told him that he looked good and he said that he had been clean and sober for a year. Pete and Cassadee exchanged an awkward look as they were unaware of Craig's addiction. Craig said that they had to leave to perform a sound check and expressed the hope that he would see the three of them at the club that night. Ellie joked that they would be there if they could tear themselves away from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood. Somewhat embarrassed, she told Pete and Cassadee that it was nice to meet them. By this time, Ellie had seemingly forgiven Craig for manipulating her in an attempt to continue his drug use and they were back in contact as she was aware that he was living in Los Angeles.
While at the soundstage with Paige, Marco was surprised to receive a call from Ellie's mother. When she returned to the mansion, an excited Ellie was about to tell Marco that she had met Craig but he mentioned that her mother had phoned him as Ellie had not been answering her cell phone. Mrs. Nash had informed Marco that Colonel Nash was back from Afghanistan and in hospital but that Ellie had not been to visit him yet. Ellie said that she did not want to talk about it. Marco warned her that she could not simply avoid it and she responded, "Watch me" before storming out. He was extremely concerned and asked Paige to speak to Ellie about it but Paige instead went to a Hollywood party. Ellie went to the Highland Grouse and was thrilled to see Craig performing on stage. During a break in his set, he told her that he was glad that she had come. He inquired as to where Marco and Paige were. Ellie claimed that they sent their love and explained that Paige had stuff to do while she and Marco had a fight which she was not in the mood to talk about. She told him that she was in the mood for relaxing but that was impossible to do at Paige's mansion. Craig invited her to crash with him. Ellie did not think that it was a good idea given their track record but Craig assured her that they were both in different places. He said that his condo was right on the beach and that it would provide her with a total escape from reality, which was exactly what Ellie wanted.
Shortly afterwards, Ellie returned to the mansion and began packing her things. Marco assumed that she was going home to Toronto to see her father but she told him that she had met Craig and was going to stay with him. Marco pointed out that it was a bad idea to replace one drama in her life with another. She insisted that there was no drama between herself and Craig. Marco stated that he still had not forgiven Craig for the last time and that Craig was bad news for girls, especially her. Ellie claimed that she was over him and she knew that she did not need another relationship. When Marco asked her what she did need, she said, "A friend who doesn't judge me." Marco promised not to mention her father but believed that Ellie would severely regret it if she did not go to visit him. Ellie ignored his advice and sarcastically told him to have fun with the "movie crowd."
In Craig's apartment the next morning, he made coffee for himself and Ellie. She had seemingly told him about Jesse's affair with Caitlin Ryan as he said, "I still can't believe your ex slept with Caitlin." They both found it disgusting. Ellie said that she should get out of his way as he probably had to get to the studio but he countered that he had the whole day planned out for them. Craig then played a song that he had written for Ellie while in rehab called "Rescue You," in which he credited her with helping him to realize that he had a drug problem. They spent the day together exploring LA and Ellie's strong feelings for him returned. While they played in the water, Craig looked after Ellie longingly as she walked in front of him. She asked him what had happened with Ashley and he explained that they went on tour in Europe and she had stayed there. On the beach, Ellie confided in him that, if she could swim, she would wade out as far as she could go so she could get away from it all. She thanked him for the "most amazing day" and for the song and then placed her head on his shoulder as they looked out at the water. Ellie hoped that they would finally be able to start a relationship.
Later that evening, they returned to Craig's apartment and discussed seeing a man whom Ellie believed was Johnny Depp. Craig pointed out that Depp lived in France and he told her that he had missed her a great deal. They were overheard by a young woman in the apartment who had just come out of the shower. Craig kissed her and introduced her to Ellie as his girlfriend Yvette, who had returned from a modelling gig in Maui. Ellie was shocked and upset as Craig had never previously mentioned her. Yvette, who had heard all about Ellie, invited her to stay for dinner as she had just ordered sushi and there was plenty for the three of them. After Yvette went to put some clothes on, Craig and Ellie exchanged an awkward look. At dinner, Craig and Yvette told Ellie that they first met during one of his concerts. He was opening for Fall Out Boy and pulled her up on stage. Yvette described it as "such a rock star move." She asked Ellie questions about what Craig was like in high school. Ellie jokingly told her that he was a total nerd and could not get a date to save his life. However, she admitted that he was awesome and that any girl would be lucky to have him. Yvette said that nothing had changed and kissed Craig, leading an upset Ellie to leave their apartment. She made up the excuse that Marco had called, upset that he had just missed Taylor Kitsch at the Coffee Bean. Craig followed her into the corridor and said that he should have told her about Yvette. Ellie told him that he was trying to be a good friend and she interpreted it as a romantic overture again. He assured her that he had not meant to give her the wrong idea and that he was just so happy to see her. She said that she would just have to stop thinking that her feelings for him would ever be requited. After a long pause, an upset looking Craig said, "I had a really great time today." Ellie left and, while walking on the beach, began to cry.
The next morning, she told Marco that Craig's girlfriend had returned and she wanted to give them some space. When he asked her if she was okay with that, she said that she was going to read by the pool. At Paige's fake 18th birthday party that afternoon, she began to drink. Mrs. Nash called Paige's cell phone and Paige gave it to Ellie, who was hesitant to accept it. Ellie asked her mother how everything was at home but Mrs. Nash accused her of not caring and angrily hung up the phone. Ellie then started to drink from a bottle of vodka. Craig approached her and said that they needed to talk. He noticed that she had been crying and the bottle in her hand and asked her if she was okay. After she demanded to know what he was doing at the party, Craig said, "So I have this life in LA. It's pretty perfect: dream job, dream apartment, great girlfriend...And all of a sudden, you show up and suddenly everything doesn't seem so perfect anymore." As she was drunk, Ellie misunderstood his attempt to tell her that he had feelings for her and responded, "'Cause that's, that's what I do. Yeah, um, I'm the one who messes up people's lives." Craig attempted to tell her that she had taken him up wrong but she advised him to stay away from her as he would be better off. He attempted to follow her but was stopped by Marco. He assured him that he did not mean to upset her and wanted to apologize but Marco said that Ellie was messed up and had far more serious things in her life to deal with. They began to struggle and fell into the pool. They then realized that Ellie had left.
On the beach, an extremely upset Ellie began pacing back and forth. After dropping her shawl and bottle of vodka, she began to wade into the sea in an attempt to commit suicide. After several minutes, Craig and Marco arrived and realized what she was doing. However, they were able to rescue her. They then brought her back to Craig's apartment. Yvette was not present. Marco thanked Craig for his help in saving Ellie. Craig said that he would take care of Ellie and he and Marco hugged, having seemingly repaired their strained friendship. After Marco left, Craig sat down beside Ellie, who was resting on his couch. She apologized for her behavior the previous night but he told her that sleep was probably the best thing for her at the moment. She said that she did not know what she was thinking as she was not trying to kill herself. Craig mentioned that Marco had told him about her father being in hospital. When she asked Craig's advice as to whether she should go see him, Craig said that she should do so when she was ready. Ellie began to cry and explained that she had always been able to fix things like her mother's alcoholism and Craig's own drug addiction but her father was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from having watched his soldiers die and she knew that she could not fix that. Craig said, "No one expects you to...Look, after you sleep, I'll make you some eggs and if you survive that, we'll take the next step, okay?" Ellie nodded and Craig began to stroke her hair.
The next day, Ellie decided to return to Toronto and Craig went with her to LAX. They stood together awkwardly for a little while before Ellie said that she should probably just go as security could take a while. She thanked him again for all of his help and said that he had really come through for her. He said that they would "call it even" because of her help with his drug problem and they hugged. As Ellie made her way to the security check-in, Craig walked in the opposite direction and appeared to be upset that she was leaving. After several seconds, both Craig and Ellie turned back around and ran to each other. They hugged again and then kissed passionately. Ellie shook her head slightly and said wistfully, "We'll always have LA, right?" Craig responded, "Someday, maybe," indicating that they may embark on a relationship in the future. Before she left, Ellie gave Craig one final kiss. He was very sad to see her go. With Marco by her side, she returned home to see her father in hospital. She said, "Hey Daddy" and began to cry profusely as she hugged him tightly.
- Ellie: "Craig, I used to cut myself."
Craig: "I know."
Ellie: "And what's bizarre is that I'm always gonna be a cutter. Even if I don't do it for years, it's still me."
Craig: "Well, that sucks."
Ellie: "It just - it just is. It doesn't matter how I feel or how anyone else feels."
Craig: "I'm bipolar. And apparently it doesn't matter if I think that sucks either."
Ellie: "They think Kurt Cobain was bipolar."
Ellie: "If he accepted it, maybe it all would have been different. Nigel from group manages okay."
Craig: "He seemed cool."
Ellie: "He is! You should come back. And you should probably call Ash."
Craig: "Why? Why? 'Cause I bit her head off in the middle of the school."
Ellie: "Yeah, maybe 'cause of that."
Craig: "All she talks about lately is my medication, my shrink and my moods."
Ellie: "She cares about you. A lot."
Craig: "I know." - Secret (1)
- Marco: "I was thinking of picking up a few extra credits this summer. This way, I can graduate after first semester's done, maybe even move in with Dylan before university."
(Craig and Ellie are both shocked)
Marco: "My boyfriend? Alright you guys know I'm gay, right?"
Ellie: "Um, I'm stuck on graduating early."
Craig: "I'm on move in with Dylan."
Marco: "Guys, it's not that big a deal!...Okay, it's huge." - Moonlight Desires
- Alex: "My ex, formerly known as Jay Hogart, screwed around with every girl at this school. It's not a gay thing. Promiscuity, it's a guy thing."
Craig: "Hey. Didn't I hear that you clocked Amy for being equally trampy?"
Ellie: "Oh and how's Ash, Craig? Or are you back with Manny? It's hard to tell, especially when you secretly dated them at the same time."
Craig: "Let's just call it a people thing."
Ellie: "Let’s call it a choice. Monogamy wow, what a difficult concept." - Moonlight Desires
- Craig: "Stop staring."
Ellie: "Stop being an ass."
Craig: "Do you know how humiliating it was, to find out in public, that my girlfriend dumped me by e-mail?"
Ellie: "Oh! Oh, you're forgetting on your birthday, that's a pretty good detail too. Ashley wanted to tell you herself. She wanted to wait 'till the time was right, she was... concerned."
Craig: "That I'd go off my meds and go all crazy? I'm fine, you know I'm fine, we hung out all summer. And I don't need you protecting me."
Ellie: "All this anger is for Ashley. Buy a ticket, go to London, and freak on her there." - Venus (2)
- (Ellie walks into Craig's garage where he is playing his guitar)
Craig: "You here to see Marco? He's not here yet."
Ellie: "I'm here to see you."
(Craig resumes playing his guitar)
Ellie: "Craig! Craig! We hung out all summer and I know you're okay now and it was so, so stupid of me to try and protect you. I should have just told you. Sorry."
Ellie: "That's it?"
Craig: "That's it."
(Craig turns around)
Craig: "Oy. I can feel them, you know. Your eyes burning a hole in my back."
(He turns back around)
Craig: "I'm sorry, too. I overreacted, okay? So there. Better?"
Ellie: "Not really."
Craig: "So, what do we do?"
Ellie: "Well, I heard you're in between drummers."
Craig: "You heard right. Know any?"
Ellie: "I happen to be in between bands. Maybe I should sit in?"
Craig: "I got to warn you, El. We suck, huge."
Ellie: "Oldest rule of music, Craig. Band's only as good as its drummer."
(She plays the drums very impressively)
Craig: "Okay, you'll fit in fine." - Venus (2)
- Craig: "Ellie, wait! What the hell's going on?"
Ellie: "You tell me! You're the one who called her, you're the one who sat there drooling over her like you were some perv." (Ellie turns and walks away, then turns around again) "And this? This isn't me. I don't dress up."
Craig: "I'm... flattered?"
Ellie: "Don't be! This, this is for the gig. This doesn't mean anything."
Craig: "Ellie. We do group together. You've seen me down in the gutter. Lower than low. Lower than I want anyone else to see me. That's why you're my friend. My really good friend."
Ellie: (sarcastically) "So glad I can be there for you."
(She begins to walk away again)
Ellie: "Bye. See you in group!" - Weddings, Parties, Anything
- Ellie: "Look, um, the band's kinda getting in the way of stuff and I'm gonna have to quit."
Craig: "Oh, ha. You're funny. You are joking, right?"
Ellie: "No, no, I'm tired of the band... and you, Craig. You're kind of annoying and you kind of smell."
Craig: "You're gonna pay for that, Nash!" - Bizarre Love Triangle
- (Craig is playing his guitar in his garage)
Ellie: "New song? I like it, just like that. You know it doesn't even need lyrics."
Craig: "It's not really a song then, is it?"
Ellie: "Sometimes you don't need all the extra stuff. Sometimes simpler is better."
Craig: "I'm not a solo act."
Ellie: "But you could be."
Craig: "I don't care. This isn't about me. This is about the band. Ellie, we were gonna do this together. Cut our own album, sold out shows, a Juno, a Grammy..."
Ellie: "Craig, I can't drum."
Craig: "Yes, you can!"
Ellie: "No, I can't and Marco's not much better on bass and Jimmy wants to paint. Leo...God, face it, he only wanted you. We were just...excess baggage. Craig, I really think you should go to the Showcase tonight just like this. You and your guitar. I really think you could win."
Craig: "Okay, let's say I do play the Showcase and I do win. That means leaving. What about Manny or Joey or Angie?"
(Ellie shakes her head)
Ellie: "Don't worry about them. They'll manage. They'll be fine."
Craig: "What about you?"
Ellie: (hesitates) "I'll wave goodbye 'cause I have to...Craig, go to that club and knock them dead. For all of us." - Together Forever
- Ellie: "Question of the evening: who's more pathetic, you for lying to me about the drugs or me for believing you?"
Craig: "Is that a trick question?"
Ellie: "This is funny?"
(She starts to leave)
Craig: "Don't be mad, please."
Ellie: "Just tell me the truth for once."
Craig: "Okay. I, I started in Vancouver, but I'm not an addict."
Ellie: "Drug cliché number one."
Craig: "I can stop, Ellie. Anytime I want."
Ellie: "Drug cliché number two."
Craig: "Look, what do you want me to say? That I've got a problem? Yeah I have a problem. Great. I said it. What now?"
Ellie: "You used to come to group therapy with me, remember? Dr. Kenrick is great. He can help you so just come tomorrow, okay?"
Craig: "If you promise to stop being mad at me." - What's It Feel Like to Be a Ghost? (2)
- Craig: "Ellie, hi. About group therapy, listen, uh, something came up."
(She starts rifling through his jacket)
Craig: "Hey! Hey what are you doing?"
(She pulls out the coke)
Ellie: "Either you stop now or I call Joey and tell him about this and this, this will all end. The touring, the music career, finished."
Craig: "C'mon, why would you do that to me? Just leave me alone, alright?"
Ellie: "I can't."
Craig: "Why not?"
Craig: "Because why?"
Ellie: "You know why, Craig. Um, you know, so don't make me say it."
(Craig starts kissing Ellie)
Craig: "I love you, Ellie."
Ellie: "I love you too."
(They kiss again)
Craig: "So don't make me stop. Please. I need it. Don't call Joey."
(Ellie angrily pushes him away from her)
Ellie: "You bastard! How could, how could you play with me like that?"
Craig: "Ellie, I'm, I'm sorry. What do you want me to say?"
(Ellie starts to cry)
Ellie: "Nothing. It's all gonna be lies. You'll say whatever it takes to get your hands on this, won't you?! God!" - What's It Feel Like to Be a Ghost? (2)
- Craig: "Ellie, I know I messed up, badly. But I am glad for one thing; I was finally able to be honest with you. I meant what I said, and I felt that way for a long, long time."
Ellie: "No, just don't. Don't, just...it's beside the point. You need help."
Craig: "I know. I know. I'm going to the rehab or whatever, but when I get out maybe we could..."
Ellie: "Goodbye, Craig." - What's It Feel Like to Be a Ghost? (2)
- Ellie: (referring to Craig) "Oh, so everyone he kisses is a song title now?" - It's Tricky
- Craig: "Ellie, wait. I should have told you about Yvette."
Ellie: "No, you were trying to be a good friend, and I interpreted that as a romantic overture...again." - Degrassi Goes Hollywood
- Ellie: "I, I just really have to stop thinking that my feelings for you will...ever be requited."
Craig: (sounding upset) "I had a really great time today." - Degrassi Goes Hollywood
- Ellie: "What are you doing here?"
Craig: "So I have this life in LA. It's pretty perfect: dream job, dream apartment, great girlfriend...And all of a sudden, you show up and suddenly everything doesn't seem so perfect anymore."
Ellie: "'Cause that's, that's what I do. Yeah, um, I'm the one who messes up people's lives."
Craig: "No, Ellie, no."
Ellie: "You know what? Um, you should just stay away from me because, um, you'll be better off."
Craig: "You don't get it." - Degrassi Goes Hollywood
- Ellie: "Thanks again for all your help. You really came through for me."
Craig: "Call it even." - Degrassi Goes Hollywood
- Ellie: "We'll always have L.A. right?"
Craig: "Someday, maybe." - Degrassi Goes Hollywood
- Ellie was one month older than Craig: she was born in August 1988 while he was born the following September.
- They both started at Degrassi Community School as freshmen in 2002.
- They were acquainted for more than two years before becoming friends.
- Both have kissed or been kissed by their mutual best friend Marco Del Rossi: Ellie in Careless Whisper, How Soon is Now? and Don't Stop Believin' and Craig in Moonlight Desires. However, Ellie had a relationship with him, while Craig didn't. Although he kissed them, Marco did not have a romantic interest in either of them: his relationship with Ellie was a cover for his homosexuality while he kissed Craig in order to make his then boyfriend Dylan Michalchuk jealous.
- In Venus (1), Marco was the first person to realise that Ellie had feelings for Craig.
- Craig's first line ("Hey Dad") was very similar to Ellie's final line. ("Hey Daddy.")
- They have both attempted suicide at some point: Craig by standing in front of a train in When Doves Cry (2) and Ellie by drowning in Degrassi Goes Hollywood. Craig and Marco prevented Ellie from killing herself.
- Craig dated Ellie's best friend Ashley Kerwin. Craig's friendship with Ellie began when Ashley sent him to her therapy group in Secret (1). It is unclear whether Ellie ever told Ashley that she had feelings for Craig.
- They both share similarities with future character Eli Goldsworthy.
- Ellie dated Craig's former friend Sean Cameron.
- Ellie had a conflict with Craig's ex-girlfriend Manny Santos over Ellie's strong feelings for him.
- They were both good friends with Jimmy Brooks, who harbored an unrequited crush on Ellie.
- Craig's stepfather Joey Jeremiah had a long running, though off and on, relationship with Ellie's friend and mentor, Caitlin Ryan.
- They both had problems with one of their parents: Craig's father Albert Manning beat him while Ellie's mother Caroline Nash's alcoholism led Ellie to cut herself.
- They both share similarities with Degrassi Class of 2013 graduate Eli Goldsworthy.
- Like Jimmy and Paige Michalchuk, neither Craig nor Ellie had any problem with the fact that Marco was gay after he first came out. This was in stark contrast to Spinner Mason's initial homophobia.
- In King of Pain, Craig described Ellie's friend Alex Nuñez as "most likely to succeed in killing someone."
- In Queen of Hearts, Craig sympathized with Ellie after the death of her pet ferret Bueller Nash-Cameron.
- They attended the same therapy group for teenagers with mental health problems from 2005 to 2006. In Weddings, Parties, Anything, Craig told the group that Ellie had been "incredible" in her support.
- They were a part of two love triangles: one with Manny and one with Jimmy. However, Craig never found out that Jimmy had feelings for Ellie.
- In Weddings, Parties, Anything, Craig learned that Ellie had feelings for him.
- They were both members of Downtown Sasquatch.
- They were both originally members of the Class of 2006. While Ellie graduated in High Fidelity (2), Craig dropped out in Together Forever.
- Both of them were offered places at Toronto University. While Ellie went on to attend the university and study journalism, Craig did not as he wanted to pursue his music career.
- In Weddings, Parties, Anything, Craig's stepfather Joey told him that Ellie seemed "kinda cute" and believed that there was something going on between them.
- In Together Forever, Ellie confided in Craig that she did not think that Marco was a talented bassist.
- They were both interested in photography when they were younger.
- Ellie was still in love with Craig throughout her relationship with Jesse Stefanovic.
- Although Ellie was slightly older than Craig, she lost her virginity approximately three years after he did: Craig lost his to Manny in the Season 3 episode Should I Stay or Should I Go? while Ellie lost hers to Jesse in Season 6, at some point after Eyes Without a Face (2).
- Craig wrote two songs for Ellie: "Red-Headed for Trouble" and "Rescue You". The former was included on his album Of Two Minds in It's Tricky while he played the latter for her in Degrassi Goes Hollywood.
- They could both play the guitar.
- They both worked on Kevin Smith's film Jay and Silent Bob Go Canadian, Eh!: Craig wrote a song for it while Ellie appeared in it as a Goth girl.
- In Weddings, Parties, Anything, Marco thought that Craig and Ellie would make a good couple and tried to set them up on a date.
- They were both members of Archie Simpson's Grade 9 homeroom class 9F from 2002 to 2003.
- In a 2015 interview, Stacey Farber admitted that she had a zit on the day that Craig and Ellie's kiss in Degrassi Goes Hollywood was filmed and felt very insecure about it. As such, she tried to use Jake Epstein's face to cover hers. She claimed that she cringed whenever she watched the kiss scene as it was "extremely awkward."
- They were both introduced in Season 2: Craig in When Doves Cry (1) and Ellie in Karma Chameleon.
- This friendship inspired the creation of Eclare.
- Marco didn't approve of their friendship as shown in Degrassi Goes Hollywood.