Ellen discovers that Catherine and Rusty (Emily Rutherford, Jim Gaffigan) have been secretly dating, and the three become strangely inseparable. Waiter: Vance DeGeneres. Hostess: Ashley Gardner. Pam: Kerri Kenney. Mr. Munn: Martin Mull. Dot: Cloris Leachman.
Mr. Munn asks Ellen to dress up to impress the visiting accreditation board, and her mom helps by giving her a family heirloom: an ugly, cumbersome hawk brooch. Chip: Justin Garms. Pam: Kerri Kenney. Rusty: Jim Gaffigan. Dot: Cloris Leachman.
Ellen flies in her aunt (Mary Tyler Moore) to surprise her mom for Christmas, only to learn that there are bad feelings between Dot and her sister. Young Ellen: Dakota Fanning. Dot: Cloris Leachman. Rusty: Jim Gaffigan. Mr. Munn: Martin Mull.
Mr. Munn forbids Ellen to help the football team's star kicker (Brian Sites) work through his anger issues, because his rage will help him in an upcoming championship game. Del: John Farley. Dot: Cloris Leachman. Mr. Munn: Martin Mull. Bunny: Diane Delano.
Ellen persuades Catherine to start her own taffy business, but she doesn't realize that it's something she wants more than Catherine does. Timmy: Josh Zuckerman. Delivery Guy: Marty Rackham. Dot: Cloris Leachman.
When Dot tells Ellen about her “Gentleman Caller” (Tom Poston), Ellen gets overprotective because of her mom's history of picking losers. Off. Arthur: Regan Burns. Bunny: Diane Delano. Pam: Kerri Kenney. Rusty: Jim Gaffigan. Dot: Cloris Leachman.
Ellen calls a pest-control expert (Larry Joe Campbell) to get rid of the raccoon that's tearing up the front lawn, but she needs to find another number to get rid of him. At school, a student Ellen counsels develops a crush. Francine: Jan Hoag. Catherine: Emily Rutherford.
Ellen asks that Dot and Catherine stop their ritual of watching “Judge Judy” while eating dinner in favor of talking together and sharing their feelings. Donald: Michael Blieden. Rusty: Jim Gaffigan. Bunny: Diane Delano. Catherine: Emily Rutherford. Dot: Cloris Leachman.
Ellen is to be photographed for a “Dot Com-ers: Where Are They Now?” feature in Vanity Fair magazine, but everyone's cutting comments about her hair prompts her to get a new style at the local beauty salon. Herb Ritts has a cameo. Tina: Marissa Jaret Winokur. Pam: Kerri Kenney. Guy: James Patrick Stuart.
Ellen (Ellen DeGeneres) tries to get Clark's citizens to protest the new P.J. Knockers restaurant, where the waitresses wear tight shirts. But no one supports her, and what's worse, Catherine gets gets a job as a waitress. Pam: Kerri Kenney. Knockers Waitress: Susan Yeagley. Etta: Patience Cleveland.
On her first day back in Clark, Ellen (Ellen DeGeneres) decides to sit by a stream, read Thoreau's “Walden” and think about her next step. Officer B. Arthur: Regan Burns. Erik: John Francis Daley. Rusty: Jim Gaffigan. Catherine: Emily Rutherford. Dot: Cloris Leachman.
In the pilot, Ellen DeGeneres plays a dot.com executive from L.A. who returns to her home town to receive an award and decides to stay there to be closer to her mom and sister (Cloris Leachman, Emily Rutherford). Mr. Munn: Martin Mull. Rusty: Jim Gaffigan. Bunny: Diane Delano. Meg: Jennifer Irwin.