Daughter of Jeff Webber, 15-year-old Elizabeth was a troubled teenager when she went to live with her grandmother, Audrey Hardy, and sister, Sarah in Port Charles. Though naturally antagonistic towards her more amenable sister, Elizabeth had a specific axe to grind with Sarah -- Sarah was the object of Lucky Spencer's affections, whom Elizabeth herself was enamored of. Despite the fact that Sarah was in love with Nikolas Cassadine, Elizabeth made several attempts to discredit Sarah both in school and in her personal life, to no avail. Elizabeth grew frustrated.
Elizabeth's life changed forever on the night of the school Valentine's Day dance. Walking through the park on her way home, Elizabeth was attacked from behind by a stranger and violently raped. It was Lucky who became a pillar of support and helped her in her quest to find the identity of her rapist. At one point she tracked down the wrong man and accidentally stabbed Lucky in her attempt to seek justice. Lucky forgave her and he teamed up with Nikolas to rescue both Elizabeth and Emily after the man that had raped Elizabeth held both young women at gunpoint.
By this time Elizabeth and Lucky realized that they were deeply in love with each other and set their sights on a future together. Elizabeth was surprised when Lucky suggested she attend an art school in New York City. She was hesitant, until Lucky promised that he would go to New York with her. Lucky surprised Elizabeth when he bought her a new dress and hinted at a big Valentine's Day surprise. When Valentine's Day arrived, Lucky took Elizabeth to a romantic empty church and they vowed to love each other forever. Their love met an untimely end when a devastated Elizabeth learned that Lucky had been killed in a fire.
As Elizabeth continued to grieve, she went to Jake's and found trouble in the form of a male patron who wouldn't take no for an answer. Jason Morgan rushed to her rescue, and she ended up confiding her troubles to him. Jason also found it easy to talk to Elizabeth and both were comfortable with their easy rapport. Elizabeth assisted Jason after he was shot and she took Jason to her studio. She arranged for his care and allowed him to stay at her studio until he recovered. A close friendship developed between them until Jason realized that he had placed Elizabeth in danger. A bomb had been placed in Elizabeth's studio. It was defused in time but Jason refused to allow harm to come to her and he left Port Charles.
Elizabeth's life took another unexpected twist when Nikolas gave her the shocking news that Lucky was in fact alive. The fire had been staged and Helena Cassadine and Cesar Faison had taken steps to ensure the DNA test showed Lucky had been inside. When an overjoyed Elizabeth finally was face-to-face with Lucky, he wasn't the same person he had been before the fire. Every time Elizabeth reached out to him, he would push her away, but Elizabeth felt in her heart that Lucky still loved her.
In time, Lucky realized something was wrong with his mind, but still didn't know that Helena had brainwashed him. Elizabeth witnessed Helena using her trigger phrase on Lucky and realized he was under her spell. Lucky then started seeing Kevin Collins in an effort to erase the hold Helena had over him. With Lucky seemingly out from under Helena's spell, he and Elizabeth were free to express their real feelings for one another. Around the same time, Lucky talked Elizabeth into becoming a model for his mother's company, Deception Cosmetics. Elizabeth battled Gia Campbell for the position and Gia won the position.
When Jason Morgan returned to town, Elizabeth couldn't seem to stay away from him, much to Lucky's dismay. Eventually, Elizabeth did refocus on Lucky but he was under Helena's control once more. This time, Helena proved too powerful, and she was able to successfully erase all of Lucky's memories of loving Elizabeth. Helena feared that Elizabeth's love for Lucky would be too strong and she planned to have Elizabeth killed. However, Elizabeth learned of the plans and took a drug which simulated death. Sonny helped her leave town undetected. When it was safe for her to return, she reunited with Lucky and they planned an impromptu wedding. Her dreams were dashed when she realized at the altar that Lucky had never regained his feelings for her. Lucky again convinced Elizabeth to try to start over.
Soon after, Sarah returned and Elizabeth was involved in a car accident that threatened her life. Gia, who was involved with Nikolas, was at fault but Elizabeth had no memory of it. Nikolas and Gia moved Elizabeth into Wyndemere to recover, while trying to ensure Elizabeth never remembered Gia's role in the accident. Meanwhile Lucky and Sarah continued to grow closer, and developed feelings for one another. Elizabeth remembered the truth about the accident and was devastated that Nikolas and Gia had conspired to keep Elizabeth the truth from her in an effort to protect Gia. To make matters worse, Elizabeth walked in on Lucky making love to Sarah.
Elizabeth felt betrayed by everyone in her life and became reckless. Around this time, Zander Smith had a falling out with his employer, Sonny Corinthos. As a lesson, Zander was given a harsh beating by Sonny's enforcer Jason. Elizabeth found Zander and took him back to her loft to recuperate. Soon after, Elizabeth was kidnapped by Sonny's enemies and Zander was captured as well during his attempt to rescue her. They bonded and remained close after they were rescued and Zander's feelings toward her turned romantic. They spent one night together but afterwards Elizabeth realized she only felt friendship because her heart belonged to Jason.
Jason was hurt when he found Elizabeth and Zander together but helped Zander escape Sonny's wrath. Upon Elizabeth's request, Jason got Zander out of town. Afterwards Elizabeth and Jason tried to make a relationship work but Elizabeth believed she could not trust Jason after he lied to her about Sonny's supposed death. She was hurt when Jason moved on with Sonny's half-sister Courtney but was flattered by the attention she received from Sonny's half-brother Ric Lansing. Ric resented that his mother had chosen to raise Sonny but left Ric with his father Trevor. Ric had an agenda and Elizabeth wondered if she was part of his plan for revenge. He swore that his feelings for her were the one genuine part of his life.
Elizabeth chose to believe Ric but was unaware of his involvement with mobster Faith Roscoe. Faith and Ric shared a desire to take Sonny down and they became lovers. Ric's heart remained with Elizabeth but Faith wanted Ric for herself and was willing to do whatever it took to remove Elizabeth from his life. She set a snake loose in Elizabeth's studio and Elizabeth was bitten. She recovered and learned that she was pregnant. Ric and Elizabeth were closer than ever, and with a baby on the way, they married immediately. Faith could see that the obstacle Elizabeth created was compounding, so Faith shoved Elizabeth down a staircase, causing Elizabeth to miscarry her child. Ric found out that Elizabeth had been talking to Sonny just before her fall down the stairs, and Ric decided that Sonny was responsible for the loss of their child. Ric bought a house to share with his new bride, but didn't bother telling Elizabeth that it had with a secret panic room.
As Elizabeth grieved for her unborn child, Ric secretly made plans to give Elizabeth the child Sonny's wife Carly was carrying. He kidnapped Carly and kept her in the panic room. To ensure that Elizabeth did not become pregnant again, he secretly gave her birth control pills. Monitors inside the panic room allowed Carly to view what went on in the house and she believed she was going to be rescued after Elizabeth discovered the secret button for the panic room door. Elizabeth was floored to discover Ric's shocking secret, and suffered an embolism from the birth control pills before she could notify anyone. Ric returned home in time to lock Carly up once again and take Elizabeth to the hospital. Elizabeth remembered seeing Carly and told the police about what Ric had done, but by then, Lorenzo had moved Carly. Ric tried desperately to prove his love to Elizabeth, but she refused to believe him.
During the aftermath of Elizabeth's marriage to Ric, her closest friend, Emily Quartermaine, battled cancer. Jason and Elizabeth supported one another which evoked jealousy from Jason's wife Courtney. While high on painkillers, Courtney ran Elizabeth down with her car but fled the scene immediately. Elizabeth was temporarily blinded and Ric tried to win her back. He vowed to prove to her that he had changed and took a position as the Assistant District Attorney. Elizabeth was determined to move on from Ric and found company with Zander. He was dealing with his breakup with Emily and Elizabeth spent one night in Zander's arms.
Ric and Elizabeth did eventually work their way back to each other, but their reunion was marred by the news that Elizabeth was pregnant with Zander's child. Ric and Elizabeth married again, and Ric intended to raise the child as his own, but they decided to tell Zander beforehand to hopefully dissuade any problems that Zander might bring in the future. Zander agreed to let them raise the child. He was later believed to have died in the Port Charles Hotel fire but had, in fact, survived. He kidnapped Emily and tried to get her to run away with him and was shot to death by the police.
Early into the marriage, Elizabeth realized that Ric still harbored an obsession to see Sonny punished. She decided they could never be happy and she divorced Ric. Elizabeth left town to have her baby and returned a few months later with a son named Cameron and a plan to become a nurse. She also reconnected with Lucky and they fell in love again. Their romance was not all bliss as Lucky was gravely injured trying to save Emily from Helena's homicidal intents. He lingered in a coma for some time but eventually woke up and made a full recovery. Elizabeth and Lucky decided to move in together but faced financial difficulties. Lucky had recently joined the police force while Elizabeth became a student nurse with a child to support.
Elizabeth found a solution to their financial woes. She had learned that Jax and Courtney were looking for a surrogate to carry their child. Lucky was initially reluctant. He didn't like the idea of Liz carrying another man's child but eventually he agreed. They moved forward with their plans but hit a snag when Courtney learned that her eggs were not viable. Elizabeth agreed to donate her own egg for the in vitro-fertilization procedure. Lucky was even more uncomfortable with the idea but supported Elizabeth's decision anyway.
Liz conceived, and all were happy until Courtney started feeling left out by the process. She turned to Nikolas Cassadine, whose own marriage was under strain. As Courtney and Jax grew further apart, Jax began paying more and more attention to Liz. Lucky resented Jax throwing his money around and showering Elizabeth and Cam with gifts. Things became worse after Courtney and Nikolas engaged in an affair. Elizabeth balked at the idea of handing her child over to a broken home. Lucky supported her decision to raise the child but the concept was moot after Elizabeth was involved in a car accident and suffered a miscarriage.
Elizabeth was devastated over the loss of her child. Lucky was a source of strength for her, and they fell deeper in love. When Elizabeth and Lucky decided to get married, Emily and Nikolas stepped in. Emily and Nikolas insisted on throwing the couple a lavish wedding. Lucky and Elizabeth were married in a beautiful ceremony at Wyndemere. Their marriage would be a happy one for a short time, but Lucky would not live up to his name. He was injured in the line of duty several times and hospitalized. Lucky and Elizabeth soon found themselves drowning in debt once again.
After suffering a debilitating spinal injury, Lucky began depending on his morphine more than he should. Within a short time, he became addicted to the drug. He hid his dependency, but those close to him began to suspect something was wrong with him. Lucky believed Elizabeth was having an affair with Dr. Patrick Drake. She wasn't. Patrick had found Elizabeth a part-time job as a private nurse so that she could earn more money to pay down their debt. Patrick was also helping Elizabeth study to become a surgical nurse so that she could make more money within the field of nursing.
As Lucky's addiction grew, his jealousy grew as well. He resented Elizabeth working additional jobs behind his back and he starting using hydrocodone after he was released from the hospital. Maxie Jones, the girlfriend of Lucky's recently murdered partner, Jesse Bodine, recognized Lucky's addiction. She'd always had a crush on Lucky and found a way to get closer to him. She began stealing drugs for him, pretending to understand that he needed it for his pain but wasn't addicted. Soon, Maxie had Lucky where she wanted him. Lucky was dependent on her to supply him with drugs and she began withholding them for sex.
Elizabeth was blind to what was going on and was unknowingly doing more harm than good. In an effort to salvage Lucky's pride and protect him from harm, she asked Jason to help Lucky make a good bust. She was convinced that all Lucky needed was an opportunity to feel successful again. Jason agreed, but things didn't go as planned. Lucky was high on drugs and nearly got himself killed during the stakeout. Jason saved Lucky's life and shot the suspect, who was rushed to General Hospital. Lucky had no idea that Jason had been there. He was so high that he believed he had shot the suspect himself.
Things became even more strained though. Lucky received a commendation for his big arrest but missed the party thrown in his honor because he was with Maxie. Elizabeth found Maxie and Lucky in bed together and confronted her husband. He promised to clean up his act but Maxie made sure that Elizabeth found them together again.
Heartbroken over Lucky's betrayal, Elizabeth turned to Jason, who had just discovered his girlfriend Sam in the arms of Ric. As they talked, Liz and Jason began revisiting the past and their feelings. Jason reached out to Elizabeth, and they ended up giving in to the attraction that they'd always fought. They made love several times that night. The next morning, Elizabeth thanked Jason for being there for her but told him that she couldn't be with him again. She had her son Cameron to think about and didn't want him exposed to Jason's life.
Jason understood and respected her decision. She went home to pack her things and found a note from Lucky. He had decided to go to a Narcotics Anonymous meeting. Elizabeth realized that Lucky deserved another chance. She told Jason that she intended to stay with Lucky but felt it was best that he not learn of the night they had shared. She wanted Lucky to focus on his recovery. Jason understood and wished Liz well.
Sadly, Lucky's recovery would be short-lived. Learning that his baby sister, Lulu, was pregnant and intent on having an abortion sent him back to Maxie, who was waiting for him with pills. Things went from bad to worse when Elizabeth found some pills on the living room floor. Realizing that Cam could have found them and taken them, Elizabeth knew she could no longer stay with Lucky. She told Nikolas that she was leaving Lucky. Nikolas raced over to Maxie's apartment at Kelly's to pull Lucky out of her bed and let him know what was going on. Lucky went home to stop Elizabeth from leaving, and they ended up in a terrible fight. Elizabeth was knocked to the floor when Lucky tried to physically keep her from leaving. Nikolas walked in just at that moment and raced to her aid.
Elizabeth moved in with Audrey and filed for divorce. It was around that time that Elizabeth learned that Lulu had gotten pregnant from defective Enduro condoms manufactured by ELQ. She took a pregnancy test after she realized that she and Jason had also used the defective condoms. The test confirmed that she was pregnant and she realized that Jason could be the father. Before she could decide what to do, Elizabeth ended up being nearly shot when Lucky stole drugs from the police lockup and tried to frame Jason. Furious with Lucky's recklessness, Elizabeth let it slip that she was pregnant. Lucky immediately assumed the child was his. He vowed to get clean for the baby and checked himself into rehab.
Jason quickly realized that he could be the father of the baby, too, and asked Elizabeth. She admitted that there was a possibility. Jason offered to marry her regardless of whether the baby was his or not. Elizabeth pointed out that he was in love with Sam still and would not be happy tied to her and the children. She also knew that Jason wanted to reconcile with Sam. They decided to put off making any plans until they knew for certain the paternity.
While Elizabeth awaited the results of the test, Jason reconciled with Sam and she accused Elizabeth of using the baby to get Jason. Sonny and Carly learned of the pregnancy as well and Sonny was present when Elizabeth received the test results. He misread her reaction and incorrectly assumed that Lucky was the father. Elizabeth decided it was best for everyone if she allowed them to believe that the child was Lucky's.
Elizabeth kept her secret until the Metro Court hostage crisis. When the police stormed the building with smoke bombs and the gunmen detonated explosives, Jason was on hand to sweep Elizabeth up in his arms and whisk her to safety. They ended up in an elevator, where they were trapped for a period of time. Elizabeth decided to tell Jason the truth; that the baby she was carrying was his. Jason was thrilled. He'd never been able to look at her advancing pregnancy without feeling pangs of regret that he wasn't the child's father.
Both Elizabeth and Jason decided it would be best to tell Lucky and Sam the truth about the paternity but neither could find the words. Eventually they decided the let Lucky raise the child as his. Elizabeth and Jason agreed it would be safer for the baby and cause less pain to those that they loved. What they failed to realize was that the emotional bonds growing between them were not going to go away. Elizabeth went ahead and married Lucky while Jason tried to make it work with Sam. Things were not going well. Sam was more determined than ever to find a way to have a child, despite being told that she would not be able to bear a child. Fearing she would lose Jason without a family, Sam began looking into other ways options. It was around that time that Elizabeth gave birth to her son.
Elizabeth went into labor alone at home but Jason stopped by and rushed her to the hospital. She underwent emergency surgery and asked Jason to step forward and claim his child if anything happened to her. Then she slipped into a coma. Just as Jason prepared to raise the baby, Elizabeth woke up. She named her son Jacob Martin and Jason was touched that she had intentionally given her child his initials. Unbeknownst to them, Sam overheard their conversation.
Sam's pain and fury grew as each day passed. Her resentment of Elizabeth consumed her until one day she happened upon Elizabeth and her children in the park. Sam watched a bereaved mother kidnap Jake and she allowed it to happen. A woman with her own vendetta against Sam, Amelia Joffee, let Jason know that Sam knew that he was Jake's father. He worked with Amelia to find Jake and was disgusted to learn of Sam's knowledge of the kidnapping.
Jake's kidnapping pushed Elizabeth and Lucky farther apart. During the crisis, Lucky had questioned Elizabeth's competency as a mother and afterwards he was jealous that Jason had rescued their child. Against Lucky's wishes, Elizabeth visited Jason in jail. When Jason was on trial for the murder of Lorenzo Alcazar, Elizabeth was called to testify. Under oath, she was forced to admit that she and Jason had slept together but insisted under oath that Lucky was her child's father.
It was the beginning of the end for Lucky and Elizabeth's marriage. She could no longer lie to herself about her feelings for Jason, but she was determined to stay in her marriage. Guilt over hurting Lucky and fear of Jake being exposed to the dangers of Jason's life kept her in the marriage. Lucky sensed that her heart wasn't in it, and his resentment toward her grew. Sam, meanwhile, was determined to make Elizabeth pay for stealing Jason's heart and getting away with her paternity lie. She began cozying up to Lucky, showering him with praise and attention. Lucky soaked it up like a sponge, and before long, he was fighting his attraction to Sam. Sam was overjoyed. Her plans to destroy Elizabeth's marriage were going well.
Lucky grew frustrated and turned to Sam. When Elizabeth learned of their involvement, she was forced to admit that she was in love with Jason and that her marriage to Lucky was over. Jason, too, admitted that he was in love with Elizabeth. Despite their feelings, though, they realized that they faced the same obstacles. Being together meant exposing both Cam and Jake to the dangers of Jason's life. Elizabeth found a place of her own and decided to raise her sons as a single mother. She was awarded custody of her children in the divorce but she allowed Lucky to visit the children as he wished.
Sam was not satisfied. She was frustrated that Liz always managed to get her way. When Nik and Emily hosted a Black and White Ball, Sam had several ugly confrontations with Elizabeth, one that turned physical. She was determined that Lucky should learn the truth about Jake. While a homicidal maniac terrorized the guests on Spoon Island who were stranded there in a violent storm and no power, Sam forced the issue. She was screaming at Elizabeth, insisting Elizabeth tell Lucky the truth. By that time, Elizabeth had learned that not only had Sam witnessed Jake's kidnapping and done nothing but that she had later hired two goons to terrorize Elizabeth and the kids in the park one day. As the two women argued, Jason walked in and decided to tell Lucky the truth about Jake. Lucky was furious.
As the night of the party drew to a close, Elizabeth learned that her best friend, Emily, had been murdered. She and Jason went to help Nik, who refused to allow anyone to move Emily's body. At Emily's funeral, Elizabeth gave her best friend a touching eulogy and then went home to an empty house -- or so she thought. Jason was there, waiting for her in the dark. They didn't say anything. They just held each other and then went upstairs to her bedroom and made love. Jason and Elizabeth talked about their deep love, but both realized that they faced many obstacles, starting with Lucky. He insisted on remaining Jake's father, claiming that if Elizabeth really cared for her children, she would agree to keep the secret in order to keep them safe. He also insisted that she stay away from Jason.
Liz admitted that she was in love with Jason but agreed that Lucky was still the safer choice. She was willing to go along with Lucky's terms but doesn't have much confidence that they would be successful in keeping the lie. Too many people knew the truth about Jake's paternity. However, Liz and Jason couldn't stay apart. They continued to meet in secret and then finally decided to go public with their relationship. Liz happily accepted Jason's proposal of marriage, but within hours, the engagement was over when Jason learned that Michael had been shot in the head by a stray bullet meant for Sonny. Michael lingered in a coma and then was eventually moved to a long-term care facility while Elizabeth and Jason struggled with their decision to stay apart for the sake of the children. Elizabeth and Jason finally realized that they could never be a family after Russian mobsters kidnapped Jake while Liz and Sam were trapped in a cabin. Sam managed to rescue Jake from the Russian safe house before it exploded.
Jason returned his son to Elizabeth and Lucky's waiting arms and then walked away from Jake for the final time. As Elizabeth settled into life without Jason, she and Lucky began to grow close again. They forgave each other for the things that they had done and then started to repair their relationship. Meanwhile, Elizabeth, Lucky, and Nikolas were shocked when a woman named Rebecca Shaw suddenly entered their lives. Rebecca bore an uncanny resemblance to Emily Quartermaine. Rebecca quickly wormed her way into Nikolas' heart and life. However, Rebecca had a secret: she was Emily's long-lost identical twin. Rebecca had targeted Emily's loved ones to scam them out of money. Elizabeth was the only person whom Rebecca hadn't won over. Nikolas was crushed when he learned the truth, despite Rebecca's insistence that she was in love with him.
Nikolas turned to Elizabeth for comfort. The two friends found themselves drawn to each other, even though Elizabeth had become engaged to Lucky. The more that she and Nikolas fought their attraction, the stronger it became. One night, Nikolas and Elizabeth made love. Their affair was short-lived because Rebecca and Lucky had learned of it within weeks. Rebecca left town while Lucky broke off his engagement to her and then severed all ties with his brother. Liz suffered a nervous breakdown as the affair became public fodder for gossip. She was stunned to learn a short time later that she was expecting her third child.
After a brief stint in Shadybrook, Liz decided to have a paternity test in the hopes of learning that Lucky was the father of her unborn child. However, Helena had other ideas. Helena hatched a scheme to make certain that Nikolas raised Lucky's child, in the hopes of driving a permanent rift between the brothers. Nikolas desperately wanted to work things out with Elizabeth because he had fallen in love with her, but Elizabeth was determined to repair her shattered relationship to Lucky. Lucky made it clear that were over for good and continued to push her away throughout the pregnancy.
It was during this time that Elizabeth met a terminally ill patient named Shirley. As the pregnancy progressed, Shirley never hesitated to let Elizabeth know that Nikolas would be a wonderful father and catch. Elizabeth kept Nikolas at arm's length until she went into premature labor. As Elizabeth and Nikolas anxiously awaited the birth of their son, they made peace. After Aiden's birth, Nikolas invited Liz to move to Wyndemere with Cam and Jake, so that Spencer could get to know Aiden. Elizabeth agreed, but Nikolas could see that she was unhappy. Nikolas decided to reach out to Sarah to secretly arrange a visit between the sisters.
While Elizabeth and the children flew to California to visit Sarah, Nikolas discovered that Brook Lynn had been kicked out of her apartment. Nikolas offered Brook a job as his escort to business and charity events. Brook quickly accepted the job and then moved to Wyndemere. Elizabeth returned from her visit with Sarah with a new perspective. Elizabeth seemed eager to explore a relationship with Nikolas, but quickly realized that Brook posed an obstacle. Elizabeth tried to fight for Nikolas but he chose to move forward with Brook.
Lucky had also moved on with a woman named Siobhan. Meanwhile, she wondered if it were possible that Lucky was actually Aiden's father. She ordered another paternity test on Aiden as Lucky announced his intentions to marry Siobhan immediately in order to solve her issues with immigration. Elizabeth received the results of the paternity test after she had witnessed an intimate moment between Nikolas and Brook. When she returned home with her boys, she was distracted by the test results and did not notice that Jake went outside. He was hit by a car, although the driver did not stop. Jake was rushed to the hospital and Elizabeth interrupted Lucky's wedding ceremony with a call demanding that he meet her at the hospital.
Patrick Drake performed surgery on Jake but the injuries he had sustained were too much and he passed away. As Elizabeth struggled to accept the news that her son was gone, Carly asked Jason if Jake's kidneys could be donated to her daughter who was in dire need of a kidney transplant. Since Elizabeth and Lucky had raised Jake, he left the decision up to them. Elizabeth was initially appalled by the idea of using Jake for "spare parts" but Lucky convinced her to go along with the organ donation.
In the weeks after Jake's death, Elizabeth struggled through her grief every day. Lucky's father Luke was revealed to be the driver that had hit Jake, although Elizabeth blamed herself for not keeping a closer eye on him. The paternity results that had distracted her proved that Lucky was Aiden's father but she hesitated to share the news with Lucky. Her affair with Nikolas had torn the brothers apart but they had recently started to repair their relationship and Nikolas was there for Lucky as he grieved. Lucky also finished the marriage ceremony he had Siobhan had started the night of Jake's accident.
Elizabeth eventually returned to work, although her brother, the chief of staff, questioned if it was too soon. She claimed she needed the distraction of being back at work, although Elizabeth had visions of Jake that caused her to occasionally make errors at the hospital. Her friends covered her mistakes and she insisted she was fine. She returned to the operating room and was distracted by a vision of Jake during a surgical procedure. Elizabeth injected the patient with an incorrect medication that could have been fatal if a doctor had not intervened. The patient was Lucky's new wife Siobhan.
In Lucky's grief over Jake, he had set fire to his mother's home, unaware that Siobhan was inside. She pulled from the burning house and Lucky realized he was to blame. He contemplated turning to alcohol to ease his pain but Elizabeth stopped him. She shared the results of the paternity test and declared him Aiden's father. Together they broke the news to Nikolas.
As Siobhan recovered from her surgery, Elizabeth visited her and apologized for her mistake in the operating room. Siobhan was unaware any mistake had been made and accused Elizabeth of trying to kill her so she could have a clear path to Lucky. Several hospital staff members were aware of the mistake Elizabeth had made and she was temporarily suspended. Siobhan was not satisfied with the punishment Elizabeth received and threatened to file a malpractice lawsuit against her until Lucky talked her out of it.
Elizabeth was thrilled to hear that Lucky believed in her and realized she had never intended to cause his wife any harm. The two women tried to be civil in front of Lucky but when he was not around, they argued. Siobhan accused Elizabeth of using Jake's death as an excuse whenever she wanted Lucky's attention or needed sympathy. Siobhan was further infuriated when Elizabeth supported Lucky's decision to investigate an illegal drug ring. Elizabeth agreed to search for information at the hospital to aid Lucky's case.
Siobhan was opposed to Lucky's involvement in the drug case because she feared it would compromise his sobriety. Both Elizabeth and Siobhan worried when Lucky went missing after he had been injected with drugs. The women argued about who was to blame for Lucky's predicament and Siobhan fell down a flight of stairs. Elizabeth took Siobhan to the hospital and then set out again to find Lucky. She found him in an abandoned church. It was the same church where years before they had exchanged vows of their permanent love for one another. Elizabeth stayed with Lucky until he recovered and then broke the news that Siobhan was hospitalized.
Siobhan was murdered during her stay at the hospital and Lucky turned to drugs. Elizabeth hoped to help Lucky solve his drug case so he would be away from the temptation and she followed a lead on her own. She ended up locked inside of Luzetta's bakery with Maxie. The women quarreled but eventually put their differences aside and devised a plan to escape. Their plan partially worked when Maxie made it out. Elizabeth was rescued by Lucky soon after. She mistakenly believed her rescue by Lucky was their first step toward reconciliation but Lucky disagreed and took off to Ireland to mourn his wife.
During the investigation of the illegal drug ring, Matt Hunter had helped Elizabeth gather information around the hospital and they became closer. Matt told Elizabeth about his deceased mother and his rocky relationship with Maxie, along with the news about his cancer research. He appreciated Elizabeth's friendship and support and he invited her to be his date for a party to celebrate his work being published. The party for Matt was held on a chartered boat and Matt flirted with Elizabeth and kissed her. She believed his kiss was not sincere and rejected his advances. When she went to get some fresh air away from Matt, she ran into Lisa Niles. Lisa had secretly boarded the boat to seek revenge on two of the other party guests. Lisa chloroformed Elizabeth and threw her overboard.
Spinelli found Elizabeth on Spoon Island and took her to the hospital. She was treated for hypothermia and struggled to make sense of where she was. She claimed a mysterious man had rescued her and she also experienced hallucinations of Jake. As she recovered, she continued to have visions of her rescuer and insisted he was real. At the same time, Lucky returned from Ireland after he ordered that Aiden by seen by a doctor. She was shocked to learn that Aiden had been diagnosed with a rare blood disorder. He received a blood transfusion and was given a clean bill of health.
After the health scare with their son, Elizabeth hoped to rekindle her relationship with Lucky, but he told her they were over. She responded by checking herself into Shadybrook for help in dealing with the end of her life with Lucky. She met a doctor named Ewen that posed as a patient. He seemed familiar to her but she could not place how she knew him. Both Matt and Lucky visited her and she admitted she faked her breakdown in hopes of changing Lucky's mind about their relationship. Lucky was disappointed that Elizabeth had tried to manipulate him and she checked herself out the same day she was admitted.
Ewen, the psychiatrist Elizabeth met at Shadybrook, offered to counsel her but she initially refused his offer. She changed her mind after Lucky said goodbye to the boys and departed for Ireland again. Elizabeth decided to give Ewen a chance after he apologized for his deception at Shadybrook. He explained that his methods were often unorthodox but effective. Liz agreed that his methods seemed to work after she spent some time with Ewen and found herself feeling better after their impromptu sessions. The sessions occasionally took place inside of a supply closet at the hospital and Matt took notice of the time of the connection that was developing between Ewen and Elizabeth. He mentioned his concerns to her but she assured him that Ewen could be trusted.
While Matt kept a close watch over Elizabeth and Ewen, Maxie was concerned with the way Matt monitored Elizabeth. Maxie's jealousy deepened although both Matt and Elizabeth insisted they shared no feelings beyond friendship. Elizabeth was suspended from the hospital after Maxie reported to Monica Quartermaine that Elizabeth had stolen drugs from the hospital months earlier. Both Elizabeth and Matt knew that Maxie was behind the suspension and it drove Matt and Elizabeth closer. Later, Matt convinced Maxie to retract her statement to Monica and Liz was reinstated.
The tension between Maxie and Elizabeth was set aside when Robin was presumed dead after being involved in an explosion inside the hospital lab. Both women were devastated by the loss of their close friend and Elizabeth stepped in to help Patrick plan the funeral. Elizabeth also assisted Patrick with caring for his daughter Emma while he was overcome with grief. She also reached out to Robin's mother Anna Devane and the women commiserated over what it was like to lose a child. Robin's funeral coincided with the one year anniversary of Jake's death and Elizabeth decided to make peace with Luke after he informed her that he started a memorial fund in Jake's honor.
Elizabeth continued to talk with Ewen about her grief over Jake and her relationship with Lucky. He encouraged her to let go of the guilt she felt whenever she enjoyed life and the pair went on a date. Their date was interrupted by a patient of Ewen's but Elizabeth hoped to go out with him again. Any plans for a second date were set aside when she found Ewen unconscious on the floor of his office. A patient of Ewen's had knocked him out and he required brain surgery. Elizabeth convinced Patrick to operate on Ewen and she was thrilled when Ewen asked for her when he woke up.
While Ewen recovered, Jason and Sam hit a rough patch in their marriage. Jason started confiding in Elizabeth, much to Sam's dismay. Sam and Jason learned the child Sam was carrying was not fathered by Jason but by his twin brother, Franco, after Franco had raped Sam on their honeymoon. Jason was unable to accept Franco's child and a rift formed between them. Sam turned to John McBain while Jason leaned on Elizabeth. Jason and Sam's marriage deteriorated even further after Sam's baby died shortly after his birth.
Elizabeth and Jason grew closer while Jason and Sam drifted apart. Jason and Elizabeth shared a kiss but she chose to pursue a relationship with Ewen instead even after Jason and Sam announced their decision to divorce. Elizabeth remained drawn to Jason but she resented his suspicions that Ewen was somehow involved in a mysterious illness that infected both Josslyn Jacks and Alexis Davis. They had each been hospitalized after they received an injection and Jason believed they had been injected at Wyndemere, the place where Ewen had briefly resided.
Elizabeth dismissed Jason's suspicions and insisted that Ewen was a good man. She realized Jason was correct about Ewen after she and Ewen watched Jerry Jacks announcement that he had poisoned the town's water supply with a deadly toxin. As Jerry spoke, Ewen reacted in shock and revealed that he had worked with Jerry but he had not been aware of what Jerry had in store for Port Charles. Elizabeth confronted Ewen about his association with Jerry but he tried to cover up what he had said. Their conversation was interrupted by Patrick and Ewen realized that he could no longer hide his connection to Jerry.
Ewen clobbered Patrick over the head and rendered him unconscious. Ewen then kidnapped Elizabeth and took her to his farmhouse residence outside of the city. While they were there, they both began to show signs of a fever caused by the toxin. Ewen insisted that he would be the one to save Elizabeth, not Jason, since he was in love with her. Instead, Elizabeth became Ewen's human shield when Jason entered the farmhouse. Ewen fired a shot into Jason's leg and he responded by placing a bullet into Ewen's chest.
Both Ewen and Jason were taken to the hospital but Ewen did not survive. Elizabeth thanked Jason for saving her from Ewen and admitted that she had always sensed that something was off with him but she had chosen to ignore it. She turned to Jason after Ewen's death while Jason tried to reunite Sam with her presumed deceased son. Elizabeth feared that Sam and Jason would reconcile when Jason brought Sam's child home and she tried to keep Jason and Sam apart. She allowed Sam to believe that she and Jason were romantically involved and she switched the DNA results for Sam's child.
Elizabeth's interference in Jason's relationship with Sam worked but Elizabeth was unable to live with the guilt. She came clean to Jason and he planned to move forward with Sam and her son. Jason was shot and killed the day he took Sam and her son home to live with him. Elizabeth was saddened by Jason's death and regretted the time Jason and Sam had lost together because of her.
After Jason's death, Elizabeth focused her attention on the resurrection of the Nurses Ball. She also befriended A.J. Quartermaine after he was revealed to be alive. She agreed to be A.J.'s date to the Nurses Ball. Afterwards, Nikolas returned to town and required surgery after he was shot. Elizabeth tended to Nikolas and A.J. accused her of falling back into bed with her former lover. She was offended by the accusation and ended her relationship with A.J. Afterwards, Nikolas declared his feelings for her and they kissed. Following the kiss, Elizabeth explained that she wanted to explore what she could have with A.J. instead of going back to a relationship that had caused Lucky so much pain.
Although Elizabeth had chosen A.J. over Nikolas, things with A.J. ended after he lost control of ELQ and turned to alcohol. Meanwhile, Nikolas started to date Britt Westbourne even though she had behaved poorly in a prior relationship with Patrick Drake. Elizabeth cautioned Nikolas to be wary of Britt but he ignored her warnings and proposed. Nikolas planned to marry Britt even after Elizabeth professed her love to Nikolas. As she vowed to bury her feelings, her former husband Ric Lansing returned to Port Charles and asked her for another chance.
Even with the distraction of Ric's return, Elizabeth's distrust of Britt continued. Her suspicions were confirmed when she discovered a letter in which Britt confessed that the son she was raising as her own was the biological child of Dante and Lulu Falconeri. Elizabeth revealed what Britt had done during Nikolas and Britt's engagement party. Afterwards, Britt's mother Liesl Obrecht kidnapped Dante and Lulu's child and took refuge in Elizabeth's home. Liesl threatened Elizabeth at gunpoint and forced her into silence while she made arrangements for Britt to leave the country with the baby. When Nikolas paid Elizabeth a visit he was also taken as Liesl's captive. The authorities arrived but Elizabeth was shot in the shoulder during Liesl's attempt to escape. Both Ric and Nikolas offered to care for her while she recovered and she chose to recuperate at Wyndemere.
Elizabeth realized that although Nikolas had ended his relationship with Britt, a part of his heart still belonged to his former fiancée whereas she was the only woman in Ric's sights. Elizabeth dated Ric and believed in his innocence after he was accused of mob related activities. She was devastated when Ric was killed during his attempt to escape police custody. In her grief, she focused on her work at the hospital and bonded with an amnesia patient. The patient chose the name Jake after Elizabeth told him about her children and she invited Jake to live with her after he was released from the hospital.