Ethan is Erica's nextdoor neighbour and good friend from university. At the start of the series, he is married but separated from Claire, who lives in Montreal.

Claie cheated on Ethan. Ethan tries to overlook this fact, but finds he can't overlook the betrayal. He finalizes his divorce with Claire and starts to date Erica during Season 1. Ethan and Erica date for the duration of Season 2. However, as Erica becomes more bold, Ethan constantly cautions her, trying to keep her safe. When she finally decides to start her own business after losing her job at River Rock, Ethan discourages her. This is the final blow to a somewhat shaky relationship, and they break up.