Helené is first introduced in season 5 of Shameless when Lip enters late to her class due to financial aid issues. Lip visits Helené in her office and thinks he is being kicked out of school but after a conversation with her, he ends up giving her oral sex. The two start a sexual relationship that eventually develops into a romantic one.

Helené is married but her husband allows her to sleep with other men and even watches she and Lip have sex. In season 6, Lip's ex, Amanda, gets revenge for his breaking up with her by leaking a nude photo of Helené. The fallout from the leak ultimately results in the end of Helené's relationship with Lip and her firing from the university.