Emily pretty much had a crush on queen bee Alison since day 1.
And we wondered if Alison felt the same way too!
But Alison rejected Emily's attempts at romance leaving her hurt and confused.
Fast forward to a year after Alison disappeared, and Emily had a lovely girl in her life named Maya.
She'd recently moved to the neighborhood and was living in Alison's old house.
When Emily was worried about her feelings, Hanna reassured her by saying, "You were Emily dating Ben, and now you are Emily dating Maya. We love Emily."
Maya helped Emily learn how to be out at school, and in front of friends.
But 'A' sent photos of Emily and Maya kissing to Pam Fields before Emily had been given the chance to admit her true feelings to her parents.
We were all so proud when Emily finally tearfully came out to her dad.
Unfortunately, both of Emily's parents were worried about how being gay would affect her future...
And Emily overheard all their concerns.
Emily was delighted when her mom and Maya hugged after a family dinner, hoping that all had gone well.
She was super nervous about her parents meeting Maya, as her girlfriend, for the first time!
However, to Emily's horror, Pam told her that she felt sick to her stomach about the whole situation.
A few days later Pam burst in on Maya and Emily studying, convinced that more was going on between the girls under her roof.
After Maya left the Fields' home, Emily said, "For the first time in my life I'm ashamed that you are my mother" to Pam.
After finding drugs in Maya's bag, Pam told Emily that she could no longer see her girlfriend!
And Emily was utterly devastated.
Maya was sent away to juvie camp for three months, leaving Emily heartbroken.
Luckily Emily's amazing besties arranged for her and Maya to have a proper goodbye.
As if Emily wasn't going through enough, the father of her swim teammate Paige angrily implied that Emily was getting preferential treatment for being gay.
And he decided to pretty much shout this in a crowded cafeteria full of teachers and students.
Emily confessed to Hanna that she didn't even tell her mom about the incident at school as she felt she would have blamed her "for choosing a disgusting lifestyle."
Little did she know, that when Pam found out, she marched right up to Nick McCullers to tell him exactly what she thought of his accusations against Emily.
And the Pam we've always loved was officially back!
Thankfully, Nick's daughter Paige was mortified about her dad's behavior too!
Pam then made a speech that broke us all when she said, "I still don't understand, but I love you. You're my child and nobody hurts my child."
Fast forward a few years and life couldn't be more different for Emily. She can now joke about the time she spent hiding in the closet!
Pam Fields partied with two brides at their bachelorette party and had an amazing time!
And it looks like Alison did actually have feelings for Emily all along. Was she just in denial before?
We'll have to wait until April to find out!