I didn't get that at all--I actually really liked Emily's parents' reactions because they seemed so realistic. Most shows would have them be immediately accepting or cartoonishly intolerant--for a conservative woman from a conservative background (as well as a dad from a military background), I think this complicated mix of emotions, including disappointment, shock, denial and feeling terrible at your child's palpable distress but not knowing how to resolve it seems more realistic.
ITA....I actually think their reactions were quite spot-on. I can see conservative parents reacting the way that Emily's did; not that I excuse or condone their reactions. However, when my brother came out, my parents had a bit of a similar reaction...shock/denial/distress/confusion and disappointment, not at my brother, but the fact that he will now have to face a lot more obstacles in life simply by being who he is. I agree that if we can see this as a beginning of an arch...a path of a parents acceptance, then I think it can be a great story. I think Emily already, while feeling like her life will now be hell with the bombshell she dropped, also feels somewhat relieved. The poor girl was in complete agony over her secret and I could see the weight being lifted off now that the secret is out in the open. I think the dad already has taken some good first steps by putting things into perspective and realizing that at least his daughter is healty and alive; which is a lot better than some of the situations he has seen in Iraq. Surprisingly, the dad (who always seems quite strict, loving, but strict) might be Emily's champion to get her mom to the path of acceptance.
Oh Hanna...you broke Lucas's heart tonight...and mine. Still, I agree that Lucas acted childish. Hanna was just doing the mature thing and being honest. She values him as a friend AND does have a boyfriend (a douchey one, but he's there). I think Lucas was out of line throwing a fit like that. Still, I really really hope he is not evil and that those two crazy kids can work it out.
Also, Mona has always annoyed me, but that moment with Hanna, where she explains how she wanted to be her friend, was really really sweet. I think Mona truly looks up to Hanna and admires her resilience.
Aria....meh....I actually thought she was acting stupid by not telling Ezra about the dangers of the message on his car. Someone saw them...they should take it seriously...it's not like his life and career is not on the line for her (and really. does no one notice how often Aria is alone in a classroom with this guy?). This storyline still has me kinda bored...although the Noah twist could be interesting.
Spencer....my second fave girl is back! But whoooaaah! Guys, I literally blurted out WTF when the reveal ocurred that Melissa and Ian were married! Then...ohhhh no! Looks like creepy Ian will be around awhile. Sooo random. So good. Too bad it overshadowed the nice sisterly moment btw. Spencer and Melissa.
Wrapping up: So now we are leaning towards "two" mysteries...who is A? and who is Allison's killer? I think we got to see a more human side of Allison in Hanna's dream tonight. I mean, let's face it, the girl had been a grade A bitch while alive , and I used to wonder why these girls were even friends with her. But she seemed genuinely remorseful and mighty mad that someone is using her name to toy with them.