Emma has the habit of being quite clumsy and stutters when she is around Ty. However, no matter what she does (such as spying on him and his date at the movies, spilling her drink on his date, showing the Office to a kook who later brings friends, and accidentally spitting a marshmallow in Ty's eye while stuck in an elevator), he does not get angry with Emma and is very patient and forgiving with her. In "Heartbreak Hotel", he picks Emma over Kelly.
Kelly, knowing about Emma's crush, makes her propose marriage to Ty during breakfast. He says that she doesn't have to do it, but Emma decides to do it anyway. His reply was "Ask me in ten years", along with an uneasy smile.
After receiving advice from Lo, Emma brings a surfer named Shep to the Office while trying to make Ty jealous, which accidentally reveals the secret location to Shep's friends, a group of kooks. When the kooks start to hang out at the Office and refuse to leave, resulting in all the groms getting angry at Emma for bringing tourists there, she asks Ty if he is mad at her. He responds "No Emma, I am not mad. I'm just disappointed".
Ty swims by and greets Emma. Emma says "hi" back, but ends up falling off her board. Later in the lobby, Emma sees Ty with another girl and finds out that he's going to the movies tonight. She immediately calls Lo, telling her that she's willing to borrow a dress now. Outside the theatre, Ty tells her that he likes her dress as it is "very tropical".
Emma and Ty are trapped in the elevator following a power outage at the hotel during a science-fiction convention. Emma can't believe the action going on in there between two convention guests (dressed up as a Klingon and a female Vulcan, respectively), and she tries a trick with a marshmallow to impress Ty and begins choking, with the big Klingon saving her by performing the Heimlich maneuver.
Emma is on the beach watching a killer wave with Ty on it. Fin suggests that Emma should ask Ty out. Emma is devastated when her evil boss Kelly beats her to the punch by asking Ty out first. Emma quickly finds out Kelly is only dating Ty because his dad is rich, which causes a very jealous Emma to try and sabotage everything.
Emma was upset that Ty was leaving for the weekend.
Kelly antagonizes Emma again, as well as Lo, by continuing to make her play for Ty in order to get closer to the rest of the Ridgemount family and ingratiate herself with them. Emma and Lo try to break Kelly and Ty up and expose the true intentions of Emma's evil boss, but Kelly foils the girls at every turn. When Emma nearly drowns while attempting a surfing trick, Ty, to Kelly's chagrin, saves Emma by using mouth-to-mouth resuscitation (although Emma is seen to be faking being unconscious so that she can get the mouth-to-mouth from Ty). Emma is later encouraged when Ty finally remembers her name (he had earlier called her "Edna") and tells her he'll give her some surfing tips, but she later feels let down when he adds that he'll do so after he returns from his trip to Thailand with Kelly, who he now refers to as his girlfriend.
When Emma sees Ty cleaning up after a littering surfer over Kelly's objections, Lo helps Emma by setting her up with Ty for beach clean-up duty, prompting a jealous Kelly to interfere.
Emma fantasizes going on a dream date with Ty, involving surfing together on one board while eating cheesecake.
Finally fed up with Ty and Kelly dating, Lo and Emma decide to get Kelly to break up with Ty. Lo and Emma start out by making Ty look disgusting so that Kelly will break up with him. After they succeed, Emma attempts to ask Ty out, but Lo interferes, stating that she shouldn't be the rebound girl. While Emma and Lo try to find a rebound girl for Ty, they find that every girl at the hotel was grossed out by Ty (thank to the girls' scheming). Lo then comes up with the idea of giving Emma a different persona called "Jemma" (a friend of Lo's from France). At first "Jemma" acts all French, which fails to get Ty's attention. Jemma then decides talk to him about surfing, and acting more like normal Emma, which begins to start a good day for the two. The next day, Lo and Emma realize that Ty has fallen for Jemma. The two plan to have Jemma break up with Ty in order for him to date the real Emma. Before Jemma can break up though, Ty wants to teach her to do the 360 aerial spin. Meanwhile, Kelly finds out about Emma and Lo's scheming. After everything is revealed (the scheming and the Jemma persona) Kelly is still told off by Ty, who sees that she really only likes him for his family's money. After all is cleared, Emma admits she likes Ty, and Ty invites Emma to come surf with him. After they head off into the water together, Lo says "another match made by Lo Ridgemount," suggesting a possible relationship. But the next episode being Grom Fest, the last episode of the season, we do not see any more interaction with Emma and Ty.