Season 2[ edit ] Chord Overstreet pictured plays Sam Sam first appears on Glee during the first episode of the show's second season. Kurt Hummel Chris Colfer immediately shows interest in him, thinking Sam is gay; Sam is unaware of Kurt's reasons, and agrees to be Kurt's duet partner because Kurt's a good singer, holding to his word despite Finn advising against duetting with another guy.
Kurt ultimately calls off their duet to save Sam's reputation. After a slushee is thrown in his face, Quinn helps him clean up, and they later become partners in the glee club's duets competition. Over dinner at Breadstix they form a rapport, and Quinn tells Sam that she considers the meal their first date. After another member of the football team, Dave Karofsky Max Adler , steps up his bullying of Kurt because of Kurt's sexuality, Artie and Mike confront him, and Sam joins the fight when the two are knocked down.
Later, impressed by the way Sam stood up for Kurt, Quinn begins wearing his promise ring. He performs " Baby ", dedicated to Quinn, and also excites the other girls in the club. Puck, Artie and Mike are impressed by the effect he has on the girls, and convince him to let them join his tribute band; the four later perform " Somebody to Love ", to the delight of all the girls in the glee club, and Quinn chooses Sam over Finn.
When Santana Lopez Naya Rivera convinces Sam that Quinn cheated on him with Finn, he breaks up with her and begins dating Santana,  though she later dumps him when she announces that she has fallen in love with Karofsky. Back in Ohio, it is revealed that Mercedes and Sam are dating, but it is clear they are keeping it secret. They discover that, unknown to his family and despite being underage, he works in a strip bar in order to help support them—they believe he has a job at a fast food restaurant.
Sam gets the permission of his parents to transfer back to McKinley—he will be living with Finn's family—and he helps New Directions defeat their McKinley rivals, the Troubletones at Sectionals. Although Mercedes has found a new boyfriend, Shane, in his absence, Sam tells her boldly that he wants to win her back.
He continues to pursue her, including through song, and eventually succeeds in reawakening her feelings toward him. Mercedes ultimately breaks up with Shane in " Heart ", but she feels horrible for what she did to him and tells Sam she will not go out with him until she is sure of her feelings.
In " Saturday Night Glee-ver ", after Mercedes tells the class about her father's lack of support for her musical dreams, and says she is worried that she will not be a good enough singer in the real world, Sam films Mercedes singing " Disco Inferno " and secretly posts the video on YouTube.
He shows her the enthusiastic comments garnered by the video, and tells her he believes in her. They attend the senior prom together in " Prom-asaurus ", and New Directions subsequently wins the Nationals competition. During " Goodbye ", Mercedes graduates, and will be heading off to California: Season 4[ edit ] Sam is shown returning to McKinley High as a senior and, in The New Rachel , he is shown to be enjoying his newfound popularity amongst teenage girls and the school for his impressions and the Glee Club's National Championship, imitating Taylor Lautner to great fanfare and sitting with the popular kids.
He is the first to extend his hand to Marley Rose Melissa Benoist after the Glee Club insults her mother, apologizing and connecting with her over being under poverty. Between the next two episodes, Britney 2. He confronts and saves Brittany in 'Britney 2. In Dynamic Duets , Sam demands that Blaine tell him what really happened, and Blaine admits that he hooked with some random guy he befriended on Facebook; Sam comforts him yet again by saying that Blaine hurting Kurt wasn't cool, but if Blaine wants Kurt to forgive him, Blaine has to at least stop antagonizing and killing himself, which leads to them performing David Bowie's "Heroes.
A month later, it is revealed that Blaine has become romantically attracted towards Sam; later, Blaine eventually confesses to Sam about his crush on him, which Sam doesn't hold against Blaine and takes normally.
Season 5[ edit ] Sam and Tina hooked up. Sam moves to New York to follow his dreams of becoming a male model. Along the way he begins dating Mercedes Jones once again. They struggle with intimacy. Mercedes wants to wait until marriage for sex, Sam states that he is a year-old boy and has urges.
Sam kisses a photographer during a shoot and Mercedes and Sam break up because Mercedes thinks Sam will resent her in the long term because she doesn't want to have sex with him. Sam fulfills his dream of "getting his junk on the side of a bus," and decides to move back to Ohio. He is also once again dating Mercedes, who is now a major recording artist. Development[ edit ] Sam is portrayed by actor Chord Overstreet. I did three or four auditions. I went in the casting office with Robert Ulrich and sang three or four songs.
Did the studio test, network test, and I found out the next day and went right into the studio to record 'Billionaire. I would say so. I'm kidding, I'm kidding. I'm not that full of myself. It's similar to my personality, I would say.
And when I like them, I say stupid things without thinking like the Avatar stuff, that's very [much] something I would say. I had Brad Falchuk call me. He called because he was like 'I hear you do impressions. What impressions do you do? And he was like 'Alright, well thanks. I thought that was hilarious. I was just like 'YES! I wonder if he watches the show. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. Despite some mixed signals and apprehension on Quinn's part, the two turned out a cute little rendition of Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat 's ' Lucky '.
It was so cute, in fact, Mr. Schue awarded them the winners of the challenge and sent them off on what would ultimately turn out to be their first date.
Amy Reiter of the Los Angeles Times commented: Is Quinn's return to abstinence in danger? Sam-I-Am might not like green eggs and ham, but he sure likes a certain flirty-eyed Cheerio. How do you say 'awww' in Na'vi? And Quinn's kind of digging it. Remember when I said this show was realistic with its sexual tension stuff?
I take it back. Anyway, Quinn's kind of feeling Sam, but she'd rather keep her heart cold and shriveled so as not to risk her popularity again, so she tells him to take his hair and get lost. Problem is, she and Sam were the only team who stood a chance of knocking off Rachel and Finn, so Rachel and Finn cement their plan by singing a thoroughly offensive song I'll get to that in a bit and reuniting the giant-killers.
And so succeeds evil machination 4. Sam and Quinn go on their free dinner on the condition that it soooo isn't a date. But Sam awkwardly praises Quinn's bravery after her fall from grace, while admitting his own terrible secret: Sam's totally loving it, but wait till he realizes he's suddenly out 50 bucks. That's like, a month's worth of peroxide there, dude.