|Intimacy Level:|| Former Rivals|
Though they are mostly friends, they've also competed a couple of times for things such as girls, football positions, singing parts in Glee Club and leadership roles. After Finn's graduation the two have interacted very little.
Finn first sees Sam in the school courtyard, when the New Directions are performing their number, Empire State of Mind to try and gain more members in order to compete at Sectionals. Sam is shown to be really enjoying the performance and taps his foot along to it, despite the majority of students that are ignoring them. Finn notices Sam in the crowd when he's dancing, and is simultaneously pleased and surprised that someone is enjoying the performance. Finn is then seen putting up posters in the locker room to encourage people to join Glee Club when he hears singing. He then looks to find the source of the voice and sees Sam singing Every Rose Has Its Thorn in the shower and continues to watch him sing, fascinated by his voice. Later, Artie and Finn start talking about Artie joining the Football Team to win Tina back, and Finn agrees to help Artie if he helps get Sam to audition for Glee Club. Sam agrees when Finn asks because he's a popular quarterback for the football team. Sam then proceeds to audition for the New Directions by singing Billionaire and also informs Artie, Finn, Mike, and Puck about his interests, how he has dyslexia and that he finds math class difficult. Then when Finn gets kicked off of the football team by new football coach Beiste for attempting to get Artie in, Sam doesn't come to Glee Club to audition and is questioned about this by Finn. Sam says that he wants to join, but he sees how Finn is alienated because of Glee and that he already feels like an outsider because he's the new kid. Finn understands this, and when Sam leaves he reveals that he is the new quarterback, which unsettles and disappoints Finn.
In Grilled Cheesus, Finn believes that he sees Jesus on his cheese sandwich, which in turn causes him to have faith and he prays to Jesus for things he wants. One of the things he wants is to be quarterback again, and while he admits that he likes Sam and that he's a cool guy, he feels insecure about being nothing more than a Glee Club member, and since football means a lot to him, he wishes to be quarterback once more. Then on the field, Sam follows Finn's directions instead of listening to Coach Beiste, and he ends up dislocating his shoulder. Finn gets the position of quarterback again, but feels guilty and sorry for Sam and blames Sam's injury on himself when he talks to Emma about it in her office.Will, especially since he can't play football anymore because of his injury. The girls in Glee almost immediately note his attractiveness, and even Kurt points out that Sam must be on 'team gay', which Sam is a little taken aback by. They decide to be duet partners for the Glee assignment Will set them on, and Finn is immediately worried by this. He tries to persuade Kurt to stop pairing up with Sam, and brings up how inappropriate his behavior around Finn was last year and claims that Kurt was behaving stalker-ish. He also worries that Sam will get picked on for singing with another man and tries to get Sam to back out of it in fear of him quitting Glee Club because of bullying. Sam refuses because he made a promise to Kurt, which upsets Finn. But then Kurt realizes it may not be fair to Sam after talking to his father about it and backs out of the duet, leaving Sam by himself. Then Sam experiences being targeted by bullies, being slushied, he is helped out by Quinn, and they then decide to be duet partners. Finn and Rachel want Quinn and Sam to win since it would make Sam comfortable enough to stay in Glee, therefore bettering their chances for Sectionals. Finn convinces Sam to give it a try and because of this, Sam feels confident enough to pursue Quinn and sing with her. Finn gives Sam thumbs up at the end of their duet Lucky.
Sam is cast as Rocky in the new school musical, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Later on in the weight room, Finn and Sam are together and they talk about their insecurities with their bodies. Sam is later pulled out of the play and replaced by Will and feels very upset by this. He confides in Finn that he feels fat, but Finn protests that Sam's body looks fine the way it is. Sam in turn advises Finn to feel confident about his own body since he realized that Finn felt insecure too, and Finn takes his advice a little too far by wandering down the hallway in his underwear and is even nearly expelled for it. Will then apologizes for making them both feel insecure and Sam continues his role as Rocky.Cheerios uniform, so he can cool off.
Finn tells Sam that he may be replaced as the quarterback, and Sam tells Finn that he thinks he is on the verge of being extremely popular. Finn says he thought that Sam didn't care about that kind of thing, and Sam admits to Finn that he does - which could explain his sudden attraction to Quinn. He says that he's going to get Quinn to officially be his girlfriend and fist bumps with Finn, though Finn gives him a dirty look when he walks away.
Sam gets into a fight with Finn, when Finn shouts at Quinn, his then-girlfriend, and Will has to break it up before it gets too violent, their relationship turning a little sour in this episode. During the game, Finn decides to let Sam be the quarterback, which Sam accepts eagerly. They win the match, and it seems they're on good terms.
Sam becomes jealous of Finn and Quinn as he realizes that something may be going on between them and attempts to stop Finn from officially taking away his girlfriend, though he comes to realize that Quinn is actually cheating on him and breaks up with her in the next episode.
Sam is suspected of having an affair with Quinn and Kurt, who were spotted visiting him at a motel, and is confronted angrily by Finn about this. Finn seems to instantly assume that Kurt is cheating on Blaine with Sam and doesn't even speculate or wonder over Sam's sexuality, which could mean that Finn already suspected that Sam was gay or bisexual. After being questioned about it even further, Sam eventually confesses that he is living in the motel because of financial difficulties. Finn feels immense guilt over angrily accusing Sam and he and the Glee Club all pitch in to buy him back his guitar; which Sam sold to raise more money. When he is given his guitar back, Sam breaks down into tears and is extremely emotional, though grateful. His relationship with Finn seems to be repaired in this episode after Quinn cheated on him with Finn, and they seem to be close again.Bella Notte with the other boys as back-up for him and Rachel.
When the glee club needs more members for Sectionals, Finn immediately thinks of Sam's "star power." He and Rachel find Sam working at "Stallionz," a strip club in northern Kentucky. Sam reveals that as a stripper he is making more money than he was while working at Dairy Queen. This money is helping him support his family. Finn tells Sam that he is young, has a lot of potential, and is throwing his life away. Sam admits that Finn is right that he wants to return to Lima and the McKinley Glee Club. Sam thinks his parents would never let him return to Ohio, but Finn replies he doesn't know until he asks. The three of them convince Sam's parents to allow him to move back to Lima and rejoin the glee club. Sam lives in the Hudson-Hummel household together with Finn from that day on. Upon entering the choir room at McKinley and suprising the glee club with his return, Sam tells the New Direction members that are present that he wouldn't be there if it wasn't for Finn and Rachel, he lost his way, but true friends help you find your way back. Finn opens a bottle of sparkling cider toasting to Sam. Sam sings Red Solo Cup with Finn on backing vocals. Later, during dance practice with the males of New Directions, Sam suggests they do a body roll move at Sectionals and Finn agrees, saying the move is awesome and exactly what they need to win. After their performance at Sectionals, Sam interrupts a celebatory hug between Blaine and Finn, clapping them on the shoulders and saying he had missed being top dogs with them.
At the end of this episode, Finn throws a snowball at Sam and then he and Rachel join Sam and Rory on the street collecting money for the Salvation Army.
Finn is the first person that Sam tells about joining the synchronized swimming team, though Finn is less supportive than hoped, looking out for Sam when he says that the swimming team would not help him increase his popularity.
Sam is a groomsman at Finn and Rachel's wedding, along with the other New Directions Boys.The Rain in Spain in the choir room, as Puck slowly begins to learn. After Puck's test, Puck says he thinks he did great, as the boys all come together happily in a show circle.
It's time for the seniors to say goodbye to the underclassmen. During numbers from the seniors to the underclassmen and from the underclassmen to the seniors, Sam and Finn participate, as they perform the final numbers in the choir room together. Sam and the other underclassmen sing In My Life to Finn, paying tribute to his contribution to Glee Club and the changes he made to the school and themselves.
When Finn talks to Blaine, Sam and the rest of New Directions come in to welcome him back. Sam and Finn then share a hug. This is the first time they interact in Season Four.
Finn tells Mercedes and Mike that Sam can't play the role of Danny Zuko because he has his heart set on playing Kenickie.
Upon learning of their loss at Sectionals and that their competitive season is over, Finn and Will address the Glee Club and say there's always time to rehearse for next year. Sam then asks, "How about the ones who won't have a next year?" leaving Finn with no answer.Trent, a Warbler who refused to participate in Hunter and Sebastian's use of shots.
As the substitute glee teacher, Finn gives big props to Sam and Blaine in front of the other New Directions for getting the Warblers disqualified and New Directions back in the competition for Regionals. Later, Finn says that the performance of Centerfold/Hot in Herre by the New Directions boys (including Sam on lead vocals) was amazing and that they are going to make a lot of money for "The Men of McKinley" calendar. When Sam is struggling with writing his personal essay, Blaine presents him with a video of his friends (including Finn) talking about his many accomplishments. Finn speaks about how Sam took care of his entire family after his dad lost his job and they were homeless and Sam supported them. Finn says that Sam is "a really substantial person." Sam is moved to tears by the video.
Sam is on Finn's side during Bye Bye Bye/I Want It That Way, assisting him with singing and dancing.
Sam is very happy when Finn returns to McKinley to help New Directions with their setlist at Regionals.
Sam is seen clearly sorrowful during the performances of Seasons of Love and Fire and Rain, the second being leaded by him and Artie. Later, while Rachel is singing Make You Feel My Love in honor of Finn, Sam breaks down and start to cry, being hugged by Santana.
Will encourages Sam to take Finn's place as leader of the group. Sam brings Finn's plaque to Nationals, telling the New Directions to do him proud and win the competition. He aggressively defends Finn's memory against the chiding of Throat Explosion, and doesn't forgive himself when the plaque goes missing.
Sang Together (In a Group Number)
|Stop! In the Name of Love/Free Your Mind||Never Been Kissed||Artie and Puck|
|Marry You||Furt||Rachel, Brittany, Quinn, Artie, Tina, and Mike|
|Don't Stop||Rumours||Rachel and Quinn|
|Man in the Mirror||Hold on to Sixteen||Puck, Blaine, Artie, and Mike|
|We Are Young||Rachel, Santana, Mercedes, and Quinn|
|Summer Nights||Yes/No||Mercedes, Santana, Puck, Tina, Sugar, Kurt, and Rory|
|You Get What You Give||Goodbye||Rachel and Mercedes|
|Don't Dream It's Over||Swan Song||Marley, Brittany, Tina, and Blaine|
- Kurt had a crush on both of them.
- They were both introduced by singing in the shower.
- They've both went to prom with Rachel.
- They've both kissed Santana.
- They've both dated Quinn in Season 2.
- Quinn cheated on Sam with Finn.
- Quinn cheated on both of them. When she was with Finn, she slept with Puck.
- They have both been the quarterback of the football team at some stage.
- In an interview, Chord Overstreet compared himself in high school to the characters of Sam and Finn. He compared himself to Sam because he was "always goofing around," "cracking jokes," and "saying stupid things without really thinking about them." He compared himself to Finn because he was "kind of funny" and "a little awkward." Chord said, "That’s one of the things I love about Cory’s character, he’s just a lovable guy. He’s not very smart, but he’s funny and kind of quirky and everybody loves him. That was kind of me in high school."Source
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