|Intimacy Level:|| Ex-Boyfriend and Girlfriend|
|Dating History:|| Started dating prior to New York,|
Broke up prior to The Purple Piano Project
Kissed in Saturday Night Glee-ver,
Confirmed to be dating again in Prom-asaurus,
Ended prior to The New Rachel
|Dating Status:||Broken Up|
They went to prom together, along with Rachel and Jesse, and were revealed to have been dating since in New York, though they kept their relationship a secret for unknown reasons. Since Sam moved away at the beginning of Season Three, Mercedes had started dating Shane instead. After Sam comes back to McKinley High School in Hold on to Sixteen, he swears to do everything he can in order to win her back.
Although Mercedes breaks up with Shane in Heart, she refuses to resume her relationship with Sam for the moment, saying that although she loves him, she needs to find out who she is when it comes to love. Sam uploads a video of her singing on YouTube to give her the confidence to pursue her dream of being a singer, and when he shows Mercedes what he has done for her, the two share a kiss. They attend prom together in Prom-asaurus, where it is revealed that they are a couple again.
In Season Four, they are no longer together as Mercedes is pursuing her career in LA while Sam is a senior at McKinley. However, Mercedes would return to Lima and McKinley to help Finn along with Mike.
OverviewSam, unfortunately, does not have a date for the prom in Prom Queen, so Rachel and Mercedes, who are also without dates, come together and agreed to all go together on a prom budget (alongside Jesse St. James, who joins later). During Rachel's rendition of Christina Perri's Jar of Hearts at the prom, Sam tells Mercedes she is beautiful and asks her to dance.
After coming home from New York, having come in 12th at Nationals, Mercedes and Sam happen to bump into Kurt and Blaine at The Lima Bean, making small talk with one another. The two say they just met in the parking lot, but when they stand in line at the counter, they wonder whether or not Kurt and Blaine caught onto them. When they decide that there is no way they know, the camera pans down to see them holding hands, implying that they are secretly dating.They break up when Sam transfers, as said by Mercedes in The Purple Piano Project. When Sam returns in Hold on to Sixteen, Mercedes tells him that their relationship was just a "summer fling", but Sam calls out to her in the hallway after she walks away that he is going to fight for her, no matter what, which makes her smile. In Yes/No, Mercedes admitted that their "summer fling" was more than that and she still has feelings for him. In the following episodes, Sam continues to pursue Mercedes, even sharing a kiss with her in Michael, but Mercedes knows what she is doing is wrong and tells Shane about them, breaking up with him in Heart. However, she tells Sam that she wants to be single for a while, declining a relationship with him. Later on in Saturday Night Glee-ver, Sam uploads a video of Mercedes performing Disco Inferno to YouTube and tells her she is capable of doing anything & the two share their second on-screen kiss. In Prom-asaurus, the two attend the prom together, confirming they are back together.
By The New Rachel, it is revealed they have broken up, presumably due to Mercedes leaving to live in Los Angeles, however it has been shown that two are still close friends despite their split.
In this episode, Mercedes is seen whispering about Sam's sexuality. Kurt claims no one would have their hair like Sam's unless they were gay and Mercedes replies, ''You're crazy, circa 2010".
For the rocky horror show, Mercedes is given the part of Frank N' Furter, whilst Sam is given the part of Rocky.
When Brittany takes some of the New Directions to the mall to grant Christmas wishes to Santa Claus, Mercedes rolls her eyes and goes up first, where Sam can be briefly seen giving a smile as she walks up.
When Santana and Sam do some public display of affection in the choir room, Mercedes asks with disgust "when'd that happened".
Sam introduces Mercedes proudly with "And now, Ms. Mercedes Jones!" during her performance of Ain't No Way - he gives her a standing ovation afterwards.Rachel, who is also single, decides to help her. Together they find Sam and ask if he would go to prom with both of them, as a group. Jesse comes back and joins this group, but he really sticks to Rachel's side, leaving it to be that Sam and Mercedes are a pair. During Rachel's ballad Jar of Hearts, Sam tells Mercedes she looks beautiful and asks her to dance. He then holds Mercedes' hand. They are later seen dancing the robot together during I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You. Light up the World, Mercedes and Sam are seen hugging each other tightly. After Nationals, Sam and Mercedes are seen walking into The Lima Bean, where Kurt and Blaine spot them. Sam and Mercedes say that they just happened to meet each other in the parking lot, and after a quick chat, leave to wait in line away from the couple. While in line, Mercedes asks, "Do you think they know?" to which Sam replies, "I don't think anyone knows". This reveals that Sam and Mercedes are, indeed, a couple, since they hold hands after Sam's comment. It is unknown when that relationship started, presumably from prom, or for how long it has been going on. It is also unknown why Sam and Mercedes have opted to keep their relationship a secret from the glee club.
It is revealed that Sam moved away and that Mercedes has a new boyfriend, Shane.
As Mercedes is walking down the hall, Sam suddenly grabs her hand and keeps walking. When Mercedes questions his actions, Sam says that he is holding her hand like it's the most obvious thing in the world. Mercedes takes her hand back and tries to say something but Sam interrupts her about knowledge about her boyfriend. Mercedes warns him that Shane is built like a bulldozer. Mercedes and Sam stop their walk and Mercedes tells Sam that what they had was a summer fling. Sam states that their relationship was more than that, to which Mercedes replies that she will always have a special place in her heart for him, but she's moved on and he needs to do the same. As Mercedes is walking away, Sam yells in a hallway full of students that he was going to fight to get her back, despite how big her boyfriend is. Mercedes is then shown walking away with a smile on her face.
During Survivor/I Will Survive, Sam is watching Mercedes with a smile enjoying her performance. During ABC, while Sam is doing a solo dance in front of New Directions as part of the number, Mercedes is seen watching Sam, laughing with a soft smile, embarrassed.
When Mercedes is singing All I Want for Christmas Is You, we see Mercedes dancing around the room, around each member and when she reaches Sam; she walks around him giving him a smile while Sam twists his back at an awkward angle in order to keep his eyes on Mercedes. As Mercedes is dancing with a tinsel with the rest of the New Directions Girls, she wraps some tinsel around Sam's neck and pulls him closer to her, both smiling flirtatiously before she moves off to sing next to Artie. Also, at the end of the number when Mercedes holds a mistletoe above Finn and Rachel, Sam can be seen in the background watching her from behind. In Do They Know It's Christmas?, Sam is seen winking and smiling at Mercedes while she's singing.
The episode starts off with Mercedes and the rest of the ND girls (and Kurt) walking outside during lunch where Tina brings up Mercedes' and Sam's relationship, saying that they have been seen stealing glances at each other in the choir room. Mercedes then tells them that she and Sam had a summer fling but also brought up a moment they had at a lake over the summer. The scene switches and Sam is seen describing their summer as incredible to the New Directions Boys where both Sam and Mercedes explain how they spent their summer together singing Summer Nights with the rest of the New Directions replicating the Grease montage.
After a quick Glee Club meeting where Mr. Schuester announces he's going to propose to Ms. Pillsbury, Sam follows Mercedes out of the choir room asking about her intentions on marriage, bringing up a guy who is great at impressions and is totally into her (himself).
Mercedes tells Sam that she is with Shane and Sam brings up the reason as to why they aren't back together again yet, all the while reminding Mercedes of the time they had when dating that involved a Tilt-a-Twirl ride at a carnival. Mercedes describes their time as fun, and that's what Sam thought but that it doesn't change the fact that she is dating Shane. Sam then watches as Mercedes walks away with Shane.
Sam approaches Coach Beiste, desperately asking about school sports teams he could join in order to get a letterman jacket in the hopes of impressing Mercedes. The only team available for Sam was the synchronized swimming team.Sam later talks to Finn about him joining the synchronized swimming team, saying that it's sexy to which Finn disagrees with and walks away. Sam then spots Mercedes at her locker and states that he is "not worried" but is then slushied by the hockey team.
Mercedes turns around in shock at seeing Sam slushied, and asks if he is okay, then proceeds to clean off some of the slushie from his face. It is at this moment that Shane appears, asking Mercedes what she was doing and her replying, "Just helping out a friend". Shane claims that Sam will pull through and offers to walk her to class. Mercedes, reluctantly leaves with Shane, and Sam watches them walk away again, except this time Mercedes is seen looking back at Sam.
Mercedes, Santana, Tina, and Rachel try to give Mr. Schuester some advice on his proposal to Ms. Pillsbury, singing The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face where they each picture the person they have strong feelings for and a deep connection to and Mercedes pictures Sam instead of Shane.
After the song is over, Mercedes runs off the stage, in tears, into the girls bathroom where Tina, Santana and Rachel follow her to. When asked what's wrong, Mercedes admits that she still has feelings for Sam even though she thought she was over him. Rachel advises her to take her time, saying, "Maybe the spark with Sam is still there". During Rachel's song Without You, Sam and Mercedes share glances with each other.
Sam sends Mercedes a text-message, asking her to meet him at the auditorium. Mercedes is seen to be confused by this but goes to meet him anyway. After a heartfelt speech from Sam, he proceeds to put Mercedes' name in lights, something Mercedes is touched by. It is at this time that Sam admits that he is crazy about her.Sam then brings forward the argument that they haven't sang a duet yet and asks her to sing Human Nature with him. He says that he won't stop her from going back to Shane if she wasn't touched by the song. Mercedes declines at first and attempts to leave, but as soon as the music begins to play, she turns around and sings with Sam. During the song, Mercedes gets onto the stage where they romantically and playfully sing together. As soon as the song is finished, they get closer to each other and share a kiss. The immediate aftermath of this isn't revealed, they can, however, be seen sitting peacefully next to each other during practice on one of the following days.
Since Sam and Mercedes are still struggling with the kiss they had, they have a non-couple counseling session with Emma Pillsbury to discuss their problem. When Mercedes expresses her worries, how she is unsure about her feelings
and doesn't want to hurt anyone, Emma recommends that they don't speak with each other for a full week, to help Mercedes become aware of what she really wants. It is at this time that Sam tweets that Mercedes smells good and states that he won't stop until it's trending. Mercedes also discusses her problem with Kurt and Rachel during their sleepover, comparing herself to Bella from Twilight during the process.
Since they are now unable to talk, they each devote a song to the other. Mercedes sings Don't Wanna Lose You and during the song, Sam tries to avoid eye contact with Mercedes but ultimately gives in and watches her performance with a smile on his face. Sam sings a mash-up of Bamboleo/Hero, dedicating the lyrics of Hero to Mercedes.At the end of the week, they both impatiently wait, watching a clock, until the time they are prohibited to speak to each other is over. When finally the last minute of the week has ended, Sam confronts Mercedes in the hallway, awaiting her decision. Before anything is said, Shane appears and takes Mercedes with him, and Sam is left with a heartbroken expression as the two walk away. Mercedes, with a similar expression, looks back at Sam as he walks in the other direction.
They can be seen exchanging looks throughout the episode, either during glee-club practice or when The God Squad meets. They both become involved with The God Squad because they are Christians and are both seen performing Stereo Hearts and Cherish/Cherish with the group. During one of their meetings, Sam makes reproaches to Mercedes because she is still dating Shane, although she has feelings for him. During Artie's song, Let Me Love You, Sam and Mercedes gives each other looks.Later on, Sam asks Mercedes to be his valentine. It's then that Mercedes tells Sam she loves him and breaks into tears, telling him that she admitted to Shane what had been going on between them. When Sam wants to know if they can be an item now, Mercedes refuses, because she hurt Shane, and she didn't recognize the person she became. She tells Sam that she has to be on her own for awhile, and hence declines resuming their relationship.
Mercedes then performs I Will Always Love You, in the choir room and directs it to Sam. Sam then rushes out of the room in tears, leaving Mercedes there crying. Nothing else is specified between the two in the episode, though Sam is seen glancing at Mercedes during Cherish/Cherish.
During a meeting with The God Squad where they talk about, the Karofsky situation as well as making plans to visit him in the hospital, Sam and Mercedes are seen glancing at each other from time to time, both looking concerned. Also, during Regionals when New Directions are pronounced the winners, Sam and Mercedes are seen hugging in the background.
During Booty Camp, Sue points out the sexual tension between Mercedes and Sam which the two do not deny.
Mr. Schuester announces the finalists for the miniature disco competition after the song Night Fever, and when Mercedes'sname is said, Sam claps enthusiastically. Mercedes performs Disco Inferno with Santana and Brittany as back-up and during her performance, Sam is seen to be recording Mercedes on his cellphone. Afterwards, when Mercedes worriedly talks about her future, Sam looks down at the video of Mercedes singing and dancing and gets an idea. During Santana's performance of If I Can't Have You, Sam is seen watching Mercedes.Sam later approaches Mercedes in the hallway and leads her to an empty classroom where he proceeds to show her a video on YouTube of her Disco Inferno performance. Mercedes gets a little upset that Sam posted a video of her without her permission but Sam tells her she is amazing and looks stunning. Mercedes quickly worries about the feedback of the video. She is surprised to learn that all but one of the comments is positive, the one non-positive comment being because someone had mistaken the video for something else. Mercedes is extremely touched by the responses and asks Sam why he would do this for her. Sam then tells Mercedes he believes in her and that with her talent, and all that she is, Mercedes would be able to achieve anything. He endearingly calls her "Baby" and they kiss on-screen for the second time.
When Mr. Schue states that the assignment for the week would be a Whitney Houston tribute, despite Mercedes questioning Sam, Sam says that he thinks it's a bad idea considering her past problems. Emma also mentions Samcedes during Kurt and Blaine's couple counseling, where Blaine mentions that they broke up.
In this episode, when Brittany announced the theme for senior prom, Sam and Mercedes are seen sitting next to each other and later attend senior prom together. They are also seen standing next to each other while Brittany performs Dinosaur.
During What Makes You Beautiful, Mercedes stands front and center, watching and dancing to Sam and some of the other New Directions Boys performance and at one point it seems as though Sam is pointing at her. Sam and Mercedes dance together throughout prom and during Love You Like a Love Song, Sam talks to Mercedes about how they were at last year's prom and states that Mercedes never thought that they would be back together again. It is also during this song that they both look over to see Shane enjoying the senior prom with his own date. They smile and wave to Shane receiving a wave and smile back in return.
As Quinn and Santana are singing Take My Breath Away, Mercedes and Sam are shocked and Mercedes says "Praise". Sam proceeds to calling it a "prom miracle" when Quinn gets out of her wheelchair and stands up. While prom pictures are being taken, Sam and Mercedes are seen humorously posing for the picture.
Mercedes and Sam can be seen sitting next to each other throughout most the Glee Club meetings and on the bus to Nationals in Chicago. Near the end, while Sam is doing some impressions, Mercedes, along with Kurt, Artie, and Brittany are laughing around him.
Sam and Mercedes are dance partners during some of Paradise by the Dashboard Light.You Get What You Give, they are seen having fun and dancing together. While saying goodbye to Rachel, Sam and Mercedes are standing next to each other.
Finn says that someone is needed to dance lead together with Brittany in Gangnam Style. Sam immediately feels he should dance lead, steps up and shows his dancing skills. Mercedes can then be heard giggling "No" to him over and over again.
Mercedes is featured in a montage video for Sam. She explains that Sam gave her the courage to follow her dreams of becoming a singer and to move to Los Angeles for that.
Sam gives Mercedes a compliment on making a record, as it is revealed when Mercedes triumphantly returns back to McKinley to be New Directions' vocal coach. Later on, Sam is seen dancing and cheering on Mercedes as she performs Higher Ground, and the two are also seen singing at a microphone with Unique as New Directions perform For Once in My Life with Artie.
When Sam mentions to Arwyyd Johnson that she is black, he asks her if she knows who Mercedes Jones is.
Sang Together (In a Group Number)
|We Are Young||Hold on to Sixteen||Rachel, Quinn, Santana, and Finn|
|Summer Nights||Yes/No||Finn, Santana, Kurt, Rory, Sugar, Puck, and Tina|
|Stereo Hearts||Heart||Quinn and Joe|
|You Get What You Give||Goodbye||Rachel and Finn|
- ABC by The Jackson 5 . (Hold on to Sixteen)
- All I Want for Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey. (Extraordinary Merry Christmas)
- The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack. (Yes/No)
- Don't Wanna Lose You by Gloria Estefan. (The Spanish Teacher)
- Bamboleo/Hero by Gipsy Kings/Enrique Iglesias. (The Spanish Teacher)
- I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston. (Heart)
- Disco Inferno by The Trammps. (Saturday Night Glee-ver)
- Love You Like a Love Song by Selena Gomez and The Scene. (Prom-A-Saurus)
- Higher Ground by Stevie Wonder. (Wonder-ful)
Sam: I just wanted to say that you look beautiful. Would you like to dance?
Mercedes: I'd love to.
(Mercedes takes Sam's hand)
Mercedes: Do you think they know?
Sam: I don't think anyone knows.
(They hold hands)
(Sam grabs Mercedes' hand)
Mercedes: What are you doing?
Sam: Holding your hand.
Mercedes: Don't. Sam look I -
Sam: Hey, I heard about your boyfriend.
Mercedes: Then you heard he's built like a bulldozer...We had a summer fling.
Sam: It was more than that.
Mercedes: I'll always have a special place in my heart for you but I've moved on, and you need to do the same.
Sam: I don't care how big or bad your boyfriend is. I'm gonna fight to get you back.
(Mercedes walks away smiling)
Sam: Hey. Pretty romantic huh? Think you're gonna get married someday?
Mercedes: After I win my first Grammy.
Sam: Do you have any idea who the guy is gonna be, because I know this awesome dude who has great impressions and is totally into you.
Mercedes: Sam, stop. I'm with Shane.
Sam: It's because I'm white right?
Mercedes: (Smiling) Are you insane?
Sam: Okay then, it's because he's such a stud athlete? The Letterman jacket makes all the girls go wild, I know.
Mercedes: It was a summer fling Sam.
Sam: You tell me, thinking about that Tilt-a-whirl at the carnival doesn't make you smile.
Mercedes: Okay that was fun.
Sam: That's what I thought.
Tina: Hey, what's wrong?
Mercedes: That song was so-so beautiful and moving. The first person I thought of wasn't Shane. It was Sam. I don't know. I thought it was in the past.
Rachel: Hey I think you just need to take it slow okay? And listen to your heart. Maybe the spark with Sam is still there.
Mercedes: Sam just tweeted that I smell good.
Sam: I won’t stop until it’s trending.
Sue: I said absolutely nothing about the implausible sexual tension between Mercedes and the Kentucky Fried Stripper.
(Sam shows Mercedes a video of her singing Disco Inferno on the computer)
Mercedes: That's me...
Mercedes: Wait. Did you post this to YouTube without asking?
Sam: Can you hear yourself? You're amazing! You look stunning.
Sam: You ain't no skim milk, baby. You're the cream rising to the top.
Sam: Are you sure that's appropriate?.
Mercedes: You did not just ask that!
Sam: First time we danced together like this was at last year's prom.
Mercedes: I remember.
Sam: Yeah, remember how I told you we're gonna get back together and you told me I was crazy - krayzee!
Mercedes: (laughing) That’s 'cause you are.
Sam: Yeah well you kinda love it.
Mercedes: Sam gave me the courage to follow my dreams and become a singer. And without him I probably would've moved to L.A.
- It has not been revealed as to why Sam and Mercedes decided to keep their relationship hidden when they first started dating.
- They are the second couple that has their own theme song (the first is Klaine). Their theme is a piano melody of Summer Nights.
- Most of their major scenes seem to happen in the school hallway.
- Mercedes is the first girl Sam has knowingly cried over.
- Sam is the only guy Mercedes admitted to being in love with.
- Sam is the only guy Mercedes has cheated with.
- Mercedes has called Sam "crazy" twice. (In Michael and Prom-asaurus)
- One of their scenes in Heart was cut in which Sam gives Mercedes an ultimatum.
- Sam's locker in season 3 contains a great amount of pictures of Mercedes.
- They have both been referenced to chocolate, Mercedes as Chocolate Thunder and Sam as White Chocolate.
- Sue says that she can feel sexual tension between them (Big Brother).
- Mercedes is Sam's only girlfriend that hasn't publicly humiliated him.
- They attended prom together two years in a row.
- They have both been in The God Squad with Quinn and Joe in Season Three. They have been the only two members sometime prior to Heart, being that Joe had first joined at the same time Quinn had rejoined.
- There was no official ending or break-up to the relationship. When Season Four aired, their relationship was not mentioned and Sam began pursuing Brittany.