|Eye Color:||Dark Brown|
|Occupation(s):|| Back-up singer in indie record label |
Student of extension class at UCLA
Former Student at William McKinley High School
Former New Directions member
Former Cheerios member
Former The Troubletones member
Church choir singer
|Aliases:|| Baby |
Jackée, Whoopi, Brassy Hag, Wheezy
Wheezy, Honey, Miss Blame-It-On-The-World
Ms. Jones, My Client
Sugar, The Black Girl From The Glee Club Whose Name I Can't Remember Right Now
Lazy B-O-N-E-S, Laziest Person Alive (Jesse)
Effie (Dakota Stanley, Santana, Kurt and Puck)
Happy Girl Drunk (Finn)
Little Oprah (Roz Washington)
Beyoncé, Ain't No Kelly Rowland (herself)
|Family & Friends|
|Family:|| Unnamed Parents|
|Relationships:|| Sam Evans |
(boyfriend; in love with)
(former crush; one-sided)
|Friends:|| Kurt Hummel|
|Employees:||Lauren Zizes (A Night of Neglect)|
|Enemies:|| Vocal Adrenaline |
Jesse St. James
Jacob Ben Israel
|Interests:||Singing, Fashion, Tater Tots|
|Clique:||New Directions, The God Squad|
|Education:||William McKinley High School|
|Weaknesses:||Diva Attitude (Occasionally)|
|Portrayer:|| Amber Riley|
Jada Harris(Toddler Mercedes)
Heather Morris (Tina's Dream)
Mercedes Jones is a central character on Glee. She is an alumna of William McKinley High School, where she actively participated in the New Directions, The Troubletones and The God Squad. At the end of Season 3 we find out what her future plans are. She has accepted a recording contract and is moving to Los Angeles, where she will also attend classes at UCLA. In the past she has also spent time as a member of the Cheerios, which she joined alongside the then-best friend Kurt Hummel. Mercedes considers herself a diva at heart, and she is contented with being labelled as such. At the beginning of the series, Mercedes develops a close friendship with Kurt, being the first person that he comes out to about his sexuality. Mercedes is distressed when Kurt transfers to Dalton Academy in Furt, but she soon recovers and becomes closer to fellow glee club member Rachel Berry. Jones was also the first to audition for the glee club. She now has a contract to be an R&B backup singer on an indie record label as stated in Goodbye.
In New York, Mercedes begins a relationship in secret with Sam Evans, her date to that year's junior prom. As of The Purple Piano Project, Mercedes has been in a relationship with Shane Tinsley, the new linebacker for the McKinley Titans, following Sam being forced to leave Lima due to his father receiving a job out of the state in Kentucky. Sam's return in Hold on to Sixteen forces Mercedes to have conflicting feelings between Sam and Shane. In Heart, she chooses neither of them, opting to sort out her feeling first before jumping into another relationship. It isn't until Saturday Night Glee-ver that Sam and Mercedes begin dating again.
In Asian F, Mercedes quits New Directions after taking a stand against Will and Rachel for their underappreciation of her musical talent in previous years, gathering the confidence to do so from her boyfriend, Shane. She soon defects to Shelby's glee club, The Troubletones, acting as their second member, with the first being Sugar. In the following episode, Mercedes is able to persuade Santana and Brittany to defect with her, which paves the way for the group to garner enough members to oppose New Directions at that year's Sectionals. This competition takes place in Hold on to Sixteen, and The Troubletones are awarded second place, being ultimately unable to beat New Directions.
Mercedes is portrayed by actress Amber Riley.
Season OneIn Pilot, Mercedes auditions for the Glee club with the song, Respect, and is one of the original Gleeks. Right after the auditions, Mercedes, with Rachel, Artie, Kurt and Tina, sing Sit Down, You're Rocking The Boat but they are disappointed because of the lack of a strong lead solo. Later on, when the Glee club recruited a new male member, she "divas out" and says that she "is Beyoncé and ain't no Kelly Rowland!" after singing back-up in You're The One That I Want. However, she began singing in a again and admitted they were actually starting to sound good. She goes to see Vocal Adrenaline with the rest of the Glee club and is shocked at how talented they are when they sang Rehab. After Will decides to quit directing the Glee club because his wife is pregnant, Mercedes is given the job of providing her fellow Glee club members with stylish clothing when they sing, Don't Stop Believin'. To their surprise, Will decides to direct Glee club again after a talk from Emma. Mercedes is filled with joy.
In Showmance, she is seen arguing with Rachel after she almost kicks her and complaining in Will's choice of song. Later on, she also sings a solo in Gold Digger. Kurt Hummel tells her that she looks like a "technicolor zebra". She is seen doing back-up in Push It and Take a Bow.In Acafellas, she is worried that she won't ever get a boyfriend so she starts hanging out with Kurt. Mercedes hopes that it will eventually lead to a relationship. Mercedes thinks that Kurt returns her feelings and they link arms while going to see Vocal Adrenaline to hire their choreographer. Fellow Glee club members Tina Cohen-Chang and Rachel Berry have a "gayvention" telling Mercedes that they didn't want her to get hurt by feelings that Kurt couldn't return, Mercedes stood up for him saying that just because he dressed nice didn't mean he was gay (they said that he was too 'lady' beautiful). During the Glee club car wash, Mercedes asked Kurt to make it official, but he told her that he was in love with someone else and looked at Finn, but Mercedes thought he was looking at Rachel so she smashed the front window of his new car, and then sung Bust Your Windows. She went to Kurt at the end of the episode when he was at his locker and they both apologized before Kurt told her that he was gay, making her the first person he ever told.
In the next episode Preggers, she is seen when Rachel storms out of the room after Will gives Tina a solo that she wanted. She is seen in the background for the rest of the episode.In The Rhodes Not Taken, when April Rhodes is trying to get the other Glee club members on her side, she teaches Mercedes and Tina how to shoplift. They come to Mr. Schue with new clothes and accessories saying that they love April. She also believes that Quinn is lactose intolerant before Puck tells everyone that she is pregnant. She has a short solo at the end of Somebody to Love.
In Vitamin D, she is seen giving Tina a pedicure and laughing at a joke Brittany tells. She takes Vitamin D decongestants along with all the other girls to enhance their performance and she sings Halo/Walking on Sunshine. She apologizes to Mr. Schue for taking the drugs.In Throwdown, Sue wants her in her group and refers to her as Aretha. When everyone else is nervous, she say that she is excited because she saw Sue's Corner last night and saw her give a speech about how much she loves minorities. Sue gives Mercedes the lead in Hate on Me. She sings Ride Wit Me along with the rest of the group, but then says that they need to go and meet Sue. After Sue and Will get into a huge fight in front of all the kids, Mercedes and the rest of them storm out. Mercedes sings back-up vocals in Keep Holding On.
In Mash-Up, she is seen being afraid of being hit by a slushie. She mocks Mr. Schue's choice of song Bust a Move because it is so old. After Kurt is hit by a slushie, Mercedes takes him to the washroom to clean his skin. After none of them can come up with a mash-up, they all learn that Mr. Schue has never been hit by a slushie and they hit him with all of theirs.
In Wheels, after Will decides they should sing Defying Gravity at sectionals, Mercedes thinks they should sing something more black, Will says that they will find something for her. When her best friend Kurt competes with Rachel, she is supportive of him and winces sympathetically at him when he intentionally messes up a high F.In Ballad, Mercedes is partnered up with Puck for the ballad they need to perform. She talks to Tina on the phone about how everyone is so rattled up about Quinn and Finn's baby that they can't express any emotions of their own in the ballads. So they all decide to perform one ballad for Quinn and Finn. She tells Puck about their idea and he is upset. When Mercedes asks what his problem is, Puck tells her that Finn is not the father, he is. Mercedes tells him that he should forget about it because Quinn chose Finn and he had no business screwing up her life more than he already had. She went to get Kurt and Finn and took them to the choir room. Mercedes performed lead vocals in Lean on Me along with Artie.
In Hairography, she watches the Jane Addams girls perform Bootylicious. Will then tells the club that they need to perform a number with long hair using hairography. Mercedes and Artie perform the leads in the hairography number Hair/Crazy in Love performing with wigs. When they hear the deaf school perform Imagine, Mercedes starts to sing with them, then Artie joins in, then the rest of the Glee club. She performs back-up vocals in True Colors.
In Mattress, she and the rest of Glee club don't want their picture in the yearbook, however Rachel ensures that two of them get a picture so Mercedes votes for Rachel to be one of the two people. When Rachel asks her to be the second person, she tells her that she can't because she is "starting Kwanzaa early this year". Then, Rachel gets them all cast in a mattress commercial. Mercedes says that she won't talk to any of them after she gets her record deal and becomes famous. She performs Jump in the commercial. After Quinn gets all of the Glee club a picture in the yearbook, while the pictures are taken Mercedes sings Smile along with Rachel and Finn.In Sectionals, the group is worried upon discovering that due to their mattress commercial, Will is unable to take them to sectionals. Instead they get Emma Pillsbury to take command of the group, despite having no musical training. Without Will, the kids are forced to come up with their set list, and of course Rachel volunteers to take the song. Mercedes however, fed up with Rachel always having to be the "star" demands her right to be heard. With Emma backing her up, Mercedes sings And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going, which causes a standing ovation from all the others, even Rachel, who says Mercedes should indeed sing the ballad. Meanwhile its discovered that despite promising otherwise to Puck, Mercedes has told all the other Glee kids that Puck is the true father of Quinn's baby. The only one not told is Rachel, who everyone is afraid will tell Finn the truth (which she does, upon figuring it out herself). Upon reaching Sectionals, it's discovered that the opposing schools have stolen their set lists, which Sue Sylvester has passed on in order to destroy the group. Rachel takes command and asks Mercedes to choose a different ballad to sing. Mercedes however concedes to not having prepared another song and asks that Rachel perform instead. With Finn back as well, the group comes together to win Sectionals and get Will back.
In Hell-O, after Sectionals, Mercedes along with the rest of the Glee feel elated at their victory, and think that their social status would be elevated. This fantasy is quickly dashed, however, as she, Rachel and Kurt all receive slushies to the face. At Glee rehearsal, the group is given the assignment of singing songs involving the word "Hello". When the group later discovers that Rachel is dating the male lead of their rivals Vocal Adrenaline, Jesse St. James it is Mercedes, Kurt, Tina and Artie who confront her on it, with Mercedes trying to tactfully explain that Rachel should not date the enemy. It is Kurt however, who viciously promises to kick Rachel out of Glee if she doesn't end things with him.Later in The Power of Madonna, when Will grows concerned about how the boys are treating the girls, he suggests that all of them perform Madonna numbers to promote strength the girl's sense of self-worth. Kurt is ecstatic along with the girls to perform Madonna's iconic works, and asks to be allowed to do a multimedia project with Mercedes in honor of Madonna. While working on their project, both witness Sue Sylvester insulting Will's hair again, and are surprised to see Will knock the wind out of Sue by insulting her hairstyle. Sue is so shocked and hurt by the low-blow, she begins to assault and terrorize the students. Feeling bad for her, Kurt and Mercedes go and offer their make-over services to her, and in-exchange will be allowed to borrow the male Cheerios for their Madonna Project. Sue agrees, and together the three of them recreate Madonna's Vogue music video under the direction of Artie. Despite the new looks they offer Sue, she decides in the end she's better being herself, and that rather than change herself, she changes everyone else. Starting with Kurt and Mercedes. She then extends an invitation to them to join the Cheerios, doing musical performances to the cheerleading routines. Seeing as neither Kurt nor Mercedes have gotten solos under Will's Glee guidance, they accept and decide to do both Glee and Cheerios. Will is not pleased but accepts, and as if to make it up to them, gives them solos in Like a Prayer.
In the episode Home, Sue tells Mercedes that she must lose ten pounds and wear the female Cheerios uniform, though Mercedes tries to explain that it "doesn't fit her right," and she'd rather wear the pants. Kurt pushes Mercedes to lose the weight, though he originally says that her body is fine the way that it is. In the cafeteria, Mercedes leaves her lunch and gets mad at Artie and Tina for trying to get her to eat. She starts seeing them, Rachel, and Jesse as food, and faints. The nurse tells her she has low blood pressure. Once she leaves, Quinn walks over to Mercedes and assures her that she went through the same thing. Mercedes is surprised at her kindness, and tells her how she is embarrassed at who she has let herself become. At the end of the episode, during a pep rally, Mercedes sings Beautiful, and most of the Cheerios and Glee Club members join her, thus proving to everyone that Mercedes is proud of herself.
In Bad Reputation, Mercedes is seen having a meeting with Kurt, Artie and Tina and Brittany (only because she stayed), because they were angry that they were not on the Glist (except for Brittany, who was only fourth). They all try to get in trouble so they can be on the Glist. Mercedes dances with Artie, Kurt, Tina and Brittany in the library, which was Kurt's plan of how to get a bad reputation. They perform U Can't Touch This, which is ultimately ineffective because the librarian enjoyed their dance and asked them to perform for her church.In Laryngitis, Puck feels he is at the bottom of the social heap and get's his eye on Mercedes who has all of the popularity. He decides to woo her and they have a duet of Lady Is a Tramp. Mercedes has a brief fling with Puck that doesn't set well with Santana and they angrily sing The Boy Is Mine. She quits the Cheerios and breaks up with Puck after realizing she needs to be true to herself. In Funk, Mercedes makes fun of Quinn when their assignment is to come up with a funk number. Quinn proves her wrong and show's her funky side. Meanwhile, Mercedes performs Good Vibrations alongside Finn and Puck and realizes that Quinn does feel the same as she has. Quinn apologizes to Mercedes, saying that Quinn will only be called names for nine months while Mercedes has had to deal with it her whole life. Mercedes replies, saying that Quinn is not angry, just hurt after being kicked out of her parents and Finn's house. Mercedes also offers for Quinn to come live with her as they have got a spare room after Mercedes' brother is at college. The entire glee club shows their rivals, Vocal Adrenaline, just what they've got ready for them at Regionals by performing Give Up the Funk.
In Journey, New Directions is at Will's house to discuss the set list for Regionals. They instead talk about what they loved in glee club after finding out that Sue is one of the judges. They perform a Journey medley at Regionals then Quinn's water breaks. The entire group (except Rachel) rush to the hospital. Quinn insists on Mercedes being in the delivery room and she bravely accepts, showing how much their relationship has developed. After losing, Mercedes and the rest of the glee club confess to Will how glee club has changed them and perform To Sir, With Love. They then celebrate and listen to Will and Puck perform Over The Rainbow after they learn they have got one more year of glee.
In Audition, Mercedes says that the New Directions is now a family, and the bullies can bring it all they want. When New Directions performs Empire State of Mind in front of everyone, she has a solo. Later, when Mercedes finds out that Rachel plans to scare Sunshine away from New Directions, she agrees with Kurt that while they wouldn't like losing even more of what little spotlight she gets, she is more than willing to sacrifice it in return for a greater chance at winning Nationals. She enjoy's Sunshine's performance of Listen, and really likes it, but is angry at Rachel after she sees that Sunshine is going to Vocal Adrenaline.
During Grilled Cheesus, Mercedes dances to Puck's Only the Good Die Young. When Kurt's father has a heart attack, she doesn't know what to say to Kurt . Instead, she decides that she'll sing to him, to show her support. She sings I Look To You, but Kurt doesn't appreciate it because he is atheist. Meanwhile, when Rachel is performing Papa, Can You Hear Me? at Burt 's bedside, Mercedes is listening, and tells Kurt that her, Quinn, and Rachel are from different religions so one of them must be right (meaning that one of their prayers must be heard). Kurt doesn't appreciate their prayers because he doesn't think they'll do anything. Later, Mercedes is seen crying during Kurt's performance of I Want to Hold Your Hand. Mercedes sees Kurt inthe hall and tells him that she doesn't know how to talk to him. She invites him to her church, but Kurt says that he doesn't want to go. But after Mercedes offers that Kurt can wear a "fabulous hat," Kurt laughs and finally accepts her invitation. At church, Kurt is seen as a "sore thumb" compared to everyone else. Mercedes asks the entire church to pray for Burt, because Kurt needs it. When Mercedes performs Bridge Over Troubled Water, Kurt sits down, but a few women lift him up. Kurt is smiling. Mercedes performs a solo in One of Us.
During Duets, Kurt and Mercedes are sitting next to each other and Kurt claims that the new glee clubber, Sam Evans is gay, but Mercedes denies it. When Will opens up a Duets competition, she initially is unenthusiastic until Santana convinces her that if they team up for their duet, they would be, "the undisputed top bitches at this school." Then, she and Santana perform River Deep - Mountain High, and they were confident they were going to win. Despite a fantastic performance, they lose the competition and Mercedes has to hold Santana back as she tries to grab the free dinner coupons from Will.
In The Rocky Horror Glee Show, Mercedes was originally cast as Columbia, and performed in the background during Dammit Janet with Kurt and Quinn. After Whatever Happened to Saturday Night?, Mercedes realized that the role of Frank-n-Furter was open, and inspired by the song 'Don't Dream it, Be it' asked to be Frank-n-Furter, because she really wanted a main role. She offered to modernize the song, and thus was cast and Frank-n-Furter. She performs Sweet Transvestite. She is also seen dancing in The Time Warp.The Substitute, an outraged Mercedes rebels against Principal Sue when she finds out that tater tots are banned from the school lunch menu. Meanwhile, Kurt notices that Mercedes is feeling left out because of his new friendship with Blaine and starts to worry that Mercedes is using food as a substitute for love, and their friendship as a substitute for a relationship. He then tries to set up Mercedes with Anthony Rashad, a member of the football team, who Kurt is apparently on friendly terms with and who seems to find Mercedes attractive as he smiles at her and waves in greeting. At first Mercedes is hesitant, but eventually decides to give him a chance after Kurt confronts her about his concerns.
In Furt, she performs in Marry You and Just the Way You Are. She is seen dancing with Rachel, which implies they are on friendly terms, though there is nothing to suggest this. At the end of the episode, she is the most upset about Kurt's sudden transfer. She confronts Kurt about leaving, nearly crying. After Kurt leaves, her and Finn seem the most upset about it.
In Special Education, after Will told the glee club that they will change up the lead vocals a bit, Mercedes thought that she will get the lead vocals. Shocked, Sam and Quinn get the lead vocals. At the Sectionals competition, Mercedes is the first one to applaud for Kurt after the Warblers' performance of Hey, Soul Sister. Later, Mercedes offered to take the lead vocals again if Quinn couldn't do it. When New Directions was performing, she had a solo in (I've Had) The Time of My Life. She also shared a quick smile with Kurt as the winners were being announced.When they all were back in the Choir Room deciding solos for a new number they were going to perform, Mr. Schuester offered to give the solo to Rachel who didn't get a solo in sectionals. Rachel said that the unsung heroes of New Directions (Tina and Mercedes) should get the solos instead. Per her request, Mercedes and Tina perform lead vocals in Dog Days Are Over.
In A Very Glee Christmas, Mercedes performs The Most Wonderful Day of the Year with New Directions. After Will tells New Directions what Christmas is about, Mercedes says that the Christmas tree they set up was a symbol of New Directions after winning Sectionals two times in a row. Despite talking about how they won, Mike,Tina and she get a slushie facial from Azimio and Karofsky. When New Directions goes caroling, she performs We Need a Little Christmas along with New Directions. Later when everyone is wishing wishes to Santa, she wishes for a pony, stating that shes been a very "good girl." When the Christmas spirit of New Directions got destroyed, Mercedes was angry about it. She also performs backup in Welcome Christmas. She later believes in Santa when Artie got the ReWalk. At the end of the episode, she comes, along with New Directions and Sue, to Will's house for Christmas.
During Silly Love Songs, Mercedes joined Rachel and Kurt in a sleepover to cope with Kurt's heartbreak over Blaine. She explains to both of them that some of the greatest divas have become stars through being single, and they should embrace it. This gives Rachel and Kurt the confidence to embrace being single for a while, though they're still not over their crushes. She is seen smiling during Rachel's performance of Firework, which is based on her advice. She also cheers on Kurt as he sings, along with the Warblers, Silly Love Songs.
In Comeback, Sue joins glee club. Things don't turn out well for Mercedes because of this- Sue told her some things that Rachel said. It turns out that she wants the glee club to turn against each other, and uses Rachel and Mercedes as her toys. She challenges these two to a diva-off. They have their diva off and sing the song Take Me or Leave Me. Sue's plan doesn't work out, for they aren't enemies. After this diva-off, Rachel and Mercedes become friends again. Mercedes sings backup in Sing.
In Blame It on the Alcohol Mercedes attends Rachel's party. She (like everyone else except Kurt and Finn) get drunk, and Mercedes (along with Tina) are "happy girl" drunks according to Finn. At school on Monday, Mercedes performs Blame It (On the Alcohol) with Artie, Santana and New Directions.
In Sexy, Mercedes (along with Finn) is shown believing that cucumbers can give you AIDS, after Holly uses one to demonstrate how to use a condom. At the end of the episode, she joins the Celibacy Club.
In Original Song when Quinn agrees with Rachel, Mercedes says, "But if all the other teams are doing amazing songs, we're not going to be so good." She proceeds to write her own original song, Hell to the No. This is clearly the best song, and New Directions thinks that too. After Will compliments the song, he says they can't use it because it isn't what people are looking for at Regionals. When New Directions is having trouble writing a song, she tells them about when Sue threw sticks at her. That helps them write their original song, Loser Like Me. At Regionals she has slight solos in Loser Like Me, and is very overjoyed when they won.
In A Night Of Neglect, Lauren tells Mercedes that she is the most talented singer in Glee club and tells her to demand for Respect, and Lauren becomes her manager. Mercedes makes ridiculous demands, and later in the episode she leaves the benefit after how she has been treated. Rachel catches up to her and attempts to persuade her to come back. After she returns and she decides that she will perform, but she has one final demand, she wants New Directions to watch her perform. So she performs Ain't No Way with the choir from the Madonna episode which causes Sandy to cry. Rachel, awestruck with Mercedes, says she can't top her and ends the benefit saying that she was the best closing number.
In Born This Way, during the performance she wears T-shirt saying "No Weave", meaning she doesn't have weave sown to her head.
In Rumours, Brittany starts a new gossip talk-show "Fondue For Two", and has Mercedes and Tina ("the school's biggest gossips", as she introduces them ) as her first guests. They discuss the school gossip and eat fondue, when Brittany announces that Santana "plays for the opposite team", unknowingly indicating that she's lesbian. Tina and Mercedes are shocked, then grossed when their host let's her cat eat the cheese. They are most likely responsible for spreading the rumor through the school.In Prom Queen, Mercedes, despite not wanting a boyfriend, is shown to be upset that no one has asked her for Prom, so Rachel convinces her to go with her and Sam. Later in the episode she meets up with Rachel, Jesse and Sam at Breadstix before the prom and discuss their expectations for the night. Finn and Quinn show up and this sparks some tension between Finn and Jesse, which she promptly defuses. At the end of the episode she sings Dancing Queen with Santana.
In Funeral, she competes with Rachel, Kurt and Santana for the solo which is to be performed at Nationals. She later takes offense when Jesse calls her lazy because her performance had no choreography.In New York, she is seen having an amazing time in New York as well as devastated when they lost at nationals. Later on, she and Sam run into Kurt and Blaine at the coffee shop, making the excuse of running into each other in the parking lot. After the conversation, Sam and Mercedes walk away and Mercedes asks, "Do you think they know?" and Sam replies, "I don't think anyone knows." and they are then seen holding hands. Mercedes and Sam start secretly dating in New York.
In The Purple Piano Project, during the Jacob Ben Israel interview, Mercedes admits that Sam had a relationship with her but it ended when his father found work and moved to another state. At the same moment she reveals that Shane is her current boyfriend, who looks very happy and she seems to like the way he talks. Mercedes then sings with New Directions in We Got the Beat and she is the first to start screaming like crazy when the food fight starts. Later she is getting food off herself from the food fight in the choir room and when Sugar arrives Kurt is curious about why her name sounds familiar but Mercedes clears it up for him. She sings and dances with New Directions in You Can't Stop the Beat and has a solo.
In I Am Unicorn, Mr. Schuester tells Mercedes she needs to go to the new Booty Camp and Mercedes doesn't understand why she can't sing and have the others can dance around her. She is mentioned when Emma, Coach Beiste and Artie are deciding who should play Maria in West Side Story (the school musical), Rachel or Mercedes. Because Mercedes hadn't auditioned yet they left the spot open to see if she could top Rachel's performance. Emma thinks Mercedes has the voice with the most soul in the school. When Quinn returns to New Directions Mercedes is very happy to see her and gives her a big hug.Asian F opens with Mercedes coming late to Booty Camp because her alarm clock went off thirty minutes late and she says, "It kinda shifted my whole schedule". When Mike is trying to catch Mercedes up on the dance moves she starts to feel sick and claims it's because she hasn't eaten because she has been so busy with everything. Before Mercedes auditions in the cafeteria she is seen hugging Rachel and Shane tells her that she shouldn't be hugging her and that everyone is scared of Rachel Berry, but they should be scared of her. Mercedes is flattered and says,"I've been here for three years and no one has ever said that to me," and she smiles. She then starts singing Spotlight with Tina and Brittany as backup. This then turns out to be her audition for the school play. Rachel feels threatened. She is seen cheering for Brittany in the number Run the World (Girls). Beiste and Emma are still tossing up as to who to choose to be Maria in the school musical. Will then says to them the only way to settle it is with a callback. When Mercedes finds out she starts getting all flared up and when Rachel attempts to hug her she pulls away and says, "Hug me after I get the part". This action was possibly influenced by Shane. Back in Booty Camp they are learning the new move "The Widowmaker" which is revealed to be possibly the hardest move in show choir ever. Mercedes is the last one standing as everyone else had got the move right. She complains that her ankle hurts and this is when she has her big fight with Mr. Schuester saying that Rachel always gets all the spotlight and attention and asks why she isn't at Booty Camp. She then threatens to leave stating, "You know for two years I took it but not anymore. I'm done". Mercedes then knocks over the music stand and then the dream sequence of It's All Over takes place. After the song everyone has left the dance practice and Mercedes gloomily states, "It's over". In this episode, a diva-off takes place (more commonly known as the Maria-off) for the role of Maria in West Side Story. They toss a coin and Rachel wins but Rachel gives Mercedes the liberty to begin first. They were both very good and Rachel believes Mercedes was better than her. This is when Mercedes receives her first kiss by Shane. It is then revealed that Rachel and Mercedes both got the part of Maria but Mercedes isn't down with it. Mercedes believes that they only split the part because they couldn't say no to Rachel. She then gives Rachel the part. In Fix You Mercedes is seen looking at all the people getting the roles in the play very jealously. At the very end of the episode Mercedes asks Shelby if she can join her glee club which implies that she has recently quit New Directions.
In Pot O' Gold, Mercedes approaches Santana asking her how many solos she was given last year. Mercedes uses this to try convince Santana to join Shelby's all girl group because they would get all the solo's. Her proposal intrigues Santana but she says she could never leave Brittany and Mercedes tells her to bring Brittany along. Later Mercedes is approached by Brittany and Santana and they tell her that they want to join Shelby's choir. The five of them (Brittany, Santana, Mercedes, Sugar, and Shelby) discuss their group name, which they conclude to be The Troubletones. They sing Candyman in the auditorium.
In The First Time, Mercedes can be seen in the audience enjoying the performance of West Side Story.During Mash Off, Mercedes is seen playing a game of dodgeball against the New Directions during Hit Me With Your Best Shot/One Way or Another. After the Troubletones win the game, all of them except Mercedes pelt Rory with dodgeballs. Mercedes can be seen with a worried look on her face as this is going on. Mercedes comes into the Troubletones rehearsal with the idea for an Adele mash-up, also bringing up that Santana should play fair from now on, both physically and verbally. Mercedes also nominates herself leader of the Troubletones, to which Santana protests but accepts. During The Troubletones performance of Rumor Has It/Someone Like You, Mercedes is seen giving Santana looks of concern because of the problems Santana is going through.
In I Kissed a Girl, Santana is being bothered by a guy claiming that if she went out with him, he could turn her straight and Mercedes and the Troubletones and well as the New Directions girls help Santana out. Mercedes is then seen performing the song I Kissed a Girl with The Troubletones and the New Directions girls.
In the episode Hold on to Sixteen, Mercedes is approached by Sam who has returned to help the New Directions win sectionals. Sam and Mercedes talk about their past relationship to which Mercedes claims was just a summer fling. Sam on the other hand states that it was more than that. Mercedes tells Sam that though she will always have a special place in her heart for Sam, she has moved on and tells Sam to do the same. As Mercedes is walking away, Sam yells out that he will fight to get her back and Mercedes continues walking but a smile and blush are seen forming on her face.
Mercedes and Santana led the performance of Survivor/I Will Survive with the Troubletones during sectionals. During New Directions performance of their Jackson 5 medley, Mercedes is seen laughing and smiling while Sam does a dance during ABC. The Troubletones lose sectionals, something Mercedes and the rest of the Troubletones are devastated about, Mercedes later stating that they should have won. Quinn approaches Mercedes, Santana, and Brittany in the girls' bathroom and invites them back to the New Directions. Though a little skeptical about the offer, Mercedes, Santana, Brittany, and Sugar go to the auditorium where New Directions are performing We Are Young and they take part in the song, Quinn pulling Mercedes into the group, meaning that Mercedes as well as Santana and Brittany are back in the New Directions.In Extraordinary Merry Christmas, Mercedes opens the episode singing All I Want For Christmas Is You. In the glee club's holiday special, Mercedes and Rachel are the first to arrive at Kurt and Blaine's "bachelor chalet." They bring Kurt jewelry which he assumes was owned by Elizabeth Taylor, but which Mercedes reveals (in a jokey aside) to be a knockoff. The four of them sing My Favorite Things together. While hanging stockings, they discuss the poor weather ("I think these are the end times," Mercedes deadpans) before Finn and Puck arrive to lead them in an upbeat rendition of Santa Claus Is Coming To Town. After the club is forced to end the holiday special early, Mercedes and the rest of New Directions perform Do They Know It's Christmas? at the homeless shelter.
In Yes/No, the episode begins with Mercedes and Sam singing Summer Nights with New Directions as a tribute to the summer they spent together. After a brief choir room scene where Mr. Schuester announced that he was going propose to Ms. Pillsbury, Sam follows after Mercedes and brings up a conversation of marriage, particularly saying that he was the one Mercedes should marry some day. Mercedes brings up her relationship with Shane but Sam is not deterred for he brings up a fun moment they had while dating over the summer. A moment that Mercedes admits was a fun time, but still states that she is with Shane. Later while at her locker, she turns around in shock after seeing Sam get slushied in the hall. She goes to his side asking if he is okay and wipes some of the slushie off of Sam's face. Shane appears and asks Mercedes what she was doing and Mercedes replies that she was helping out a "friend". Shane tells Mercedes that Sam will be alright and tells her that he will walk her to study hall. Mercedes, though hesitant, leaves with Shane, is seen sadly looking back at Sam. Mercedes, Tina, Rachel, and Santana later approach Mr. Schuester about the assignment that he gave the glee club about a marriage proposal song for Ms. Pillsbury. They sing The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face, and Mercedes envisions Sam. When the song is over, Mercedes walks off the stage in tears to the girls bathroom where Rachel, Santana, and Tina follow. When asked what's wrong, Mercedes tells them that she pictured Sam during the song, and not Shane. She is confused because she thought she was over Sam. Rachel tells Mercedes to take it slow, and to listen to her heart. In glee club, while Rachel is singing Without You, Sam and Mercedes each glance at one another. Later on, Mercedes and the rest of New Directions are seen putting on a performance of We Found Love, lead by Rachel and Santana, helping Mr. Schuester with his plan to propose to Ms. Pillsbury.
Near the beginning of Michael, Mercedes and the New Directions face off with the Warblers singing Bad. Mercedes is also seen congratulating Quinn on her acceptance to Yale and with the rest of New Directions, gets up to hug Quinn. Later, Mercedes gets a text from Sam, asking her to meet him in the auditorium. Mercedes is confused but goes to meet him anyway. She sees Sam on stage where he tells her that she is immortal and puts her name in lights as a symbol of her future success. Sam then asks Mercedes to sing a duet with him because they never got the chance, saying she can go back to Shane afterwards. Mercedes tries to decline the offer but ends up singing the duet, Human Nature with Sam. As their duet is ending, Sam and Mercedes draw closer and kiss for the first time on screen. At the end, as a way to make peace with the Warblers, Mercedes and the rest of the New Directions sing Black or White.
In The Spanish Teacher, Mercedes and Sam attend a non-couple counseling session with Ms, Pillsbury where they talk about the complication of their relationship ever since their kiss in Micheal. Ms. Pillsbury suggests that Sam and Mercedes that they avoid talking to each other for a week. At a sleepover with Rachel and Kurt, Mercedes compares herself with Bella from Twilight regarding the decision she had to make between the two guys she has feelings for. Rachel then confesses that Finn proposed to her and Mercedes voices that she does think that was a good idea. Rachel then proceeds to tell Mercedes and Kurt that she knows that Finn is the one when Mercedes asks her if she was sure. Mercedes then considers which is the right one for her between Sam and Shane. The scene skips to Mercedes singing Don't Wanna Lose You in the choir room to Sam, though Sam tries to avoid eye contact but eventually gives in. Mercedes then walks up to Sam and starts singing in front of him, something Sam smiles about. After, Sam starts singing Bamboleo/Hero to Mercedes with the help of the ND boys, and Mercedes is seen to greatly enjoy his performance. Near the end of the episode, the week that Sam and Mercedes have to avoid talking to each other is coming to an end. Mercedes watches a clock as it ticks down and when the week is officially over, Mercedes rushes into the hall to look for Sam. They meet in the hallway and just as Mercedes is about to say something, Shane approaches to remind her that they were to get lunch off campus. Shane then takes her and they begin to walk away, leaving Sam with a stricken look on his face. As they are walking away, Mercedes looks back at Sam with a similar expression and watches as he walks away in the opposite direction.
In Heart, New Directions still needs money to travel to Regionals, so Mercedes founds a group called The God Squad. They make it their assignment to perform songs, for students, for other students on Valentine's day to earn money. Together the God Squad performs Stereo Hearts to Rachel, having been paid for doing so by Finn, and Cherish/Cherish to Brittany in the name of Santana. When the members have an argument about if they should perform to a gay couple, Mercedes states that she is fine with doing so.Her relationship with Sam is also continued. She gets asked out by Sam to be her date to Sugar Motta's party at Breadstix, and is presented with a small statue of one of the Three Wise Men, that Sam painted to look like St. Valentine. Mercedes then reveals that she has told Shane about what had been going on between herself and Sam, and that she has gone on distance. When Sam asks if they now can be truly together, Mercedes declines. She confesses her love to Sam, but explains that she is feeling remorse since she made Shane very sad by cheating on him, and she is having issues about being a bad person. She says that she has to be alone for the time being to solve those issues, thus declining Sam's present and his offers to be his date or his girlfriend. Mercedes then watches as Sam walks away looking dejected. Subsequently, she sings I Will Always Love You as part of glee-clubs assignments to perform "the world's greatest love song". She addresses this song to Shane as well as to Sam, who can't bear watching her and storms out of the choir room crying, leaving Mercedes in tears herself.
In On My Way, Mercedes and the rest of the God Squad make plans to visit Dave Karofsky in the hospital. Later during a Glee Club meeting in the auditorium, she states that she looks forward to seeing Rachel's children. During Regionals, her and the rest of the Trouble Tones perform What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger).
In Big Brother, during Booty Camp which was run by Sue at the moment, Sue accuses her of texting, but Mercedes claims she's donating to the Obama campaign. Sue, feeling like she isn't paying attention, grabs her phone and throws it, causing it to smash and break. Something Mercedes is seen to be devastated about. Later, Mercedes is seen enjoying Blaine's and Cooper's performance of Hungry Like The Wolf/Rio. During another New Direction's Booty Camp session, Sue is apologizing for how she acted earlier and points out the sexual tension between Sam and Mercedes.
In Saturday Night Glee-ver Mr. Shue is worried about Mercedes future and comes up with a plan with Sue to get her, Santana, and Finn thinking about their future. When Mr. Shue, Sue, Blaine, and Joe Hart sing Night Fever in front of the New Directions, getting the other kids to participate, they announce Mercedes as one of the finalists for the competition they were holding. While talking to Kurt in the hallway, they are both approached by the lead singer of Vocal Adrenaline, Wade where Wade begins to tell them how much of a fan he is of Kurt and Mercedes and asks fro their help on what to do for his upcoming Regionals performance. Later Mercedes finds out the truth and is offend by Mr. Shue's and Sue's plan. She later states that she does have ambitions and goals and proceeds to sing Disco Inferno with Santana and Brittany as back-up. After her performance, she states that she does have a dreams and a goal, to sing a great hit song. She then confesses that she is scared to get far away for college and doesn't know where to go. It is then she also reveals that her father does not support her dream. Mercedes and Kurt are called into Sue's office where she calls them out for helping the competition. Sue comes up with an idea to sabotage Vocal Adrenaline's performance by getting Kurt and Mercedes to encourage Wade's choice to dress in drag for the competition, something Mercedes states Lima Ohio isn't ready for. Kurt and Mercedes later feel bad about what they did and visit Wade to try and change his mind to which he does not. They also run into Jesse St. James who leads them away from Wade. They worriedly watch as Wade and the rest of Vocal Adrenaline are about to perform but are surprised by how great the performance is actually going and begin to cheer him on. While walking with Kurt in the hallway, Mercedes is approached by Sam who leads her to an empty classroom and shows her a YouTube video he posted of Mercedes singing Disco Inferno. She is at first a little upset Sam posted a video of her without her permission but Sam shows her the positive comments that she received on YouTube. Sam then goes on to tell Mercedes that she can do anything and that he believes in her. After his talk, Mercedes and Sam then kiss. Near the end of the episode, Mercedes, Santana, and Finn are announced the final winner of the disco competition and they walk into the choir room wearing special suits which were the prize for the winners. Mercedes, Finn, and Santana, all feeling confident of their future and begin to sing Stayin' Alive and are soon joined with the rest of New Directions in the auditorium.
In Dance With Somebody, Mercedes holds a picture of Whitney Houston as she opens the episode with an a capella How Will I Know joined by Santana, Rachel, and Kurt. She and Rachel argue over the original intended actress in The Bodyguard, Diana Ross or Barbra Streisand. Mercedes is the first to confront Quinn that her romantic duet with Joe seemed like she meant it. Quinn denies it. Mercedes and Artie start off singing My Love Is Your Love, apparently as the only people who showed up for the optional Glee practice. They are joined by the rest of the club showing up one or two at a time.
In Choke, Mercedes and the rest of the New Directions girls laugh about Santana's joke towards Coach Beiste. Coach Roz, approaches them and tells them that she is disappointed at them for taking domestic violence as a joke. Later, Coach Roz and Sue, give Mercedes and the ND girls the assignment of singing about domestic violence because Sue and Roz see that they don't know how horrible domestic violence really is. Mercedes introduces the girls as they begin to sing Cell Block Tango, during which Coach Beiste leave during the performance. Coach Roz and Sue explain to the girls that the song they choose was not the right song to go about domestic violence. Coach Beiste later approaches the girls to reveal the truth that Cooter did indeed hit her and she thanked them for helping her see what's what. Somewhere near the end of the episode, Mercedes and the rest of the ND Girls bring Coach Beiste to the choir room where they sing Shake It Out as a way of trying to cheer her up.
In Prom-asaurus, when Brittany was talking about her idea for prom, Mercedes voices her opinion saying that it was a good idea. She attends senior prom with Sam where they proceed to have an amazing time. During Love You Like a Love Song Sam and Mercedes are seen dancing and they talk about lasts year's prom and Sam states that Mercedes thought it was crazy for thinking that they would get back together. It is also during this song that Mercedes and Sam look over to see Shane having a great time with his date. They both smile and wave at Shane, getting a smile and wave in return. Mercedes is seen standing right in front of Sam while he and some of the other ND Boys perform What Makes You Beautiful and near the end of the episode, Mercedes and Sam take their prom picture together.
In Props, Mercedes is switched with Brittany during Tina's Dream. After Tina's dream, she approaches Coach Beiste with Santana and Brittany about the fact they they know Coach Beiste lied to them about leaving her husband Cooter.
In Nationals, Mercedes is sick after eating a bad burrito and is put on bed rest, something she is sad about because she doesn't want to miss what may be her last chance to perform. Her part in the Trouble Tones is given to Quinn and Tina. Just before everyone was getting ready to perform, Mercedes appears, feeling a lot better thanks to Sue. She still lets Quinn and Tina keep their parts and joins in with the rest of the Trouble Tones for their performance of Edge of Glory. Later, Mercedes and Kurt visit Wade (Unique) as Vocal Adrenaline is about to perform to wish him/her luck. Wade is nervous and with some pep talking from Kurt and Mercedes is goes on to perform and Mercedes and Kurt are seen cheering him on in the audience. During We Are The Champions, Mercedes gives Mr. Schue a hug.
In Goodbye, Mercedes starts off the episode singing Sit Down, You're Rocking The Boat with the original members of New Directions (except Finn). While Mr. Schue is giving the New Directions the assignment of singing a goodbye song, Mercedes comments that she wished she could lock the doors to the choir room so that they all could stay together. Later at her locker, Mercedes and Sam are celebrating her getting a recording contract thanks to the video Sam posted of her and they tell Santana all about it. She joins in the performance You Get What You Give with the rest of the graduating members as a way to say goodbye to the members who are not graduating. When the song is over, she looks truly sad for she will miss her friends. She enjoys the song the members of New Directions who are not graduating sing In My Life. She later graduates and is very excited and near the end, she long with rest of New Directions say goodbye to Rachel at the train station.
Mercedes has a confident, and sometimes, pushy personality. She is more than willing to be aggressive and speak her mind, unafraid of how others will take it. If provoked to true anger, she has demonstrated the ability to be violent, as demonstrated when she broke the window to Kurt's car upon realizing that he had feelings for someone else. However, despite her strong street-like attitude, there is no denying that she is extremely a sensitive young girl, who wants to love and be loved. Furthermore, Mercedes is unquestionably supportive of those around her, more than willing to give someone a shoulder to cry on and a helping hand, such as when Kurt came out, and when Quinn was thrown out of her house for her pregnancy. However, despite her big heart, she is very lonely, and at one point found herself fixating on food as a means to deal with that loneliness. She was confronted about this by Kurt, who set her up with one of the football players in the hopes of helping her deal with this issue. Mercedes has such a love of tater tots, to the point of building a crusade against Sue when they were banned. Her best assets are her self-designed clothes and her powerful voice.
- Main article: Mercedes-Shane Relationship
Shane is a McKinley Titans linebacker, whom Mercedes dates in season three. The couple first appears together in the The Purple Piano Project in which she refers to him as "the new man in her life" (after her latest relationship ended over summer). Due to the talk of their future and them someday having kids, it's probable that they've been together rather long in the summer and have become quite serious. In Asian F Shane's feelings for Mercedes are explored with him giving her confidence for the school play and Mercedes receiving her first on screen kiss from anyone from Shane after she gets off the stage. In Heart, Mercedes reveals to Shane during I Will Always Love You that she had kissed Sam in the previous episode and they break up.
- Main article: Mercedes-Kurt Relationship
Kurt and Mercedes have been best friends since Glee Club began. In the beginning of the first season, Mercedes was told by Quinn Fabray and the other Cheerios she should be Kurt's girlfriend. After he says that he is in love with Rachel (when it was actually Finn), causing Mercedes to throw a stone into the window of his car. After she apologizes to him, saying that Kurt and Rachel will have "really cute, loud babies", Kurt tells her that he lied, and that he is gay, also saying that she is the first person he has ever told. Soon after, they become best friends.
In The Power of Madonna, Kurt and Mercedes join the Cheerios, saying that they do not get enough solos in the Glee club, and say they want to do both. They sing 4 Minutes together with the cheerios and also help Sue find a new look when they make a Vogue video with her.
In Home, when Sue tells Mercedes that she has to lose ten pounds to stay on the Cheerios, Kurt pushes her to lose the weight, even though he originally said that her body is fine the way it is. When she is eating healthily, Kurt tells her that it isn't enough. He says that he had splenda for breakfast and is having celery for lunch because Sue told him to lose some weight too, which leads to Mercedes fainting from not eating. Kurt later apologizes for pressuring her to change herself. Sue Sylvester also refers to Mercedes as Kurt's "hag" in this episode.
In Grilled Cheesus, Mercedes and the rest of the New Directions do their best to offer Kurt emotional and spiritual support when his father suffers a heart attack. Mercedes doesn't know what to say to him to show her support, so she sings I Look to You, which leads to him confessing that he doesn't believe in god. Although Kurt becomes angry at the Glee club, he eventually agrees to go with Mercedes to her church, where the congregation offers him more support, and she sings Bridge Over Troubled Water to him. Their friendship seems to be having some trouble, and this becomes particularly apparent in this episode.
In The Substitute, Kurt begins to neglect his friendship with Mercedes due to his new friendship with Blaine. As a result, Mercedes begins to become obsessed with fighting Sue Sylvester's anti-junk food law in the school. Kurt begins to grow concerned about her behavior, particularly after she damages Sue's car in an act of protest. And so Kurt attempts to help set her up with Anthony Rashad, one of the football players, who seems attracted to her. She initially says no to the idea, and Kurt later counters that she needs to stop using food as a replacement for love, and her friendship with Kurt as a relationship. She realizes he's right and agrees to go meet with Anthony.
In Furt, Mercedes does her best to support Kurt who is being bullied by Dave Karofsky, and is later shocked when Kurt admits that he must transfer to Dalton Academy, due to the continued abuse from Karofsky. She and Finn seem to be the most shocked and hurt by this news, with Mercedes pleading with him to not leave. She seems to accept his decision however in Special Education and along with Rachel helps lead the audience in a standing ovation after Kurt and the Warblers perform at Sectionals. She later waves at him, and he winks back at her when they find out both their glee groups won.
Mercedes is a comfort to Kurt in Silly Love Songs when she and Rachel have a slumber party with Kurt to help console him over the fact that his crush Blaine likes someone else. She points out to Kurt (and Rachel) that they are "boy-crazy" and need to take some time for themselves, building their confidence and honing their talent as "Divas." But she is also supportive of Kurt's feelings and encourages him to go to the Warblers Gap Attack and "scope out the competition," so that he at least has some idea of what Blaine seems to like in a boy.
In Season 3, the pair aren't inseparable as they once were, but are shown to still be friends.
In, The Spanish Teacher, Mercedes has a sleepover with Kurt and Rachel where they talk about relationships and the fact that Rachel wants to marry Finn.
In Saturday Night Glee-ver, Mercedes and Kurt help out a friend they made who is the lead singer of New Directions rivals, Vocal Adrenaline, Wade, who idolizes both of them. They try to sabotage his performance on the orders of Sue but later rethink what they did and visit Wade before he goes on to perform. They fail because of Jesse St. James interference but are later surprised by Wade's performance and cheer him on.
- Main article: Mercedes-Puck Relationship
In Laryngitis, Puck and Mercedes start dating, but Puck is only using her to be popular after he shaved his mohawk off. At first she is reluctant to his advances but then when he sings Lady Is a Tramp to her they start dating. Santana becomes very jealous and angry at Mercedes because she likes Puck and they sing The Boy Is Mine together. Mercedes breaks up with him after seeing him throwing "dweebs" in the dumpster.
In The Substitute, Kurt's new friendship with Blaine begins to take up more of his time, and he grows concerned that Mercedes is feeling left out. He then attempts to set her up with Anthony, a member of the football team who he seems to be on good terms with. Anthony seems interested in Mercedes as when she looks in his direction, he smiles and waves in greeting. Mercedes is initially reluctant to talk to him, but after Kurt voices his concerns about her recent behavior regarding tater tots, Mercedes decides to take a chance and goes to talk to Anthony. Their relationship status is currently unknown. Mercedes wasn't seen at the New Direction girls meeting to discuss how their boyfriends were going to stop Dave from bullying Kurt. It can be assumed that a romantic relationship didn't happen; also, in Silly Love Songs she discusses being single with Kurt and Rachel.
- Main article: Mercedes-Sam Relationship
While Rachel is singing Jar of Hearts, Mercedes is sitting alone. Sam tells Mercedes that she looks beautiful and holding out his hand, he asks if she would like to dance, she agrees and takes his hand. They share this dance, and are later seen dancing during I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You. At the end of the episode, Sam, Rachel and Mercedes are seen taking a prom picture together.
In New York, after Light Up the World, Sam and Mercedes share a hug. After returning from nationals, Sam and Mercedes run into Kurt and Blaine at the Lima Bean. They explain that they just ran into each other in the parking lot. After their conversation with Kurt and Blaine, they walk away and Mercedes asks, "Do you think they know?" to which Sam replies, "I don't think anybody knows." They smile and then they hold hands, revealing that they are secretly a couple. It is unknown why they have opted to keep their relationship a secret, or how long they have been together, but it is assumed that they started dating some time between The Prom Queen and New York.
In Hold on to Sixteen Sam returns and Quinn asked him to help her raise Beth but he declines her offer because he wants Mercedes back. Mercedes claims that what they had was a summer fling but Sam believes it was something more. Sam doesn't care how big and bad Mercedes' boyfriend is, he will fight to get her back. She smiles and blushes as she walks away. Mercedes later smiles and giggles at his performance in ABC.
Sam continues to pursue Mercedes in Yes/No. Going as far as to beg Coach Beiste for a spot on a sports team to get a Letterman jacket in the hopes of impressing Mercedes. Mercedes, though she continuously turns Sam down, realizes that she still has strong feelings for Sam while singing The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face with some of the other ND Girls. They also sing Summer Nights together along with the rest of New Directions at the beginning of the episode, recounting their time spent together over the summer.Don't Wanna Lose You to Sam while Sam sings Bamboleo/Hero to her. As the week ends, Sam and Mercedes meet up but Shane them approaches and takes Mercedes away.
In Heart, Mercedes, though she has broken up with Shane, tells Sam that she can't be with him either because she needs to sort her feelings. They are both tearful during Mercedes' solo I Will Always Love You.
In Big Brother, Sue points out that Sam and Mercedes have sexual tension between them.
In Saturday Night Glee-ver, Sam inspires Mercedes to go for what she believes in and her goals. They get back together and also kiss for the second time on screen.
In Prom-asaurus, they attend senior prom together and are seen having a wonderful time, dancing with each other and posing for the photo. She also sees Shane dancing with someone, and they smile at each other, to show they are happy and content
Main article: Mercedes' Quotations
Solos (In A Group Number)
|Somebody to Love||
Rachel, Finn, and Artie
Artie and Tina
Artie, Rachel, and Finn
Rachel, Finn, Tina and Artie
|Bad Romance||Theatricality||Kurt, Tina, Quinn, and Santana|
|Good Vibrations||Funk||Puck and Finn|
Kurt and Artie
Finn, Rachel, Puck, Kurt, and Artie
Rachel, Finn, Puck, Santana, Kurt, and Artie
Rachel, Kurt, Tina, Artie, Finn, and Santana
|Empire State of Mind||Audition||Artie, Finn, Puck, Santana and Rachel|
|One of Us||Grilled Cheesus||Tina, Finn, Rachel, Kurt and Quinn|
|Start Me Up/Livin' On a Prayer||Never Been Kissed||Rachel, Tina, Santana and Brittany|
|Forget You||The Substitute||Holly and Artie|
|We Need a Little Christmas||
Kurt and Tina
Deck the Rooftop (Not Used in Episode)
Santana, Finn, Artie, Rachel, Quinn and Tina
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (Not Used in Episode)
Tina, Quinn, Santana and Rachel
Artie and Rachel
|Blame It (On The Alcohol)||
Artie, Puck, and Santana
Brittany and Artie
|Loser Like Me||Original Song||Rachel, Finn, Santana and Brittany|
|Born This Way||Born This Way||Kurt and Tina|
|I Love New York/New York, New York||New York||Finn, Santana, Artie, Brittany and Rachel|
|You Can't Stop the Beat||The Purple Piano Project||Rachel, Finn, Kurt, Artie and Tina|
|It's All Over||Asian F||Will, Santana, Finn, Kurt, Puck and Mike|
|Candyman||Pot O' Gold||Santana and Brittany|
|Rumor Has It/Someone Like You||Mash Off|
|Survivor/I Will Survive||
Santana, Brittany and Sugar
Rachel, Finn, Quinn, Sam, Santana
|My Favorite Things||
Rachel, Kurt and Blaine
Finn, Rachel, Kurt, Blaine, Artie, Brittany, Tina, Puck and Santana
Sam, Rory, Sugar, Tina, Puck, Finn, Kurt and Santana
Rachel, Tina, and Santana
|Black or White||Michael||Artie, Kurt, Santana and Rachel|
Joe, Sam and Quinn
Kurt, Blaine, Rachel, Sugar and Brittany
|On My Way||Rachel, Artie, Santana, Blaine and Finn|
|What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)||Santana and Brittany|
|Stayin' Alive||Saturday Night Glee-ver||Finn and Santana|
|How Will I Know||Dance with Somebody||Rachel, Kurt and Santana|
|My Love Is Your Love||Artie, Blaine and Kurt|
|Cell Block Tango||Choke||Brittany, Sugar, Santana and Tina|
|Shake It Out||Santana and Tina|
|Edge of Glory||Nationals||Santana, Quinn and Tina|
|Paradise By The Dashboard Light||Finn, Puck, Kurt, Blaine, Brittany, Santana and Rachel|
|You Get What You Give||Goodbye||Finn, Puck/Sam and Rachel|
- She has sang the second most amount of solos on the show, and was second to perform a full solo. The first for both categories is Rachel.
- When "So You Think You Can Dance" is on, she and Kurt text each other about wether if they liked or hated the dance routine.
- Her father is a dentist (Throwdown, Saturday Night Glee-ver).
- Until Big Brother, Mercedes had sung in every episode that Rachel hadn't (Acafellas, Home, Funk, A Night of Neglect, Pot O' Gold, Mash Off, The Spanish Teacher and Heart). In Big Brother, neither Rachel nor Mercedes have a solo.
- She is a "happy girl drunk" (Blame It on the Alcohol).
- She was the first to audition for New Directions (Pilot).
- She is one of the characters that is shown to have a car.
- Her idols are Beyoncé and Whitney Houston.
- She and Kurt sometimes hang out after school.
- She and Kurt are the only New Direction members that joined both Cheerleading and Football.
- In Season Two, all of her duets were performed with a girl.
- She loved Santana's performance of Valerie (Pot O' Gold).
- Thought that broccoli was a toilet brush (The Substitute), though this was most likely only a sarcastic remark.
- The think she is looking forward to the most is seeing Rachel's children (On My Way).
- She doesn't wear skirts because she afraid it would cause a sex riot (Home).
- Her catch phrase is "Ah, hell to the no!", which she wrote a song about in Original Song (Hell To The No).
- In Season One and Two, her best friends were Tina and Kurt. In Season Three, she is seen mostly hanging around with Santana and Brittany, her fellow Troubletones.
- She has slumber parties with Rachel and Kurt (Silly Love Songs, The Spanish Teacher).
- She says that if one of the twelve apostles had been gay, it would most likely have been 'Simon', because his name is the gayest.
- Mercedes is the only senior in Season Three to not have at least one parent appear onscreen.