|Intimacy Level:|| Close friends|
After the song, Blame It (On the Alcohol), Rachel is seen grabbing onto Sam's hand as she is a 'needy drunk.'
Rachel comforts Sam and helps him with his problems and instantly they become much closer friends. Rachel looks visibly upset when she sees Sam cry. She demonstrates concern with his situation, and along with the rest of New Directions, buys back Sam's guitar for him. Rachel buys Sam chapstick commenting on how cute his mouth is and asks Sam to attend the junior prom with her, but he declines the offer, stating that she is not his type. However, it is debatable as to whether he rejected the offer solely due to not being able to afford to take her to the junior prom, or, because he genuinely had no interest in attending as her date. Either way, that statement also made Rachel feel both hurt and embarrassed.
Rachel, Sam, and Mercedes all go to prom together (their "prom on a budget") and they are seen hugging when Sam replies to Rachel and Mercedes' proposition by saying, "It would be my honor." During Kurt's win for Prom Queen, Sam is seen in one shot to have his hand on Rachel's shoulder. Rachel and Sam danced together during Dancing Queen, and they have their official junior prom photo taken together, alongside Mercedes. Despite going to prom together, Rachel dances with Jesse during the first half of the prom.
Both of them are seen sitting next to each other in a Glee Club meeting as well as at Jean's funeral when they're singing.
Rachel and Finn go to find Sam to bring him back to the New Directions. When Rachel and Finn see Sam "performing" at the strip club, Rachel asks Finn to give her a dollar so that she can get his attention. She then, along with Finn, convinces his parents to let him return to Lima, with the possibility of staying at her house. They are also seen hugging during the We Are Young performance at the end of the episode.
Sam is seen smiling at Rachel while she sings River in the auditorium. Artie tells her that it is too depressing and doesn't relate to his vision of the holiday special. Sam defends her saying, "It's the sad things that make you remember what's really important." At the end of this episode Finn and Rachel join Sam and Rory on the street, collecting money for the Salvation Army.
During Stereo Hearts, Sam raps the song while he is moving closer to Rachel. He jumps up the table to take a student's rose in order to give it to her. In the Choir Room, Rachel says to New Directions that she and Finn are getting married. Sam and some other New Directions members disagree, while others say they'll support them.
During the performance of You Should Be Dancing, Sam and Rachel can be seen sitting next to each other.
When Rachel tells the Glee Club about the Anti-Prom that she, Kurt, and Blaine thought of, Sam looks excited about this idea, even fist-pumping in the air. However, in the end, he attends prom with Mercedes. When Sam is dancing with Mercedes, he stops and smiles at Rachel and Finn when they make their entrance together.
Along with the rest of New Directions, Sam waves goodbye to Rachel when Finn decides to set her free and send her to New York by train.Blaine, Rachel hugs Sam just after entering her apartment. She serves him water and gives him advice right after Sam messed up his interview with Hunter. After that, Rachel decides to help Sam with his modeling career, introducing him the photographer from Funny Girl for a photoshoot, so he can use those photos as an introduction card to Bichette. They also share a few subtle glances with each other during the episode.
During the song, Just the Way You Are, Rachel grabs Sam's hand and later ends up dancing with him. They share several glances with Santana catching their potential chemistry.
While talking to Mercedes about relationships Rachel says there was a time when she thought she might like him, but felt it was just because she was missing home and he was close to Finn and also because he could understood what she was feeling, but that it was over now and she believes that Sam and Mercedes are soulmates.
Sang Together (In a Group Number)
|Marry You||Furt||Finn, Quinn, Tina, Artie, Mike, and Brittany|
|Don't Stop||Rumours||Finn and Quinn|
|We Are Young||Hold on to Sixteen||Finn, Quinn, Santana, and Mercedes|
|You Get What You Give (Album Version)||Goodbye||Finn and Mercedes|
|Mamma Mia||Guilty Pleasures||Santana, Blaine, Kurt, Marley, Unique, and Kitty|
|Roar||A Katy or A Gaga||Kitty, Tina, Unique, Kurt, Santana, Dani, and Elliott|
|Just the Way You Are||Movin' Out||Santana, Kurt, and Blaine|
|Hold On||Trio||Artie, Blaine, Dani, Elliott, Kurt, Santana, and Tina|
|Downtown||New New York||Artie, Blaine, and Kurt|
- Bella Notte from Lady and the Tramp. (New York)
- Stereo Hearts by Gym Class Heroes. (Heart)
- In My Life by The Beatles. (Goodbye)
- Movin' Out by Billy Joel. (Movin' Out)
- Rachel and Finn have visited Sam at his home twice; once in Rumours and once in Hold on to Sixteen. However, he was living at a different house each time.
- Both fought with Santana over their boy/girlfriend at some point (Sam over Brittany and Rachel over Finn).
- Rachel was once called "Trout Mouth" by Artie in Season One's Sectionals and Sam is often referred to as "Trouty Mouth" throughout the series.
- At the end of Guilty Pleasures, Sam (in Lima) and Rachel (in New York) both pick Mamma Mia as a guilty pleasure song that they enjoy and want everyone to sing (Sam with the New Directions and Rachel with Kurt and Santana).
- In Rumours, Rachel tells Kurt (who she believes is cheating on Blaine with Sam) that Sam is "cute".
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