|Family & Friends|
He made his first appearance as a sophomore in Audition, the first episode of Season Two. Sam's musical talent is discovered by Finn when he sings Poison's Every Rose Has Its Thorn in the shower, in the boys' locker room. He joins the New Directions in Duets, the fourth episode of Season Two, and later dates Quinn, but they break up because Quinn was cheating on him with her ex-boyfriend, Finn. In New York, the twenty-second and final episode of Season Two, it is revealed that he had secretly dated Mercedes for some time. In The Purple Piano Project, the first episode of Season Three, it is said by Mercedes that they dated in June before and they sang about having a summer romance before he left. Sam returns to McKinley and the New Directions after Finn and Rachel find him working as a stripper in a strip club in Hold on to Sixteen, the eighth episode of Season Three. It takes a lot of attempts to get the attention of Mercedes, but he eventually wins her over. They start dating again in Saturday Night Glee-ver, the sixteenth episode of Season Three, where they kiss after Sam posts a video of Mercedes singing Disco Inferno on YouTube. It seems that since this, they went their separate ways and Sam is once again single.