Mercedes must choose between love or society’s thoughts: Although years have passed, the chemistry between Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Mercedes (Amber Riley) is undeniable. Being just friendly roommates is proving to be easier said than done, as old feelings surface.
The episode catches these two lovebirds watching the “Facts of Life” TV show, as Sam is attempts to explore their past. A few awkward silences later, Mercedes grabs Sam’s face and the most ferocious make-out session in “Glee” history explodes. From this moment, it is clear that Sam is on a mission to make Mercedes Jones his woman. And after footsie-playing at the weekly potluck, a faux fur coat in the East River, and a Mercedes Jones cover of Aretha Franklin’s “A Natural Woman,” it seems as if Sam has won her heart. Right? Not quite.
Things take a turn for the worse when Mercedes decides to introduce Sam to her friends and he says some rather questionable, borderline-racist things. One weave-wearing comment too many and a few other head-tilting remarks and it is clear: The girls are not Team Sam. In an honest conversation, Mercedes’ friends convince her that as a black singer, having a Caucasian beau would ensure no black support and is not healthy for her image. Considering their opinions, she ends things with Sam, breaking his heart.
Toward the end of the episode, the pair meet in the studio, where Mercedes apologizes for her actions. And in effort to explain her feelings, she sings her debut single, “Colorblind.” It is a heart-felt song about being in love regardless of color. With this incredible number, Sam and Mercedes are back on. The song is seriously amazing.