Between the next two episodes, Britney 2.0 and Makeover, he forges strong friendships with Brittany Pierce (Heather Morris) and Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss).
After another member of the football team, Dave Karofsky (Max Adler), steps up his bullying of Kurt because of Kurt's sexuality, Artie and Mike confront him, and Sam joins the fight when the two are knocked down.
Later, impressed by the way Sam stood up for Kurt, Quinn begins wearing his promise ring.
They discover that, unknown to his family and despite being underage, he works in a strip bar in order to help support them—they believe he has a job at a fast food restaurant.
Sam gets the permission of his parents to transfer back to Mc Kinley—he will be living with Finn's family—and he helps New Directions defeat their Mc Kinley rivals, the Troubletones at Sectionals.
He shows her the enthusiastic comments garnered by the video, and tells her he believes in her. They attend the senior prom together in "Prom-asaurus", and New Directions subsequently wins the Nationals competition.