Why I love Sam Evans
I felt like I needed to write this. But before I start, I want to be clear that I’m staying out of the shipping aspect of Sam. I’m not going to talk, Kum, Suck, Fabrevans, Samcedes, or any of the others because none of them are why I love Sam.
When Sam first came on Glee, I liked him immediately because he really seemed to have a lot of emotional depth. Here was this jock with the goofy hair, a new kid trying to fit in who, in the real world, would probably have no interest in joining the glee club, let alone even talk to or being friends with the members of the club. But with relatively little convincing, he came to the glee room with Finn and met most of the male members of the group. Of course Puck brought it, being his typical self, but Sam held his own without being nasty or condescending. And then he sang “Billionaire,” which immediately became one of my favorite Glee songs of all time.
His rendition of the song was so earnest, and I felt real emotion coming from it, which is not something I can say about all the songs on Glee.
Sure, it took Sam a few episodes to come around and actually join the club, but he did, and he continued to prove that he wasn’t the typical jock. For one thing, he didn’t back down from Kurt’s advances, even when Finn warned him it would be social suicide to sing a duet with him. Then he proved that he was secretly a dork, and just like that, Sam became one of the most hilarious characters on Glee (when they let him be at least), speaking Na’vi and doing his absurd impressions. And also, “Duets” proved that Sam was one of the most layered characters on the show. He was kind without being soft, he was a jock but still sensitive, and he was both charming and dorky, two things that shouldn’t go hand-in-hand but did nonetheless.
Throughout the season, I grew to love Sam and his impressions, his social awkwardness, and his belief that everyone in the club was as sincere and honest as he was. Some people might think that he’s naive, but I think it’s really that he gives everyone the benefit of the doubt, believing that they’re telling the truth unless proven otherwise. He’s one of the most trusting people the show has ever seen.
Eventually, that nice guy worldview came back to bite him, but even when Quinn, Finn, and Santana betrayed him, he never faltered, choosing instead to remain the same Sam that he had always been. And even when something horrible happened, he never let that crack his exterior. Even when his family lost their house and almost all of their possessions, he stayed strong. I believe that Sam kept this hidden from the other glee members because he didn’t want them to worry, that he didn’t want them to feel responsible for his troubles. He felt like it was his burden and his alone; after all, his family had spent his entire life taking care of him, and now it was his turn. And in the midst of this tremendous trial, he even managed to forgive the girl who broke his heart and let her back into his life.
What’s more, even though he’d lost almost everything already, he even sold his guitar, which was not only one of the only things he had left but was probably the only thing he had to bring him any comfort during this trying time; selling his guitar was an act of selfless, pure, devoted love for his family.
Just when I thought Sam couldn’t impress me anymore, he did: at prom, he agreed to go with Rachel and Mercedes, despite the fact that he was embarrassed by not having any money and having to wear his father’s suit. Even better, he fulfilled Mercedes’s prom fantasy, not because he knew what her fantasy was, but because he saw her sitting alone and sad, and he wanted to do whatever he could to fix that.
So Sam, in the end (if this is the end for him, and I sincerely hope it’s not) showed that he’s a class-act, a rarity in today’s society. He loves with his whole heart, he trusts everyone implicitly until they’re proven to be untrustworthy, and he gives everyone a second chance. If Sam doesn’t return to Glee, then we’ve all lost a beacon of love and honesty, a role-model for us all, and that would be a shame.
So please, Ryan Murphy, don’t cut the Chord. Keep Sam…for all of us.