This is the moment. This is the moment where you can see Mercedes’ heart just break because Sam is saying exactly what she was afraid he was going to say, “I love you Mercedes, but…”. And she completely gets it and doesn’t blame him for being upset but there was a part of her that hoped he would immediately go along with it and that would be that. But now she has deal with the reality that this could be the thing that pushes them apart for the third and it hurts.
What’s even worse is that when he calls her, she’s already talked into the head space of finding a way to be friends with this man who she loves so much. She just assumes that he’s decided he can’t and is preparing herself to deal. Which is what makes the candles scene all the more beautiful because Sam took time and thought and prayed about this, and he’s decided that as beautiful and wonderful as sex is, being with her trumps all.
❝ The episode ends on a lovely note with Mercedes going to see Rachel again and conceding that she’s happy to be a prude. She doesn’t care because she knows she’s made the right decision with Sam. Rachel tells Mercedes there was actually one moment where she thought she might have a little something with Sam (oh boy, did we dodge that bullet), and Mercedes asks if she’s having any moments with any other men. Rachel says she’s closed for business. She wasn’t dating Finn when he died but they both knew they were endgame. “There’s a line between your past and your future,” and she’ll draw it when she’s ready. Maybe some time, but not right now. Just some really lovely work from Lea Michele and Amber Riley this week — I’ll take quality over quantity any day. Mercedes tells Rachel it’s great to have a girlfriend to talk to. “It really is.” It really is! ❞
I can’t live without you.
❝ He prayed in the bathroom, and even though sex is awesome, there are more awesome things. Like loving Mercedes. Aww Sam, you are growing up. Just don’t pull any of that Cheerios on the floor shit, ok? ❞