After learning the name and location of his birth parents, Sam makes a road trip to Magnolia, Arkansas. During his stay at a hotel in Magnolia, Sam begins to have erotic dreams of Bill Compton as a side effect from absorbing massive amounts of his vampire blood. After waking from this dream, Sam learns that the Mickens no longer live at their previous address. However, he learns that their son Tommy Mickens worked as a local mechanic. ("Bad Blood")Even though Tommy made claims that he wasn't related to the Mickens, Sam followed him to his house. After sorting through the mailbox at the Mickens' residence, Sam learned that Tommy was indeed a Mickens and possibly his younger brother.
While trying to connect to Tommy, Sam joins him on a run. During their run, Tommy stops in the middle of the street and barks for Sam. Sam then runs out to the street after him. They both stop and stand there until a truck driving up is inches away from hitting them both. Tommy, in his Pit-Bull form, then quickly shifts into a hawk and flies away. Sam then jumps out of the way from the truck. Sam realizes Tommy tried to get Sam hit. ("Beautifully Broken")Sam returns to his parents' house, not mentioning that Tommy tried to get him killed on the highway and explains that he's heading back to Bon Temps.
Back at Merlotte's, Sam accepts Sookie's request for some free time to look for Bill and to also keep an eye out for Jessica Hamby. The Mickens surprise him by showing up at Merlotte`s, and, when he tries to cover his dismay by buying them all lunch, a free meal quickly turns into a monstrous bar tab. When Sam steps in to stop Tommy from drinking underage, a liquored-up Joe Lee gets in his face. Sam gently kicks them all out, but, later that night when his security alarm goes off, he finds a pit bull rifling through his office, until it shifts into a bird and flies out the window. ("It Hurts Me Too")
Sam goes running after his brother and discovers that his parents are living in their van in the Merlotte's parking lot. He tells Melinda that Tommy tried to steal from the safe. She says they are behind on the rent and have no place to go, but they will clear out when Tommy returns. Sam finds Tommy in the woods and tries to convince him to leave their parents. Tommy says he has no choice because their parents need him, and he won't be on his own until they're dead.
Sam tells his parents he will hook them up with a place to stay as long as there is no more stealing or drinking. When Arlene demands that Sam bring in more help, Sam hires Jessica as a hostess and Tommy as a bus boy. ("9 Crimes") Feeling as though everyone is taking advantage of him and stressed, Sam is unable to cope with his anger. During this time we see a flashback to when Sam was a thief and murderer.
Sam also has another quick tryst with Tara. Finally snapping one night in Merlotte's, Sam beats up a werepanther—almost killing the beast. In the season finale, we see him finding his money stolen. He grabs a gun and chases down Tommy. Tommy explains that he needs help, but Sam won't listen...he raises his gun and fires.