Last night's fun episode of 'Glee' entitled "Feud" pitted the unlikeliest of foes head to head. Drawing on the tension between Finn (Cory Monteith) and Will (Matthew Morrison), which began after Finn admitted to kissing Emma (Jayma Mays) last week, the writers needed to forge additional feuds for this week's theme to work. The feuds were enjoyable to watch play out, and most of the music here actually worked, despite seeming like it had the potential to be a car wreck in last week's bump.
Will and Finn challenged each other to a boy band match. Will belted out 'N Sync's infectious "Bye, Bye Bye", while Finn stuck to the smoother crooning of the Backstreet Boys' "I Want it That Way." While the mash-up surprisingly did not suck, and while Finn was willing to mend fences by the end, Will was not receptive to burying the hatchet just yet.
Finn, believing that Will will never trust him again and that he is now a complete and utter failure, decides to pack up his desk and leave with the intention of "finding himself." Marley (Melissa Benoist) stops him mid-pack and tells him not to base his accomplishments on what Will thinks of him. He's good at being a teacher. Finn replies that he can't be a teacher - he doesn't have a teaching degree! Marley then tells him, "so go get one." You could almost see the light bulb form above Finn's head. I can go to school to become a teacher? Why didn't anyone tell me it was this simple?
While we're on the topic of Finn, we might as well touch on the Rachel (Lea Michele)/Brody (Dean Geyer) situation. Rachel finds out via her doctor that she is, in fact, not pregnant and that it was a false alarm. (Huh? Guess that was too complicated of a storyline to continue.) Santana (Naya Rivera), who brought Rachel to the doctor, tells her that this is a wake-up call and that Rachel needs to reevaluate her life choices.
This is sage advice coming from someone who, deep down, truly does care, but still goes through all of your drawers and garbage when you're not home. Santana means well (and she's ultimately right), but can you blame Rachel for having her doubts? Rachel and Kurt (Chris Colfer) decide to kick Santana out for her meddling, but Santana will not allow her friends to fall victim to a d-bag.
Santana decides to take matters into her own hands after her repeated warnings to Rachel fall on deaf ears, and she heads to the NYADA dance studio to confront Brody herself, complete with a back-up dancer-filled version of Paula Abdul's "Cold-Hearted Snake" (neither version is currently available on Amazon MP3). This was a sexy re-vamp akin to the original music video, but then, everything Santana touches turns to gold. She tells Brody to stay away, but you know this isn't the end.
Later, Brody (who, in a duet of the first song of the episode with Rachel [Marina & the Diamonds' "How to Be a Heartbreaker"] injected it with a whole new kind of sexy), heads to the hotel room where his cougar client awaits him (totally a gigolo - called it), and receives a rude awakening when none other than Santana is on the bed. He starts to explain that he's only doing this to pay for his tuition, but Santana tells him to save it for someone more important. Here, we're thinking, "oh, damn, Rachel's hiding in the closet!"
But nope, none other than the "I'm finally finding the courage to get my act together" Finn walks out of the bathroom and proceeds to beat the ever-loving crap out of Brody. He finally leaves (after causing plenty of destruction to the room that no one will probably pay for), but not without screaming "Stay away from my future wife!" Strong!
Probably the best feud of the episode was between Sue (Jane Lynch) and Blaine (Darren Criss). When Sue can't get Blaine to fulfill a contract he signed a while back to join the Cheerios, she retorts with her typically over-the-top dastardly schemes that would get any other administrator fired. She has Becky (Lauren Potter) present Blaine with what appears to be expensive hair gel, only for him to find out that it is, in fact, cement. She even goes so far as to hire a plane (was this on the school's dime?) to fly a banner that reads: "Blaine is on the bottom." Never a meaner bully there ever was.
The result? A face-off based on recent real-life events surrounding Nicki Minaj (Sue and Becky) and Mariah Carey (Blaine). Sorry, Blaine, you are definitely the favorite, but the title here must be turned over to Sue. Blaine's "I Don't Believe" was ultimately drowned out and reduced to a pathetic whimper by the "Super Bass" black-lights and pastel rainbow of colors that Sue, Becky and the Cheerios brought to the mix. (Could Glee perhaps be picking a side here?) Blaine is forced to join the Cheerios, but this seems to be the first step in a plan he is devising with Sam (Chord Overstreet) to get Sue overthrown once and for all.
Marley and Jake (Jacob Artist) are still as sweet a couple as ever, with Marley proclaiming so much love for Jake that you nearly drown in the sappy syrup of it in her attempt to convince him that she is done with entertaining the idea of a potential romance with Ryder (Blake Jenner). This may be the beginning of a downward spiral for Ryder, though, who now seems like he's quickly becoming embroiled in a creepy Catfish-like situation.
And that's not all. Ryder managed to ruffle Unique's (Alex Newell) feathers when she approached him for messing with Marley, but he turned it back on her when he told her he could never refer to her as a girl (!). This, of course, led to their feud, which was hashed out via a mash-up of Madonna's "Dress You Up" and Elton John's "The Bitch is Back."
This was one of the weaker songs of the episode, though, surprisingly, Ryder brought more fierce to the table than Unique did. Enjoy it, Ryder, it won't last long. Perhaps he's still riding high on the "fake compliment" Finn accused Will of bestowing upon him. In the end, their fences have mended and Ryder will accept Unique's truths, even if he can't understand them.
The last song of the episode (Tegan and Sara's "Closer") didn't fit at all and was another victim of Glee's poor placement, as this yearning-for-sexual-intimacy tune immediately followed Finn's ass-whooping of Brody. (Poor Brody, he's too hot to be painted in such an evil light.) But perhaps the happy-go-lucky vibe of the song was symbolic of how (almost) everyone overcame their differences by the end.
Funniest line of the episode: (To Tina [Jenna Ushkowitz]) "Go find a new boyfriend. Maybe Lance Bass is available. Or Rupaul." - Sue
Best song of the episode: "How to Be a Heartbreaker"
Worst song of the episode: "Closer"
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