For the first time in Glee Club history, the students give the teachers an assignment, "Feud." After Finn reveals to Will that he kissed Emma, things get way out of hand. As this feud finds its ways to be solved, Finn eventually chooses a path that will shape his future. With the feud assignment set, it starts up more feuds, between Ryder and Unique and also between Blaine and Sue. Ryder, with a new online love interest, is asked to back-off Marley as he ruined her and Jake's relationship. Unique also has problems with people identifying her as a boy while Sue is determined to force Blaine back into the Cheerios to help her win upcoming Regionals, unaware that Blaine commences a plot to end her terror at the school. In New York though, Santana gets right down to the bottom heap and digs out Brody's secret, turning out he isn't who she really thought, leading to a new feud and Kurt and Rachel making a final decision based on her actions.
PlotSince Finn's revelation that he kissed Emma, a seething Will passive-aggressively berates him, while Finn's frustration has him at the boiling point. The New Directions students force them into a lesson on famed musical feuds, demanding they perform a number about rivalry together so they can heal and reteam to lead the glee club to Nationals.
After a visit to the doctor, Rachel determines she's not pregnant, but Santana urges her to use the scare to take a deeper look at where her life's going, especially her relationship. Meanwhile, Brody's secretly working as a paid escort, trysting with clients as Rachel ponders how to deal with her feelings for him during the song How to Be a Heartbreaker.
Sue tries to enforce a contract that would bring Blaine back to the Cheerios, but Blaine resists - although Sue's not-so-veiled threats give him pause. Meanwhile, Ryder's entered an online relationship with a mystery girl named Katie_xoxo and is sharing personal secrets, including how Unique angrily confronted him about causing a rift between Marley and Jake that's threatening the harmony within New Directions. Ryder's insistence that Unique is actually a guy doesn't help. Katie suggests Ryder settle their differences with a musical feud number.
When Finn resists the feud lesson, Will tells Finn he only put him in charge of the glee club because he pitied him when his lifewas falling apart - but Finn betrayed his trust. Now he insists Finn play along so he can kick his butt. Santana trashes Brody despite Rachel's defense, believing that Rachel is underselling herself by being with him. Sue wages a reign of terror against Blaine, prompting a challenge or a feud-off: she'll tear up his contract if he beats her in their Mariah Carey vs. Nicki Minaj showdown, but vows that he won't win.
Marley convinces Jake she doesn't have any plans to leave him for Ryder, but she's not going to give him the cold shoulder either. Ryder and Unique stage a showdown to Elton John's The Bitch Is Back and Madonna's Dress You Up, but tension persists: Unique demands that Ryder admit she's a girl before she'll shake his hand. When Ryder fails to concede, the feud endures - and Jake reminds Ryder that, in the choir room, the students are whatever they choose to be. Meanwhile, Sue perfects the art of the Nicki Minaj "out-of-nowhere" threat by terrorizing Tina.Confronting Brody at NYADA, Santana warns him to move out of the apartment and stay away from Rachel, in a rendition of Paula Abdul's Cold Hearted. Meanwhile, Will and Finn face off, '90s boy band-style, to *NSYNC's Bye Bye Bye and Backstreet Boy's I Want It That Way. It helps work out their anger, but in the end Will's still just not ready to hug it out. Finn is hurt but understands and thanks Will for everything he's done for him. Rachel and Kurt confront Santana, embarrassed by her antics at NYADA and concerned about her threats to Brody. They insist she needs to dial it back or move out. Santana explains that she loves them and reads people better than they do, but when they persist, she caves in and leaves.
Katie_xoxo convinces Ryder that if he can believe the two of them are friendsdespite having never met in person, Unique is also allowed to perceive himself any way he chooses. Blaine kicks off his Mariah Carey-style rendition of Brenda K. Starr's I Still Believe, while Sue leads a neon-glowing, Minaj-ified Cheerio squad to Super Bass - and, shockingly, Sue is the clear victor.
Seeing Finn packing up his desk, Marley boldly advises him to "grow a pair." She relates to what he's going through but also knows he's a natural leader and teacher who doesn't need Will's approval to prove it. Finn agrees but says what he does need is a teaching degree, and Marley suggests that he go out and get one.
Ryder proposes a truce to Marley, Jake and Unique, hoping to regain their trust. Unique reveals that after their sing-off, she walked home in her full "Leslie Uggams" glory but was chased by a group of popular girls who taunted her. The group promise to watch Unique's back - as does surprise eavesdropper Kitty, who rallies to Unique's defense because she wants to take the National championship. The group vows to uphold the glee club tradition of being all that you believe you can be after the senior students graduate.
Sue names Blaine co-captain of the Cheerios with Becky, explaining that she's teaching Blaine a lesson about real-world commitments by making him give his word that he's dedicated to the Cheerios. Blaine is secretly thrilled; all along, he and Sam have been working to plant him on the inside to take down Sue's reign of terror before graduation.
On an escort call, Brody's shocked to discover that his latest client is actually Santana, who leaves him in the hotel room to be confronted by Finn. Finn demands that Brody disappear from Rachel's life immediately, but Brody claims that he loves her. Finn counters that Rachel doesn't even know who Brody is - yet. The confrontation gets physical, and they trash the hotel room as they fight, with Finn landing the decisive blow and warning Brody to "stay away from his future wife."
Back at McKinley, New Directions comes back together as a team to Tegan and Sara's Closer. As Ryder explains the renewed teamwork to Katie_xoxo, he admits he feels like he's moved on from Marley. He tentatively asks if they can meet, but is disappointed when Katie_xoxo suddenly drops offline.
|Song Title||Original Artist||Performer(s)|
|How to Be a Heartbreaker||Marina and the Diamonds||Brody Weston and Rachel Berry|
|The Bitch Is Back/Dress You Up||Elton John/Madonna||Ryder Lynn and Unique Adams|
with New Directions
|Cold Hearted||Paula Abdul||Santana Lopez with NYADA students|
|Bye Bye Bye/I Want It That Way||'N Sync/Backstreet Boys||Finn Hudson and Will Schuester|
with New Directions Boys
|I Still Believe/Super Bass||Brenda K. Starr (Mariah Carey version)/Nicki Minaj||Blaine Anderson and Sue Sylvester|
with the Cheerios and New Directions
|Closer||Tegan and Sara||New Directions|
- Closer by Tegan and Sara. Sung by Brody Weston
- O Fortuna from Carmina Burana. Background music during Sue's tantrum in Figgins' office.
- Blake Jenner as Ryder Lynn
- Jacob Artist as Jake Puckerman
- Alex Newell as Unique Adams
- Becca Tobin as Kitty Wilde
- Dean Geyer as Brody Weston
- Lauren Potter as Becky Jackson
- Melissa Benoist as Marley Rose
- Ginny Gardner as Katie
Absent Cast Members
- Heather Morris as Brittany Pierce
- Amber Riley as Mercedes Jones
- Mark Salling as Noah Puckerman
- Harry Shum Jr. as Mike Chang
- Brody was supposed to have his first released solo, El Tango de Roxanne, in Girls (and Boys) on Film. However, the whole scene and storyline was changed from that episode to Feud, and with that they also changed the song to the duet with Rachel, How to Be a Heartbreaker. Source
- Based on the promo for the episode it's possible that two scenes were shortened; the Santana and Brody shower scene, as Brody looking out of the shower was never shown - and the Sue/Blaine feud scene where it appears Sue is showing off her Nicki Minaj look.
- Brittany Pierce is absent for the first time since her introduction in Showmance.
- At this point in the series she is tied with Finn and Rachel for appearing in the third most amount of episodes behind Artie at 82 and Tina at 81.
- Last time Will sings in Season Four.
- In this episode many real life feuds were shown:
- Blaine/Sue based on Mariah Carey/Nicki Minaj
- Finn/Will based on Backstreet Boys/N'Sync
- Ryder/Unique based on Elton John/Madonna
- Santana/Brody wasn't based on one, but it could be concluded as Paula Abdul/Cold Hearted Snakes
- This episode got a 2.0 rating with a total of 5.37 million viewers. Source
- This is the episode Jane Lynch submitted to the Emmy Awards in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category, which she is now nominated in. This is her third nomination (her first being 2010, and the second in 2011; she was not nominated in 2012).
- When Ryder mentions that they are going to be the ones in charge when the others graduate, he never mentions Joe and Sugar.
- He even says that 'possibly' Brittany would graduate at the end of the school year, somehow, foreshadowing her early exit from the show at the end of the season, though this is most likely because she didn't graduate the previous year.
- When Finn goes into the hotel room to teach Brody his lesson, Finn says the line "Stay away from my future wife". This, along with Rachel catching the bouquet at the wedding can be seen as a potential sign of a Finchel wedding planned, had Cory Monteith not passed away.
- This is the final episode that Finn and Rachel have where they have appeared in the same amount of episodes in the series. They had appeared for 80 episodes each by this point.
- When Katie and Ryder are chatting, Katie says "No, it makes you insane," but it doesn't appear on the screen until later in their conversation.
- When Katie and Ryder are chatting, Ryder types "Last question... Bare vs. Shark?" but when it appears on the screen "question" changes to "questions" and keeps changing back and forth through the scene.
- The second time Ryder texts Katie, where he has no spelling mistakes even though he is dyslexic. However, when he texts her the first time, his messages are riddled with errors.
- When Marley asks Jake why he's worried about her leaving him for Ryder, one of the things he says is 'and he's like 2 inches taller than me' when in reality Jake is an inch taller than Ryder.
Marley: What was I supposed to do? It's not like he took a running start.
Rachel: I'm pretty sure she just stole my comforter.
Sue: You look absolutely adorable. And just to show that there's no animosity between us, I've decided to make you and Becky my Cheerio's Co-Captains.
Sue: Why are you even here?
Finn: STAY AWAY FROM MY FUTURE WIFE!