Britney vs. Christina. One Direction vs. The Wanted. Chris Brown vs. Good Taste. When you think of music culture, it’s impossible to ignore that a lot of the time, a lot of musicians can’t stand a lot of other musicians. So it’s actually quite a surprise that a show ostensibly all about music has gone four seasons without fully exploring popular artist feuds (although, to be fair, they did devote a whole episode to Rumours).
It all started back at McKinley, where Schu and Finn’s fight was still going strong. Yes, it’s not ideal Finn kissed Emma in the lead-up to her wedding, but Schu was at “Terri faking a pregnancy” levels of anger for most of the episode, which seemed a bit extreme. Blaine, Tina and Sam kicked things off by telling the two that their fighting had to come to an end — just think of the children! — and the only way to do that was to talk the problem out like adults have a sing off. Twist: They got an assignment handed to them instead of the other way around, and with that, somewhere in the universe Madonna gave a side-eye to some hydrangeas, and feud week was on.
Finn and Schu naturally thought the assignment was pretty dumb. To the 19-year-old’s credit, Finn suggested they just talk. But Schu had had a rough couple of weeks, and over his dead body was he not at least going to get to channel Justin Timberlake in a high school auditorium. Let him have this! But first, some harsh words: “I gave you the Glee club because you were lost. I took pity on you. You broke the code of a brother, Finn. Start thinking of the nastiest music feuds you can come up with, because we are doing this assignment.”
The nastiest music feud Finn could come up with was *NSYNC versus Backstreet Boys circa 2001. Let me take a moment here to express my surprise that those two bands haven’t been mashed up before on this show. This number was 100% ridiculous but also honestly had 100% of the things I wanted to see once I heard this song was happening. Schu on strings! Schu with JT hair! The girls being crazed fans! To the surprise of no one, doing the “Bye Bye Bye” dance didn’t actually solve anything. Finn seemed eager to bury the hatchet, but Schu said that he couldn’t yet forgive him.
NEXT: Blaine has to join the Cheerios?