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Chapter 1 

Congressman Francis Underwood has been declined the chair for Secretary of State. He's now gathering his own team to plot his revenge. Zoe Barnes, a reporter for the Washington Herald, will do anything to get her big break.

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Congressman Francis Underwood has been declined the chair for Secretary of State. He's now gathering his own team to plot his revenge. Zoe Barnes, a reporter for the Washington Herald, will do anything to get her big break.

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The episode won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series and Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series. See more »

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The very first scene features a dog being hit by a car, at night, in Washington around the time of the Presidential Election. This occurs in November. The characters are outside, at night, only in shirts, and no "breath is visible". The trees are in full leaf. While Washington does get warms spells throughout the winter, the trees would not be in full leaf. In addition, throughout the rest of the first year, people are in wool overcoats in Washington in May/June, which once again would be extremely unlikely at that time of year. See more »

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Claire Underwood: My husband doesn't apologize, even to me.
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Waltz No. 2
Written by Dmitri Shostakovich
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Off to a Fast Start
26 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Frank Underwood immediately makes his presence known immediately when he has no trouble putting a dog out of its misery after it has been struck by a car. This is a perfect beginning to his snake in the grass character. When he is denied the position of Secretary of State he feels betrayed by the President and vows to get back at those whom he feels are responsible. He begins his subterfuge, sharing his dirty dealings with the audience as he finds ways to manipulate everything with a grand plan that will eventually make him the most powerful man in Washington. He aligns himself with Zoe, a reporter who wants to use him as much as he wants to use her. His wife becomes a player, attempting to gain favors to push her environmental agenda. She is almost as ruthless as he, but she hasn't quite the killer instinct. A very fine first effort.


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