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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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Trivia

Reg E. Cathey, who plays Freddy, also starred in Se7en (1995) as an autopsy doctor. In that same movie Kevin Spacey starred as John Doe, the villain. See more »

Goofs

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: I like irons, but i love fire.
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References Jerry Maguire (1996) See more »

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The Four Seasons - Summer
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by 'Royal Philharmonic Orchestra'
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Netflix is horning in on HBO's action with this one
15 June 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Between the wide aspect ratio and the scrolling credits, it's clear that this show's goals are loftier than just television. It's a skillfully made episode, especially for an opener. And when you need an actor to play the wronged (read: vengeful) career politician, Kevin Spacey is your go-to, there is no question; the rage just simmers underneath, man.

With how Netflix has redefined TV schedules, there's a relaxed pacing to this that kinda surprised me. But it's got the attention-getters where they count and ends on just the right note of menace.

Frank Underwood is not to be trifled with.

7/10


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