House of Cards: Season 1, Episode 4

Chapter 4 (1 Feb. 2013)

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Francis shakes down the Congressional leadership. Zoe is offered the promotion of White House Correspondent and doesn't know if she should take it or not.



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President Garrett Walker (as Michel Gill)


Francis shakes down the Congressional leadership. Zoe is offered the promotion of White House Correspondent and doesn't know if she should take it or not.

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When Zoe approaches Gillian at her cubicle, a woman walks by behind her holding a book. Zoe leaves Gillian's cube just as the woman walks out of the shot and when the camera zooms out, the same woman is seen walking just entering the shot. See more »


Francis Underwood: [ending a bathroom squabble] I know you take a lot of pride in your manhood, Bob, it's impressive. But as big as it is, Linda can still shut the door on it.
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The point from which on you'll probably be hooked
10 March 2014 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

Spicing up the story with the sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll (okay, exchange that last one for corruption) behind the politics, House of Cards finds its best episode so far with chapter four, although not all characters' story arcs are fun enough to mention them in this review.

One of them that without a hint of doubt is, is Zoe's. She's shown feisty and alluring shades of her before, but it is only now that the audience begins to understand why she was chosen to be a major character (I'd say major supporting character, but that sounds awfully silly). Her conversations with her two bosses played by Boris McGiver and Kevin Spacey are a delight to watch and that's not only because of Kate Mara's performance – the two men are doing extraordinary work on this series and are some of its most entertaining features. Let me elaborate on this: McGiver is hilarious while staying in believable terrain when holding back his anger at Zoe and his boss, a woman making the c-word sound classy, and Spacey once again nails it, even if I probably have better chances at swimming across the Atlantic than beginning to like him communicating with the audience.

Taking a look at how things are really done in Congress was another highlight of this chapter and, though the dialogue still doesn't come close to what I hope it once will, included some very fine acting. The visuals seemed a bit less creative in this episode than in the ones before and some story lines dragged on for too long, but overall, this is probably the point where you get really hooked to the series, as these first 4 of 13 were used as good as possible to make all the many characters included three-dimensional and in some way interesting.

Memoranda: • What's up with the President in this series? Every single one of his office conversations is over after one minute. Either that man is seeing every Congressman at least once or day or he's an awfully lazy prick. • It's always wonderful to see how much Robin Wright can get out of so little emotional variety in her character? Doesn't make her storyline more appealing though, sadly. • Peter's kids are the most low-maintenance: "Are you dad's girlfriend?" – "Yes." – "Will you make us Pop-Tarts?" • I may not be the best at guessing, but Zoe must have lost like twelve inches when taking off her heels, right? Anyway, great idea of filming it that way. • Frank acting up like a 14-year-old girl on her period when Zoe tells him about her promotion offer – the writers of this series really don't miss out a chance to show he's a douche. • Best quote: "Call me what you want. But remember, these days, when you're talking to one person, you're talking to a thousand." This isn't only a quote with substance, but also the most awesome thing Zoe's done on this series right after taking her clothes off. (oh sorry, spoiler alert!)

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