House of Cards: Season 1, Episode 5

Chapter 5 (1 Feb. 2013)

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A feud starts between Francis and Marty Spinella. Russo goes into depression about the job losses at the shipyards.



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Peter goes into depression after the fallout from being forced to close the shipyard by Frank, which costs him 12000 jobs and departure of Christina. Frank and Claire foil Spinella's attempt to disrupt their fundraising plans. In retaliation, Spinella calls for a nationwide strike. Zoe mixes work and play. Written by Ravinder Chaudhary

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The episode appears to take place in the late spring or summer as the fund raiser is held outdoors at night and characters are dressed for warm weather. When Congressman Russo checks his recently received emails from angry constituents however, the emails are all dated February 1st. Average D.C. temperatures for February range from the 20s to the 40s Fahrenheit. See more »


Francis Underwood: I may have pushed him too far, which is worrisome. Friends make the worst enemies.
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The Ice Princess Continues
27 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is made apparent that Frank sleeps with other women, particularly Zoe. Claire is aware of this and must balance things when trying to facilitate the political agenda. Frank now must face the leader of the national teacher's union and this proves to be very complicated. He must maintain a delicate balance. Zoe is looking to expand her horizons, going into dangerous territory, and we see that Claire is, indeed, a strong woman who may require some quid pro quo at some future time. Zoe is also betraying everything for a good story, but does she really understand who her adversary. There is a love angle but he, despite being a true sincere ally, is also cannon fodder for the machine. A good strong episode, moving things forward.

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