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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.

Director:

David Fincher

Writers:

Michael Dobbs (based on the novels by), Andrew Davies (based on the mini-series by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Spacey ... Francis Underwood
Robin Wright ... Claire Underwood
Kate Mara ... Zoe Barnes
Corey Stoll ... Rep. Peter Russo
Michael Kelly ... Doug Stamper
Sakina Jaffrey ... Linda Vasquez
Kristen Connolly ... Christina Gallagher
Sebastian Arcelus ... Lucas Goodwin
Boris McGiver ... Tom Hammerschmidt
Constance Zimmer ... Janine Skorsky
Jayne Atkinson ... Catherine Durant
Michel Gill ... President Garrett Walker
Reg E. Cathey ... Freddy
Dan Ziskie ... VP Matthews (as Dan Ziske)
Elizabeth Norment Elizabeth Norment ... Nancy Kaufberger
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

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

Goofs

The characters are seen taking a Washington Flyer taxicab around D.C. This cab company exclusively serves Dulles International Airport. See more »

Quotes

Francis Underwood: Take a step back. Look at the bigger picture.
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Connections

References The Dukes of Hazzard (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Will It Go Round In Circles
(uncredited)
Written by Billy Preston and Bruce Fisher
Performed by Billy Preston
Doug meets Barney Hull in the restaurant
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Off to a Fast Start
26 January 2015 | by HitchcocSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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