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Chapter 5 

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


Joel Schumacher


Michael Dobbs (based on the novels by), Andrew Davies (based on the mini-series by) | 5 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Spacey ... Francis Underwood
Robin Wright ... Claire Underwood
Kate Mara ... Zoe Barnes
Michael Kelly ... Doug Stamper
Corey Stoll ... Rep. Peter Russo
Kristen Connolly ... Christina Gallagher
Sandrine Holt ... Gillian Cole
Boris McGiver ... Tom Hammerschmidt
Kathleen Chalfant ... Margaret Tilden
Nathan Darrow ... Edward Meechum
Ben Daniels ... Adam Galloway
Karl Kenzler ... Sen. Charles Holburn
Francie Swift ... Felicity Holburn
Reg E. Cathey ... Freddy
Elizabeth Norment Elizabeth Norment ... Nancy Kaufberger


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 scene where Underwood instructs Russo on how to successfully commit suicide caused this chapter (and the season as a whole when released on DVD and Blu-ray) to receive an "18" rating in the UK. See more »


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: [Peter Russo is in Francis's bedroom late at night after receiving angry emails] What's going on Peter?
Francis Underwood: Talk to me
Rep. Peter Russo: [Holding and staring at the towel in his hand] You think fresh towels changes anything?
[Individually throws towels at Francis and then moves in front of his face]
Rep. Peter Russo: If I were at home when you pulled that shit, I'd beat the fuck out of you. I would crack your skull on the pavement outside; that's why I came over here tonight, to fuck you up for what you made me do.
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References Transformers (2007) See more »

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The Ice Princess Continues
27 January 2015 | by HitchcocSee 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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1 February 2013 (USA) See more »

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