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.
Frank tries to do whatever it takes to get the new bill past congress. Russo goes on a bus campaign with the Vice President, but the VP is not making it an easy trip for him. Zoe's relationship with Frank gets a little bumpy.
Told that Claire was behind the watershed bill's failure, Francis works to contain the damage and maintain control over Peter Russo. Zoe and Claire each seek relief from their respective relationships with Francis.