House of Cards (2013–2018)
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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) | 4 more credits »

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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 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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Release Date:

1 February 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


After Francis instructs Peter to follow him, he walks off to the bathroom. Just when Peter arrives to the bathroom as well, Francis has already managed to have the bath tub filled up in too short a period of time. See more »


Francis Underwood: I may have pushed him too far, which is worrisome. Friends make the worst enemies.
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References Transformers (2007) See more »

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It's getting more and more interesting with every new chapter
19 March 2014 | by axel-kochSee all my reviews

If we view House of Cards' story as a pot of water, it, while being far from boiling, got to a temperature too hot to drink without getting internal burns as a result in its fifth chapter. The reasons for this are manifold:

On one hand, there are enough shades and depths to the characters to get the audience invested after 200 minutes of the series, which is further enhanced by the talent of the screenwriters. In addition, the situations the characters are currently in and the interactions between them give the scribes a carte blanche to conjure up entertaining scenes. And last but definitely not least: there is sex added, which is, if we're being honest, rarely ever bad news for a television series.

The plot isn't of world class proportions yet though and I'm consistently astonished at the utter uselessness of Kevin Spacey addressing the audience here and there, worst and most unnecessary as he tells us he lied to Marty Spinella mere seconds before Marty Spinella repeats it to him, using slightly stronger language. Nevertheless, House of Cards maintains a realistic and entertaining representation of modern day politics and is a highly interesting character study, especially as the number of those is ever rising.

Memoranda: • What the what is up with that first scene of Francis and Claire sharing a conversation, implicitly concerning his extramarital affair? How on earth could she possibly know anything and how on earth would she be as stoical as she is about it? • Wass Stevens, who plays a childhood friend of Peter in this episode, not only does and says pretty much the same Al Sapienza did in a scene with Spacey just minutes before, but also completely botches it by overacting on an eyebrow-raising level. • Cutting directly from Kate Mara stripping naked to Peter's kids is a hopeful contender for most awkward editing choice of the year. • The Apple product placement is getting annoyingly gratuitous by now – I don't mind about such things as a means of acquiring the monetary needs to fulfil a series of a level as high as this one's, but the director really sticking the audience's face in the logo every other minute is something I don't approve of. • What a sadly gorgeous shot of Pete walking through the Congress halls all alone at night. • Best quote: "How did it go?" – "What did you hear?" – "A lot of f*cks." – "Well, that pretty much sums it up." – You just have to love the chemistry between Frank and Stamper.

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