House of Cards (2013– )
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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.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Francis Underwood
... Claire Underwood
... Zoe Barnes
... Doug Stamper
... Rep. Peter Russo
... Christina Gallagher
... Gillian Cole
... Tom Hammerschmidt
... Margaret Tilden
... Edward Meechum
... Adam Galloway
... Sen. Charles Holburn
... Felicity Holburn
... Freddy
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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1 February 2013 (USA)  »

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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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The Ice Princess Continues
27 January 2015 | by 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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