House of Cards (2013–2018)
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Chapter 6 

The strike between Frank and Marty starts to get out of hand. Russo has decided to run for Governor of Pennsylvania.


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
Sakina Jaffrey ... Linda Vasquez
Corey Stoll ... Rep. Peter Russo
Kristen Connolly ... Christina Gallagher
Sandrine Holt ... Gillian Cole
Nathan Darrow ... Edward Meechum
Michel Gill ... President Garrett Walker
Ben Daniels ... Adam Galloway
Larry Pine ... Bob Birch
Elizabeth Norment Elizabeth Norment ... Nancy Kaufberger
Karl Kenzler Karl Kenzler ... Sen. Charles Holburn
Chance Kelly ... Steve


The strike between Frank and Marty starts to get out of hand. Russo has decided to run for Governor of Pennsylvania.

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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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The shot where Francis is throwing his suitcase, was shoot only once. See more »


Francis Underwood: From this moment on you are a rock. You absorb nothing, you saying nothing, and nothing breaks you.
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References Real Time with Bill Maher (2003) See more »

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A plot that's choosing the easy way out occasionally is beginning to impress with surprising ways taken
24 March 2014 | by axel-kochSee all my reviews

With not the last time leap in the series, House of Cards positions itself roughly one month after the last chapter ended and the teacher strike is still ongoing. This leads to the battle Frank Underwood versus Marty Spinella being foregrounded and some of the Netflix project's most entertaining conversations up to that point taking place, one of them certainly being a television debate the two share and that actually had me chuckling quite a bit.

In a series as rich with characters as this one though, there's loads of things going on in the background too, most notably on Claire's side. The moments she shares with minor characters are a welcome enhancement to her character, partly even in a not fully decipherable, but thought- provoking fashion, and gain further quality through what is likely Robin Wright's strongest turn in the first season.

Even if Zoe and Peter taking a step out of the limelight slightly worked to the detriment of the quality, House of Cards' chapter six is the first to include genuine surprises and excels itself at character development through realistic scenes. However, as if attempting to appeal to a broader audience, Sam Forman's script could have benefited from more subtlety about conveying its message in scenes such as the aforementioned TV discussion and a moment between Frank and the President.

Memoranda: • I've already praised her performance in this episode, but Robin Wright's oh-no look as Claire's name is brought up in the television debate was exceptionally great. • That "I have to clear my head" phrase and the following rapid hand movement led me to a terribly wrong first assumption about what was going to happen in a scene with Frank polishing his shoes. • How awkward would it have been if Frank had pushed the suitcase a little too far and it had fell of the table when he was talking with Marty? Not the cool schemer anymore after such a faux pas, Mr Underwood. • The President is unimportant in this series already, but Linda is continuously topping that with unexceptionally all of her ideas denied and her presence persistently ignored. Sad, how House of Cards is crushing the dreams of young American girls and boys wanting to become Secretary of State when they're older. • Best quote: "I love you, Francis." – "I know." – "We should say that more often to each other." – I'm not a very keen supporter of marriage, but Frank and Claire's is an A1 pro argument.

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