House of Cards (2013–2018)
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Chapter 12 

The President sends Frank to St. Louis to persuade Raymond Tusk into becoming the new Vice President. Zoe and Janine investigate Peter Russo's death.


Allen Coulter


Michael Dobbs (based on the novels by), Andrew Davies (based on the mini-series by) | 5 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
Kristen Connolly ... Christina Gallagher
Sebastian Arcelus ... Lucas Goodwin
Constance Zimmer ... Janine Skorsky
Mahershala Ali ... Remy Danton
Michel Gill ... President Garrett Walker
Sandrine Holt ... Gillian Cole
Gerald McRaney ... Raymond Tusk
Wass Stevens ... Paul Capra
Elizabeth Norment Elizabeth Norment ... Nancy Kaufberger
Peggy J. Scott ... Jean Tusk


The President sends Frank to St. Louis to persuade Raymond Tusk into becoming the new Vice President. Zoe and Janine investigate Peter Russo's death.

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1 February 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



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2.00 : 1
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Raymond Tusk: Can I ask why you do that?
Francis Underwood: Do what?
Raymond Tusk: Tap your ring like that. I've seen you do it on TV. Two taps every time you get up from a table or leave a lectern.
Francis Underwood: Something my father taught me. It's meant to harden your knuckles so you don't break them if you get into a fight. It also had the added benefit of knocking on wood. My father believed that success is a mixture of preparation and luck. Tapping the table kills both birds with one stone.
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A step back only in events, not in quality
30 March 2014 | by axel-kochSee all my reviews

Taking a step back before the final episode isn't all too seldom for television series (Breaking Bad even did it in its very last season) and House of Cards willingly conforms to that habit, regaining a strong basis for the ending of its debuting season. Chapter twelve may not offer Frank killing another major character to better his political outlook as the preceding one did, yet highly impresses with the best pieces of dialogue in the show's first year.

Parts of those occur during Frank's "vacation" at the habitation of a guy who should probably possess enough money to equip himself with a whole city with houses of that size: Raymond Tusk, the John Waters reminiscent billionaire going to bed earlier than my four-year-old nephew. Regardless of that, he and his less John Waters reminiscent wife are one of the few characters on House of Cards that are as eloquent as its protagonist, allowing grand conversations to take place.

Another exciting disputation, albeit highly dissimilar from the one mentioned above, results from Gillian defying Claire and Remy's (that guy is seriously looming behind every important decision made on House of Cards) will, something those two aren't particularly fond of. The two ladies share a chit-chat about that and boy, does this confrontation between Sandrine Holt and Robin Wright come too late in the series. I've often mentioned Wright's superb performance as Claire Underwood and though I haven't been that thrilled about Holt's acting up to now (possibly because she's done nothing but real work on her job, which doesn't endow one with Emmy-worthy material), her character has been one of the most likable from the start, making this arising situation all the more interesting.

Zoe's story arc is starting to gain tension and I can't wait to discover which way it will play out, although it's still slightly trotting behind the others in terms of quality. But it is getting better and better, and so is House of Cards.

Memoranda: • Why doesn't Linda get anything to read about the VP candidates while Garrett and Frank do? And also: shouldn't you look the President in the eyes when talking to him, Linda? • I personally found it greatly amusing to see Frank "neglected" for an important job once again at the beginning. • What a lovely shot of Frank in front of the Tusks' house. • Is Gerald McRaney speaking actual Chinese in this chapter? Because if not, the noises he makes would be incredibly racist. His English language phone conversations are surely the funniest thing on the series so far though: "Speak. Yes." • Hm, a Walt Whitman poem. Breaking Bad, anyone? • Janine already knows the names of her new colleagues. Zoe doesn't. • Best quote: "I f***ing love you, that's the f***ing problem." – Hardly ever does anybody appear as charming when using two f-words in one sentence.

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