House of Cards (2013–2018)
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Chapter 13 

Frank scrambles to keep his plan on track. Gillian is planning to sue Claire. Zoe, Janine, and Lucas investigate Rachel Posner and her relationship with Peter Russo.

Director:

Allen Coulter

Writers:

Michael Dobbs (based on the novels by), Andrew Davies (based on the mini-series by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

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
Mahershala Ali ... Remy Danton
Sandrine Holt ... Gillian Cole
Nathan Darrow ... Edward Meechum
Gerald McRaney ... Raymond Tusk
Michel Gill ... President Garrett Walker
Constance Zimmer ... Janine Skorsky
Reg E. Cathey ... Freddy
Larry Pine ... Bob Birch
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Storyline

Frank scrambles to keep his plan on track. Gillian is planning to sue Claire. Zoe, Janine, and Lucas investigate Rachel Posner and her relationship with Peter Russo.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 February 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Goofs

When Zoe receives a message from Francis (19m41s into the episode), she holds up her iPhone and the screen image rotates from landscape to portrait, which shows that she does not receive an actual message, but is just looking at a screen shot of a message - the lock screen on an iPhone does not rotate. See more »

Quotes

Raymond Tusk: I'm must say, I'm surprised, Frank. You have a reputation for pragmatism.
Francis Underwood: And I've also avoided a reputation for indentured servitude.
Raymond Tusk: I never make an offer more than twice, Frank. Tell me now if I can count on your cooperation.
Francis Underwood: You're not offering cooperation, you demanding tutelage. So let me make *you* a proposal. I am absolutely willing to work together as equals. I will take your opinions seriously, just as the president does. But I will not bind myself to them in advance. If that doesn't ...
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Soundtracks

Call Me Irresponsible
Music byJimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics bySammy Cahn
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S1: Slickly made and engaging but surprisingly passive viewing in some ways
10 August 2014 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

I was drawn to this show by the positive word of mouth and of course the caliber of the people involved across the production. The narrative sets us inside the White House as ambitious career politician Frank Underwood seeks a higher position and, when he finds himself scuppered in his hopes by the new administration, he sets about to manipulate people and events in such a way that he can place himself ideally for advancement but also revenge. It is a show that right from the opening scene sets out its stall as being focused on ruthless characters who have multiple faces and carefully concealed motivations.

It continues this way through the first season, with plenty of turns in the narrative to engage and entertain. It is also expensively and professionally made, looking good across the board, with a sense of weighty quality about it – although perhaps too much. This sense of weight and importance doesn't help the show because it is never as thrilling as it should be, nor as taut as the games Underwood plays suggest it would be either. The show has an accessible feel to it and it wears its high-brow clothes, but in essence it is a weekly procedural, albeit one with political games rather than police investigations. The pace is surprisingly slow throughout as well; this is concealed somewhat by the sense of depth and quality, but it is concealed rather than compensated for.

As it is the show is carried along by such slickness and it benefits from it because the material is not always as compelling as it would have you believe – engaging for sure, but despite what some might say, it is possible to stop watching even when you have all the episodes at the touch of a button. The cast are part of the reason it compels and in particular Spacey very much enjoys his role and draws the viewer in well. Around him is a solid cast and mostly good characters in the shape of Wright, Kelly, Mara and others, but there are also weaker characters who perhaps should not be that way (the President for one seems the least political savvy one in the whole place).

House of Cards is a quality show; you can feel that yourself given how professionally it is made and how deep into all the corners the quality goes. That doesn't mean it is perfect though and, although engaging, I was surprised by how passive a lot of it was, with a slow pace and often lacking a real sense of tension, high stakes or danger. However, although it is not as good as it thinks it is, it is still engaging and entertaining.


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