House of Cards (2013–2018)
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Chapter 29 

The Russian president's state visit becomes a cold war of wills.


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Michael Dobbs (based on the novels by), Andrew Davies (based on the mini-series by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Spacey ... Francis Underwood
Robin Wright ... Claire Underwood
Michael Kelly ... Doug Stamper
Mahershala Ali ... Remy Danton
Molly Parker ... Jackie Sharp
Elizabeth Marvel ... Heather Dunbar
Derek Cecil ... Seth Grayson
Jimmi Simpson ... Gavin Orsay
Lars Mikkelsen ... Viktor Petrov
Jayne Atkinson ... Catherine Durant
Curtiss Cook ... Terry Womack
Larry Pine ... Bob Birch
Benito Martinez ... Hector Mendoza
Reed Birney ... VP Donald Blythe
Shawn Doyle ... Dr. Alan Cooke


Petrov, the Russian president visits in this episode. Claire vies for the ambassadors seat. Will she get it with or without help from Francis? Things heat up at a dinner party for Petrov. Francis makes a speech & in it declares he will not seek reelection, but will he? Doug still has Rachel on his mind. Written by Laura Donohue

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Release Date:

27 February 2015 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Russian President Viktor Petrov is a clear nod to President Vladimir Putin, from his looks, cold demeanor, thug-like appearance to his anti-gay laws and even the initials VP. This is unlike other characters of the series, who are mostly based on the characters of the 1990 BBC's Mini-Series. Another nod to the reality can be Francis' program "Amworks", which bears close resemblance, in Congress resistance, presidential insistence and controversy, to the "Obamacare" program. See more »


Secretary of State Durant says to the First Lady while on board the VC-25 (Boeing 747) they are in, "You're the First Lady. It's your airplane." The First Lady has no official position in the United States Government. She just happens to be married to the President. While Secret Service agents are provided to her full time, for the obvious security reasons, she is not entitled to nor afforded the use of any aircraft. The Secretary of State would never make that statement, as the First Lady is basically just a civilian, and it's not "Her plane", especially if the President were not on board. See more »


Francis Underwood: Brass tacks. If you could have anything, what would it be?
Viktor Petrov: I came with nothing to ask.
Francis Underwood: Men like you don't show up for dinner without an appetite.
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Russian folk song
Performed by Lars Mikkelsen and Peter Cincotti
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Great episode
7 April 2016 | by 851222See all my reviews

Greetings from Lithuania.

"Chapter 29" of season 3 is by far one of the best episodes yet. I highly enjoy the whole show overall, and season 3 by far is great. This episode is the reason why i enjoy this show - electrifying performances, superb writing and directing - it's all top notch in here. There are many references from real life in this episode, as well as some unexpected true appearances.

Overall, season 3 and especially this episode are great. Kevin Spacey steals every scene (as it should be) and Robin Wright is just so good in this show, add great writing and directing and "House of Cards" is a must see.

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