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Chapter 35 

The Jordan Valley erupts in chaos just as Frank's campaign is picking up steam. Claire gets disturbing intel and counsels him.

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Robin Wright

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Michael Dobbs (based on the novels by), Andrew Davies (based on the mini-series by) | 3 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
Nathan Darrow ... Edward Meechum
Lars Mikkelsen ... Viktor Petrov
Rachel Brosnahan ... Rachel Posner
Kim Dickens ... Kate Baldwin
Paul Sparks ... Thomas Yates
Alexander Sokovikov ... Alexi Moryakov
Kelly AuCoin ... Gary Stamper
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The Jordan Valley erupts in chaos just as Frank's campaign is picking up steam. Claire gets disturbing intel and counsels him.

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Drama

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 2015 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When reviewing the mission to investigate the blast site, the US Navy Admiral mentions that they will "use a Fulton recovery of any material samples." The Fulton Surface to Air Recovery System (STARS) is nicknamed 'Skyhook' and is the same system featured in The Dark Knight (2008) and Thunderball (1965). See more »

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The Navy SEALs investigating the blast site are shown being inserted via a HALO jump. A HALO jump requires parachutists to jump at altitudes of up to 32,000 feet and open at 2,000 feet. These jumps often take several minutes from jump to landing, but in the episode, SEALS are on the ground in less than one minute. The military would also be unlikely to use this insertion method, since long-range helicopters would be more practical. See more »

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Harlan Traub: I'm used to talking to candidates, not chauffeurs.
Remy Danton: I'm not a chauffeur.
Harlan Traub: Well, it's your hands on the wheel.
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"I'm not Peter Russo. I won't go out like he did"
4 August 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

While there hasn't been anything up to this point of Season 3 yet that matches the best of Seasons 1 and 2 (a very daunting task), Season 3 has been for me a very solid episode. Even liked, although with reservations, the more polarising episodes of the season "Chapter 29" and "Chapter 32" (namely being criticised for being anti-Russian for the former and the character writing for Claire for the latter). May be in the minority, but to me there wasn't a "bad" 'House of Cards' episode up to this point, all being good to brilliant.

Count me in as another person that loved "Chapter 35", it gets my vote as the best of Season 3 up to this point and also as one of the season's best. This site's ratings (always try and most succeed now in not take ratings to heart or get annoyed by them, am not the immature late-teens girl anymore) may disagree, with it being rated lower than one of the season's most divisive episodes which gets a fair share of hate. "Chapter 35" is another episode to just missing matching the best of the previous two seasons, which delivered just a little bit more on the tension and emotion (though this episode is hardly devoid of either).

If there was anything that could have been done better actually is that the character of Thomas doesn't feel quite as developed enough and is not advancing as much as everything else.

All the subplots though are hugely compelling on their own and are expertly handled together. Which was great for an episode that has quite a lot going on, yet it didn't feel over-stuffed and coherence was not a problem. Frank's is executed the best, there has genuine intrigue and tension and Frank has lost none of what makes him one of the fascinating lead characters of any show. He still has his increasing ruthlessness, without it dominating the show (which was an issue somewhat in the first half of Season 2) but there is a different side to him emerging, showing that again like "Chapter 33" he has a sensitive side that one didn't initially think was in him. Showing genuine concern for Doug, though the unscrupulousness is there in the exchange between him and Heather.

Doug's subplot does deliver on the emotion and intensity, if not quite as intriguing as Frank's. It also doesn't feel like it's come to a standstill, the character and plot progression is there. Doug is still an interesting and hardly un-rootable character, thanks to the fire brought out by Michael Kelly, and shares good chemistry with the promising one of Gavin.

Jackie has the fierce steel that was a major part of her appeal when she was introduced in Season 2, though she has become less likeable since admittedly. Did feel sorry for Remy, who was probably the most rootable character in the whole episode (yes even more so than Doug).

"Chapter 35" is slick and stylish visually, while Robin Wright directs her second, of ten, 'House of Cards' episode (the first being "Chapter 23", it is also the first of two Season 3 episodes with the second being "Chapter 38") and does as equally a good job for the same reasons. The music fits and doesn't intrude, while the sharp bite is still there in the writing. That Frank and Heather exchange stands out. Kevin Spacey and Michael Kelly give the standout performances of the excellent with no exceptions cast.

Overall, excellent and one of the best Season 3 episodes. 9/10


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