House of Cards Season 1
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Currently 4 seasons long
The show chronicles the in and outs of Frank Underwood, who moves up the political chain from a US congressman to Vice President. The Story line is very well developed and the acting of Kevin Spacey and team is top notch. Right from the first episode (chapter) you are hooked. You can easily relate the machinations of the characters in this show to today’s political system. That was actually a bit of a problem because it does kind of weigh on you, yet is fascinating to see.
Our goal on the episode description is to give a person just enough information to know what a certain chapter is about without giving the story line away. We would love to hear back from you if we succeeded.
Our overall rating is 5 of 5 stars
- Episode 1
- Chapter 1: Frank and Claire, (Franks wife), make a vow to destroy President Garret Walker who reneges on his promise to make Frank Secretary of State.
- Episode 2
- Chapter 2: After Frank leaked the education bill draft via Zoe, he manages to gain control of the legislative course of the bill directly from the president. Claire lays off 1/2 of her staff at Clean Water Initiative after a expected donation doesn’t come in.
- Episode 3
- Chapter 3: Picture a giant peach water tower… That further distracts a young lady who is driving and texting. A political rival uses this to force Frank to not only return to Gaffney, South Carolina, but conduct negotiations with the grieving family members. Claire hires Gillian Cole. Zoe gets in trouble.
- Episode 4
- Chapter 4: Frank and Zoe, Claire and Adam, that’s just a side story. How Frank manipulates events and people to gain House Speaker Bob Birch’s support is what is important down the line.
- Episode 5
- Chapter 5: More Frank/Zoe, and Claire/Adam, and again not important to the story line. Frank’s response to the fall out created by Marty Spinella and Russo is what this show is built on, and continues to go forward on.
- Episode 6
- Chapter 6: Frank Needs leverage to deal with Marty Spinella, the person behind the ongoing teachers’ union strike! Frank gets what he wants in spite of poor performance on a CNN debate.
- Episode 7
- Chapter 7: Frank gets a major victory by getting the education bill into law.
- Episode 8
- Chapter 8: Frank and Claire visit his alma mater, which is name a new library after him. Old friends and heavy drinking leads to the implication that sometime in the past one of his buddies was a lover.
- Episode 9
- Chapter 9: Peter Russo continues to run for governor of Pennsylvania, the Vice Prez goes on a bus tour with him. Claire goes behind Franks back. Zoe decides she wants only a professional relationship with Frank.
- Episode 10
- Chapter 10: More drama between Claire and Frank and Zoe and Adam. Frank starts to lose control of Russo and takes steps..Doug Stamper helps with that.
- Episode 11
- Chapter 11: Frank Kills Russo. Frank convinces Vice President Matthews to run for governor of Pennsylvania, and admits to Linda Vasquez that he has been maneuvering for VP himself all along.
- Episode 12
- Chapter 12: Should Frank accept an unspecified favor request in order to gain Raymond Tusk’s support for his bid for VP? Zoe is connecting the dots on Frank.
- Episode 13
- Chapter 13: Frank becomes Vice President after another meeting with Raymond Tusk. Zoe continues to make more connections including Rachel’s identity.
- Frank Underwood ~ Kevin Spacey
- Claire Underwood ~ Robin Wright
- Zoe Barnes ~ Kate Mara
- Douglas (Doug) Stamper ~ Michael Kelly
- Peter Russo ~ Corey Stoll
- Christina Gallagher ~ Kristen Connolly
- Linda Vasquez ~ Sakina Jaffrey
- Gillian Cole ~ Sandrine Holt
- Janine Skorsky ~ Constance Zimmer
- Garrett Walker ~ Michel Gill
- Lucas Goodwin ~ Sebastian Arcelus
- Remy Danton ~ Mahershala Ali
- Adam Galloway ~ Ben Daniels
- Tom Hammerschmidt ~ Boris McGiver
- Jim Matthews ~ Dan Ziskie
- Catherine Durant ~ Jayne Atkinson
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