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This is a case of two extremes. Remy Danton gets pulled over for speeding but doesn't have his license or registration on him. He asks the cop for a break but becomes a victim of racial profiling and is slammed on the hood of the car. After he tells the officers to "google" him to verify his identity, we see the opposite extreme and he is given special ...


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I'm going to answer for the United States. No. Private media does not require any clearance by the Public/Government to produce, distribute, air, or sell any work of art, critical of the government or not. It's protected by the Constitutional guarantee of Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Press, and even given special protection via copyright law. This may ...


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Earlier in the episode, Claire was running through the cemetery when she was berated by a woman, who said, "You shouldn't run here, it's disgraceful. Have you no respect?" Knowing the character, Claire's pride would have been dented by having been spoken down to in public in that way. She's a person used to getting her own way. My understanding of the scene ...


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While Kevin Howell is quite spot-on in his explanation of the upside down flag representing distress, I think especially his link to the Flag Code gives another, maybe even better fitting explanation. The country itself is objectively seen not in distress during the course of the show. So while the upside down flag could represent some kind of metaphorical ...


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A flag being flown upside down is a symbol for distress. As far as the no stars I'm looking into that.


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At this point of time Rachel is terrified of Stamper. At first she followed him out of a sense of gratitude and loyalty. After all, he did help her out when she was at her lowest point, providing her with money and a place to stay. As the whole conspiracy with Peter Russo unfolded she began to see Stamper as he really was. Ruthless and manipulative. She knew ...


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In this appearance on The Daily Show (written up here) Kevin Spacey describes how in preparation for his role of Frank Underwood in the Netflix series, Spacey said he followed both House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who even invited the Hollywood star to a whip meeting... “It feels like you’re watching ...


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There are some interesting references to paper, origami, cards, etc. in House of Cards. Perhaps for Claire, it's a reference to two things - one being her suppressed creativity and how that ties in to her longing for Adam. We don't know that much about her past, except that which has been revealed through her conversations with Adam. We also learn a little ...


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There is a chance he did it for legal purposes. With the speeding ticket written, there has to be a paper trail including the officers names. This can come in useful in case he ever has to raise an issue about racism in the police force or something. It may actually be a case of an automatic reaction by a lawyer. Remember, Remy is (IIRC correctly) a lawyer. ...


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Initiatives like that, have a huge impact on politics. With his wife running the CWI, it makes Frank look good before the general public. If it were ever to come down to the people voting for him, people would favor somebody who supports such initiatives. It's like brownie points in politics!


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You are right, the president is portrayed as rather naive and is mostly a puppet in the hands of Frank and Tusk. I doubt that this is a likely scenario in the real world, at least to this extent, and it is one of the very few things one could criticise on this otherwise outstanding show. However, even if it requires a little bit suspension of disbelief on ...


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Rachel is the call girl/prostitute who was with Peter Russo in the first episode. If you haven't finished the season, then just keep watching.Spoilers below if you finished and missed it.


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The ring probably symbolizes a simpler time for Frank. As we saw in his class reunion episode (Season 1 Episode 8), Frank was quite different and more idealistic back in school. He sang in a barbershop quartet, was in a loving relationship, and basically ran wild and rambunctious with his schoolmates. The fact that for the duration of his stay in his school ...


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There is a reference to 9/11 at the end of Season 4's seventh episode. Frank Underwood is remembering a meeting with Governor Conway. In the remembered scene, Frank asks if it's true Governor Conway had joined the U.S. military after the events of 9/11. The governor responds: "You want a career in politics and the Twin Towers fall in your lap? The ...


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He starts walking as soon as he pushes her, and he's halfway up the stairs by the time bystanders notice she's under the train. He walks quickly but calmly, he doesn't run away. In unremarkable clothing, it isn't strange that no one stopped him. As for security systems, if you watch more of the series, you'll notice that Frank is always aware of when he is ...


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Tom Yates, a very famous author dedicated with many prizes, wrote a colorful review of the princess game Monument Valley. The whole review reads as follows (Frank reads it to Yates when they first met): Whoever you are, whoever you think you are, believe that you're also a silent princess. Your name is Ida. Your journey is one through a forgotten ...


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Cross fades and pans are more common in (low budget) television for some reason, and even more common in home video—I have my theories about the causes, but that does not affect this question. View any quality movie and you'll see that almost every cut (99+%) is a classic straight cut. For extra effect, maybe there is a fade to black or fade from ...


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The short answer is, Frank Underwood doesn't care if the bill passes or fails. The only thing he wants is for Peter Russo to fail. The longer answer with background: Frank Underwood stated Russo was a pawn. Understand that after Frank is undermined for the Secretary position by Linda (and we later find out Tusk), he wanted something bigger and he wanted his ...


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That is an interesting question. First of all, yes, the episodes are all released at the same time and it has always been that way for House of Cards. The main point to consider here is, that House of Cards is actually produced explicitly by and for an online streaming service (and is to my knowledge the first major example of that). This means it did not ...


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NOTE: I cannot answer this without spoilers ... reader beware. There are several things going on with Doug, Rachel, and the President. Back in Season 1 of HoC, Doug Stamper pays Rachel Posner as a call girl to be with Rep. Peter Russo on several occasions. This ultimately ruined his chances of accomplishing anything in Congress and provides a means by ...


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Frank absolutely detests his father. Throughout the series Frank tells the audience of this fact (while everyone else thinks he's a dutiful son who loved his father). We know that Frank grew up poor and his father was an unsuccessful peach farmer. Frank hated the confines of his poor small town upbringing, and a lot of that resentment was focused on his ...


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As far as I can tell, her reason is never really explained in more detail, so we can only speculate. As she admits to Frank she killed many people through missile strikes during her time in the military, even civilians. This haunts her, but she thinks that it could not have been avoided at the time. She did what she "had to do". She does not seem to be ...


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There is an awesome answer, on Reddit, here. At one point, Frank explains to Tusk why he taps his ring, when he leaves a table or a lectern. To quote from the Reddit posting by thisisntnamman: Frank: "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 has the added benefit of ...


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Jackie has proven herself to be loyal Jackie had hardly proven herself loyal. Throughout the whole season it seemed she was on the fence, for example: She sides with the party when they initially withdraw support from Frank's presidential bid She also leaked hints that the party had withdrawn support from Frank She agreed with Dunbar to suspend ...


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All three seasons of House of Cards have been released this way. Season 1 was released February 1st, 2013 Season 2 was released February 14th, 2014 Season 3 was released February 27th, 2015 I don't know why Netflix does this... probably because they can. Shows like the ones you mention, Castle & 24, are Network shows. They air on broadcast TV at ...


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By point he means one percentage (he wanted three points in their earlier conversation). By ad-buy he means Dunbar's campaign spending. He would like to receive a percentage of her campaign spending as part of his payment. Note that Frank uses the same expression in this episode: And even so, we need more than ad-buys. We need... We need the philosophy ...


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The game being played is called The Stanley Parable. Here is a YouTube video of the scene: This conversation also happened on Reddit... and this one.


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Yes. In fact, Claire doesn’t just want to be president, she has a deal with Frank that she will run for office at some point with his support. Frank and Clair’s deal is made clear in a scene in the first episode of season 3, where they have a middle of the night conversation in the White House. Claire doesn’t want to wait with the announcement of her ...


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To Xander Feng, the bridge is nothing but a favor to his allies and friends. In episode 5, the Vice president met him in a trade summit. When they're talking about the projects to be approved, the VP mentioned the Long Island Bridge; Feng stopped the conversation and asked a favor: to continue the lawsuit in the World Trade Organization for currency ...


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Opinion-based, but one of the major themes in House of Cards is control of information. The Underwoods thrive because they are able to conceal their own intentions, find out as much as possible about their targets and feed the proper information to proxies like Zoe, Stamper or Russo. Although I can't think of specific examples off the top of my head, back-of-...



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