Questions tagged [house-of-cards]

"House of Cards", a political drama series from 2013. For the original TV series from 1990, use [house-of-cards-uk].

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How is Durant able to revoke Feng's immunity?

On House of Cards, I don't understand how Feng's immunity is discarded. He had it signed in writing. I know she says something about it not having processed, but is this in any way realistic?
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Was it smart of Frank Underwood to write this letter?

I can't see how it was smart of Frank Underwood to sign off to committing a litany of crimes, as is showcased in the House of Cards season 2 finale. Had Walker reacted differently, Frank would almost ...
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Who is the real life reflection of Sancorp?

In the TV show, House of Cards, there are a number of real life reflections: Petrov is a reflection of Putin of Russia Female presidential candidates are somewhat reflections of Hilary Clinton. ICO ...
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Young Claire flashback scenes in season 6 House of Cards

What is the meaning of young Claire flashback scenes in season 6 House of Cards? It is never stated explicitly nor explained. The scenes also don't seem to have any direct correlation to any other ...
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What can we make out of the final scene from House of Cards season 1 ep 2?

At season 1, ep 2, Frank Underwood walks out of his office after successfully sabotaging the would-be secretary of state and installing Durant as the new secretary of state, Frank walks into a ...
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What is the significance of Frank watching Lucas kiss Zoe?

During season 01 episode 07 of House of Cards, at about 41 minutes into the episode, Lucas drunkenly stumbles into Zoe and in a half-coordinated romantic advance, kisses her. Frank, watching in his ...
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When does the House of Cards universe splinter off from reality?

The series begins roughly with Garrett Walker being sworn in as a first-time and the 45th President in January 2013. (In reality, Obama was the 44th President from Jan 2009 through Jan 2017; and Trump ...
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Is “Black Caucus” really called Black Caucus?

In House of Cards, Frank Underwood convinces Black Caucus to play a political trick. I am wondering if "Black Caucus" is really called "Black Caucus", as it seems a bit politically incorrect.
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What does “they stack up so well” mean?

In House of Cards, Frank leaked the Education Bill to the media on purpose and when he was having BBQ rips in one morning, he noticed the trick he played had already made the headline in a newspaper. ...
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Why did Frank Underwood suddenly start playing a vowel game on a TV debate?

In House of Cards, season 2, Frank Underwood goes onto a live TV debate after someone throws a brick into his house. Frank Underwood is regarded as a very competent debater and he indeed holds his ...
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Who is the good guy in House of Cards?

I have watched "House of Cards" Season 1 up to Chapter 5, and it seems to me that there is no good guy that I could positively identify with in the show. An example of a good guy that I can identify ...
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What was this lawyer eating?

There is a comical scene in "Chapter 54" (House of Cards, S05E02), roughly 3 minutes into the episode, in which Walter Doyle eats some candies and Seth Grayson expresses surprise. What was that Frank ...
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Frank Underwood's Obsession with Power

In the House of Cards,why does Frank Underwood value power over money as in today's times both of them are correlative? Also the power which he aspires to hold in the USA (i.e being the president) is ...
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How does Claire Underwood commit this crime?

In Netflix's House of Cards (Season 5, Episode 12), there is a scene in which Claire Underwood commits a crime... But it's not immediately obvious how she does it. The question itself is a spoiler:
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How did Frank realize the coup?

So in House of Cards episode 7 of season 5, while in the bunker, Frank realizes that it was all a coup against him. I'm confused as to how he realized this. He didn't exchange many words with Claire, ...
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Why does Claire Underwood regret crying at the funeral?

Season 5 of House of Cards starts with the Underwoods attending the funeral for the man killed in the ICO hostage crisis. Later that evening Claire regrets having cried at the funeral, although, as ...
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Can the Vice President work with equal power as the president?

I'm watching House of Cards (please use spoilers) and First Lady Claire Underwood is President Frank Underwood's running mate. In the show they work as equals, minus a rough patch. In the same way ...
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Why would the President pardon Doug?

In the 5th season of House of Cards, Frank Underwood's plan is to have the new president (his wife) pardon both himself and Doug Stamper. While I can understand on what grounds the President would ...
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Why did this person implicate himself in House of Cards?

Spoiler alert for the last few episodes of House of Cards Season 5. Tom didn't really have anything concrete with regards to Zoe's death, so why did Frank bother? I understand it was so there could ...
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How do movies/TV shows replicate the West Wing (White House)?

How do movies and TV shows replicate the White House? House of Cards is a great example. It looks so real, I thought it was actually in the White House.
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Could Claire Underwood be relieved of VP duties if Conway won in a split-election?

Just watching House of Cards season 5, Claire becomes acting president elect due to neither Underwood or Conway getting the required electoral votes. Thus the vote for President is left to Congress. ...
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Any pugilist worth his salt knows when someone's on the ropes that's when you throw a combination to the gut and a left hook to the jaw

I heard this line said by Frank Underwoord in season 2 episode 5, "Any pugilist worth his salt knows when someone's on the ropes, that's when you throw a combination to the gut and a left hook to the ...
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Vigilance is good for the soul - Frank Underwood

In episode 6 of season 1 of House of Cards. Frank is caught in the teacher's strike crisis. And that night he stays awake in office with Doug Stamper. He appears tired. When Doug says "You should go ...
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What did Frank mean by “For some it’s simply the size of the chair”?

In episode 1 of House of Cards, when Frank starts breaking the fourth wall and talks about Vice President Jim Mathews, he says that he did his duty in delivering the keystone state, and adds that .....
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Why is Frank Underwood opposed to slavery?

Frank Underwood said of the Confederacy: I personally take no pride in the Confederacy. Avoid wars you can’t win and never raise your flag for an asinine cause like slavery. In another scene: he ...
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Why is Donald Blythe depicted as a weak Acting President?

In season 4, Blythe becomes Acting President during Underwoods hospitalization. In my opinion he is quite horrible at this job since he is very easily influenced by others, in particular by Claire. ...
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What is the meaning of the final scene of the first season of “House of Cards”?

At the finale of the first season of "House Of Cards", what is the meaning of Frank Underwood running with Claire but slowly leaving her back? Is it a wink that Frank, although Claire helps him, is ...
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Frank's Refusal Of Number One Observatory Circle

Why don't the Underwoods move to Number One Observatory Circle -- the official residence of the Vice President of the United States -- when Frank is selected as Vice President? Why does he ...
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Why do the Democrats care if a democrat wins the Pennsylvania governor race?

In Season One of House of Cards the Democratic Party is convinced that a Democrat must win the Pennsylvania Governor race, leading to the Russo arc and even making the Vice President step down to ...
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Why is Claire Underwood is in so much personal power thirst without helping Frank to get power?

This is regarding the situation at the end of House of Cards season 3 and onwards. Why does Claire Underwood want power to herself so much? Why does she even leave Frank without helping him out? Why ...
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Who is Danny in House of Cards S4?

In Season 4 of House of Cards, while Frank Underwood is still comatose and awaiting a liver donation, Doug Stamper is trying to get Underwood to the top of the list of people waiting to get a ...
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Are Frank and Claire modeled after Bill and Hillary Clinton?

There are just too many similarities between Frank and Claire Underwood vs. Bill and Hillary Clinton: Both couples are both political animals Both Claire and Hillary are the US "ambassadors" oversea, ...
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On what basis was Milkin's transfer possible?

In the 4th episode of the 4th season of House of Cards Donald Blythe follows Claire's advice and decides to send Igor Milkin (at the time on a plane circling over the North Sea) to China. What makes ...
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Who is “we” in Franks' monologue?

Episode 10 of the 4th season of House of Cards contains a fantastic scene of Frank intimidating Catherine Durant. When referring to himself Frank initially uses first person singular: But of ...
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Why did Remy demand the speeding ticket?

In one of the later episodes of House Of Cards Season 3, Remy got pulled over by a police officer for speeding, and when asked for his ID he says he forgot it in his office. Things get intense ...
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Did 9/11 occur in the House of Cards universe?

Season 4 of House of Cards features the terrorist organisation 'ICO' (Islamic Caliphate Organisation - essentially ISIS). Season 4 spoiler: My question is - do the events of House of Cards take ...
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What did Frank and Claire realize after watching Governor Conway's video?

At the end of Season 4, Episode 7 of House of Cards (Chapter 46), we see Claire lying in her White House bedroom late at night talking on the phone with her husband, who is also lying in his bedroom ...
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What was the reason for Doug Stamper's final decision about Rachel? [duplicate]

Why did Doug Stamper finally decide to kill Rachel in season 3 of House of Cards?
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Whatever happened to CWI?

Season 4, like Season 3 of House of Cards, has no mention of Claire's non-profit CWI. Neither has it ever been mentioned whether the organization was dissolved, sold off or changed hands. Was there ...
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What was the reason for Freddy's outburst?

In House of Cards, Season 4, Episode 11, when Freddy mentions to Frank that he'll be leaving his job at the White House, he follows it up with an outburst at Frank's mention of one last plate of ribs ...
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President exits under a canopy, The West Wing, House of Cards?

I remember from a couple of episodes of The West Wing that the President always used to enter or exit a building under a covered canopy or tent. In House of Cards, S4E4, as the president is seen ...
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Civil war soldier appearing in Frank Underwood's hallucination

I am watching the 4th season of House Of Cards. When Frank Underwood was shot, and placed in an induced coma, he was hallucinating about a civil war soldier. Who was that soldier and why did he appear?...
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Why was this character not wearing a bullet proof vest in House of Cards Season 4?

From what I saw, Meechum is shot somewhere around the torso in House of Cards S04E04 (I think from the same bullet that grazed Underwood's torso). Doesn't the President's security detail wear ...
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Why are Remy Danton and Jackie Sharp keeping their relationship a secret?

In House of Cards Remy Danton and Jackie sharp are in a secret relationship and Why do they need to keep this a secret?
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Why do they refer to Palestine as a country?

In the "Jordan Valley" episodes of House of Cards, the characters routinely refer to "Palestine" as if it were an actual country. I have never seen real American politicians do that. Is the in-show ...
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What was the point of releasing the President's 'unofficial schedule' in S1E13?

What was the point of releasing the President's 'unofficial schedule' in House of Cards S1E13? Is it to hurt the public support for Tusk when he is announced as VP?
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Do shows like “House of Cards” need political clearance before their release?

Watching House of Cards I wonder: do shows which have such a serious political outline - fictional or not - need some sort of clearance before their release? Or are they always considered harmless ...
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Another copy of Dr. Marbury's journal

In House of Cards we have first Seth Grayson use Dr. Marbury's hand-written notes to blackmail Claire and get a work position with her and Frank. He promises that there are no copies of those notes. ...
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Does Claire Underwood want to be president

During the campaign for Frank's presidency in House of Cards, it always looked like people were more connected to Claire than Frank. We also heard Frank saying "You are right, this office has only one ...
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Why would Claire Underwood leave Frank?

At the end of the third season of House of Cards, Claire Underwood announces that she is leaving Frank, ostensibly because she can no longer stand his condescending and abusive behavior. But I ...