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Why did Remy demand the speeding ticket?

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 ...
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What was this lawyer eating?

Pretty sure that's candy corn, a common Halloween candy in the US (note that the episode indeed takes place during Halloween):
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What was this lawyer eating?

It's candy corn. The joke is that many people don't like candy corn. "The 9 Most-Hated Halloween Treats," Huffington Post CANDY CORN "6 Reasons Why Candy Corn is the Worst Part of ...
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What did Frank mean by "For some it’s simply the size of the chair"?

Judging by the context of the dialogue, the "size of the chair" should mean the title or position somebody holds. The size refers to the fact that the higher-ranking the individual, the larger and ...
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How does Claire Underwood commit this crime?

It is only shown very briefly, but she actually uses the gelsemium she got from Jane Davis, which she put into his drink. When she leaves the house, there's a short glimpse of the bottle: As said, ...
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Why did Remy demand the speeding ticket?

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 ...
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Did 9/11 occur in the House of Cards universe?

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 ...
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Why is Frank Underwood opposed to slavery?

Frank Underwood has developed a spirit of contradiction against his roots and his father. Frank's father was a peach farmer in Gaffney, South Carolina, who died of a heart attack at the age of 43. ...
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What did Frank and Claire realize after watching Governor Conway's video?

I believe that was the Underwoods expressing their newly re-enforced confidence. The video showed them as a couple when their union was probably at its strongest, before the power of the White House ...
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How do movies/TV shows replicate the West Wing (White House)?

They use sets. They build elaborate stages for the actors to work on in a studio and they replicate the actual locations using photos and historical information. An article in Architectual Digest even ...
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What was the reason for Freddy's outburst?

The friendship between Freddy and Frank started to strain when Frank didn't stand up for him during season 2, when the media put intense pressure on Freddy because of Frank. Because of this, Freddy ...
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Why did Remy demand the speeding ticket?

Peter Russo got in deep with Francis Underwood due to Frank "handling" his problems with the law. My interpretation of the scene was that Remy didn't want someone showing up later telling him he owes ...
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Who is Danny in House of Cards S4?

There isn't a link as such, Danny is the donor, who committed suicide and his organs benefit both Underwood and others. His appearance is just to indicate that moving Underwood up the line was ...
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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

He's using comparison to a sporting tactic; in essence, 'when your opponent is in difficulty, that's when you hit hardest' Although all of the terms he used could probably be found in a dictionary, ...
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Frank Underwood's Obsession with Power

Above all else Frank wants to achieve a legacy. While most people create a legacy though having children Frank and Clair made the decision to never have children and instead focus on attaining power ...
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Who is the good guy in House of Cards?

There are good guy characters to identify with: Peter Russo (if you don't mind his alcoholism and whoring around) Lucas Goodwin Zoe Barnes (I couldn't stand her but she's narratively a good ...
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How come it was so easy for Francis Underwood to kill Peter Russo?

Because there is no reason to suspect murder. Yes, Russo had some more contact with Francis Underwood 'recently', but in the political circuit it's not abnormal for politicians to extend their network....
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Whatever happened to CWI?

At the end of Season 1, Claire fires Gillian Cole who then sues Claire and the CWI for wrongful termination. At the beginning of Season 2, Claire makes a deal with Gillian whereby Gillian drops the ...
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What did Frank mean by "For some it’s simply the size of the chair"?

The quote is actually: For some, it's simply the size of the chair. Traditionally, the size of the chair has often been associated with the rank of a person - the bigger the chair, the more ...
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Why did Frank Underwood suddenly start playing a vowel game on a TV debate?

He is just trying to be clever and fails miserably. Once he finds himself caught on the ropes in a debate concerning education, he tries to spin a sound byte from his unintentional pun ("there is no U ...
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How much is Claire Underwood aware of her husband's more serious deeds?

I'm limiting myself to what you've already seen up to this point. There are spoilery answer to your question, but I am avoiding those. What we already know about Frank and Claire: Their marriage is ...
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Civil war soldier appearing in Frank Underwood's hallucination

The soldier symbol appears several times in Season 4 - for instance when Will Conways little son takes Frank's toy soldiers when invited at the White House. Frank bursts out: those are not yours to ...
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Why was this character not wearing a bullet proof vest in House of Cards Season 4?

It is actually up to the Secret Service agents' discretion whether or not they want to wear a vest, as they can be bulky and hot. This was a question that was brought up on a West Wing forum. Most of ...
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Why are Remy Danton and Jackie Sharp keeping their relationship a secret?

Initially it was a clear conflict of interests (as suggested in Napoleon's comment), because each of them was having access to information very valuable to the other. Their relationship began as a ...
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Can the Vice President work with equal power as the president?

Can the President give the V.P. the reigns to carry out Presidential duties and work as his direct second in command? Technically, YES. The Constitution gives the vice president the role of presiding ...
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Why does Claire Underwood regret crying at the funeral?

Season 5 spoilers, since I'm not sure about the chronology of this scene. I'm not 100% sure if Claire has already been elected as VP, or is still in the running to become the next VP. Regardless, the ...
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Is "Black Caucus" really called Black Caucus?

Well, it's officially called the "Congressional Black Caucus", if that makes it more plausible-sounding to you.
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What is the symbolism behind the young people making out in the cemetery?

In true Lady Macbeth style, Claire is driven by naked ambition, both for herself and her husband Frank. She has no compunction about getting blood on her hands, firing half her staff and relentlessly ...
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Whatever happened to CWI?

Also, Claire (as candidate for VP in Season 4) mentions CWI in an interview: she says she can bring experience to the table, as she ran a major non-profit organization. That sounds as if CWI was still ...
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Are Frank and Claire modeled after Bill and Hillary Clinton?

Absolutely not as a matter of history If the characters of House of Cards are based on the Clintons, then the BBC has access to amazing foresight. The American series is based on a 1990 BBC original ...
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