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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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Do shows like "House of Cards" need political clearance before their release?

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 ...
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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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Why does Doug Stamper have so much influence over Rachel?

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 ...
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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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How Accurate is House of Cards to real life?

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 ...
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Why is President Walker so gullible?

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 ...
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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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What does Francis Underwood's ring mean to him and why does he bury it?

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 ...
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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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What is the significance of the game "Monument Valley" to House of Cards plot

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)...
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What does Francis Underwood's ring mean to him and why does he bury it?

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:...
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House of Cards season 3 release policy

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 ...
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Which video game do Underwood and Yates play in chapter 33?

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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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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House of Cards season 3 release policy

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'...
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Question about Rachel Posner and Doug Stamper

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 ...
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What is Stamper negotiating for in his salary?

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 ...
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What made Francis urinate on his father's grave?

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 ...
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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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Why is Frank shooting against Jackie in the election debate?

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 ...
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Does Claire Underwood want to be president

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 ...
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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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