Sunday, September 14, 2014

Chapter 12 Season 1 – House of Cards Episode Summary 1.12

Raymond Tusk vets Francis UnderwoodEpisode Summary: President Garrett Walker begins interviewing candidates for the vice presidency and becomes annoyed at the unlikely the candidates.  Unknown to him, Chief of Staff Linda Vasquez and House Representative Francis Underwood have agreed to present hopeless candidates in order to make Frank look like the best candidate for vice president.   Meanwhile, Janine Skorsky uncovers a conspiracy theory pegs House Representative Francis Underwood as the mastermind.

Chapter 12 House of Cards Recap: Christina Gallagher meets with Paul Capra to speak about him taking over Peter Russo’s seat in the House of Representatives.  The offer surprised Paul only because he thought Christina had asked to see him to speak about Peter, who had only been deceased for a month.  Christina’s behavior puzzles him for the woman opted to miss their friend’s funeral.  The woman has chosen to bury herself with work instead of grieving.Continue reading...

News of the senior official of the Shipbuilder’s Association, Paul Capra, meeting with Christina Gallagher reaches Janine Skorsky of Slugline.  Janine immediately calls Mr. Capra to get confirmation on rumors of him taking over the seat Peter Russo left vacant.  Moreover, she asks him about his involvement in the closing of the Philadelphia Shipyard and learns that the Shipbuilder’s Association was not consulted about its closing.  Janine brings up the fact that the late Congressman Russo did not offer a testimony to the BRAC commission and discovers from him that a politician with more power than Congressman Russo forced him to refrain from testifying.  Janine shares her discovery to Zoe Barnes and names Frank Underwood as her suspect.  She realizes that Congressman Underwood began his association with Peter Russo right after the closing of the Philadelphia Shipyard.  She also confronts Zoe with her speculation that Frank Underwood is her source.  Zoe does not confirm nor deny Janine’s conjecture, but she agrees to speak to Frank about the information she gathered from Mr. Capra.  She confronts Frank about Janine’s conjectures and he, as one would expect, denies all of it.  Frank denies pressuring Peter Russo into closing the Philadelphia Shipyard.  He instead admits to advising him into trading a losing hand for a winning one.  According to Frank, Peter made allies out of enemies after allowing the closure of the shipyard.  Zoe feigns being satisfied with Frank’s answers, but decides to investigate further.  She finds connections between the McCuddin Air Force Base, the stepping down of Majority Leader David Rasmussen, and House Representative Terry Womack stepping up as the new House Majority Leader.  Zoe suspects Womack as the politician who pressured Russo, because the McCuddin Air Force Base that is in Womack’s district remained open at the expense of the Philadelphia Shipyard.  Zoe has imbibed Frank’s lies enough to convince herself that Janine’s conspiracy theory is incorrect.

President Garrett Walker along with Chief of Staff Linda Vasquez and Congressman Francis Underwood interview House Representative Tabitha Lonnergan, a candidate for the soon-to-be vacated vice presidency.  They find the woman utterly jejune and decide to cross her off their list as a viable replacement for Vice President Jim Matthews.  President Walker is irked with the candidates Linda and Frank had presented him, which is what the two had planned all along.  They intended to put the President in a position to find Frank as the most viable candidate to fill the seat of the vice president.  Linda speaks with the President only to learn that he is considering the multi-billionaire Raymond Alan Tusk as his new vice president; she did not have the opportunity to recommend Frank Underwood as an option.  Linda fills in Frank of the President’s decision and receives the same reaction she had upon hearing of his plan.  Duplicitous Frank Underwood, however, decides to approve of the President’s choice of tapping a proven and down-to-earth businessman as his new vice president.  He refers to the President’s strategy as bold and exciting.  Frank learns that the President has already vetted Raymond Tusk before when he considered him for Secretary of the Treasury.  The only hindrance now is Tusk’s reluctance to accept the nomination.  The President confides to Frank of sending his representative to speak to Tusk prompting Frank to volunteer his services.

Doug Stamper provides Frank the research he has on Raymond Tusk.  He wonders whether Linda had purposefully intended to send Frank to St. Louis in order to allow her and the President to continue their search for a viable vice president without Frank’s interference.  Frank believes that Linda has nothing to do with it despite her betrayal with the State Secretary nomination.  Frank arrives at the modest St. Louis home of multi-billionaire, Raymond Tusk, where he is to stay as he tries to convince the businessman to accept the President’s offer.  The smell and sound of sizzling bacon wakes Frank at two in the morning.  The two begin an early morning conversation in their pajamas about Frank’s habit of knocking on wood with his ring.  Frank explains that his father taught him that habit. It was supposed to help harden one’s knuckles for a fight with an extra benefit of knocking on wood.  He considers the mannerism a mixture of preparation and luck.  Their conversation leads to Frank’s father who is a failed peach farmer.  Frank confesses that his father was better at giving advice than following it.  The call from China causes them to postpone their conversation in the morning at Raymond’s office.

As per their agreement, Frank arrives at Tusk’s office and speaks to him about the President’s desire for Raymond to become his vice president.  He would like to know the cause of his hesitation to accept it.  Frank finds that Raymond is deflecting to answer a simple question of whether or not he wants to become Vice President of the United States.  He worries that Raymond is inclined to say no or that he desires to be wooed to accept the offer.  Raymond asks Frank to allow him a few minutes to finish his meetings and proposes they resume their conversation away from the office.  Frank finds himself bird watching in the woods with Raymond Tusk and tries to fish for the reason for the man’s hesitation to accept the vice presidency.  He speculates whether the President’s opposition to nuclear power is the reason, because Raymond does own a nuclear power plant.  Raymond once again deflects the question.  At dinner, Frank tries to get an answer from him again and learns that husband and wife work as a team.  Jean Tusk brings up the blind trust should Raymond accept the vice presidency.  She does note that the blind trust inadvertently unburdens them from a great deal of stress of managing a multi-billion company.  The Tusks want to know why the President wants Raymond to become vice president.  Raymond then turns the table and asks Frank whether he thinks he should accept the President’s offer, but Frank is as good as he is at deflecting the question.  He then asks Frank whether he would accept the vice presidency, but Frank uses the same argument Raymond employed and manages to avoid having to answer the question.

At midnight, Frank receives a call from Doug informing him that the President lied to him about not knowing Raymond Tusk personally and of only meeting him once at a fundraiser.  Walter Doyle was able to catalog all the events Raymond and the President both attended.  Moreover, Raymond Tusk was a major stockholder of Pioneer Airlines, a company where the President used to be the CEO.  Early that morning, Frank Underwood confronts Raymond Tusk about the charade.  He conveys to him of having discovered that he was not sent there to vet Raymond and learns that it is the other way around.  The President considers Raymond Tusk as his trusted adviser.  Moreover, he learns that Raymond advised the President not to nominate Frank as Secretary of State.  He is aware that Frank has made himself incorrigible since then with Kern, the teachers’ strike, and Matthews.  Raymond attributes all of those problems as Frank’s doing.  He, however, have come to see that Frank is effective in attaining goals.  This efficiency will be of value to Raymond and the President.  Moreover, with Frank as vice president, the President has a man that straddles between the Executive and the Legislative branches of government.  Despite the benefits of having Frank serve as vice president, Raymond’s favorable recommendation depends on Frank’s ability to return the favor.  Frank rejects agreeing to return the one favor Raymond wants of him, but Raymond gives him time to consider.  Upset at having been played, Frank confronts Linda about the possibility of her lying to him about her knowledge of the President and Raymond’s relationship.  Linda maintains not knowing of their relationship and argues of not benefiting from lying to him.  She informs him that the President still wants to meet with Frank to get his evaluation of Raymond Tusk, one they already know to be a farce, but Frank agrees to attend the meeting.  Frank must figure out a way to force Raymond to come crawling to him for he will never agree to become beholden to him.  He believes that Raymond’s weakness is his fortune.  Frank wants to create an illusion that it is in danger and he must do so in a week’s time.  His estimation of Tusk is that the man is more concerned with the loss of his life’s work than the loss of money.

Gillian Cole speaks with Claire Underwood about a request from the PR Office of SanCorp to send a film crew to shoot footage of their filtration project in Botswana.  Gillian becomes suspicious of CWI’s relationship with SanCorp aware that the same company fought against them on the Watershed Bill.  Claire informs her that SanCorp was the one who helped them get their filters out of South Sudan.  Gillian is against doing business with a company that is against everything their organization stands for, but Claire finds that their relationship is harmless.  Soon, Claire receives a peeved call from Remy Danton after receiving a complaint from the PR team regarding Gillian Cole’s lack of cooperation.  Gillian rejected SanCorp’s request to have its crew film their filtration project in Botswana.  Claire prepares to reprimand Gillian for opposing her only to learn that the woman took the day off due to illness.  On Gillian’s return, Claire accuses Gillian of feigning illness to avoid having to deal with the consequences of rejecting SanCorp’s request.  Claire reprimands her for her actions, but Gillian argues that the filtration project is hers and she can make the decisions without consulting Claire given that she had promised her autonomy on her projects.  Claire argues that the filtration project would not have been possible without SanCorp’s help to which Gillian contends that Claire did not consult her about the deal with SanCorp.  Claire disputes that Gillian works for her organization, but Gillian refutes this given that their agreement is an affiliation.  Claire refutes this claim, because the contract Gillian signed did not specify an affiliation.  Gillian’s claim is based merely on a good faith understanding that Claire is no longer honoring.  Claire states that the good faith understanding they had was dissolved the moment Gillian disobeyed her.  Claire orders Gillian to take a leave of absence equivalent to her termination if she refused to return.

Janine pursues her conspiracy theory and speaks with Christina about it unaware that Frank Underwood had put Doug Stamper on alert.  He believes that Janine asks the right questions that could uncover the truth.  Doug interrupts the conversation between Janine and Christina, ending it abruptly.  He offers the ruse of protecting her from harassing questions from the press.  Christina returns to the office.  She finds herself having to go through Peter’s things for a document and finally finds herself grieving for the loss of Peter Russo.  Meanwhile, Janine is convinced even more that Underwood was behind the closing of the Philadelphia Shipyard after the incident at the cafeteria with Doug and Christina.  She was able to establish more connections in her theory.  Janine found that the Education Bill went to the floor shortly after Womack rose to become the House Majority Leader.  Zoe was pivotal in the success of Underwood’s Education Bill, because she leaked Congressman Donald Blythe’s education bill that is far left of center.  Then there is the Kern article that Zoe also leaked.  Janine finds that the link to all those events is Zoe.  Frank Underwood has been using the young journalist to his end and Janine finds that they must uncover what Underwood’s goal truly is.  She urges Zoe to speak to Roy Kapeniak about the Kern article.

Lucas Goodwin offers to drive Zoe to the airport to see Kapeniak and confronts her about his suspicion that Zoe was sleeping with Frank Underwood to get ahead.  Zoe confirms his suspicion upsetting him more than one would expect, because Lucas has fallen in love with her.  Zoe arrives at Roy Kapeniak’s neighborhood and learns from his neighbor that the man was evicted and left.  His stripper girlfriend, Echo, however is still in town.  Zoe arrives at the strip joint where Echo works and learns from the stripper that a man claiming to be a congressman came to see Roy about the Kern article.  The congressman was Peter Russo.  Peter convinced Roy to declare that Senator Michael Kern wrote the editorial that expressed an anti-Israel sentiment.  Zoe tries to inveigle Echo into officially making the statement, but the stripper refuses to do so.  She returns to Washington D.C. and shares her discovery to Janine.  Both of them are now certain that Underwood was behind all of it.  Regrettably, none of them has hard proof of Underwood’s role in those events.  Zoe knows him as a dangerous person to fight against and fears of him learning of their awareness of the truth.  Janine argues that the only weapon they have against Underwood is to uncover the truth about him to the public.  They must find information and evidence that connect Underwood with the death of Peter Russo.  Zoe believes that the key lies with Christina Gallagher.  She informs her that Peter convinced Roy Kapeniak to speak to her about the editorial Senator Michael Kern supposedly wrote.  Peter was acting on someone’s orders.  She asks Christina if she remembers any strange events around the time of the inauguration, specifically on January 24.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Chapter 11 Season 1 – House of Cards Episode Summary 1.11

Frank Underwood kills Peter RussoEpisode Summary: House Representative Francis Underwood speaks with Vice President Jim Matthews about the vice president running for the governorship of Pennsylvania.  He presents his proposal to President Garrett Walker and Chief of Staff Linda Vasquez with Linda coming to a realization of Frank’s plan, a plan that depends on Peter Russo’s withdrawal from the gubernatorial race.  Regrettably, Peter Russo has remained in seclusion, drowning his shame in liquor.  Moreover, he grows a conscience and desires to take responsibility for all his offenses.

House of Cards Chapter 11 Recap: Congressman Francis Underwood speaks with Vice President Jim Matthews about finding a replacement for Peter Russo after his disastrous radio interview.  With only seven weeks left until the election, the vice president could not think of anyone with the name recognition and donor base that will win the gubernatorial seat for the Democrats.  Francis helps the vice president realize that he fits the bill.  He strokes his ego with a declaration that the vice president resigning his position in the White House to save Pennsylvania will make him a hero.  Moreover, he insinuates that President Garrett Walker is considering not keeping him as his running mate for the next elections.  The only obstacle hindering Vice President Matthews from returning to his passion for state governance is the notion that President Walker will not allow it.  Frank volunteers to speak secretly in his behalf.Continue reading...

Frank proposes the idea to President Walker, who is reluctant to accept the proposal, claiming that there is no historical precedent for such a move.  Frank offers two vice presidents from centuries ago who had done so, but the President finds the examples unsatisfactory.  The President is unwilling to use vice presidents who committed murder and believed in slavery as their reference.  More than the unlikely references, the President wants to avoid the appearance of him pushing the Vice President out of office or the appearance of the Vice President abandoning the administration.  Frank argues that there are important things at stake if they lose an important swing state.  The Democrats could lose the majority of the House and the President could lose the second term of his presidency.  Frank suggests that the President and the Vice President come out with a joint statement declaring that the Vice President will only resign his position if he wins the gubernatorial elections in Pennsylvania.  Sensing that the President is reluctant to acquiesce, Frank turns Machiavellian and employs the same strategy he used on the Vice President.  Frank turns the President against the Vice President.  He uses the latter’s supposed criticism of the former as his weapon.  Moreover, he presents benefits from agreeing to his proposal.  Having the Vice President win the gubernatorial elections in Pennsylvania will secure the swing state for the Democrats.  In addition, it presents the President an honorable way to find a more favorable replacement.

Christina Gallagher finds Peter Russo in his trashed apartment with a bottle of hard liquor watching Jeopardy.  Peter knows that his career as a politician is over.  He plans to remain in seclusion until the ignominy is forgotten.  Christina tries to rescue him from self-destruction, but to no avail.  She leaves him in his apartment to allow the ruined house representative to collect himself until he is ready to face the public with a statement.  Peter does seem to have a desire to return to the world.  He asks a staff from his building to purchase liquor for him and pays him significantly more than the cost of the alcohol.  The staff rejects the exorbitant payment and even offers to help him recover from inebriation, but Peter refuses his help.  Later, a heavily inebriated Peter Russo eludes the press by taking the freight elevator straight to the garage.

Claire Underwood takes a walk in the park with Adam Galloway.  They speak of their relationship beginning with Claire’s reason for ending their affair.  Claire would not allow herself to fall deeply for Adam.  She denies fear as the rationale behind her decision for she believes that fear does not accomplish anything.  Adam argues against her belief claiming that rational fear keeps people alive.  He confesses that when he is not overseas his fears surround the notion of triviality.  He fears of wasting precious moments for frivolities.  Claire confesses to have had those fears as well, one she would not dare admit to her husband.  She is afraid that her life would not amount to something.  Adam believes that Claire is some other person before she met Frank.  He likens her to the young woman they see on a bench, alone, reading a book.  Claire, to him, was a curious, independent person who absorbs everything.  She denies his estimation of her as a young woman.  Moreover, Claire claims that she wanted to become more than an observer.  She wanted to be significant.  Later that night, they print an enlarged photograph of the young woman they saw at the park whom Claire photographed.  Adam insists on calling the unknown woman Claire.  He maintains that the young woman though not resembling Claire exudes an aura reminiscent of her youth.  News about Peter Russo reaches Claire in New York and she finds herself sympathizing for the congressman despite knowledge of her husband’s plan.  Adam perceives that Claire is missing the life she escaped and senses that their affair is about to end yet again.  He can no longer serve as a mere diversion for Claire.  He could not fathom why she gave up a free spirited life for that of sadness.  Claire confesses to have chosen a man she could love for more than a week.  She chose permanence.  Claire has a history and a future with Francis, both of which Adam does not possess.  Adam tells her to kill whatever part of her that still loves him, because he will.  He returns later that night to find Claire still in his loft, sound asleep.

Zoe Barnes returns to her squalid apartment and cleans it up.  She gets a message from Frank asking her to come to his home to talk.  Zoe learning that Claire is not at home takes the opportunity to invade her privacy just as she had done to her.  She rushes up to the master’s bedroom and goes through her things.  She puts on the dress Claire wore at the gala and insists on keeping it to underline her intrusion.  She decides later not to steal the dress after undressing and disheveling Claire’s side of the bed.  Frank asks Zoe of starting their relationship anew.  He wants to simplify things by agreeing to Zoe’s previous request to keep their relationship professional.  The two agree to this.  Zoe continues to stay at Lucas’ apartment.  She confesses to have carried on an affair with an older, married man without revealing his identity.  She divulges of the threat the man made against her the first time they engaged in a sexual relationship.

Frank requests a meeting with Chief of Staff Linda Vasquez to ask about the proposal he presented.  Linda admits that President Walker is torn.  She confesses that she finds acceding to it a mistake.  Frank’s plan has become clear to her.  She realizes that Frank expects her support as payment for his part in getting her son into Stanford.  Moreover, she has come to a realization that Frank has been aiming for the vice presidency all along with a more ultimate goal of running for president in 2020.  Linda confronts Frank with these conjectures, but he avoids the admission of guilt.  After careful consideration, Frank decides that honesty will win Linda’s support and concurs to her accusations.  Frank states plainly his desire to become Vice President of the United States and his hope that Linda will return the favor after he got her son into college.  Moreover, he instills seeds of ambition in Linda expressing that the two of them make a formidable team.  The success of his plan, however, remains in the hands of Peter Russo.  Peter needs to withdraw officially in order to put pressure on Walker.  Regrettably, Peter Russo has gone missing.  Unknown to them, Peter is parked merely a few meters away from the Capitol.  He listens to news of his disappearance and the consequences of his disastrous radio interview, one that seemingly secured his opponent the gubernatorial seat in Pennsylvania.  That night, Peter parks across her former wife’s house and calls her children on the phone.  He asks to speak to his son, but his son refuses to speak to him knowing very well the dishonor he brought to them.  Guilt overcomes him at this realization and the awareness that his children have witnessed his self-destruction.  Her daughter senses that her father is intoxicated and politely ends their conversation much to Peter’s dismay.  Peter calls Christina, the one person who is still willing to speak to him.  He tells her his whereabouts and she asks that he stay where he is.  Peter, however, throws his cellphone on the sidewalk and drives away.  He drives to a police station and turns himself in for a previous criminal offense that was expunged from police records.  The desk sergeant refuses to arrest him for an exonerated crime he committed.  Peter desires to be imprisoned and confesses to have driven to the police station while under the influence.  He identifies himself as Congressman Peter Russo and presents valid proof of identification.  Doug arrives at the neighborhood of the former wife of Peter, but does not find him there.  He, however, finds his cellphone on the gutter.  Soon he learns from Police Commissioner Barney Hull that Peter has surrendered to the police.  Peter is now being held in an interrogation room by himself.  The commissioner worries of Peter divulging the purging of his criminal offense, one he had made possible as a favor for Frank.  Doug fetches Peter through a back exit at the police station, but Frank meets them and offers to drive Peter home.

Frank learns that Peter had thrown himself in jail as an act of taking responsibility for his actions.  Peter divulges his plan of making a statement of pulling out of the race, but also of confessing all his offenses.   Moreover, he refuses help from Frank in writing the statement.  This worries Frank, who had a part in Peter’s troubles.  They arrive in the private garage in Peter’s building.  Peter refuses Frank helping him up to his apartment.  Frank sees a bottle of liquor and offers it to the heavily intoxicated alcoholic.  He drinks with him in his car and shares his dislike of fathering children due to his unhappy childhood whom he believes Peter had too.  Frank, however, realizes that it was a coward’s excuse.  Peter succumbs to fatigue and falls asleep on the passenger seat of the car.  Frank wipes his fingerprints off the car and the bottle of liquor.  He uses Peter’s finger to turn on the engine of the car.  He leaves Peter inside the car and closes the garage door while the engine is still running.  Frank puts on a baseball cap and sneaks out of the building.  He returns to his house and finds Doug waiting for him.  He tells Doug that they will never speak of the events that will surface in the next few hours.  This shocks Doug, but he accedes to the order.

Frank has an early meeting with President Walker, Chief of Staff Vasquez, and Vice President Matthews.  He learns that his strategy to use honesty won him Linda’s support.  President Walker explains that Linda managed to convince him of the benefits of agreeing to his proposal.  Moreover, he has spoken to Vice President Matthews and convinced him of agreeing to run for governor.  All agree that the President and the Vice President will make a joint statement of their decision for the vice president to run for governor.  Moreover, the President will make it clear that he will only accept the vice president’s resignation if he wins the election.  They are, however, confident that Vice President Matthews will win so much so that the President has already asked Linda to put together a list of candidates for the vice presidency.  All now rests on Peter Russo officially withdrawing from the gubernatorial race.  With the rest of their plans depending on Peter’s withdrawal, the President sends his people to go look for him.  Secret Service informs President Walker of the suicide of Peter Russo.  The President announces the news to Linda, Matthews, and Frank.  Peter was found in his garage with the car still running.  Frank feigns shock and sends a text message to his wife informing her of Peter Russo’s suicide.  Peter’s suicide soon fills every news headline except Slugline’s who is learning about it from other news outfits.  Zoe only learns of it from Lucas who receives a text message prompting him to leave for the office immediately.  Peter’s campaign staff including Christina only learns of his fate on the news as well.

Claire resumes communication with Frank and tells him that she is coming home.  She leaves Adam’s loft without a goodbye except for a large origami of a swan made from one of the pieces of the young woman’s enlarged photograph that Claire had rearranged.  Claire arrives home and finds Frank waiting for her in the living room where they reconcile.  Later, husband and wife stand side-by-side to address the press with their sympathies for the loss of the ruined house representative, Peter Russo.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Chapter 10 Season 1 – House of Cards Episode Summary 1.10

The disastrous radio interview of Peter RussoEpisode Summary: House Representative Francis Underwood learns that his wife betrayed him to pursue her goals and Zoe Barns threatens to expose Claire Underwood’s betrayal.  With the failed passage of the Watershed Bill, Peter Russo finds his election as governor of Pennsylvania in danger.  He threatens to expose Frank’s hand in smearing former State Secretary nominee Michael Kern.

House of Cards Chapter 10 Recap: President Garrett Walker reproaches Congressman Francis Underwood for the failure of the Watershed Bill.  Everybody believed that the bill would pass.  Frank blames the misinformation on the journalist Janine Skorsky, who published an article claiming to have received verified vote counts in favor of the bill.  President Walker, however, is not concerned about the misinformation.  His concern is the division the bill created among Democrats that makes his leadership appear incompetent.  The knowledge that Chief of Staff Linda Vasquez disobeyed his instructions dismays the President even more.  Linda missed meeting with the house representatives to rally them into supporting the bill in order to address a personal matter.  Francis takes full responsibility for her absence believing that Linda’s influence was not necessary at that time.Continue reading...

Frank Underwood is out to chastise the two Democrats who betrayed him, Vanderburgh and Abrams.  He, however, learns from Zoe Barnes that his wife, Claire Underwood, was the person who dissuaded the two from voting for the Watershed Bill.  Zoe threatens to write an article about the betrayal if Frank does not feed her with better information.  Frank verifies Zoe’s information with Vanderburgh and Abrams who relays the conversation they both had with his wife.  Claire Underwood told them to vote for their conscience and added that it would not be the end of the world if the bill failed.  Frank chastises his wife for her betrayal and learns that she has done so as payment for Remy’s help in getting her shipment out of Sudan.  Claire justifies making a decision without consulting him.  She argues that Frank has kept her in the dark of his plans for the past six months.  He worries that her betrayal will become news, one from which they cannot recover.  She learns that the very threat of exposing her betrayal comes from Zoe whom she believed was under the control of her husband.  She attributes the imminent threat to them to her husband’s inability to control his sexual urges.  Frank lost his hold on Zoe when he made her his mistress.  Claire begins to feel that she has made more sacrifices toward her husband’s goals than hers.  This leads Frank to remind her that CWI is not as important as their ultimate goal.  His reminder only made it clear to Claire that her husband has only been using her just like everyone else.  Frank attributes her defiance to menopause causing Claire to throw her husband out of her office.  Later that night, Claire pays Zoe Barnes a surprise visit and purposefully intrudes.  She came to make it known to the young woman that she and her husband share everything, not only does she know of their affair, she is aware of the details including trivial ones such as her trapping a spider with a wine glass.  That night, Claire does not return home and does not answer her phone.  Frank decides to satisfy his urges with Zoe and learns that Claire had come to see her.  This knowledge prompts him to rush back home, but Claire is nowhere to be found.

The failure of passage of the Watershed Bill does not bode well for Peter Russo’s election as Governor of Pennsylvania.  The journalists question his absence in Washington during the critical time when his influence as the chief sponsor of the bill is required.  Moreover, Janine Skorsky brings up the new ad that uses his failed bill to question his resolve in maintaining his sobriety.  Peter realizes the precariousness of his election with the failure of the keystone of his campaign.  He orders Frank who promised the passage of the Watershed Bill to fix it.  He threatens him of going public with Kapeniak and the Kern editorial if he does not do so.  Peter has come to a realization that Frank no longer holds power over him for his sordid past is now public knowledge.  Moreover, Peter now has power over Frank with his participation in the ruining of Senator Michael Kern.  Frank speaks to Doug Stamper about accelerating their plan regarding Peter Russo for the man has become uncontrollable.  Doug obtains a decent apartment for Rachel Posner, one whose furniture, security deposit, first and last rent he paid.  His supposed good will, however, comes with a price.

Still unaware of Claire’s whereabouts, Frank drops by CWI to fish information from Gillian Cole.  He learns that Claire has feigned illness and has scheduled a weeklong absence from work.  Frank also learns that Gillian, a Stanford alumnus, knows the Provost of Stanford Warren Tynsdale.  In fact, the provost has made her the poster child of alumni whose attendance has been requested on fundraising events.  Frank obliges Gillian to recommend Ruben Vasquez, the son of Chief of Staff Linda Vasquez, for acceptance after hearing that Stanford continues to reject his application despite Linda’s meeting with the Dean of Stanford.  Later, he meets with Remy Danton at his secret hideaway, Freddy’s.  Frank proposes turning Peter into a pro-natural gas candidate despite sponsoring the Watershed Bill.  He argues that Peter is for employment and not opposed to drilling.  He is asking SanCorp to consider building refineries that will create jobs in Philadelphia in exchange for Peter’s support for natural gas.  Remy agrees to bring the proposal to SanCorp.  Frank persuades Peter into becoming an ally of SanCorp notwithstanding his appearing a hypocrite for a chance to discuss the construction of SanCorp refineries in Philadelphia.  Christina Gallagher opposes the strategy, but Peter agrees with Frank.  Moreover, he foregoes his prior obligations in order to speak with Remy at a gala for the McNeally Cancer Institute in order to discuss a potential partnership with SanCorp.  Frank also recommends publicly showing his support for SanCorp’s drilling efforts on his radio interview with a local radio station in Pittsburgh the following day.  He tells Peter that Remy has given assurance that a display of public support will prompt Remy to persuade SanCorp to build refineries in Philadelphia.  Peter instructs Christina to cancel the events in his schedule to allow him to attend the gala.  That night, he speaks with Remy and learns that SanCorp is disinclined to build refineries in a major urban center due to the costliness of doing so.  However, statewide permitted use zoning can avert the steep cost.  Peter contends that zoning is state legislature that is beyond the authority of a governor, but Remy claims that a governor can put pressure on the legislature.  His election as governor of Pennsylvania is conditional on his support for permitted use zoning.  Peter reminds Remy that his opponent already supports drilling, but Remy argues that his opponent is not asking to build refineries in Philadelphia.  It is a request SanCorp finds favorable.  Peter tells Remy to have SanCorp listen to his interview with the local Pittsburgh station.  Having made a deal, Remy leaves the event.  Peter is very pleased and delights in the possibility of him winning the gubernatorial race.  Rachel Posner, whom he does not recognize, begins to flirt with him.  She leaves him with a key to her hotel room.  Peter could not fight the urge to be with the young woman that he follows her up to her hotel room.  Soon he loses the fight against alcohol and drinks whiskey with Rachel ending his sobriety.  Moreover, he engages in a sexual intercourse with her.

Claire arrives at Adam Galloway’s apartment and resumes their affair.  That night, she finds herself enjoying a party at Adam’s apartment among his friends unaware that her husband had asked their driver, Ed Meechum to locate her.  Meechum learns from his friend at Missing Persons that Claire is staying with a friend in New York, a friend Frank immediately identifies as Adam Galloway.  Meanwhile, Zoe realizes that she could no longer bear living in a squalid apartment and everything it represents.  She waits for Lucas Goodwin by his car and asks to stay at his apartment for a few days.  Zoe takes the couch, but later decides to sleep beside Lucas.  The two begin a sexual relationship.

Peter spends a night of debauchery with Rachel.  He only realizes the time when the young woman opens the curtains.  Still inebriated, Peter rushes to get ready for his radio interview that begins in half an hour.  Soon he receives a call from Doug, who is waiting for him at the front desk of his apartment building.  He informs Doug of his whereabouts prompting the man to rush to where he is.  Doug smells the alcohol in Peter’s breath and observes his slurred speech.  Congressman Peter Russo pursues the radio interview against the recommendation of Doug to forego it.  Christina immediately senses trouble when Peter misidentifies the radio host.  As the interview progresses, it becomes apparent that Peter could not collect his thoughts.  Moreover, despite the interview done over the phone, the hosts could sense that Congressman Peter Russo is currently intoxicated.  Peter denies being drunk and begins to make excuses until Doug hangs up the phone abruptly ending the interview.  He takes the blame for allowing the congressman to push through with the radio interview and offers a plan to make an announcement for the disastrous interview.  Peter realizes that this is the end of his career as a politician.  Frank immediately after listening to the interview that led to the destruction of Peter Russo sends a message to Zoe of fulfilling his promise of providing her a better story to write about than the story about Claire’s betrayal.  He calls Linda Vasquez soon after to inform her of the fiasco.  The woman does not seem worried for some good news came her way.  Stanford reversed their decision and decided to accept her son due to Gillian Cole’s recommendation.  Linda did some research and learned that Gillian works for Claire.  She finds herself once again indebted to the Underwoods.  Frank then instructs Doug to schedule an urgent meeting with the Vice President.  Doug, however, finds that Peter Russo has sneaked out of the hotel.

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