Saturday, June 13, 2015

House of Cards - Chapter 27

How the mighty have fallen. When we last saw him Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) had completed his plan of revenge and power begun in the series opening episode by achieving the highest office in the land. Six months into his new role as President of the United States Frank's approval ratings have plummeted, his comprehensive jobs program is stuck in committee, and his most loyal advisor Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly) has spent that entire time in recovery and rehabilitation following his altercation with the still missing Rachel Posner (Rachel Brosnahan). Frustrated with his injury, being unable to resume his position, and his current uselessness to the President, Doug begins to fall back into dangerous old habits (booze and prostitutes) which will likely lead to problems for both Doug and Frank over the course of the season.

Fighting battles on multiple fronts, Frank also must deal with news of a Supreme Court Justice's plans on retirement due to health reasons and his promise to Claire (Robin Wright) to help get her political career started with an open ambassadorship to the United Nations which many in the know believe she is unqualified for. Claire's political ambitious allow the show to give Wright a larger role in the show's Third Season than only First Lady. However, the season premiere suggests many, including Frank, are leery about her plans and her ability to fill the post. Are they correct? Time, it seems, will tell.

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