REVIEW: House of Cards – “Chapter 38”

I'm Jeffrey Rex Episode Review - Netflix - House of Cards 38The following is a review of the twelfth episode of season three. Expect spoilers in the plot description.

After Chapter 37 we must ask if Stamper’s finally ready to live his life, or if the Rachel-news will pull him back in. Or is Francis the one pulling him back in? Also, what is on Claire’s mind? Come and find out! Let’s get to the plot description:

The episode opens with the news – people favor Dunbar, but fear that her inexperience will lead to the Republicans taking 2016. On the Air Force One they decide to make good use of Claire, seeing as she’s more popular than her husband. They’ve yet to replace Remy Danton, though Seth Grayson wants the job. Dunbar is visiting her old friend from the Supreme Court, Robert. He says it’s time for him to step down, but he wants her to take the job – even though she’s the frontrunner for 2016. She refuses – she’s in love with the potential of becoming President. She believes that she is meant to be President. Back with the Underwoods, we see how they still don’t sleep in the same bed – Frank starts to read the first chapter of Yates draft. Yates writes of suicidal thoughts, shame and legacy as their proudest thing. Claire has read it too, and they realize they told him too much. Claire asks Frank if she thinks that Tom is right about them being inseparable – she doesn’t look pleased with his positive answer.

Dunbar realizes she has to attack Claire to win, and Sharp decides to offer Remy a job for their campaign. Remy though – decides not to. No more politics for him. I must admit, I am excited for Remy – he’ll finally get to live. Dunbar now decides to use the info Doug gave her – she wants the journal.

Frank meets with Tom – and says the book is a no-go. But Tom is adamant about releasing the book: “You can’t bury it – I won’t allow that.” Frank threatens him, and says that litigation will be the least of his problems if he releases the book – Frank says he’ll spill the secrets about Tom’s first book. When he returns to Kate Baldwin he hands her the first chapter… Though when she decides not to touch the information, Tom is angered and he leaves.

Frank and Dunbar meet – he is told beforehand that she wants a nomination. But that was a lie. She threatens him, saying she’ll release the info from the journal if he doesn’t drop out. Meanwhile, Claire is meeting with a potential voter – a voter who is entertaining the idea of leaving her husband. Starting over. When she leaves, Frank informs her of what Dunbar just did. Claire panics.

Doug meets with the President, and he hands the journal to him. To prove his loyalty, Doug starts to burn the pages of the book, and tells Frank that he’s been sober for 87 days. He wants to replace Remy Danton. Frank eventually accepts, when he’s told he refused two million dollars by burning the pages. Doug is back, finally! A few days thereafter, Doug tells the FBI to go for Orsay.

Frank informs Claire of the news – and tells her that he believes Doug. Claire is furious – but Frank believes that Doug is the only one they should’ve ever trusted. Claire is having second thoughts about everything.

As the episode ends Claire objects to how Frank handled a question from the press, and she tells him that they’ve been lying to each other. Now there’s only one episode left of the season!

Another strong episode for the various actors. I truly enjoyed seeing Doug back, truly back, as strong as ever. I didn’t think this was a strong episode for Paul Sparks – he wasn’t very believable. This was the second and final episode directed by Robin Wright. She did just fine in her first episode, and this was another strong outing.

As we go into the very final episode we must question what exactly Claire needs to talk about, I fear it might have something to do with her conversation with her voter. I think you know what I mean.

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I’m Jeffrey Rex

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