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House of Cards represents your worst conceivable nightmares about the internal sex, scandals and skullduggery that play out on Capital Hill, and it delivers it to your living room with bone jarring accuracy. Every episode opens up the debate that, corruption, conspiracy and blackmail are far more realistic within the confines of the political ranks along with a totally manipulated system. And, that those manipulations are going on everyday on the Hill.

Kevin Spacey plays Francis Underwood, an intelligent, calculating, power hungry man who found himself shut out of the position that he had been promised by the new president (GarretWalker) once took office. Underwood, discovered that he had been manipulated to gather the electoral seats needed to secure the presidency. confident of his new status, he was asked to what he thought was a promotional meeting at the White House with the President but instead it was with (Linda Vasquez) The Presidents chief of Staff. Francis didn’t get the position he wanted,  “I must meet with the president, there must be some mistake Linda” but Francis is informed that the president does not wish to see him and is asked bluntly   “are you in, or are you out?”  Francis replies “well of course I am in, I am here to serve the President and help in anyway I can”    Frank looks directly in to  the camera with a look that says it all.  From here on out it’s all about how Francis (Frank) explores every trick in the book to play everyone against each other, and like a master puppeteer Frank pulls all the strings with a contrived and precise game plan.

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President Garret Walker, Francis & Clair Underwood.

One by one the power players are moved around the chess board by Frank and his office.  Just when you thought you knew what was going to happen next, you find out your wrong, the plots get darker and deeper.  Doug Stamper is Underwoods chief of staff and his job is to know everything about everyone and, feed that information back to Frank. Every sordid detail and pice of dirt is used to aid him in his next calculated move. The political backstabbing and ruthlessness seem tame in comparison to Franks undertakings. Anyone who steps in Franks way runs the risk of suffering the wrath of man who makes Al Capone look like a kindergarten teacher.

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Frank and his beautiful wife Clair Underwood played by Robin Wright.

Frank knows and understands that patience and persistence are the only strategies needed to take down everyone who stands in his way from becoming the VP to Garret. Clair Underwood is sophisticated, beautiful and is unquestionably relentless. its in her interest to assist Francis to the Vice Presidency in any way she can. She, without question is every bit as powerful and conspiring as her husband . They share no intimacy, but they are deeply in love with one another. There favorite pastime is sharing a cigarette together by the open window, they share the advantages and disadvantages of their quest for ultimate power and they even talk about each others lovers “not in detail”  Francis is having a brief affair with Zoe Barns, an ambitious journalist for a popular Washington newspaper. She sleeps her way to top story  scoops with Frank but loses control of her storyline choices and pits newspaper allies against him  “and we all know what happens if you cross Frank” Zoe eventually catches an early train but not the way she expected…

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People who cross Francis Underwood don’t last to long and a prime example of this is Representative Peter Russo. Russo was hired by the Underwoods to run for Governor and he let his drinking problem and his fondness of hookers get in the way of his campaign trail. After a confrontation with Underwood, Russo  threatened to turn on frank about share information with the press about his involvement with a nuclear fuel company that sabotage the shipyard workers jobs. needless to say Russo was retired, he was exhausted… Literally.

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It’s a good time to end this at this point, and I will pick it up again another time. For now though I will leave you with one of Frank Underwoods many Quotes . Underwoods words, hit you in the face like a punch from Mike Tyson.

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Until next time ..

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