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House of Cards 2×07 “Chapter 20” Recap

Despite some friction, the Walkers deepen their friendship with the Underwoods. But it’s all-out war between Francis and Tusk.

“Chapter 20” starts off with an attack ad against President Walker and his closest allies, including Jackie Sharp, Terry Womack, Bob Birch, and Frank Underwood himself. The American public is not happy about all the politicking that’s been going on in, and some unknown entity is maximizing on that by launching a richly funded smear campaign against the Walker administration. The only way to stop it is to get to whoever it is that’s funding it.

Frank Underwood

Frank’s investigations reveal that a member of his own party, Lanagin, has switched teams and has been giving the Republican party at least $18 million. Holy shit dude, give some of that green to me. Frank somehow figures out that Lanagin and his casino is just a stand-in for Raymond Tusk, funneling his money through other sources so he can stay politically neutral and maximize profits.

Frank sends Doug Stamper off to the casino for a recon mission, but of course the guy gets spotted by Lanagin from a mile away. Still, Stamper manages to score a one night stand with one of the casino waitresses, who gives him some information about Chinese businessmen who fly in every year and get a whole casino floor reserved just for them. Stamper confirms that the plane used is one of Feng’s, and this whole thing is a plot concocted by Feng, Tusk, and Lanagin to bully their way back to the political table.

Stamper meets with Feng at his home in China, where Feng agrees to help Frank by stopping the funding for Tusk and the Republican Party, if Frank gives him the Port Jefferson Bridge. Frank, meanwhile, tries to convince Lanagin to sway his way as well, but Lanagin declines the offer, saying that money is worth more to him than any empty promises Frank could offer.

Seth Greyson

Media reps Seth Greyson and Connor Ellis are butting heads, just as Seth predicted they would in an earlier episode. Later, Seth meets with Remy – gasp! – who seems to have secretly employed Seth to dig up dirt on Frank Underwood, specifically regarding Claire’s abortion. Seth, however, tells Remy that he didn’t find anything on the abortion, even though we saw him dig up a medical record containing that information. So who is Seth really working for?

Chances are, he’s working for his own interests, because when Frank figures out that Seth is up to something, Seth immediately spills about being hired by Remy Danton. Seth then tells Frank that he wants to ally himself with the Underwoods, because he’s after power, not money – and he knows exactly where the true power in the White House lies. Remember that little speech way back in season one, when Frank told the audience he couldn’t respect Remy when he gave up power for money? This right here is the flip side of that. Frank might have found a reliable new soldier, but can Seth be trusted? I dunno but I suspect we’ll find out soon.

In other news, Connor Ellis ended up ditching this job for a better paying one after all, so it looks like Seth is in it for the long haul with the Underwoods. Assuming he’s not a spy, of course.

Jackie Sharp

My current favorite House of Cards politician (though not necessarily favorite character, for that I’m gonna need more facetime from her along with a guarantee of continued survival; this show has already damn near traumatized me with Peter Russo and Zoe Barnes, rest in Underwood-less peace) is still sleeping with Remy Danton, which I believe to be a fantastic life choice. Remy confesses in a roundabout way to having feelings for Jackie, and tells her they’re not going to have sex again unless it’s going to lead to some sort of relationship.

Conflicted, Jackie ends up calling Remy during a late work night, but hangs up at the last minute.

The Underwoods and The Walkers

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Hey, I’ve suddenly figured out the meaning of these guys’ last names! “Underwood” because Frank and Claire use underhanded tactics, and “Walker” because that family’s totally going to end up being forced to walk out of the political scene! Eh? Eh? Yeah, okay, it’s a bit of a stretch.

After a small fight and an even smaller period of kiss-and-make-up, Prez Garrett and Frank start bonding, which leads to their significant others bonding as well. The four of them have dinner together, where festivities quickly turn tense as the Walkers’ issues start to become more obvious. Prior to the dinner, Tricia Walker asked her husband to fire Christina because she suspects Christina has a crush on him (a bit of an overkill, don’t you think), but Garrett refused, which only fueled Tricia’s suspicions of an affair. Claire and Frank trade smug looks over their wine glasses as the Walkers get more snippy with one another. Man, this power couple is awesome. Terrible, but awesome.

Rating: B

Memorable Quotes

Frank: If you need a punching bag, I will stand here and take the punches as I have done time and time again since I swore my oath. But I would much rather get back to work, as you’ve asked me to do.
Walker: You are out of line, Frank.
Frank: Dismiss me or keep swinging, Mr. President.

Frank: Presidents who obsess over history obsess about their place in it, instead of forging it.
Walker: Who said that?
Frank: I did, just now.

Seth: You can pay me when I’ve gotten you what you want. I don’t take half pay for a job half done.

Claire: What should we serve the Walkers?
Frank: Cyanide.
Claire: Saving that for dessert. What about a main course?

Stamper: For people like you to smell the flowers, some of us have to pull the weeds.

Lanagin: The knives are in the kitchen. You have a pistol. You can stop staring.

Lanagin: You know what I like about money? I can stack it on a table, like this one. I can measure it with a yardstick. I can see it, smell it, buy things with it. Houses, cars, clothes. Things that are real. You’re gonna have to show up with more than beads. … I don’t place my faith in any white man. Especially one that works for the federal government.

You know about what it means to be me. Your version of nothing was light years ahead of where I started. I’ll let you know when I give a fuck about your respect. [damn, son, go in]