House of Cards (2013–2018)
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Chapter 3 

Francis heads for his hometown to deal with a crisis. Zoe negotiates the politics of being a journalist on the rise. Claire finds herself a new business partner.


James Foley


Michael Dobbs (based on the novels by), Andrew Davies (based on the mini-series by) | 5 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Spacey ... Francis Underwood
Robin Wright ... Claire Underwood
Kate Mara ... Zoe Barnes
Michael Kelly ... Doug Stamper
Carol Ann Meyer ... Reporter
Sakina Jaffrey ... Linda Vasquez
Corey Stoll ... Rep. Peter Russo
Kristen Connolly ... Christina Gallagher
Sandrine Holt ... Gillian Cole
Nathan Darrow ... Edward Meechum
Boris McGiver ... Tom Hammerschmidt
Kathleen Chalfant ... Margaret Tilden
Al Sapienza ... Marty Spinella
Murphy Guyer ... Oren Chase
Soledad O'Brien ... Soledad O'Brien


Francis heads for his hometown to deal with a crisis. Zoe negotiates the politics of being a journalist on the rise. Claire finds herself a new business partner.

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Release Date:

1 February 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Claire says that she planted tulip bulbs in the fall, but tulip bulbs are planted in the winter when it is cold outside. See more »


Francis Underwood: What is the face of a coward? The back of his head as he runs through the battle.
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References Starting Point (2012) See more »

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21 November 2019 | by kumaruttaraSee all my reviews

Francis and Claire both are dealing and managing crisis in their professional life. Francis has promised to deliver on education reform bill, president's first hundred days commitment to correctly repair budget and schools across the nation. In episode three Congressman Francis Underwood is managing all administrative activities on bill and meeting with heads of teachers union, while he has to deal with a tragic event happened in his home district, from there he has started his journey as local leader to a prominent political figure. On the hand Claire is meeting with Gillian Cole (Sandrine Holt) and convincing that her together they can establish something but she has feeling of uncertainty about Claire present situation and her work beliefs. A seventeen years old girl died in terrible car accident, while driving and sending text she got unfocused by the strange design of a water tank. But how congressman get involve? It was built when he was a local leader so an old political rival setting accountability for district administration and congressman. It is quite funny and ridicules. Those who set other people accountable after something occur they get attention, it up to them how hard they hold ground in front of people like Francis Underwood. At his home district congressman (Kevin Spacey) is talking people into letting him work for them because their leader knows and understand them. And here what he conveyed in a church hall full of people that our ability to understand something should not come in between what god has already decided for us, we can be angry on a tragic event that happens in our life and hate other people but there is his point, we have capacity to love others without questioning his plan. "What you have to understand about my people is that they are a noble people. Humility is their form of pride. It is their strength; it is their weakness. And if you can humble yourself before them they will do anything you ask". What can be basic understanding for this, it is like he is putting his ego aside and showing insignificant side of his character so that people take him as noble as they are. Zoe Barnes gains reputation on base of lead provided by Francis Underwood. She also gets her own space.

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