House of Cards (2013–2018)
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Chapter 17 

A Terror threat traps Francis in the Congress building with a bitter Donald Blythe. Claire gives a live interview that shakes the media.


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Michael Dobbs (based on the novels by), Andrew Davies (based on the mini-series by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Spacey ... Francis Underwood
Robin Wright ... Claire Underwood
Mahershala Ali ... Remy Danton
Molly Parker ... Jackie Sharp
Sebastian Arcelus ... Lucas Goodwin
Nathan Darrow ... Edward Meechum
Jimmi Simpson ... Gavin Orsay
Reed Birney ... Rep. Donald Blythe
Sam Page ... Connor Ellis
Elizabeth Norment Elizabeth Norment ... Nancy Kaufberger
Ashleigh Banfield ... Ashleigh Banfield
Peter Bradbury Peter Bradbury ... Dalton McGinnis
Jeremy Holm ... Nathan Green
Emily Dorsch ... Emma Lane
Libby Woodbridge ... Megan Hennessey (voice)


The Capitol is under quarantine when white powder is found in a letter. This occurs during Francis' meeting with Donald Blythe and leads to them being stuck in the office for over four hours. Claire gets interviewed on live television where she is questioned for her decision of not having children. Jackie wins more votes for the bill. Written by Andreea D

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Release Date:

14 February 2014 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the end of this episode, Frank sings a Southern ballad to Claire ("Pretty Polly"). Although the beginning of the song is romantic, the lyrics go on to describe a sexual assault and murder--ironic given the content of this episode. See more »


Claire Underwood's television interview is shot with Red Epic cameras, the same camera system used for the principal photography of the show. While not impossible, it is highly unlikely that a broadcast crew would use Red cameras as they are intended for narrative film and television use where the camera is only rolling for a few minutes at a time rather than a live broadcast. See more »


Francis Underwood: If we never did anything we shouldn't do, we'd never feel good about doing the things we should.
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The Interview
25 February 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

As Frank and Jackie try to flesh out votes for the entitlement bill, there is a quarantine and Frank is locked up in his office for four hours with Rep. Donald Blythe, whose wife is an Alzheimers victim. He is greatly distressed that he can't be with his wife. While Jackie puts the arm on other Reps they two parry and thrust over support of the bill. Donald controls 28 votes in the house, a truly significant number. There is quite a realistic give and take in Frank's office. Meanwhile, an interview is being done with Claire. Frank is supposed to be present but, of course, is under lock and key until the all clear is given. Frank gets a message out that she should do the interview anyway. There is concern about the issue of children, and Claire is maneuvered into admitting to an abortion (actually she has had three). Further questioning forces her to reveal her rapist (though she never became pregnant with him). There is going to be significant fallout. Also, Lucas continues his quest in dangerous waters. He has made contact with a freelancer who could end up in prison for his activities (or so he says). Good writing and suspense.

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