House of Cards (2013–2018)
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Chapter 22 

It becomes personal when Tusk hits the Underwood pair with a scandal. Freddy and his restaurant will be involved in it all.


Jodie Foster


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




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Spacey ... Francis Underwood
Robin Wright ... Claire Underwood
Michael Kelly ... Doug Stamper
Michel Gill ... President Garrett Walker (voice)
Gerald McRaney ... Raymond Tusk
Mahershala Ali ... Remy Danton
Nathan Darrow ... Edward Meechum
Reg E. Cathey ... Freddy
Ben Daniels ... Adam Galloway
Derek Cecil ... Seth Grayson
Mozhan Marnò ... Ayla Sayyad (as Mozhan Marno)
Jeremy Bobb ... Nick Henslow
Malcolm Goodwin ... Darnell Hayes
Darren Alford ... Deshawn Hayes
Albert Jones ... Tommy Devine


Freddy is planning the expansion of his business but this ends when his son holds a photographer at gunpoint and gets himself arrested. Francis would like to help him out but Freddy refuses. Claire and Francis manipulate both Adam and the media in regards with a photograph of Claire leaked in the newspapers. Remy threatens Adam to confess the affair and he does so by leaking another photograph. However, Seth works this through by manipulating a young model that resembles Claire. In the end Adam chooses to be on no one's side. 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?


Reg E. Cathey & Mozhan Marnò also appeared together on an episode of The Blacklist - episode 3.16, The Blacklist: The Caretaker (No. 78) (2016). See more »


It is said that the father of Ines (Adam's fiancée) might have to face the death penalty in Colombia for helping the "the rebels", and the fact is that there is no death penalty in Colombia (to be more precise: there has not been since 1910). See more »


[to Claire]
Adam Galloway: I'm sorry I ever met you. All you've ever done is cause me pain.
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"When we care too much it hurts us"
31 May 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

When 'House of Cards' was in its prime, it was for me one of the best and most binge-able shows out there. Evident in a consistently high quality Season 1, where all the thirteen episodes ranged from good to brilliant which one doesn't see usually so early on for shows. Not an awful lot of shows settled so quickly or straightaway, 'House of Cards' was one of the few that did. That Seasons 5 and especially 6 were so disappointing, to the point of not being able to recognise the show, still makes me angry.

Season 2 wasn't quite as great, but was nonetheless solid with no misfires. It started off outstanding, but had a small slump where the episodes were very good if slightly disappointing, a more than good position to be in when talking overall about film and television but by 'House of Cards' standards one kind of expects a little more. The quality became great again with "Chapter 19" and the greatness didn't let up. Here with "Chapter 22", in the top five Season 2 episodes, we have in my mind the best 'House of Cards' episode since "Chapter 14". The only one since that didn't have any problems, major or minor.

It is not just the tension that shines in "Chapter 22". Of which there is a great deal and by now it's gotten pretty dark. The increasingly malevolent Tusk provides enough of that, but even more so how increasingly unscrupulous Frank has become with each episode and this is where he is at his most of that up to this point of the show. He's dominant but not overly so, meaning the minor and newer characters have more to do and are more interesting. One of the episode's biggest strengths in fact is that it contains some of the most emotionally impactful and intriguing writing for any minor recurring character of Season 2, in this case two.

Also shining is the emotional impact, "Chapter 22" is up to this point of the season the most emotionally powerful episode and the one that moved me the most. It does such a great job with Freddy and especially Adam, the two minor recurring characters in question, with both their subplots being absorbing. There are two particularly great scenes here, one where Adam realises how much his affair with Claire has cost him and the other the candid conversation between Freddy and Frank, two of the best scenes of the show to me up to this point of 'House of Cards'.

Continue to love the darker tone, while the sharply cynical political edge hasn't lost its intrigue, is intelligently done and isn't laid on too thick. Claire, also getting more cunning, and especially Frank are fascinating characters. "Chapter 22" is notable too for being directed by actress Jodie Foster in her only episode, while no James Foley or David Fincher (when it comes to other 'House of Cards' directors) and she doesn't lose sight of what made the previous episodes as good as they are, being as tight and professional as one hopes. The opening and closing shots are striking.

Visually, the episode looks great, the slickness has not been lost and neither has the atmosphere. The music knew when to have presence and when to tone things down to let the dialogue and characters properly speak. The writing is sharp and has bite, a few of the best lines coming from Claire. The episode is superbly acted, continue to have no issues with Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright and Ben Daniels is splendid as well.

Overall, brilliant and one of the season's best. 10/10

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