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Chapter 23 

With a military stalemate abroad and a possible violent situation at home, Francis wants to put an end to Tusk forever. Claire and Jackie Sharp collide.


Robin Wright


Michael Dobbs (based on the novels by), Andrew Davies (based on the mini-series by) | 6 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Spacey ... Francis Underwood
Robin Wright ... Claire Underwood
Michael Kelly ... Doug Stamper
Mahershala Ali ... Remy Danton
Michel Gill ... President Garrett Walker
Gerald McRaney ... Raymond Tusk
Molly Parker ... Jackie Sharp
Nathan Darrow ... Edward Meechum
Jayne Atkinson ... Catherine Durant
Jimmi Simpson ... Gavin Orsay
Derek Cecil ... Seth Grayson
Rachel Brosnahan ... Rachel Posner
Mozhan Marnò ... Ayla Sayyad (as Mozhan Marno)
Gil Birmingham ... Daniel Lanagin
Elizabeth Norment Elizabeth Norment ... Nancy Kaufberger


A former US marine that says he's responsible for the white powder makes an attempt on Claire's life. Jackie continues having fun with Remy. She then goes against Claire and her bill. As a result Claire asks for Francis' help, who uses his team to find out that Jackie is sleeping with the enemy i.e. Remy. Francis is willing to use his last resort to get rid of Tusk once and for all. Ayla Sayyad continues to investigate Tusk. Doug confronts Francis. Written by Andy Ward

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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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Billionaire Raymond Tusk is being driven around in an, at best, 8 year old Buick whose Brand logo was featured prominently at the opening of the scene. See more »


Secretary of State Durant tells President Walker that the Japanese are sending three destroyers and a light cruiser to a sea area disputed by China. However, Japan designates all its ships as destroyers and the classification light cruiser hasn't been used by the USN since at least 1975. Peru operates the only light cruiser still in service anywhere, the BAP Almirante Grau (ex-HNLMS De Ruyter). See more »


President Garrett Walker: Nobody walks away from something like this without bruises.
Francis Underwood: Well, bruises you can survive. I just don't know how we can avoid it at this point.
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Doug as Liability
26 February 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This episode starts out with an unbalanced Marine carrying a bomb in a duffel bag, hoping to kill Claire because she had an abortion. She is now pretty much confined to the house, which puts a damper on lobbying for her sexual abuse bill. Jackie starts sleeping with Remy and we wonder what his motivations are. He is connected to Tusk, but how is she in the picture. She has two nasty encounters with Frank and Claire over the fact that she has qualms about the bill. She is an ex-military person who has killed several people. It is hard for her to hang her military people out to dry, even if they deserve it. Doug, who has had a lot of problems with alcohol and is in Frank's back pocket begins to create doubts. He feels he is being devalued by Frank and that is probably true. He also realizes he loves Rachel but is in such an awkward position. Things are starting to go sour for him. He is an incredibly sour individual and yet it is hard not to feel a bit sorry for him. Excellent performance by a guy who has made a career of playing heavies. As this chapter concludes there are some strange goings on concerning him.

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