House of Cards (2013–2018)
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Chapter 25 

Francis feels shut out. Stamper tries to regain control.


James Foley


Michael Dobbs (based on the novels by), Andrew Davies (based on the mini-series by) | 5 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
Terry Chen ... Xander Feng
Derek Cecil ... Seth Grayson
Joanna Going ... First Lady Tricia Walker
Rachel Brosnahan ... Rachel Posner
Mozhan Marnò ... Ayla Sayyad


President Walker believes Francis set him up. Doug approaches Lisa and forces Rachel to break up with Lisa. Jackie directly challenges Claire on national television. Therefore Claire withdraws the bill and proposes Jackie to start over again. Ms. Dunbar obtains a money laundering confirmation. Tusk confronts Remy because Remy seems to be playing two sides. 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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Did You Know?


The picture hanging in Jackie Sharp's office has changed from a previous episode when Francis was in her chair. He brings up the fact he had a sketch of the Capital Building. In that episode, she had a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge and has now put up the sketch of the Capital. See more »


Dunbar tells Tusk that he has been accused of laundering Chinese money to "political super PACs" since 2005. Super PACs did not exist before 2010. See more »


[to Jackie]
Francis Underwood: We want you to do what you do so well: whip the votes.
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References All In with Chris Hayes (2013) See more »

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"I've managed to isolate the president from everyone... including myself"
9 June 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Season 1 was a great season, remarkably so for a first season with a lot of shows taking time to settle whereas that for 'House of Cards' was one of its best seasons throughout its run. All the episodes being good to brilliant. Season 2 was not quite as good, with a slight slump in quality in the first half of it, the episodes still managing to be very good but the first half of Season 1 was great. But the second half ("Chapter 19" onward) is excellent.

"Chapter 25" from personal opinion is one of Season 2's best episodes. One might argue that it is setting things up for the season finale, or like a prelude (being the season's penultimate episode), and in that respect "Chapter 25" succeeds brilliantly. Also consider it another one of the best 'House of Cards' episodes up to this point, at a stage where the lesser episodes were still good. Long before the show's significant decline in its last two seasons. Know that keeps getting mentioned but it does show how strongly a decline as big as the one for 'House of Cards' was makes me feel, going from one of the best television shows in recent years to near-unwatchable.

Talking now about "Chapter 25", it contains all of what makes the previous episodes so good, except the dialogue is even sharper and blacker than before, momentum has tightened and the tension has increased the more ambitious the characters have gotten.

Visually, "Chapter 25" looks great, the slickness has not been lost and neither has the atmosphere. A big standout here is the very opening, which immediately creates an air of unsettlement. 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 and intelligence, getting darker all the time. The story is taut and absorbing with enough surprises to keep one guessing.

Its tension and suspense, apparent from the very start, has reached near fever pitch, especially with the continued development with Doug thanks to Michael Kelly's increasingly burning intensity, and the political tension which much of "Chapter 25" is centered around has lost none of its edge. All while not being too over-complicated that it loses the viewer. Frank and Claire continue to get more unscrupulous and manipulative all the time. Another standout in the character writing is Jackie, the steel and ferocity beautifully brought out by Molly Parker.

Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright continue to be knockouts, as are Kelly and Parker.

Overall, brilliant. 10/10

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