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Chapter 29 

The Russian president's state visit becomes a cold war of wills.


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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
Michael Kelly ... Doug Stamper
Mahershala Ali ... Remy Danton
Molly Parker ... Jackie Sharp
Elizabeth Marvel ... Heather Dunbar
Derek Cecil ... Seth Grayson
Jimmi Simpson ... Gavin Orsay
Lars Mikkelsen ... Viktor Petrov
Jayne Atkinson ... Catherine Durant
Curtiss Cook ... Terry Womack
Larry Pine ... Bob Birch
Benito Martinez ... Hector Mendoza
Reed Birney ... VP Donald Blythe
Shawn Doyle ... Dr. Alan Cooke


Petrov, the Russian president visits in this episode. Claire vies for the ambassadors seat. Will she get it with or without help from Francis? Things heat up at a dinner party for Petrov. Francis makes a speech & in it declares he will not seek reelection, but will he? Doug still has Rachel on his mind. Written by Laura Donohue

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27 February 2015 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Two members of Russia's Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Mariya Alyokhina, portray themselves as characters. They were arrested in 2012 and imprisoned for almost two years by the Russian government for their protesting Vladimir Putin's anti-gay regime. Head writer Beau Willimon invited them to submit script ideas based on their personal experiences and one of their music videos plays during the closing credits, which no other director's done previously. See more »


Secretary of State Durant says to the First Lady while on board the VC-25 (Boeing 747) they are in, "You're the First Lady. It's your airplane." The First Lady has no official position in the United States Government. She just happens to be married to the President. While Secret Service agents are provided to her full time, for the obvious security reasons, she is not entitled to nor afforded the use of any aircraft. The Secretary of State would never make that statement, as the First Lady is basically just a civilian, and it's not "Her plane", especially if the President were not on board. See more »


Francis Underwood: Brass tacks. If you could have anything, what would it be?
Viktor Petrov: I came with nothing to ask.
Francis Underwood: Men like you don't show up for dinner without an appetite.
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Doug and the Russians
28 February 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

There are two strains going on in this episode. One is the continuing story of Doug who is growing more and more angry and frustrated. He feels betrayed and diminished by the White House. He also feels if he can hunt down Rachel (and probably kill her) he will find favor with Frank. He has given the young FBI guy the possibility of leaving the country if he aids him in his quest.

Meanwhile, the First Lady, who has become the Ambassador to the United Nations through some seldom used methods, is working with the Secretary of State, and is feeling her way in diplomatic circles. She is still seen as a lightweight but dominates any room in which she finds herself. This takes us to the major event in this episode. The state dinner for the Russian delegation, led by Petrov (who is actually Vladimir Putin, of course). He is a flamboyant egoist who says what he things and feels great power as the Russian leader. Frank wants his support in the Middle East. Petrov will give it if the U.S. pulls all it's forces from the borders on the South near the Caucuses. This would be a huge blow to Europe. At the dinner there is demonstration by the Pussy Riot, who are actively opposing the Russian president. Petrov also exhibits some outrageous behavior, kissing Claire after dancing with her in front of all the attendees. It is sort of "I'll do whatever I want and I dare you to stop me." Claire warns Frank not buckle under because there are other ways to get at him. There is really wonderful scene near the end with Frank and Petrov squaring off one last time.

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