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Chapter 45 

Claire clashes with the Secretary of State Durant over her involvement in negotiations with Russia. Dunbar must choose between her campaign and her ethics.


Tom Shankland


Michael Dobbs (based on the novels by), Andrew Davies (based on the mini-series by) | 4 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
Derek Cecil ... Seth Grayson
Elizabeth Marvel ... Heather Dunbar
Neve Campbell ... Leann Harvey
Jayne Atkinson ... Catherine Durant
Gerald McRaney ... Raymond Tusk
Reed Birney ... Rep. Donald Blythe
Lars Mikkelsen ... Viktor Petrov
Damian Young ... Aidan MacAllan
Eisa Davis ... Cynthia Driscoll
Larry Pine ... Bob Birch


Claire clashes with the Secretary of State Durant over her involvement in negotiations with Russia. Dunbar must choose between her campaign and her ethics.

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English | Chinese

Release Date:

4 March 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Mrs. Underwood is in the Roosevelt room, you can see a picture of Teddy Roosevelt in full "Rough Rider" attire. Typically under a Democratic President (as Underwood is) there is a portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt hanging in the Roosevelt room, and a picture of Theodore Roosevelt under a Republican presidency. See more »


During Frank Underwood's hallucinations, Zoe has a significantly different hairstyle than during the first two seasons. If she is a figment of Frank's imagination, he could of course imagine her with a different hairstyle but it is more likely that the image that haunts him is the image of how he saw her during season 1. See more »


[last lines]
Francis Underwood: I said you were nothing, in the Oval, without me. It's the other way around.
Claire Underwood: It would have to be different.
Francis Underwood: I know. That's what I'm saying.
Claire Underwood: Come on. Let's see if you can make it to the end of the hall...
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Things Go Beyond Belief
8 March 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Claire takes over as President (or so she thinks) and goes to Germany for a summit with Petrov. She has to hustle this up because there's a chance Frank is going to survive. A liver donor has been found and it begins to look good. Now what is going to be interesting is when Claire and Frank meet again. Before the surgery, Frank has more of those startling dreams. Doug works his magic to deny a person who is justified to receive a liver transplant which is his right. Meanwhile, their blackmail continues, as Dunbar is targeted by the Justice Department. Claire squares off with Petrov and he tell her off for her overstepping her bounds. As the episode concludes, two of the most despicable people in the history of film are seen facing each other.

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