Claire takes the first steps on starting her own election campaign.
Frank is shocked when a family scandal erupts on the day of the Primary.
Frank makes a gamble to solve an international crisis.
Donald Blythe turns to Claire for advice on the situation with Russia.
While Claire and the Secretary of State disagree about the way forward, Dunbar has a decision to make.
Frank tells the convention to support Catherine Durant to be his running mate, while working behind the scenes for a different result.
While Claire has an important family to attend to, Frank must deal with threat to his candidacy.
While Claire gets some company on the campaign trail, Frank attacks Conway.
Claire uses her diplomatic skills to try to end the hostage situation. Meanwhile, Frank confronts Hammerschmidt.
The team run up against an obstacle when trying to distribute their cure to the aberrant animal behavior.
As Jackson undergoes surgery, Mitch and Jamie try to create a cure to the mutation using the Mother Cell and the leopard DNA.
Tension is eased between Odelle and her captor, as Aslam and Frank Majors ramp up efforts to find her. Meanwhile, a senator complicates Peter's SOC investigation; Harrison prepares to deliver the eulogy at his father's funeral; and it's revealed that there's more to Randall's death than meets the eye.moreless
Ballard is captured by the terrorist group Ansar Dine and must prove her value to them. On the home front, Harrison continues to search for physical proof that Ballard is alive and enlists his father's help. Peter finds evidence against Societel that puts his family in danger.moreless
While Frank is concerned with his plummeting approval ratings, Claire sets her sights on being Ambassador to the U.N. and Doug tries to deal with his injuries.
Frank's powers of persuasion over Russian President Viktor Petrov seem lacking when it comes to his Middle East peace plan. Meanwhile, Doug forces Gavin Orsay to locate a missing person.
In an attempt to fix the cracks growing in their relationship, Frank and Claire renew their vows.
Frank makes a deal with Petrov, but Claire is the casualty. Meanwhile, Doug reaches out to his brother.
While Francis sets his sights on China, Claire must revisit her past.
While the Underwoods gain a mysterious new ally, Francis open negotiations with a Chinese billionaire. Meanwhile, Lucas attempts to expose the Vice President.
Despite being in the middle of an energy crisis, Francis ends his pact with Tusk. Meanwhile, Stamper becomes closer to Rachel and Lucas has to make a hard choice.
Having to deal with a military crisis abroad and issues at home, Francis decides to remove the Tusk problem permanently. Meanwhile, Jackie Sharp and Claire have a run-in.
Francis must face being questioned by a Special Prosecutor. Meanwhile, Stamper must face some truths and Remy Danton attempts not to choose sides.
Francis discovers that he has been shut out and Claire finds that she must sacrifice something dear to her. Meanwhile, Stamper attempts to get back on top of things.
With an outraged nation, Francis could have to step down. Meanwhile, Claire experiences the consequences of their actions and Stamper rushes to tie up any loose ends.
The team searches for JJ whilst uncovering the truth behind her time at the state department. They receive assistance from Emily Prentiss, who returns with vital information.
When a number of ecstasy overdoses in Manhattan show a pattern, the team travels to the city for the profile. Hotchner is surprised, however, when the investigation reveals his long estranged brother is somehow involved.moreless
The Replicator reveals himself when he targets someone at the FBI, and the race is on to catch him before he can strike again.
After Mike's shooting, Ryan and Parker try to get around Nick to take down the people that organized the attack. Meanwhile, Carroll turns to an unlikely ally for help in finding Claire's location in protective custody.moreless