Claire takes the first steps on starting her own election campaign.
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.
While Hammerschmidt investigates Frank, the President requests Will's help in a hostage negotiation.
Claire uses her diplomatic skills to try to end the hostage situation. Meanwhile, Frank confronts Hammerschmidt.
While Frank goes on television in a bid to avoid being de-selected as the Presidential nomination, Claire's Congressional confirmation hearing for the U.N. job doesn't go smoothly.
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.
With Congress unwilling to fund his America Works program, Frank but look for money elsewhere.
Having plundered the federal disaster relief budget to fund America Works, a hurricane heading for the Eastern Seaboard causes multiple headaches for Frank.
Claire's peace plan is in shatters after a group of Russian soldiers are apparently killed in an explosion. Meanwhile, Doug is told that Rachel is dead, which causes him to hit the bottle.moreless
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.
As Francis prepares his replacement, he and Claire must confront two threats to their plans.
Francis's relationship Tusk becomes strained as tension with China escalates. Meanwhile, he must face down the Senate Republicans.
While Francis is forced to stay in the Capitol with Donald Blythe, Claire gives an explosive interview.
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.
While the Underwoods grow closer to the Walkers, Francis and Tusk declare war.
As well as having to deal with Tusk, Francis confronts Linda Vasquez. Meanwhile, Claire becomes a key influence on Tricia Walker.
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 killer: clothing store clerk Chloe Mighten; the victim: health food guru Jack Bergin
When Jack Bergin is was found dead in his hot tub, evidence initially points to an interrupted break-in. Later, Detectives Flynn and Vega discover evidence that the house had been searched and that the home alarm had been turned off and on numerous times that evening.
Ray and Tammy's wedding day arrives, but their ceremony is interrupted when Mitch is kidnapped outside the church. While captive, Mitch hears his captors speaking in Russian and comes to the conclusion that the elaborate frame on Patrick Walker must be a part of the war against the Morolto family. Despite the danger his family is under, Joey insists Mitch honor their deal on the understanding that his family will protect them.
Tammy returns to town with the surprise announcement that she and Ray are getting married this coming weekend. Meanwhile, jury selection begins for for the Patrick Walker case and Joey struggles with acting as a witness to support Patrick's claim that he was framed. If Joey testifies, he might be exposed as a mob family leader and if he does not, Patrick faces a much stronger likelihood of being convicted.moreless
Abby is back and agrees to join Mitch in getting Patrick Walker off so that they will finally be free of the Morolto family. Meanwhile, Patrick and Joey drop a bomb on Mitch: during his college years, Patrick was investigated for an incident very similar to the one he is accused of committing in the current case. Ray and Abby look into the backgrounds of the murder victim and Patrick's accuser from his college days.moreless