House of Cards

Season 2 Episode 5

Chapter 18

12
Aired Unknown Feb 14, 2014 on Netflix
8.2
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While the Underwoods gain a mysterious new ally, Francis open negotiations with a  Chinese billionaire.  Meanwhile, Lucas attempts to expose the Vice President.

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  • let the moron win.

    8.0
    This episode is off-the-wall. I feel like I've been dropped into a snake pit only to find I've landed in strawberry jam.

    I agree with the bit in Cory's review about wishing this show didn't let Frank win at every stage. However, the journalist getting caught was a bad move: Why give us his slow motion downfall via the dark web guy after we've seen his girlfriend get mashed by a train? It would be more interesting (yet unrealistic maybe - he is a bit of a gullible moron) if he got away from the ever winning claws of Frank and his minions and we have the 'opposition side' have a continual side plot that Frank et al doesn't know about. Maybe the story will still do this.

    Either way the dark web guy HAS to get revenge for his guinea pig getting stepped on. Right?moreless
  • Consistent highs

    8.5
    Some striking and cool scenes, like when Francis meets up with Feng in the woods, and right at the end when Doug gives him some important news. And I loved Francis's line about dodging a non-accidental bullet. A very good episode.



    The show still doesn't know how complicated it is. Take for example the scene where Connor talks to a PR woman we don't know, about the lawsuit. Who the hell are these people, and what are they talking about? It's only in the next scene that we learn offhand that that was Connor (hard to recognize) passing along information from Doug. Well why on earth wouldn't we hear Doug's explanation first, THEN see Connor? I think that that little reveal is a writing trick that less complicated shows pull to keep things stimulating when their plots thin out. Nothing wrong with it. But the trick's commonness has made it fashionable, and so the House of Cards writers decided to use it--forgetting that their show is already hard to follow. I'm sure it's easy to forget that the viewer can't make sense of things as quickly as the writer. And I do think the show has gotten better about that since Season 1. But still, they should avoid any unnecessary tricks like that.



    Anyway, at this point, I think House of Cards is performing at a consistently high level, and I'm glad to keep watching.moreless
  • Gave Me Goosebumps

    10
    This series is phenomenal, and I've enjoyed it immensely, but this episode was some of the best television drama I've ever seen. The script was stunning, the flow was perfect, it played to the viewers' intelligence, and provided much material for further discussion between my wife and me afterwards. Bravo! Keep it up!
Sam Page

Sam Page

Connor Ellis

Guest Star

Jeremy Bobb

Jeremy Bobb

Nick Henslow

Guest Star

Deanna Dunagan

Deanna Dunagan

Susan Marbury

Guest Star

Sebastian Arcelus

Sebastian Arcelus

Lucas Goodwin

Recurring Role

Michael Gill

Michael Gill

President Garrett Walker

Recurring Role

Gerald McRaney

Gerald McRaney

Raymond Tusk

Recurring Role

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