House of Cards

Season 1 Episode 6

Chapter 6

17
Aired Unknown Feb 01, 2013 on Netflix
8.5
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Francis resorts to dirty tactics in the fight with the Teacher's Union. Claire visits her former security guard on his deathbed.

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  • A plot that is choosing the easy way out at times is beginning to impress with surprising new directions taken

    8.0
    With not the last time leap in the series, House of Cards positions itself roughly one month after the last chapter ended and the teacher strike is still ongoing. This leads to the battle Frank Underwood versus Marty Spinella being foregrounded and some of the Netflix project's most entertaining conversations up to that point taking place, one of them certainly being a television debate the two share and that actually had me chuckling quite a bit.



    In a series as rich with characters as this one though, there's loads of things going on in the background too, most notably on Claire's side. The moments she shares with minor characters are a welcome enhancement to her character, partly even in a not fully decipherable, but thought-provoking fashion, and gain further quality through what is likely Robin Wright's strongest turn in the first season.



    Even if Zoe and Peter taking a step out of the limelight slightly worked to the detriment of the quality, House of Cards' chapter six is the first to include genuine surprises and excels itself at character development through realistic scenes. However, as if attempting to appeal to a broader audience, Sam Forman's script could have benefitted from more subtlety about conveying its message in scenes such as the aforementioned TV discussion and a moment between Frank and the President.



    Memoranda:

    - I've already praised her performance in this episode, but Robin Wright's oh-no look as Claire's name is brought up in the television debate was exceptionally great.

    - That "I have to clear my head" phrase and the following rapid hand movement led me to a terribly wrong first assumption about what was going to happen in a scene with Frank polishing his shoes.

    - How awkward would it have been if Frank had pushed the suitcase a little too far and it had fell of the table when he was talking with Marty? Not the cool schemer anymore after such a faux pas, Mr Underwood.

    - The President is unimportant in this series already, but Linda is continuously topping that with unexceptionally all of her ideas denied and her presence persistently ignored. Sad, how House of Cards is crushing the dreams of young American girls and boys wanting to become Secretary of State when they're older.

    - Best quote: I love you. - I know. - We should say that to each other more often. - I'm not a very keen supporter of marriage, but Frank and Claire's is an A1 pro argument.moreless
Al Sapienza

Al Sapienza

Marty Spinella

Guest Star

Chance Kelly

Chance Kelly

Steve

Guest Star

Karl Kenzler

Karl Kenzler

Sen. Charles Holburn

Guest Star

Curtiss I'Cook

Curtiss I'Cook

Terry Womack

Recurring Role

Michael Gill (II)

Michael Gill (II)

President Garrett Walker

Recurring Role

Sandrine Holt

Sandrine Holt

Gillian Cole

Recurring Role

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