House of Cards

Season 1 Episode 8

Chapter 8

15
Aired Unknown Feb 01, 2013 on Netflix
7.8
out of 10
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Francis returns to his alma mater to have a library dedicated in his name. Peter Russo goes home to Philadelphia to make amends to the shipyard workers who lost their jobs and to propose a solution for the future.

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  • It's not enormously worse than the others, but this chapter is the worst of the first season, IMHO

    7.0
    House of Cards does excellent work on developing characters and pushing the plot forward simultaneously, so I'm not all too fond of episodes centred on the first to an even higher extend. The series's eighth chapter is one such an example and, in my humble opinion, the first season's worst episode.



    As you can deduce from my rating though, it's merely marginally worse than the remaining twelve, but clearly the least thrilling. I hold some issues with the story being entirely focused on Frank's and Peter's excursions and more than just a few scenes decisively outstay their welcome, in addition to them already not being high up on the entertainment value scale. Yet, House of Cards gets to some small but crucial moments for the two aforementioned characters one taking place with Peter visiting his mother in a nursing home (how tragic is it that this isn't even the character's saddest scene in this series?) and one taking place with Frank discussing drunken secrets with a former close friend of his.



    Last but not least, every new location gives the series's cinematographer Eigil Bryld another possibility to present the audience with a different form of beautiful filming and he does so twice in this episode. Clearly, I had nothing even close to a bad time watching chapter eight and it has quite some importance if you look back on the complete first season, but the flaws in it are unusually high for House of Cards.



    Memoranda:

    Wow, Kevin Spacey can both be creepy (the end of last episode) and awkward (the beginning of this episode) as Frank Underwood that thirty seconds of singing at the Sentinel went on for thirty seconds too long.

    House of Cards' cast is filled with actors that are remarkably talented at playing their characters in a drunken state, but surprisingly, Kevin Spacey is not one of them. He just looks and acts exactly the same regardless of being sober, drunk, or hungover. But there is one distinction: he reminded me of Alan Rickman abnormally much when drunk and I have no idea why.

    One small fight is all it takes to bring Peter and Paul back together? Sorry Beau Willimon, but that is a silly clich that I'm not buying.

    If you want to "get some shut-eye", Frank, then for what reason are you taking a coffee with you? From my experience with this particular beverage I wouldn't highly recommend it because of its extraordinary soporific effect.

    I've already expressed my criticism about Frank and his friends' binge drinking scenes above, but I can't deny that the shots of them waking up and strolling about the campus the morning after are excellent.

    Why doesn't Christina ever question Peter's decision not to testify for keeping the shipyard in his hometown open? Did he merely tell her that it's politics stuff and she was like "Mkay. Let's search for a solution with which the people in your hometown are way worse or what?

    Completely forgot about the best quote thingy I've been doing with this episode while watching it, thus this point will stay void for once.

    House of Cards does excellent work on developing characters and pushing the plot forward simultaneously, so I'm not all too fond of episodes centred on the first to an even higher extend. The series's eighth chapter is one such an example and, in my humble opinion, the first season's worst episode.



    As you can deduce from my rating though, it's merely marginally worse than the remaining twelve, but clearly the least thrilling. I hold some issues with the story being entirely focused on Frank's and Peter's excursions and more than just a few scenes decisively outstay their welcome, in addition to them already not being high up on the entertainment value scale. Yet, House of Cards gets to some small but crucial moments for the two aforementioned characters one taking place with Peter visiting his mother in a nursing home (how tragic is it that this isn't even the character's saddest scene in this series?) and one taking place with Frank discussing drunken secrets with a former close friend of his.



    Last but not least, every new location gives the series's cinematographer Eigil Bryld another possibility to present the audience with a different form of beautiful filming and he does so twice in this episode. Clearly, I had nothing even close to a bad time watching chapter eight and it has quite some importance if you look back on the complete first season, but the flaws in it are unusually high for House of Cards.



    Memoranda:

    - Wow, Kevin Spacey can both be creepy (the end of last episode) and awkward (the beginning of this episode) as Frank Underwood that thirty seconds of singing at the Sentinel went on for thirty seconds too long.

    - House of Cards' cast is filled with actors that are remarkably talented at playing their characters in a drunken state, but surprisingly, Kevin Spacey is not one of them. He just looks and acts exactly the same regardless of being sober, drunk, or hungover. But there is one distinction: he reminded me of Alan Rickman abnormally much when drunk and I have no idea why.

    - One small fight is all it takes to bring Peter and Paul back together? Sorry Beau Willimon, but that is a silly clich that I'm not buying.

    - If you want to "get some shut-eye", Frank, then for what reason are you taking a coffee with you? From my experience with this particular beverage I wouldn't highly recommend it because of its extraordinary soporific effect.

    - I've already expressed my criticism about Frank and his friends' binge drinking scenes above, but I can't deny that the shots of them waking up and strolling about the campus the morning after are excellent.

    - Why doesn't Christina ever question Peter's decision not to testify for keeping the shipyard in his hometown open? Did he merely tell her that it's politics stuff and she was like "Mkay. Let's search for a solution with which the people in your hometown are way worse or what?

    - Completely forgot about the best quote thingy I've been doing with this episode while watching it, thus this point will stay void for once.moreless
  • Great!

    9.0
    A interesting episode....
  • Momentum Killer

    6.5
    Where's the political intrigue? Where's Kate Mara?



    The episode was a let down for all the reasons that episode 3 was a great success. They both took us away from the primary plot lines to provide more depth to Frank's character. But while we needed this information early in the series, by episode 8 it completely de-railed the show's momentum.



    And wait, Frank Underwood had a gay fling with his A cappella buddy? That revelation really did not even come close to feeling organic to his character. They didn't even attempt to earn it in the way that a show like Mad Men has slowly built up to its strange Don Draper revelations. To be honest, House of Cards just isn't deep enough for this type of soul searching. I'm excited to get back to Washington for episode 9.moreless
David Andrews

David Andrews

Tim Corbet

Guest Star

Phyllis Somerville

Phyllis Somerville

Russo's Mother

Guest Star

William Hill

William Hill

Ken Caswell

Guest Star

Mahershala Ali

Mahershala Ali

Remy Danton

Recurring Role

Nathan Darrow

Nathan Darrow

Edward Meechum

Recurring Role

Ben Daniels

Ben Daniels

Adam Galloway

Recurring Role

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