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AIRED ON 3/4/2016

Season 4 : Episode 13

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There's a far jump between chemistry between characters and them having sex, so while there may have been 'hints' as others have said regarding the relationship between Frank, Claire, and Meechum, their threesome was really still quite a bizarre moment.

I personally could have understood if perhaps Claire and Meechum had had sex while Frank watched, or even if Frank and Meechum had had sex while Claire watched, but the three of them together just seemed ridiculous.
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I just watch chapter 24 and guess why im here... yes... the freaking man-kiss i did not see that coming... man how more open can this marriage get? i never suspected that Frank would turn out to be bisexual... wow...
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I guess you didn't see the episode when he went back to his old college? Lots of Bi hints there.
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that was crazy! i yelled out loud when the dudes kissed. ahhh! loved Doug being a peeping Tom.
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finally! Rachael's boobs were unleashed!!!
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I suspected something was up with all the abortions Claire has had: I think Frank and Claire are related; as in brother/sister (or half-, or cousins). It also explains the 'open' marriage they seem to have.
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Uh, that's quite the leap
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Poor poor Doug...
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I just don't understand the whole Claire, Frank, and Meechum thing.
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Well, Frank did watch that porn a couple of eps back and Meechum caught him. There were some subtle clues throughout the preceding episodes, Frank calling Meechum by his first name, Claire calling him loyal etc. In retrospect, they sort of chose him as the third person in Frank's fantasy threesome. Don't get me wrong, I was still going "WTF" when it happened, but looking back it was sort of coming.
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Yeah, same about the "OMG I TOTALLY NEVER - oh, wait actually, there was a lot of foreshadowing there when I think about it".

It makes a lot of sense - Frank likes to occasionally have sex with men as well as women, his open marriage arrangement had been significantly curtailed by his public position which he admitted to Claire that he found frustrating, and he was obviously starting to get wound up by the stress of events that came with a pretty high price for failure. Claire observed the chemistry between him and Meechum and decided that she'd arrange it for him. And it did indeed chill him out and demonstrated the depths to which their marriage goes. An unspoken statement that was then deliberately contrasted with Doug's observation that the woman he loved was also sexually interested in the peripheral character and his immediate move to break it apart.

There's a lot of speculation on the internet about how Frank's actually gay and Claire understands this and/or that he just has sex for the thrill of power and their actual marriage is celibate, and that it was done for "cheap shock value" (read: closet homophobic reaction to seeing men kiss on screen - I don't see the same kind of hysterical reaction to Rachel and Lisa), when actually I think it showed the deep understanding and support in their relationship. Frank was upset when Claire went running to David Galloway the previous season but accepted that was what she needed, and she came back when he needed her. When Frank was stressed out about politics and needed an outlet, Claire provided one, a new and entertaining distraction that she'd noticed he was interested in and set about realising.

Frankly, I think people who think their marriage is one of convenience or celibate really didn't understand what they were seeing.


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