House of Cards: Chapter 42
March 14, 2016 9:04 AM - Season 4, Episode 3 - Subscribe

Lucas Goodwin seems to resolve on a course of action, and Claire returns Frank's kneecapping in a rather... nuclear manner.
posted by Etrigan (8 comments total)
Can I just point out here that everything related to Goodwin's subplot is really, really skeevy and weird? First the helping his cellmate jack off, then the undeniable rape suggestion with the cellmate, then this? I don't understand it at all and it feels really gratuitous and grotesque.

+1 for chekhovsearrings

(Also Robin Wright directed this episode!)
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 9:35 AM on March 14, 2016 [1 favorite]

I don't understand it at all and it feels really gratuitous and grotesque.

As one recapper put it, "House of Cards loves few things more than putting decent people through the ringer".
posted by Etrigan at 9:39 AM on March 14, 2016

The name Goodwin suggests his character will prevail.
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 11:24 AM on March 14, 2016

In the House of Cards world? Seems unlikely.
posted by minsies at 11:36 AM on March 14, 2016

The name Lucas suggests that he should have more luck than he does, though.
posted by Etrigan at 11:57 AM on March 14, 2016

I don't understand it at all and it feels really gratuitous and grotesque.

I could sort of buy the prison stuff because it is just a tired cliche, but the car scene didn't read as even slightly plausible to me given how Lucas's character in the previous seasons. I just couldn't see him as desperate in the way the show obviously wanted him to be seen, and the scene felt indeed very gratuitous.
posted by Dip Flash at 7:36 PM on March 14, 2016

Well it was gratuitous, but it felt realistic to me within the context of the show. 1. Lucas was a bit unhinged even before he went to prison where he likely suffered some abuse 2. The guy threatened to tell the probation officer about Lucas' request for the car. I don't think he felt like he had any options.
posted by missmerrymack at 11:30 AM on March 18, 2016

Seth is deadmeat this season though, right?
posted by Cookiebastard at 2:08 PM on March 26, 2016

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