House of Cards: Chapter 52
April 6, 2016 8:43 AM - Season 4, Episode 13 - Subscribe

As the hostage situation continues, Claire secretly negotiates with Yusuf al Ahmadi. Frank confronts Hammerschmidt.
posted by the man of twists and turns (21 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
I genuinely don't think I could have loved this episode any more, except that this is Willimon's last season as showrunner, and I greatly fear that his successors are going to stumble like John Wells did on The West Wing (also taking over after the fourth season).
posted by Etrigan at 9:13 AM on April 6, 2016


So: Conway is destroyed. Frank will send troops to Syria & Iraq to distract from The Hammer's article. And Claire is a full partner in crime again.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:26 AM on April 6, 2016


From the "war of terror" link:
The guy who looks like he would finish in fourth place at the Olympics in pommel horse, the guy who looks like he belongs in the "Sk8er Boi" video, ratchet Matt Damon over here, just threatened Frank.
I seriously cannot breathe from the laughter.
posted by Etrigan at 10:01 AM on April 6, 2016 [1 favorite]


I love that Claire is in on that final fourth wall-breaking. It's perfect and they're terrifying.
posted by vibratory manner of working at 11:39 AM on April 6, 2016 [2 favorites]


What do we think happens next?

I have no idea.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:37 PM on April 6, 2016


I'm firmly of the opinion that the entire season was written to build up to that final thirty seconds.

When I watched it the first time, my jaw dropped when Claire turned to watch Frank. And I actually went "WAT OH MY GOD" out loud, alone in my apartment, when she looked at the camera.

What happens next? War. Election. Claire realizes how much of a liability Frank is, destroys him, and S5 closes with her sitting at the Resolute Desk. Doug develops CREEPY OBSESSION even further with liver-donor's wife. She destroys him, Claire uses that as ammo to take Frank down.

Basically I will only be happy if it's revealed that Claire's complicity is long-term strategic planning. And Frank's face as he realizes she is the more perfect version of him and she has out-played him on every level will be exquisite.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 7:43 PM on April 6, 2016 [3 favorites]


Is it known whether they intend a finite number of seasons or not?

Because if S5 is to be the last one, then I concur with feckless's theories. Otherwise, I think they'll toy with us a bit more re: ...Clank? Fraire?... and the vague quality of their relationship. Not so much "will-they-won't-they" as "do-they-don't-they" (despise and seek to destroy each other).
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 6:15 AM on April 7, 2016


Is it known whether they intend a finite number of seasons or not?

The showrunner just got replaced, so I'm guessing that they don't have a five-season plot arc in mind.
posted by Etrigan at 6:42 AM on April 7, 2016


Yeah, at this point I'm probably only going to be satisfied if it turns out that Claire's been running her own long game to get Frank out of the way so she can become president. I guess at this point she can either straight up kill him or wait him out.
posted by fuse theorem at 8:09 AM on April 7, 2016 [1 favorite]


Well, if anyone here has watched the UK original (adapted from books)... The first season tracked pretty closely modulo differences between UK and US politics. The third season provides some pretty amazing possibilities if they draw from it.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 8:26 AM on April 7, 2016


ugh I just had to watch that final moment again.

Frank looks intimidating.

Claire looks terrifying.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 10:47 AM on April 7, 2016 [1 favorite]


As far as the future goes, I'm worried for Remy and Jackie. I really love them as a couple and they're in real danger now that they've turned on the Underwoods.
posted by vibratory manner of working at 5:14 PM on April 7, 2016 [1 favorite]


No matter what happens in S5, they have RIDDEN OFF INTO THE SUNSET and lived HAPPILY EVER AFTER.

Are we clear? Good.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 5:36 PM on April 7, 2016 [2 favorites]


They went to a nice farm upstate.
posted by Etrigan at 6:44 PM on April 7, 2016


SUNSET

HAPPILY EVER AFTER
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 7:04 PM on April 7, 2016


I love the harking back to the whole 'Yes we can' line. Taking it from hopefully to sinister is such an Underwood thing.
posted by Megami at 10:03 PM on April 7, 2016


Also I am super curious about anyone else's predictions for next season. Be fun to revisit in a year.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 9:24 AM on April 8, 2016


Prediction for next season: The war starts and Underwood/Underwood's numbers are through the roof. But then something goes horribly wrong (ICO gets an old WMD-slash-dirty bomb and uses it in an American or European city; some major disaster at a training/staging base) and either Conway or Brockhart dies or is otherwise removed from the ticket in favor of... maybe Cathy Durant? Jackie Sharp? Some kind of "unity ticket."

The last episode is the election, which doesn't quite come down to Bush v. Gore level shenanigans or a Veep-esque tie, but still needs some last-minute finessing to secure an Underwood/Underwood victory.
posted by Etrigan at 5:29 AM on April 16, 2016 [1 favorite]


I love Tom Hammerschmidt for being such a damn fine reporter, for his courage and determination, and for standing up to Frank. I was so afraid his story wouldn't come out, but it did and Tom will keep working on it and maybe some more facts will see the light of day.

Practically no one in the House of Cards universe ever does the right thing for the right reasons (nor do they wear colour). Peter Russo was about the only politician we saw in the first season who actually seemed to care about his constituents and had the potential to be a fine politician, which made his substance abuse issues and murder all the more tragic. Then there was Heather Dunbar, who didn't last long, but I am in hopes that she'll be back. I was glad to see that Remy and Jackie decided to do the right thing, their ambitions be damned. And I love that they'll get to be together now.

I'm glad to have reached the end of the existing episodes. Watching shitty and corrupt politicians in action was not what I needed right now given current events.
posted by orange swan at 8:18 PM on November 12, 2016


S5, May 30th
posted by Etrigan at 12:42 PM on January 20, 2017


I'm glad to have reached the end of the existing episodes. Watching shitty and corrupt politicians in action was not what I needed right now given current events.

Its interesting to look back at all the mid-2016 era comments on that show that go along the lines of "well that sort of thing is just too implausible to be going on in The Whitehouse". Simpler times back then.
posted by rongorongo at 3:12 AM on September 18, 2017


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