House of Cards (2013–2018)
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Chapter 12 

The President sends Frank to St. Louis to persuade Raymond Tusk into becoming the new Vice President. Zoe and Janine investigate Peter Russo's death.

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Allen Coulter

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Michael Dobbs (based on the novels by), Andrew Davies (based on the mini-series by) | 5 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Spacey ... Francis Underwood
Robin Wright ... Claire Underwood
Kate Mara ... Zoe Barnes
Michael Kelly ... Doug Stamper
Sakina Jaffrey ... Linda Vasquez
Kristen Connolly ... Christina Gallagher
Sebastian Arcelus ... Lucas Goodwin
Constance Zimmer ... Janine Skorsky
Mahershala Ali ... Remy Danton
Michel Gill ... President Garrett Walker
Sandrine Holt ... Gillian Cole
Gerald McRaney ... Raymond Tusk
Wass Stevens ... Paul Capra
Elizabeth Norment Elizabeth Norment ... Nancy Kaufberger
Peggy J. Scott ... Jean Tusk
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The President sends Frank to St. Louis to persuade Raymond Tusk into becoming the new Vice President. Zoe and Janine investigate Peter Russo's death.

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Drama

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1 February 2013 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.00 : 1
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Raymond Tusk: Can I ask why you do that?
Francis Underwood: Do what?
Raymond Tusk: Tap your ring like that. I've seen you do it on TV. Two taps every time you get up from a table or leave a lectern.
Francis Underwood: Something my father taught me. It's meant to harden your knuckles so you don't break them if you get into a fight. It also had the added benefit of knocking on wood. My father believed that success is a mixture of preparation and luck. Tapping the table kills both birds with one stone.
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References The Exorcist (1973) See more »

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House of Cards Chapter 12
12 February 2013 | by dalydj-918-255175See all my reviews

The episode takes place one month since the death of Peter and Christina is still involved in politics wanting to use Paul to run for the governor of his state. Janine seems to developing into quite a curious character as she tries to hear all she can about a possible scandal involving Peter and the closing of the shipyard. Francis was not considered for the vice presidency and in fact Raymond Tusk was the person that the president wanted. These scenes shared by Francis and Raymond started off quite awkward for me. It may have started weak for me but the conclusion learning no one knew about Raymond being quite important in president decision making and how he made a massive mistake regarding Francis and the secretary of state situation. Zoe and Francis no longer being as connected I guess means Zoe and Janine must work closely together to discover what bad things are happening in Washington regarding Francis. Claire confronting Gillian was a great scene but a bad mistake on her part of firing her especially when she is pregnant. Zoe turned more into a detective this week as she searched for more information on Peter Russo which led her speaking to a hooker. All the actors were great and finally the writers are giving Mara more material like she had before she started having sex with Francis.

EPISODE GRADE: B+ (MVP: Kate Mara)


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