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Chapter 53 

As congress debates investigating Frank, he and Claire attempt to stoke fear of terrorism. Tom Yates continues his stay in the White House.


Daniel Minahan


Michael Dobbs (based on the novels by), Andrew Davies (based on the mini-series by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Spacey ... Francis Underwood
Robin Wright ... Claire Underwood
Michael Kelly ... Doug Stamper
Paul Sparks ... Thomas Yates
Derek Cecil ... Seth Grayson
Neve Campbell ... Leann Harvey
Joel Kinnaman ... Will Conway
Dominique McElligott ... Hannah Conway
Boris McGiver ... Tom Hammerschmidt
Korey Jackson ... Sean Jeffries
Colm Feore ... General Brockhart
Damian Young ... Aidan Macallan
Larry Pine ... Bob Birch
Andrew Polk ... Harry Marshall
Jayne Atkinson ... Catherine Durant


As congress debates investigating Frank, he and Claire attempt to stoke fear of terrorism. Tom Yates continues his stay in the White House.

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Release Date:

30 May 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


On the same day as President Donald J. Trump's inauguration, Netflix announced a May 30, 2017 release date with the caption, "We Make The Terror". See more »


After Claire is attacked with paint, she's rushed to the car and we can see her face and neck left sides completely clean. Afterwards, when she's speaking with Tom, he cleans up paint from her neck. See more »


[first lines]
Claire Underwood: [recording her TV commercial] I've been meaning to talk with you. It's terrifying, isn't it? The president and I have a simple request. Tell us what you see. If anything in your environment strikes you as a bit odd, a bit off, pick up the phone. Whether it's a package or a person that seems out of place, we'd love you to let us know. Because there's a lot of noise out there these days. A noisy press that's choosing to dwell on the past instead of what's happening right now. My ...
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A Good Start!
25 June 2017 | by kseeqbrSee all my reviews

At the beginning of the episode we can see an Underwood desperate to divert attention to other things, good or bad. I believe that your attitude within the Congress was an outbreak, since everything is valid to draw attention to what really matters, its various crimes. One who honestly tries to denounce it is passed on as the fool, the bully.

Then we have the scene of his press officer choosing, as if he were exposed to a showcase, tragedies of his fellow citizens. To his taste, his wife chooses the best (worst) situations in which benevolence of the Underwood could be seen, mere politics. Would it be naive for Conway to speak in respect of the dead and the living, while Underwood goes there for pure politics? I will only know in the next episodes.

So, almost the whole episode, Underwood making us dumb, he shows his true face, the Machiavellian man who has everything in his hands, ready to be used. Now he manipulates the situation from within the White House. The use of journalists was not helpful, at least not in this episode.

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