Original air date: 02/01/2013 Runtime: 55:56 min. After he's denied the job of secretary of state by the newly elected president, Congressman Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey) plots his revenge, aided by his loyalists on Capitol Hill and a brash young newspaper reporter who will stop at nothing to promote her own career.
Original air date: 02/01/2013 Runtime: 51:41 min. As negotiations for the Education Reform and Achievement Act heat up in Washington, a car accident that claims the life of a teenage girl in his home district demands Francis’ immediate attention. Over the objections of White House Chief of Staff Linda Vasquez and teachers’ union spokesman Marty Spinella, Francis heads for Gaffney, South Carolina, to comfort the girl’s family and negotiate the fate of the beloved local landmark that is being blamed for the tragic accident. Once there, Francis locks horns with Oren Chase, a longtime rival who is advising the grieving parents, Dean and Leanne Masters. While working to keep the negotiations on track in Washington, Francis wrests control of the crisis in Gaffney, beginning with a settlement he hopes will satisfy everyone. When Dean Masters balks, Francis must find a way to both address the tragedy and minimize Chase’s ability to challenge him in the next election. Meanwhile, with Claire courting water supply activist Gillian Cole to join her CWI staff, Zoe’s recent high-profile articles impress Herald owner Margaret Tilden, even as they irritate Managing Editor Tom Hammerschmidt. As Claire moves to address Gillian’s concerns about working at the CWI, Russo staffer Christina Gallagher considers taking a new job so that they can stop hiding their office romance. In the face of resistance from Masters and Chase, Francis delivers a heartfelt church sermon to lay the groundwork for a settlement. So as Claire allays Gillian’s fears about joining the CWI, Francis orders Stamper and Spinella to keep the unions at the table while he persuades the Masters family to settle and gets Chase to reconsider his plans to challenge him for his seat in Congress. Finally, as disagreements with the teachers’ union threaten to derail the education bill, Zoe ramps up her flirtation with Francis as Hammerschmidt tells her to keep a low profile following her latest TV appearance
Original air date: 02/01/2013 Runtime: 48:55 min. Francis (Kevin Spacey) initiates a Capitol Hill coup aimed at undermining a rival and gaining critical support for the education bill. As Zoe's (Kate Mara) rising stock earns her both allies and enemies at the Herald, Russo (Corey Stoll) is forced to take a position that could end his political career.
Original air date: 02/01/2013 Runtime: 50:44 min. Despite an unpopular teachers' strike, Francis (Kevin Spacey) turns up the heat on his union counterpart. Meanwhile, as Russo (Corey Stoll) commits to sobriety in order to run for governor, Claire (Robin Wright) is forced to face up to the compromises demanded by her marriage to Francis.
Original air date: 02/01/2013 Runtime: 54:36 min. As Russo honors his sobriety pledge by joining Underwood aide Doug Stamper at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, Francis heads to the Oval Office to see President Walker sign the Education Reform and Achievement Act. While the signing underscores Francis’ increasing power in Washington, it also hints at the tense relationship between Walker and his vice president, former Pennsylvania Governor Jim Matthews. Though Matthews balks at Russo being groomed to replace him in the Pennsylvania statehouse, Francis asks that he keep an open mind as the process gets underway. Meanwhile, as Francis looks to Zoe to nullify his past indiscretions, Russo questions running even as Claire is crafting legislation to rehabilitate his image following the shipyard closing. While Stamper is pressed for more money to buy a prostitute’s silence about a drunk driving arrest, Russo details his checkered past for campaign consultant Walter Doyle. When facing up to his past amplifies Russo’s concerns about campaigning, Francis asks that he hold off on deciding to drop out. So after Francis persuades Christina to sign on as his deputy campaign manager, Russo decides to jump into the race. Meanwhile, Zoe offers Herald White House Correspondent Janine Skorsky a chance to write the Russo profile in an attempt to court her for Slugline. As Doyle suggests Russo admit to some of his problems while sweeping others under the rug, Stamper asks Francis’ secretary to provide the prostitute with a place to stay while he helps her get her life back on track. With Russo on for the campaign, Francis tries selling the idea to President Walker and his chief of staff. Finally, as Zoe convinces Janine to interview Russo, Francis continues to draw her into his web of deceit.
Original air date: 02/01/2013 Runtime: 52:57 min. Told that Claire (Robin Wright) was behind the watershed bill's failure, Francis (Kevin Spacey) works to contain the damage and maintain control over Peter Russo (Corey Stoll). Zoe (Kate Mara) and Claire each seek relief from their respective relationships with Francis.
Original air date: 02/01/2013 Runtime: 53:26 min. As the search for a new vice president lands Francis (Kevin Spacey) in the middle of a billionaire businessman's own power play, Zoe (Kate Mara) and Janine (Constance Zimmer) close in on the truth behind Russo's alleged suicide. Guest starring Gerald McRaney.