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Chapter 29 

The Russian president's state visit becomes a cold war of wills.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Doug Stamper
Remy Danton
Jackie Sharp
Heather Dunbar
Seth Grayson
Gavin Orsay
Catherine Durant
Terry Womack
Bob Birch
Hector Mendoza
VP Donald Blythe
Dr. Alan Cooke


Petrov, the Russian president visits in this episode. Claire vies for the ambassadors seat. Will she get it with or without help from Francis? Things heat up at a dinner party for Petrov. Francis makes a speech & in it declares he will not seek reelection, but will he? Doug still has Rachel on his mind. Written by Laura Donohue

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27 February 2015 (USA)  »

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Two members of Russia's "Pussy Riot" (Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina) portray themselves as characters. They were arrested in 2012 and imprisoned for almost two years by the Russian government for their protesting Vladimir Putin's anti-gay regime. Head writer Beau Willimon invited them to submit script ideas based on their personal experiences and one of their music videos plays during the closing credits, which no other director's done previously. See more »


The Secretary of State and the First Lady/Ambassador to the UN are shown flying on a large wide-bodied aircraft, obviously one of the two Boeing VC-25 aircraft, designated as 28000 and 29000. During their conversation, the President calls, and is shown sitting in the White House, obviously not on board the aircraft. The two Boeings are tasked as Presidential transports, and with few exceptions, such as transporting a deceased former President or outgoing President on inauguration day, they are used exclusively by the President. It would be highly unlikely that the aircraft would be used by the Secretary of State and the Ambassador to the UN. They would travel on a C-32, one of the Boeing 757 variants that are often used as Air Force Two. See more »


Francis Underwood: This is your fist visit to the White House...
Viktor Petrov: Yes, yes. But my third President.
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Russian folk song
Performed by Lars Mikkelsen and Peter Cincotti
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Doug and the Russians
28 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

There are two strains going on in this episode. One is the continuing story of Doug who is growing more and more angry and frustrated. He feels betrayed and diminished by the White House. He also feels if he can hunt down Rachel (and probably kill her) he will find favor with Frank. He has given the young FBI guy the possibility of leaving the country if he aids him in his quest.

Meanwhile, the First Lady, who has become the Ambassador to the United Nations through some seldom used methods, is working with the Secretary of State, and is feeling her way in diplomatic circles. She is still seen as a lightweight but dominates any room in which she finds herself. This takes us to the major event in this episode. The state dinner for the Russian delegation, led by Petrov (who is actually Vladimir Putin, of course). He is a flamboyant egoist who says what he things and feels great power as the Russian leader. Frank wants his support in the Middle East. Petrov will give it if the U.S. pulls all it's forces from the borders on the South near the Caucuses. This would be a huge blow to Europe. At the dinner there is demonstration by the Pussy Riot, who are actively opposing the Russian president. Petrov also exhibits some outrageous behavior, kissing Claire after dancing with her in front of all the attendees. It is sort of "I'll do whatever I want and I dare you to stop me." Claire warns Frank not buckle under because there are other ways to get at him. There is really wonderful scene near the end with Frank and Petrov squaring off one last time.

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