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Chapter 29 

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


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





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Spacey ... Francis Underwood
Robin Wright ... Claire Underwood
Michael Kelly ... Doug Stamper
Mahershala Ali ... Remy Danton
Molly Parker ... Jackie Sharp
Elizabeth Marvel ... Heather Dunbar
Derek Cecil ... Seth Grayson
Jimmi Simpson ... Gavin Orsay
Lars Mikkelsen ... Viktor Petrov
Jayne Atkinson ... Catherine Durant
Curtiss Cook ... Terry Womack
Larry Pine ... Bob Birch
Benito Martinez ... Hector Mendoza
Reed Birney ... VP Donald Blythe
Shawn Doyle ... 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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Release Date:

27 February 2015 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Two members of Russia's Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Mariya 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: Brass tacks. If you could have anything, what would it be?
Viktor Petrov: I came with nothing to ask.
Francis Underwood: Men like you don't show up for dinner without an appetite.
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Russian folk song
Performed by Lars Mikkelsen and Peter Cincotti
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10 September 2019 | by liludrontSee all my reviews

I can't believe that such high quality show fell so low. Most cliche representation of Russians. No matter how much you don't like Russian politics, this episode was petty and beyond unrealistic. I had to skip this episode because my brain couldn't handle such cheep writing.

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