House of Cards (2013–2018)
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Chapter 36 

Frank needs to deal with Petrov one on one, while Claire tries to preserve the peace-keeping mission. Sacrifices must be made.


Agnieszka Holland


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
Derek Cecil ... Seth Grayson
Jimmi Simpson ... Gavin Orsay
Nathan Darrow ... Edward Meechum
Lars Mikkelsen ... Viktor Petrov
Jayne Atkinson ... Catherine Durant
Kim Dickens ... Kate Baldwin
Paul Sparks ... Thomas Yates
Reed Birney ... VP Donald Blythe
Kate Lyn Sheil ... Lisa Williams
Alexander Sokovikov ... Alexi Moryakov


Frank needs to deal with Petrov one on one, while Claire tries to preserve the peace-keeping mission. Sacrifices must be made.

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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?


Petrov's camouflage uniform is not Russian camo, but Danish. This is probably a hint to the fact that Lars Mikkelsen (Big brother of Mads Mikkelsen) is Danish. See more »


When Doug Stamper is getting ready to leave with his brother for an appointment, he holds his cane in his left hand when all along he held the cane in his right hand. See more »


Francis Underwood: Sometimes I think the Presidency is the illusion of choice.
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Best Written House of Cards Episode Thus Far
21 December 2016 | by christian94See all my reviews

House of Cards is a TV drama modern masterpiece with top rate actors and directors and based on previous British material. The first two seasons were near-perfect and a tough act to follow. The third season is slightly less compelling but still above most TV drama that ever aired.

Having enjoyed Kevin Spacey's consistent stellar acting, great guest directors David Fincher and Joel Schumacher who normally make movies or TV director Allen Coulter, the show has been mostly about acting and directing. James Foley takes the most directing workload for the first 3 seasons before leaving the show with varied success helming 12 out of the first 36 episodes. Robin Wright is an amazing actress and directs dutifully since season two too!

In general, the writing material matches the tone and tension and is clever and captivating in its own right, yet in Chapter 36, Frank Pugliese's screenplay steals the show for the first time. The right words are riveting and work even better than the hurricane metaphor of Chapter 34 which was trying to be a writer's episode. Frank Pugliese is also a producer of the show since season 3 and crafted a seminal screenplay in Chapter 29. He was spectacular with the Russian Arc and introduction of the Viktor Petrov character well portrayed by Lars Mikkelsen. Two 10/10 episodes for Frank (Pugliese, not Underwood) so I look forward to see what else he comes up with in Chapters 42 & 48 next season.

Two fists to the table...

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