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Chapter 42 

Claire joins Frank as he campaigns in South Carolina, but he doesn't trust her. A disastrous scandal blindsides Frank on primary day.


Robin Wright


Michael Dobbs (based on the novels by), Andrew Davies (based on the mini-series by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Spacey ... Francis Underwood
Robin Wright ... Claire Underwood
Michael Kelly ... Doug Stamper
Derek Cecil ... Seth Grayson
Elizabeth Marvel ... Heather Dunbar
Neve Campbell ... Leann Harvey
Nathan Darrow ... Edward Meechum
Sebastian Arcelus ... Lucas Goodwin
Jayne Atkinson ... Catherine Durant
LisaGay Hamilton ... Celia Jones
Eisa Davis ... Cynthia Driscoll
Damian Young ... Aidan MacAllan
Murphy Guyer ... Oren Chase
Lance E. Nichols ... Gene Clancy
Cicely Tyson ... Doris Jones


Claire joins Frank as he campaigns in South Carolina, but he doesn't trust her. A disastrous scandal blindsides Frank on primary day.

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Release Date:

4 March 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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"It's as though she never left. And that's what I'm afraid of"
1 October 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Season 4 started off very promisingly with "Chapter 40". It wasn't perfect, but it did very well as a setting things up episode and was an improvement over the still very well done if somewhat disappointing previous season's finale "Chapter 39". "Chapter 41" was even better and balanced the political and personal elements more evenly and intriguingly and made what was set up in the previous episode even more interesting, which a follow up episode should do.

"Chapter 42" was for me very well done and does very well as a "major scandal" episode , but did prefer the previous two episodes and was a little disappointed. What was progressed in "Chapter 41" is still interesting here, although there was more progression to me actually in the previous episode, and the intrigue has not been lost, but a few things distracted me from giving it a higher rating and being even more positive about it.

Did find Lucas' subplot unnecessary in this particular episode and it could have been left out entirely easily. Like "Chapter 40" there could have been more of the political elements and a little less on the personal ones, luckily the personal life elements and everything to do with the scandals intrigue but the political edge is one of the show's main attractions for me and what sets it apart.

Frank also in my mind didn't need to be so insulting to Claire.

However, as always the episode looks great, very stylish and classy as usual. The music complements the tone well and the direction is both alert and accomodating in all the right places. The dialogue is thought-provoking and has bite, especially in Frank's monologue and the blistering chemistry between him and Claire where it is reinforced that it is thought that they are equal to each other but actually Claire is the one who's gained nothing. The story is mostly absorbing, the scandal storyline just about avoided heavy-handedness and the mother and daughter argument had the right amount of icy tension.

Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are both brilliant, with Spacey particularly dominating the episode without dominating it too much so nobody else shines. Which is not the case, LeAnn does and so does Elizabeth (of course).

All in all, very solid but could have been better and had potential to be. 8/10

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