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Chapter 32 

Frank and Claire travel to Moscow to negotiate the return of an imprisoned U.S. citizen. Claire takes a stand that jeopardizes their plans.

Director:

James Foley

Writers:

Michael Dobbs (based on the novels by), Andrew Davies (based on the mini-series by) | 3 more credits »
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Episode credited cast:
Kevin Spacey ... Francis Underwood
Robin Wright ... Claire Underwood
Michael Kelly ... Doug Stamper
Elizabeth Marvel ... Heather Dunbar
Jimmi Simpson ... Gavin Orsay
Lars Mikkelsen ... Viktor Petrov
Paul Sparks ... Thomas Yates
Christian Camargo ... Michael Corrigan
Kate Lyn Sheil ... Lisa Williams
Christina Bennett Lind ... Sharon
Kristof Konrad ... Boris Litsky
Mike Hayes ... Ben
Karen Carbone Karen Carbone ... Nurse
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gary Ayash ... White House Press Corp Reporter-New Year's Eve Formal Party
Chrislene Bright Chrislene Bright ... White House Press Corp.
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Frank and Claire travel to Moscow to negotiate the return of an imprisoned U.S. citizen. Claire takes a stand that jeopardizes their plans.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Moscow, Russia

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score). See more »

Goofs

When speaking about the death of Michael Corrigan, Claire twice says that he "hung" himself when the correct word is "hanged". Claire is usually very precise in her choice of words and doesn't often make mistakes of this nature. See more »

Quotes

Francis Underwood: Do you really want to discuss courage, Claire? Because anyone can commit suicide, or spout their mouth in front of a camera. But you wanna know what takes real courage?Keeping your mouth shut, no matter what you might be feeling.
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Connections

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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"No we're not. We're survivors"
20 July 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Although there hasn't at this point of Season 3 yet an episode on the same level as the best of Seasons 1 and 2, "Chapter 28" comes closest, there still has not been a bad episode in my opinion. Not even the more controversial "Chapter 29". Both seasons too were higher in quality and more consistent than this season, which is still a more than solid one on the whole though not as settled, back when 'House of Cards' was good.

Did like "Chapter 32" much more than most of the other commentators, while understanding and agreeing with some of the criticisms. There is a lot to like, its best elements being fantastic, but for me this was the weakest episode up to this point of Season 3, a lesser episode of the season and perhaps the weakest 'House of Cards' episode since "Chapter 8". Despite the ratings indicating otherwise. "Chapter 32" is to me a masterpiece of character chemistry and for anybody who loves to see the Underwoods together, but when it comes to logic other episodes do a much better job on that front and am putting that lightly.

Will begin with the drawbacks. Will agree that Claire is out of character, something of a polar opposite period episode, a strong, cold, ruthless character, reduced to a comparitively over-emotional wreck who had suddenly grown a conscience. Although the chemistry and scenes between Claire and Corrigan are beautifully played and poignant, one cannot help feeling annoyed when it all ends on one of the most unrealistic suicides in the history of television.

Don't know about you as well, but did anybody else find Frank's final breaking the fourth wall comment unnecessary, out of place and something of a groaner?

For all those annoyances, "Chapter 32" does have a lot working in its favour. As said, the character chemistry really elevated the episode. Have already said what my thoughts were on the one between Claire and Corrigan. Even better was the tension between Frank and Petrov and especially the blistering one between Frank and Claire. Frank is still a fascinating character, one of the fascinating leads on television in my view, and in my view Petrov is a good foil and matches Frank in the ruthlessness stakes. Have no issues with the acting, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are both brilliant and are dynamite in their chemistry together. Christian Camargo is moving in his role, while Lars Mikkelsen may not be subtle but has the right amount of authority as Petrov.

James Foley paces things very nicely and his cinematic experience shows. "Chapter 32" has lost none of the slickness and stylishness present throughout 'House of Cards', has increased my want of wanting to go to Russia, while the music is some of the show's best. The writing is thought-provoking and has not lost its bite, especially Frank's dialogue and his exchange with Claire. The story is compelling, apart from my frustration from that one bit, and has tension and poignancy.

All in all, well done episode but it had all the ingredients to be the episode where Season 3 would hit its stride, only to be infuriatingly spoilt by a few things that could easily have not been there or done differently. 7/10


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