ETI TV Recap – House of Cards – Season 5 – Episode 2

Fear has been instilled. The United States is seemingly moving toward becoming a war zone with soldiers on every corner and border, protecting America and the vague notion of “freedom.” Freedom with armed guards everywhere sure doesn’t look a hell of a lot like freedom. This is the world the Underwoods wanted. This is the atmosphere they believe they need to create in order to get elected as president and vice president. “Do you think it’s worth it?” asks Frank at the beginning of “Chapter 54.” He glares at Claire, then begins to laugh. For them, it’s all worth it.

“Chapter 54” is all about the Underwoods further expanding their plan to take over the White House and win the election, now only a week away. Tensions are high as Frank’s call for a declaration of war has the committee potentially looking to nail him for his past crimes, namely the ones suggested in Tom’s published article. That stuff isn’t going away, no matter how much Frank might want it to.

The goods news for Frank? It looks like Jackie and Remy have lawyered up, meaning they probably have no intention of revealing anything shady about his past plans to overthrow then-President Garrett Walker and his Vice President Jim Matthews. At the same time, Frank is dealing with the fact that he needs a few governors to help with a plan to swell the number of National Guard positioned at polling places in a number of states. It’s all part of the optics Frank so covets: looking tough on terror while the truth of the matter is that, as one aide puts it to Doug later on, he’s engaging in voter suppression.

Part of crafting the fear that the Underwoods hope will lead to a heightened National Guard presence at the polls and an election win is, naturally, showing up for all of those fear-mongering appearances! Here, that means Claire is with the media as the Underwoods announce the purchase of gas masks for MTA employees, which, as the First Lady puts it, are crucial in dealing with a potential chemical attack. See how slyly she throws that out to the media to garner fear? Claire is no slouch in the creating fear department.

While she’s making that appearance, an old friend of the Underwoods approaches Claire. He barely makes any small talk before mentioning that Tim Corbet, Frank’s old Sentinel pal, has been missing for two days after heading out on a rafting trip, and things aren’t looking good. It’s something neither Frank nor Claire knew about, as the man says Frank hasn’t returned any of his calls.

Still, Claire is suspicious of the way the man talks about Frank and Tim, so she questions him after the media appearance has concluded. While it’s never explicitly stated, the conversation becomes about how Frank and Tim had a special connection that, were the times different, would have led to a meaningful romantic relationship. The Underwoods’ rather vague (or all-inclusive) sexuality is nothing new, but Claire seems shaken by the realization that Frank may have had another true love. She confronts him with it a bit later, and he only reassures her that there’s never been anyone but her. It’s not particularly convincing, but perhaps it’s enough to avoid an argument so close to election day

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Fear has been instilled. The United States is seemingly moving toward becoming a war zone with soldiers on every corner and border, protecting America and the vague notion of “freedom.” Freedom with armed guards everywhere sure doesn’t look a hell of a lot like freedom. This is the world the Underwoods wanted. This is the atmosphere they believe they need to create in order to get elected as president and vice president. “Do you think it’s worth it?” asks Frank at the beginning of “Chapter 54.” He glares at Claire, then begins to laugh. For them, it’s all worth it.

“Chapter 54” is all about the Underwoods further expanding their plan to take over the White House and win the election, now only a week away. Tensions are high as Frank’s call for a declaration of war has the committee potentially looking to nail him for his past crimes, namely the ones suggested in Tom’s published article. That stuff isn’t going away, no matter how much Frank might want it to.

The goods news for Frank? It looks like Jackie and Remy have lawyered up, meaning they probably have no intention of revealing anything shady about his past plans to overthrow then-President Garrett Walker and his Vice President Jim Matthews. At the same time, Frank is dealing with the fact that he needs a few governors to help with a plan to swell the number of National Guard positioned at polling places in a number of states. It’s all part of the optics Frank so covets: looking tough on terror while the truth of the matter is that, as one aide puts it to Doug later on, he’s engaging in voter suppression.

Part of crafting the fear that the Underwoods hope will lead to a heightened National Guard presence at the polls and an election win is, naturally, showing up for all of those fear-mongering appearances! Here, that means Claire is with the media as the Underwoods announce the purchase of gas masks for MTA employees, which, as the First Lady puts it, are crucial in dealing with a potential chemical attack. See how slyly she throws that out to the media to garner fear? Claire is no slouch in the creating fear department.

While she’s making that appearance, an old friend of the Underwoods approaches Claire. He barely makes any small talk before mentioning that Tim Corbet, Frank’s old Sentinel pal, has been missing for two days after heading out on a rafting trip, and things aren’t looking good. It’s something neither Frank nor Claire knew about, as the man says Frank hasn’t returned any of his calls.

Still, Claire is suspicious of the way the man talks about Frank and Tim, so she questions him after the media appearance has concluded. While it’s never explicitly stated, the conversation becomes about how Frank and Tim had a special connection that, were the times different, would have led to a meaningful romantic relationship. The Underwoods’ rather vague (or all-inclusive) sexuality is nothing new, but Claire seems shaken by the realization that Frank may have had another true love. She confronts him with it a bit later, and he only reassures her that there’s never been anyone but her. It’s not particularly convincing, but perhaps it’s enough to avoid an argument so close to election day.

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