The unfortunate results stemming from the primary elections –unfortunate if you have an IQ above 70 and don’t support Donald Trump – has left the intellectual majority of America somewhat dubious in regard to the future of our government. Luckily, the season 4 premiere of Netflix’s House Of Cards today once again gives us the semblance of a successful (take notes GOP) presidential race.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve watched a few episodes of the show, have confidentaly quoted a few of Frank Underwood’s notorious one-liners, and laughed -cluelessly- along with your friends. Yes I like to think that I’m one of those few people who can voraciously tear through 60-minute episodes at the moment of the their release; but, I have a life. So in honor of the show’s anticipated resurfacing, and to help ease the nerves of perpetrators disguised as fans, I’ve provided a “refresher” of Seasons 1, 2, and 3 to allow you to enjoy your next “Netflix-and-Chill” session with ease.
Season 1: Enter Frank Underwood, a maliciously deviant psychopath Congressman who continuously masks his cunning actions with a strategized manipulation of anyone who is of use to him. Viewers are also introduced to Frank’s seemingly passive, albeit callous wife, Claire- the head of her own non-profit organization. At the beginning of the season, Underwood makes it his mission to wield his way into a White House cabinet position he feels that he was swindled out of. The two main pawns Frank relied on were Zoe Barnes, a young naïve journalist whom Frank soon begins a sexual relationship with, and Peter Russo, a young congressman whom forms a father-son mentorship with Underwood. Frank begins his strategy by establishing a pact with Barnes that she will release borderline libelous stories of his political rivals and competition. Underwood uses his charm to form a poisonous relationship that leaves the former recovering addict, drowning at the bottom of a bottle. With the successful alignment of his pieces, Frank was able to convince the current vice president to step down and return to his post as government, seal a deal with billionaire Raymond Tusk to decide against running for the position, and is therefore selected as the new vice president of the United States.
Season 2: Frank, who now has the power and status as Vice President of the United States, continuous to purport his charming appearance while cunningly trying to get rid of his past skeletons. Upon hearing threats of exposure from Zoe Barnes, and two of her inquisitive colleagues, Frank guiltlessly pushes her in front of a moving train- promptly ending any queries into his rise to authority with her last breath. As Frank slowly works toward furthering personal political gains, he enlists himself in multiple under-the-table deals that later result in the resignation of the President.
Season 3: Franks extremely underwhelming first few months in office left little to the imagination and many of his constituents upset. His dwindling support amongst other leaders for his AmWorks proposal is also an obvious, underlying vision of what Frank’s future holds as a hopeful incumbent. Meanwhile, Claire has risen from the ashes of voluminous scandals from her youth and is vying for a spot as US ambassador to the United Nations. This pursuit, juxtaposed with controversial disagreements involving Russia and Israel, eventually leads to the downfall of their marriage and “power-couple” persona. As Frank loses control of his personal affairs, he is presented with the issue of Heather Dunbar- a woman who declined a Supreme Court seat in favor of running in the next election. The culmination of these events leave viewers in awe and disbelief as Claire leaves Francis and President Underwood is, ironically, forced to face the events that he dexterously created.