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Chapter 17


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Drama, USA, 2014, 48 min.

Synopsis Remy Danton (Mahershala Ali) tells V.P. Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) that he has secured him two votes for passage of the entitlement bill, which would reduce Medicaid coverage. Frank suspects Danton is millionaire Raymond Tusk's errand boy but doesn't refuse Danton's aid. He asks him to work with Jackie Sharp, the Majority Whip.In Frank's home, press aide Connor Ellis (Sam Page) coaches Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) on her forthcoming interview on TV with CNN's Ashleigh Banfield (herself).On the Hill, Jackie Sharp (Molly Parker), Danton and Frank look at the board that lists the possible vote. They are 15 votes short of a victory. Frank will try to bring Rep. Donald Blythe (Reed Birney) and his people to his side. Barely two hours remain for the vote.Blythe arrives, behaving coldly toward Frank: "I don't negotiate with people who are fundamentally deceptive," he says, recalling how Frank torpedoed Blythe's education bill (See Season One). Blythe says he controls 28 votes and he will not release them to Frank.In hacker Gavin Orsay's studio, Lucas Goodwin (Sebastian Arcelus) asks Orsay (Jimmi Simpson) how he can access federal data banks to get information about e-mail and cell-phone communications. Orsay tells Goodwin that he (Goodwin) will have to gain entrance to the data banks, insert a chip in the server "and voilá."On Capitol Hill, a clerk (Candace Sholz) opens an envelope that contains a white powder. An emergency is declared, on the chance that the powder is toxic. Blythe and Frank are confined to a room while the HazMat brigade checks the nature of the powder.In a restaurant, Remy and Jackie are trying to convince four representatives to vote for the bill.Back on the Hill, Blythe holds a grim phone conversation with his wife, Marjory, who has Alzheimer's disease and barely recognizes her husband of 30 years. Frank brings up funding for research on Alzheimer's and Blythe accuses him of trying to bribe him into supporting the entitlement bill.At Frank's home, Claire is interviewed by Ashleigh Banfield, who asks her if she's ever been pregnant. "Yes," answers Claire. "I became pregnant as the result of a sexual assault." She goes on to say that she was raped in college, became pregnant and sought an abortion. She names her attacker: "General Dalton McGinniss."On the Hill, the quarantine ends. The powder was not toxic. As Frank leaves the room, Jackie reports to him that she's short only four votes. She then convinces Blythe to surrender the four votes she needs, so the bill will pass and the elderly will be protected.During a break in the taping of Claire's CNN interview, a former female Marine phones in to reveal that she, too, was raped by General McGinniss. Claire convinces the woman to go on the air, identify herself and denounce McGinniss. She agrees, saying that her name is Megan Hennessey (Libby Woodridge).Megan goes on the air, via a loudspeaker, and says McGinniss raped her and two other female Marines.Gen. McGinniss (Peter Bradbury) is watching the interview in his office. An aide (Emlyn Morinelli) comes in to tell him "Your wife is on the phone."On a parking lot, two cars meet. Hacker Gavin Orsay gets into the car of Nathan Green (Jeremy Holme), of the FBI anti-terrorist unit, who tells him that Lucas intends to commit an act of cyberterrorism. Orsday scoffs at that, asks Nathan when the FBI will release him from being a decoy. Nathan answers that Gavin needs to give him "AV Unit," a noted hacker or "your friends in DecSec." Gavin says he doesn't know how to find AV Unit and will not surrender his friends.At Frank's home, he and Claire relax with a cigarette. He sings "Polly, pretty Polly," an Appalachian mountain ballad. EPISODE ENDS.


Directed by James Foley  

Starring Kevin Spacey, Curtiss Cook, Robin Wright Penn, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Molly Parker, more...

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