House of Cards (2013–2018)
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Chapter 50 

Frank ups the ante on the war on terror to counter Conway's public criticism of his lack of action. Tom joins Claire on the campaign trail.


Kari Skogland


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
Mahershala Ali ... Remy Danton
Neve Campbell ... Leann Harvey
Boris McGiver ... Tom Hammerschmidt
Paul Sparks ... Thomas Yates
Joel Kinnaman ... Will Conway
Jayne Atkinson ... Catherine Durant
Reg E. Cathey ... Freddy
Colm Feore ... General Brockhart
Damian Young ... Aidan Macallan
Andrew Polk ... Harry Marshall
Kathleen Chalfant ... Margaret Tilden
Wendy Moniz-Grillo ... Laura Moretti (as Wendy Moniz)


Frank ups the ante on the war on terror to counter Conway's public criticism of his lack of action. Tom joins Claire on the campaign trail.

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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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Did You Know?


A character named Laura Moretti appears in this episode. Coincidentally, this is the name of famous actor Tom Berenger's current wife. See more »


[Freddy tells Francis he's gonna leave the white house for a new job]
Francis Underwood: You know what you should do before you go? You should come up here one night and cook us a rack of ribs. Now, I realize oven-baked isn't nearly as good as the smoker, but you'd make 'em delicious anyhow.
Freddy: Ribs? Really? You want me to cook ribs for you.
Francis Underwood: Well, sure, just like old times. What's wrong with that?
Freddy: I'm just a help ain't I?
Francis Underwood: No, that's not true.
Freddy: I tell you I got something good going, and your first thought ain't: "...
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Not one of the best episodes in the series
7 March 2016 | by alexandrearenafilhoSee all my reviews

The episode was pretty to look at, as usual, with beautiful set decoration and Claire's stunning dresses etc. Director Kari Skogland did a fine job behind the camera.

The problem in this particular episode is the writing. The actors did their best with what they were given, but a lot of what went on should have been better. I love that Freddy is back, and Reg E. Cathey sells the hell out of that scene, but his actions are mostly abrupt and exaggerated, out of nowhere.

However, nothing in the entire run of "House of Cards" came close to the scene where the guy who's running for veep on Will Conway's ticket says "BS" while walking into a cow farm and suddenly we hear a lot of "moo". That crossed the line and entered ludicrous territory. Also, that wasn't funny at all.

The writing wasn't much better with the handling of Claire's extramarital relationship with Tom, and Frank's acceptance of it. It's not hard to swallow that the character Frank would accept it, but the Frank we got here doesn't fully feel like the Frank of the best episodes.

Apparently, "Chapter 50" is Tian Jun Gu first episode as a main writer. I hope he can do better than this if he is going to return. It was a letdown following one of the very best episodes in the series.

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