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Chapter 37 

Things turn ugly when Frank, Jackie, and Heather square off during their first debate. Tom joins Claire on the campaign trail.


Agnieszka Holland


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
Molly Parker ... Jackie Sharp
Elizabeth Marvel ... Heather Dunbar
Derek Cecil ... Seth Grayson
Jimmi Simpson ... Gavin Orsay
Nathan Darrow ... Edward Meechum
Paul Sparks ... Thomas Yates
Reg E. Cathey ... Freddy
Reed Birney ... VP Donald Blythe
Kelly AuCoin ... Gary Stamper
Shawn Doyle ... Dr. Alan Cooke
Rachel Brosnahan ... Rachel Posner


Things turn ugly when Frank, Jackie, and Heather square off during their first debate. Tom joins Claire on the campaign trail.

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Release Date:

27 February 2015 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Reed Birney & Rachel Brosnahan also appeared together on an episode of The Blacklist - episode 1.15, The Blacklist: The Judge (No. 57) (2014). See more »


Donald Blythe: [counting off on his fingers] Negligence - nepotism - misappropriation of federal funds - a foreign policy fiasco - and loose with the truth. What do these five fingers have in common? Francis J. Underwood.
Francis Underwood: Mr. King, I would like to respond to that.
Donald Blythe: This is a man that believes in the rule of law - ish. The legislative process - ish. The constitution - ish. Is this the man who should be president?
Francis Underwood: Miss. Dunbar, like any good lawyer, you have a knack for rhetoric - ish. But the American people are...
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References Bad Girls Club (2006) See more »

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The Big Debate
3 March 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Political drama doesn't get any better than this. It is time for the debate in Iowa and Frank, Dunbar, and Jackie are poised. Jackie is in the difficult position of running for President while serving Frank's agenda. She is at a crossroads. She has been offered the Vice Presidency, but has been there through all of Frank's duplicity. She goes to Dunbar and asks what she has to offer if she gives her delegates over to her. She refuses, being highly principled and wanting to run a clean campaign. Jackie, who isn't used to this, decides to go for the jugular, bringing her private school kids into the debate. Soon they are sparring in the most ugly way. Frank, on the other hand, sort of sits back and lets it happen and then give Jackie a right to the jaw, leaving her speechless and looking hypocritical. This is so uncomfortable. Meanwhile, Claire is taken aback by Frank and leaves a group of volunteers behind. Once again we have the price of ambition versus what is right and good.

Doug, the third most complex character, is back in his home. His older brother is watching over him. He is a kind man with a firm foundation. One morning, Gavin calls Doug and tells him that Rachel is still alive and if he wants to know where she is, he can intervene on behalf of a fellow dissident. We must ask the question of what will happen to Doug. The tension in this episode is fierce.

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