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Chapter 51 

Frank asks Conway to help deal with extremists threatening to murder hostages. Tom Hammerschmidt digs deeper into the allegations against Frank.


Jakob Verbruggen


Michael Dobbs (based on the novels by), Andrew Davies (based on the mini-series by) | 6 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
Derek Cecil ... Seth Grayson
Neve Campbell ... Leann Harvey
Boris McGiver ... Tom Hammerschmidt
Paul Sparks ... Thomas Yates
Joel Kinnaman ... Will Conway
Dominique McElligott ... Hannah Conway
Colm Feore ... General Brockhart
Damian Young ... Aidan Macallan
Andrew Polk ... Harry Marshall
Jeremy Holm ... Nathan Green


Frank asks Conway to help deal with extremists threatening to murder hostages. Tom Hammerschmidt digs deeper into the allegations against Frank.

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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?


When Conway records one of his movies for his followers, he is clearly using a Samsung phone. With Claire using an iPhone and several Apple products in use by her, Frank and Doug Stamper, the battle for the White House is perhaps mirrored by the battle between iPhones and Samsungs. See more »


Ibrahim Halabi: Deplorable as this situation is, we cannot blame Islam as a whole, or the millions of Muslims in our nation who yearn for peace, who contribute to our society, who have the same dreams as all Americans do. ICO does not represent Islam but there are those who would use this incident to justify Draconian measures like travel restrictions or forced registration, who would espouse hatred or even violence. The moment bigotry become a form a patriotism, America is no longer America.
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The Hostages
10 March 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

The primary focus of this episode is the negotiations to get back three hostages being held by Islamic terrorists. Frank is strictly in charge but Conway gets to actually negotiate with the bad guys. The terrorists are American and are holed up somewhere in the USA. Since the Underwoods and the Conways must share quarters briefly, it allows for some serious interaction. The arrogant Conway battles wits with Frank. It would appear that the President has something up his sleeve. There is a great dialogue between Claire and Mrs. Conway. She asks Claire if she ever regretted not having children. Claire responds by asking if she ever regretted having them. Frank is orchestrating an effort to find the hiding place of the terrorists. Conway continues to gloat, full of himself to the nth degree. This situation sets up the final episode. Doug, by the way, is starting a relationship with the transplant widow. If she only knew.

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