History Headscratchers / HouseOfCardsUS

28th Jun '16 8:38:35 AM BanjoTCat
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** It's been established that he is a genius in the field of computer and information sciences. Geniuses throughout history have exhibited eccentric behavior. This scene provided a framing device for the montage of his program working and gave his character some memorable traits.


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** Where else can Seth go after burning down his bridge with the White House? He'd be out of a job and now has a big target on his back from the Underwood administration. He doesn't quite know the extent by which Stamper will protect Underwood and the administration (i.e. murder), but this glass incident is a taste of what he's willing to do. There really is nothing to be gained everything to lose by bringing in the police.
25th Jun '16 8:06:07 AM dmcreif
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*** That would explain one of the scenes where he's talking with the leadership about to vet as VP running mate. Frank says that they don't know if his liver will last him the full term so they need someone who will be capable of leading if Frank gives out. The fact that Frank says 2024 instead of 2028 is like him suggesting that he probably won't even last half of his term.


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[[folder:The Underwoods and gun control]]
* Watching "Chapter 47", Yates comes by the White House to help with speechwriting. Claire is pulled out of the meeting due to the news of Brockhart's resignation. And Yates asks [=LeAnn=], "Does she [Claire] actually give a shit about guns?" That's a good question actually: do the Underwoods genuinely care about gun control or was that arc entirely about weeding out potential running mates who could challenge Claire at the DNC? I say this because I would think, as the target of an assassination attempt from an illegally obtained firearm, Frank probably would be in favor of gun reform of some kind.
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18th Jun '16 10:38:59 PM TinMan
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** I'm guessing Claire's gonna make a run in 2020 but he doesn't think she can pull it off.
13th Jun '16 6:03:33 PM dmcreif
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[[folder:Frank trying to get a second full term?]]
*I know enough about the Presidency to know that because Walker resigned before the mid-terms, Frank served more than two years before the 2016 election and because of the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, could only run for one additional term in office. Now there hasn't been anything in the show to contradict this. But in season 4, when discussing his plans for Catherine Durant, Frank tells her in a patronizing way that if she just waited, he'd support her running in 2024. But Durant doesn't immediately tell Frank, "Frank, I wouldn't have to wait until 2024, you can't run in 2020." So is Frank going to try to get the 22nd Amendment repealed or what?
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13th Jun '16 5:54:49 PM dmcreif
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[[folder:Claire's Gun Bill]]
*What exactly was Claire's failed gun bill trying to accomplish? The laws she seemed to be proposing are already in place. First off, in most states, firearms purchases at gun shows require full background checks and all gun sellers at shows must hold a FFL license which means they can not sell you a gun unless you pass a background check. The "gunshow loophole" is a myth, a blatant lie. Gun show purchases are no different from buying a gun at a store. Second, she mentioned gun purchases on the internet as being a way for people to buy guns without a background check. This is a lie as well. You can buy a gun online but the store can not legally ship it to your home. Instead, they must ship it to a dealer with a FFL license (gun store) and that store cannot release it to you until you pay the FFL transfer fee and pass a background check for the state that the gun is being received in.
**The bill was never intended to pass. It was proposed with the intention of thinning out the potential list of vice presidential candidates who would pose a challenge to Claire at the DNC. Because of the assassination attempt, it was understandable that Frank would be for gun reform. So, it already makes sense they would push this bill. However, the Democratic Party leadership, knowing how hard it is to even speak about gun legislation, got him to "compromise", accept a gun advocate as his VP candidate to balance out an anti-gun Supreme Court justice (and in exchange, support the legislation). But they are still Democrats: the potential list of NRA-approved acceptable VP candidates would be rather short, and Frank eventually made it untenable for the leadership's candidate to stay on the ticket, opening the road for a semi-open convention, and thus, Claire's VP nomination.
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13th Jun '16 2:13:06 PM dmcreif
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[[folder:Doug's use of the glass to threaten Seth]]
* Why didn't Seth just use either of his free hands to move the glass or grab Doug's face or anything else, rather than wait there without moving to slowly and bizarrely suffocate? The scene looked good, maybe effective at showing how unhinged Doug is, I suppose, but did Seth suddenly forget that both of his hands are still free to claw at Doug's face?
* Furthermore, why would Seth continue working for the White House after that? I mean, if Doug did that to me, I'd be filing a police report accusing Doug of battery. That or telling other White House colleagues about what happened.
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13th Jun '16 1:46:07 PM dmcreif
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** 8. Freddy is supposed to be a symbol of the typical American voter. As smart as Frank is, he can't ever win over the public in the general election. He tried repeatedly, through America Works, and other programs, but at the end of the day Frank is just a suspicious and unlikeable person. He's President without ever having a vote cast for him, has problems dealing with the gas crisis, always has new scandals that he is addressing one after another (his and Claire's falling out and trying to cover that up, the Russian diplomat Milkin's asylum matters, the KKK photo leak, etc.) The college girl that Frank was talking to when Lucas Goodwin shot him was another example of that rage. So while Freddy is not totally blameless in how his life ended up, he certainly never asked for Frank to get involved in his life and is now arguably worse off for the interaction. Much like America in a way, as Frank has interrupted the governing process and is now starting a war just to help himself out. At the end, Freddy and Frank cannot reconcile. Frank and Claire realize they can't win votes through being likeable. The situations parallel each other.


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[[folder:Surely the public isn't gullible, right?]]
*Would the public really not realize that this entire ICO matter was all a major diversion tactic to get focus away from Tom Hammershmidt's article? I mean yes, another war on terror, an American executed by radicalized Americans on American soil, sure, it's scary and it causes panic and obviously moves discussion away from some political manipulation the President may or may not have done. But still, how is the public not going to see through this? I mean, colluding to force the former President to resign and inherit his spot can't be written off as mere politics. That's a serious accusation that would severely taint Frank and likely cost him the election.
*Furthermore, using a war as a diversion seems like it wouldn't last too long. I mean, say people are going to focus on the war. How long can this war last? And how are the White House staff going to dodge questions about the article? They can't just say stuff like "we have more important matters to attend to". Because that would, in time, show people he started a war to move attention away from the controversy and would actually incriminate him.


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10th Jun '16 7:50:14 AM dmcreif
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[[folder:Lucas's release]]
*So what is the "Rule 35 order" that got Lucas Goodwin released into WITSEC? That part seemed kinda confusing.
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19th May '16 8:49:29 AM dmcreif
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[[folder:The travel logs]]
* I may have missed something, but how did Tom Hammerschmidt get access to Meechum's travel records?
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18th May '16 12:24:57 PM dcutter2
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[[folder:Death By Car Fumes?]]
*Can you even commit suicide this way with modern cars? Especially given the fumes had to fill up the entire garage. It wasn't a pipe in the window affair.
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