* The subway murder had so many variables, how could Frank know that they would have been followed by the murderee behind the fence out of sight entirely? How would Frank have known the timing for the train, and how did he go through the faregates undetected. Surely a man with sunglasses and a mask appearing when a reporter died would give the police something.
** The DC Metro has fairly accurate digital signs that say when the next train is coming. If Frank got on the Metro at a different stop and got off at the stop where the murder occurred, he would just seem like any number of passengers, nothing distinctive about him for the police to zero in on. All this assuming he's caught on camera, which he wasn't.
* In the first ep, why was it a humongous gotcha moment that Underwood was checking Zoe Barnes out? That isn't really enough dirt on someone to blackmail them into anything.
** ''Any'' picture of an older, married politician appearing to leer at a young woman who is clearly wearing a thong would get some attention, even if it was only with the more gossipy newspapers. With Frank's ambitions, it's definitely not the kind of headlines he needed at that moment. Plus, Zoe's determination to see him likely roused his curiosity and he let her in just to see why she would go to such lengths for a private meeting.
* Why didn't Peter Russo confide into his girlfriend in Chapter 4 that he was being blackmailed when she was basically on her way out the door. She was on her way out the door anyway.
** To explain that he was being blackmailed would mean he'd have to explain what he was being blackmailed with (Driving drunk with a prostitute) and admitting that he lied to her the first time, and explain who is blackmailing him. Even if she forgave him for lying to her and betraying constituents, he'd be dragging her into his mess and inevitably into the crosshairs of Frank Underwood (i.e. Every congressman's worst nightmare). Saying anything could only make things worse.
* So... in the first episode, DID SHE lick his balls?
* How would Russo's death be thought a suicide if he was sitting in the passenger seat of the car?
** With all the alcohol in his bloodstream and no sign of anyone else there. The Police would probably draw the conclusion, That Russo had left his engine running and switched seats to get comfortable. Or had got in the wrong side turned the key from there.
*** Which we saw he could easily do. The car was one of those where you just push a button, and Frank easily forced Peter's hand on to the button.
*** I have that same car, and the engine won't start if you aren't pressing the brake.
*** Frank [[BlatantLies explained]] to Zoe that the passenger door was open and that Russo was halfway out, having changed his mind but losing consciousness and dying before he could escape the fumes.
* Underwood meticulously wipes away all of his fingerprints from the crime scene, but he's also trying to make it look like a suicide. If the police dusted the car for fingerprints, wouldn't they notice that the door handles and steering wheel had been wiped? That would be a big indicator for murder.
** Depends if they even bothered dusting after the autopsy. Plus there's no obvious signs of a struggle or forced entry. You have a drunk and depressed senator in one hand. In his car, in his garage filled with carbon-dioxide in the other. Plus the paramedics probably contaminated the crime scene trying to get him out too.
*** You'd think the death of someone as important as a Congressman would at least trigger an automatic investigation, no matter how plausible suicide is.
*** It likely would, if the police commissioner was not indirectly linked to his death. The commissioner has every reason to downplay what happened as a suicide, because the moment a ''murder'' investigation is opened, its only going to lead back to him releasing Russo from custody.
*** It would have to take a lot of pull in higher places than DCPD. The death of a congressman would be under FBI jurisdiction.
* The Peachoid subplot. Am I the only one with thinks Underwood getting dragged into it seems off? The teenager who died got into that crash because she was texting while driving. Not to sound heartless, but that's her own fault. It's a stretch for a congressman that just kept it up to be blamed.
** Note Frank's mood throughout this episode: Frustrated. Not angry. He knows he can solve this in the minimum amount of time. His rival and opponent down there, is just using this as political ammunition to score cheap points, if he can drag it out long enough. The point isn't the Peachoid. Its showing (and us learning about) Frank in his home constituency and his attitudes and actions whilst there. Aloof, annoyed and viewing it as a step-back from dealing with bigger things. Like the military school episode, we find out a bit more about how Frank became Frank.
* Why did Walker rescind his pardon offer from Tusk?
** Frank convinced the president that he could whip the votes away from impeachment. Walker had to call off having Tusk confess or he'd lose Frank, and with Frank his only shot at not being impeached and losing his presidency.
* 'Gay girl meets future girlfriend while out recruiting for her cult-ish church.' The first part of that sentence doesn't fit with the last part of that sentence.
** Whether or not "cult-ish" is a fair description of the church, your Headscratcher assumes all Christians are anti-gay. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT-affirming_Christian_denominations They are not.]]
** I don't think the church was meant to be read as cultish once it was shown. Instead, I think it was meant to come across as a non-denominational liberal church more concerned with teaching "Jesus/God is love" and "acceptance of all." I think it was suppose to be a non-judgmental community environment for Rachel.
** The part where Rachel's future girlfriend starts talking to her and hands her a flier seems cult-like at first, since she seems to only be talking to her so she can recruit her, but I think it's actually just a plot device to get her involved with Rachel. Or maybe she just recruits Rachel because she has a crush on her, and doesn't usually go around giving fliers to random people on buses. Alternately, it would make sense for a cult-like church to be flexible about things like that so they can recruit people who've been rejected by mainstream churches, but we just never saw much cult-ish-ness -- who knows.
* Why wouldn't Frank immediately guess that Claire had went to Adam when she got mad at him and left? They were open about their outside dalliances and he had to know that she wouldn't be mad enough to be anything less than discreet and wouldn't cause a scene by completely disappearing. Adam, who knew he had to keep their relationship low profile, would seem like the obvious place for her to go with exception of maybe her parents if they were still alive. Was Frank just testing Meechum's discretion and ability to track down people (or find someone who could)?
* What the actual fuck was the moment between [[spoiler: Frank, Claire, and Meechum]] about?
** Claire giving her bisexual / maybe ArmoredClosetGay husband a present.
** Yeah, but what was the point of it plot-wise? It just came off as a BigLippedAlligatorMoment . It wasn't out of nowhere, but it was never mentioned again, didn't really serve anything aside from [[spoiler: confirming Frank's bisexuality]] and the episode could happen without it and no one would notice. And after that Meechum lost any attention the narrative was giving him and just became your standard bodyguard which means [[spoiler: getting in Underwood's double bed]] was the only purpose he was serving(aside from making background). Not that he's that interesting to begin with, but come on.
* One of the show's taglines is "Bad, For a Greater Good" (describing Frank). What greater good? Does he actually have any goals other than power for its own sake?
** Thought of this during the "killing the dog" opening monologue. Clearly meant to establish Underwood who believes he does "unpleasant things" for "necessary" reasons, but as far as I can tell Underwood has no actual reason in mind for anything he does other than "getting more power". What is his ultimate vision?
** In season 3, the two main bits of actual policy are pretty noble: Peace in the Middle East and a New Deal-like jobs program. While one could argue he's just doing those things to show that he's doing something, those are still pretty laudable goals. Maybe a case of the writers realizing they needed to have him do more actual work like things?
** Frank is a tyrant. All his talk about greater good is just bullshit straight and true. What he wants is what all tyrants want: power, and more power to himself.
** Yates illustrated it in his unfinished biography of the Underwoods: they have no offspring other than their legacy. In the first season, Frank ponders how much something like a library named after him is worth. For him, a library is so little for so much work. But crafting a lasting legacy like America Works and peace in the Middle East is immeasurably more valuable to him.
* In Chapter 30, the Judge with Alzheimer appears to be able to hear Frank breaking the fourth wall. Normally time appears to be stopped while he's talking like that, is Frank in fact a low level reality warper?
** It was a FourthWallPsych. He was actually speaking out loud.
* In Season 3, we find out Frank went and pardoned the people who took the fall at the end of Season 2--including Raymond Tusk! And it cost him dearly in the polls. So what could've possessed him to pardon his enemies in the first place?
** There was an implicit agreement that when Tusk implicated President Walker in the finale of Season 2, thereby leading to impeachment proceedings and his resignation, that Frank would protect him. To not do so would be foolish since Tusk easily could have done the same thing to Frank. It's better to lose approval ratings, which can be rebuilt, then face impeachment himself.
** There's a bit of RealitySubtext here. In 1974, one of the first acts Gerald Ford did as president was pardon his successor, Richard Nixon. (It should be noted that Frank Underwood's ascendency to the Presidency mirrors Gerald Ford's in a lot of ways: both were appointed Vice President after their predecessor stepped down, so they both became president without a single vote. The only difference is that Frank did it by manipulating everyone, and Ford did it because he was an honest guy who had nothing to do with Watergate or any of the other things that led to Nixon stepping down.) Ford knew that an impeachment trial for Nixon would cause the country a great deal of embarrassment, not to mention take up all of the country's attention. In the case of Frank, he knows his first term is running on borrowed time. With no widespread popular support that a president might get from running for office, he doesn't stand a good chance of getting re-elected. That's why Frank and Claire are so adament on getting America Works and the UN ambassadorship so early. They want a legacy, and the success of America Works will give Frank ground to stand on for re-election. All that, on top of dealing with Russia, would be impossible if the country was preoccupied by Walker's trial.