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Awesome: House of Cards (US)
  • Frank Underwood playing Xanatos Speed Chess with Marty Spinella and the Teachers' Union.
    • Though Marty got one when he actually beat Frank in a debate.
    • And then Frank turns it right back around by threatening and badgering and insulting Marty until he punched Frank in the face - which was exactly what Frank hoped for.
  • Frank abstains from addressing the viewer through out the whole of the first episode of Season 2, just for long enough for the viewer to suspect that Frank's Aside Comments isn't a trait of the show any more, but at the very end, he suddenly looks towards the camera and delivers the following monologue, that smacks of Magnificent Bastardy and the most overt Fourth Wall Breaking so far:
    "Did you think I'd forgotten you? Perhaps you hoped I had. Don't waste a breath mourning Miss Barnes. Every kitten grows up to be a cat. They seem so harmless at first — small, quiet, lapping up their saucer of milk. But once their claws get long enough, they draw blood. Sometimes from the hand that feeds them. For those of us climbing to the top of the food chain there can be no mercy. There is but one rule: Hunt or be hunted. Welcome back."
  • Claire outing her rapist on live television. Not only does she get revenge on her assailant, but she successfully steers the attention away from what could have been a politically damning abortion.
  • In the closing scene of Season 2, Frank enters his Oval Office, disdainfully shoves Walker's rolling chair out of the way, lays his hands on the (Resolute?) desk, and does his customary knock on wood. His expression says it all.
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