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. For extra awesome, Marty knows what Frank's trying to do the whole time... and still ends up taking the bait.
  • 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." (Smirks) "Welcome back."
  • When the Republicans attempt to filibuster a bill Frank is determined to push through, he walks into Congress, sits down at the front of the room, and passes a motion to force the Republicans who have fled the room to avoid voting on the bill to attend, by arrest if needed. A few scenes later, cut to six Republican congressmen and women being dragged and carried into the room in handcuffs.
    "It's good to be back in Congress."
  • 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.

Season three

  • Frank's speech introducing America Works to the public, managing to make the total dismantlement of the country's monetary entitlements sound like exactly what everyone needs.
  • Frank making it clear that he will let no-one threaten Claire when one of his rivals threatens to release the reason of her abortion to the public.
    Frank: She can go after me all she wants, but she goes after Claire, I'll slit her fucking throat in broad daylight.
  • Any time in Series 3 that someone rebels against Petrov. The three protestors who blag their way into the meeting, the homosexuals on hunger strike, and finally Claire's epic speech to Petrov after the American citizen imprisoned for gay rights campaigning kills himself.note 
    • Even better once you take into account that Petrov is (pretty obviously) an Expy of Vladimir Putin. This stuff actually happens in Russia - Pussy Riot even appear as themselves in episode 3.
    • Also Claire's response when Frank tries to chastise her for the aforementioned speech to the Russian president.
    Frank: I should've never made you ambassador.
    Claire: I should've never made you president.
  • The sequence where Frank declares to Tom his intention to run for reelection after all. It's perhaps the big Hope Spot of Season 3, as it really feels like Frank's "back"—down to his snarky Aside Comment.
  • Claire finally standing up to Frank after Frank chews her out.
    Claire: I'm not going to New Hampshire. I'm leaving you.
  • Dunbar sees right through Frank's deception and announces herself as his rival for the primary election.
  • Jackie and Remy have finally had it with Frank and turn on him.
  • Frank's response to Dunbar's threat of revealing the truth about Claire's abortion after Doug defuses it.
    Frank: I have only one thing to say: Go fuck yourself. (Hangs up) Christ, that felt good.
  • Bob Birch with Senators Mendoza and Mitchell, from opposite sides of the political spectrum, opposing Frank's blatantly illegal scheme to fund America Works and then trapping him with an awesome Hoist by His Own Petard moment. Hell, despite Frank calling Birch a coward, the guy does a pretty good job of standing up to Frank for most of the season.
    Birch: We were ready to impeach one president; we'll do the same with you, if necessary.

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