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* DifficultySpike: A rare one for a television show. Claire is much subtler with her dialogue to the viewer. In contrast to Frank’s boisterous mellow drama, Claire has a stone-cold control over her emotions. Considering she keeps this up pretty much 24/7, it makes her incredibly difficult to read, which many of the supporting cast lampshade. Some of her cues are little more than briefly looking at the camera.

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* DifficultySpike: A rare one for a television show. Claire is much subtler with her dialogue to the viewer. In contrast to Frank’s boisterous mellow drama, melodrama, Claire has a stone-cold control over her emotions. Considering she keeps this up pretty much 24/7, it makes her incredibly difficult to read, which many of the supporting cast lampshade. Some of her cues are little more than briefly looking at the camera.


* {{Book Ends}}: In the first episode Frank's first words after [[MercyKill strangling a dog to take him out of his pain after being struck by a car]] were "There, now there's no more pain.", in the series finale Clare's last words are "There, now there's no more pain." [[spoiler: when she stabs Doug to death in self-defense after he put the a letter opener to her throat]].

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* {{Book Ends}}: In the first episode Frank's first words after [[MercyKill strangling a dog to take him out of his pain after being struck by a car]] were "There, now there's no more pain.", in the series finale Clare's last words are "There, now there's no more pain." [[spoiler: when she stabs Doug to death in self-defense after he put the a letter opener to her throat]].


The show is planned to end after Season 6, following Kevin Spacey's sexual predation accusations, with Netflix also exploring several spinoff ideas. Production of the show was suspended until further notice on October 31, 2017, only a day after Netflix announced the show's ending. Spacey was officially fired on November 3, 2017, with Netflix shortening the season to 8 episodes and resuming production with Robin Wright as the lead.

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The show is planned to end ended after Season 6, following Kevin Spacey's sexual predation accusations, with Netflix also exploring several spinoff ideas. Production of the show was suspended until further notice on October 31, 2017, only a day after Netflix announced the show's ending. Spacey was officially fired on November 3, 2017, with Netflix shortening the season to 8 episodes and resuming production with Robin Wright as the lead.

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* {{Book Ends}}: In the first episode Frank's first words after [[MercyKill strangling a dog to take him out of his pain after being struck by a car]] were "There, now there's no more pain.", in the series finale Clare's last words are "There, now there's no more pain." [[spoiler: when she stabs Doug to death in self-defense after he put the a letter opener to her throat]].


* ArtisticLicensePolitics: Although Washington politics are generally gotten down pretty accurately, some liberties are taken for dramatic effect. For instance:

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* ArtisticLicensePolitics: Artistic License - Politics: Although Washington politics are generally gotten down pretty accurately, some liberties are taken for dramatic effect. For instance:


** Someone buying Freddie’s barbecue shack to turn it into a franchise chain is not going to care that Freddie once did time. If anything, the fact that Freddie did time probably makes it more valuable. It’s a story. And if there were morality clauses in business contracts, there would be no business. Not these days. Oh, and Freddie, signing away the rights for $95,000 up front is a joke.

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** Someone buying Freddie’s barbecue shack to turn it into a franchise chain is not going to care that Freddie once did time. If anything, the fact that Freddie did time probably makes it more valuable. It’s a story. And if there were morality clauses in business contracts, there would be no business. Not these days. Oh, and Freddie, signing away the rights for $95,000 up front is a joke.


* ArtisticLicense - Politics: Although Washington politics are generally gotten down pretty accurately, some liberties are taken for dramatic effect. For instance:

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* ArtisticLicense - Politics: ArtisticLicenseLaw: Treason has a very specific definition in American law, and is the only criminal statute codified in the Constitution as the aid of a foreign enemy in waging war against the United States. Selling consumer data to political campaigns isn't necessarily illegal, but even if it was it definitely wouldn't qualify as treason.
* ArtisticLicensePolitics:
Although Washington politics are generally gotten down pretty accurately, some liberties are taken for dramatic effect. For instance:

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* VehicularKidnapping: [[spoiler:Political "[[TheFixer fixer]]" Doug Stamper]] is assigned the task of cleaning up the [[spoiler:Rachael Posner]] loose end. He resolves the issue by kidnapping [[spoiler:Rachel]] in a van, driving out into the middle of nowhere, and [[spoiler:murdering her.]]


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->[''Approaching a fatally injured dog''] There are two kinds of pain. The sort of pain that makes you strong, or useless pain. The sort of pain that's only suffering. I have no patience for useless things. [''Strangles the dog to death'']

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[[caption-width-right:250:''"One nation... Underwood."'']]

->[''Approaching ->''[approaching a fatally injured dog''] dog]'' There are two kinds of pain. The sort of pain that makes you strong, or useless pain. The sort of pain that's only suffering. I have no patience for useless things. [''Strangles ''[strangles the dog to death'']death]''



-->'''Frank Underwood:''' Do you know how [[UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant Grant]] defeated [[UsefulNotes/RobertELee Lee]]? He had more men, that's all, and he was willing to let them die. It was butchery, not strategy, that won the war.
-->'''Xander Feng:''' Mr. Tusk and I have great resources at our disposal.
-->'''Frank Underwood:''' Add up all your billions and you get the GDP of Slovakia. I have the federal government of the United States of America. Your money doesn't intimidate me. The most that you buy is influence, but I wield Constitutional authority.
-->'''Xander Feng:''' The strongest army doesn't always win. Mao started out with only a few thousand men. They took over half a continent.
-->'''Frank Underwood:''' Mao is dead, and so is his China.
-->'''Xander Feng:''' But I'm not.
-->'''Frank Underwood:''' Not yet.

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-->'''Frank --->'''Frank Underwood:''' Do you know how [[UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant Grant]] defeated [[UsefulNotes/RobertELee Lee]]? He had more men, that's all, and he was willing to let them die. It was butchery, not strategy, that won the war.
-->'''Xander
war.\\
'''Xander
Feng:''' Mr. Tusk and I have great resources at our disposal.
-->'''Frank
disposal.\\
'''Frank
Underwood:''' Add up all your billions and you get the GDP of Slovakia. I have the federal government of the United States of America. Your money doesn't intimidate me. The most that you buy is influence, but I wield Constitutional authority.
-->'''Xander
authority.\\
'''Xander
Feng:''' The strongest army doesn't always win. Mao started out with only a few thousand men. They took over half a continent.
-->'''Frank
continent.\\
'''Frank
Underwood:''' Mao is dead, and so is his China.
-->'''Xander
China.\\
'''Xander
Feng:''' But I'm not.
-->'''Frank
not.\\
'''Frank
Underwood:''' Not yet.



--> '''Lucas Goodwin''': You think you're a badass because you're on some vigilante anarchist kick? At least I have the balls to put my name on the work I do.
--> '''Gavin Orsay''': You've never faced 100 years in prison, you self-righteous prick! Most of my friends are in prison, rotting away, because they poked the bear one too many times. Why? Because they wanted to expose government surveillance, the PRISM program, embezzlement, abuse, fucking torture, lies! You're a journalist? Who gives a shit? We're fucking soldiers. It's personal for me now. I don't have a choice, but you still do.
--> '''Lucas Goodwin:''' I ''don't'' have a choice.

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--> '''Lucas Goodwin''': --->'''Lucas Goodwin:''' You think you're a badass because you're on some vigilante anarchist kick? At least I have the balls to put my name on the work I do.
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do.\\
'''Gavin Orsay''': Orsay:''' You've never faced 100 years in prison, you self-righteous prick! Most of my friends are in prison, rotting away, because they poked the bear one too many times. Why? Because they wanted to expose government surveillance, the PRISM program, embezzlement, abuse, fucking torture, lies! You're a journalist? Who gives a shit? We're fucking soldiers. It's personal for me now. I don't have a choice, but you still do.
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do.\\
'''Lucas Goodwin:''' I ''don't'' have a choice.



-->'''Frank Underwood:''' You know the difference between you and me, Marty?
-->'''Martin Spinella:''' What?
-->'''Frank Underwood:''' I'm a white-trash cracker from a white-trash town that no one would even bother to piss on. But here's the difference — I've made something of myself. I have the keys to the Capitol. People respect me. [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech But you, you're still nothing. You're just an uppity dago in an expensive suit turning tricks for the unions. Nobody respects the unions anymore, Marty. They're dying. And no one respects you. The most you'll ever make of yourself is blowing men like me. Men with real power. Yes. I can smell the cock on your breath from here.]]
-->'''Marty Spinella:''' You think you can get under my skin?
-->'''Frank Underwood:''' I know I can.
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler: Season 6 ends with Claire killing Doug Stamper, the final guy who could have exposed her for the ruthless sociopath that she really is. On top of that, instead of meeting with, Janine, the final living reporter standing, trying to expose the Underwood's as a whole, Doug goes to the White House, lets Claire know who the conspirators of the assassination plot against her are: Seth, The Shelby Family, an Ex Vice President she burned, a Military General and others. And he does all of this before she kills him. Making this a complete victory for Claire, as she also got out from under the control of Frank Underwood, who was planning to send Doug Stamper to kill her after she betrayed him at the end of Season 5. Instead, Stamper kills him by giving him an overdose of his liver treatment pills to protect the Underwood legacy.]]

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-->'''Frank --->'''Frank Underwood:''' You know the difference between you and me, Marty?
-->'''Martin
Marty?\\
'''Martin
Spinella:''' What?
-->'''Frank
What?\\
'''Frank
Underwood:''' I'm a white-trash cracker from a white-trash town that no one would even bother to piss on. But here's the difference — I've made something of myself. I have the keys to the Capitol. People respect me. [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech But you, you're still nothing. You're just an uppity dago in an expensive suit turning tricks for the unions. Nobody respects the unions anymore, Marty. They're dying. And no one respects you. The most you'll ever make of yourself is blowing men like me. Men with real power. Yes. I can smell the cock on your breath from here.]]
-->'''Marty
]]\\
'''Marty
Spinella:''' You think you can get under my skin?
-->'''Frank
skin?\\
'''Frank
Underwood:''' I know I can.
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler: Season [[spoiler:Season 6 ends with Claire killing Doug Stamper, the final guy who could have exposed her for the ruthless sociopath that she really is. On top of that, instead of meeting with, with Janine, the final living reporter standing, trying to expose the Underwood's as a whole, Doug goes to the White House, lets Claire know who the conspirators of the assassination plot against her are: Seth, The Shelby Family, an Ex Vice President she burned, a Military General and others. And he does all of this before she kills him. Making this a complete victory for Claire, as she also got out from under the control of Frank Underwood, who was planning to send Doug Stamper to kill her after she betrayed him at the end of Season 5. Instead, Stamper kills him by giving him an overdose of his liver treatment pills to protect the Underwood legacy.]]



** Since season 5, [[spoiler: Claire does this as well]].

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** Since season 5, [[spoiler: Claire [[spoiler:Claire does this as well]].



** [[spoiler: The season 5 finale takes it up a notch, with Tom Yates being poisoned by Claire, Leann Harvey having an "unfortunate" car accident and Cathy Durant "falling" off the stairs into an unknown fate. Durant survives into season 6, however]].

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** [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The season 5 finale takes it up a notch, with Tom Yates being poisoned by Claire, Leann Harvey having an "unfortunate" car accident and Cathy Durant "falling" off the stairs into an unknown fate. Durant survives into season 6, however]].



** In season 5, after [[spoiler: an attempt at poisoning Claire to induce miscarriage is unsuccessful]], she calls Annette to let her know that:
---> '''Claire Underwood:''' You cunt. [[spoiler: It's a girl.]]

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** In season 5, after [[spoiler: an [[spoiler:an attempt at poisoning Claire to induce miscarriage is unsuccessful]], she calls Annette to let her know that:
---> '''Claire --->'''Claire Underwood:''' You cunt. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's a girl.]]



* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: Season 5 ramps up to what looks like a showdown between Frank and Claire. First five minutes of season 6, boom, Frank died before the first episode. Claire didn’t waste any time.]]

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* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: Season [[spoiler:Season 5 ramps up to what looks like a showdown between Frank and Claire. First five minutes of season 6, boom, Frank died before the first episode. Claire didn’t waste any time.]]



-->'''Frank Underwood''': He doesn't deserve a medal, he deserves to be taken outside and shot!

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-->'''Frank Underwood''': --->'''Frank Underwood:''' He doesn't deserve a medal, he deserves to be taken outside and shot!



-->'''Frank Underwood''': He's egregious. The man's a monster!

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-->'''Frank Underwood''': --->'''Frank Underwood:''' He's egregious. The man's a monster!



** When it looks like [[spoiler: Conway is going to win the election, Frank has Stamper spread the story of possible ICO attacks to force the governor of Ohio to close the polls early and thus prevent a winner being declared.]]

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** When it looks like [[spoiler: Conway [[spoiler:Conway is going to win the election, Frank has Stamper spread the story of possible ICO attacks to force the governor of Ohio to close the polls early and thus prevent a winner being declared.]]



--> '''Remy Danton:''' You like when it hurts?
--> '''Jackie Sharp:''' I killed a lot of people.
--> ''[{{Beat}}]''
--> '''Remy Danton:''' What.

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--> '''Remy -->'''Remy Danton:''' You like when it hurts?
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hurts?\\
'''Jackie Sharp:''' I killed a lot of people.
--> ''[{{Beat}}]''
-->
people.\\
''[{{Beat}}]''\\
'''Remy Danton:''' What.



--> "A great man once said, everything is about sex. Except sex. Sex is about power."

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--> "A -->'''Frank:''' A great man once said, everything is about sex. Except sex. Sex is about power."



* KilledOffScreen: [[spoiler: Frank Underwood is dead by the beginning of the Series Finale. In the beginning episodes, Frank is reported to have died of natural causes in his sleep in the white house next to Claire, but its later revealed that he was killed by Doug Stamper when he gave Frank an overdose of liver treatment pills to protect Claire and the Underwood legacy as a whole from any major scandal.]]

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* KilledOffScreen: [[spoiler: Frank [[spoiler:Frank Underwood is dead by the beginning of the Series Finale. In the beginning episodes, Frank is reported to have died of natural causes in his sleep in the white house next to Claire, but its it's later revealed that he was killed by Doug Stamper when he gave Frank an overdose of liver treatment pills to protect Claire and the Underwood legacy as a whole from any major scandal.]]



* LuxuryPrisonSuite: [[spoiler: Doug ends up in one in S6.]]

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* LuxuryPrisonSuite: [[spoiler: Doug [[spoiler:Doug ends up in one in S6.]]



** Much like Mattie, Zoe [[EngineeredPublicConfession records nasty material]], in this case Tom Hammerschmidt [[CountryMatters insulting her]]. [[spoiler: It's also a brilliant RedHerring for viewers of the ''UK'' show who think that it's meant to be {{Foreshadowing}} how Zoe will record Frank confessing to Russo's murder, just like Mattie did to Urquhart.]]

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** Much like Mattie, Zoe [[EngineeredPublicConfession records nasty material]], in this case Tom Hammerschmidt [[CountryMatters insulting her]]. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's also a brilliant RedHerring for viewers of the ''UK'' show who think that it's meant to be {{Foreshadowing}} how Zoe will record Frank confessing to Russo's murder, just like Mattie did to Urquhart.]]



** Both series' final episodes involve a statue being unveiled. Also, both final episodes involve the rather specific plot or reveal of a plot by Francis' closest ally to [[spoiler: have him killed to protect his legacy]].

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** Both series' final episodes involve a statue being unveiled. Also, both final episodes involve the rather specific plot or reveal of a plot by Francis' closest ally to [[spoiler: have [[spoiler:have him killed to protect his legacy]].



** The final shot of season five as Frank [[spoiler: calls now President Claire to check on the pardon she promised to give him. As the phone rings and she doesn't pick up, Frank's face sets as it starts to dawn on him that Claire may not be going through with her promise.]]

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** The final shot of season five as Frank [[spoiler: calls [[spoiler:calls now President Claire to check on the pardon she promised to give him. As the phone rings and she doesn't pick up, Frank's face sets as it starts to dawn on him that Claire may not be going through with her promise.]]



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: In Episode 28, Claire appears before a senate committee to get their nomination for the position she wants: United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Then she makes an off-handed statement about how "the US military is irrelevant" to a hypothetical situation. Senator Hector Mendoza twists Claire's words and rakes her over the coals and she tries to explain herself while he keeps talking over and interrupting her, until Claire loses her temper trying to get Mendoza to listen to her rather than continue grandstanding. Then we get the following:
-->'''Sen. Hector Mendoza''': [[BrutalHonesty The position you're being considered for requires calm, cool diplomacy. What concerns me even more than the military comment is your demeanor.]] [[ArmorPiercingQuestion Is this what we're to expect from our ambassador? A hothead?]] [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown Go ahead, Mrs. Underwood. I'm listening.]]

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
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In Episode 28, Claire appears before a senate committee to get their nomination for the position she wants: United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Then she makes an off-handed statement about how "the US military is irrelevant" to a hypothetical situation. Senator Hector Mendoza twists Claire's words and rakes her over the coals and she tries to explain herself while he keeps talking over and interrupting her, her until Claire loses her temper trying to get Mendoza to listen to her rather than continue grandstanding. Then we get the following:
-->'''Sen. --->'''Sen. Hector Mendoza''': Mendoza:''' [[BrutalHonesty The position you're being considered for requires calm, cool diplomacy. What concerns me even more than the military comment is your demeanor.]] [[ArmorPiercingQuestion Is this what we're to expect from our ambassador? A hothead?]] [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown Go ahead, Mrs. Underwood. I'm listening.]]



-->'''Claire''': You're a fool, Donald. You always were. You and your dumb, dead wife that you never, ever shut up about. Principled? Idealistic? A champion for the people? What did you ever actually do? Nothing. The great crusader? I don't think so. You just liked the position of the bumbling idiot that you are. The optimist. The idealist. You loved it so much that you couldn't even make a deal or move a single thing forward. You have a legacy of nothing.

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-->'''Claire''': --->'''Claire:''' You're a fool, Donald. You always were. You and your dumb, dead wife that you never, ever shut up about. Principled? Idealistic? A champion for the people? What did you ever actually do? Nothing. The great crusader? I don't think so. You just liked the position of the bumbling idiot that you are. The optimist. The idealist. You loved it so much that you couldn't even make a deal or move a single thing forward. You have a legacy of nothing.



** Episode 12 of Season 5. Frank announces before the [[spoiler: investigate committee and the watching press that he will resign the Presidency the next day.]]
** The season 5 finale: [[spoiler: Frank resigns to allow Claire to become President, expecting her to pardon him so he can work in the private sector. However, Claire refuses to pardon Frank who looks ready to go to jail. Claire then addresses the camera to declare it's "my turn."]]
* WhamShot: In the finale of Season 4 [[spoiler:Frank has his closing monologue to the audience only for Claire to look at Frank speaking and then, like him, [[BreakingTheFourthWall stare directly at the audience]].]]
** Season 5, Episode 11: While looking for Francis, Claire [[spoiler: suddenly turns to talk right to the camera, making it clear she's "always known you were there" but just hasn't cared enough to speak to it before now.]]
** In the finale of Season 5 [[spoiler: Now President Claire looks right at the camera to intone "My turn."]]

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** Episode 12 of Season 5. Frank announces before the [[spoiler: investigate [[spoiler:investigatation committee and the watching press that he will resign the Presidency the next day.]]
** The season 5 finale: [[spoiler: Frank [[spoiler:Frank resigns to allow Claire to become President, expecting her to pardon him so he can work in the private sector. However, Claire refuses to pardon Frank who looks ready to go to jail. Claire then addresses the camera to declare it's "my turn."]]
* WhamShot: WhamShot:
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In the finale of Season 4 [[spoiler:Frank has his closing monologue to the audience only for Claire to look at Frank speaking and then, like him, [[BreakingTheFourthWall stare directly at the audience]].]]
** Season 5, Episode 11: While looking for Francis, Claire [[spoiler: suddenly [[spoiler:suddenly turns to talk right to the camera, making it clear she's "always known you were there" but just hasn't cared enough to speak to it before now.]]
** In the finale of Season 5 [[spoiler: Now [[spoiler:Now President Claire looks right at the camera to intone "My turn."]]



--> ''"I've got to hand it to him! I wonder if this was his idea, 'cause it's almost something like ''I'' would do."''

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--> ''"I've --->'''Frank:''' I've got to hand it to him! I wonder if this was his idea, 'cause it's almost something like ''I'' would do."''


* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler: By the end scene, she has her finger poised to launch nukes, Doug’s dead body in the Oval Office, and a fairly psychotic break in front of the Russian President and White House staff. The Russian President’s prediction is most likely correct. She’ll get ousted from office, investigated for Doug’s murder, and dumped some place cushy and locked down.]]

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* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler: By [[spoiler:By the end scene, she Claire has her finger poised to launch nukes, Doug’s Doug's dead body in the Oval Office, and a fairly psychotic break in front of the Russian President and White House staff. The Russian President’s President's prediction is most likely correct. She’ll She will get ousted from office, investigated for Doug’s Doug's murder, and dumped some place cushy and locked down.]]


** Much like Mattie, Zoe [[EngineeredPublicConfession records nasty material]], in this case Tom Hammerschmidt [[CountryMatters insulting her]]. [[spoiler:It's also a brilliant RedHerring for viewers of the ''UK'' show who think that it's meant to be {{Foreshadowing}} how Zoe will record Frank confessing to Russo's murder, just like Mattie did to Urquhart.]]

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** Much like Mattie, Zoe [[EngineeredPublicConfession records nasty material]], in this case Tom Hammerschmidt [[CountryMatters insulting her]]. [[spoiler:It's [[spoiler: It's also a brilliant RedHerring for viewers of the ''UK'' show who think that it's meant to be {{Foreshadowing}} how Zoe will record Frank confessing to Russo's murder, just like Mattie did to Urquhart.]]


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** Both series' final episodes involve a statue being unveiled. Also, both final episodes involve the rather specific plot or reveal of a plot by Francis' closest ally to [[spoiler: have him killed to protect his legacy]].

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** A character named Claire having an affair with a character named Tom. (Of course, this could just be a coincidence.)

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* BrokenAesop: Probably not what the show intended, but... this is definitely not a “girls do it better” story. Frank crashes and burns after 65 episodes. Claire does it in eight; and champions an anti-male message the entire way down.

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* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler: By the end scene, she has her finger poised to launch nukes, Doug’s dead body in the Oval Office, and a fairly psychotic break in front of the Russian President and White House staff. The Russian President’s prediction is most likely correct. She’ll get ousted from office, investigated for Doug’s murder, and dumped some place cushy and locked down.]]

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** Zoe in spades. If you’re going to ask someone if they’re a murderer, and you think they did it, don’t do it in a dark alley, while they’re in disguise, around heavy machinery.

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