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  • Much of Chapter 8 of season 1, Frank is hanging around with his best friends from his school days. He is much more relaxed, not manipulative towards them, and even remembers one of them as a lover fondly. It is a short time, but from his surprise at their attendance to the ceremony in his honor for a donation he provided, drinking with them, to just singing a Capella with them many times over the course of the episode, viewers see a genuinely good side to Frank. It ends swiftly as a death knell at the end of the episode, but for the time of the episode, seeing this other side of Frank is really good.
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  • The latter part of Chapter 33 in Season 3 is about Frank and Claire rebuilding their love after it has suffered due to their careers. Frank stares at the Roosevelt memorials and Claire at a incredible Buddhist artwork while only thinking of each other. Frank even for once looks at the audience while completely uncaring about us. Then at the end of the episode Claire finally climbs into bed with Frank.
  • After leaving Freddy in the lurch last season, Frank is shocked to learn America Works set him up as a lowly dishwasher and offers him a job in the White House kitchen. Freddy requests a job outside instead, and Frank gladly complies.
  • After Claire destroys Frank's chances in South Carolina by leaking a picture of his father at a Ku Klux Klan meeting, Frank confronts her and finally brings up what viewers had likely been asking the whole episode: why would he keep such a photo around when doing so could mean risking a political scandal if someone got their hands on it? Because it's the one time he was actually proud of his father, for being willing to debase himself to such a level when it was the only way to put food on the table for his family.
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  • After finding out about it, Frank encourages Claire to maintain her fling with Thomas Yates, simply because he wants her to be happy in all aspects.
    Frank Underwood: He should stay on, because he can give you things that I can’t. Look, Claire, we’ve been a great team. But one person—one person cannot give everything to another person. I can’t travel with you. I don’t keep you warm at night. I don’t see you the way he sees you. It’s not my permission to give, but you’ll do what’s right for you. But I want you to know, if you wanted, I know you’ll be careful. And I’ll be fine. I mean, if we’re gonna go beyond marriage, let’s go beyond it.
  • Whenever Frank shows his more human side, it shows, like when he and Donald Blythe are talking at Meechum's grave. Frank genuinely appreciates how Blythe handled his time as acting president and offers to let him stay on the 2016 ticket as vice president. Admittedly, Frank only offers it because he knows Blythe will decline, but there's no real malice behind it, unlike all the other times he manipulates Blythe.
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  • In Season 5, Will Conway's friend giving Frank the recording of Will swearing and screaming at the pilot taking him to his next campaign stop. Unlike the other betrayals done on this show, it's not done out of revenge or envy or greed or lust for power. He betrays his friend because he sees Will breaking down under the pressure of the undecided election and the scheme to make his Vice President defacto leader, and decides to put him out of his misery for the sake of his mental health.
  • In Season 6, Doug finally reveals the reason he is so unbreakably loyal to Frank. When Doug was at a low point in his life, when all he had was his alcoholism, Frank took him in and got him dry.
    • He also listens to Frank's audio diaries later on. It's a remnant of him.
    • And the series finale shows how far Doug was willing to go for him. When Frank was plotting to murder Claire, he confided in Doug, assuming he'd do nothing but support him. But, even despite not quite getting along with Claire, Doug decided to instead kill him before he could do it because he wanted the legacy of Francis J. Underwood to not be tarnished by what he saw as an impulsive murder. Although it can be debated how much Frank himself would have wanted this, there is no denying Doug did it solely out of his unspeakable amount of respect for him. When he confesses this to Claire, the regret he has for having to do what he did really, really shows. And, when Claire doesn't acknowledge Frank's legacy, Doug stabs her in a fit of rage with Frank's letter opener. After realizing what he just did, he takes it out, only to have Claire stab him with it and kill him. This man died fighting for Frank. Truly loyal to the very end.

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