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Chapter 7 (House of Cards)

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"Chapter 7"
House of Cards episode
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 7
Directed byCharles McDougall
Written byKate Barnow
Beau Willimon
Produced by
  • Karyn McCarthy
  • Keith Huff
Featured musicJeff Beal
Cinematography byEigil Bryld
Editing byMichelle Tesoro
Sidney Wolinsky
Production codeHOC-107
Original air dateFebruary 1, 2013 (2013-02-01)
Running time53 minutes
Episode chronology
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"Chapter 6"
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"Chapter 8"
List of House of Cards episodes

"Chapter 7" (or "Episode 107") is the seventh episode of the first season of the American political thriller drama series House of Cards. It premiered on February 1, 2013, when it was released along with the rest of the first season on the American streaming service Netflix.


President Walker (Michel Gill) finally signs the education bill, earning Frank (Kevin Spacey) a major victory by affording him great influence with Walker. Vice President Jim Matthews (Dan Ziskie) expresses discontent with Walker, feeling sidelined within the administration. Matthews further questions Russo's (Corey Stoll) ability to run for governor of Pennsylvania, the office Matthews previously occupied.

Doug (Michael Kelly) receives a letter from a prostitute named Rachel Posner (Rachel Brosnahan), who has previously been involved in Russo's DUI arrest. She asks for money and a place to live in order to keep her mouth shut. Frank turns his basement into Russo's de facto campaign headquarters while he continuously attends AA meetings with Doug. However, when confronting his past wrongdoings, Russo starts to have doubts about his campaign.

Frank contacts Christina (Kristen Connolly) to get back together with Russo and become his deputy campaign manager. Doug asks Nancy (Elizabeth Norment) to keep house Rachel until he finds a suitable place for Rachel. After not hearing from Frank for several weeks, Zoe texts him and asks his whereabouts. Frank tells her about Russo's campaign. She gives the scoop to Janine, who is considering leaving the Herald for Slugline. Frank visits Zoe's apartment and sees Lucas (Sebastian Arcelus) kissing her. Afterwards, Frank performs cunnilingus on Zoe while she is on the phone.


Following is the list of billed cast.

Main cast[edit]

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Elizabeth Norment as Nancy Kaufberger
  • Nathan Darrow as Edward Meechum
  • Constance Zimmer as Janine Skorsky
  • Karl Kenzler as Charles Holburn
  • Francie Swift as Felicity Holburn
  • Rachel Brosnahan as Rachel Posner
  • Larry Pine as Bob Birch
  • Suzanne Savoy as Patricia Whittaker
  • Tawny Cypress as Carly Heath
  • Kenneth Tigar as Walter Doyle
  • James Hindman as Nash Aarons
  • Chuck Cooper as Barney Hull
  • Curtiss Cook as Terry Womack


The episode received positive reviews from critics.[1][2] Ryan McGee of The A.V. Club said, "The show now has earned enough goodwill to not dismiss that plot out of hand, even if it feels designed to either pay off something in four episodes or utterly snatch defeat from the jaws of victory at precisely the same time. The show hasn’t had to get truly bloody when tying off loose ends yet." He further said, "it’s probably time for the show to introduce some truly life-or-death stakes for this to move beyond interesting television into something truly compelling."[3]


  1. "House of Cards (2013): Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
  2. "Netflix's 'House of Cards' Earns Rave Reviews, CEO Reed Hastings Promises Hollywood Takeover". International Business Times. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
  3. McGee, Ryan (September 12, 2016). "House Of Cards: "Chapter 7"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved January 25, 2014.

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