Last episode I was left with the biggest shocker of the season. Zoe Barnes becomes Frank Underwood’s mistress!! No way! What an unlikely couple or whatever we can consider it. I expected them to be more like father and daughter, but they are more like the Lion and the Sheep. On the contrary, Zoe’s confidence is becoming more powerful. She has this new found fire burning insider her, that seems to come out 100% with the help of her lion, Frank. Zoe is now a “powerful sheep” and I can wait to see how this affair plays out, whether it is good or bad.
Claire: The reporter?
C: Just this once
F: I’m not sure
C: What does she offer us?
F: A mouthpiece when we need one.
C: What does she want?
F: Access. A seat at the table.
C: Sound’s like she’s getting the better end of the bargain.
F: She can be controlled
C: Are you sure.
F: She can. I promise you.
C: Okay. If you say so.
F: The moment you want me to end it –
C: I know Francis.
*smirks at each other*
C: I should get ready for work
For Claire to seemingly be “okay” with Frank’s new adulterous adventure makes me wonder, “what are these two REALLY up too?!” Once I watched it again, and wrote it out. I started to dissect the lines for better understanding. It reveals so much with so little said. Claire asking what does she have to offer to “US”. Us as in their plan of rising to the top, or US can even represent U.S. (United States) and Zoe’s contribution to knocking down the house. Frank also says Zoe can be controlled, confirming my whole idea that Zoe is his sheep, his puppet.
Sometimes Frank comes off as an enabler for the underdogs. He wants them to be successful, at the top of the food chain. Then again, there is only one person who should really gain from this and that is him. One of many examples is Peter. He is the congressman whose career was on the line for his DUI arrest. Frank saved him from becoming the News’ latest scandal. Now Peter is Frank’s new protégé. He is lead to believe, by Frank of course, he is in the runs to become governor as long as he gets himself clean. Estimating a month passes when Chapter 6 comes around, Peter is now clean and more than determined to be governor. “Will he wither or will he thrive?”
For some reason, as I was writing I thought about Frank saying “Friends make the worse enemies” and I thought of his mistress. Although she appears weak at times because I’m a viewer, I still won’t under estimate her. She knows so much! Will this come to her eventual downfall or rise. Will she wither or will she thrive? Will she become so vicious that not even Frank Underwood can control her? That’s probably what happened with the old protégé, who wants to help Claire’s charity, but Frank can’t even trust him enough to allow this to happen.
During these two episodes Frank and Marty, education lobbyist, are really going head to head. During their news debate, Frank messes up during his spiel on an apology he refuses to give. His mishap turns into an auto-tuned internet sensation, like most news reports (hence Antoine Dobson’s Hide Yo Kids, Hide Yo Wives and Sweet Brown’s Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That).
When this show takes turns and twist, they are sharp. Not one thing can top the punch Marty gives to the oh-so conniving Frank. He had said before he knew how to push Marty’s buttons and he sure did push it! With that punch, came victory.
One thing I still could not figure out was the symbolism behind the $20 bill Claire gave the man who appears homeless. During their second encounter, the man flicks a $20 bill folded into a small bird. I guess I’ll just have to find out next chapter.
(Side note: Is this show sponsored by Apple?)