In this installment of “House of Cards” Season 3, Episode 4, “Chapter 30,” Pres. Frank Underwood sees a new threat to his power, while Claire is moving things around at the U.N. Find out what happened in the episode in the recap below.
The solicitor general, Heather Dunbar (Elizabeth Marvel), who last spoke to Pres. Underwood (Kevin Spacey) about de-classifying the drone strikes, is making good points before the Supreme Court justices. She is defending the strikes, which took place before the Underwood administration. As everyone watches, Frank gets to know that Dunbar has presidential ambitions. Worse, she has the family money to support her campaign as Dunbar is synonymous with military vehicles. In order to stop her from gunning for the top post, Pres. Underwood asks her over to the Oval Office to discuss a crucial matter.
One of the justices has been asked to retire (in the episode “Chapter 27”) following his Alzheimer’s diagnosis and Pres. Underwood relays this to Dunbar in confidence. He would like her to take his post. With little convincing, she says she’s much honored and accepts it.
However, there’s a problem. When Frank speaks to the concerned justice about accepting his retirement, he changes his tune and refuses to leave his post. Why? Doesn’t he want to save face? The president wonders. He says he will continue serving for as long as he can.
Later on, Frank catches a CNN breaking news where Dunbar officially announces her bid for the presidency. When she discusses this with an angry Pres. Underwood in his office, she reveals that she knows the judge isn’t going anywhere. As it turns out, the judge is a long-time friend of hers and she has long known he’s sick. What she wants to know is what Frank is up to. She doesn’t believe he has the interest of the sick justice at heart.
Meanwhile, Doug (Michael Kelly) and Gavin (Jimmi Simpson) are still in search of Rachel Posner (Rachel Brosnahan). Gavin goes to an AA meeting to speak with one of her friends based on information from Doug. It looks like he’s going to come here often to win the trust of this friend. At the FBI, Gavin still has no idea his computer is being mirrored and monitored and he’s been using this to look for Posner.
Doug, by the way, approaches Dunbar after he sees her announcing her candidacy on television. He wants to work for her. He’s no longer in touch with the Underwoods, anyway. Dunbar is skeptic but takes him in, in secret.
In Russia, a gay activist by name of Michael Corrigan has been arrested. This happened after Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) pushed for a U.N. resolution that alienated the comrades. To pacify the situation, Claire tries to iron out foreign relationships, while Frank organizes a press briefing. But then, he gets grilled by a reporter from Telegraph for his stand on gay rights. Seth Greyson (Derek Cecil) strips this reporter off her credentials. She’s banned from the White House.
Frank visits a bishop for some clarity, what with everything that is going on. He’s starting to have some doubts. He wants to understand what “justice” means. The priest lectures Pres. Underwood about the commandments and religion. Does he take anything from it?
The president asks the bishop to leave him alone in the church as he would like to “pray.” He actually spits on Jesus’ crucifix and the statue loses its balance and falls on the floor. The Secret Service rush to him, thinking someone attacked the president. But as it turns out, he’s fine. From the rubbles of the crucifix, he picks up Jesus ear and says towards the camera, “I’ve got God’s ear now.”
And there you have it, the recap for “House of Cards” Season 3 Episode 4 “Chapter 30.” The full third season is already streaming on Netflix since Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Keep following Movie News Guide (MNG) for more about this show.
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