In “House of Cards” Season 3 Episode 8 “Chapter 34,” the worst is about to happen. A hurricane is approaching the East Coast and Pres. Underwood is forced to make a very difficult call. Find out what happened in this episode in the recap below.
This episode has narrations done by the journalist Kate Baldwin (Kim Dickens) and the president’s biography writer Thomas Yates (Paul Sparks). It follows two different perspectives. Baldwin narrates the story based on her criticisms of Pres. Underwood (Kevin Space ,nd Yates reads part of the passages of the book he’s writing for him. Interestingly, Baldwin and Yates also spark a romantic dalliance together.
There is a hurricane brewing in the East Coast. It may rise to a Category 4 intensity so everyone has to prepare for this. The damage may be substantial, which means that the government needs to release millions of dollars for its operations. But it should be recalled that the president took money from FEMA’s budget in order to finance his America Works project (in the episode “Chapter 31”). So, where do they get the funding now?
After a meeting with government officials, it’s decided that they will release $10 billion to cover for emergency funds. But in exchange for this, Pres. Underwood will have to give up America Works. Defunding his program would mean starting back to zero. Millions of Americans who’ve been employed through AmWorks will have to be unemployed. The president has less than 24 hours to sign the bill to agree to all the terms.
One person who will be affected by this is Freddy (Reg E. Cathey). He is one of the president’s oldest friend, who, in the last season, had to give up his restaurant. He’s a beneficiary of America Works in Washington and has started working as a dishwasher in a restaurant. But he’s later told by his employer that he may be out of a job soon, should this storm gain traction.
The president invites Freddy to the White House and offers him a job as a kitchen staff. If only Frank can do this for the thousands of other people America Works has helped, then he wouldn’t be in this bind. Freddy is grateful but asks to work as a groundskeeper instead.
Meanwhile, campaigning presidential hopefuls Heather Dunbar (Elizabeth Marvel) and Jackie Sharp (Molly Walker) agree to hold off their political agenda in the wake of the storm. In a joint statement to the press, the two ladies call on Americans to donate to Red Cross instead. Before they did this, however, the president already knows of their plans. Doug (Michael Kelly), who’s been working for Dunbar, tips him about the two ladies’ meeting. He wants it known that Jackie, who’s supposed to be aligned with the president, is making her own calls. Can she be trusted?
At the U.N., Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) succeeds in letting Russia send troops to help with their peacekeeping efforts. They’re finally cooperating, but she cannot marvel at this victory yet, when the president is still stressing over the hurricane and his AmWorks deal. As the storm nears the coastline, he affixes his signature on the bill that would allow the release of funds, but in effect, kill his own project. Frank goes to sleep tired and in despair.
But by some miracle, Frank wakes up the next morning to good weather. The storm shifted. It will no longer make landfall. American lives and livelihood are spared. But Frank realizes that he has already signed the bill and cannot take it back.
But he’s not disheartened. Instead, he sets his track to a different motion. With the people finally seeing how important America Works is, Pres. Underwood puts the candidacy card on the table. He’s going to make it public that he’s running and he’s going to bring back America Works if he’s elected.
There you go with the recap of “House of Cards” Season 3 Episode 8 “Chapter 34.” The episode is already streaming on Netflix along with the rest of the third season since Feb. 27, 2015. Keep following Movie News Guide (MNG) for more about this show.
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