In “House of Cards” Season 3 Episode 7 “Chapter 33,” after their monumental quarrel, Claire and Frank settle their differences by renewing their vows in the same church where they first married. Find out what happened in this episode in the recap below.
The episode opens with Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and his wife Claire (Robin Wright) standing before a priest to renew their vows. Claire’s hair is of a different color. It was now in the exact color of when she was Frank’s young bride several years ago. The wedding is also different as it takes place with just them, the priest and some secret service guys as witnesses. They’re in a small church. In fact, it’s the church they Underwoods got married before.
Then the scene cuts to “a month ago,” to a time when Frank was so pissed off at Claire for her stunt in Russia (in the episode “Chapter 32”). The couple is icy towards each other. Frank asks his wife if she could at least smile when they get their portraits done. Even the photographer can sense the animosity. It’s so awkward.
One night, Frank is having drinks with his biographer Thomas Yates (Paul Sparks) at the residence. Claire comes out of her room to scold them for being so noisy. She calmly but firmly tells Frank to ask Yates to leave. Why is he inviting strangers to the residence? He should know better. When Claire is pissed, Frank has no choice but to obey. So, he and Yates move over to his study. He tells him that things haven’t been good for the first lady lately. Yates informs the president he’s not going to put this in his memoir though.
Frank visits the memorial to FDR. It’s the late president’s birthday and Pres. Underwood wants to pay his respects. He spots the statue of FDR’s wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, and there, Frank seems to have an epiphany. He needs to make amends with his wife, thus the push to renew their vows. Will this heal the marriage?
Fast forward to one month and reporters follow the president around for this trip, which is a largely a day of commemoration. But the press was not allowed to watch the first couple get married. The Telegraph journalist Kate Baldwin (Kim Dickens) approaches Yates and wonders why he’s getting preferential treatment. Is he writing a book about the President?
As Claire leaves the president for her own trip to the U.N. in New York, Frank’s convoy arrives at the Underwood’s very first house somewhere in South Carolina. He shares to Yates the story of how they got this house. He also sheds some bits and pieces of their life together as a young political match made in heaven.
When Yates confessed to Frank that he didn’t actually write his best-selling book in the beginning (it was started out by a friend, who died before he could even finish), Frank becomes disillusioned. It is hinted that Pres. Underwood became so disappointed with Yates. He is relegated to sit with the rest of the press in their bus during the whole tour. There will be no more riding with the Underwoods in the armored car for him.
Meanwhile, the persistence of Gavin Orsay (Jimmi Simpson) pays off as he has solid leads of Rachel in New Mexico. He has a picture and shows this to Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly), who remarks that she seems to look different. As part of his deal, Gavin asks Doug for a passport so he can finally leave town. He suspects someone is after him. It was based on the funny activities on his computer. But Doug doesn’t give this to him yet.
Doug, by the way, is feeling rejected by his therapist as he learns she is leaving for Seattle pretty soon. What? He’s just starting to become quite fond of her. He goes to her farewell party though and later ends up having sex with her. In the morning, however, she tells Doug that they cannot see each other anymore.
Back in the White House, Pres. Underwood addresses the nation over the radio on the anniversary of the Social Security bill that FDR passed eighty years ago. The president said that it’s time to make changes with this and pushes for America Works. He also tells Claire about funding she needs for the peacekeeping efforts in Israel. Claire does her bid as well in New York with the Israeli ambassador. He made a disparaging remark at the first lady, but she replies back with grace and grit. Power couple indeed!
While this is going on, there are Tibetan monks executing a ritual involving the sand mandala, which they believe could aid in healing. Frank chances upon them before he left for his trip, but when he got back, they’re already gone. He missed the ceremony of how they intricately created and deconstructed the sand mandala. But he gets a photo of it from his staff, which he leaves by Claire’s bed. When she arrives from New York and sees this, she knocks on Frank’s bedroom. That night, the two cuddle in bed together.
That’s what happened on “House of Cards” Season 3 Episode 7 “Chapter 33.” Since Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, the show’s full season may already be streamed on Netflix. Keep following Movie News Guide (MNG) for more about this show.
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