Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you haven’t seen House of Cards Season 2, Eps. 7 – 9.
“More than that. Let’s make him suffer.” — Claire Underwood
We’ve always known that being Frank’s enemy was dangerous, but being his friend isn’t looking like a great alternative.
As Frank and Tusk’s feud continued to heat up the collateral damage began. After failing to persuade Frank with business threats, Tusk moved onto to his personal life. Since the people Frank actually cares about is a short list, it meant Claire and Freddy bore the brunt of the attack.
With fairly little effort Tusk, through Remy, exposed Claire’s affair with the photographer Adam Galloway. And with equally as little effort the Underwoods managed to shoot them down. Oh sure, Adam gave them a little trouble and Tusk proved he’s willing to kill innocent men in his quest of destroying Frank, but in a war against Mr. Underwood, engaging Mrs. Underwood hardly seems unfair.
But what happened to Freddy most certainly was.
The second the idea of a Freddy’s BBQ Joint franchise was floated I sensed terrible things coming down the pipe for Frank’s only true friend. Sure enough, in his quest to hurt Frank as much as possible Tusk dug up Freddy’s criminal past and splashed it across the front pages. That, coupled with an idiot son, and Freddy not only lost the franchise deal, but his original storefront as well.
That blow was the first to really land on Frank, but despite a victory in a minor battle, Tusk has done nothing but enrage his adversary, and his equally dangerous wife, even more.
I have no idea what the Underwoods’ endgame is, but they appear to be succeeding at what they set out to do. They have wormed their way into a friendship with the president and first lady; Claire has managed plant the seed of marital discord into Tricia’s head; Frank got Feng to end his business affairs with Tusk and he managed to get the president’s chief of staff, Linda, to resign.
Still, Tusk is funneling money to the Republican Party in an attempt to flip the house majority, his henchman Remy is currently sleeping with the house majority whip and trusted Underwood confident, Jackie Sharp and Remy’s own henchman, Seth, quickly switched allegiance to Frank. It is a tangled web, but I have no doubt it will be unwoven masterfully.
These middle episodes of the season slowed down the pace considerably, but set the stage for a return to action in the back half of the season. The pieces have all been thrown into the air and now we get to see where they all land.
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