What’s the best way to deal with problems? Forget about them, hide from them? Or confront them head on with all your might? As President, it’s near impossible to ignore any crisis, as Underwood states whilst indulging writer Tom about the lack of sleep that comes with the job. This episodes problem, well we could go so far as to say this entire season’s problem, has been Petrov. It’s blatantly obvious we are supposed to despise this Russian tyrant, but the perfectly evil performance given by Lars Mikkelsen just makes you want to applaud the man for being so malicious during desperate times.
If this episode had a title, it would definitely be ‘Sacrifices’. In order to eradicate the position Petrov has placed them in, Frank must abide to an ultimatum – he must remove his wife, from the position as U.S. Ambassador. It’s safe to say that this couple have had their ups and their downs throughout this season. Even their goodbye (which should be quite emotional considering Frank is about to fly through a no fly zone and possibly get shot down) seemed painfully rehearsed. This once so confident and self-assured couple are even finding it difficult to conceal exactly how they feel for each other even at times of dire need.