House of Cards recap: ‘Chapter 47’ – Entertainment Weekly

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Things are definitely starting to heat up on House of Cards now that Will Conway knows exactly the type of political game the Underwoods play. He may have underestimated them at first, showing some of that arrogance Frank calls him out on, but now he’s fighting back strategically, looking at the bigger picture and hoping to take the Underwoods down.

That’s made immediately clear when the episode opens on the Conways having a meeting with Thomas Yates, the author who followed the Underwoods around last season in the hopes of writing a book about them. Their proposal is simple: they want Yates to publish his book before the election if it makes the Underwoods look bad. In exchange, Hannah offers him connections, the cover of Vanity Fair, and a number of high-profile media pieces to get his name out there. Essentially, they’ll make his book an instant bestseller.

Back at the White House, Frank has approached Sen. Dean Austin about being his running mate. Austin is approved by the Democratic leadership, namely because he’s a known supporter of the NRA, balancing of the anti-gun views of the Underwoods. Frank isn’t too enthused about him, giving a middle finger right to the camera to get his feelings across clearly, but it’s clear Austin is just a pawn in something bigger, so Frank gives him the offer: if he stands behind Claire’s gun bill, he becomes the running mate.

Austin accepts, and Frank brings him into a meeting to discuss further details. At that exact time, Claire strategically walks reporter Kate Baldwin by the meeting so that she can see Austin in the room with Frank. The Democratic leadership say they don’t want news of Austin getting out just yet, but clearly the Underwoods have other plans.

Meanwhile, Claire’s gun bill is moving ahead strongly. They’ve secured data from Aidan, who gets a fun little moment of crazy shirtless dancing in this episode — you do you, Adian — and are using it to set up robocalls recorded by Claire that urge citizens and members of Congress to pass the gun bill that would require background checks on all firearms purchases. As usual, Claire delivers quite the performance.

As for Yates, he’s smart enough to know not to commit to the Conways right away. Instead, he brings an excerpt of the book to Doug Stamper and tells him that he wants a meeting with the Underwoods. He gives Doug one week to set it up, otherwise he publishes the book with the help of the Conways. I really liked Yates as a character last season, so I’m glad he’s back and muddying the waters for everybody.

When Frank reads the excerpt he knows that he and Claire have to get Yates on their side, but he also admires the man a bit. Both Frank and Claire admit that he’s perceptive, and both say they felt like he truly “saw” them during the time they all spent together. Getting Yates on their side is about more than blocking the publication of the book; it’s about getting another like-minded person on their side.

NEXT: Officer Tom

House of Cards recap: ‘Chapter 47’ – Entertainment Weekly