Someone Please Explain “House of Cards” Episode 8 To Me



Here’s what I don’t get–up until this episode, Frank is 100% aware that we’re watching him and is willing to turn to us and let us know exactly what he’s thinking. He does this with no shame. In fact, he usually seems very proud of himself.

So does he think our magic camera doesn’t work outside of the Beltway? We’re going to accept the revelation that he messed around with one of his best friends in college and he doesn’t feel the need to explain himself to us? That doesn’t seem like something a Congressman from South Carolina would let people know about without at least trying to spin.

Is it that we’re getting to see the true Frank for the first time, so he feels he doesn’t have to explain himself? Seems unlikely. Beltway Frank is who he wants us to see.

I think it would have been much more true to the show for the relationship to be alluded to with a simple gesture or look that we see, even though we weren’t supposed to. Maybe once he’s aware that we’ve seen it he jumps back into Beltway Frank mode to explain what we just saw? Dunno.

This episode was good when focusing on Russo and Claire, but I had to watch episode 9 the same day just to let them get some redemption.

Finally in E9 something that seemed pretty obvious to me from the beginning was realized by the show–there’s absolutely no reason for Zoe to have carnal interest in Frank.

Attracted to his power and prestige? Don’t think so. People that are attracted to that kind of stuff aren’t content to live in apartments like hers.

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  • Please don’t assume that “there’s absolutely no reason” for a young woman to have carnal interest in a man who looks like Frank. Everyone has their own tastes and it’s erasing a lot of people’s experiences to state that only young, fit people can be considered attractive.

    Certainly seems like Zoe was never attracted to him, though, which sucks – I thought she was at the beginning and I was disappointed to learn that she hadn’t been enjoying the affair at all. Jesus, that’s awful.

    • sadcox

      I get it that a young woman could be interested in Frank; not because of his looks necessarily, but it would make sense because of his power and position.

      It just never made sense that *Zoe* would be interested in him.

      Turns out, she wasn’t–she was just using him. So maybe we were supposed to be wondering the whole time why a girl like her would be attracted to him. It never made sense to me. It has nothing to do with looks/youth/fitness. It just seemed like someone with her personality would be repulsed by his personality/character.