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House of Cards Season 4 Premiere Recap | Chapter 40

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House of Cards Season 4 Premiere Recap with Rob Cesternino and Zach Brooks covering Chapter 40


Rob Cesternino (@RobCesternino) and Zach Brooks (@BrooksZa)recap the season 4 premiere of the Netflix series, “House of Cards” starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.  Rob and Zach discuss the relationship between Claire and Frank in Chapter 40 and where the season might go.

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  • Laws

    Okay, I know a lot happened in this episode, but… who masturbates on their side?

    Thanks guys. You’re so good with your words.

  • Linus Wesley

    The preview podcast definitely got me excited for the new season after not having thought much about the show since last year. Very good premiere episode and I’m thankful you guys are recapping it; it really helps in giving each episode more weight when you get to hear other opinions and observations about what you’ve just seen, rather than just continuing straight to the next episode. I feel like I always say this, but the Netflix model really undermines the impact of their shows’ individual episodes.

    To me it really felt like Frank was coming off as more of an antagonist than he has before. It’s hard to root for the bully husband who dreams about violently beating up his wife, rather than her who is just trying to get away from him and creating something of her own. I do hope they get back together sooner rather than later, as their solid relationship and partnership in the first couple seasons was so fun.

    Great to see Doug back on the team and doing what he does so well. Hard to imagine that the whole Rachel thing won’t come back to hurt him though.

    I look forward to following your podcasting schedule rather than binge the whole season right away, so thanks for doing it like this!

  • David Lay

    Great job guys! You two def have all the best words. Regarding the timeline, you only need to go back to 2012 to see Iowa/New Hampshire take place before SOTU, so not that far off a reach at all. I think that if anything, they are using an amalgamation of 2012 and 2008 races (so comparisons to 2016 may be less useful). There seem to be a TON of parallels.

    • William Northrup

      Yes. There is no mandated date of the SOTU, except that the POTUS give it “from time to time” as stated in the Constitution (Article III, Sec ii.) Tradition has it around this time, but he could do it whenever.