Merciless Statecraft

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Netflix white house drama House of Cards bagged 13 Emmy nominations this year and is available here.

Fight Club director David Fincher will be looking for his second golden winged lady holding an atom.

Cards enjoyed five Outstanding Guest Actor/Actress noms this year alone.

Rottentomatoes: 84%

Metacritic: 76

IMDb: 9.0

Emmys: 6 wins 46 nominations

***SPOILERS AHEAD***



Frank Underwood, Netflix, House of Cards

Francis J. Underwood

Congressman Underwood is a Democratic Majority Whip in the House of Representatives, where he has represented South Carolina’s 5th congressional district since 1990.

Frank is passed over by President Garrett Walker for Secretary of State.  As a result he commissions the services of a reporter Zoe Barnes and puts Congressman Pete Russo in his pocket in order to start fracturing Walker’s grip on the presidency.

Frank leans on Pennsylvania Rep. Peter Russo after saving him from a DUI incident and exploiting his proclivities.  Frank uses his leverage over Russo to push him forward as a candidate for governor of Pennsylvania.

Russo is derailed in his political efforts by an enticing and strategically planted prostitute Rachel Posner who causes him to relapse and ruin his shot at Governor.

Frank leaves Peter passed out drunk in a car with the ignition on.  The authorities determine he committed suicide.  Vice President Jim Matthews floats himself as a replacement runner for Governor of his home state of Pennsylvania.


Quote1And now Jim Matthews comes to the fore though he doesn’t know it yet.  He will find solace in his beloved Pennsylvania, though Peter Russo will find solace nowhere.  It only takes ten seconds to crush a man’s ambitions.  I need to take care I protect mine.Quote2 — Frank Underwood


Frank assumes the position of Vice President of the United States.  Zoe Barnes starts digging into Pete Russo’s demise and meets her own as a result.

Soon after, Frank is able to orchestrate president Walkers impeachment through an investigation into Chinese money laundering through political super PAC’s.

Xander Feng implicates the president’s trusted adviser Raymond Tusk in laundering Chinese money.  Tusk admits in court that President Walker knew about the money laundering.  Walker resigns pending impeachment.

Underwood succeeds him as President of the United States.


“The road to power is paved with hypocrisy… and casualties.  Never regret.” — Frank Underwood

“Exile.  I’ve managed to isolate the president from everyone.  Including myself.” — Frank Underwood

“And Doug, let’s make sure we’re airtight on everything else.  No Achilles heel.” — Frank Underwood

Quote1Cry ‘Havoc!’ said he who fought chaos with chaos, and let slip the dogs of war.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

“Garrett’s in trouble.  He needs to appear resolute.  We’re only as strong as the president we serve.  We have to rescue him.” — Frank Underwood

“All right.  Let’s say that what the president has accused me of…. is true.  Would that be so bad, if taken to it’s conclusion?  Wouldn’t you stand to benefit?  Wouldn’t the country?” — Frank Underwood

“That is not a scenario I’m going to entertain.” — Frank Underwood


Frank’s efforts as POTUS mainly revolve around his America Works bill that reduces entitlement.


“Entitlements are bankrupting us.” — Frank Underwood

Quote1We have to do the things that people won’t like.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

Quote1Because I will not be seeking the Democratic nomination in 2016.  Candidates are cautious.  They must equivocate.  They dodge and tiptoe.  But I’d rather leave this office having accomplished something of value than secure another four years having done nothing at all.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

Roosevelt once said : “This country demands bold, persistent experimentation.”

“It is common sense to take a method and try it.  And if it fails, admit it frankly and try another.  But above all try something.

Quote1If America works succeeds, we will reinvent the American dream.  If we fail in our attempt, we will admit it frankly and try another.  But above all, we must try something.  Thankyou, and God bless the United States of America.Quote2 — Frank Underwood


Frank gives Claire a job as a UN ambassador but she is forced to resign in order to solve a diplomatic crisis involving Russian president Viktor Petrov.

Frank catches a bullet in the gut from Lucas Goodwin as retribution for Zoe Barnes.  Secret Service member Edward Meechum is fatally wounded but slays the assailant.

The bullet shatters Frank’s liver and he is transplanted a new one with the assistance of Doug Stamper.

Dunbar drops out of the race due to her correspondence with would-be-assassin Lucas Goodwin.

“I said you were nothing.  In the oval, without me.  It’s the other way around.” — Frank Underwood

Frank emerges from a coma with a new perspective and begins planning on putting his dear wife Claire on the same ticket in the upcoming election.

Former Washington Herald editor Tom Hammerschmidt begins digging into the passing of one Zoe Barnes.


Frank Underwood, Netflix, House of Cards

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

4 consecutive nominations: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

Frank Underwood, Netflix, House of Cards

“There are two kinds of pain : the sort of pain that makes you strong, or useless pain, the sort of pain that’s only suffering.” — Frank Underwood

Quote1I have no patience for useless things.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

Quote1I’ve always loathed the necesssity of sleep.  Like death, it puts even the most powerful men on their backs.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

“I won’t leave one of my own bleeding in the field.” — Frank Underwood

“Claire.  I value your opinion.  I just don’t agree with it this time.” — Frank Underwood

“Sometimes I think the presidency is the illusion of choice.” — Frank Underwood

“We’re setting a lot of precedents, Marty.  That’s the nature of reform.” — Frank Underwood

Quote1I’ll sing for my supper, sir.  I don’t expect it for free.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

Quote1I have had to fight for everything my entire life.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

“The president wants to nominate a multi-billionaire in a struggling economy?  He’ll alienate half the country.” — Frank Underwood

Quote1There is no solace above or below.  Only us — small, solitary, striving, battling one another.  I pray to myself, for myself. Quote2 — Frank Underwood

“This is politics.  There are seized opportunities and missed opportunities.  Seize this one, Peter.” — Frank Underwood

“Tusk understands the difference between power and money.  That’s precisely what makes him dangerous.  He doesn’t measure his wealth in private jets, but purchased souls.  I’ve worked too hard to get within arm’s reach of the prize only to have my hand cut off just before I seize it.” — Frank Underwood

“I don’t shackle myself to people I don’t know.” — Frank Underwood

“A smart man once said to me that speculation is a poor form of politics.” — Frank Underwood

“If he doesn’t deliver I’m an invader without an army.  If he does I’ve got a fighting chance.” — Frank Underwood

“We’ll just put this behind us just like we’ve always done.” — Frank Underwood

“Presidents who obsess over history obsess about their place in it, instead of forging it.” — Frank Underwood

“If it’s anything I’m sure its innocuous.  Nothing we can’t weather.  But my bet is they’re bluffing.  Just to make us paranoid.” — Frank Underwood

“We can be dangerous too.  When we need to be.” — Frank Underwood

Quote1Even Achilles was only as strong as his heel.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

“There’s no better way to overpower a trickle of doubt than with a flood of naked truth.  This is why the education bill was so important.  It bought me influence precisely when I needed it most.” — Frank Underwood

“I can’t compete with Sancorp’s warchest.  My only option is asymmetrical.  To pick off the opposition one by one like a sniper in the woods.” — Frank Underwood

“As we used to say in Gaffney: never slap a man while he’s chewing tobacco.” — Frank Underwood

“All right, let’s not get bogged down in abstractions let’s deal with specifics.” — Frank Underwood

“But more importantly, ruthless pragmatism.” — Frank Underwood

“For those of us climbing to the top of the food chain there can be no mercy.  There is but one rule: hunt or be hunted.” — Frank Underwood

“Sir you have placed your faith in me thus far I would ask that you continue to do so.” — Frank Underwood

“To improve is to change.  To perfect is to change often.” — Frank Underwood

“If we never did anything we shouldn’t do, we’d never feel good about the things we should.” — Frank Underwood

“Oh that’s a charming use of party funds.” — Frank Underwood

“Well I can’t argue with basic arithmetic.” — Frank Underwood

“No.  I revised the parameters of my promise.” — Frank Underwood

“It requires very little of me and will mean the world to him.  It’s a very inexpensive investment.” — Frank Underwood

“What you have to understand about my people is that they are a noble people.  Humility is their form of pride.  It is their strength, it is their weakness, and if you can humble yourself before them, they will do anything you ask.” — Frank Underwood

Quote1Ruthless pragmatism, right?Quote2 — Frank Underwood

“You start me off from funding from the D.N.C. and I’ll raise an army around this guy.  I will personally oversee his campaign.” — Frank Underwood

“Well you don’t strike me as someone who shies away from a challenge.” — Frank Underwood

“No writer worth his salt can resist a good story.  Just as no good politician can resist making promises he can’t keep.” — Frank Underwood

“What’s better than a blank slate in the right hands?” — Frank Underwood

“I can use a light touch and give him the respect he deserves.” — Frank Underwood

“There may be a way to turn Linda’s bad luck into my good fortune.  But first I must deal with treason within the ranks — the two renegades who voted against the bill.  I have zero tolerance for betrayal, which they will soon indelibly learn.” — Frank Underwood

“Not an easy thing to say no to the most powerful man in the free world.  But sometimes the only way to gain your superior’s respect is to defy him.” — Frank Underwood

“How quickly poor grades are forgotten in the shadow of power and wealth.” — Frank Underwood

Quote1I hate being kept in the dark.  Waiting.  Speculating.  Useless.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

Quote1Vigilance.  It’s good for the soul.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

“That’s right, we don’t submit to terror. We make the terror.” — Frank Underwood

“We’re grooming him, sir.” — Frank Underwood

“You think we’re being disingenuous?” — Frank Underwood

“As I suspected.” — Frank Underwood

Quote1Whatever it is your grappling with, I’m sincerely not interested.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

“People love an underdog Linda, and people love someone who stands up after they’ve fallen.  Combine those two it’s a very powerful narrative.  All of our polling indicates this is gonna work.” — Frank Underwood

“I realize that I sometimes think out of the box, but the last time I did we signed the education bill.” — Frank Underwood

“Oh, please.  I don’t punish people for making adult decisions.” — Frank Underwood

“We’ve served each other’s purpose.  If she want’s to be an adult, let her see how she can fly once she leaves the nest.” — Frank Underwood

“Only total victory will put me back in his good graces.  The alternative is exile, which would mean the last five months were for nothing.  I cannot abide falling back to square one.” — Frank Underwood

“Patricia Whittaker D.N.C. Chair.  A rare example of someone whose head is in the game instead of up their backside.  Competence is such an exotic bird in these woods that I appreciate it whenever I see it.” — Frank Underwood

“Love of family.  Most politicians are permanently chained to that slogan — family values.  But when you cozy up to hookers and I find out, I will make that hypocrisy hurt.” — Frank Underwood

“Well, this is what professional feels like.” — Frank Underwood

“There is a middle-ground here Marty we just have to find it.” — Frank Underwood

“Marty do not start a war you know you’re gonna lose.” — Frank Underwood

Quote1Rebellion on all fronts: Claire, Zoe, Russo.  I must not lost my resolve.  I will march forward, even if I have to do so… alone.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

Quote1Friends make the worst enemies.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

“I’m sure you’ve done splendid work, but unfortunately it can’t come to fruition.” — Frank Underwood

“I got the count wrong.  It rarely happens but it happens.” — Frank Underwood

Quote1Politics.  There’s forces bigger than either of us at play here.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

“I sympathize that this is gonna be difficult for you.  And I don’t know how yet, but I will make it up to you, Peter.” — Frank Underwood

“I’m a powerful friend to have right now.  Perhaps your only friend.  So don’t defy me.” — Frank Underwood

“You know I don’t like to be managed.” — Frank Underwood

Quote1I must walk three miles a day around that capitol.  I’m constantly on my feet.  And do you know how many calories the brain burns?Quote2 — Frank Underwood

“It’s not a deal, it’s an opportunity.” — Frank Underwood

“Information is a two way street miss Barnes.” — Frank Underwood

“You may despise me Orrin.  But the classy thing to do would’ve been to invite us up for some of that iced tea.” — Frank Underwood

Quote1I’m the whip.  It’s my job to know.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

“We’re in the same boat now, Zoe.  Take care not to tip it over I can only save one of us from drowning.” — Frank Underwood

“There’s a better way to handle this.” — Frank Underwood

“Insecurity bores me.” — Frank Underwood

“When you make someone Secretary of State they owe you a lot.” — Frank Underwood

“That was her trying to take credit for my idea.  Advice she wouldn’t take from me — unacceptable.  I will not allow her to sell my goods when she cuts me out of the profits.” — Frank Underwood

Quote1Nobody’s a boy scout.  Not even boyscouts.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

“Such a waste of talent.  He chose money over power–in this town, a mistake nearly everyone makes.  Money is the McMansion in Sarasota that starts falling apart after ten years.  Power is the old stone building that stands for centuries.  I cannot respect someone who doesn’t see the difference.” — Frank Underwood

“Linda I’ve worked with four presidents.  Setbacks are a dime a dozen with a bill of this size.” — Frank Underwood

Quote1Talk to me when I’ve solved the problem don’t waste my time when I’m working on solving the problem.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

“Garret is a smart man, he knows what he’s doing.” — Frank Underwood

Quote1Don’t be flattered, I read everything.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

Quote1I’ve led a very long very successful career avoiding this sort of intrigue with the press.  I can’t see any advantage in starting now.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

Quote1Words matter very much miss Barnes you should care more about them, given your profession.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

“I hope you’ll understand that I wanna sleep on all this.  I never make such big decisions so long after sunset and so far from dawn.” — Frank Underwood

“Do I have absolute autonomy and authority on this?” — Frank Underwood

Quote1You might very well think that, I couldn’t possibly comment.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

“I didn’t.  I don’t.  I don’t trust anyone.” — Frank Underwood

Quote1Do the math, miss Barnes.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

“There are two types of vice presidents: doormats and matadors. Which do you think I intend to be?” — Frank Underwood

Quote1Power is a lot like real estate.  It’s all about location, location, location.  The closer you are to the source, the higher your property value.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

Quote1Moments like this require someone who will act, who will do the unpleasant thing, the necessary thing.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

“You did what needed to be done and that’s why I chose you Jackie.” — Frank Underwood

“President-elect Garrett Walker.  Do I like him?  No.  Do I believe in him?  That’s beside the point.  Any politician that gets 70 million votes has tapped into something larger than himself, larger than even me as much as I hate to admit it.  And look at that winning smile, those trusting eyes.  I latched onto him early and made myself vital.  After 22 years in congress, I can smell which way the wind is blowing.” — Frank Underwood

“For some, it’s simply the size of the chair.” — Frank Underwood

“But more important than that, she’s as tough as a two-dollar steak.” — Frank Underwood

Quote1When it comes to the White House you not only need the keys in your back pocket.  You need the gatekeeper.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

“Good.  Progress.  Iron’s in the fire.” — Frank Underwood

Quote1As for me, I’m just a lowly house majority whip.  I keep things moving in a congress choked by pettiness and lassitude.  My job is to clear the pipes and keep the sludge moving.  But I won’t have to be a plumber much longer.  I’ve done my time.  I backed the right man.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

Quote1We’ll have a lot of nights like this — makings plans, very little sleep.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

“Give and take.  Welcome to Washington.” — Frank Underwood

Quote1I wanted the solution first.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

Quote1Look at the bigger picture here.  I’m asking.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

“Perhaps she’s making the mistake of thinking her time is as valuable as mine.  Proximity to power deludes some into believing they wield it.  I put an end to that sort of thinking before it begins.” — Frank Underwood

“I’m juggling the President, the Republicans, Tusk.  I can’t…” — Frank Underwood

Quote1That’s how you devour a whale Doug, one bite at a time.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

Quote1No, no.  It’s more than that.  Take a step back.  Look at the bigger picture.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

“The nature of promises Linda, is that they remain immune to changing circumstances.” — Frank Underwood

“I know.  Hubris.  Ambition.” — Frank Underwood

Quote1It doesn’t matter how it happened.  We can’t make it unhappen so we have to adapt.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

“What a martyr craves more than anything is a sword to fall on.  So you sharpen the blade, hold it at just the right angle.  And then 3, 2, 1…” — Frank Underwood

“Imagination is its own form of courage.” — Frank Underwood

Quote1I don’t want to assume.  I want to know.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

“We’re flying full throttle into a hurricane and you’re talking office politics instead of focusing on making sure we don’t get ripped apart.” — Frank Underwood

“Cancel everything.  Stamper you’re with me.” — Frank Underwood

Quote1“I’m saying it’s a question worth asking.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

“Now, look… they’ve done us a great favor, Doug.  We are no longer bound by allegiances.  We serve no one.” — Frank Underwood

Quote1From the lion’s den to a pack of wolves.  When you’re fresh meat, kill and throw them something fresher.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

“I didn’t strong arm Peter I advised him to trade in a losing hand for a winning one.” — Frank Underwood

“He made allies out of enemies.  That’s a very valuable thing in congress.” — Frank Underwood

Quote1There can be no false steps now.  The higher up the mountain, the more treacherous the path.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

Quote1I just hate this small-ball crap.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

Quote1Eventually I’ll have to rewrite the bill myself.  Forward!  That is the battle cry.  Leave ideology to the armchair generals.  It does me no good.Quote2 — Frank Underwood

“This is business.  Keep your sob story to yourself.” — Frank Underwood

“The Chinese are right about one thing.  Sometimes you have to sacrifice the one, to protect the many.” — Frank Underwood

Shrewd, prudent, cunning, well-informed, contemplative, and a ruthlessly strategic thinker Frank Underwood is a Rational.


Claire Underwood, Netflix, House of Cards

Claire Underwood

Claire Underwood is Frank’s wife and a lobbyist who runs an environmental group.  She is Frank’s most trusted adviser.


Quote1Francis and I wanted to devote our lives to public service.  And we didn’t feel that we could both do that and be the parents we wanted to be.  And by making that choice it allows more time for us to be in the service of others.Quote2 — Claire Underwood


During Frank’s vice presidency Claire successfully advocates a sexual assault prevention bill.  During Walker’s impeachment Claire gives her husband some prudent advice.


Quote1Seduce him.  Give him your heart.  Cut it out and put it in his fucking hands.Quote2 — Claire Underwood

Quote1Well a decade ago I founded a small non-profit.  And I built it into a major global player.  I shepherded a number of bills through Congress on its behalf.  And over the last year I’ve dedicated myself to sexual assault reform, and have made meaningful strides.  Now while this may not qualify as statecraft, it does illustrate my effectiveness, the same effectiveness I plan on bringing to the United Nations.Quote2 — Claire Underwood


Claire fills a United Nations post at her own request.  Her tenure is brief, as she ruins a treaty between the U.S. and Russia by publicly confronting Russian President Viktor Petrov.

She is soon forced to resign from her post at the United Nations.  Claire proposes that she join Frank on the 2016 ticket as his Vice President.  Frank initially rejects the idea.

Frank is then shot.  He recovers from surgery and agrees to let Claire run as his Vice President.

They win the Democratic nomination.

Claire initiates an affair with novelist Thomas Yates.  Claire and Frank decide to declare war on terror, pending an imminent investigation into what happened to Pete Russo and Zoe Barnes.

Quote1I’m done trying to win over people’s hearts.Quote2 — Claire Underwood

Quote1We can work with fear.Quote2 — Claire Underwood


Claire Underwood, Netflix, House of Cards

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

4 consecutive nominations: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

“You need a haircut.” — Claire Underwood

“What are you going to wear?” — Claire Underwood

“You sound tired.” — Claire Underwood

“What can I do?” — Claire Underwood

“You can’t fault me for your sloppiness.” — Claire Underwood

“As long as were working together you have nothing to worry about.” — Claire Underwood

Quote1We’re giving you an out, Adam.  But if you choose not to take it.  I will bury you.Quote2 — Claire Underwood

“Francis let’s be realistic.  There’s no guarantee you get elected.  I need to be prepared if you don’t.” — Claire Underwood

“More faith than you have in me, it seems.” — Claire Underwood

“Then show it.  Nominate me.  I shouldn’t have to convince you.” — Claire Underwood

Quote1Loss makes us re-evaluate what we hold dear.Quote2 — Claire Underwood

Quote1I’m almost 50 years old.  I’ve been in the passenger seat for decades.  It’s time for me to get behind the wheel.  That needs to start now.  Before the election.  Because who knows what will happen?  What if you lose?Quote2 — Claire Underwood

“I made a mistake.  I got upset and I acted impulsively.” — Claire Underwood

“I can’t live moment to moment like you Adam.  I have a history with Francis, I have a future with him, and it’s bigger than a moment.” — Claire Underwood

“I’m giving you the truth.  I don’t care how you feel about it.” — Claire Underwood

Quote1No what I chose was a man I can love for more than a week.Quote2 — Claire Underwood

“You’re scared, I can tell.” — Claire Underwood

“I’m willing to let your child wither and die inside you if that’s what’s required.  But neither of us wants that.  Now tell me am I really the sort of enemy you want to make?” — Claire Underwood

“But here’s the alternative: this office, this staff, 22 million a year could be yours.  The CWI could be yours, and you and me we wash our hands of each other.” — Claire Underwood

“I resign.  You take my place.” — Claire Underwood

“No.  When we first met I promised to empower you.  I’m fulfilling that promise.” — Claire Underwood

“He had more courage than you’ll ever have.” — Claire Underwood

Quote1I’ve been preparing since Francis took office.  What I lack in experience I’ll make up for in work ethic.Quote2 — Claire Underwood

Quote1That’s not the same as contributing in a concrete way.Quote2 — Claire Underwood

Quote1He’s my husband, Adam.  We’ve gone through more than you could ever imagine.  I envy your free spirit and am attracted to it but not all of us have that luxury.Quote2 — Claire Underwood

“I don’t like when we leave things to fate.” — Claire Underwood

“He’s a man who knows how to take what he wants.” — Claire Underwood

“Which is why we have to bring in new people.  This is the plan that I’ve proposed to the board and we are moving forward with it.  I’d like a list of names, please.” — Claire Underwood

Quote1And I explained to you why that was necessary.  You didn’t follow my instructions.Quote2 — Claire Underwood

“We’ve never been quitters, have we?” — Claire Underwood

“He’s very dedicated.” — Claire Underwood

“I had to fire half my staff.” — Claire Underwood

“I don’t mind that you improvised.  I just wish you’d done it better.” — Claire Underwood

“Can I get more than 2 words out of you?” — Claire Underwood

“I love you, Francis.  We should say that more often to each other.” — Claire Underwood

“It’s not easy Evelyn, but it’s necessary.” — Claire Underwood

“You’re the office manager.  I need you to trust that I know what I’m doing, so please get me that list as soon as possible.” — Claire Underwood

“Why won’t you place faith in a diplomatic solution?” — Claire Underwood

“I respect your opinion and I appreciate you sharing it with me but I’m not going to change my mind.” — Claire Underwood

Quote1Staying focused requires strength.Quote2 — Claire Underwood

“And it’s not the money I’m upset about.  It’s that we do things together.  When you don’t involve me we’re in free fall.” — Claire Underwood

“Let me offer you what google couldn’t.  I know what it is to be capable and beautiful and ambitious and be on people like Sergey and Larry’s checklist of things that look good to have on a shelf.” — Claire Underwood

“I’m not trying to acquisition you.  What I see in you is a woman I admire.  Which doesn’t happen often.  I want to enable you.  I want to clear the way for you so that you can achieve what you want to achieve, on your own terms.” — Claire Underwood

“She’s doing fantastic work for us, as you can see.” — Claire Underwood

“Thanks for the tea and I will send a car to pick you up for the doctor tomorrow.  When you’re back on your feet do you think maybe we can work something out?” — Claire Underwood

“Good.  You look handsome in that suit.” — Claire Underwood

Quote1And I can’t keep having my work take these hits on behalf of yours.  It’s more than just an inconvenience.Quote2 — Claire Underwood

“Well as long as I can say the donation is coming.” — Claire Underwood

Quote1I’m not trying to manage you.  I just don’t want to outlive you by 25 years.Quote2 — Claire Underwood

“I knew you shouldn’t trust that woman.” — Claire Underwood

“You didn’t call me, Francis.  Nine hours.  You don’t not call me, not when it’s this big.” — Claire Underwood

“You don’t usually underestimate people, Francis.” — Claire Underwood

“I’m going to need you to leave us today too, Evelyn.  I’m sorry.  I just can’t have any doubt about the direction I’m taking.” — Claire Underwood

“Evelyn, we’re going to let some people go.” — Claire Underwood

“We have to carve out some room.” — Claire Underwood

“That money goes to impact studies, lobbying efforts, research.” — Claire Underwood

Quote1I’m starting to question all of it, Francis.  What any of it is worth.  What..?  What are we doing this for?Quote2 — Claire Underwood

Quote1Well, we’ll let it run its course under proper supervision.  I won’t take no for an answer on this.  I’ll drag you to the hospital myself if I have to.  You’re going to the doctor.  No argument.Quote2 — Claire Underwood

Quote1What does she offer us?Quote2 — Claire Underwood

“Sounds like she’s getting the better side of the bargain.” — Claire Underwood

Quote1We are a charity.  But not for our employees.Quote2 — Claire Underwood

“The money will have to come from somewhere else.  I’ve looked over the budget for fiscal ’13 and we’ve allocated 1.6 million for salaries.  We need to cut that in half.” — Claire Underwood

Quote1My husband doesn’t apologize, even to me.Quote2 — Claire Underwood

“No I made it very clear that I wanted her to work with them” — Claire Underwood

“I will speak to her and then I’ll sort things out with the P.R. team personally.” — Claire Underwood

“We’re honest with each other.  We don’t sweep anything under the rug.” — Claire Underwood

“The White House is finite.  Your marriage is for life.” — Claire Underwood

“I can be apart of your campaign or I can end it.  I’ll do whatever it takes too.  Just like your father.  But I will not let this go.” — Claire Underwood

Quote1I expected that.  It doesn’t worry me.Quote2 — Claire Underwood

Quote1This is going to be a big year for us.Quote2 — Claire Underwood

Stern, shrewd, stoic, succinct, intrepid, concerned, authoritative, dependable, logistical, and an effective stabilizer Claire Underwood is a Guardian.


Doug Stamper, Netflix, House of Cards

Doug Stamper

Douglas Stamper is President Frank Underwood’s White House Chief of Staff and former director of strategy.

Doug starts ‘containing’ one Rachel Posner, an ex-prostitute who is aware of Pete Russo’s unsavory proclivities, and demise.  He develops feelings for her and develops a controlling relationship over her.

Doug sustains blunt force head trauma at the hand of Rachel and suffers through six months of hospitalization, the use of a cane, and extensive physiotherapy as a result.

A subsequent broken arm causes Doug to take pain meds, which is a relapse and triggers a slippery slope involving libations.  He starts working for the opposing presidential ticket one Heather Dunbar.

All of Doug’s efforts under Dunbar’s employee were for the sole purpose of gaining back Frank’s trust, which happens, sober.

Quote1I’ve made mistakes.  I’ve fallen down more than once and you’ve always been there to pick me up.  But you’ve been falling down for the past year, too, and you need someone to pick you up this time.  It’s not Remy.  It’s not Seth.  It’s me, Frank.Quote2 — Doug Stamper

He finds and disposes of Rachel Posner in the New Mexico desert and returns to the White House to officially serve once again as Frank’s Chief of Staff.

Stamper uses his clout at the White House to bump Frank up on the liver donor list during his coma.  This causes him to grapple with his conscience.


Doug Stamper, Netflix, House of Cards

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

2 consecutive nominations: 2016, 2015

“I am fond of talent, so is the president.” — Doug Stamper

Quote1I don’t know.  Something stopped me.  Maybe I would need it one day.  For you.  To prove my loyalty.Quote2 — Doug Stamper

Quote1Nothing means more to me than this job, sir.  Nothing. Quote2 — Doug Stamper

Quote1I work hard.  Keep things simple.  I know what my priorities are.  Quote2 — Doug Stamper

“I’m good, sir.  I can handle myself.  Things will be different.” — Doug Stamper

Quote1If I can’t get your loyalty.  I will have your obedience.Quote2 — Doug Stamper

“She needs to be gone.” — Doug Stamper

“Nothing’s going to happen if you tell the truth.” — Doug Stamper

“I don’t need to explain myself.” — Doug Stamper

“You want my protection.” — Doug Stamper

Quote1I thought we had an understanding.  Your obedience.Quote2 — Doug Stamper

“Why should I trust you.” — Doug Stamper

“We’re too good, they can’t afford to lose us in Congress.” — Doug Stamper

“I’ll keep my ear to the ground.” — Doug Stamper

Quote1I don’t know why you had to run that night.  All I ever tried to do was keep you safe.Quote2 — Doug Stamper

Quote1You promised.  You promised there would be a place for me here when I was ready.Quote2 — Doug Stamper

“And I’m grateful.  You won’t regret it.  Please believe that, sir.” — Doug Stamper

Quote1I’ll say whatever you want me to say.  I’ll take responsibility for all of it.Quote2 — Doug Stamper

Quote1No, I trust your judgement.Quote2 — Doug Stamper

“She’s got the experience.” — Doug Stamper

“That’s what having a staff is for.” — Doug Stamper

“I’m the only one who can protect you don’t you see that?  You have no idea how much danger you’re in.” — Doug Stamper

“Are you sure you want the details?” — Doug Stamper

“Something came up.  I’m handling it.” — Doug Stamper

“Serious but solvable.” — Doug Stamper

“I’ll tell the Vice President.” — Doug Stamper

“I’m on it, sir.” — Doug Stamper

“It’s under control.  I just thought you should be aware.” — Doug Stamper

“And you should stay focused on that.  Goodwin’s on my plate, not yours.” — Doug Stamper

“This is a very inexpensive insurance policy.” — Doug Stamper

Quote1I just wanna get better so I can get back to work.Quote2 — Doug Stamper

“If the Vice President trusts you, I trust you.” — Doug Stamper

“I understand that you need to delegate, but when you contradict me in front of Seth, it compromises my authority over him.” — Doug Stamper

Quote1Seth is still new to the team.  I need to make sure that he’s doing his job properly.Quote2 — Doug Stamper

Quote1I’m your fail safe sir.  But I can’t be that if you won’t let me.Quote2 — Doug Stamper

“Don’t speak to anyone you don’t have to.  Don’t go anywhere you don’t need to be.” — Doug Stamper

“I’ll tell you what.  You call the police.  I’ll call the department of immigration about the four undocumented employees you have working in the kitchen.  Felony, Leon.  And I might also mention your girlfriend, her mother, and her aunt, who are also undocumented and are living in an apartment that you pay for.  Prison time for you.  Deportation for them.  Not a pretty picture is it?” — Doug Stamper

“We need economic development flowcharts for the watershed bill sent over to Terry Womack’s office.  Hard copies.  20 of them.” — Doug Stamper

“That’s all I’ve got right now.  Find a place to stay and let me know where you are.  I’ll figure something out.” — Doug Stamper

“It’s a full on smear campaign, boss.  He’s out to destroy you.” — Doug Stamper

“No he will make a fool out of you.  If he spins this right.  Get’s national coverage.” — Doug Stamper

“When it comes to your life Peter and what I know about it.  You should assume there’s no such thing as a secret.  Stay in touch.  You call me on my cell never at the office.  Good luck.  Knock em’ dead tiger.” — Doug Stamper

“We get on this thing right now we can contain it.” — Doug Stamper

“Experience is your strong suit.  Endorsement and fundraising, they’re not.  We can help with that.” — Doug Stamper

“What happens if you have to testify?  Subpeonas.  Depositions.  You get dragged into a court battle, there is no education bill.  We can’t ignore this.” — Doug Stamper

Tough, loyal, dauntless, hard-working, courageous, stalwart, valiant, and valorous Doug Stamper is a Guardian.


Jackie Sharp, Netflix, House of Cards

Jackie Sharp

Jacqueline A. Sharp succeeds Frank Underwood as the House Majority Whip and serves the United States House of Representatives as a member of California’s 5th congressional district.

Underwood convinces Jackie to run for President in order to compete with his main competition Heather Dunbar.

Jackie then drops out at Franks request, sapping the women’s vote from Dunbar.  She also becomes house minority whip.  She marries a cardiovascular surgeon Alan Cooke but the relationship doesn’t pan out, which causes her to reignite an old flame with Remy Danton.

Quote1The Underwoods have lied to me, they’ve used me, they’ve tried to intimidate me.  I don’t know what Claire’s up to, but I’m not gonna let it happen without a fight.Quote2 — Jackie Sharp


Jackie Sharp, Netflix, House of Cards

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

1 nomination: 2016

Quote1I serve at the pleasure of the Vice President.Quote2 — Jackie Sharp

“If I lose, they’ll come after me.” — Jackie Sharp

“I want to be on the ticket.  His VP.” — Jackie Sharp

“In every campaign, there comes a time for taking stock.  A time for soul-searching.  And… in the past 24 hours I have done just that.  And the conclusion that I have come to is this: If the goal is a safer, more prosperous America, I don’t need to run for us to achieve that.  All I need to do and what I encourage all of my supporters to do is to help elect Heather Dunbar to the White House.” — Jackie Sharp

“It is easy to talk about the problems of the poor with a silver spoon in your mouth.” — Jackie Sharp

“I speak for myself.  I am not aping the president or any other man.” — Jackie Sharp

Quote1What have you done to further gender equality?Quote2 — Jackie Sharp

Quote1What have you done to balance the scales?Quote2 — Jackie Sharp

“I’m not Frank.” — Jackie Sharp

“And you need to confront the fact that you do not have women’s best interests at heart.” — Jackie Sharp

“You know when things get tough on the battlefield we never say ‘Sorry, I won’t engage.’  We engage, Ms. Dunbar.” — Jackie Sharp

“It means so much to me that you came.” — Jackie Sharp

Quote1You know how I feel about unnecessary military involvement.Quote2 — Jackie Sharp

Quote1I thought I would hate it.  The whole marriage thing.  But it’s nice.Quote2 — Jackie Sharp

Quote1When I can get home.  Everyone around the table.  I even cook sometimes.  Badly, but they indulge me.Quote2 — Jackie Sharp

“Do you want to get married?” — Jackie Sharp

“You’re right.  I’ll do what I can.” — Jackie Sharp

“I’m serious.” — Jackie Sharp

“We’ve talked about it.  We say ‘I love you’.  I want a husband.  You want a wife.  This works.  The two of us, don’t you think?” — Jackie Sharp

“We’re past romance.” — Jackie Sharp

“Tell me if you’ll cooperate.” — Jackie Sharp

“Who cares what happened each inning.  It’s the final score that counts.” — Jackie Sharp

Quote1I made it very clear that I wouldn’t be a puppet.Quote2 — Jackie Sharp

“Strong beliefs.  And he stuck to them” — Jackie Sharp

“I’m not the person I want to be.” — Jackie Sharp

Quote1You still mean a lot to me.  I am there for you, as your friend.Quote2 — Jackie Sharp

“We’ll see what makes sense when all the chips have fallen.” — Jackie Sharp

“No one will touch you now.  Nobody except us.” — Jackie Sharp

“Terrific.  We’re making great progress.” — Jackie Sharp

“The names of every person in America who will lose home care when the freeze sets in.  Who will lose half their welfare benefits.  Who will go on furlough.  Who will lose their student loans, transportation services, post-combat counseling.  Shall I go on?” — Jackie Sharp

“This picture looks pretty big to me.” — Jackie Sharp

Quote1I have zero allegiance to Frank Underwood.  I won’t be manipulated bu him, and I sure as fuck won’t be manipulated by you.Quote2 — Jackie Sharp

“And then work with me after we avoid the freeze I’m not Frank Underwood.” — Jackie Sharp

“He’s threatened.” — Jackie Sharp

“Can we talk?  No work, no politics.” — Jackie Sharp

“Are you gonna help us or not?” — Jackie Sharp

“You’ll be taken care of.” — Jackie Sharp

“It’s a bullshit title.  I’m out of the inner circle.” — Jackie Sharp

“When I was in the army I was always on the move and um…  Since I’ve been in Congress I just haven’t had time.” — Jackie Sharp

“Give him time.  He used to have a two white, middle-aged guys at his side.  Now he’s got a black guy and a woman 20 years his junior.” — Jackie Sharp

“We just need to keep at him.” — Jackie Sharp

“How do I know you’re not just using me?  Throwing a wrench in someone else’s bid?” — Jackie Sharp

Quote1You chose me for a reason.  I’d like to know what it is.Quote2 — Jackie Sharp

“Have you ever killed anyone?” — Jackie Sharp

“I had orders to eliminate the enemy.” — Jackie Sharp

“Too many.” — Jackie Sharp

“I watched.  Apartment buildings, entire villages gone like they were never there.  I’d prefer not to talk about it if that’s alright.” — Jackie Sharp

Quote1Enough to keep me awake at night.Quote2 — Jackie Sharp

“Can we set egos aside and talk business like the adults we are?” — Jackie Sharp

“Nobody will touch you know.  Nobody except us.  We’re as soft as you’re going to get.” — Jackie Sharp

“No promises.  Other than something commensurate with your loyalty and experience.” — Jackie Sharp

“I’m very grateful for all that you’ve done for me.” — Jackie Sharp

“I know the girl.  I know her mother.  These people don’t deserve this.” — Jackie Sharp

“We’re not in bed.  We’re in my fucking office.” — Jackie Sharp

“I work or no one but myself.” — Jackie Sharp

“Unlike you I don’t peddle my goods to whoever can pay the highest retainer.” — Jackie Sharp

“There would have to be clear boundaries.  Whatever we have privately couldn’t affect our professional relationship.” — Jackie Sharp

“It’s repaying a debt.  A big one.  I whipped the votes for impeachment.  I should be able to cash in on that.” — Jackie Sharp

Dedicated, empathic, altruistic, enthusiastic, intuitive, acting as a catalyst, and yearning romance Jackie Sharp is an Idealist.


Remy Danton, Netflix, House of Cards

Remy Danton

Remy Danton is the former Chief of Staff for President Frank Underwood.  He had worked for Frank previously as Press Secretary for eight years.

His main responsibility is as a Washington lobbyist for SanCorp, a natural gas company.

Remy resigns because of Frank’s treatment of his paramour, Jackie Sharp.

Remy switches allegiances from SanCorp to billionaire Raymond Tusk.  After Tusk is outted by Frank, Remy takes a short professional hiatus.

Danton comes back into the D.C. area to start his own firm after the president is shot.  Him, Tusk, and the president work with Russia and China to drill oil off the coast of Siberia.


Remy Danton, Netflix, House of Cards

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

1 nomination: 2016

Quote1I’ll make some calls.Quote2 — Remy Danton

“Starting my own firm.” — Remy Danton

“I was fooling myself.” — Remy Danton

Quote1What you call chaos, I call opportunity.Quote2 — Remy Danton

“We needed information.  She had access.” — Remy Danton

“You take that chance.. and watch Clayton West become a penny stock.  Or we’re heroes for ending the oil crisis, everybody gets rich, your image is restored.  They’ll probably even let you choose the next Ambassador in Beijing.” — Remy Danton

“Maybe you should speak with her before we consider this a crisis.” — Remy Danton

“You’re blowing this out of proportion.” — Remy Danton

Quote1When I worked for you in Congress, you always told me to be straight up with you.Quote2 — Remy Danton

“I don’t need the money.” — Remy Danton

Quote1So you just want me to apologize and be a yes man?Quote2 — Remy Danton

“I can’t remember the last time I had a homecooked meal.” — Remy Danton

Quote1Seth and I are the only two soldiers you have.Quote2 — Remy Danton

Quote1Your services are no longer needed.Quote2 — Remy Danton

“Let’s keep it quiet, let’s keep it cordial.  Thanks for your work.” — Remy Danton

Quote1I can tell when I’m being used Frank I just wanna know what for.Quote2 — Remy Danton

“I wanted to go back in the private sector.” — Remy Danton

“I don’t like the man, so what.” — Remy Danton

“I don’t have to like the people I work with.” — Remy Danton

“Plus, there was a fortune to be made.” — Remy Danton

“Smells an awful lot like bullshit.” — Remy Danton

“He was half right.  Power is better than money, for as long as it lasts.  But it never lasts.” — Remy Danton

“Eight years I worked on your staff.  And never once made it further than your front doorstep.  Well now I’m in your living room, Frank.  It’s not because of what you taught me.  It’s because I finally woke up to what my value is and how undervalued I was slaving away for you.” — Remy Danton

Quote1But you gotta let me do this my way.Quote2 — Remy Danton

“So you just want me to leap off a cliff and hope for a soft landing beneath?” — Remy Danton

Quote1I could just walk away from it all.  Start a new life.Quote2 — Remy Danton

“Eight years I spent busting my ass in this office, I can’t seem to escape it.” — Remy Danton

Quote1I need to know what I gain.  Specifically.Quote2 — Remy Danton

“Uh just the water.  You can hold the bourbon.” — Remy Danton

“We need to find a solution so that this one isn’t miserable for 300 million people.” — Remy Danton

Quote1Not me.  The man I work for.Quote2 — Remy Danton

“Oh please Frank, a Samaraium subsidy?” — Remy Danton

“Mine, anticipating his.” — Remy Danton

“I want to offer him something he can agree to.” — Remy Danton

“Why are you cornering him?” — Remy Danton

“You know that’s not how he’ll see it.  This trade war is preventing the refinery from being approved in Beijing.” — Remy Danton

“A rare earth refinery solves this crisis permanently.” — Remy Danton

Quote1There’s no point in doing business to hover between red and black.Quote2 — Remy Danton

“Tell me what you’re up to Frank.  There’s nothing to gain by locking horns with Tusk.” — Remy Danton

“He’s not a man who likes conflict.” — Remy Danton

“You can’t have it both ways.” — Remy Danton

“Then make the ask because I know you don’t care about the subsidy this is about something bigger.” — Remy Danton

“You trying to send a message?” — Remy Danton

Quote1This is about my future pure and simple.  She’s not a part of it.Quote2 — Remy Danton

Quote1I don’t take vacation.Quote2 — Remy Danton

“Long as you hit the target.” — Remy Danton

“See what I can do.” — Remy Danton

“We can talk about whatever you want.” — Remy Danton

“I wasn’t asking to marry you.  Just to be more than company for a night.” — Remy Danton

“You disappointed me.” — Remy Danton

“So how is it that I’ve found more in two days than you have in two months?” — Remy Danton

“I’ve had to do your job for you.” — Remy Danton

“I’m the one who’s supposed to ask that question.” — Remy Danton

“Are you working for Frank?” — Remy Danton

“Stop fucking around.” — Remy Danton

“You made the wrong choice, Seth.” — Remy Danton

“You’re nothing.  You’re a parasite.” — Remy Danton

Bold, impulsive, audacious, adaptable, cynical, hedonistic, technique, a very effective operator Remy Danton is an Artisan.


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