House of Cards season finale recap: Episodes 11, 12, and 13: The Triumph and the Kill

Characters face endings and beginnings as the first season of Netflix's experiment draws to a close
Ep. 11 | Aired Feb 6, 2013

SHAKE UP Soon enough, Frank could be sitting in the Vice President's seat -- as long as those meddling journalists stay out of his way.

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The guy's at such a low point that he can't even get himself arrested, despite a trip to a police station; all Russo gets in return is a visit from Doug, who arrives after being called from the police commissioner. (Another loose end -- won't the commissioner be suspicious of Doug when he finds out what happened to Peter?)

Doug arrives to pick Peter up, and then Frank appears, offering to drive Russo straight to hell home. And once they've reached the garage, Frank gives Peter one last drink, turns on the ignition, wipes away his prints and leaves. At least this will be less painful than the bath option.

Peter's death means Frank has one less thing to worry about, and it's also enough to get Claire to finally return from her sojourn to Adam's House of Groovy Artist Folk. It does not, however, immediately move the president to ask Frank to become his veep in Chapter 12 -- even though Matthews does decide to run for governor.

Instead, the pres tells Frank that he wants to pursue someone else: Raymond Tusk, a billionaire who's never held office. Adding insult to injury, he's asking Frank to travel to Tusk's home so that he can convince him to take the nomination. At first, Tusk comes off as an eccentric Connie Hilton type, and his scenes with Frank in St. Louis are sort of a drag. But then Doug's sleuthing reveals that Tusk and President Walker are actually close friends -- and as the billionaire subsequently reveals to Frank, the true purpose of this visit is so that Tusk can vet Underwood for the VP position. Twist!

Frank, naturally, doesn't like the feeling that he's been played. He's also immediately against what Tusk proposes next: He'll tell the president to nominate Underwood, but only if Underwood promises to do him an unspecified favor. Frank's got until Friday to make his decision.

Meanwhile, Janine calls Shipyard Paul to see if he's actually planning to run for Peter's open seat in congress. He ends up giving her something even better: a tip about somebody strong-arming Russo into not protesting the shipyard's closing. She thinks that Underwood's the culprit, and her suspicions are all but confirmed when she tries to talk to Christina in the congressional cafeteria -- and right on cue, Doug appears to scare Janine off.

NEXT: Something's rotten in the state of Washington, D.C.

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