Chapter 32

Season 3 Chapter 32

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Original airdateFebruary 27, 2015

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Written byMelissa James Gibson

Directed byJames Foley

"Chapter 31""Chapter 33"


Chapter 32 is the sixth episode of Season 3 of House of Cards. It aired on February 27, 2015, along with the rest of the third season.


Frank and Claire travel to Moscow to negotiate the return of an imprisoned U.S. citizen. Claire takes a stand that jeopardizes their plans.


Frank and Claire fly to Moscow for negotiations and Corrigan.

While setting up a booth for the church fellowship, Lisa starts asking Gavin (under the alias “Max”) about his past and offering help, but he has an emotional breakdown and leaves her.

Claire visits Corrigan in prison telling him that they negotiated the terms of his release which include him giving a statement of apology to Russia for his unlawful actions. Corrigan refuses to give it and forgo his freedom unless Russia changes their laws discriminating against homosexuals. Meanwhile, Petrov is also unwilling to release Corrigan or make any deals with the U.S. unless Corrigan makes the approved statement. Claire stays with Corrigan in his cell until he and Petrov can come to agreeable terms.

At the suggestion of Lisa, Gavin goes to a local clinic to get tested for HIV and asks Lisa to meet him there. Even though he tests negative, he lies to Lisa saying he tested positive to get her to open up about telling him informational leads to Rachel.

Petrov privately admits to Frank that he does not like or believe in the laws Corrigan is protesting either, because they affect his nephew and several members of his Cabinet, but he has to uphold them for the sake of tradition and respect of the Russian people.

Over dinner, Corrigan confides to Claire that his marriage has fallen apart but he cannot divorce since it would reflect poorly on the cause he is fighting for; he suggests that Claire’s marriage is similar. Frank and Petrov agree upon a statement which Frank would make and they make a compromise for the UN resolution. While Claire sleeps for awhile, Corrigan hangs himself in the cell which clearly disturbs Claire.

At a press conference, Claire is allowed to speak before moving on to Petrov and Frank announcing the agreements they had worked on. Because of an earlier conversation with Corrigan resounding with her, Claire instead condemns Russia’s laws and storms out of the press conference with a confused Frank following. As a result of her actions, Petrov calls off all the agreements that he and Frank had worked on. On the return flight, Frank and Claire argue over the matter.


  • This episode shows the first interaction between Tom Yates and Claire Underwood.
  • This episode begins the formation of major differences between Frank and Claire.


Season 3 Episodes

301. "Chapter 27"
302. "Chapter 28"
303. "Chapter 29"
304. "Chapter 30"
305. "Chapter 31"

306. "Chapter 32"
307. "Chapter 33"
308. "Chapter 34"
309. "Chapter 35"
310. "Chapter 36"

311. "Chapter 37"
312. "Chapter 38"
313. "Chapter 39"

See also: S1S2S3S4S5S6