Chapter 54


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Original airdateMay 30, 2017

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Written byMelissa James Gibson

Directed byDaniel Minahan

"Chapter 53""Chapter 55"


Chapter 54 is the second episode of Season 5 of House of Cards. It originally aired on May 30, 2017, along with the rest of the fifth season.


Frank and his team work to leverage support in key states by any means necessary. Claire learns some upsetting news about one of Frank's friends.


At an event in New York, Claire is confronted by Ken Caswell, who tells her that one of Frank's old friends (Tim Corbet) has gone missing and is presumed dead.

Frank, meanwhile, holds a luncheon for the Governor's of all states, hoping to strengthen ties in the fight against terror. Frank, however, needs the luncheon to succeed because he needs to get in good with the Governor's of five critical states for next week's election. One of these governors is Jim Matthews.

Claire delays her departure from New York, so Vice President Donald Blythe takes her place at a meeting. Afterwards, Secretary Durant states her opposition to Frank's "war" on terror, while Donald believes, politically, it's a smart move because he seems to be doing well in the polls.

Meanwhile, Aidan MacAllen needs to hack into a telecom switching center and delete everything that may implicate him, the president, and the First Lady. Aidan posits that they only have about 20 minutes to shut down the system and delete any trace, because anything longer than that means the NSA will get super suspicious and probably find them and lock them up.

Aidan hacks into a Capital East Telecom Switching Center in order to delete everything incriminating. As Aidan nervously awaits the file deletion, phones and Wi-Fi around D.C. start to go on the fritz. GPS signals are lost, phones are buzzing randomly, and TV signals are cut out.

Frank addresses the nation, saying the cyberattack was ICO inspired and designed to disrupt travel. He uses this to ask Congress to accelerate his declaration of war.

Meanwhile, Conway takes his kids trick or treating, but as the military rolls in, he has an outburst on live TV, which Frank and Claire drink to.