Chapter 59


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Original airdateMay 30, 2017

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Written byTian Jun Gu

Directed byAlik Sakharov

"Chapter 58""Chapter 60"


Chapter 59 is the seventh episode of Season 5 of House of Cards. It originally aired on May 30, 2017, along with the rest of the fifth season.


When a crisis forces White House personnel to take shelter in a bunker, Commerce Department official Jane Davis negotiates through back channels.


In the executive residence, Claire and Frank argue over the Usher meeting.

Claire and Frank are briefed in the War Room about the potential location of a terrorist by the name of Ahmed Al Ahmadi, brother of Yusuf, the leader of ICO. The generals believe Ahmed is in Damascus, but they’re divided on how to approach the situation. Some want to attack now and send a message, while others believe following him could expose more connections to ICO.

Hammerschmidt, meanwhile, continues his investigation into Rachel Posner and whatever connection she may have to Doug. He learns that his "carjacking" was 15 minutes away from Rachel's last known address.

Claire holds a meeting with Cathy and Deputy Undersecretary Jane Davis in the Oval Office, but before much can be discussed, the three are alerted that there is a crisis and are moved to a bunker underground. Frank shows up minutes later, and they learn that a truck containing radioactive material missed two of it's checkpoints and is now missing. It's being investigated whether or not this is ICO related.

In the bunker's situation room, everyone is appalled to hear of the magnitude of disaster this could lead to. Doug calls LeAnn and Seth from the bunker, saying to keep calm, but they don't know where the truck is.

Frank and Claire, meanwhile, questions Davis' security clearance. Frank asks Cathy what their history is.

Doug informs Frank that there is a hot-mic recording of Brockhart, saying he’d actively tell his soldiers to disobey the president’s orders should he put soldiers on the borders.

Frank leaves the bunker, and discovers that one of the Generals who advocated evacuating D.C. is close friends to Brockhart. The truck is later found.

Claire forces the General to resign, who later says that neither she nor her husband deserves to be in the White House.

The next day, Claire and Frank have a meeting with Usher, and suspects that he may have been involved with the General's insubordination. Frank plays the Brockhart audio tape. When Usher insists he stop, Frank says that it was just getting interesting.