Frank Underwood, newly-inaugurated President of the United States, visits his father's grave in rural South Carolina to maintain a public appearance of respect for his father, only to privately urinate on it out of spite.
Doug Stamper, beaten up in the woods, is found by a stranger. He had sustained injuries to his frontal lobe requiring extensive surgery and care; he makes a slow and painful recovery.
Remy Danton has since then been filling in as Underwood's White House Chief of Staff. Frank also enlists Donald Blythe as his Vice President. In Frank's first six months of office, he is labeled by the press as being no better than Walker, "lacking effectiveness and leadership." In an effort to show some form of progress by his administration, Frank pushes for a jobs program called "America Works" (or "AmWorks" for short).
Gavin Orsay has accepted working for the FBI despite not wanting to work for the people who had been oppressing him. Stamper asks for his help in locating Rachel Posner, who is still missing after assaulting Stamper in the woods and stealing his car.
Meanwhile, Claire Underwood has set her sights on becoming the United States Ambassador to the United Nations.
Frank orders a drone airstrike that successfully takes out a foreign target. Stamper finally gives in to the pain from his injuries and has a prostitute squirt bourbon into his mouth from a syringe, thus breaking his sobriety.
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|See also: S1 • S2 • S3 • S4 • S5|