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Chapter 29 is the third episode of Season 3 of House of Cards. It aired on February 27, 2015, along with the rest of the third season.

Synopsis

The Russian president’s state visit becomes a cold war of wills, and some punks heat things up.

Summary

Protesters surround the White House as Frank prepares to meet with Viktor Petrov, the President of the Russian Federation, before a summit meeting. Frank proposes to Petrov in jointly providing protection to Israel which Petrov declines immediately after arriving. Catherine Durant and Claire (now United Nations Ambassador due to a recess appointment) also work on persuading Petrov to accept.

That night, there is a state dinner where members of Pussy Riot give an insulting toast to Petrov before rudely leaving. Petrov flirts with Claire all night eventually kissing her. While Frank and Petrov smoke a cigar in a basement, Durant and Claire have a playful game of beer pong. Claire expresses to Durant her distrust of Petrov.

Meanwhile, Petrov wants the entire European missile defense gone in return for sending Russian troops to Israel. Even when Frank presents a compromise, Petrov still declines, so Frank ends the deal. Claire and Durant make plans on bypassing Russia’s veto in the United Nations Security Council (based on a precedent) so they can still send troops to Israel.

Trivia

  • Three political activists of the russian punk rock group "Pussy Riot" attend at the reception as well as at the dinner with Petrov. They accuse the russian president to imprison his opponents. Frank Underwood mentions their names at the press conference.

Credits

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: S1S2S3S4S5

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