Claire and Frank are back together and working to achieve the bigger goal; Frank starts his search for a running mate and begins a campaign to weaken Conway.
Dunbar drops out of the campaign, leaving Frank the last remaining Democratic candidate. He manipulates Blythe into stepping aside, and asks the cabinet to look for a new running mate. Claire talks to the press about gun control, specifically where guns can be purchased without background checks. She speaks with Julia, an NRA representative, who she ruthlessly attacks on Frank's advice. Meanwhile, Tom Hammerschmidt, once again looking into Lucas' death, visits Janine Skorsky who confirms his accusations.
Conway, Governor of New York State, is the GOP front-runner. He served in the Air Force after 9/11, and is ahead of Frank in the polls. Conway is using Pollyhop, a search engine, to gain an unfair advantage in the election. Stamper works to expose Conway's illegal Pollyhop activity; while LeAnn advises using the threat of ICO, a terrorist organization, to get the FISA Court to authorize domestic surveillance. Conway holds a live webcast, admitting to the Pollyhop data mining, and wins a huge jump in the polls while doing so. Claire advises Frank to abort a military strike against ICO, and instead go forward with LeAnn's plan; he agrees.
Later, the Underwoods watch footage showing they had met the Conways at President Walker's 2013 New Year's Eve party. They vow to destroy the Conways together.
|Season 4 Episodes|
|See also: S1 • S2 • S3 • S4 • S5 • S6|