House of Cards (2013) s06e05 Episode Script

Chapter 70

Hey! - Good day, Calonice.
- Claire, what are you doing? - Thinking.
- You're supposed to be on-stage right now.
"Calonice, it's more than I can bear.
I am hot all over with blushes for our sex.
- Men say we're slippery rogues " - "And aren't they right?" Come on, let's go.
Come on.
We're all gonna die one day.
What? I'm gonna be dead, you're gonna be dead.
They're all gonna be dead.
What the fuck are you talking about? Are those my earrings? I didn't think you'd care.
You do it.
You be Lysistrata.
You know all my lines, right? You can't just [BLUBBERS.]
What about the show? Claire! We are almost good.
We just have to adjust the lights.
That's fine.
I did want to thank you personally for doing this.
I really appreciate it.
Wait till we're finished before you do that.
Well, I won't deviate from the questions.
You can ask me anything, as long as it's about the the president.
Can you get away from me with that? - [MAN.]
My apologies.
- [BILL.]
I'm fine.
Sorry, Mr.
It's just that the lights are pretty harsh.
It's fine.
Let's go.
This Russia debacle, it's essentially a 20% tax on American companies that are just over there trying to help out the region.
It's the latest in a series of disastrous steps taken by this White House.
And you wonder You wonder why Congress was looking at legislation to take the nuclear button away from her.
As a patriot, as an American who loves his country and, yes, his company, we can do better.
We can do so much better.
Even Bill Shepherd, who the last time he was interviewed on air was never Even he felt compelled to speak out.
She's the head of my party, and I have to say, I'm at a loss.
- Her entire schedule is empty.
- Presidents have gone missing before But there's a difference between clearing your head at Camp David and going full-blown Howard Hughes.
She hasn't been seen publicly in three weeks or heard from.
Except for a late night pardon for her husband's chief of staff.
- Which many consider a strategic mistake.
- Well, Doug Stamper has issues.
Everyone in her administration has issues.
Sean Jeffries, the press secretary, has resigned.
And there are probably more departures to come.
Her cabinet has had enough.
And if she thinks a pardon is gonna keep the US Attorney away, - she's - She's - Depressed.
- I don't know about depressed.
You know, she looks either very disturbed, or depressed.
But, I mean, "disturbed"? Can you really say that? Yeah.
Look, hold on.
I'm asking a very real question about her ability to lead here.
Have you seen this photo? Because we have.
Now we're not here to diagnose, but you look at this, and you need to ask.
On behalf of our country, that woman undid 30 years of foreign policy by acting like, pardon my French, a [BLEEP.]
But now, now we're into a new phase.
When the White House lights are on, but nobody's home.
I mean, she's home, but she won't leave.
Been hunkered down in there for 23 days and counting.
Apparently, she's stopped doing anything.
She's paralyzed.
A paralyzed [BLEEP.]
And there's nothing more dangerous than a paralyzed [BLEEP.]
Seriously, I think she might be the worst thing that has ever happened to this country.
Save our souls, save our ships, Take your pick.
This [BLEEP.]
is real.
I'm Melody Cruz, and that's what I got.
That's quite a snapshot, right? Unique.
Carefully calibrated.
Pain, hysteria and just a small dose of crazy.
Claire Underwood, like they've never seen before.
It's actually not as easy as it looks.
See, in order for me to make that face, I have to imagine the perfect combination of things.
Here's the recipe.
First, I have to think about all the ways in which men have tried to manage me my whole life.
Then, I think of America's worst fear - when it comes to a female in the Oval Office.
Her schedule has been cleared.
my biggest regret Francis J.
Madam President.
Are you ill? If you're ill, I'll call the White House physician.
Just get out, Mark.
- Claire, this has to stop.
- Please, just leave me alone.
You are alarming the nation.
You need to get up.
I've prepared a short statement explaining your absence and announcing your return.
You can deliver it in the Rose Garden this afternoon.
I promise you this is for both of our sakes.
You don't understand [MARK.]
If you would, please.
Claire look at me.
- Look at me.
- Get out.
Please get out.
Just leave me alone.
You are not only digging your own grave, you are burying the presidency.
Stop it.
You can try.
- Can you try? - [GASPING.]
I can't, Mark.
I just can't.
I can't.
Don't worry.
I have a plan.
Excuse me.
We're good here? - Yeah.
- Thank you.
Was it paranoia or is it due diligence? You tell me, Mark.
We both just lived through what that bitch is capable of.
Something is definitely wrong.
She Coffee? I mean, she can't even put two sentences together.
Are you sure? I've never seen her like this.
She's a mess.
Well Either way, that doesn't change where we are.
And, Mark when Conway imploded, we recognized that you were a little squea squeamish about stepping in.
And we appreciate that.
But it's time.
You'll make a great president.
- We'll see to that.
- Now, wait, wait.
Let's be clear, okay? I know we've been hitting her pretty hard, but I can't condone another attempt.
- I can't.
- Calm down.
My God, Mark.
I mean, really.
There are other ways.
Okay, so we're talking about impeachment or a congressional government? 25th Amendment, Section 4.
- Which has never been used.
It's built for speed, intended to smother a crisis of confidence.
Reassure the public.
Reassure the world that continuity remains at the American government, even if a president becomes - Unable to fulfill his duties.
- Her duties.
- It requires her to be unfit.
- And she is.
I mean our lawyers have already looked into this.
She only needs to be deficient.
The language is vague and accommodating.
Mark, if you have any doubt about this - at all - I'm just listening.
The Cabinet is yours.
You have relationships inside the Senate, the House, on both sides of the aisle.
It's a natural fit.
But the thing has to cascade with Precision.
A chain reaction beginning with a letter to Congress, signed by the vice president and a majority of his Cabinet, recommending my removal from office.
And how do I know that's what they'll try to do? Because the 25th gets personal.
Bill likes me being the damsel in distress.
He wishes I were.
Where you headed? I have family up north.
Where? North.
Cathy's sister still on the Cape? Hyannis, right? It's good.
Family's important.
- Especially during trying times - I'd invite you in, but I really There's still something that I can't get straight.
If we could go through it one more time.
So she was picked up by car to be taken to the doctor.
- She wasn't feeling well.
- You were with her the whole time - leading up to the embolism? - Mr.
Stamper, enough! I'm just trying to understand what happened.
I don't need you coming around here anymore.
You know exactly what happened.
You have the coroner's conclusions.
And that's that.
I'm in mourning for my wife, and I'm not reliving the final moments of her life anymore.
Not with you.
I think your wife was murdered.
I'm closing the door now.
- Hello.
- Doug.
Fred Amburg here.
- Whose phone is this? - This one's mine.
I just got out.
I had no idea.
I talked to Cole this morning.
Heard an interesting thing about our esteemed shrink.
You know, that sabbatical, leave, walkabout, whatever you want to call it.
You are looking for him, aren't you? Yes.
He's in a cabin down in Virginia.
Here you go.
Would you mind if I ? Thanks.
Oh, hello? [FRED.]
Don't say another word.
Don't speak.
Just wait.
My apologies, I took a wrong turn and wound up in some stairwell.
We don't have much time until we have to get back upstairs.
When Marcy first came to me with this proposition, I was stunned, to say the least.
Until recently I I don't know.
I didn't realize how truly bad things were.
But unseat the president? Jesus Christ.
President's my friend.
And while I worry about her mental state, I worry about the state of this nation more.
Vice President, I admire you greatly.
But I'm not used to this kind of thing.
Back rooms, after hours.
We need to take every precaution.
And yet we're still at risk just by being here.
I'm sorry, but I believe in the sanctity of the office of the presidency.
And that's exactly why we're here.
You're asking us to betray an oath.
I'm asking you to speak your mind.
A concentrated effort, all of us in this room.
We may not be able to save the president, but we may just be able to save our administration.
The 25th is not just about timing.
It's about secrecy.
- And the Senate hasn't kept a secret - [MARK.]
Earl, I appreciate that.
I have the House, and I'll take care of the Senate.
I'll prepare a letter detailing the president's dereliction of duty, laying out a case for Congress and for posterity.
And when the time comes, you'll all be notified.
Look, we're all patriots here.
Our first concern, our only concern, has got to be the survival of our nation.
Fuck! Ah! [PANTING.]
- Sit and take a deep breath.
Sit down.
Rosen, sit down.
How did you get in here? I'm assuming you're here because you're suffering.
And if it's not over Zoe Barnes, it's over some other soul that you've torn apart.
You're assuming I'm here because I figured out what you took from me.
- Took? - Kept.
All personal property should have been returned upon release.
You're right.
It should have.
There's no accounting for the behavior of supposed professionals.
I once met this psychologist, socially, who told me about a party that she hosted once for a group of her peers.
It was just a roomful of shrinks.
At the end of the night, she was cleaning up, she went into the bathroom and she saw that one of her colleagues had smeared shit all over the bathroom wall.
Now, what kind of fucked up person would do something like that? Well, I guess it's true what they say.
That shrinks are the most fucked up of all.
Such a violence to that act.
But violence is a funny thing.
You know, it's not so much the physical pain that can victims can remember.
It's the feelings around it.
- The fear.
Where is it? The will you intercepted? Where is it? I don't have it anymore.
I don't have it! What was in it? [GASPING.]
He left you everything.
God [DOUG.]
Take it.
Thank you.
I thought it was a strange question.
What? When you asked me what Francis Underwood had given me.
That's how the will ends.
"Remember the last thing I gave you.
" Don't call her or I'll be back.
Hope you figure out your problems, Doctor.
Take it.
If you want it, it's yours.
Do you ever wonder if you're living somebody else's life? Whose life are you living, Jane? Not me.
You seem to be struggling with your identity.
If that's not too impertinent to say to a sitting president.
Come keep me company while I put my jammies on.
Your little show of compliance at the funeral as you made your side deal with Victor.
Makes me wonder.
And now what? What do you call this show? How to turn 323 million people against you in three short weeks? Congratulations, Claire.
You've become a problem for everybody.
And Just so you know, Syria may be too far gone.
Tell me what to do, Jane.
I was at an event tonight.
An event the president usually attends.
And how was that evening? The storm that's gathering is a rough one.
When you think they'll strike? I have no idea.
It's late.
That's exactly what I'm saying.
I think I should move out.
I understand.
Stick to this course, Madam President, and [KELSEY.]
Full house.
You must be looking for different answers to the same questions we've been going over for the last - Now, 24 days.
- And the president still hasn't left the residence.
- And this is where I say - [WOMAN.]
Kelsey, come on.
For now, the ground-breaking accord with Russia, which aims for a just and lasting peace in Syria, speaks for itself.
So, unless there are any more questions, or shall I say new questions? Yes.
Isn't the vice president really the one running the show, essentially acting as president? There are members of the cabinet who are saying as much.
Well, firstly, I would refrain from using the word "show," - when it comes to the White House.
And yeah.
That's all for today.
- Thank you.
Are you sure you're not hungry? The soup is quite nice.
I don't know how you can Eat? [SIGHS.]
No, I'm glad to see you're eating.
Madam President, it's beyond repair.
You understand that, at this point? You've lost the Hill.
You've lost your cabinet.
You've lost the country.
You've lost.
Your own party can't even find a reason to support you.
I entreat you You entreat me? Resign.
And are you speaking to me as vice president? I'm speaking to you as a person.
Blame it on the strain after Francis' death, the strain of the office itself.
Language can be found, but the best you can hope for now is a dignified exit.
What's so moving about him is he can't help himself.
He can't help being decent.
His glorious flaw.
What this means is they're gonna go through with it.
No, Mark.
I'm staying right where I am.
You got two minutes.
That's not Rachel Posner.
Is it? You knew Rachel Posner.
Uh, I mean yeah, I guess.
Enough to use her name for someone else's ID? That's what you do, isn't it? Kind of pay the names forward? - No.
- What name did you give Rachel? I don't remember.
I don't.
When did you last see her? Come on.
Um Couple of years ago or something.
It was where she worked.
Is she dead? - I got nothing to do with that.
- Did you help kill her? [MAN.]
I'm talking to you.
Hey, hey, hey, man.
I want my lawyer.
Do you know Doug Stamper? No.
What name did you give her? What was her name? Lisa.
- Lisa? - Yeah.
Lisa Cassie.
- Lisa Cassie? - Cassie, Lisa.
- [MAN.]
Lisa and Cassie? Back at the White House.
You took his room.
It's bigger.
Can you tell me why it was so important that we meet here and now? Honestly, I was hoping we could meet in the West Wing.
I haven't left the residence in Well, I'm sure you still read the news.
And your pardon hasn't helped me or Francis.
I don't feel comfortable here.
Whatever bad memories you may have, Doug sometimes it takes a long time to understand who's the real source of our harm.
And I have failed to make you trust me, and that's a shame.
I trust what I know.
You have enemies, and they underestimate you.
And how do you think they'll come at me? Has Congressman Cole said anything to you? I think she's alive.
Cathy Durant.
I don't know where she is or what she's up to, but I knew you'd want to know.
I want you to know something.
Francis died in this room.
I told everyone it was in my bed.
But it was right there on the floor.
Whoever killed him.
Am I missing something? Whoever killed him will get what she or he deserves.
Timing decided the shape of the universe.
Who said that? Me.
Hell is truth seen too late.
Did you say that? Thomas Hobbes.
Usher your bet.
- Hmm.
I'll check, please.
- Don't be polite.
I played with you before.
I know you're holding.
Bill, you sure? I can deal you in on the next hand.
- I don't play.
- Is it true she's a basket case? Or just a plain old Democrat.
- So, I'll have the letter.
That's a hundred to see mine.
And when it comes time, Hank, I don't want to end up on the Senate floor with a piece of paper in one hand And your balls in the other? We've all been there.
Just keep my balls out of it.
Usher, you want me to whip, but you don't want me to tell my senators what they're voting on.
And pass without debate.
I'm out.
At least tell me what they're getting.
A new resident in the White House.
Well, Mr.
Are you in or are you out? I call.
And Um bump you 500.
I would never call this enemy territory.
It might sound quaint, but I believe in the Republic.
Well, thank you for coming.
It's not sustainable.
This media onslaught.
I wonder if you'd consider calling off the dogs.
All I'm asking for is a pause.
Couple of days or so.
You flatter me, Madam President.
But my reach only goes so far.
It seems they want you to resign.
Who's they? Who isn't? Pardon my bluntness.
Oh, no, I enjoy bluntness.
Saves time.
But should I resign for the high crime of being a female? Oh, I think the reasoning goes deeper than that.
I think and this is just my perspective, - if you want to hear it.
- Oh, please.
Dueling agendas between my family, and, well, you, have taken on their own life.
And in some sense, your husband just won't leave you alone, will he? I can't change history.
I'll bet sometimes you'd like to.
Wouldn't you like to erase him? Madam President your dead husband told my mother things.
Things you don't want the world to know.
A dead man's words are worthless as far as I'm concerned.
Not when his claims can be verified.
It's possible to make the memory of a person disappear.
Move them far into the background, anyways.
There are ways.
You're a very confident young man.
Even your deeds can go away.
Now, I can make it easier for all of us to work together.
Does your mother know you're here? No.
Just out of curiosity, what's your first memory? Your first memory of her? That's a strange question.
I was just curious.
I have a photograph of her catching me.
My mother had thrown me up into the air, and my uncle snapped a picture on his new Nikon camera.
She's beaming.
I treasure that photo.
It's how I like to think of her.
Do me a favor.
Ask Annette Ask your mother where you came from.
It's still light out? [SIGHS.]
You're very dehydrating.
I know, I know.
You want to talk about the deal.
You excluded me, Jane.
When the dust settles, I'll give you what you want.
Never doubted your value.
Have you seen my phone? It's in the restroom.
Did you do something to my I went to the EPA.
There is nothing.
Jesus Christ.
There are people walking around this town, dressed down, acting like they belong.
But I know they don't.
- Have you been threatened? - Come on, they're too smart for that.
Well, so they're following you.
- But if there's nothing, then there's - I have screenshots of the e-mail chain.
'Cause it's wrong what they did.
'Cause I'm so stupid.
So stupid to believe in doing the right thing in this totally fucked up world.
There's an e-mail from Bill Shepherd's office in the chain.
I told you.
They knew.
They knew somebody was gonna die.
I gotta go.
Hey! Hey, wait.
What? Your phone.
- What about it? - I don't trust it.
I got rid of mine.
I swear, it felt like they were following my phone and not me.
- How? - Look, I gotta go.
I'll reach out to you.
- Okay? - No.
She's somewhere in Saudi Arabia.
Ma'am, she poses a significant risk in enemy hands.
You know that.
The United States does not negotiate with terrorists.
No negotiations.
Options are being drawn up at SOCOM.
But nothing can happen without an executive order.
Well, then.
That's gonna have to happen when you're president.
No one's secrets are safe with Jane in captivity.
That may be more concerning for you than it is for me.
Kicking the hornet's nest.
Time to move this thing along.
- You arrogant little prick.
- Please, just calm down.
Did you think I wouldn't find out? I'm not staying if there's name-calling.
There's not enough names to call him, Annie.
- Such stunning stupidity.
- Nice alliteration, Uncle Bill.
This towel is smarter than you.
This window is smarter than you.
This rug is smarter than you.
- Hello, Seth.
- Hello, sir.
Seth is smarter than you! The sweat on my brow is smarter than you, Duncan.
- Jesus H.
Christ, spare us.
- Because sweat on my brow, would have at least known not to pay an unsanctioned visit - to the President of the United States.
- Get your hands off him.
I know you're not feeling well, but Well, what the hell is that supposed to mean, anyway? You can't act like this.
You know, I was trying to help.
She invited me and And you went, like a fucking idiot I wanted to be a bridge.
Shut up, both of you, just shut up.
God, is there anything we haven't done for you? Well, you know, that's what people do for family.
- Anything.
- Listen, you shouldn't have gone.
She can't be trusted, as I've told you a million times.
He jeopardized our timing.
He jeopardized our timing with her! I can't stand the sound of male arguing anymore.
You know, she told me to ask you something.
She told me to ask you where I came from.
Seth! Sixteen weeks.
The one from the pregnancy with her husband.
Annie, I do think it'd be a mistake.
Seth, confirm it.
- That's right.
Sixteen weeks.
- Her husband told me.
But you don't know how it's gonna play.
Okay? It could backfire.
Get her sympathy.
Who waits 16 weeks? - The narrative can't be controlled What kind of person, that's what people will be talking about.
Let's get Mark on the phone.
We start this now.
Only "Lisa" is what we called her.
The lady at Central Market, where she worked, said you stopped by a few times asking for her.
She owed us some money, but She dead? Hmm.
I don't know.
There's not much in there.
Some letters.
Scraps and lists and Picture.
Nothing, really.
Our country has a problem right now.
The president, she has ignored the advice of her senior advisers, people who have studied and fought battles.
Her state of mind has left us in a weakened [SIGHS.]
We need to hold the line till our country gets back on course.
That is a truly stunning video.
What is your reaction to the secretary of defense's critique of this president? Secretary Defense Hanna is a four-star Marine General with over 40 years of service to this country.
I understand his frustration.
Is there any truth to the idea that Mark Usher is the Dick Cheney of this White House? No, there is only one Dick Cheney.
- Okay, fair enough.
- Mark Usher is the Mark Usher of this White House.
So, how would you characterize - the vice president's role? - The vice president has the full support of the entire cabinet.
And the president? Well, the president speaks for herself.
Are you suggesting that the secretary of defense is not the only one who's frustrated with this president? You know, Lawrence, this town feeds off of rumor and gossip - and it's counter-productive.
- Raha? [SIEGERSON.]
It's a distraction.
I don't work that way.
You don't work that way.
How do you work? - How do you work with this president? - You have a call.
It's your president.
Is this a dysfunctional administration? [SIEGERSON.]
My relationship with this [JANE.]
Jane, I just need to know exactly when they're going to pull the trigger.
Don't you want to come home? You look like you're having fun.
I see real affection there.
And, listen, there were rumors about Tom and me, of course, but nothing to them.
He was like a brother to me.
So comforting.
Which is what makes this all the more difficult.
The truth is, Kelsey the Russians killed Tom and Mark Usher covered it up.
Now, I'm doing my best to hold him accountable, but I need your help.
I need you to tell the FBI about your relationship with Tom.
- Madam President, I - I know.
It's fine.
You just say you were dating.
You were in love.
And in a private moment, he told you about his suspicions regarding Mark Usher and his collusion with Russia.
And the last time you saw him, he was on his way to the vice president's home to confront him.
I'm not going to let the vice president get away with this.
You and I, as women, we have to fight back.
I need you by my side.
And before we transmit the letter, I'd like to suggest we all take a moment to bow our heads and pray for this great nation.
Could you pass me that letter? [SIEGERSON SIGHS.]
And gather all of your things.
Every single cabinet member in this room is dismissed.
You're all fired.
Escort them out.
You know, I never took you for someone who wanted to get himself into the Oval.
All it is, is a four year job, eight if you're lucky.
- [BEEP.]
Hey, where are you? What? All right.
I'm on my way back.
Listen, if she prevented the signing, that's obstruction.
And likely, it's impeachable.
You hear me? [WOLF BLITZER.]
Details are still coming in.
But we're being told there are reports that the FBI - Mark.
- has today been provided evidence - Get to a television.
- that Mark Usher had quote - Or a computer.
- "significant and ongoing Or a goddamn radio.
contact outside the logs with Russian officials.
" This leading up to and during the president's recent polarizing Syrian peace deal.
The FBI's expected to look into the matter, but has yet to announce whether or not they are opening an official investigation.
If so, this could be a catastrophic setback for an already-beleaguered administration.
Before we begin, I'd like to offer you the chance to resign.
I'll leave you to it then.
I never had any contact with any Russians outside the logs.
You vacationed at Deputy Foreign Minister Zorkin's family dacha - on the Black Sea in summer 1991.
- [MARK.]
That was 20 years ago.
Let's work backwards, start with questions that have arisen after Ms.
Kelsey Stewart's deposition.
Who? We located her phone in a liquor store in Bellport.
She knows about the app.
We should assume so.
Have you told my uncle yet? - I can't reach him.
I can't reach your mother, either.
We have some men tracking the journalist.
But we don't even know if she has her hands on anything yet.
- Package for Mr.
- Oh, thank you.
This is addressed to you.
Leave me alone, please.
My name is Catherine Durant.
Today is Tuesday, July 18, 2017.
And the time [INHALES.]
is 8:37 p.
Now, before I begin, let me just say that every punishment that history will surely visit upon Claire Underwood will be exactly what she deserves.
I rue the day that I accepted her husband's offer of secretary of state.
Now, then I hereby swear that everything I'm about to say is the truth.
Her husband has disappeared, as of six hours ago.
- Do you want to hear any more? - No.
I know the rest.
Do you think the Russians got them out? Uh, no, I'm sure of it.
Do you think she sent it to anyone else? We would know about it by now.
I've asked Nathan to be available to you.
I know how well you two work with one another.
We'll find her.
And, Doug, I haven't forgotten about the promise we made to each other.
I hope you haven't.
I just got back from New Mexico.
What did you do with Rachel? Or is it Cassie? I'm five minutes away.
Hang up the phone.
- Doug - Hang it up or you'll never hear from me again.
I'll come to you.
Nathan, are you still listening? You're a fool to think she'll protect you.
Seems fitting, somehow, that you're the first person I meet with after I've returned to work.
There's something very full circle about it.
So, you've talked to your son.
Or rather, not your son.
Do you know how developed a fetus is by then? Sixteen weeks is beyond the beyond.
That is what 16 weeks looks like.
That is what I can't get out of my head.
I'm quoting Melody Cruz here, by the way.
She just taped her segment, due to run tomorrow.
Visual aids and everything.
For the first time ever, Americans will hear the story of a childless president who had an abortion, while married, at 16 weeks.
I wanted to see your face.
I wanted to see Frank's betrayal register.
Nobody can keep their mouths shut these days.
Not even to-the-death secrets are safe.
It's shameful.
But honestly, what's worse? That he betrayed your secret or that you waited until 16 weeks? You and your party.
Your moral rectitude, how convenient.
You don't even believe half of what you say, Annette.
Run it.
Cruz's piece.
Run it.
And then go home and talk to Duncan about the beginning of life.
But actually before you go, I want to show you something.
Come with me.
Meet my new cabinet.
I just wanted to see your face.
Thank you all for assembling at such short notice.
And I want to thank you for your willingness to serve.
I am looking forward to building a new America together and our work begins today.
Now, if you could all place your left hand on the Constitution in front of you.
And repeat after me: I do solemnly swear to take no prisoners.