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'House of Cards' season 2 review: Power and money are the cards in Congress

The second season of the Netflix original series "House of Cards" released its thirteen episode season on Friday, February 14 and Frank Underwood wasted no time in continuing his agenda. The new series picks up the same night as the season one finale, with Frank (Kevin Spacey) and Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) going for a run and returning to the news that Frank's involvement in Peter Russo's death may be revealed.

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The first episode is the best of the entire season, and neatly wraps up many of the controversies in the first season, including the downfall of Russo, Claire's lawsuit with Gillian Cole and the involvement of Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara), Janine Skorsky (Constance Zimmer) and Lucas Goodwin (Sebastian Arcelus).

The rest of the episodes flush out some of the more minor characters from the first season including Freddy the owner of the barbecue joint Frank visits, Adam Galloway, Rachel Posner (Rachel Brosnahan), Catherine Durant, Michael Kern and Donald Blythe. New characters that get a front row seat are the new Majority House Whip Jacqueline Sharp (Molly Parker), who takes over Frank's job and First Lady Patricia Walker.

Underwood becomes the Vice President of the United States just like he planned, and the rest of the season involved the struggle between power and money. The new struggles are trade talks with the Chinese, cyberterrorism, an anthrax scare, parliamentary procedures and a government shutdown.

Underwood faces off against Raymond Tusk, causing a rift between him and President Walker. The agreement between Underwood and Tusk deteriorates as Remy Denton switches sides and the new press secretary for the Underwood's proves himself as a valuable asset. Ultimately, Claire manages to use her new friendship with the First Lady to influence their marriage and put the future of Walker's presidency in jeopardy.

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