However, Underwood learns that the President wants him to promote his agenda in Congress and will not honor their agreement.
However, the hacker, Gavin Orsay, actually works for Doug and frames Lucas for cyberterrorism. Fearing potential harm and Doug's growing obsession with her, Rachel hits Doug with a brick and leaves him for dead.
After Frank begins his vice presidential duties, Claire becomes close with the First Lady and learns Walker's marriage is strained.
Underwood also uses Russo in a plot to end a teachers' strike and pass an education bill, which improves Underwood's standing with Walker.
Because the new vice president is the former governor of Pennsylvania, a special election is to be held for his successor.
They both work with Remy Danton, a corporate lobbyist and former Underwood staffer, to secure funds for their operations and expand their influence.
Underwood begins a symbiotic, and ultimately sexual, relationship with Zoe Barnes, a young political reporter, secretly feeding her damaging stories about his political rivals to sway public opinion as needed.
The series deals with themes of ruthless pragmatism, House of Cards has received positive reviews and several award nominations, including 33 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor for Spacey, and Outstanding Lead Actress for Wright, for each of its first five seasons.
Frank Underwood, a power-hungry Democratic congressman from South Carolina and House majority whip, celebrates the election of President Garrett Walker, whose campaign he aided to get himself appointed Secretary of State.
Meanwhile, he manipulates Peter Russo, a troubled alcoholic and congressman from Pennsylvania, into helping him undermine Walker's pick for Secretary of State, Senator Michael Kern.
Underwood eventually has Kern replaced with his own choice, Senator Catherine Durant.
In the resulting trade war with China, Tusk opposes Walker's efforts to deal with the crisis and begins having a tribal casino funnel money into Republican PACs in retaliation.