‘I hate myself for it. But I’ll get over that.’

February 17, 2014 6:25 PM

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It’s sort of like the Chekhov’s gun TV trope: If there’s a picture of a political figure’s illegitimate child in the first act, you better believe it’s going to be used as blackmail in the third.

That’s exactly what happens in Season 2, Episode 2 of “House of Cards.” Not only does newly-installed vice president Frank Underwood continue his reign of Southern charm-tinged terror, but he encourages others to do the same. By the end, his new protégé, Rep. Jackie Sharp, is blackmailing a man who ...

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