Last season on “House of Cards,” Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) took over after President Walker was impeached. Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) told the public on national television that she was raped by General Dalton McGinnis and that she had to get an abortion because of it, but a journal written by the doctor that performed the abortion is discovered and proves otherwise. Seth Grayson (Derek Cecil) gives the journal to Claire in return for a job as the Underwood’s communications director. Frank then gives the journal to Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly) with orders to destroy it, but Doug instead keeps it. Remy Danton (Mahershala Ali) quits his job with Raymond Tusk and goes to work for Frank again. Gavin Orsay (Jimmi Simpson), a hacker, convinces his FBI handler, Agent Green (Jeremy Holm), to get him a meeting with Doug. At this meeting, he tells Doug that he knows about Rachel Posner (Rachel Broshnahan), a former prostitute that Doug kept in hiding because she knows that Frank covered up Congressman Russo’s DUI and purposefully broke his sobriety (he was a recovering alcoholic). Doug goes to Rachel’s house to move her again, thinking she is in danger, but on their way she runs from the car into the woods. Doug finds her again but she hits him over the head with a brick multiple times and steals his car, leaving him for dead. Freddie Hayes (Reg E. Cathey) is forced to sell his restaurant.
Doug is still alive after being attacked by Rachel, but is badly injured and in the hospital. He gets better as the episode progresses, eventually being able to move back to his apartment. He has a meeting with Frank to discuss his return, but Frank tells him not to come back until he is completely ...
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