The Best House of Cards, Season 1, Episode 12 Quotes

- the conversation, not be so blunt.
- This trip may take longer than I thought.
Staffer: We've looked through all the file cabinets.
Christina: They're not on his computer?
Staffer: Not with the congressman's handwritten notes.
Christina: All right.
- I'll check his office.

- What if it were?
- I have a distaste for hypotheticals just the same as you have a distaste for speculation.
- All right, all right.
- That's enough business for now.
- We can discuss it more tomorrow.

- Somebody was strong-arming him, okay? It was politics.
- Do you know who would have pressured him?
- I don't know. He just said people up the food chain.
- Did he say anything more specific about...
- You know what?
- There's traffic. I gotta go.
- Mr. Capra, I would love to...

Raymond: Decisions based on emotion aren't decisions, at all. They're instincts. Which can be of value. The rational and the irrational complement each other. Individually they're far less powerful.

- Just the airport.
- What do you think so far?
- Well, I've only seen your neighborhood and whatever I could see out the window on the interstate.
- Good enough. It's all pretty much the same.
[Cell phone rings] Excuse me.

- I'm sorry Raymond isn't awake to greet you, he goes to bed at...
- I know, he's an early riser.
- I understand.
- Would you like a wake-up knock?
- No, I have an alarm on my phone.
- Sleep tight.
- Thank you so much.

Raymond: Fact, I have something that you want. You have something that I want.
Francis: [chuckling at finding the negotiating tables turned]
Raymond: Have I said something amusing?
Francis: I've sat too many times on your side of the table not to enjoy the irony of finding myself on this side of it.

- Talk shows, TV, the whole country...
- No way.
- You wouldn't have to dance anymore.
- You could do whatever you want...
- Don't use my fucking name, okay?
- I already said more than I should have.

- Did I wake you again?
- No.
- I'd like to talk.
- Give me a moment.

- Girls get in free.
- I'm looking for echo.
- Who? Echo?

- Hmm.
- So what brings you to the capitol?
- I was just asking Ms. Gallagher who's running to fill the vacant seat in Pennsylvania's 1st.
- Well, the honest answer is we don't know.
- Thank you for your time,
- Ms. Gallagher.

- It's a pleasure to meet you.
- And you, too.
- Was I making too much noise?
- No, I smelled bacon.
- Here.
- Coffee? Booze? 2:00 am.
- You can go either way.
- Just water for now.

- Guess who owned a third of the stock when it was sold to united?
- Raymond tusk.
- My guess is that he and Walker know each other quite well.
- All right, let me look this over. I'll call you back.
- I'm being played.
- But why?

- What about you?
- You're allowed to grieve,
- Christina.
- Paul, there are 600,000 people counting on us.
- I can't let my feelings get in the way of that.
- Will you hear me out about running for Peter's seat?

- But I'm pretty sure she's wrong.
- Pretty sure isn't the same as certain.
- No, I am certain.
- How do you know? I have sources.
- Underwood? No.
- No, never mind.
- I'll figure it out.

Raymond: Can I ask why you do that?
Francis: Do what?
Raymond: Tap your ring like that. I've seen you do it on TV. Two taps every time you get up from a table or leave a lectern.
Francis: Something my father taught me. It's meant to harden your knuckles so you don't break them if you get into a fight. It also had the added benefit of knocking on wood. My father believed that success is a mixture of preparation and luck. Tapping the table kills both birds with one stone.

- of the oversight and reform committee.
- It's been very rewarding.
- What are the biggest challenges you've had to face?
- Partisanship.
- Well, I suppose a room filled with 435 big egos isn't the most hospitable place for oversight.

Doug: I'll call him right now.
Francis: And keep your eye on Janine Skorsky while I'm away. She's been prying into Russo.
Doug: What does she know?
Francis: She knows the right questions to ask. I want to make sure she doesn't get the right answers.

- Your father was a peach farmer?
- Yes, he was.
- Not a very successful one.
- Lack of preparation or lack of luck?
- Lack of both.
- He was better at giving advice than following it.
- Hmm.

- Name was echo. Echo?
- What she went by, at least.
- Works at the titty bar over on 40.
- Highway 40? Mmm-hmm.
- Across from the burger king.
- Okay. Thank you.

- Anyone starts harassing you with questions you don't want to answer, you let me know.
- I'll handle them.
- You got enough on your plate right now.
- Thanks, Doug. I appreciate that.
- Hang in there, okay?

- Is that her, or is that coming from you?
- No, I made it very clear that I wanted her to work with them.
- Well, it seems like she's doing the opposite.
- I will speak to her.
- And then I'll sort things out with the PR team personally.
- Thank you, Claire. You bet.

Francis: [about Tusk] He doesn't measure his wealth in private jets, but purchased souls.

- I hate to admit it, but I'm nervous...
- So am I.
- It's just that last time we found ourselves...
- That's my fear, too.
- All right. You call me, either way?
- In no more than nine hours.

- Clerk: Miss, your card.
- Thank you.

- Paul. Hey, Christina.
- Hi.
- It's good to see you.
- Yeah, you too.
- Can I get you anything?
- No, I grabbed some breakfast on the way down.
- Okay, have a seat.

- It's harmless.
- They'll send the video to a few of their investors, and make some commercials.
- This makes me very uncomfortable. Theidea_.
- They are sending the film crew, Gillian.
- So please work with them on that.