The opening of "House of Cards" Episode 7 has a person setting up the oval office of the President. It is intercut with another person setting up an Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) meeting being set up. In the first one pens are laid out, lined up so the ends are at the same point. At the A.A. meeting, chairs are arranged in a neat square, probably so everyone is equal and know they are valued. This kind of juxtaposition you don't see often, and it's so refreshing when it does. I even said out loud to myself, "What an opening!" from the comfort of my beanbag. Then the show, like few other filmmaking jaunts out there, leave you to draw your own conclusions. And that's Washington, DC life: these places could be blocks from each other. Heck, that's a lot of places of power.