[Warning: season 3 spoilers ahead]
With the premiere of its third season on February 27, Netflix’s uber-popular original series House of Cards has likely been responsible for more than a few sleepless weekends. To all you blurry-eyed binge-watchers out there, we feel compelled to let you know that, no, you weren’t hallucinating: that really was Stephen Colbert grilling President Underwood in the first episode, and yes, he was doing the now-retired ‘Stephen Colbert’ character. Blessed be!
In a tantalizingly short clip, we get to see Frank Underwood – Kevin Spacey’s deliciously maniacal protagonist/super-villain – butting heads with the king of pomposity himself over, among other things, a proposed jobs bill, and the new president’s disastrous approval ratings. In the narrative of the show, Underwood has been president for just six months now, after bribing, blackmailing, and even murdering his way into the Oval Office. Given the supreme shiftiness of his character, it’s not hard to picture Colbert skewering a real-life President Underwood with as much venom as we see on House of Cards. Observe, if you will, a sampling of that acerbic wit that is missed so much from TV: “Eradicate unemployment the same way you’ve eradicated your approval polls?”
If you haven’t already, get ye to the nearest Netflix transmitter machine and dive headfirst into the Underwood underworld, immediately.