This post contains spoilers for the first episode of House of Cards Season 3.
When Stephen Colbert rode off into the night last December with Santa Claus, Abraham Lincoln, and Alex Trebek, he got some of his most famous friends to promise that they would “meet again some sunny day.” Indeed, about 21 minutes into your House of Cards Season 3 binge, instead of a deadly surprise, like last season, viewers will find a surprise bit of nostalgia: when Stephen Colbert, in character, interviews now-President Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey), who has been in office for six months.
In the too-brief segment, Colbert dings Underwood over the name of his new agenda: America Works, which he shortens to AmWorks, noting the similarity in sound to the alleged pyramid scheme Amway. Colbert does not relent, mocking Underwood for his plans to eliminate unemployment: “Eradicate unemployment the same way you’ve eradicated your approval polls?”
Unfortunately, at this point, Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly), turns off the TV and things go back to looking bleak.