Full disclosure: There are no spoilers here if you haven't started -- or finished -- all 13 hours of House of Cards Season 4, which became available on Netflix in its entirety on Friday, March 4. The bingeworthy show follows the seductive, sometimes slimy lives of the fictional president of the United States, Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and his wife, Claire Underwood (Robin Wright).
Wright, in fact, was born in Dallas. Her character Claire has roots in ritzy Highland Park, but this first lady doesn't have storybook Texas hair; she doesn't talk about how "blessed" she is. She's an entitled career woman with blackmail in her back pocket. Wright nails Claire Underwood, the ice queen, and won a Golden Globe for her work in 2014.
When Claire travels back home to Dallas' wealthiest neighborhood to see her estranged mother, that's where her Dallas personality takes a wrong turn: It just doesn't look like Highland Park.
In fact it isn't. A Netflix spokeswoman confirms none of Season 4 was filmed in Texas. The sprawling home in "Highland Park" was filmed in a suburb of Baltimore.
From the front, the green-lawned estate might have passed as a Highland Park manse. Its wide lot does look like some of the homes on one of Dallas' toniest streets, Beverly Drive. The exterior of the southern home rightly carries the posh air of a place for the ultra rich. Then you see a glimpse of the backyard, a large hill of green that goes on for miles. And there are horse stables.
Does anyone in Highland Park have that kind of land, regardless of the size of their trusts? No way.
So let's say the home wasn't meant to be in HP; it was meant to be Claire's family ranch in WhoKnowsWhere, Texas. This pretty home still isn't a believable rural Texas home.
Here's another Texas tie: Claire meets with a character named Doris Jones, positioned as Dallas Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson. (Read more about the political significance of that portrayal here.) Rep Johnson said on Twitter she'll be tuning in.
We're still watching. We're just aware Claire's not really back home in Texas.