'The Plot Against America' Episode 3 hits fans hard in the feels as Herman sings to Bess and Sandy leaves home

It's one of the few happy moments and shows the strength of love and togetherness in the face of unprecedented danger


                            'The Plot Against America' Episode 3 hits fans hard in the feels as Herman sings to Bess and Sandy leaves home
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Nazi supporter Charles Lindbergh has risen to power and now the lives of Jews in 1940s America is slowly getting more painful and laboured. On the surface, everything seems well and life continues as normal. Yet, there is an undercurrent of anti-Semitism in the country, that's just waiting to sweep the country away. In the third episode of 'The Plot Against America', the Levin family faces discrimination when they're thrown out of a hotel without cause.

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At the end of the episode, Herman Levin (Morgan Spector) almost engages in a fight with a Lindbergh supporter. Yet, as a bittersweet conclusion, he serenades his wife Bess (Zoe Kazan) in the diner, in front of everyone. It's one of the few happy moments and shows the strength of love and togetherness in the face of unprecedented danger.

One fan wrote, "That scene in the diner until Herman stood up and sang  #ThePlotAgainstAmerica I'd have hated to be living in those times and that's why I want @realDonaldTrump to lose in Nov."

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"#[email protected] the Washington, d.c. scenes culminating with Herman singing in the restaurant were just eerie and beautiful in portraying antisemitism and the Levins combatting it," tweeted another fan.

Meanwhile, other fans said the show is 'giving them anxiety'. "So my escape show gave me more anxiety about it than I have for my real life. So that’s a plus, right? Either way #ThePlotAgainstAmerica is fucking phenomenal."

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"I 'enjoy' watching #ThePlotAgainstAmerica but every episode is basically like slowly massaging salt into an open wound for an hour," wrote a fan.

"#BetterCallSaul  and #ThePlotAgainstAmerica have made Monday nights feel like Golden Age Sundays. Dense, tense, and inspired," a fan tweeted.

At the beginning of the episode, Herman is dead against his son, Sandy (Caleb Malis), going for a 'Just Folks' program, where children go and live with rural American families for the summer. Herman believes that this is all a sinister ploy to get them assimilated into American culture, and henceforth leading to an erasure of Jewish tradition. At the end of the episode, Herman changes his mind and allows Sandy to go. 

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Some fans are a little worried for Sandy. "I'm scared for Sandy," a fan tweeted.

"There's so much optimism in that kid's face. It's all going to come crashing down," wrote another fan. 

'The Plot Against America' airs every Monday at 9 pm on HBO.