'The Plot Against America' Episode 3: Will the Levin family leave the country or get a backup plan?

Lindbergh meets Hitler and shakes his hands in Germany, while Jewish people in New Jersey face anti-semitic attacks


                            'The Plot Against America' Episode 3: Will the Levin family leave the country or get a backup plan?
Zoe Kazan as Bess (HBO)
ADVERTISEMENT

'The Plot Against America' Episode 3 promo hints at more tension in the Levin family. Now that Charles Lindbergh has won the election, the fascists in the country are running wild and free. They are attacking the cemeteries of the Jewish people and defiling the headstone with symbols of swastika which Herman Levin (Morgan Spector) with the help of others cleans up. His son Sandy, however, is seeing an opportunity in all this after his talk with aunt Evelyn Finkel (Wynona Rider).

ADVERTISEMENT

Evelyn tells her about a program where city boys are sent to live with a farm family for a couple of months to learn things from them and their way of life. He finds this to be an opportunity that could help him, but his father is dead-set against it. The two seem to have an argument about the same, where Sandy tells his father that he is scared about anything that he doesn't know and that is the only reason why he is stopping his son from taking an opportunity.

ADVERTISEMENT

It is also clear that Philip Levin is disturbed after seeing a country get bombed. In the previous episode, he had made back up plans in case they also get bombed. In the promo, he sees a stamp with a sign of swastika and that seems to scare him. Is this the onset of trauma in Philip or will his friend Earl and his delinquent ways help Philip deal with all the inconsistencies in his life including the fact that his mother is now a working mother who will not be available at home like she was before? 

ADVERTISEMENT

Then we have Rabbi Lionel (John Turturro) who continues to support Lindbergh despite the recent developments. He also seems proud of the fact that he has been handed an important task by the Lindbergh government that aims at making lives better in New Jersey. However, Herman and his friends do not seem to be fooled. In fact, Herman is considering a drastic step to save himself and his family from all the hatred that they would be receiving from the fascists in their city. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Herman tells his wife Bess that maybe it is now time for the family to move. However, Bess tells him that things are bad, but not enough to move. Instead, she suggests that they come up with a backup plan. Would it be enough to come up with a backup plan though? From the way the hatred is progressing, it seems that their back up plan must be foolproof. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Alvin, who had left for Canada to join the army to kill Nazis is receiving the training that he would need to do so. It also seems as if he has met someone that he might be in love with. So it would be fascinating to see how Alvin's life would progress in the future. 

'The Plot Against America' will air on HBO on Mondays at 9 pm ET.