State of the Union (2019–…): Season 2, Episode 2 - Why Quake? - full transcript

- Hey.
- Hi. How are you?

You know,
I wish it wasn't Thursday.

Steve and Cindy day.
He already got you a tea by the way.

- He's here?
- Yeah.

He asked to see
my driver's license.

- What?
- Yeah.

- What did say?
- I said no.

What reason did he give?

He wanted to compare it to his.

He wanted to see if they changed
in the last few years.

- Bullshit.
- Do you think so?

- He's obsessed.
- I'm sorry.

- So, here's what I found out.
- You asked to see Jay's ID.

That's a rather
dramatic interpretation.

I wanted to see what the new
licenses looked like. That's all.

They wouldn't show me
of course. Top secret.

I think "private"
rather than "top secret".

What if I were a traffic cop,

would her driver's license
be top secret then?

- Their driver's license.
- Damn it.

Scott, please don't train
as a traffic cop

so you can ask to see their ID.

Okay. So here, can I
report what I found out?

- About Jay?
- No. I'm not insane.

I've been investigating
your new life.

It's not a new life.

So, all the days and nights that
I thought you were

in our New York apartment

visiting our daughters,
our grandchildren,

you were actually in Sabbath
Day Lake Village in Maine.

Hell of a drive. Eight hours
if there's no traffic.

You're celibate, which anyway,
we'll get to that, I guess.

You believe
in the dualism of God.

That is to say, you believe that
God is both male and female,

and there aren't a lot of you left.

What are you talking about?

Why am I driving to a village
eight hours away?

'Cause you have to
if you're a Shaker,

as you announced
in our session last week,

and there is nowhere else
in the whole of the USA.

I'm not a Shaker.

Well, what are you then?

Well, I'm part of a Quaker community.

- You're a Quaker?
- Well, yes, maybe.

- Not a Shaker?
- No.

I heard Shaker.

Well, you heard wrong.
I'm not a Shaker.

- And there's a difference?
- Clearly.

I don't know
too much about Shakers,

but I know Quakers aren't celibate.

How do you know that?

Well, we've had sex
since I became a Quaker.

So, there's that.

I've had sex with a Quaker.


Anyway, Quakers are regular people.

So, why be a Quaker?
Why quake?

What do you do
when you see these people?

Well, mostly, I think, meditate.

Right. You couldn't
do that at home?

The point is to think with others.
It's a prayer circle.

But nobody says anything.

Well, occasionally,
someone will speak.

- Do you?
- I have done.

What do you say?

I'm not sure I want to go into that.

It wasn't anything
about me or the marriage?

It's always about you.

I don't know if you're joking or not.

I am capable of joking.

But if you're joking,
why won't you tell me?

Because you're not
the most sympathetic guy

when it comes to this kind of thing.

I don't know
what "this kind of thing" is.

Well, I don't know what you'd call it.
Matters of the spirit, I guess.

"Matters of the spirit"?
No, you're right.

But I want to know how it works.
So you...

You're sitting there in silence,
doing your thing, and...

Well, I once said something
about a piece of music.

A piece of music?
What piece of music?

Does it really matter?
If I told you that piece of music was

"Me and you and a dog named Boo",
would that help you?

- The Lobo song?
- If that's who it was?

"Me and you"...
I'm surprised you even knew it.

I'm the one that listens
to oldies radio. What did you say?

Okay, first of all, I know songs
in the 1970s. I grew up then, too.

And, secondly, I never
actually mentioned the song.

It was a preposterous example.

Do they have any other songs?

- Lobo?
- Yeah.

Can we talk about Lobo
another time?

And I think Lobo was a "him".
Not a "them".

Unless, of course...

Don't say it.
It's unworthy of you.

You don't know
what I'm going to say?

I absolutely do.

Okay. I'm predictable.

We should talk about chart hits
of the '70s more often.

I had no idea you were
this fount of knowledge.

Well, there you are. They say
counseling is a voyage of discovery.

Yeah. But this is important,
we share a culture.

We're the same age.

A lot of married couples
are the same age.

People still get divorced.

They come to a conclusion
it's not enough.

Is this all because of the quaking?

Please be more respectful.
Enough with the quaking.

- Quakers don't quake?
- No!

Well, it's pretty unusual to be a
something-er and not do the something.

Swimmers swim. Robbers rob.
But Quakers don't quake.

You think you can trick me.

You're trying to get me to admit that
I've been quaking the whole time.

- I'm just saying.
- But why are you just saying?

This is important to me, Scott.

It's going to take up
a lot of the rest of my life.

Golf is gonna take up a lot of mine.
But I'm not going to divorce you.

- It's not the same.
- Why not?

Why can't I play golf,
you go to your meetings,

and we come home in the
evenings and watch TV.

Golf isn't a world view.

You can have a world view.
I don't care.

But you're not in it.

Nowhere in the entire world view?

You have a view of the world
and you can't see me?

- I have to be there somewhere.
- Of course you're in there somewhere.

Just not slap bang in the center.

So where am I?

On a golf course somewhere.

But, you know, I'm not
looking at golf courses.

What are you looking at?

"Tell me,"

"what is it you plan to do with
your one wild and precious life?"

- What?
- It's a poem.

- What is?
- That question.

It comes from a poem
by Mary Oliver.

Okay, and?

It's something I think about a lot.

The question.

What do you plan
to do with your life?

- "Wild and precious life".
- You ask that question?

Yeah, you don't?

- I only just heard it just now.
- But you get the drift.

What am I planning
to do with my life?

- Me?
- Yeah.

I'm 62. I already did it.
I'm retired.

My point exactly.

You think your life is over
because you no longer work.

It's not over.
Gonna play a lot of golf.

And then spend a lot of money
on good food and wine,

I'm going to visit Civil War
battlegrounds and Normandy beaches.

- Which are also battlegrounds.
- I like battlegrounds.

I'm gonna listen to every
jazz record made before 1965.

Gonna take the boat out.
Gonna fish.

Everything is the past or dead.

Civil War, D-Day, Lobo,
the jazz musicians, the fish.

Was there a moment
you decided all this?

You know, one moment you didn't want
a divorce, and next minute you did.

- Yes.
- When was it?

You won't remember.

Try me.

When you wouldn't
come to see "The Wife".

Which wife?

The movie. "The Wife".
Glenn Close.

Seriously? Because
I wouldn't go to see a movie?


- I heard that movie wasn't good.
- You heard no such thing.

You didn't wanna see a movie
called "The Wife".

What did I say?

You said it doesn't sound
like my kind of thing,

yet you knew nothing about it,
apart from the title.

You have to admit,
it wasn't a good title.

What was wrong with it?
It spoke to me.

Those two words? "The wife"?

Yes, "The Wife".

It sounded like
a movie about a woman

who was overshadowed,
taken for granted, anonymous.

Well, I'm sorry for her, but I don't
want to watch a whole movie about her.

Doesn't exactly sound

Well, no.

- One movie, and that was it?
- Yeah.

I mean, that's when
I started thinking about it.

And then it all spooled out from there.
Once it was unspooled, I couldn't...

I went to see "Dunkirk" with you.

I went to see
the "Churchill" movie.

Come on. You didn't want
to see a movie

about the greatest
wartime leaders since Lincoln?

I went. That's the difference.

I saw "The Wife" on my own.

Well, how was it?

Is it streaming yet?
I could catch up.

I'm not sure you can, honey.

Let's go.