Out-of-sorts physics teacher, Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg), is trying to find an explanation behind the inexplicable series of bad luck he has recently been having. Amongst other things, his wife has suddenly requested a Jewish divorce and he has been bribed by one of his failing students to give a passing grade. Seeking life guidance, he books a meeting with Rabbi Nachtner, but unexpectedly gets the junior Rabbi, Scott (Simon Helberg). Here's how things play out...
Larry Gopnik: "And...she wants a Get."
Rabbi Scott: [PAUSES] "A what?"
Larry Gopnik: "She wants a..."
Rabbi Scott: [Interrupting] "Oh, a Get! Uh-huh. Sure."
Larry Gopnik: "I feel like the carpet's been yanked out from under me. [STAMMERING] I don't even know which end is up. I'm not even sure how to react. I'm so confused."
Rabbi Scott: "What reasons did she give for the rupture?"
Larry Gopnik: "She didn't give reasons. Just that, you know, things haven't been going well."
Rabbi Scott: "And is that true?"
Larry Gopnik: "I guess. I don't know. She's usually right about these things. I was hoping that Rabbi Nachtner could..."
Rabbi Scott: "That he would...he would...Yes?"
Larry Gopnik: "Well, with the benefit of his life experience. No offense"
Rabbi Scott: [Chuckling] "No, of course not. I am the junior rabbi. It is true, the point of view of somebody who's older and perhaps had similar problems might be more valid, and you should see the senior rabbi as well, by all means. Or even Marshak. If you can get in, that is, he's quite busy. But maybe...[PAUSE]...Can I share something with you? Because I, too, have had the feeling of losing track of Hashem, which is the problem here. I too have forgotten how to see him in the world and when that happens, you think: "Well if I can't see him, he isn't there. He's gone." But that's not the case. You just need to remember how to see him. [CHUCKLING] Am I right? I mean...the parking lot here. [WALKS OVER TO LOOK AT THE LOT THROUGH THE WINDOW] Not much to see. But if you imagine yourself a visitor, someone who isn't familiar with these autos and such, somebody still with the capacity for wonder. Someone with a fresh...perspective. That's what it is, Larry. [GETTING ANIMATED] Because with the right perspective you can see Hashem, you know, reaching into the world. He is in the world, not just in shul. It sounds to me like you're looking at the world, looking at your wife, through tired eyes. It sounds like she has become a sort of thing. A problem. A thing."
Larry Gopnik: "She is seeing Sy Ableman."
Rabbi Scott: [LOOKING DEJECCTED] "Oh."
Larry Gopnik: "They're planning...[PAUSE]...That's why they want the Get."
Rabbi Scott: "Oh, I'm sorry."
Larry Gopnik: "It was his idea."
Rabbi Scott: "Well, they do need a Get to remarry in the faith. But...this is life. You have to see these things as expressions of God's will. You don't have to life it, of course."
Larry Gopnik: "The Boss isn't always right, but he's always the boss."
Rabbi Scott: [LAUGHING] "That's right! Things aren't so bad. Look at the parking lot, Larry. [TRUNS TO ONCE AGAIN LOOK OUT THE WINDOW] Just look at that parking lot."