See here. The “15 minutes are up” bit after the end is inaccurate. There are other minor inaccuracies, like the color of the altar cloth. The music attempts to make the scene feel beautiful, but I doubt that will mitigate the complaints. The woman is crying at the end in anticipation of a “love court”, but the first thing I thought was how many ex-Mormons tell me how awkward and even creepy their experience felt to them.
Thoughts? Remember, keep your emotions in check. And remember that your taboos are not necessarily our taboos.
Update: Some of my favorite Mormon commentary on the episode:
Most contemporary Mormons feel that regardless of whatever the ceremony itself says about what should or should not be kept secret, all of it should. This extends even to official discourse within the institution itself. Noah Feldman’s concept of ’soft-secrecy,’ twentieth century Mormons’ proclivity to minimize those things which might seem odd or disturbing to contemporary is a useful way to conceptualize this, both within and without the boundaries of the Church.
The secrecy that surrounds the temple is one of the last bastions of peculiarity within a rushing tide of Mormon cultural assimilation. Maintaining that silence within the church is a way to assure ourselves that we are still possessed of holiness, of that special set-apartness that once characterized our entire lives. It’s a way to maintain the power of the distinctions and initiations that make Mormon culture strong and give it clarity…
This episode of Big Love, if it does nothing else, strips away Mormon secrecy and in so doing attempts to shove the Church unwillingly into the bright lights and cacophony of the public square.