Quantico-ABC -the mormon Eric Packer

Many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been vocal about the filming of one of the characters who is a Mormon (not in real life, but on the show), being filmed in nothing but his temple garments.

The pilot of “Quantico,” which is scheduled to premiere on Sunday, Sept. 27, at 9 p.m. on ABC/Ch. 4 is a series about a bunch of new recruits who arrive at the FBI training base in Quantico, Va., for training.

They’re assigned roommates, and recruit Caleb Haas (Graham Rogers) is surprised when he sees recruit Eric Packer (Brian J. Smith) changing his clothes and standing there in his temple garments.

Faithful members of the LDS Church consider the garments sacred — not something to be a plotline on a network TV entertainment series.

“You’re wearing pajamas under your clothes?” Caleb says, before quickly figuring out that Eric is Mormon.

“Are you Elder Eric? No way,” says Caleb, rather stupidly stunned to think that — gasp! — a Mormon could be in the FBI.

“Hey, do they know?” he asks.

“Of course,” Eric replies. “They recruited me.”

“Why?” Caleb asks.

“Mormons respect authority, don’t drink or take drugs, spend time in foreign countries, and they speak several languages,” Eric says. “I’m assuming none of that applies to you?”

We learn that Eric served a mission in Malawi. We learn that Caleb is kind of an idiot, at one point referring to Eric as “Joseph Smith” and saying, “I want to see how many wives you have.”

Yes, indeed, it’s the trite and over-used polygamy ploy.

Read the entire article from the Salt Lake Tribune

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