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Mato (No. 66) - S4-E2

New this week Character mistake: After Elizabeth and Alexander Kirk crash-land into the Gulf of Mexico (technically, the Straits of Florida), Lizzie gets on the radio to report mayday, along with their coordinates. She incorrectly states their position with the following statement: "Mayday, mayday. Plane down off the coast of Havana. 23 degrees, 52 minutes north, 82 degrees, 49 minutes south. Mayday, mayday, mayday." Those coordinates specify two different latitudes (one above the equator, and one below), but no longitude! Luckily, she DID say they were off the coast of Havana, so the Coast Guard would be able to deduce the correct coordinates of 23' 52" north, 82' 49" west (not south!).


Anslo Garrick, Part 1 - S1-E9

Factual error: As Reddington sets up the blood transfer between himself and Ressler he inserts the intravenous line in Ressler's arm first and then in his own arm. This is a big NO NO! This way the remaining air inside the line gets into the recipient's body and could very well kill him. Judging the expert way he handles the set up he should know to first insert the IV in his own arm, let the line fill with blood and then insert the IV in Ressler's arm.

The Major (No. 75) - S2-E15

Factual error: Tom Keene watches an arms deal. The supposedly German plates of the BMW read "DD17-36F9." This, however, is not a possible combination in Germany, as there would not be numbers in the first half, nor a letter after a number in the second part. [exceptions from the first being the most important officials' cars like the federal president's, but even then the latter applies.]. Furthermore, no more than 4 numbers can be used, except for in police and military vehicles (which also never have a letter after a number, and start "Y" for military, or "DD-Q" for Dresden police). "DD-F1736" would have been a correct plate for the town of Dresden, for example.

Gina Zanetakos - S1-E6

Continuity mistake: The BMW 5 Series equipped with the dirty bomb you see in the beginning of the show is one of the 'F10' type. The car that actually explodes is another car. Possibly an elder 5 Series 'E34', but not an 'F10'. Later in the episode you see the F10 again, but when the FBI agent starts the BMW, the interior of an 'E60' BMW 5 Series is shown.

Mr. Gregory Devry (No. 95) - S3-E11

Factual error: Aram tells Elizabeth he downloaded "the fourth series of Doctor Who" and "Tom Baker is amazing" (indicating Baker is in series 4). Aside from unusual series/season word choice (Brits more often use the word "series" whereas Americans use "season"), Baker was the 4th Doctor and did not appear until season 10 of the original run.


Pilot - S1-E1

Factual error: The bomb is supposed to go off at the "DC Zoo", but the scene takes place at the National Botanical Garden, on the complete opposite side of DC from where the Smithsonian National zoo actually is.

Berlin: Conclusion - S1-E22

Plot hole: At the end of this episode Red takes off his shirt revealing his burned back, which leaves us to think that he might be Elizabeth's dad. However, this particular mark should have been noticed and written down in Red's prisoner file when he was taken into custody the first time (Episode 1). In that case Elizabeth would already know that Red is burned and could have asked some questions about it.

Wujing - S1-E3

Revealing mistake: In the shot of the assassins fleeing the scene of the bullet-ridden Range Rover in Shanghai, China, people are casually crossing the busy street in front of and behind the car. Nobody is looking at what just happened. Computer generated graphics were used to place the car and assassins motorcycles in the shot.

Ivan - S1-E17

Continuity mistake: Agent Keen breaks the train window and dives through the broken glass and cuts her face in two places as she pursues the young man. Her two cuts alternate throughout the following scenes on the train from dripping blood to barely scratches. That evening at home with her husband her face is practically clear and at Reddington's home later that evening her skin is perfect.


General Ludd - S1-E8

Revealing mistake: After Reddington kills Elizabeth's father and kisses him goodbye the "corpse" takes a deep breath.

Alistair Pitt (No. 103) - S3-E13

Continuity mistake: In the scene with Josephine, Red gives her a giraffe figurine. In the next scene with these characters the figure is an elephant.

The Judge - S1-E15

Character mistake: The Maryland flag is upside down. The black and gold checks should be at the top.

Berlin - S1-E21

Factual error: The U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln CVN-72 catapults an F-14 Tomcat off the deck of the aircraft carrier. The only problem is the Grumman made F-14 Tomcat was retired in 2006. Not to mention the cockpit shot is from an F-18 Hornet.

Ivan - S1-E17

Factual error: Early in the episode, a detective knocks on the door and identifies himself as being from the Metropolitan DC Police Dept., and displays his badge. Apparently the prop department gave the actor the wrong badge, because the one he flashes is from the NYPD, not the DC Police.


Berlin - S1-E21

Continuity mistake: When the plane is about to land the landing gear is deployed. After the abort order, the plane flies low over the landing strip, and the landing gear is up. When it ascends the landing gear is deployed again.

Drexel (No. 113) - S3-E15

Continuity mistake: Rachel the journalist puts on her jeans twice when speaking to Reddington.

Guy Stark

T. Earl King VI (No. 94) - S2-E14

Factual error: The German passport has a photograph loosely attached, this is not the case on a real European passport. It also has the American date format, but with correct European date separators.

Quon Zhang (No. 87) - S2-E20

Continuity mistake: When Keen enters Red's Bethesda apartment, the camera pans over pictures on the mantel. Directly left of the picture of a little girl/man on a swing, is a picture of a woman holding hands with 2 children (looks like 1980's, adult woman looks like Keen.) When Keen reaches out to pickup/view the swing picture, the woman/children picture is no longer there and a really old family photo is in its place.

Sally Sal

Pilot - S1-E1

Factual error: When Red goes to meet Zamani at the Lincoln memorial, he initially walks down the monument steps eastward, towards the reflecting pool in the direction of the Washington Monument and finds Zamani at the base of the steps. The map that is shown of his supposed location in front of the Lincoln Memorial when the FBI starts tracking him, isn't a map of the National Mall, nor the Lincoln Memorial. Later, when they are walking and he is "on the move, heading westbound", they are actually walking away from the Washington Monument, towards the Lincoln memorial, to the location where they had originally met (and discussed the Cherry Blossoms). Two seconds later, they are near 14th St, which is easily a 25 minute walk from the Lincoln Memorial.

Pilot - S1-E1

Factual error: The FBI logo on the projector screen is not the actual FBI logo. There are supposed to be 3 red stripes and 2 white stripes. There are supposed to only be 13 stars, 6 more have been added next to the scale. There are less than 46 leaves on what are supposed to be Laurel Leaf branches. [The differences can't be intentional, as "unauthorized use" of the FBI seal only applies where a situation might be construed to imply that the FBI approves its use, not the case in a fictional TV program.]


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