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ER (1994)

49 mistakes in season 4

Starring: Alex Kingston, Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Noah Wyle, Parminder Nagra

Genres: Drama

Ground Zero - S4-E6

Continuity mistake: Carter is talking to Carol about his grandmother. The shot is mainly on her but we can see him put his pen away and pick up a chart - then the shot goes to him and we see him do the same thing again.

Good Touch, Bad Touch - S4-E5

Revealing mistake: When Greene and Benton are at the coffee stall, Greene calls Benton "Eriq," which of course is the actors real name.

David Mercier

Of Past Regret and Future Fear - S4-E20

Continuity mistake: After Anna tells Tina Marie she might have kidney problems, Tina grabs her husband Emmett's hand and then puts her other hand over it; the next shot shows her hand is still on the tray and then she moves it to cover Emmett's again.

Think Warm Thoughts - S4-E11

Continuity mistake: When Anna is holding the "virtual pet" after realising it has died, in the shots from the front she is holding it in both hands, but from the back it's only in her right hand. It's tricky to see because there is a pile of papers in the way, but her left hand is folded in front of her in the shots from behind.

David Mercier

Carter's Choice - S4-E13

Continuity mistake: Lizzie puts two cans of soft drink on the table in front of Peter - but a short time later they have moved noticeably, even though neither of them touched them.

Shades of Gray - S4-E19

Continuity mistake: The patient Zoe is in the ER with her boyfriend while Doug, Carol and Lydia work around her. At one point she puts her hand up to her throat, but in the next shot it's down by her hip, without enough time for the change.

Carter's Choice - S4-E13

Continuity mistake: When Carter comes into the ER with breakfast for everyone, he slips on the muddy floor and the food goes flying. A cardboard tray flies straight up from his left hand but ends up a few feet to his right, which defies the laws of physics.

Freak Show - S4-E8

Continuity mistake: Peter, Elizabeth, and Romano are with the little boy who has organ reversal and as Romano says "genetic breakthroughs are in the wings", Peter puts on one glove. As Lizzie asks him if something is wrong, he is putting on the glove again. As they continue to talk, he begins to examine Rodney, but when the shot changes, he is still putting on his gloves.

Good Touch, Bad Touch - S4-E5

Continuity mistake: When Carter is examining the patient Tom Angevine who drove into a tree, we can see two very noticeable parallel cuts from his eye to his chin - but as it goes to close up they miraculously disappear.

Fathers and Sons - S4-E7

Continuity mistake: In season 2, Doug mentioned that he hadn't seen or spoken to his father in 22 years, since he was twelve. But when he's going through his father's things at the motel, he finds pictures of himself from high school. Plus, he mentions his father teaching him how to drive when he was about 13 or 14.

A Hole in the Heart - S4-E22

Visible crew/equipment: When the ER team is helping Victor's children and wife you can see a camera's reflection on Lydia's back when she is helping Victor's daughter.


A Bloody Mess - S4-E17

Continuity mistake: Romano is standing outside an ER room watching through the glass. To his left, down the hall, we can see a woman pushing someone in a wheelchair. But when the shot goes to him entering the room, there's an extra behind him on the left pushing a large cart of supplies - there was nowhere for him to come from.

Carter's Choice - S4-E13

Continuity mistake: Dr. Wesr is talking to Kerry outside while it is snowing. He has quite a lot of snow on his shoulders, but within a few seconds, most of it has disappeared, which in real life wouldn't happen.

Shades of Gray - S4-E19

Continuity mistake: Doug goes into the ER room to respond to the boy, who's saying "go away." His mother has her arm around his head and is telling the drunk with his teeth out to go away. Then the shot changes and we see the boy's head, but no mother. A quick shot change and there she is again, cradling his head.

When the Bough Breaks - S4-E4

Continuity mistake: When Kerry is talking to Doug about his fellowship proposal, his stethoscope moves a couple of inches higher on his neck, even though he never touches it.

Do You See What I See? - S4-E10

Continuity mistake: After Dr. West leaves Anspaugh's office, the next shot shows both Kerry's hand and stethoscope have changed position. Also, the throw which had been fully visible behind her, is now only visible on the right side.

Obstruction of Justice - S4-E9

Continuity mistake: Near the start of the show, Carter gets a can of soft drink from the machine and just then his cousin Chase shows up in the ER - they hug and somehow the can, which should be in Carter's hand, has disappeared.

Something New - S4-E2

Continuity mistake: When Jeanie and Al are in the diner, when she spears a piece of fruit on her fork, Al has his hand on his hip. However, when the shot changes and she says, "How about your grandmother?", his hand is up on her shoulder.

A Hole in the Heart - S4-E22

Continuity mistake: When Doug and Carol are talking in the Pedes ICU, from one angle his head is against the back of the rocking chair, but from the other angle, his head is leaning forward. This continues for the scene, from shot to shot.

A Hole in the Heart - S4-E22

Continuity mistake: Near the beginning of the show, Doug is examining baby Josh and puts his stethoscope in his ears. Kerry says, "Your actions are totally irresponsible", and the shot goes to Doug. There is no sign of the stethoscope anywhere. The next shot, from behind him, shows it's around his neck. He then takes it off and the next shot should show it in his hands - but it's disappeared again.

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