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NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Light Sleeper - S3-E14

Continuity mistake: When McGee and Ziva are headed toward the sensitivity training seminar, and they notice Tony hitting on a woman at the top of the stairwell, Tony has a document in his right hand, which then jumps to his left, and then back to his right.

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Twilight - S2-E23

Revealing mistake: When Kate is shot by Ari, Michael Weatherly flinches before the sound of the gunshot, in anticipation of the forthcoming squib explosion.

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Doppelgänger - S2-E12

Continuity mistake: When Aaron Wright lights his cigarette in the NCIS elevator, he takes it out of his mouth to blow out a puff of smoke. His arm remains down by his side, but in the next shot his cigarette is instantly up in his mouth.

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Truth or Consequences - S7-E1

Plot hole: Near the end of the episode when Tony, Ziva and McGee are fleeing from the building where they were held captive, Gibbs appears out of nowhere to save their lives. But just moments before, Gibbs was more than a mile away, acting as a sniper.

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Internal Affairs - S5-E14

Continuity mistake: When Gibbs is comparing McGee to the FBI agent's ID badge, Gibbs' left hand disappears from the bottom of the badge.

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Designated Target - S5-E8

Factual error: The season 5 episode "Designated Target" deals with the murder of a Navy admiral and the cab driver transporting him through Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC. Late in the episode, the investigators try to get a lead on another cab driver by tapping into the records from taxi meters. The problem is, DC cabs don't yet have meters. Congress banned them in 1933, but legislation passed this year now gives the DC government authority to install meters. And in fact, just days before this episode aired in Nov 2007, DC's mayor announced plans to switch from the zone system to meters by April 2008.

Bete Noire - S1-E16

Character mistake: Ari tells Ducky and Gerald that if they lie or he suspects them of lying, he will shoot them in a ball-and-socket joint. Ari later shoots Gerald in the shoulder and mentions that next time it would be his knee. The knee is not a ball-and-socket joint. It is a hinge joint. The only other ball-and-socket joint in the human body is located in the hip. Ari is an educated Doctor and should know the difference.

Murder 2.0 - S6-E6

Revealing mistake: When the NCIS team were directed to the first video, McGee states that they were the first to view the video, however, the view counter on the video said 531,817 views.

Iceman - S4-E18

Character mistake: In the scene, where Jeanne tells Tony that he never said he loves her, besides after sexual activities. This is not true. In episode 15 "Friends and lovers" Tony ends a phone call saying "I love you."


Hit and Run - S10-E13

Factual error: There is a flashback scene in this episode, where a young, dejected Abby Sciuto is walking along railroad tracks after failing to give the bear back to Ricki. This scene starts with a shot of the railroad tracks, then pans up to Abby. It can be seen that the rails are laid on concrete sleepers, with modern steel clips holding the rails to the sleepers. Given that the flashback appears to take place when she was at least a couple of decades younger (i.e. the mid-1990s), such modern methods of construction wouldn't have been used. A period-accurate railroad track would have wooden sleepers, spikes and lighter rail. As such, it's obvious that the producers just went to the nearest railroad tracks and filmed the scene there.


Up in Smoke - S9-E23

Continuity mistake: When we see Gibbs and Dr. Ryan at Gibbs' house he places two mugs on the table. The mugs' positions change between shots.


Cabin Fever - S12-E15

Continuity mistake: When the Russian agent is talking to the bad guy, the Russian agent's coat collar changes position in just about every shot.

Anonymous Was a Woman - S11-E4

Continuity mistake: In the scene when Tony and Gibbs are riding together and Tony is eating a sandwich, it starts about half gone, the angle changes and there is only a bite gone, the angle changes again and it is about half gone again.

Lost at Sea - S10-E4

Character mistake: During the interrogation of Petty Officer Sparks, JAG Officer Lieutenant Nora Patel says "Lieutenant Sparks has a right to legal counsel."


Season 4 generally

Revealing mistake: During season 4 the same television clip of President Bush and VP Cheney disembarking Air Force One is used on the background television in the squad room. In some cases the clip is running and not in unison, on three of the televisions in the same scene from shot to shot.


Sharif Returns - S4-E13

Continuity mistake: When Sharif calls Gibbs to gloat, when Sharif ends the call, the shot cuts to Gibbs closing his cell phone, shot cuts to McGee and Col. Mann, when it cuts back to Gibbs, he is closing his phone again. We can even hear the phone close both times.


Twisted Sister - S4-E9

Continuity mistake: During the scene where Tim and sister Sarah are working on the past evening's timeline, Sarah's clothes lying on the counter change position between the wide shots and the close-ups. Also the plastic her shoes are sitting on in the wide shots disappears in the close-up when she removes them and when she picks up the baggie of money. The screen shot of the locations in the time line also change locations. The 9:30 and 10:00 individual locations show up in the Georgetown University area but when they zoom out to show all three locations, the two time location now show the George Washington University, Foggy Bottom area of D. C., and it shows Tim's residence as being in Arlington National Cemetery.


Dagger - S6-E9

Factual error: During the sequence where Bankston and Lee are supposed to make the dead drop of Domino, Adams Tavern, the location of the drop, is shown to be at 2177 Pimmit Drive in Woodbridge Va. The map that is showing the location is geographically correct, but "Pimmit Drive" is actually Horner Road. Also once the action leaves the bar, Lee and Bankston hijack a bus that reads "District Transit Authority". Since they are in Woodbridge, the bus service would be OmniLink.


Dagger - S6-E9

Continuity mistake: During the scene where Lee is being guarded by Tim and Tiny in the conference room, the coffee pots, stir sticks, cups and sugar bowls behind Lee change positions throughout the scene.


Dagger - S6-E9

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Tony and Ziva discover the dead body in Amanda's hiding place the dead body's extended arm is lying on the rug on the floor, and is left that way when Gibbs tell them to leave, yet in the next scene when Ducky shows Gibbs a picture of the dead body, the rug beneath the extended arm has disappeared.


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