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Purple Giraffe - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: In the opening scene at the bar, the level of beer in Ted's glass goes up and down between shots.

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Belly Full of Turkey - S1-E9

Continuity mistake: When Lily drops the potato chips on top of the 'salad', we can see a few chips sticking up beyond the top of the bowl. The shot changes and now the chips are laid flat, with none sticking up over the top.

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Matchmaker - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: At the matchmaker's office, when Barney is saying he just wants someone to hold, Ellen is seen putting her pencil down on the desk but in the next shot it is in her hand again.

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Belly Full of Turkey - S1-E9

Continuity mistake: In the opening scene at the apartment, the mug that Ted is holding keeps changing positions in his lap between shots. Sometimes it is tucked behind the leg nearest the camera, whilst in other shots it is sat on top of that leg.

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Pilot - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When Marshall and Barney are talking in the back of the cab, the red-edged black book on the dashboard moves back and forth between shots, though the cab is stationary.

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Purple Giraffe - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: The morning after the second party, the items on the coffee table change instantly between shots. Several beer bottles and blue cups vanish, whilst a red cup and red bowl appear.

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Okay Awesome - S1-E5

Continuity mistake: When the bartender holds up the napkin with the price of the drinks on it, he is holding it straight. The shot cuts to the view from behind, and the napkin is now held at a clear angle.

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The Duel - S1-E8

Continuity mistake: At the Sci-Fi themed restaurant, the straw in Robin's date's drink keeps changing position between shots. Sometimes it points straight up from the glass, other times it is angled towards her date leaning against the side of the glass.

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Sweet Taste of Liberty - S1-E3

Continuity mistake: When Marshall is on the phone to Barney, the green highlighter jumps back and forth from on the desk to on top of the open book.

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Matchmaker - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: In the opening scene at the bar, when Ted and Barney are discussing the idea of going to visit a matchmaker, Ted's beer glass suddenly goes from being about a quarter full, to being nearly three-quarters full.

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Slutty Pumpkin - S1-E6

Continuity mistake: When Barney is at the apartment in his Top Gun costume, the position his helmet is in on the coffee table changes between shots. Sometimes the front of the helmet faces the camera, at other times it is sideways.

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Matchmaker - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: In the final scene at the matchmaker's office, the tub of Haagen Daaz on the desk turns around between shots. Sometimes the brand name is visible, but in other shots the logo is facing away from the camera.

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Return of the Shirt - S1-E4

Continuity mistake: When Barney is crouched down, leaning against Robin's chair, the money in his right hand vanishes between shots.

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Return of the Shirt - S1-E4

Continuity mistake: When the gang are discussing what Ted should say to break up with Natalie, the amount of beer in Marshall's glass goes up and down between shots.

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Slutty Pumpkin - S1-E6

Continuity mistake: At dinner, Robin starts eating the ice cream sundae and knocks the cherry off the top. In the next scene, when she passes the sundae to Mike, the cherry is back neatly on top and the sundae looks untouched.

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Pilot - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When the group are at the bar, just as Ted asks Barney's opinion, Marshall's beer bottle goes from at his mouth to on the table in a second.

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Belly Full of Turkey - S1-E9

Continuity mistake: When Lily is making the layered salad, in some shots the layers are defined, but in others there is much more mayonnaise running between the layers.

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Okay Awesome - S1-E5

Continuity mistake: When they first arrive at the club we see Barney, in close up, undo some of his top shirt buttons. A few seconds later, he is seen in the background with his shirt buttoned.

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Return of the Shirt - S1-E4

Continuity mistake: When Robin is talking to her boss about his dog, the pens and pencils in the holder on his desk change depending on the camera angle.

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Return of the Shirt - S1-E4

Continuity mistake: After Natalie throws spaghetti at Ted, the amount and position of the spaghetti pieces changes instantly between shots.

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Mistakes

Lily and Marshall mention that they've been using the same toothbrush ever since they've been together, but in the 14th episode of the 1st season, "Zip, zip, zip", Marshall and Lily are simultaneously brushing their teeth with a tooth brush each (before Ted and Victoria get home).

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Trivia

When Ted and Robin are at the restaurant, they are accidentally sent a champagne glass with an engagement ring in. A man then claims the ring and proposes to his girlfriend. This couple really did get engaged on the show - the guy set up the surprise proposal, as his girlfriend thought they were just there as extras.

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