New this month Continuity mistake: In Pinocchio's home, when Jiminy Cricket pops out of the cuckoo clock, a navy officer doll can be seen sitting on a table as Geppetto goes to release the cricket. In the first shot, the doll is perpendicular to the chair next to the table, but when Jiminy says, "It's okay. He meant no harm", the doll has turned around 90° and is parallel to the chair. After the Blue Fairy shows up, the doll is back to its original position.
New this month Revealing mistake: At the end of the episode, when Emma goes to Gold to ask for his help, we can see he's wearing a wedding ring on his left hand in addition to the usual ring with the light blue stone he wears on the right. That's actually Robert Carlyle's own wedding ring; as he wrote during a twitter Q&A session, he forgot to take it off before they started to film.
Visible crew/equipment: When the horse carriage is ambushed, just as Princess Abigail can be heard screaming "Please, help me", the camera pans downward and a horse wrangler wearing a blue baseball cap can be seen in the lower left hand corner, hiding behind one of the horses.
Character mistake: In the evening, Emma states that Kathryn Nolan has been missing for 24 hours, meaning that this episode takes place the day after Kathryn disappeared. When Emma investigates Kathryn's car, David tells Emma that he last spoke to Kathryn "yesterday afternoon", and when Emma asks if he's telling the truth, he says he is, and that he hasn't spoken to her since he ended their relationship. However, "What Happened to Frederick" establishes that David broke up with Kathryn the day before she tried to leave town and disappeared, because when Kathryn apologized to Regina, Regina referred to the events surrounding the break-up as "what happened yesterday." Emma checks Kathryn's phone records and finds out that Kathryn talked to David on the phone the day she disappeared, but David could not have referred to that conversation, since "Red-Handed" and "Heart of Darkness" both establish that he doesn't remember the phone call because of a memory blackout. While it is possible that David could have been referring to a second, off-screen, break-up conversation with Kathryn the day she disappeared, when Sidney shows up with the phone records, Emma specifically says to him that David told her that he DIDN'T speak to Kathryn that day, which, in fact, he said he did.
Continuity mistake: Emma has a flower tattoo on her left wrist. Throughout the series, there are subtle changes in its design, and its position on her arm. For example, when Emma is sitting at the table with Mary Margaret in "The Thing You Love Most", the tattoo has six petals, and is located about an inch below her hand. When she's on the phone with Ruby in "Red-Handed", the tattoo is much bigger, and the petals are arranged differently; it has also moved further up her arm, and is almost touching her hand. When she's arrested in "Tallahassee", there are five petals instead of six, the petals have a rounder shape (in "Red-Handed", they were rather pointy), and the tip of one of the petals is touching her hand. When she pulls her hair behind her ears at the tavern in "Snow Drifts", said petal is thinner, and is no longer touching her hand.
Continuity mistake: The blade on the Dark One's Dagger has one side with the name of the Dark One inscribed, while the other side is decorated with a pattern. The name keeps switching from one side of the blade to the other, throughout the series. In some scenes, the writing is right side up when the dagger is held in the left hand and facing the wielder: This happens, for example, when Rumplestiltskin finds the dagger in "Desperate Souls", when Mr. Gold gives the knife to August in "The Return", when Gold summons the wraith in "Broken", when Cora has the dagger in "The Miller's Daughter", when Zelena controls Mr. Gold in "The Tower", and when Gold triumphantly shows the dagger to Zelena in "Kansas." In other scenes, the characters are right side up when the dagger is facing the wielder and held in the right hand: For example, when Rumplestiltskin summons Zoso in "Desperate Souls", when Cora steals the knife in "The Queen Is Dead", when Gold uses the dagger in "Going Home", when Regina picks it up in "Kansas", and when Gold hides the dagger in "Snow Drifts."
Continuity mistake: Sidney's newspaper article in 1-8 "Desperate Souls" stated that Emma was arrested in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1996. However, this is directly contradicted in this episode, which shows that Emma was actually arrested in Portland, eleven years before the frame story, meaning that the arrest took place in 2001 (since "Selfless, Brave and True" establishes that Emma arrived in Storybrooke in October 2011, and the frame story of "Tallahassee" takes place a few months later, in 2012).
Continuity mistake: Emma Swan has a flower tattoo on her left wrist. It can be glimpsed during her date with Ryan, and is visible when she's sitting at the table with Mary Margaret in "The Thing You Love Most", and when she's on the phone with Ruby in "Red-Handed." However, when she opens the door for Henry in "Pilot", the tattoo is gone. The same thing happens when she's pressing a pack of ice against her wound in "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter."
Continuity mistake: In the giant's treasure room, there are many giant gold coins near the skeleton of Jack the Giant Killer. The amount and position of the coins repeatedly changes. For example, when they find the skeleton, there are several coins on the edge of a small dais, but when Emma saves Hook from the trip wire, they are missing.
Continuity mistake: When Emma is arrested, she has a flower tattoo on her left wrist. When she's climbing the beanstalk with Hook, in a few shots, her wrist is bare, and you can see that the tattoo is missing; this happens, for example, when she remarks, "You should be used to people not trusting you."
Continuity mistake: When Emma finds Snow White's glass coffin, there's a hole in the lid. In the overhead shot, the hole is rather small, but in the shot from inside the coffin, the size of the hole has changed dramatically. In the next shot, it is small again.
Continuity mistake: When Emma and August are walking down the street in the morning, as he says "Take the day off. Come with me, and I'll show you", behind them, a man and a woman can be seen crossing the street. In the next shot, the exact same couple crosses the street again.
Continuity mistake: When Mary Margaret and Emma attack Cora, she vanishes into thin air. In the next shot, they run toward the portal, and their weapons have mysteriously disappeared. They were there in the previous shot, and there was no time to get rid of them, especially not Mary Margaret's quiver, which was strapped to her body.