Best comedy TV character mistakes of all time

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Live from Studio 6H - S6-E19

Character mistake: Tina Fey fumbles her line and has to start it again. The original line should have been "How long do you think you're going to get away with this? Hazel or Jenna will know we're missing." Instead the second part of the line is "Henna or Jay; Hazel or Jenna will know we're missing!" (00:04:05)

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Lucy and Bob Hope - S6-E1

Character mistake: Bob Hope mistakenly calls Lucy "honey" when she's dressed as the intrusive hot dog vendor. He was supposed to believe she was a man. (00:12:00)

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Bureau - S3-E22

Character mistake: Captain Holt calls the Pimento case "Operation 225641441636324" which he said he arrived by placing a numerical value to each letter in Pimento and then squaring it. But the perfect squares couldn't match up to Pimento since there's only 6 perfect squares and Pimento has 7 letters (plus the last 2 perfect squares don't fit the pattern of the previous 4). Nor is "225641441636324" a perfect square.

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The Kipper and the Corpse (a.k.a. Death) - S2-E4

Character mistake: When Sybil is telling Basil that the two men and the woman are coming to collect Mr Leeman but he's already pronounced dead, she tells her husband that they are coming to collect him "at lunchtime". However, his colleagues told Mr Leeman they'd collect him at 9:30 and not lunchtime.

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Ready or Not - S2-E16

Character mistake: When Alex mentions to Mallory that he's had sex before, he tells her he was 17 and that it was leap year. Not correct, this event occurred in 1982 (during one of the first episodes when Alex was 17), which was not a leap year.

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Insanity Genetic (2) - S3-E20

Character mistake: During his interrogation, Ken comments that he beat Christopher's impulsive violence out of him. But in "The Perfect Thanksgiving", he tells Erin's brother Michael that he never hit his children, choosing instead to destroy their self-esteem.

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Cleveland's Angels - S1-E20

Character mistake: When Cleveland enters his house to look for money to repay the casino, he sees the College Fund jar and says "I can't do that to Ramona" but the step daughter's name is Roberta.

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What a Dump - S5-E11

Character mistake: When it is announced that Mama's block has been chosen for the new city dump, Iola states that she would have to move too. Being that Iola lives across the street she does not live on the same block as Mama and therefore would not be affected.

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Article Two - S5-E19

Character mistake: During Garth's filibuster, the Marvel characters come into the Star Wars universe because Thanos is using the Infinity Gauntlet's Reality Gem to cross realities. The gem allows the wielder of the Gauntlet to MOLD reality to his desire, but an Infinity Gauntlet does not work outside it's home universe/dimension, so Thanos wouldn't be able to "jump from different realities" with it. Someone that well-versed in the Marvel Comics universe would know this.

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Can't Buy Me Math - S5-E11

Character mistake: The math test Tina gets a D on has #5 marked wrong. However it is correct. (Additionally it seems improbable she would actually get #3 and #4 wrong since she obviously understood the concept of how to do the problem and only had a problem with the division for some reason, and these questions didn't require division).

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A Breath of French Air (2) - S1-E6

Character mistake: It is mentioned several times that the Larkins' holiday to France takes place in August. Whilst on the beach, Ma Larkin says that Mariette and Charlie's first wedding anniversary is the following week. However, it is established in the previous two part episode, 'When the Green Woods Laugh', that their wedding date is the seventh of July, the same date that Pop has to appear in court.

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G.I. Jessie - S2-E26

Character mistake: In the beginning of the pilot episode, Jessie told the cab driver that her father is in the Marine Corps. However, it is shown in this episode that her father is actually a lieutenant colonel in the Army. It's highly unlikely that Jessie wouldn't know what branch of the military her father was in considering how much she spoke about her military upbringing throughout the series.

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Cousin Cuisine - S7-E7

Character mistake: Maria (Felipe's cousin) supposedly didn't understand any English (only single words like "yes") and would answer (in Spanish) "Que?" after a full sentence of English was spoken to her. However, in front of Jack, one of the girls said to Maria "Tell Jack the new English word you just learned" and Maria understandingly responded "No." There's no way that Maria could respond correctly to that question since she didn't understand any other English sentences throughout the episode.

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The Joker's Flying Saucer - S3-E24

Character mistake: Vertigris tells Joker he planted a bomb in the Batmobile while it was parked in front of City Hall/Police HQ. Only in this instance, it wasn't. It was parked in the alley out back, the better to hide his bomb-planting from public view, so it's strange that he'd forget this. (00:08:15)

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The catch - S6-E8

Character mistake: When Charlotte is looking at her wedding announcement in the New York Times, there is a close-up shot of part of the article. It says, in reference to Charlotte: "She is a writer and editor at Fashions Magazine in Manhattan". This is not true, nor has it ever been true. Perhaps the producers of the show threw that in, to see if anyone would notice. Also, the same article mentions: "The bride, who will be keeping her name..." and yet we never really hear Charlotte use the name York instead of Goldenblatt. (00:16:45)

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I Can't Make You Love Hannah If You Don't - S1-E4

Character mistake: When Olivia turns up at Jackson's house, she says, "That was my Saturday afternoon. This is my Saturday night!" which indicates it is the same day. But when Cooper arrives, he says, "Sorry for blowing off at you yesterday," which means another day has passed. However, at the Hannah concert, it is the same day all the while, so Cooper had got his days wrong.

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Chains - S2-E6

Character mistake: At the end of the episode, when Ludwig stands up, he apparently entirely forgets that he's just been run through with a sword.

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Blood Drive - S2-E6

Character mistake: Zayday makes incorrect statements about blood types. She mentions that, since Chanel #5 is type O-, her parents must also be O-; in actuality, they could each be type A or B (genotypes AO or BO, respectively) and could also have Rh+ blood as long as they also carry the recessive Rh- allele. Zayday also says that the child of two O+ parents must be O+, when the child could also be O- (again, if the parents carry the Rh- allele).

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Hookers, Hookers, Hookers - S8-E4

Character mistake: Gordon says that he never had sex with anyone Alan knows, yet in Season 3 he briefly dated Rose and according to Rose also had sex with her.

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Dick on One Knee - S2-E16

Character mistake: When Tommy walks into the flower shop, he tells the clerk that his sister is getting married. For the purpose of their mission, Sally, the sister in question, is actually supposed to be Tommy's aunt. (00:05:20)

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