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Other mistake: Kenneth Cope had to wear a toupee for his part. He did so, only it was initially on the wrong way, though no one pointed it out or noticed. If it ain't broke...

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Who Killed the King of the Country Club? - S2-E11

Continuity mistake: When Burke questions him on the golf course, Conrad Hill is completely in shadow for all the frontal shots, but in full sunlight in the over-the-shoulder reverse angles. (00:14:00)

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One Good Man - S3-E6

Character mistake: After Patton's ex-wife pushes him off the balcony and he lands on the researcher with the gun and the rest of the team come in, someone asks him if he is OK. He says that he is fine, nothing is broken. Other than his arms, ribs or neck how is he going to know that? He is already paralyzed. He can't feel anything.

William Lindsey
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Flight - S5-E7

Factual error: At the start of this episode you see the terminal at Washington Reagan National Airport, but when Mr. Haslett picks up his ticket you hear an announcement stating it is the Seattle, Washington Airport. (00:00:20)

Regulus
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Factual error: Eve wears an imaginary cap badge. It certainly isn't Royal Military Police.

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By Any Means: Part 4 - S6-E13

Continuity mistake: When Buzz and Provenza race out of the squad room to follow Rusty in the frantic search for Stroh, Buzz is in shirt sleeves with no tie. However when they arrive at their destination Buzz is wearing a coat and tie.

bnemirow
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I Saw the Sun Rise - S1-E1

Factual error: When Magnum has his US Navy white uniform on, his Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Ribbon is shown upside down. And beards are not allowed. (00:41:05)

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Satan's Witches - S3-E17

Continuity mistake: When Starsky and Hutch are driving up to Dobey's cabin, park near the lake, and then drive into town for supplies, the car's license plate is attached to the driver's side of the front bumper as it should be, but when they're in town the plate is now attached to the passenger side of the bumper, and it's not a flipped shot. At the end, when Hutch tells Starsky he wants to leave, the license plate is back where it should be.

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Revolution 1 - S2-E4

Factual error: Hodiak is having breakfast at a dinner. There is a sign for breakfast with a price of $4.95. In 1967 the price for breakfast would have been around $1.25 or less. Minimum wage was $1.60 an hour and the price of a big Mac, for example, was $0.50 and fries $0.10. So a $4.95 price for breakfast is just ridiculous.

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Episode #1.4 - S1-E4

Other mistake: Dr Ambrose, talking about a doctor tending to patients on death row, says "Hippocrates is spinning in his grave." The subtitles say "Hypocrites is spinning in his grave."

Paul Giaccone
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Factual error: When Jim Fitzgerald walks up to his cabin, several Ford Crown Victoria sedans are parked around it. The model seen is of the 1998 and final design, while the scene takes place in 1997, a year before it was introduced.

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Sammo Blammo - S2-E1

Continuity mistake: In the scene at the bank, he has a bomb attached to him and an ex-bad guy handcuffed next to him, the handcuff is roughly a foot long, making the distance short between him and the guy next to him. Sammo fights a gang of thugs in the bank and does a swing round kick and his handcuff is detached or widens by 3-4 ft. The guy on the floor is rolling around to make it look like he is attached to Sammo, but is clearly not.

markhorneyuk
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A Matter of Justice - S8-E1

Factual error: About 45 minutes into the episode, the girls' car stalls because the alternator's wire has been removed to cause this. For a car to stall like this, the battery has to be heavily drained which it would wind up being. When the killer comes up to the car, he tells her to try and start the car. She does and it turns over but doesn't start. The battery would never have enough amperage to turn over the car if it didn't have enough to keep the motor running.

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Episode #1.5 - S1-E5

Factual error: Catherine is told she's been recommended for the Queen's Police Medal for Gallantry. This has not been awarded since 1977, when it was replaced by the Queen's Gallantry Medal, which is still awarded.

Necrothesp
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The Big Candy Box - S7-E2

Visible crew/equipment: As Friday and Gannon get out their car to talk to the officers, you see a boom mike at the top of the shot. (00:08:45)

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Episode #2.3 - S2-E3

Continuity mistake: Jack and Georgina pull into parking spot next to another vehicle. In next shot, as they walk away from their Mercedes, there is no vehicle in the next spot with no time for it to have pulled out. (00:28:15)

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The Harmful One - S1-E1

Factual error: Cars in Thailand drive on the left side of the road with the steering wheel on the right, unlike the ones shown in the episode.

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Plot hole: When Nicky goes into prison in Mexico to give a criminal a shot of insulin, two errors are seen. 1) The needle and syringe are far too big for an insulin shot, which takes a one ml syringe and a small sub-cutaneous needle. 2) When we first see the syringe, there is a small amount of insulin in it, but it grows the more times we see it, until a large syringe is two-thirds full - insulin is enough in a one ml syringe.

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Monstret - S1-E6

Revealing mistake: As the RCV enters the gravel field with the bomb, you can see a person in shorts walking casually in the background, despite the area being sealed off.

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Force of Arms - S1-E16

Factual error: The chopper's main rotors are at a speed enough to cause rotor wash, but the men's coats or hair don't move at all, when they should have been buffeted around.

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