Best drama TV character mistakes of all time

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Storm-y Weather - S5-E13

Character mistake: The officers count the inmates and say there's 10 missing. There are indeed 10 inmates hiding in the pool. However, Pennsatucky and Chang had escaped the prison. The officers counted Linda as an inmate, who had been hiding in Litchfield the whole season, and wasn't on the list. That would make it 11 people missing, not 10.

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Mr. Monk Gets Cabin Fever - S3-E12

Character mistake: Season 3, episode 12, "Mr. Monk Gets Cabin Fever": When Randy Disher is having Chinese food in his apartment with his new girlfriend, he gets a fortune stating that he is going to get money from his uncle. Randy says that he doesn't have an uncle. In Season 5, episode 14, "Mr. Monk Visits a Farm", Randy inherits a farm from his uncle who appears to have committed suicide, but was actually murdered.

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New this month Suggested correction: Randy says when that uncle dies that they were never close, so his leaving him the farm comes as a total surprise. It's still a character mistake, however, Randy is established as the sort of person who could "blank out" a relative that long-lost.

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Business Ethics - S5-E2

Character mistake: Meredith admits during the ethics seminar that she has been sleeping with Bruce, the HammerMill rep, for discounts on paper/paper supplies for the company, as well as Outback steak coupons, for 6 years. But, Dunder Mifflin did not begin selling Hammer Mill products until Season 3 Episode 2 The Convention when Michael got the contract.

Anastasia Nicole Lapidakis
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Suggested correction: Michael didn't establish the contract with Hammer-mill. Rather, he locked them up as an exclusive supplier. It's unknown if they were already selling the products to Dunder Mifflin alongside Staples and Office Max.

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Al Sah-Him - S3-E21

Character mistake: Diggle turns to Nyssa and says "I think what she's trying to say is, Oliver would never do anything to hurt you, Felicity," incorrectly addressing Nyssa as "Felicity." (00:14:00)

Jessie Lynn Starborne
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Suggested correction: He's addressing Felicity, he just turns around to look at Nyssa accusingly while he says it.

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Character mistake: Mrs. Reynolds, the housekeeper at Pemberley, refers to Mr. Darcy's late mother as Mrs. Darcy while showing Elizabeth and her aunt and uncle the house. This is a grave mistake on the part of the filmmakers as she should have been referred to as Lady Anne, the way her sister is known as Lady Catherine. Their father was an Earl, making them Ladies by birth, not by marriage. Hence, they must be called Lady followed by their first name.

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Season 3 generally

Character mistake: Throughout season 3, whenever someone visits Henry in prison, the word "VISITOR" on their visitor tags is misspelled as "VISTOR."

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Sins of the Father - S5-E10

Character mistake: Sergeant Gormley is promoted to Lieutenant. In the next episode, Baggage, he is referred to as Sergeant Gormley by Commissioner Reagan at least twice.

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Everything in Its Right Place - S4-E11

Character mistake: Lucas is seen placing flowers on Keith's tombstone, which states he died on January 23, 2006. In the next shot Lucas places a single flower on the grave of Jimmy Edwards, who died the same day and in the same scene as Keith, yet his tombstone states that he died on March 1, 2006.

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Little Box of Horrors - S7-E18

Character mistake: Katya (as Nina) says that Pandora's Box is "a gift the gods gave to Prometheus." But the Box was given to Epimetheus, not Prometheus. Epimetheus ignored the warnings of Prometheus, his brother, and accepted Pandora herself, who bore a box, as a gift from the gods.

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Who's Zoomin' Who? - S1-E9

Character mistake: When talking to a family, Christina says that the patient had "hematomachrosis" instead of "hemachromatosis"

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My Way Home - S5-E7

Character mistake: Early in the episode, Keith pages JD from home to the hospital. When JD arrives, he asks Keith what's the big emergency and Keith asks if he wants the patient to be prescribed unfractionated or low molecular weight heparin. JD gets angry and says that they're the exact same thing. This is in fact completely incorrect. Low molecular weight heparin is made from fragments of unfractionated heparin. They have different effects in their metabolism, half life and dose monitoring (unfractionated needs a blood test, low molecular weight doesn't). The choice between unfractionated and LMWH is an important clinical decision and should not be dismissed as "the exact same thing".

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I See You - S3-E8

Character mistake: When Hank is brought to the hospital with gunshot wounds, the ambulance and its two EMTs are met outside by two doctors. One doctor says "Let's get him two grams of oxygen. What's his hemoglobin?" This episode's technical adviser was perhaps away for this scene. How much exactly is two grams of oxygen? Orders for administering oxygen would be given in liters, such as two liters per minute (LPM). The line is presumably meant to be 'two liters of oxygen'. (00:02:25)

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The Mother Lode - S4-E17

Character mistake: While looking at a doctored photo of Lincoln and his mother, Lincoln mentions that Michael was born in 1976, but at the end of "Killing Your Number", it reads on Michael's grave stone that he was born in 1974.

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Episode #4.4 - S4-E4

Character mistake: When everyone is preparing to go in to dinner, Robert is wearing an adjustable bow tie. It's bad enough he's wearing black tie to dinner when he has guests, as his mother points out, but Robert, the Earl of Grantham, absolutely would not be seen wearing an adjustable tie with a stand up shirt collar, even among only his immediate family. (00:35:15)

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Moving the Chains - S6-E12

Character mistake: Episode 6.12, Moving The Chains: Marcus tells House that he and Eric were arrested for stealing a car, he was 16 and Eric was 14. He also says that his brother never did anything criminal after that. In season 1, we were told that Eric was 16 when he was arrested for stealing a car.

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100,000 BC - S1-E1

Character mistake: When Ian is trying to escape from the TARDIS in episode 1, he says, "He closed the door from over there, I saw him." It was in fact Susan who closed the door.

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Frequency - S3-E1

Character mistake: Days after Drew's death (Roy and Johnny had two days off after Drew's death), during the meeting that Brackett has with the four paramedic units, one of 59's guys asks, "What do we do when we have this overload situation on the same frequency? Two squads, like 51 and us today?" The situation with the frequency did not happen "today" as he said, it happened at least three days prior.

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Pilot - S1-E1

Character mistake: In the first scene with Cameron after she walks away from John next to the lockers, there's a poster on a wall to the left. It contains the word "guidance" misspelled as "guidence".

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In Heat - S3-E17

Character mistake: When Morgan looks up Charlie Luvet's car GPS map history, the last address reads "11257 Palmdale Drive," but when Morgan phones Hotchner with the address he says, "11257 Palm Drive."

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11:59 - S5-E23

Character mistake: Neelix says that the Great Wall of China, prior to the 22nd century, was the only man-made object visible to the naked eye from orbit. This statement has been long-since debunked, but it's not unreasonable to think the myth perpetuated itself in the future. Still wrong though.

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