Best mystery TV character mistakes of all time

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Details - S1-E16

Character mistake: When looking at the car near the start, Sherlock says he can tell by the pattern of the bullet holes that the gun was fired in 3 round bursts. But when we saw the attack earlier, the gun fired in bursts of different lengths.

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Hercule Poirot's Christmas - S6-E1

Character mistake: After Japp's arrival, when Poirot walks up the stairs with the two male detectives, at one point he says "Mais no madame." ("But no mylady.")

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You Kill Me - S8-E8

Character mistake: While looking at the evidence that was knocked onto the floor, Greg picks up a woman's shoe in his bare hand causing his finger prints to get on it. When investigating a crime, even one in a "whodunit" game, he should have been wearing gloves.

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Catch A Falling Star - May 21, 1979 - S2-E10

Character mistake: In the preview for this episode, Charlie has trouble getting his countdown straight. He shouts that Sam is on in 50 seconds, then 47, then 48. In the episode itself, the mistake is corrected with a rather obvious overdub, changing the final number to 43. (00:02:05)

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Death at Victoria Dock - S1-E4

Character mistake: Fisher refers to some characters as speaking "a Slavic language." The characters are Latvian anarchists. Lettish (aka Latvian) is a Baltic language, not Slavic.

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This Is Not a Test - S1-E5

Character mistake: When Kyle is re-taking the test at the end of the school day, you see him bubble in 4 answer and turn the page and continue to answer questions. However there were 7 questions on the first page so he ended up putting the answer to #8 on #5 of the scantron. Kyle is too smart to do this.

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Time Will Tell - S2-E7

Character mistake: A shot shows Djimon Hounsou completing his year entry on a large chalk board. The entries are 20 years apart. The third entry on the second line is 2274, the next should be 2294, but instead it records 2394. The one after corrects the sequence with 2314. Considering there is an entry only every twenty years, you would think he'd be more careful. (00:20:15)

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This Profound Legacy - S3-E5

Character mistake: Congressman Weitz tells the FBI task force that Kazahrus is an "absolute monarchy." Director Hirst interrupts him to state that this means "the order of succession is based solely on heredity," which she implies is well-known to students of civics. An absolute monarchy is one where the monarch's powers are unrestricted (such as by legislative or judicial branches of government). Hirst is describing a hereditary monarchy, but not all hereditary monarchies are absolute (for example, England's constitutional monarchy is hereditary), nor are all absolute monarchies hereditary (the Vatican's elective monarchy is absolute). What Hirst says is true of Kazahrus, but not of absolute monarchies, the term Weitz was defining. Weitz is presented as an expert on the topic, but doesn't correct her.

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Broken Souls - S6-E2

Character mistake: At the very end of the episode, a chess board is set up wrong, the initial position must have the white queen on the white square (d1) and the black queen on the black (in this case red) square (d8). They set up all the other pieces correctly except the kings and queens should be reversed.

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Character mistake: Patterson - the oceanographer - at one point claims that Lithuania is land-locked. She should know better; in fact, Lithuania has a coastline of close to 100 km on the Baltic Sea.

Andrew Perry
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Vice - S1-E3

Character mistake: When Brooks and Devlin talk to Teddy, the forensic scientist, Teddy puts his rubber glove on incorrectly, with the thumb hanging off the pinkie side of his hand. (00:09:45)

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Episode #1.2 - S1-E2

New this month Character mistake: Owen refers to his own unit as Forty Six Commando. The Royal Marines pronounce the names of commandos as individual digits: Four Six Commando.

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The Calculus Affair: Part 2 - S1-E13

Character mistake: After reaching the border, Snowy finds an umbrella and Tintin states that it is Calculus's umbrella. It isn't Calculus's umbrella - Calculus's umbrella has a brown handle, and this one has a grey handle. (00:42:25)

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Collision - S3-E3

Character mistake: When Johnny is at the hospital, having a vision of his mother, Gene Purdy and Sarah is waiting for news of him following his accident, he states that a vision earlier was related to his accident 'Nine years ago'. Later, when he is in the ambulance on the way to where his accident occurred, he asks the paramedic if it was the same ambulance. The paramedic replies, 'Yeah, I've been driving the same rig for nearly eight years'.

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The Committee on Human Rights - S5-E7

Character mistake: Renee refers to Indiana University as U of I. It should be IU. U of I would only refer to the University of Illinois, one of their main rivals. (00:31:00 - 00:33:00)

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Dead Woman Walking - S1-E15

Character mistake: Horatio twice reads an extract from a letter threatening the life of the poisoned woman. The first time, he reads, "If you ever try to contact us again we will kill you," and the second time, "If you ever try to contact me again I will kill you." A close up of the letter shows it to read, "If you ever try to contact me again i'll (sic) kill you".

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Mato (No. 66) - S4-E2

Character mistake: After Elizabeth and Alexander Kirk crash-land into the Gulf of Mexico (technically, the Straits of Florida), Lizzie gets on the radio to report mayday, along with their coordinates. She incorrectly states their position with the following statement: "Mayday, mayday. Plane down off the coast of Havana. 23 degrees, 52 minutes north, 82 degrees, 49 minutes south. Mayday, mayday, mayday." Those coordinates specify two different latitudes (one above the equator, and one below), but no longitude! Luckily, she DID say they were off the coast of Havana, so the Coast Guard would be able to deduce the correct coordinates of 23' 52" north, 82' 49" west (not south!). (00:05:45)

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Sucker Punch - S2-E13

Character mistake: In the scene where Castle and Kate are being told that the victim's SIM card is broken and the last two digits of the phone number are missing, Castle says that they have 99 possibilities, which mathematically is wrong. Obviously the writer didn't count the combination 00. The correct number of possibilities is 100. (00:08:40)

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What Lies Below - S2-E13

Character mistake: When Walter is saying his father was a scientific pioneer at the university of Berlin, Peter reacts by saying: "Yeah, I know. Who came here in 1933, which is long before the Nazi's ever took power." In fact it is EXACTLY when the Nazi's took power: 30 January 1933. (00:19:00)

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Fools Russian - S8-E5

Character mistake: Det. Baldwin Jones calls ADA Valerie Haywood Teresa. (00:49:10)

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