Best mystery TV character mistakes of all time

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Soldier - S2-E1

Character mistake: Dr. Kagan, who's a scientist and should definitely know better, points to Earth's solar system on the chart and calls it "our galaxy." This is roughly the equivalent of mistaking a dot this size [.] for the entirety of North America. (00:23:30)

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Called Home - S18-E1

Character mistake: Michael Cutter decides to charge Bill Nolan with second-degree manslaughter, and tells Green and Lupo to pick him up. In the next scene, as he and Ed lead Nolan away in cuffs, Lupo says he's under arrest for murder.

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Caleidoscope - S2-E4

Character mistake: The chess set in Dr. Pierce's home office is set up incorrectly. When the men are set up properly, each player has a light colored square in the right-hand corner. The board as it appears in the show is set up so that the light-colored square is in each player's left-hand corner. This "beginner" mistake puts the king and queen in the wrong positions.

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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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Character mistake: In season 4 episode 13, "Tuesday," when Marshall is meeting with Ulrich, he is both able to understand and reply in German. In season 5 episode 15, "No Hard Feelings," Marshall almost misses the opportunity to change the street light from red to green, because the text is all in German. Jack has to tell Marshall which word is green, indicating that Marshall does not understand the German language.

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Character mistake: Throughout the whole series Jin and Sun refer to each other as "yobo." The subtitles continually translate "yobo" as either "Jin" or "Sun" which is incorrect. "Yobo" is Korea's version of "dear" or "sweetheart."

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The Jar - S2-E17

Character mistake: Charlie tells Thedy that the hair ribbon embroidered with her name cost 65 cents, "five cents a letter." But her name is Thedy Sue Hill, which is only 12 letters - or 60 cents worth. (And no, the extra is not due to a sales tax, which in 1962 would have been two cents, tops, and didn't even exist yet in many states.). (00:12:00)

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Character mistake: When Hunt was interviewing Rocket, he asked him who killed the Paki. At the time, the Asian man who had been shot was still alive in hospital, only to die later in that episode.

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Primal Scream - S1-E13

Character mistake: The animal control officer tells Kolchak he was crazy shooting off a flash bulb at the gorilla, but the first frontal shot Kolchak took of the gorilla did not flash at all.

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Episode Sixteen - S2-E9

Character mistake: At the Roadhouse Cooper states that the second victim (Maddy) was found dead two days ago. It has been less than 24 hours since the body was found: he likely means she was murdered two days ago.

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Deep Swimming - S11-E3

Character mistake: Sasha refers to the 'murder' on Thursday 4th June 1982. The date in question was on a Friday.

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Answer - S1-E14

Character mistake: The diploma on the wall in Connor's office for the University of Kentucky, "university" is misspelled "universisty".

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Character mistake: Season 2, Episode 27 'Pussycat Galore' :Maxwell translates his famous line "And loving it' into the German 'Und damit gefreut'. Agent 99 who claims to speak German fluently confirms it. This translation is both far away from the meaning and doesn't make any sense at all. The right translation is 'Und liebe es'. (00:09:50)

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Devil Music - S5-E4

Character mistake: When they pulled the bullet out of the wall of the Five and Dime, Danny says that it was either a .40 or .45 caliber. The .40 caliber was not produced until 1990, 37 years after the date the crime took place. (00:30:00 - 00:35:00)

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Character mistake: Episode 2x14, "The Line": while discussing an ex-con with Danny, Jack uses the redundant acronym "PO officer." Since, by definition, the phrase is redundant, his use of "officer" is unnecessary. (00:13:25)

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The Cup of Silence - S3-E1

Character mistake: When Rosemary is told that the hotel the girls are staying in used to be used for movie locations until it was restored, she says that the names on the rooms are film titles and Ben, the brother of the man who runs the hotel, agrees with her. Problem is: the girls' room is called Ebenezer Scrooge, but he is a character from the book "A Christmas Carol." And Lorna Doone, another room, is a character from the self-titled book written in 1869. It was eventually made into 2 TV movies in 1990 and 2000. It's more likely the rooms are named after very much classic characters, because the hotel was used for old movies.

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Postgame Mortem - S3-E13

Character mistake: Logan tells Heather that Mario Kart (Double Dash) has an online mode. It does not.

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Elegy - S1-E20

Character mistake: The "frozen" woman on the stairs during the welcome mayor scene repeatedly blinks her eyes.

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The Great Game - S1-E3

Character mistake: In the opening scene, Sherlock makes a point to correct Barry's poor grammar. But later, when talking to Watson, Sherlock uses poor grammar by saying "who's sleeping with who." It should be "who's sleeping with whom." Not a mistake Sherlock would make.

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The Green Fireballs - S1-E6

New this month Character mistake: Captain Quinn expresses not knowing what an "azimuth" is. The man is a pilot. What pilot would have never heard of an azimuth? (00:13:50)

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