Best TV mistakes of 1997

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Halloween - S2-E6

Continuity mistake: Willow is turned into a ghost. Throughout the entire episode, she can't touch anything (can't turn the pages of a book, etc.), yet towards the end when she and Giles go to Ethan's shop, and she leaves, you can hear that she opened and closed the door, even though she can walk through walls and can't actually touch the door. The curtain moves when she leaves too.

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A Room with an Alan - S1-E1

Visible crew/equipment: When Alan views the kitchen, a boom mic shadow can be seen in the top left of the screen.

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The Sinner and the Sandman - S5-E2

Plot hole: Ian Avery-Cooper loses his lottery ticket which is immediately picked up and appropriated by Leonard Corbyn. However, Avery-Cooper immediately reports the loss to the shopkeeper who sold him the ticket. All lottery sales staff are trained in what to do under these circumstances, because it happens a lot - they cancel the lost ticket and issue a new one. Since Avery-Cooper used the same numbers every week this would not pose a problem, but even if he didn't the ticket would be recorded on the seller's computers and could be precisely reconstructed. This would be even easier since Avery-Cooper reports the loss within a minute of it happening and we see that he has the receipt for the sale in his hand. Corbyn's stolen ticket would be worthless and Avery-Cooper would be able to claim his rightful winnings.

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Over Logging - S12-E6

Factual error: Kyle says he has to log on before school. The next shot shows "Monday 8 days later." 8 days before is a Sunday.

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Prodigy - S4-E19

Continuity mistake: Carter and Cadet Haley enter the Stargate and we see them through the "puddle." When they come out on the other side, their positions are reversed.

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Boy Next Door - S3-E16

Plot hole: Throughout the show it is reported several times that Billy and Ally met when they were both eight years old in a park by sniffing each other's bottoms. However, when Billy is buried in season 3 his tombstone reads, 1968-2000, making him 32 years old. Ally is only 29 and does not turn 30 until later in that season which would at the very least, put them 2 years apart.

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Continuity mistake: In the first episode of season 10, when Marissa is holding a dog while talking to Elaine, the way her arm lies around the dog's neck changes several times between shots.

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It's Not Easy Being Green - S5-E16

Factual error: Boomhauer's car, Ms. Sally, has a Texas flag license plate on it. These plates were not issued until 1992, but Ms. Sally was driven into the quarry in the late 70's or early 80's.

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Mr. Jealousy - S7-E2

Continuity mistake: When Jack and Finch are talking about Vikki barging into the office, Jack is not wearing a vest, but in the next shot he is, and when he stands up it is gone again.

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Decline - S1-E6

Audio problem: Almost all the newsroom links in this episode were redubbed, and at times the overdub falls entirely out of sync. When Austin Tasseltine begins speaking one of his lines before Morris has finished, the latter's "Belt up, will you?" is an ad-libbed response to this mistiming.

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Recess (1997)

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Continuity mistake: In the introduction, when TJ pulls the ball off Gus, Gus is covered in gum. When they are walking into the school, the gum has disappeared.

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The Ex-Files - S1-E5

Continuity mistake: When Dharma is visiting her uncle (a dentist) and she's in the dentist chair, she has a little spot of water on her bib, the shot moves, then it moves again and the spot isn't there anymore.

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Book Smart - S2-E8

Continuity mistake: The word "Puritans" is written differently on the chalkboard between shots, in the scene where T.J. is discussing Puritans with Mr. Delk.

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Blessed Are They (3) - S8-E4

Continuity mistake: When Sheila Carlisle has hanged the dead head up on the wall of Eugene's office, they are all looking at it and the eyes are looking straight in to the room. Later in the episode, the eyes are looking more to the right.

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Al Plays Hooky - S1-E9

Continuity mistake: After the Squirmese chef sets up his additional ingredients, Corky answers the video phone. During Corky's conversation, Al's kitchen can be seen with no trace of the chef or his ingredients.

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The Bing That Wouldn't Leave / You Promised! - S1-E11

Continuity mistake: In "The Bing That Wouldn't Leave" Bing often changes size. Most of the time he's about half as tall as Norbert and Daggett but most notably near the end when he hugs Daggett he's about the same size as him.

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Daria (1997)

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Arts 'n' Crass - S2-E1

Continuity mistake: Throughout the episode, the girl in Jane's painting rests her head on her hands. In her reflection, her hands are turned outward on her chin even though she is sitting there with her hands turned inward.

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Lexx (1997)

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Super Nova - S1-E2

Revealing mistake: When Stan, Zev and Kai are walking to the Memory Chamber, they seem to walk out of a two dimensional line at the lower left into the scene. The set and green screen weren't quite synched.

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Beware the Creeper - S2-E10

Plot hole: During Ryder's report, as Bruce and company watch it on TV, the camera suddenly zooms in on Joker standing on a catwalk above Ryder, and none of the crew, especially not the camera man who caught the villain, makes a comment about this. They may have thought the Joker (or rather an impersonator) was perhaps a surprise gag in the show, but since this is supposed to be a serious documentary report, it is still strange that they wouldn't point it out.

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Beck (1997)

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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