Best TV deliberate mistakes of 1997

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Season 4 generally

Deliberate mistake: Every time the commandos are seen in the early episodes of this season (The Freshman and Fear, Itself) they wear ski masks to protect their identities. Starting in The Initiative, they stop doing this. The reason is that the audience needs to be able to identify the different commando characters, but it's still a discontinuity.

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Mutual of Omabwah - S9-E8

Deliberate mistake: Why wouldn't Hank just use a credit card to cover the outstanding payment he owes on his insurace? It was established in the episode Rich Hank, Poor Hank that Hank has an emergency credit card and could easily use that and would be covered immediately. His panic over not having insurance would outweigh any problems he might have with using his credit card and the fact that he is dealing with an insurance company there is no conceivable way they wouldn't accept a credit card or ask if he has a credit card to cover the payment. The mistake seems to be deliberate as it sets the story up for Hank going somewhat over the edge with protecting the house.

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Volcano - S1-E2

Deliberate mistake: When the boys are hunting in the forest, then they start to crawl after the rabbit, however, the background behind them is static as if they were crawling in place.

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Redemption (1) - S6-E1

Deliberate mistake: In the scene when the timer exceeds 38 minutes, said timer is displayed in big digits on a computer screen. There is a shot of General Hammond with the Stargate in the background. There is a pane of glass between the General and the Stargate. In the shot, General Hammond turns and looks at the gate, and then the camera's focus changes from the General to the Stargate itself. In doing so, a reflection of the timer in the pane of glass is also brought into focus. However the timer is displayed correctly when it should be flipped left to right as all text is when it is reflected in either a pane of glass or a mirror. On the DVD, the writers revealed that this was done on purpose so that the viewer would have a concept of the time running out even when the timer wasn't in shot. (00:17:30)

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