Best TV mistakes of 2004

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Lost (2004)

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Numbers - S1-E18

Visible crew/equipment: When Hurley is at the new house, after his mom hurts her ankle, he reaches into the car window to get the cell phone. When he begins to dial, the cameraman's arm moving about is reflected in the back chrome of the side view mirror.

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Super Grover
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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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The Mean Teacher - S1-E17

Visible crew/equipment: When Mrs. Hafer keeps Drake back after class, there is a long shot and Drake says, "What is this about?" At this point you can see a fluffy red boom mike between Drake and Mrs. Hafer.

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Pilot - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: During the scene where Gaby and John are in her bedroom talking, she takes a drag from her cigarette while John asks why she isn't happy, but never exhales the smoke from that drag. 23 seconds pass from that drag to the next one and she's in frame the entire time (it cuts between shots of the two of them together and Gaby's close-ups, but doesn't cut away from her). It's also worth noting that Gaby is never seen smoking again at any other point in the series and no explanation is given as to why.

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Sesu
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Looking Back - S1-E11

Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where Dana comes back from spending the night with her manager, Alice pushes Jenny and runs and dives in bed. You can see a good shot of a camera man in the mirror.

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Raging Bull - S1-E6

Continuity mistake: When Phil has Myron pushed against the lockers and the sunglasses are on, one scene shows that they are not on his ear. In the next scene when they show Myron the sunglasses are placed perfectly on his ear.

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Emergency - S1-E9

Revealing mistake: When the ambulance is hanging over the cliff, in the wide shot you can see the cable holding the ambulance safe.

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Strange Days - S3-E7

Visible crew/equipment: When the guys are talking to Ari via cell phone from their black SUV, if you look at the black area between the front and back windows, you can see the reflection of the camera filming the scene from outside the vehicle.

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Clara's Dirty Little Secret - S1-E2

Audio problem: Season 1 Episode 2: "Clara's Dirty Little Secret".When Princess Clara and her Evil Stepmother make up, the latter thanks Clara before the scene switches to the Confession Room. When she says 'Thank you', her lips do not move.

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Rising (1) - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When they first arrive on Teyla's planet, the DHD is close to the gate. When the wraith attack, the DHD is much further from the gate.

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Hex (2004)

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The Story Begins - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When Cassie is in the headmaster's office, her red pencil case keeps changing position from being held up clutched to her chest with her folder, to being in her lap.

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Tanith
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The Fall - S1-E17

Plot hole: The CSIs catch a murder suspect putting down a drink can when reviewing security footage of a robbery, and immediately realise they didn't see it at the scene so assume one of the first cops on the scene must have removed it. Thing is though, the murderers shot out the security camera before the actual shooting occurred, meaning there was loads of time off-camera for the killers to take the can with them, but the CSIs never even consider this - they jump to the conclusion a cop took it even though there's no actual evidence for that.

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Jon Sandys

Del 6 - S1-E6

Continuity mistake: When Erik enters his father's office the clock on the wall shows 5.10pm. After they have been talking for a couple of minutes the clock still shows 5.10pm.

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don_corleone
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Like a Virgin - S1-E8

Continuity mistake: When the video of Kimmy plays on the school announcements, and she talks about Duncan being hung up on Veronica, there is a cut to Duncan reacting with raised eyebrows in the foreground, while Veronica can be seen in the background with a passive expression. Then it cuts to a close-up of Veronica having a visible reaction with her whole face falling. But since Veronica and Duncan were reacting to the same thing, Veronica's reaction should have been visible in the first shot as well.

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Joey (2004)

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Joey and the Premiere - S1-E14

Continuity mistake: Joey is talking to Brody. He has a cup in his left hand, then when the shot changes, it's in his right.

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Chaz1003
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Factual error: In episode 17 there are some scenes showing sick 4400s all around the world. One of them is being carried into an ambulance car in Frankfurt, Germany. The ambulance car's number plate begins with the letters FM meaning Frankfurt am Main. The correct abbreviation for Frankfurt am Main on German number plates is F - not FM.

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Visible crew/equipment: In the episode "Head over Heels," twice you can see the cameras mounted on the walls that are used to film this series. The first one is during the cross-examination of Miss Morris and the second time is during the defence summing-up.

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David Mercier
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Sheila - S5-E5

Continuity mistake: When Dennis Leary and Michal J. Fox are at the bar, the shot Michael J. Fox has changes from being empty to partially full between shots, multiple times.

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Pahtay - S1-E4

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Maria talks about wanting to throw the vase to the floor, the vase changes between shots. When she eventually throws it to the floor it's the original vase. This was most likely done due to a retake that had to be shot after the original vase was thrown to the floor and destroyed.

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She Drives Me Crazy - S4-E2

Continuity mistake: In the opening scene where Tommy and Jude are composing a song, Jude's head is turned to the side in a wide shot. In the following close-up shot, her head is staring straight up and not turned to the side.

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Day 1,412 - S1-E1

Plot hole: In order for the show to be starting on "Day 1,412" as counted back from Cooper's eventual high school graduation, it would have to be a mere 49 days after his graduation from the eighth grade. (4*365 = 1460 + 1 for leap year) So it should be the middle of summer, but instead the school year seems to be in full swing. For example, it's already the end of Natalie's soccer season.

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DavidK93
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Continuity mistake: In the Season 1 episode "Bollo", Bob Fossil records Howard saying "Gorilla" on his talk box, which Howard does with a downward inflection at the end of the word. However, every time Fossil plays back Howard's "Gorilla", it has an upwards inflection at the end of the word.

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Factual error: At one point the barristers are seen going into the old arch entrance of the Old Bailey. However, you cannot actually go in that way, it's blocked off, you have to go in the more modern entrance and through a series of security checks.

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David Mercier
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God's Waiting Room - S4-E2

Continuity mistake: When Brian and Gerry are chasing Kelly, Kelly's jacket is only zipped up at the bottom at the start of the chase, but when the camera angle changes it is zipped all the way up for the rest of the chase.

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Factual error: In episode 2-11: "Safe House," Bradin's PSAT score report is shown. He has a 726 verbal and a 746 math, for a total of 1472. However, the PSAT has three sections - verbal, math, and writing skills - and each is scored on a scale of 80 points, not 800. So PSATs run on a scale of 240, not the familiar 1600 that the SAT used until earlier in 2005.

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DavidK93
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Deliberate mistake: Before each season begins filming, each potential apprentice is filmed leaving Trump Towers and entering the taxi as if they were just fired. Once the person is actually fired on the show, this becomes an obvious mistake as hairstyles, etc. change from the boardroom scene to the cast member's exit.

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Powers (2004)

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Continuity mistake: It is established that having matter from one universe in another causes it to deteriorate, but the parallel universe doorway closed, even though the photo of Ben and Buster is left in the alternate house. There was brief panic that the chaos wasn't over, when they thought Buster had brought a new collar from the alternate reality, but the photo was forgotten about and the worm-hole thing closed, despite the photo being on the wrong side.

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Dan Moat
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Part One - S1-E1

Visible crew/equipment: Towards the beginning, when the Taliban steps on the landmine, you see the DEA agent getting hit with dirt and blood. In the center of the shot, you can see a few drops of blood stick to the camera lens. Incredibly easy to notice, so I'm not sure how this one slipped through.

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Coming Home - S1-E3

Factual error: At the convalescent home, Dr. Conner asks if a lector has been to the home to give communion. Later, he describes a lector as a person who gives communion at church or to the homebound. A Eucharistic Minister or Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion gives communion in the Catholic Church.

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Busted - S1-E4

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Mr. H. Makes Bloo wash his hands, Mr. H takes off his gloves and washes his hands then dries them. Notice that as soon as he takes his hands out from underneath the towel his gloves are back on.

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