Best TV mistakes of 2008

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Seven Thirty-Seven - S2-E1

Revealing mistake: At the end of the episode when Tuco shows up at Walter's house in the backseat of Jesse's car, he tells Walter to get in. As they drive off, the shot pans out to show the street sign across from Walter's house. The sign says Piermont, which is the real name of the street. In the show, the Whites live on Negra Arroyo Lane.

00:48:00

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And Those We Left Behind - S4-E6

Plot hole: The very ending scene where Peter (in this version died in the ice as a boy so Walter's wife never met him) takes off some of the dust covers then picks up a toy airplane. The toy airplane he got as a child from ... Walter's wife when she was trying to placate him in an earlier episode for trying to run "home". This toy airplane wouldn't have been his as a child in this version of the universe.

00:42:00

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To Thine Own Self - S5-E11

Continuity mistake: When Jax and his crew meet up with a Hispanic gang to sell them guns and are outnumbered, they run in the station wagon. The run the station wagon through a gate and roll it, destroying the front end, but magically the station wagon's front end appears with little damage afterwards.

00:27:15

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Murdoch.com - S2-E10

Factual error: Enid, the telegraph operator, exclaims that "He is sending an SOS." However, in the 19th century, distress calls did not include the letters "SOS," It was not until the early 20th Century that SOS was chosen as the international distress call.

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goofyfoot
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Suggested correction: The show is set in the early 1900's, which is the early 20th century. By the time this event transpired, SOS would have been established as a universal distress signal.

The show starts in 1895 and by season 2, it was still the 19th century and before Germany adopted SOS in 1905.

Bishop73
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Cold Ground - S1-E6

Continuity mistake: When Sookie is eating Adele's pie, the amount of pie on the fork keeps changing between shots.

00:41:25

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Samson & Delilah - S2-E1

Continuity mistake: Ep. "Samson and Delilah" - All shots of the Jeep Cherokee prior to it crashing (and during the process of flipping over) show that it wears factory-optional silver steel wheels of a 'star' style. But as the wreck settles upside-down, it's wearing plain steel wheels (like those found under full wheel covers or on a spare tire).

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johnrosa
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Episode #1.8 - S1-E8

Factual error: When the bullion van leaves the yard a 1995 N reg Rover 600 is parked on the left hand side of the road, before Ray drives off in his Granada. In 1982 the Rover 600 was not even on the drawing board.

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Factual error: This series uses a beautifully-rendered CGI sequence of New Amsterdam C. 1650 morphing into New York City of the present day. The Native American tribe we see at the start of the sequence, however, never inhabited the New England area. They look more like the Lakota plains tribes seen in Dances With Wolves. The North-Eastern tribes didn't build teepees as seen here, either. The dwellings should be longhouse wigwams made of wood.

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Caravan Club - S1-E5

Continuity mistake: At 9 minutes 29 seconds, Neil is holding a bottle of Heinz sauce, but at 9 minutes 40 seconds, Neil asks for the sauce and it is behind Jay's mum.

00:09:25

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Rookies - S1-E5

Other mistake: The battle droids - including the commando droids featured here - habitually have two broad fingers and a thumb. So how can a commando droid squeeze itself completely into clone trooper armor without its broad fingers tearing open the gloves, since it can't separate its fingers?

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Li'l Orphan Happy/Body Rockers - S1-E5

Continuity mistake: In "Li'l Orphan Happy" when Ben makes his mom the tuna salad, it has lettuce around it, but in the close-up the lettuce disappears. When it gets zoomed-out on, the lettuce is back.

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Broke 'N' Yo-Yo - S1-E3

Continuity mistake: In "Broke 'N' YoYo", when Cody has just sat down to talk to Zack after collecting loads of towels, in the first shot the towels are on the chair in front of him. In the next shot, when Cody leaves to practice, the towels have vanished. And in the next shot, when Bailey and Zack are talking, the towels are back again.

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Factual error: Any time FBI agents enter Mexico, they are always armed. Mexican law prohibits U.S. Agents from bringing weapons into Mexico.

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Act II - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: During "Brand New Day", at one point, Dr. Horrible stabs a picture of Captain Hammer attached to a dartboard with a handful of darts, all right in the center of the picture. A few shots later as Dr. Horrible sits, suddenly the darts are far-more spread out. (It's in the background and can be hard to see, but it's noticeable.)

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Episode 1 - S1-E1

Factual error: The camera starts out-of-focus looking down a crowded sidewalk full of background actors in period clothes and hairstyles (1973). As the camera racks into focus, Sam is walking toward the camera with many awnings visible in the background - a large blue one reads "24 Hr ATM". Though versions were invented prior to 1973, they didn't come into wide usage until the mid-to-late-80's and certainly weren't available in East Village bodegas at the time of this episode.

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Triumvirate of Terror! - S3-E8

Continuity mistake: As the pie is flying towards Batman and the reporter, it is going with the food side first and pan side behind it. But when it shows it going to hit, it is suddenly flying pan side first.

00:05:30 - 00:06:35

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Iron Forged in Fire: Part One - S1-E1

Factual error: As Tony is being escorted to Obadiah Stane’s office six months after Howard’s death, there is a close up of Trish’s computer keyboard. Everything on the keyboard matches up how it’s supposed to be on a QWERTY layout, except rather than the 4 being between E/R or above the R, as is standard on all keyboards, it's between R/T. All the numbers are moved over from where they are supposed to be.

00:07:50

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Gary Breaks Up His Ex-Wife and Girlfriend - S1-E5

Continuity mistake: When Gary asks Vanessa if she really has a cheerleader uniform, the bag which was on her right shoulder suddenly appears on her left one.

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Brian Campbell
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Bird Cage Theater - S2-E5

Audio problem: They went to an investigator to let him listen to the audio. The audio with the woman screaming and the gasp, the gasp was Zak, not another apparition.

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Merlin (2008)

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The Poisoned Chalice - S1-E4

Continuity mistake: During the Treaty signing Merlin's cape collar goes up and down depending on the type of shot it is - close up the collar is up, distance the collar is down.

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mrslaura
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The Ice Man Job - S2-E8

Audio problem: When Hardison is talking to Carrey, just after he names his price ("30%"), there is a shot from a strange angle in which we hear Hardison talk while his mouth doesn't move at all.

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ReTRUEnion - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: When Ryan is telling his part of what Amanda might have looked like in high school, as he put his shades to his head, his hair goes back with the glasses. When the camera cuts his hair is visibly in front of his head.

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Continuity mistake: Season: 1, episode: 16 "Bloodline". As two soldiers of Darken Rahl approach the plains of Morrow, they break a magical shield which catches them on fire. Two frightened soldiers run away, and the commander shoots one. Keep an eye on the commander - he is still pointing the crossbow even after the soldier dies. The next shot, however, has his crossbow loaded with another arrow, daring anyone else to run away.

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The Pack - S3-E4

Revealing mistake: In the scene where Mitchell first visits McNair's van, Mitchell's reflection is visible in the window on the left side of the screen during the shot where he first opens the van door. The vampire lore of the show informs the viewer many, many times that vampires (such as Mitchell) and ghosts cannot be seen in reflections, pictures, or videos (their image "cannot be captured"). The reflection can be seen for roughly 20 seconds.

00:23:20

Ravenicus
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A Knight In Shining Armor - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When Kitt's on fire, before getting back to the HQ, we see a shot of the main HQ screen, and towards the bottom left is a screen with a picture of Kitt and green writing reading "Fire extinguished".

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Brian Campbell
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Heal the Pain - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: At the start of the episode while Eli is shaving he turns around and some of the shaving cream on his face goes onto his shirt. The next shot when he leaves the bathroom the shaving cream on his shirt is gone.

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Episode 1 - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: Whenever the Big Brother eye is shown, it is grey and white. But there is a shot of a woman leaving the house in the first episode in which you can see the eye from Big Brother 9 (which is shattered with one red shard) on a platform at the bottom of the stairs.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Jeremy calls Jack, Jeremy is in an office alone. At one point there is a shadow in the background of a person moving around. Since nobody else is in the scene, it must be a crew member.

01:19:20

DavidRTurner

Paraíso perdido - S1-E13

Audio problem: During Brenda Yamilet's TV performance a mismatch of lip movements and speech can be seen several times.

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Pilot - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When Mary talks to Bobby D at the crime scene, her hair moves back and forth over her left shoulder between shots throughout their conversation.

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