Best TV mistakes of 2009

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The Treaty - S4-E7

Factual error: At the UN conference, 'England' is shown as a member of the Security Council. England sits on both the UN and the Security Council as part of the 'United Kingdom' - not as a stand-alone country. UN nerds Leslie and Ben would have known this.

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The Christmas Wall - S6-E9

Continuity mistake: Axl and his friend chase Darren out of the house and into the snow, churning a path in the snow. However, in the overhead shots of all three boys, the churned snow path is not there, just undisturbed snow.

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Home Invasion - S1-E11

Continuity mistake: In the scene explaining the history of the missing jade elephants, they are described as being given to ambassadors by the emperor Zhu Di of China when the Forbidden City (in China) was first opened to foreigners in 1421. When the elephants are all brought together, the representative Daichi Yoshida from the Japanese embassy comes to pick them up, describing them as "a priceless piece of our history."

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For Better or Worse - S6-E23

Continuity mistake: At the end of the episode, the Mercedes S class that is burning is not the same car that Castle drove previously in the episode, it's an older model one. Either it's a mistake or has to do something with the plot resolution, decide yourselves...

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Glee (2009)

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Wheels - S1-E9

Continuity mistake: In "Wheels," when Artie is singing 'Dancing By Myself' and doing tricks in his wheelchair, the wheels on the back of the chair that prevent him from falling backwards disappear and reappear, depending on whether or not he is performing a trick.

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Run For Your Wife - S1-E6

Continuity mistake: During the episode when Clair and Phil do their warm-up before racing each other, their children Alex and Luke arrive from school. They get down from the car, and the car takes off and goes away. But in the 2nd shot we can see that same car parked in front of them.


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Go for the Green - S1-E4

Continuity mistake: Tenaya 7 is running on the treadmill in flat sandals with tan straps, she then has flat sandals with black straps as she fights the guards.

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Cleveland's Angels - S1-E20

Continuity mistake: Kendra is dealt a Queen of clubs and a red seven of diamonds. When the four of clubs has been dealt, the other cards are now a black seven of diamonds and a Jack of hearts.


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Archer Vice: Southbound and Down - S5-E5

Factual error: When the bikers are chasing the bus, one of them crashes into the "Now Leaving Texarkana" sign. However, shortly before this, we see Cyril crashing into the sign reading "Austin. 105 miles." Texarkana is almost 350 miles from Austin.

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Continuity mistake: In the episode "Big Time Audition," when Kelly is putting the number card on Logan, you can see one on Kendall behind him, when he shouldn't have had one yet.

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Ghost - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: Towards the end of the motorbike scene, Matt performs a wheely and overtakes Echo. In the following shot Echo is in front of him again.

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Advanced Criminal Law - S1-E5

Continuity mistake: During the scenes in the pool area and the locker room, posters can be seen in the background with the Greendale Human Being on them. However, the Human Being mascot isn't invented until the next episode.

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137 Sekunden - S1-E3

Factual error: When browsing for information about the crow deaths in the Ganwar Region of Somalia, the computer indicates that the CDC requested additional funding from DHS. The only problem with that is, DHS was formed in 2002, 11 years after the incident in Ganwar.


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Suggested correction: Although the Department of Homeland Security - commonly abbreviated as DHS - was not formed until 2002, in the later episode "Revelation Zero" it is indicated that DHS stands for an agency called Demographic and Health Services.

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Friday Night Bites - S1-E3

Continuity mistake: In the previous episode when Damon and Caroline sleep together Caroline's bra is dark pink, in this one when she wakes up her bra is blue.

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Depraved Heart - S1-E8

Continuity mistake: 1.08 (Depraved Heart) Lightman is working late and his daughter drops by to bring him Thai food. As she's walking towards her father, her arms are crossed. Cut to the immediate shot from behind, and her arms are down at her sides.

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Code 4 - S3-E4

Audio problem: When detective Bryant gets rough while interrogating the suspect of the shooting he tells him to sit down. When we cut to a different angle we hear him repeat the last few words of his sentence.

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Talion - S7-E24

Visible crew/equipment: In the rec hall, when Kensi feigns sickness while posing as a cadet the gunman jumps off the stage, and as Kensi bends over the small rectangular bulge of her mic pack can be seen at her back.


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Magnetism - S1-E3

Factual error: In the banner for the exibition in France at the start, the French isn't right. It says "Opéra nationale" and "La morte de Marie Antoinette Des objets fabriqués de le temps de Marie Antoinette". It should be "Opera national" and "La mort de Marie Antoinette Des objets fabriqués à l'époque de Marie Antoinette" or "des objets fabriqués du temps de Marie Antoinette".

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V (2009)

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Continuity mistake: In season 1 episode 2, the beautiful blonde visitor takes a picture of herself on Tyler's phone. However, we get a perfect view of her as she concentrates to take the snap (looking very serious and studious, barely showing her teeth), but when we see the picture she is wearing a classic toothy smile right across her face.


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Lady in the Lake - S2-E1

Continuity mistake: The assassin is running across the square with the poisonous needle in his left hand in several shots. But moments later, when tackled to the ground, it is pressured from his closed right hand.

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Vice - S1-E3

Character mistake: When Brooks and Devlin talk to Teddy, the forensic scientist, Teddy puts his rubber glove on incorrectly, with the thumb hanging off the pinkie side of his hand.


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You Wreck Me - S1-E5

Continuity mistake: In the scene at the golf course Bobby tees off as a left handed golfer, in the next scene he is now right handed. The golf glove has moved from his right and to his left and he also takes his shots as a right handed golfer.

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Leaning, Lobsters and Lectures - S1-E11

Continuity mistake: Buddy is doing a lobster themed cake for a bachelor party. When Buddy goes in to tell the staff, there is a huge cake 3 tiers high being worked on, almost complete, on the table in the background. As he makes the parts for the lobster cake the cake in the back has fewer tiers, no decorations, no icing, and back again, completely out of order.

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Revealing mistake: In episode 14, season 1, "Human": When Chloe, Eli, Greer, and the rest of the team first go to the alien planet, you can see a car driving in the background to the left of the screen at the beginning of the shot (which wouldn't make sense considering they're on an alien planet).




Hung (2009)

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'This Is America' or 'Fifty Bucks' - S1-E9

Continuity mistake: When Ray is talking to his son in the hallway outside of the detention room, his son has his arms out in front of him when the shot is from behind, but in the next shot facing him, his arms and body are in different positions.

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Love Blurts - S2-E1

Continuity mistake: When Ted's talking about saying "I Love You" after sex, we see a flashback to the previous evening, him rolling over and saying it, then it cuts. He then talks about making it worse - we see the same scene again, this time not cutting afterwards, except it's not the same scene. The first time the duvet was down to his date's waist, the second time it stays up by her chest.

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The Anchor Baby - S4-E8

Revealing mistake: When Ruxin's phone conversation with Kevin is overheard by Jenny, she starts an online chat with Ruxin. She sends her message, but almost as soon as she's sent it, for a fraction of a second we see "reply from Ruxin" appear on her screen, before the shot cuts to Ruxin actually seeing it and writing his reply.

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Continuity mistake: Episode 4-6, "About Face" (aired July 18, 2012): Hank boards Boris' helicopter, but just before he does the helicopter is shown in a wide shot with no one nearby. Hank boards and a guard closes the door from the exterior. Seconds later the helicopter takes off and a wide shot shows no one on the ground. The guard appears out of nowhere and then vanishes.

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Pill-O-Matix - S1-E11

Continuity mistake: When Mo-Mo flushes the spider out of the patient's ear, the amount of fluid in the syringe changes depending on the angle of the shot without him having used any yet. When facing Mo-Mo, the syringe is between 1/4 and 1/2 full, when facing the patient, the syringe is about 3/4 - completely full. The amount varies each time the shot is changed.

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Meet the Birthday - S4-E6

Revealing mistake: At the end of the episode when Leroy is trying to get a cat to come down off the house, it jumps at him and he gets into a "fight" with the cat going at his face. It is painfully obvious that the cat is just a stuffed toy and David Mann is just controlling it.

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