Best TV mistakes of 2012


Arrow (2012)

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The Magician - S3-E4

Revealing mistake: When Oliver meets Thea at the Grind and Jot Cafe (Which looks unsurprisingly like CC Jitters) you can see the cups on the table are from CC Jitters.


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Harvest - S3-E8

Visible crew/equipment: When Dawn Linder pulls up in her car with her daughter Cassie, several crew members are reflected in the side of the car as Walt and Vic approach it.

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Brave New World - S3-E15

Continuity mistake: In the final scene, John Ross decides to drink some of the whiskey from the bottle that his father, J.R. Ewing, left for him. The bottle of whiskey is about half full, filled to just about the bottom of J.R. Ewing's signature on the bottle. As John Ross reaches for the bottle, it is now suddenly only about 1/6 full compared to the half full it was from the previous shot. The level continues to move up and down.


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Endgame - S1-E12

Continuity mistake: When Lin lifts the rocks around the house in the final scene, there are eleven of them. But in the last shot, there are only eight rocks.

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Showdown: Part 2 - S1-E26

Continuity mistake: After their victory, the Turtles are celebrating and partying. Just before the episode ends, Leonardo is dancing on a white mat and doing the moon walk. It cuts to a higher angle and suddenly the white mat vanishes.

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On the Line - S2-E9

Continuity mistake: When Holmes and Watson are arguing in the kitchen, Watson puts her mug and phone on the counter. A few times during the scene, the mug switches which side of the phone it's on. The first time it's plausible Watson moves it when off camera, but subsequent to that, we can see enough of Watson to tell she doesn't make enough movements to change the position of the mug.

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Go On (2012)

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Pilot - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: After lying about his wife to Lauren, Ryan shouts after her as she gets in her car. From the back he has a pen and paper in his right hand, but in the front shot the paper has vanished.

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Factual error: With the exception of the RSM, no NCOs are ever seen. Stephen appears to have no platoon sergeant and no section NCOs (corporals or lance-corporals). There is no company sergeant-major (the RSM appears to do his job). There are no NCOs in the tunnelling company (which appears to consist only of a captain and half a dozen sappers). The entire army appears to pretty much consist of officers and privates with nobody in between.

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Batmobiles Racing - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: During the entire drag race, the '89 Batmobile is in the right lane, and the '66 is in the left lane. This formation is the same when they cross the finish line. But later when they are looking at the "Slo Mo" of the crossing of the finish line, the '66 is now in the right lane and the '89 in the left.


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Factual error: The snub nosed revolver used by Miss Fisher, a J-Frame S&W, was not produced until 1950.

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Factual error: Noticed this watching season 2, and I assume it was also the case in season 1. The entrance of the Miramar Playa has flags from various countries flying. One of them is the Canadian flag with the maple leaf. Wrong flag. In that period the Canadian flag was the "Red Ensign", or "Dominion Flag." The maple leaf flag wasn't introduced until 1965.

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Factual error: Whenever the Stars and Stripes is shown it is the modern 50-star version, not the wartime 48-star version as it should be.

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Fruit Picking Day/Daniel Is Big Enough to Help Dad - S1-E11

Revealing mistake: When Daniel picks up the can of blue paint, it passes right through the cans of yellow and red without bumping them.

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Memorial Day - S2-E21

Factual error: When the presidents are coming together, there are pictures being taken with flash photography, which would not be possible in a world without electricity.


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One Step Too Many - S2-E6

Factual error: The General wants to do his interview by the TV so he can watch March Madness at the same time. When the interview is about to begin, it shows a Kentucky game being played on Kentucky's home court. Teams cannot play on their own court during the NCAA Tournament.


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What Use Our Work? - S1-E8

Factual error: When reading out the list of the day's crimes, Artherton mentions two "teenaged" girls. Use of this term is not recorded in America until the 1920s and in Britain until the late 1940s. The series is set in 1889 and the speech used by the characters is consistently very much the speech of the time - it has not been updated for modern understanding.

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Caleidoscope - S2-E4

Character mistake: The chess set in Dr. Pierce's home office is set up incorrectly. When the men are set up properly, each player has a light colored square in the right-hand corner. The board as it appears in the show is set up so that the light-colored square is in each player's left-hand corner. This "beginner" mistake puts the king and queen in the wrong positions.

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A Nuisance Call - S2-E4

Continuity mistake: Shay is in the restroom at the firehouse after she returns from the horrible incident on their emergency call. She notices blood and human remains on her belt which she frantically rips off to clean the belt and her hands. In the next cut, while still at the sink washing her hands, the belt is back on.

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Hydra Attacks: Part 2 - S4-E2

Continuity mistake: From the flagpole, Spider-Man pins 2 goblin soldiers to the building and his web covers their torsos, including their shoulders and all the way up to under their chins. When it cuts to the close up, they're still stuck to the wall, but there's no web at all seen, even though we see their shoulders, necks, and chests.

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My Way or the Highway - S2-E7

Factual error: When the militia come in to shoot Woody, they're holding pump action shotguns and you hear them pump them (meaning chamber a round so it's ready to shoot). Even if we assume Malloy and Jorge did not do this, we see/hear them both pump the shotgun twice (without ever shooting in between). However, pumping the shotgun after a round has been chambered will eject the round, in the case of Malloy and Jorge an intact round, not just the shell, would be ejected. However, we never see anything be ejected.

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Weirdmageddon: Part 1 - S2-E18

Continuity mistake: Two guys are throwing a frisbee and it lands on the ground. In the next shot, the frisbee is gone.

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Pilot - S1-E1

Factual error: When Susan is sorting Ruth's things, she finds Gordon's iPhone wrapped in a newspaper from 1994 with her voice-mail to him and realizes he went back in time, where Ruth killed him and took the phone from his corpse. Even if the phone had been turned off, after 16 years idle, the battery would have died long ago, but we see the phone is on with her message waiting.

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Harry & Mindy - S1-E14

Continuity mistake: When Mindy arrives at work she goes into Danny's office and finds him on the floor in his underwear. She closes the door behind her, but a few seconds later the door is wide open again.


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Ghost in This House - S5-E17

Revealing mistake: In the scene at the beginning when Scarlett is signing autographs after hers and Gunnar's small concert, you can see her signing a poster with a marker that doesn't leave any ink on the poster.


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Beck's Beginning - S1-E1

Audio problem: As the ground crumbles and Beck says "Oh great" his mouth is out of sync when he says it.


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By Any Means: Part 4 - S6-E13

Continuity mistake: When Buzz and Provenza race out of the squad room to follow Rusty in the frantic search for Stroh, Buzz is in shirt sleeves with no tie. However when they arrive at their destination Buzz is wearing a coat and tie.

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Awake (2012)

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Turtles All the Way Down - S1-E13

Other mistake: When Dr. Lee and Dr. Evans are arguing just after Red Reality Michael and Green Reality Michael converse, Michael turns around and says, "Shut up!" but the closed captioning says, "Enough!"

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Split Second - S2-E2

Revealing mistake: Shortly after Kiera drives the van past the train tracks, we see a few different shots of Travis and Carlos fighting. In a couple of quick shots, Travis' stunt double can be seen.


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Simon - S1-E2

Factual error: Thomas holds the Gendarmerie rank of Capitaine (by which he is frequently addressed by his subordinates), and thus should wear three horizontal silver bars on his epaulettes. However, in the only scene where his rank is displayed he instead wears the two chevrons of an ordinary gendarme.

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Buck Off - S2-E9

Continuity mistake: Near the end of the episode, four contestants are called down: Jesse, Clint, Tatu Baby, and Steve. While the judges are explaining that three of them did not impress, a shot shows Sarah Miller standing to Clint's right, but she wasn't supposed to be there. In the next shot, Jesse is standing to Clint's right.


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