Notes on a Scandal

Continuity mistake: When Sheba is standing outside of the car talking to Barbara in the scene where she has to choose between her son's play and consoling Barbara, the passenger door is shown opened, then closed, then opened etc.

Continuity mistake: There's a scene where Barbara Covett is writing in her journal and the voice-over refers to it as "A Gold Star Day," and we see a close-up shot of Barbara's index finger pasting a gold star on the page of her journal; her fingernail is unpolished and just a bit grimy. In the next shot, we see Barbara still writing in her journal but now her nails are polished pink. (You can see this in the clip "Gold Star Day," which is on the film's website).

Continuity mistake: Sheba's eye makeup in the scene where she confronts Barbara keeps changing. One moment it's thick and black, the next it's barely visible, then it's streaked and smeared, then it's back to thick and black, etc.

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Barbara Covett: She's the one I have waited for.

Barbara Covett: People like Sheba think they know what it is to be lonely. But of the drip, drip of the long-haul, no-end-in-sight solitude, they know nothing. What it's like to construct an entire weekend around a visit to the launderette. Or to be so chronically untouched that the accidental brush of a bus conductor's hand sends a jolt of longing straight to your groin. Of this, Sheba and her like have no clue.

Richard Hart: I knew who you were when we met. You were young. I knew it might get tough, but I was prepared. You're a good mother, but at times you've been a fucking lousy wife. Why didn't you come to me? You could have told me how lonely you were. You never trusted me to help you. I'm not saying I was so fucking fabulous, but I was here.

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