Friends

The One Where Monica and Richard Are Just Friends - S3-E13

Revealing mistake: When they are in the coffee house and go over to the counter to discuss Phoebe's boyfriend's exposure out of his shorts, in the long shots you can see behind that there is no way they would be able to see anything.

Marc Henderson
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The One With The Metaphorical Tunnel - S3-E4

Revealing mistake: While Chandler and Janice are in D'Agostino's, some grocery products have their names partially covered, such as Uncle Ben's and Grape Nuts.

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Suggested correction: I've seen a few of these listed as errors, but they're not. A lot of shows do this often if you pay attention. It's called "product displacement", and it is done to avoid being sued or having to pay licensing fees. Also, it is cheaper to alter logos like this than pixelate/blur them out. What is interesting though, is that one of the grape nut boxes in this picture does not have an altered logo.

Yes, it's product displacement, and this is specifically referred to as the "greeking" process. However, your correction only offers an excuse as to why this occurs. The tape or paint partially or fully covering the brand names or logos are a distraction, and it removes viewers from the fake reality of the show or movie. Originally, these types of submissions were to be listed in trivia, but instead they were placed in the mistake section.

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The One The Morning After - S3-E16

Revealing mistake: In the shot where Monica and Phoebe are taking off the wax strips, they make a big fuss about how much it hurts. However, watch carefully and you will see one of the strips just fall off. (00:10:30)

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The One With a Chick. And a Duck. - S3-E21

Revealing mistake: When Joey comes in with the shoebox containing the chick, it looks like a normal sized box, about 5 - 6 inches deep. But when Joey takes the lid off, we can see that the chick must be elevated on something inside the box, since we can see its entire body. Surely, the chick can't be more than 6 inches tall? (00:05:05)

Ral0618
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The One With The Giant Poking Device - S3-E8

Revealing mistake: The giant poking device is supposedly long enough to reach right across to the next building, but after they wake up Ugly Naked Guy, Joey says "retract the device!" and after pulling back about a foot of it the end suddenly pops up at the bottom of the screen. (00:20:25)

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The One With Ross's Thing - S3-E23

Revealing mistake: When the car catches fire you can see that the fire is not in the car but behind the car. (00:05:00)

Ssiscool Premium member
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The One With The Flashback - S3-E6

Revealing mistake: When Monica offers Joey lemonade and he takes off his clothes and is behind the lamp, the tops of his boxer shorts are visible when he says "Were you just gonna give me lemonade?" Broadcasts may crop off this bottom part, DVD doesn't. You can also see his gray boxer shorts through the plant in the previous shot.

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The One Where Monica and Richard Are Just Friends - S3-E13

Revealing mistake: When Richard gets tomato juice on his shirt and Monica goes to get some soda for it, you can't see any juice on his shirt. (00:08:25)

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The One With The Giant Poking Device - S3-E8

Revealing mistake: In the scene where Chandler confronts Janice about Joey seeing her kissing her ex-husband, Janice begins to hyperventilate. However, right before Chandler gives her the paper bag, Janice spins around and places the receipt in her mouth. Conveniently, after she begins breathing into the bag, she "chokes" on a receipt.

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The One With The Giant Poking Device - S3-E8

Revealing mistake: When Monica and Rachel are banging their heads on the wood, it is clear that they aren't hitting them hard enough to result in the winces that are apparent. (00:09:00)

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The One Where Ross And Rachel Take A Break - S3-E15

Revealing mistake: In the scene where Ross brings the picnic basket to Rachel's office, he lights a candle and puts it near a plant (which then sets it on fire). However, the candle is barely (if at all) close enough to set it alight, and when it does, a huge flame just erupts from the middle of the plant, not the edge where the candle was.

LittleWildman

The One With The Giant Poking Device - S3-E8

Revealing mistake: After Monica runs into the bedroom screaming "I wrecked your child" Rachel says "I hope it's funny when you're in hell." When Rachel is saying that line you can see the shadow of Monica on the wall in the room indicating she is just standing there waiting to make her entrance again.

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The One With Rachel's Date - S8-E5

Revealing mistake: In the scene in the coffee house, Phoebe is talking to Monica who is drinking a cup of coffee. Towards the end of the scene, the camera is on Phoebe who is smiling & laughing at Monica. In the right hand corner is a side view of 'Monica' however, it is not Courtney Cox in the scene, but a completely different actress. [Widescreen version only, although the "wrong" nose is visible in the original]. (00:06:20)

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