Visible crew/equipment: After Tara is found in the Janitor's closet and brought back to her room as Willow & Buffy come in, there is a mirror to the left of the door. It has a scarf draped over it to prevent it from reflecting things it shouldn't, but the bottom right corner is still exposed and in it you can see glimpses of the crew moving around behind the camera.
Visible crew/equipment: While the house is becoming "Wild", Riley takes Graham down to The Initiative. Once the door closes behind them and the mirror returns to its original position, the shadow of a camera is reflected in the mirror. It's in the middle of the frame, on the left, over a book case.
Deliberate mistake: Every time the commandos are seen in the early episodes of this season (The Freshman and Fear, Itself) they wear ski masks to protect their identities. Starting in The Initiative, they stop doing this. The reason is that the audience needs to be able to identify the different commando characters, but it's still a discontinuity.
Continuity mistake: In the scene near the end when Faith is putting Joyce's lipstick on in the mirror and taunting her, it is obvious that the make-up department forgot to put Faith's tattoo on her upper arm. It's obvious if you watch back and forth between the mirror and the shot of Faith standing and turning, there is no evidence of a tattoo that has been established Faith has in the previous season.
Other mistake: Just after Giles becomes completely blind, Spike gets up to get a book off of the mantle. When he does this you can, very briefly, see James Marsters reflected in the glass doors of the bookcase that was behind him, despite Spike being a vampire.
Continuity mistake: When Spike finally gets into the area where the gem is and Harmony follows him up there, he puts on that necklace thinking it's the gem. When he realizes Harmony has the gem it shows him taking off the necklace. It cuts to another shot and then shows him again with the necklace, but minus the charm.
Continuity mistake: When Buffy is fighting the vampires at the end of the episode, she grabs a tennis racket and smashes the brunette vampire over the head. She falls over the back of the couch and we hear the thud of her landing, however in the wide shot of the couch the vampire has just started to go over the back.
Continuity mistake: In the scene where Buffy and Kathy are deliberately infuriating each other (tapping pencils and cracking eggs) there are several lights on throughout the room (on Buffy's desk, above Kathy's computer, in the kitchenette) yet when Buffy turns out her bedside lamp, the entire area is thrown into darkness.
Continuity mistake: When Buffy and Willow are talking about the sham of Thanksgiving Day at the groundbreaking ceremony, on one angle (the one where Buffy's face is shown) there is a strong wind blowing, moving their hair about, but in the other (when you can see Willow's face) their hair aren't moving.
Visible crew/equipment: After Anya has rescued Xander from drowning, they venture through the vines to the room that Buffy and Riley are in. The moment before Anya screams, "Xander, help me," a vine attacks her, but a crew member's hand can be seen (in the wide-screen version) moving the vine towards Anya.
Continuity mistake: When Veruca comes to Oz's cage to spend the night there, she tosses her jacket onto the round stone thingie (knob?) at the end of the stairs, and it covers the whole thing. However, when Willow discovers them in the morning and Veruca goes to pick up her jacket, you can see that it has moved. Willow didn't touch it when she entered, and both Oz and Veruca were locked up so they couldn't get anywhere near it.
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Continuity mistake: When Xander is showing Willow and Buffy his fake ID and the view of the shot is from behind Xander, he is holding the card with his thumb and middle finger. Switch to the view from behind Willow and it's being held with his thumb and index finger. Then it switches to behind Xander again and it's back to thumb and middle finger.
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Audio problem: Near the end of the episode when Giles, Tara, Faith/Buffy and Willow arrive at the church and a police officer tries to stop them going inside Willow says, 'Oh no you don't understand (or words to that effect) but her mouth doesn't move at all, it was clearly dubbed.
Revealing mistake: In the scene where Giles and Ethan Rayne are drinking in the bar, the shots cut between Giles and Ethan frequently. When on Giles, you can see Ethan's hands/arms and his glass in the foreground of the shot, but almost every time the shot switches back to Ethan he's in a different position with no time to have moved.
Visible crew/equipment: In the last scene after Buffy jumps through the window into her mother's room, Faith and Buffy begin to fight. The two wrestle into the hall and begin to roll down the stairs. There is a side view shot then a front view shot. In the front view shot you can see a camera moving downward just outside the bannister and out of shot. Only visible in widescreen versions.
Visible crew/equipment: When Buffy and Xander are doing some research, check the left side of the screen in a wide shot, when Xander asks "how far back do the disappearances go?" You may need to turn the brightness up, but there's a boom mike bobbing around.
Continuity mistake: In the season 4 episode "Doomed," during the fight at the Hellmouth, Willow throws the sack of bones to Spike, who catches them and looks startled. In the very next shot of Buffy fighting one of the demons, Spike can be seen in the upper left corner of the screen, with empty hands, quite calmly watching the fight.
Continuity mistake: In every other episode it's seen in, room 314 is a room directly off a corridor, but in "The I In Team" Walsh walks through the door off the corridor, then there's another shot of her walking through a door. Where did the second door come from?
Continuity mistake: In 'The Initiative', Riley, Graham and Forrest are looking in through the windows of Stevenson Hall with thermal goggles looking for Spike, they see him walking towards Willow. When we see Willow and Spike seconds later he is still sitting on the bed where he was for most of the scene.
Revealing mistake: One of the arrows that Spike gets hit with passes through just below his left shoulder, but there are times when you can tell that it is a fake arrow because the part of the arrow sticking out at the front moves and the part at the back does not. Look at the arrow just after Buffy turns Hus into a bear.
Visible crew/equipment: When Xander and Anya pull over in the ice-cream van, the front windscreen is very reflective. To avoid reflecting the camera crew, a giant screen was put in front of the ice-cream van - which, ironically, is reflected in the windscreen. It isn't a reflection of another vehicle parked in front of them as the thing that is reflected is a curved shape.
Continuity mistake: When the Cavemen knock out Willow, she lands flat on her front. Later on, one of the Cavemen watches Willow as she lies unconscious, and she is now lying on her back. Then when Buffy finds her when the building is burning down, she is back on her front.
Visible crew/equipment: During the scene of the siege at Giles', there is a shot where an Indian guy jumps through the window and helps himself by holding on to the sill. If you look to the left side of the screen, you can see it's a moving wall and that several hands of crew members are holding it so it doesn't shake.
Continuity mistake: In the scene where Anya is undressing a sick Xander in his basement, she lifts up his shirt and says 'Help me get your trousers off.' During the following conversation, in the close-up shots his shirt is lifted far up on his chest, but in the wider shots it's covering his whole stomach.
Continuity mistake: When Buffy and Spike are fighting on campus during the day, Xander tries to help Buffy but Spike throws him against a lamppost. When he lands in the ground he falls completely on the grass on his side but if you look behind Spike in the next shot he lies half on and half on the grass on his front.
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Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where Willow visits Xander to discuss what may be going on with Oz; towards the end of the scene, when the camera is on Willow, you can see the sound mike at the top left of the screen next to the green crate in two different shots.
Revealing mistake: Towards the end when Oz says to Veruca, "You don't wanna find out what I am", and partially turns into a Werewolf. You can tell that both of the actors were filmed separately for the CGI's sake as Oz stands out from the picture more than Veruca does. The same effect is obvious during "Doppelgangland" in season 3 where there are 2 Willows onscreen at once.
Continuity mistake: When Oz turns back into a werewolf, he chases after Tera. She hits him with a chair and he falls to the ground and passes out. We then see The Initiative show up and learn that Riley has shot Oz with a dart (it's sticking out of Oz's side). But two shots earlier the dart wasn't there.
Continuity mistake: When Oz shows up at Buffy and Willow's dormitory, Willow has a lump or a pimple above the left corner of her mouth. It disappears later in the episode when she's talking to Buffy about her feelings for Tara and it returns at the end when she and Oz are in his van.
Revealing mistake: When Jonathan assists Buffy at the beginning of the episode, he enters through the glass ceiling of the mausoleum, which shatters into squares. Although the audio is the sound of glass shattering, the pieces of "glass" flutter down, revealing that the squares are paper - simply for the safety of the actor during the stunt.
Continuity mistake: The first shot of Maggie Walsh being impaled from behind with the skewer indicates that there is no one standing close by, judging by the amount of negative space around her. However, following shots reveal that the skewer is coming straight out of Adam's wrist, therefore he should have been visible in the previous shot.
Continuity mistake: When Willow and Buffy are having breakfast, in the shot facing Willow she picks up her glass of orange juice and when the shot changes to Buffy picking up her coffee cup you can see the glass is still on the table and then Willow's hand reaching for it again.
Plot hole: Willow hacks into The Initiative's computer system and discovers air ducts and electrical conduits leading to Adam behind 314, but the room doesn't show up on the schematic. It seems unlikely that nobody who didn't know about Adam would have noticed this and investigated.
Continuity mistake: When you first see Adam lying on the bed, before he wakes up you see his human side of his face on his right side. In the next scene the camera is over Maggie Walsh's shoulder and the human side of his face is now on the left side. Then just after he stabs Maggie it switches back again.
Visible crew/equipment: When Buffy and Riley are talking at the crime scene, where he tells her about Maggie Walsh's death, one of the camera shots has a very visible black border around the entire edge of the screen as if the lens shade was visible in front of the lens and could be seen in the shot.
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Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where Spike escapes from the initiative a black curtain can be seen to the right of the screen after the other vampire is release from his cell. The curtain serves no purpose to the set or scene and it disappears in the next shot.
Continuity mistake: Near the end, when Spike takes the cup of blood from the fridge, we can see that it is full to within a 1/4 inch of the rim. However, when the shot changes and he drinks it, he tips the cup almost 45 degrees before putting his lips to the cup and drinking. If the cup had been as full as previously shown, the blood would have begun pouring out long before Spike ever drank form it.
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