Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Superstar - S4-E17

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.

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Superstar - S4-E17

Continuity mistake: Right before Buffy snatches Jonathan's book off Anya and she says, "Hey, I was just at the part where he invents the Internet!" The book pages are blank, however, as Buffy snatches it from her, the pages have writing on them.

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Pangs - S4-E8

Continuity mistake: At the end of the episode there don't appear to be any holes in Spike's shirt despite the fact that he was riddled with arrows during the siege.

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Goodbye Iowa - S4-E14

Continuity mistake: When Buffy is talking to Riley, she puts the scarf on her head, on his hand. He talks to her and says "Maybe I am the bad guy," and in the next frame her scarf is back on her head again, then off again in the next frame.

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The Yoko Factor (1) - S4-E20

Continuity mistake: Buffy gets a massive scar on her head from fighting with Adam. This scar changes size at least twice throughout the rest of the episode.

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Wild At Heart - S4-E6

Continuity mistake: When Oz leaves and holds Willow close to him, the position of their noses changes depending on the camera angle. In the shots of OZ they're pressed together and in the shots of Willow they're not.

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Where The Wild Things Are - S4-E18

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.

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Pangs - S4-E8

Continuity mistake: When Xander is apparently diagnosed with syphilis, his skin has become rather pale. But once Spike shows up at Giles' his skin has miraculously returned to its normal colour.

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This Year's Girl (1) - S4-E15

Visible crew/equipment: In the episode 'This Year's Girl', when the Scoobies find the demon in the woods that Adam has cut open you can see a boom mike operator in the background.

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Season 4 generally

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.

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Hush - S4-E10

Continuity mistake: After Buffy goes to the bathroom to brush her teeth and returns to her dormitory, the number on the door (214) has disappeared.

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Who Are You? (2) - S4-E16

Visible crew/equipment: When Giles, Willow, Tara and Buffy (in Faith's body) arrive at the church in the armoured van, a camera is reflected in the van's back window.

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This Year's Girl (1) - S4-E15

Continuity mistake: When Buffy and Riley are in Buffy's room, Buffy holds Riley's hand with both of her hands and says to him, "Is there anything I can do?" But in the following shot she is holding Riley's hand with only one of her hands.

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This Year's Girl (1) - S4-E15

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.

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Hush - S4-E10

Visible crew/equipment: The demons known as "The Gentlemen" always float about two inches off the ground. In one scene, two of them are moving through a park, and you can see the light blue cart they are standing on.

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The Initiative - S4-E7

Factual error: In "The Initiative," Riley is looking for Spike with a heat sensitive camera and says "we've got a cold one." If Spike was at room temperature as indicated on the sensor, he would be indistinguishable from from the air and objects in the room.

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Something Blue - S4-E9

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.

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The Harsh Light Of Day - S4-E3

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.

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The Harsh Light Of Day - S4-E3

Continuity mistake: When Spike pins Harmony to the wall, his hands change from flat against her to grasping her shoulders, depending on the angle.

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The Initiative - S4-E7

Revealing mistake: Several times during Spike's escape from the Initiative, his reflection can be seen in the glass. Vampires aren't supposed to have reflections.

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The Freshman - S4-E1

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.

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The I In Team - S4-E13

Continuity mistake: At the end of the episode, as Spike's getting his T-shirt on, from one angle he gets his arm completely through a sleeve, then we cut to a different view and he's still pulling it on.

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Pangs - S4-E8

Continuity mistake: When Xander falls through the ground, he lands with his arm on, or very near a bit of wood, but in a closer shot of him just before he gets up, the wood's disappeared and other rubble has moved around too.

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Living Conditions - S4-E2

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.

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Pangs - S4-E8

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.

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Hush - S4-E10

Revealing mistake: In the fight scene at the clock tower, the first time Riley is knocked to the ground he kicks one of the strait-jacket demons in the face - his foot misses, but the demon still reacts as if hit.

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Who Are You? (2) - S4-E16

Continuity mistake: When Adam enters the cave and is talking to the vampires and then pulls the head off of one of them, watch as he falls, his head is still visible when he is falling out of frame.

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The Harsh Light Of Day - S4-E3

Other mistake: We've seen before that vampires are fine as long as they aren't in direct sunlight, yet in this episode Spike is in the shade when Buffy removes the ring and he still starts fizzling.

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Wild At Heart - S4-E6

Visible crew/equipment: At the very end of the scene where Buffy and Giles discuss what happened (including the Initiative), you can see the microphone at the top of the screen.

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Grigory the Wanderer

Wild At Heart - S4-E6

Continuity mistake: When we see Veruca eating at the table, she reaches for a cup as we see Oz coming up behind her. The shot changes and we see her turning around and reaching for the same cup again, though she never had time to put it down.

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The Harsh Light Of Day - S4-E3

Continuity mistake: When Buffy catches Parker talking to another girl he stands up to leave and slings his backpack over one shoulder. In the next shot it's over both shoulders.

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Primeval (2) - S4-E21

Continuity mistake: We see Xander lying in bed with his chest and stomach uncovered. But when Anya comes in and starts talking to him about checking in at the unemployment office, his bed sheets are suddenly pulled up covering his chest and stomach.

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The Yoko Factor (1) - S4-E20

Revealing mistake: After Buffy leaves the cave where Adam kills Forrest, she trips and falls down a horizontal slope. She then rolls over some rocks and one of the rocks wobbles.

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Where The Wild Things Are - S4-E18

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.

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The Harsh Light Of Day - S4-E3

Continuity mistake: When Spike and Harmony find the treasure room containing the Jewel or Ring of Amarah, after Spike stakes Harmony he removes the necklace he had on, but in the next shot he's wearing the necklace again.

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Superstar - S4-E17

Continuity mistake: After the group find out Jonathon cast a spell, Willow is holding a book to her chest. But in the side shot, the book is resting on her stomach and then back on her chest a few shots later.

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Wild At Heart - S4-E6

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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Grigory the Wanderer

Beer Bad - S4-E5

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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This Year's Girl (1) - S4-E15

Revealing mistake: When Faith is being chased by Buffy she jumps over a brick wall but as she does the wall wobbles.

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Who Are You? (2) - S4-E16

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.

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A New Man - S4-E12

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.

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This Year's Girl (1) - S4-E15

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.

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Living Conditions - S4-E2

Continuity mistake: When the portal is opened Buffy crawls around to the other side of her bed yet just as the portal closes there is a wide shot and she isn't next to the bed.

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Doomed - S4-E11

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.

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The Initiative - S4-E7

Continuity mistake: At the party where Riley is talking to Buffy by the stairs, when he first comes over there is no one in the corner on the stairs but in the next shot there are two people who disappear two shots later.

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The I In Team - S4-E13

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?

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The Freshman - S4-E1

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.

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This Year's Girl (1) - S4-E15

Continuity mistake: In 'This Year's Girl' when Faith is taunting Joyce with all Buffy's uncollected mail she flings the envelopes across the bed one by one, scattering them. When Faith is fighting Buffy later on they are all in a pile again.

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The Initiative - S4-E7

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.

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Pangs - S4-E8

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.

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Where The Wild Things Are - S4-E18

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.

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Beer Bad - S4-E5

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.

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Goodbye Iowa - S4-E14

Visible crew/equipment: When Buffy, Willow and Anya are watching Looney Tunes, some stage lights are reflected in the globe behind Willow.

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Something Blue - S4-E9

Plot hole: Before the opening credits where Buffy stakes the vampire in the cemetery, she stakes him below the left shoulder, above the heart. Yet he still turns to dust and dies.

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Pangs - S4-E8

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.

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The Harsh Light Of Day - S4-E3

Revealing mistake: When Buffy is fighting Spike, she throws him against a table and then runs over it; you can see this is her body double. It is extremely obvious.

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Pangs - S4-E8

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.

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The Harsh Light Of Day - S4-E3

Continuity mistake: When Spike is in the area where the gem is located, he walks to the right of entry hole, where he finds the gem. Then Harmony appears from the right side of the screen, where there's obviously no entrance.

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Hush - S4-E10

Continuity mistake: The first night that the Gentlemen float through the college, they are on the 2nd floor one minute (all the room numbers start with 2), then they turn a corner and are suddenly outside room 118, a floor below.

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The Harsh Light Of Day - S4-E3

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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Wild At Heart - S4-E6

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.

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Wild At Heart - S4-E6

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.

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Superstar - S4-E17

Revealing mistake: When Tara is being chased by the monster and she falls, she says a spell and white smoke comes out of her hands but it is coming out of the sleeves of her shirt, the way she holds her hands up suggests this as well.

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New Moon Rising - S4-E19

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.

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Doomed - S4-E11

Visible crew/equipment: At the end when the gang leave the high school, stage lights are reflected in the broken glass of the double doors that they exit through.

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New Moon Rising - S4-E19

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.

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Restless - S4-E22

Revealing mistake: In Xander's dream, when he climbs into the back of the ice cream van, for a split second before the window goes out of view the backdrop cuts out and the blue screen is visible. Only visible in widescreen version.

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A New Man - S4-E12

Visible crew/equipment: In the scene in Xander's basement a stage light is reflected in his television's screen. It isn't the light coming from his lamp because the reflection in the television's screen is still there once he turns it off.

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Superstar - S4-E17

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.

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The I In Team - S4-E13

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.

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A New Man - S4-E12

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.

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The Initiative - S4-E7

Character mistake: At Riley's party, Willow tells him that Buffy is wearing a halter top when she is in fact wearing a strappy top. Being a girl, and extremely into fashion at this stage in her life after her high school years, she should have known better.

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The Harsh Light Of Day - S4-E3

Continuity mistake: Right before Spike jabs Buffy in the face on the college's campus, there are a ton of people around. But after he jabs her in the face and they start fighting, all of the people are gone.

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Primeval (2) - S4-E21

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.

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The I In Team - S4-E13

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.

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Hush - S4-E10

Revealing mistake: When the Gentlemen are chasing Tara in Stevenson Hall, in the first hallway two Gentlemen are floating down the corridor and you can tell they're on wires because the one on the screen's left "jumps" a little as if his wires got snagged.

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Goodbye Iowa - S4-E14

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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A New Man - S4-E12

Revealing mistake: In the scene where Giles is dusting his book shelf he takes a book from the shelf and reads from it, you can see that the pages have nothing written on them.

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Something Blue - S4-E9

Other mistake: In the scene where Spike escapes from a blind Giles, he pushes Giles out of the way and does not get a shock to the head from the chip in his head, which normally goes off with the most minor hint of violence.

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The Initiative - S4-E7

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.

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Beer Bad - S4-E5

Visible crew/equipment: When Buffy, Xander and Willow get up from the table, the personal microphone equipment clipped to the waistband at the back of Xander's pants is visible; he adjusts his shirt to cover it as they turn to walk.

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The Freshman - S4-E1

Continuity mistake: When Buffy is talking to Giles after his run, his towel moves from being on one shoulder to being across his back and over the other shoulder to being back on one shoulder.

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Where The Wild Things Are - S4-E18

Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where Xander and Anya make the last attempt to rescue Buffy and Riley, Anya is attacked by some vines and you can see another set of hands from the crew pushing the vine towards her.

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Where The Wild Things Are - S4-E18

Visible crew/equipment: Toward the end of the episode Giles, Tara and Willow contact the spirits. Just after the spirits vanish, in the bottom left corner of the screen a crew member's leg is visible.

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Hush - S4-E10

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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Wild At Heart - S4-E6

Revealing mistake: In the scene when Oz stops the female wolf from attacking Willow, and they both change and Oz tears her neck out, if you look closely, you can see the actor's real skin at the neck.

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Restless - S4-E22

Continuity mistake: In Willow's dream when she's painting symbols of Tara, in the shot where she draws the last symbol, she hasn't finished the line, but in the next shot, she had finished that line.

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Spike: You listen to me. [Kneels in front of her.] I've been alive a bit longer than you, and dead a lot longer than that. I've seen things you couldn't imagine, and done things I prefer you didn't. I don't exactly have a reputation for being a thinker. I follow my blood, which doesn't exactly rush in the direction of my brain. So I make a lot of mistakes, a lot of wrong bloody calls. A hundred plus years, and there's only one thing I've ever been sure of: you. [Buffy looks away; he reaches toward her face.] Hey, look at me. I'm not asking you for anything. When I say, "I love you, " it's not because I want you or because I can't have you. It has nothing to do with me. I love what you are, what you do, how you try. I've seen your kindness and your strength. I've seen the best and the worst of you. And I understand with perfect clarity exactly what you are. You're a hell of a woman. You're the one, Buffy.
Buffy: [Quietly.] I don't wanna be the one.

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In addition to singing "Rest in Peace," James Marsters also played the song's guitar track.

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