The X-Files

The X-Files (1993)

92 mistakes in season 1

Fallen Angel - S1-E10

Continuity mistake: When Mulder helps Max lie down he notices the scar behind his right ear but when he tells Scully about it later he says that the scar is behind his left ear.

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Shadows - S1-E6

Continuity mistake: Howard Graves' tombstone states that he died on the 5th of October, but the opening scenes date stamp says the 22nd of September when it was supposed to be two weeks after Graves had died.

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Pilot - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When Scully goes to Mulder's room, thinking she has the marks, after he has checked her we see Scully's hair is behind her collar, but when the shot changes to her going to sit down, her hair is now hanging out.

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Chaz1003

Shadows - S1-E6

Visible crew/equipment: When Mulder and Scully are talking about Howard Graves faking his own death, when they get to the bottom of the stairs, you can see the pole which the camera used to travel down the stairs.

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Chaz1003

Ghost in the Machine - S1-E7

Revealing mistake: While the computer is being infected with the virus, Peterson turns away from the screen to face Scully. Two seconds later, after the shot of Scully, the same shot is shown again but in reverse so that Peterson turns back to the screen. It's more obvious if you look at the weird way his eyes blink in the reversed shot.

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Darkness Falls - S1-E20

Plot hole: At the end, a man is attacked while standing in the light of his automobile's headlights. Supposedly, though, the bugs were terrified of light.

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Shadows - S1-E6

Continuity mistake: When Mulder and Scully are questioning Lauren in the investigation room, the piece of paper on Mulder's jacket changes place in between shots.

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Chaz1003
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Pilot - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: The first time Scully walks into Mulder's office, we see his "I want to Believe" poster in full view. Later on in the scene, we see papers stacked in front of it.

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Squeeze - S1-E3

Continuity mistake: When Scully is having lunch with her friend just after the intro, we see at one shot from behind her she is holding a knife, then when the shot changes she is no longer holding it.

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Chaz1003
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Squeeze - S1-E3

Continuity mistake: When Tooms is in the cell right at the end, we see when his food is being brought over to him on the tray that there is a drink and a bun, when the shot changes to the other side of the door the drink and bun have swapped sides. When the shot changes back to the other side of the door, the tray is now the other way around and then when the shot goes back to the other side the whole tray has now disappeared.

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Chaz1003

Conduit - S1-E4

Continuity mistake: When Mulder is running after the boy near the end, and the motorcycles are coming, we see him throw the torch quite far away, yet when the motorcycles are gone we see it is right next to him.

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Chaz1003
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Shadows - S1-E6

Continuity mistake: When Mulder and Scully are leaving Laurens house, when we see the doors lock themselves they are different locks to what the car actually has.

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Chaz1003

The Jersey Devil - S1-E5

Factual error: Atlantic City, New Jersey really doesn't have woods around it like it does in this episode.

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Ghost in the Machine - S1-E7

Audio problem: When Jerry uses the elevator, the voice of the computer reads out the floors as "twenty-third floor, fourth floor, fifth floor" etc, missing out the "twenty-" prefix until the 29th floor. The DVD subtitles list these numbers with their prefix, so this was not intentional.

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darren-c
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Shadows - S1-E6

Continuity mistake: When the cup falls over when Lauren wants to see Mr. Dorlund, the box of tissues disappears in the last shot.

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Chaz1003

Ghost in the Machine - S1-E7

Visible crew/equipment: When Brad is showing Mulder and Scully the video tape in his house, you can see the crew reflected off the TV screen.

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Chaz1003
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Pilot - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When Scully is in her room after the autopsy, we see the x-ray attached to her lamp. When we first see it, we can see the letters LD on it, yet when the shot changes back to the x-ray after Mulder has gone, we can only see I, presumably the other x-ray is now overlapping it.

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Chaz1003

Ice - S1-E8

Continuity mistake: When Mulder is examining the paper which says "We are not who we are", the writing changes position in between shots.

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Chaz1003
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Pilot - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When Mulder and Scully are driving after their plane lands, we see at one point that Mulder has his left hand on the wheel and he is eating a sunflower seed with his right, yet when the shot changes he's driving with his right hand and eating with his left.

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Chaz1003

Ice - S1-E8

Continuity mistake: At the beginning when a man says: "We're not who we are", he says it differently when Scully watches the tape.

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Chaz1003
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Darkness Falls - S1-E20

Continuity mistake: When they find the felled ancient tree, the stump that Mulder clambers up onto to investigate the growth rings has a distinctive crack at the center and the growth rings are irregular in shape. However the stump that we get a close up of has no crack and regular circular rings.

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Young at Heart - S1-E16

Continuity mistake: In the close-up shot of Mulder just before he shoots Barnett, his black ear piece disappears.

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Born Again - S1-E22

Continuity mistake: When Scully is doing the exam on the dead guy on table, he blinks and breathes.

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Space - S1-E9

Continuity mistake: Mulder and Scully are driving after the women to the command center, it is raining hard. The woman has an accident and Mulder stops to check on her, it isn't raining anymore. They were right behind her.

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Conduit - S1-E4

Other mistake: In the scene where Mulder and Scully are first visiting Darlene Morris, there is a split-second shot of Mulder examining residue on his fingers that is edited in between Mulder and Scully ascending the steps to the porch and knocking on the door. It's as if the sequence was initially longer with Mulder discovering a suspicious substance before he and Scully knocked on the door that was not completely edited out.

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Serious B
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Miracle Man - S1-E18

Continuity mistake: In the establishing shot of the courthouse the subtitle reads "Kenwood County Courthouse" but you can read on the building that it is the "DeKalb County Courthouse".

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Fallen Angel - S1-E10

Continuity mistake: When Mulder and Scully are going to the caravan for the first time, you can see a person walking in the background, but when the shot changes they are no longer there.

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Chaz1003
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Space - S1-E9

Continuity mistake: When Captain Belt is going to bed after the press conference, the bottle on his side table moves between shots.

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Chaz1003
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Eve - S1-E11

Continuity mistake: We see Cindy and Teena at the table talking with Eve 7, drinking out of paper cups. Later on, when Mulder picks up a cup from the table, it's made of glass.

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Fallen Angel - S1-E10

Continuity mistake: When Max is trying to escape through Mulder's window, in the first shot, the bottom window is halfway down, but in the next shot, it's fully up.

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Chaz1003

Fallen Angel - S1-E10

Continuity mistake: After Mulder has been released from the containment cell, and he and Scully go back to his room, the items on the table change position in between shots.

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Chaz1003
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Eve - S1-E11

Continuity mistake: When Tina is in the foster home the camera looks through the windows at her, but when Mulder and Scully enter, the curtains are closed.

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Chaz1003
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Eve - S1-E11

Continuity mistake: When Dr. Kendrick/Eve is talking to the two little girls and she's clearing up the mess on the table, the position of the straw changes between shots.

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Chaz1003

Genderbender - S1-E14

Continuity mistake: After the part where the head Kindred woman tells Mulder and Scully "I asked you not to interfere", Mulder leads Scully away. From one camera angle, he is leading her away by the hand. In the same scene, but from a different camera angle, he has his arm around her. When we go back to the first camera angle, he is once again leading her away by the hand.

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Eve - S1-E11

Continuity mistake: When Scully is reading report from Simmons' death, we can see that is has occured on the 7th of November, 1993; which means that whole episode takes place at the very beginning of November, but at the same time Scully and Mulder should be at Alaska (see episode "Ice").

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E.B.E. - S1-E17

Continuity mistake: In the scene at the start, when the police car passes the truck, clearly it is daylight, but right after the truck shuts down it is completely dark.

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Pilot - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When Mulder, Scully and the other police officers are digging Ray Soames's grave, one strap of the coffin breaks and the coffin falls and starts to roll. When it hits a tomb stone and opens, you can see there's a normal size body in the coffin. When they look into the coffin, there's this small alien body.

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sam68
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Suggested correction: When the coffin opens, it is impossible to notice what sort of body is located in the coffin. Moreover, the rules says that "If a mistake can only be noticed using slow motion or pause, it won't be accepted."

Chop Luftmysza

Roland - S1-E23

Factual error: At the crime scene where Roland killed one of the professors by dunking his head in liquid nitrogen and dropped him on the floor, someone has drawn an outline of the dead prof's body and all the bits his head broke into when Roland dropped him. This outline-drawing doesn't happen in life because it interferes with the crime scene, it's a popular myth.

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Eve - S1-E11

Other mistake: Eve 6 says that ordinary human beings have 46 chromosomes, while the Adams and the Eves have 56 chromosomes. This makes 10 additional chromosomes. However, Eve 6 also mentions that they have additional chromosomes number 4, 5, 12, 16, and 22 - only 5 additional chromosomes.

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Chop Luftmysza

Pilot - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: Mulder says that his sister “just disappeared from her bed one night” which is not true, because later visualizations of that moment show that Samantha was abducted while she and Mulder were playing a game and watching TV.

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Chop Luftmysza

Space - S1-E9

Continuity mistake: When Mulder is at Ground Control and the woman is telling the space ship that they're going into fly-by-wire mode, the Mulder's visitor pass changes from beneath his jacket to above his jacket between shots.

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Chaz1003

Fallen Angel - S1-E10

Continuity mistake: When Max bleeds out his ear, the blood stain on the pillow changes when Mulder and Scully see it.

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Chaz1003

Ghost in the Machine - S1-E7

Visible crew/equipment: When Ben Drake is walking in front of the paintings in his office, for a short moment one can see the camera setup and the cameraman reflected off the first painting.

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Chop Luftmysza

Ghost in the Machine - S1-E7

Other mistake: When Jerry Lamana goes up in the elevator in the Eurisko building, the "thirteen floor" message is missing.

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Chop Luftmysza

Ghost in the Machine - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: During the conversation with Mulder, in the front shot the Deep Throat tilts his head to the left while in the back shot his head is tilted to the right.

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Chop Luftmysza

Space - S1-E9

Factual error: According to the NASA space shuttle launch countdown procedure, the close-out crew retreats to fallback area in the "T-3 hours and counting" phase. The members of the crew are the last persons who leave the launch pad at least 20 minutes before liftoff. However, during the close-up take of the main engines, when the ground control says "All systems go for APU start", we can see two members of the ground personnel in orange suits near the engines.

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Chop Luftmysza

Pilot - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: While Mulder and Scully are in the woods, in some shots it is raining, while in others there is no sign of the rain.

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Chop Luftmysza

Pilot - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When Scully walks into Mulder's office, she stops in the position with the "I want to believe" poster in the background, then she takes a couple of steps to make acquaintance with Mulder, and she finds herself again in the position with the poster in the background.

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Chop Luftmysza

Fallen Angel - S1-E10

Other mistake: The fourth photo could not have been taken by Mulder, because he is shooting craft's pictures from elevation, while this photo is taken from the ground level.

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Chop Luftmysza

Fallen Angel - S1-E10

Continuity mistake: At the end of Max's seizure Mulder holds him under his chin, but in the next shot he holds his hands.

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Chop Luftmysza

Space - S1-E9

Continuity mistake: When Michelle is driving her car, the back shots show some label to the left of a driving wheel that is missing in the front shots.

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Chop Luftmysza

Space - S1-E9

Continuity mistake: When Michelle's car lays upside down, one can see that it has headlights with two lamps on each side, but in the previous shots her car has only one lamp on each side.

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Chop Luftmysza

Space - S1-E9

Continuity mistake: During Colonel Belt's funeral, there are saluting soldiers standing behind Michelle in some shots, while in others they are not there.

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Chop Luftmysza

Ghost in the Machine - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: When we watch Scully typing from behind, the text she types is ahead of the text we saw at a distance in the previous shot.

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Fallen Angel - S1-E10

Visible crew/equipment: Mulder talks to the man from NICAP on the other side of the fence. When the shot is looking at the man, film lights are visible reflected in his glasses. Since he is looking at Mulder, there should be lights on Mulder's side, but there are none.

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manthabeat

Ghost in the Machine - S1-E7

Visible crew/equipment: Mulder is talking to the computer programmer in the prison. The shot starts on the bars and pulls back. A significant shadow caused by the camera is visible on the right side of the frame.

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manthabeat

The Jersey Devil - S1-E5

Audio problem: The man changing the flat tire in the beginning of the episode drops his flashlight. He says "dang it" but his mouth doesn't move.

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manthabeat

Deep Throat - S1-E2

Revealing mistake: Mulder pulls away from the hotel after telling Scully he is going to shower and then they'll leave. The tire marks from previous takes are visible on the pavement.

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manthabeat

Young at Heart - S1-E16

Audio problem: The first scene following the intro, when Mulder and Scully step out of the car, Scully says, "I still don't get it" but her mouth doesn't move.

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Shadows - S1-E6

Continuity mistake: Just as Mulder and Scully are entering the interrogation room to question Lauren for the second time, Mulder is holding a thin stack of paper, folded in half in his right hand. In one shot, these are folded horizontally. In the immediate next shot, they are now folded vertically.

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Tooms - S1-E21

Continuity mistake: When Tooms walks out of the courtroom, the doctor and the old lady who were sitting in the beginning of the corridor are missing.

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The Erlenmeyer Flask - S1-E24

Continuity mistake: When the Smoking Man brings the alien fetus to the Pentagon storage facility, he places it on the second rack, then in the next shot he walks away from the rack situated in the middle of the corridor.

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E.B.E. - S1-E17

Plot hole: After less than 1 minute of investigation Scully found out that the photograph was bogus. It tells a lot about the "very best" specialists, mentioned by the Deep Throat later on, who had prepared the photo.

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Chop Luftmysza

E.B.E. - S1-E17

Continuity mistake: When Scully changes the refill of her ball-pen, in the right shot she keeps it under the desk while in the next left shot she holds it over the desk.

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Chop Luftmysza

Miracle Man - S1-E18

Continuity mistake: The young Samuel stretches his palms upwards, while in the next shot the boy holds them straight.

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Chop Luftmysza

Miracle Man - S1-E18

Character mistake: Scully says "She is dead" instead of performing cardiac massage, as any other doctor would do.

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Chop Luftmysza

E.B.E. - S1-E17

Continuity mistake: When Mulder walks around Scully, he passes her by, however in the next shot he is again behind her.

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Chop Luftmysza

Genderbender - S1-E14

Continuity mistake: A heavy rain can be noticed in the background, yet Mulder and Scully are dry as a bone.

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Chop Luftmysza

Beyond the Sea - S1-E13

Continuity mistake: While speaking with Mulder, Scully keeps her head down when in the front shot, while she keeps her head up in the back shot.

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Chop Luftmysza

Fire - S1-E12

Revealing mistake: In the shot where Mulder is jumping as to avoid being burnt by fire set by Cecil the caretaker, it is easy to see that it's a stuntman instead of Mulder.

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Chop Luftmysza

Eve - S1-E11

Continuity mistake: When Mulder grabs the twins, one of them immediately turns around toward him, however in the next shot she turns around once again.

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Chop Luftmysza

Fallen Angel - S1-E10

Continuity mistake: Just before the attack of the alien creature the soldiers change their positions from shot to shot. Moreover, additional soldiers suddenly appear nearby the commanding group.

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Chop Luftmysza

Fallen Angel - S1-E10

Continuity mistake: When Deputy Wright is electrocuted, depending on the shot he holds the flashlight either in his left or right hand.

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Chop Luftmysza

Ice - S1-E8

Continuity mistake: When the presentation of IDs begins, dr Da Silva stands in a different position relative to the others than in the next shot.

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Chop Luftmysza

Ghost in the Machine - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: When Scully gets out of the car, it is parked much closer to the curb than in the previous shot.

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Chop Luftmysza

Ghost in the Machine - S1-E7

Other mistake: It's incomprehensible why such an intelligent COS has to print out the stolen data on Scully’s monitor, risking being exposed.

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Chop Luftmysza

Shadows - S1-E6

Continuity mistake: In the shot where Dorlund sits in the background his right hand presses on his throat, but in the next shot his throat is totally exposed.

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Chop Luftmysza

Shadows - S1-E6

Continuity mistake: During the car crash, when the shot is taken from the outside of the car, Mulder keeps his head turned left, while in the shot from the car interior his head is turned right towards Scully.

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Chop Luftmysza

Conduit - S1-E4

Continuity mistake: While filmed from behind, Darlene lowers her hands, but in the next front shot her hands are still kept crossed on her chest.

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Chop Luftmysza

Squeeze - S1-E3

Continuity mistake: When filmed from the back, Tom is stopping Mulder from entering the crime scene by laying his hand on Mulder’s chest, while in the front shot his left hand remains free.

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Chop Luftmysza

Genderbender - S1-E14

Revealing mistake: When Mulder is examining the residue on the mouth of the deceased man in the beginning, the dead body's right eye twitches.

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Deep Throat - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: When complaining about the lack of connection in the first take Scully holds the handset directed downwards, but in the next shot she holds it upwards.

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Chop Luftmysza

Deep Throat - S1-E2

Revealing mistake: During the hard braking due to avoiding the collision with the unknown agency cars, notice that there are stunt people sitting in the car instead of Mulder and Scully.

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Chop Luftmysza

Deep Throat - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: Face-on Scully rests her elbow on the car side window frame with her wrist waving freely, while in the back shot she grabs the handle over the window (this error repeats at least three times in a row every time the shot changes).

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Chop Luftmysza

Deep Throat - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: When Mulder gives Scully the map obtained from the bartender, she holds it in her hand in different ways in each consecutive shot.

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Chop Luftmysza

Pilot - S1-E1

Character mistake: Scully says that it was Teresa Nemman who was summoned into the woods tonight, while in fact it was Peggy Odell.

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Chop Luftmysza

Pilot - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: Filmed from the front, Scully nods down but in the next shot when filmed from the back she still keeps her head straight and only after a while she nods it down.

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Chop Luftmysza

Pilot - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: The place Mulder and Scully find the “X” sign is different from the place Mulder originally painted it (e.g. leafy bush, no fence etc.).

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Chop Luftmysza

Pilot - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When Mulder, Scully, and Dr Glass stop, in the first shot Mulder’s hands hang down and the doctor’s are in his pockets, while in the next shot Mulder’s hands are rested on his waist and the doctor’s hang loosely.

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Chop Luftmysza

Pilot - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: In the shot taken from the front of the car Scully touches her hair with her right hand, while in the next shot her right hand rests on the car’s door.

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Chop Luftmysza

Tooms - S1-E21

Other mistake: Being chased by Tooms underneath the escalator, Mulder climbs out of the manhole in front of the escalator, and hits the switch to activate the escalator. Tooms is then being dragged away from the manhole, but the direction of movement of the escalator below the floor would actually have dragged him towards the manhole where Mulder and Scully are.

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Genderbender - S1-E14

Visible crew/equipment: In the scene at the very beginning of the episode, when the camera is going up the stairs, you can make out a man's reflection holding a camera on the stairs.

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