Revealing mistake: After Homer brings Santa's Little Helper home, Homer and Marge hug, and if you look behind them, the background is upside down. There is a picture hanging upside down, and there is a lamp which seems to be hanging from the ceiling. Then in the next shot, the background is normal.
Continuity mistake: When Homer walks out Circus of Values with his purchases, he bumps into Flanders, and all the presents scatter everywhere. Watch out for a red present with a green bow that goes flying near the left hand side of the screen. As soon as it hits the ground it turns into a pink box with a white bow wrapped around it, with no shot changes.
Continuity mistake: Bart yanks Homer's beard off in the mall, Homer then takes Bart into Santa's workshop. When they are inside Santa's workshop, Homer's beard is back on, despite the fact that he didn't put it back on, he let it fall to the ground when Bart pulled it off.
Continuity mistake: Marge drops Lisa off at school for band practice, and she walks up to the entrance steps, and then converses with two boys. Then her teacher comes up, and Marge gets annoyed. When she comes to grab Lisa back into the car, Lisa is right by the roadside, along with the two boys and the music teacher.
Revealing mistake: When Marge is speaking on the phone to her sisters, her sisters say something that sounds like they said that Homer is ugly. Marge then puts down the phone wire that she was curling round her finger. It is easier to see this when you are using DVD, because then you can go into slow-motion, but you can temporarily see that the phone wire disappears when Marge puts it down. It is at the very end of an early scene, because as soon as this happens it changes to another scene.
Continuity mistake: Just before the kitchen mistake, Marge walks through the doorway from a room with a piano, beside a bare wall, and on the piano are two frames and music sheets. But when Marge turns the jar upside down, there is a large picture on the wall beside the piano, and the music sheets and frames have disappeared from the piano.
Other mistake: When Homer is at Moe's, there is a boxing match happening on TV. There is a bald guy who is getting considerably battered by the opponent and gets knocked out, and then for some absurd reason he is victoriously standing as if he had won.
Continuity mistake: At the very end of the episode, when Homer is being carried off by the crowd, you can see that the crowd carrying Homer, the people are small, so you'll have to look closely, but right before the credits, Marge's necklace changes from red to white, back to red and then finishes with white all in one shot.
Other mistake: Apu already knew Homer because in the flashback episode, Homer's barbershop quartet, they were in a band. However, in the scene where Homer enters the Quick-E-Mart, Apu refers to Homer as steady customer as if he didn't know him.
Character mistake: In the scene where the imposter Krusty is robbing the Kwik-e-mart, Krusty's hair is blueish green just like the real Krusty, but when Homer is describing the robber he says the the crook has red hair. This is so you have more clues on who the real impostor is. The imposter Krusty is really Sideshow-Bob who has red hair.
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Deliberate mistake: When Bart is in the genius school, the teacher asks him if he knows what happens if he adds an acid to a base. He replies yes, adds them anyway and the lab explodes and a green goo comes out, turning Bart green. If you add an acid to a base, you just get salt and water.
Factual error: When Bart declares war on Nelson, Herman uses the declaration from the Franco-Prussian war and puts "Bart" in place of "Otto Von Bismarck". The thing is, Bismarck didn't declare the Franco-Prussian War, Napoleon III of France did. A small error, maybe, but something that a war buff like Herman should know.
Continuity mistake: While Bart starts the I.Q. quiz and is reading it out loud, his teacher says "Shh. Visualize it Bart." While this happens if you look in the background you can see the alphabet line. It starts out Tt Uu Vv Ww, then Bart's teacher blocks out some, then you see the letter T again.
Continuity mistake: When Homer and Bart are at the cabaret show, Mr. Burns and Smithers are there with two women. In almost all of the shots there is a woman sitting between Burns and Smithers, except in the close-up of them when Burns asks "How does he DO it?". Then Smithers is shown as sitting right next to Mr. Burns.
Other mistake: After Ugolin (one of the French men looking after Bart) has taken Bart to the Chateau Maison, Cesar and Ugolin speak. (they aren't visible in this shot) Ugolin says "Escape is impossible", but the subtitles say that Cesar says it and vice versa for when Cesar actually speaks.
Continuity mistake: As Homer is carrying the TV towards the pawn shop in the first shot the left window is clear. There is then a tracking shot of the family walking and when they get in front of the store the window has writing on it saying Pawn Shop. The writing is in black and the next shot when they are talking the writing is now dark brown.
Continuity mistake: Bart is shown sitting tied up on the couch and Ms. Botz walks in carrying a tied-up Lisa in her arms before dumping her on the sofa alongside Bart. You can see that the rope Ms. Botz has used to bind Lisa is wound right around her body from the neck right down to her ankles. A few shots later when Maggie comes down and frees her, the rope tying Lisa's legs together at the knees has disappeared.
Audio problem: When Homer is putting Christmas lights around the outside of the house, he falls from the roof. You can then hear Lisa and Bart sarcastically clap. But you can see they both have their hands by their side, and no-one is clapping.
Continuity mistake: In "Krusty Gets Busted", Krusty's natural skin colour is established as yellow. In "Brush With Greatness" we see him wiping off the clown makeup to reveal that he has yellow skin. But in "Homer's Triple Bypass", he comes to visit Homer, with his white clown face, and tells him that "this isn't make-up". Other episodes after that also show that his skin is white.
Continuity mistake: When Homer has been informed about the Christmas money being spent on Bart getting his tattoo surgically removed, he leaves the house. When he opens and closes the door to leave, the wreath on the door is white with a red bow. When Homer then turns to look his Christmas decorations, the wreath is now green.
Continuity mistake: When the Simpsons are spying on the old man, the boy and the old woman, all three of them disappear and then reappear between shots. Whenever there is a wide shot from outside the house, they are not there but when there is a close shot from outside or inside they are there.
Continuity mistake: When Bart enters the tree house after being beaten up, he puts his hat on a peg behind him. In some later shots at an angle you can just see the hat behind him. In the shots from directly in front of Bart, the hat is not on the peg.
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Continuity mistake: When the burglar points the gun at Apu and says "Hand over all your money in a paper bag" Apu immediately replies "Yes, yes, I will". But when Bart sees this incident on TV later, the time between the burglar demanding the money and Apu replying "Yes, yes" is much longer.
Continuity mistake: When the store is being robbed, Homer throws his bag to the side and it lands face down near the stand of chips Homer jumps into. But when they are watching the video of this incident later, the bag is standing upright, far away from the spot it previously was at.
Continuity mistake: When Marge is making peanut butter sandwiches in the kitchen, she has already made one sandwich and there is one slice of bread by the peanut butter jar. When Homer walks up to Marge, another slice of bread appears.
Continuity mistake: When Marge is speaking to the man behind the counter at Barney's Bowlarama, the word "Homer" can be seen above the three holes on her bowling ball. When the man says that she can't bowl without a lane, the word has disappeared, and in the shot after that, it is back again.
Continuity mistake: When Homer says that Marge hasn't opened his present yet at her birthday dinner, there is a plate and glass in front of him on the table. But then the waiters come over to the Simpsons' table in the next shot, look at Homer and you can see that the glass and plate have disappeared.
Continuity mistake: When we see Homer eating at Marge's birthday dinner at Singing Sirloin, there is a cake on a dish and a wine glass by his plate. When we see Homer a little later on, the cake and wine have disappeared and there is now an ordinary drinking glass by his plate.
Continuity mistake: At lunch, two boys exchange Bart's sandwich for a grape. When they give him the grape, it lands in Bart's right hand but in the next shot he has it in his left hand, and when one boy gives Bart a cup, the grape is back in his right hand again, and in the shot after that, the two items have changed positions.
Continuity mistake: When Homer grabs hold of Bart's arm and demands to know what a "Kwyjibo" is, he is holding a brown skinned banana in his left hand. The banana remains in his hand when Bart is forced to explain what a "Kwyjibo" is, but when Homer begins to chase Bart, the banana has gone.
Continuity mistake: When Homer picks up the yellow book from under the settee, you can see there is a white label on the front cover. But when Lisa is reading the book, the label is now on the back cover, and when we see Lisa a few shots later, it is back on the front again.
Continuity mistake: When Homer is eating his breakfast at the start of the episode, there is some green food with his bacon and egg. But when the doughnut lands on his plate there is no green food, and when he is eating the doughnut, the green food is back again.
Continuity mistake: When Principal Skinner and his mother are with Bart and his friends after the toilet prank, you can see Bart has Milhouse, Richard and Lewis are beside him. In one shot, Bart is on his own and the other three boys have gone, and in the next shot, they are back again.
Revealing mistake: When Bart makes a copy of his photo for Lewis, footage of Milhouse inserting a coin into the copy machine is used. You can see Milhouse's pink shirt sleeve instead of Bart's orange shirt sleeve. This same shot is again reused a third time seconds later.
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