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ER (1994)

252 mistakes

Love's Labor Lost - S1-E20

Continuity mistake: As Mark futilely pounds on Jodi O'Brien's chest, Carol can be seen in the background, removing her protective glasses with one hand. However, after the time of death has been called and they're showing the reactions of everyone present in the room (Susan, Carol, Carter, Lydia, Chen), Carol is seen taking the glasses off again, this time with both hands.

House of Cards - S1-E22

Continuity mistake: When Malik finds Carter's family noted amongst the richest in Chicago, he says that Carter's father is named 'Roland'. However, in later episodes, Carter's father's name is given as John Truman Carter, Jr.

Missing (a.k.a. Mistaken Identity, a.k.a. Identity Crisis) - S10-E9

Factual error: The kid from the car accident has had an orthopedic device called a halo put onto his head in order to immobilize his head and injured spine. This item is screwed directly into the skull and is very secure. However, when the doctors are giving the boy CPR, the halo stays stationary but the child's head moves back and forth inside of it. The halo should have kept his head still, or his head would have moved only if the halo moved.

Chicago Heat - S1-E7

Visible crew/equipment: After Dr. Benton talks to the police detective and then goes to see the grocery store owner, as Dr. Benton swings open the doors, the camera crew can be seen in the reflection of the glass of the door.

Greene with Envy (a.k.a. Lawrence of Northwestern) - S6-E3

Continuity mistake: When Dr. Lawrence is working on the ER with Mark, he gets frustrated because the tag Kerry's issued to everyone gets in his way. He asks someone to get it out of his way, and as he moves around to the other side of the table, we can see it has been pulled up around the back of his neck. As he reaches the other side, it is suddenly hanging straight down again. A short time later it is tucked up around his neck again. At no time did he adjust it.

Good Touch, Bad Touch - S4-E5

Revealing mistake: When Greene and Benton are at the coffee stall, Greene calls Benton "Eriq," which of course is the actors real name.

David Mercier

Owner of a Broken Heart - S14-E14

Continuity mistake: When Morris is on the bed following his shock there are three point of view (POV) shots. Morris on the bed, Morris's POV of the medical staff hovering over him and a shot from behind the staff looking down on Morris. The placement of characters is misaligned between views, most notably when the shot is from behind the staff looking down: there is a sizable gap between the two on the left and right, where as from Morris's POV they are clustered close together with no gaps between the staff members.

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Ground Zero - S4-E6

Continuity mistake: Carter is talking to Carol about his grandmother. The shot is mainly on her but we can see him put his pen away and pick up a chart - then the shot goes to him and we see him do the same thing again.

Love's Labor Lost - S1-E20

Continuity mistake: Peter goes into the operating room, demanding to help with his mother's surgery. When he goes in, his cap is pulled down over his hair, but when he is talking to the surgeon in charge, about an inch of his hair shows for a couple of shots. The surgeon orders him out, and he leaves, and his hair is completely covered again. At no time did he adjust the cap.

The Domino Heart - S6-E11

Continuity mistake: When Louise is talking about her mother's Parkinson's, the camera shot from behind her shows her left arm folded up in front of her with something red over it - but the shot from the other side shows the red item draped over her right arm.

Abby Road - S6-E12

Continuity mistake: Near the end, when Elizabeth and her mother are having wine, in one shot her mother has put the glass down on the table, but in the next shot, from behind her, she has the glass in her hand again. There was no time for the change.

Viable Options - S6-E17

Continuity mistake: Luka is in talking to the first possible kidney transplant patient - he puts his pen into his pocket and is holding the chart in his other hand, also up by his chest. As he says "Minneapolis", the shot changes and we see him put his pen in his pocket again and his chart is down by his waist - there was no time for the shift.

Let the Games Begin - S3-E2

Continuity mistake: Carol is at her house with her mother, who makes 2 cups of coffee. She brings them to the table and Carol takes one but in the next shot, both mugs are still sitting on the table in the original position.

Make of Two Hearts - S1-E17

Continuity mistake: Doug and Peter are running to meet the ambulance transporting the boy with the crushed leg. From the back we see Doug with his arms out as he runs, but the shot changes to the front and he has his hands in his pockets, with no time to change naturally.

Chicago Heat - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: Near the start of the show, Carol is on the phone in the ER - we can see her name tag pinned over the right side of her stethoscope. In the next shot, as she turns to talk to Mark, the tag is pinned over the left side of the stethoscope.

Be Still My Heart - S6-E13

Visible crew/equipment: When the son of the accident victims is being led through the trauma rooms to see his parents' bodies, you can see Laura Innes crouching under a table in the background directing the scene. Innes was the director of this episode and it was established that this episode took place on her character's day off. Therefore, she should not have appeared in front of the camera at all.

Random Acts - S3-E20

Revealing mistake: When Dr. Greene is being attacked in the toilet, he is thrown into a supposedly brick wall. It bends and wobbles like a set wall would.

David Mercier

Homeless for the Holidays - S3-E10

Plot hole: When Mark slips and falls in the staff lounge, he puts both hands on the table to catch himself - but we can see him (the actor) quite deliberately lower his head to one hand - this is supposedly where he cuts himself, but he actually hits his hand and not the table. This would not produce the deep cut he ended up with. Also, the head makes contact on the left of his forehead and he ends up with a cut on the right. And when we actually see the cut, it is vertical and logic tells us that it would have been impossible for him to have a vertical cut from the angle he fell.

Sand and Water (a.k.a. Way Too Soon) - S7-E2

Continuity mistake: When Mark is standing in his kitchen talking to Elizabeth, the position of his hand on his cereal bowl changes from shot to shot.

Be Patient - S6-E15

Continuity mistake: When Luka is accusing the man who hit the little girl, he places his hand on the guy's chest and says "and you just drove off - hit and run?"; the shot changes and his hand is off to the side, no where near the man's chest.

Masquerade - S5-E5

Continuity mistake: When the med students throw the burning armchair over the balcony it tumbles down the steps, crosses the landing and continues to roll down the second set of steps to within a foot or so of Carter and Bernie. The next shot shows it on the landing again, and then tumbling down the last few steps again.

Masquerade - S5-E5

Continuity mistake: The patient Coco is sitting up in her bed talking to Mark about the drug he gave her. From one camera angle her hands are in front of her, but from another her hands are behind her.

Good Luck, Ruth Johnson - S5-E9

Continuity mistake: A policeman is in the ER talking about the little boy who was shot. He gives Carol a schoolbook with the boy's name in it. She looks at it and asks, "What about Wilson's family?" and then closes it - then as the cop answers, "Workin' on it", we see her closing it again.

Of Past Regret and Future Fear - S4-E20

Continuity mistake: After Anna tells Tina Marie she might have kidney problems, Tina grabs her husband Emmett's hand and then puts her other hand over it; the next shot shows her hand is still on the tray and then she moves it to cover Emmett's again.

Faith - S3-E16

Continuity mistake: When Mark is examining Louise, her Barbie changes position several times from shot to shot.

Ghosts - S3-E5

Continuity mistake: Abbie is asking Peter and Carter questions about infant developmental stages and they are standing up straight next to the crib. When she says "don't worry, Dr. Benton", the shot shows Peter with one elbow draped over the crib and Carter is leaning over with arms folded. They could not have changed so quickly in real time.

The Right Thing - S2-E14

Continuity mistake: When Carter first starts to confront the drunk patients Angel and Nathan, the door to their room is open behind him. Angel falls to the floor and the shot shows the door is now closed. The shot goes back to Angel laughing and the door is ajar again. Then it's closed again, and then open when Susan comes into the room. All this happens within a few seconds.

The Right Thing - S2-E14

Continuity mistake: Carter makes an upward motion and grabs Angel's paper cup of booze from her - but in the next shot there is no sign of the cup and he is holding a clipboard. There was no time for him to get rid of it.

Days Like This - S2-E6

Continuity mistake: The head of pediatrics is talking about Doug to Mark and Dr. Morgenstern and is holding his glasses in one hand. From one shot to another they flip right over in his hand, with no time for him to change them.

Hell and High Water - S2-E7

Continuity mistake: Molly's mother walks away from her daughter's bed and towards her ex-husband and has moved about a foot from the bed; the next shot goes back to Molly's face and we can see her mother's hand still on her shoulder, even though this would be physically impossible.

Chicago Heat - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: As Doug Ross sits with the little girl Kaneisha who is sleeping, her bedcovers change position noticeably in one shot, and then back to the way they were in the next. In the same shots, Doug's ID also changes from being completely noticeable to almost completely obscured, and then back again.

Think Warm Thoughts - S4-E11

Continuity mistake: When Anna is holding the "virtual pet" after realising it has died, in the shots from the front she is holding it in both hands, but from the back it's only in her right hand. It's tricky to see because there is a pile of papers in the way, but her left hand is folded in front of her in the shots from behind.

David Mercier

Out of Africa - S10-E5

Continuity mistake: Coop (new resident) has to have a dressing put on his face while a burn victim is being treated. In a later scene, he's assisting treating another patient and the dressing is gone. But a few minutes later, the patient dies and Coop's dressing is back.

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Under Control - S6-E16

Revealing mistake: Near the beginning of the show, Mark's father puts a bulb into an old slide projector. Then there is a small explosion with smoke and flames - watched carefully, we can see are actually coming from the other side of the projector - the flames can be seen shooting parallel and close to the floor, which wouldn't have happened if the explosion actually came from the projector.

Viable Options - S6-E17

Continuity mistake: As Luka talks to the kidney patient, he is holding his chart to his chest. But several times during the scene, when the shot is on the patient, his hands are at his waist, but at other times they are folded in front of him.

The Domino Heart - S6-E11

Continuity mistake: Dr. Romano hands Lucy a pen so that Valerie's mother can sign a consent form. Lucy puts her hand on the pen and then the shot changes and we see her put it on the pen again.

Be Patient - S6-E15

Continuity mistake: Near the end of the show, Mark is talking to his father, who is putting his bathrobe on; he has one arm in the sleeve but as Mark says, "I need to talk to you", his father turns towards him and the bathrobe is nowhere to be seen - a couple of seconds later he starts to put it on again.

Sins of the Fathers - S6-E4

Continuity mistake: Mark and Dave are talking about the parachutist who had just died. As Dave says, "He died before I had a chance", an extra walks by them on the right. The shot shifts to Mark, who replies, but it is 4 seconds before the extra appears again beside Mark - this should have happened in a split second, not 4.

Greene with Envy (a.k.a. Lawrence of Northwestern) - S6-E3

Continuity mistake: When the shooter in the ER drops his gun, it falls in front of his foot. Just as the shot changes, however, the gun is to the right of his foot (without him moving) and his foot pushes it aside as he runs away.

Nobody Doesn't Like Amanda Lee - S5-E11

Continuity mistake: When the policeman tells Aaron's parents that he died in a car accident, his mother grabs her husband by the front of his shirt but in the next shot her hand is on his lapel, with no time for the change.

Choosing Joi - S5-E13

Continuity mistake: When Alice opens the back of her van and Carol sees all the dogs, a large spotted dog starts to come towards them - but when the shot changes to from inside the van, that dog is no longer there.

Stuck on You - S5-E6

Continuity mistake: The patient, Mr. Levy, is talking to Carol and her assistant, and as he says, "I have sugar diabetes, hello!" his left arm goes down to his side. But in the next quick shot, both his arms are folded over his chest under his overcoat.

Day for Knight - S5-E1

Other mistake: After resusitation attempts fail, Lucy is left alone with a dead patient whose phone starts ringing. At that point we can see the "dead" patient's chest rising up and down as he breathes (and he's not on a respirator).

Carter's Choice - S4-E13

Continuity mistake: Lizzie puts two cans of soft drink on the table in front of Peter - but a short time later they have moved noticeably, even though neither of them touched them.

Shades of Gray - S4-E19

Continuity mistake: The patient Zoe is in the ER with her boyfriend while Doug, Carol and Lydia work around her. At one point she puts her hand up to her throat, but in the next shot it's down by her hip, without enough time for the change.

Carter's Choice - S4-E13

Continuity mistake: When Carter comes into the ER with breakfast for everyone, he slips on the muddy floor and the food goes flying. A cardboard tray flies straight up from his left hand but ends up a few feet to his right, which defies the laws of physics.

Freak Show - S4-E8

Continuity mistake: Peter, Elizabeth, and Romano are with the little boy who has organ reversal and as Romano says "genetic breakthroughs are in the wings", Peter puts on one glove. As Lizzie asks him if something is wrong, he is putting on the glove again. As they continue to talk, he begins to examine Rodney, but when the shot changes, he is still putting on his gloves.

Good Touch, Bad Touch - S4-E5

Continuity mistake: When Carter is examining the patient Tom Angevine who drove into a tree, we can see two very noticeable parallel cuts from his eye to his chin - but as it goes to close up they miraculously disappear.

Faith - S3-E16

Continuity mistake: Carol sits down at the breakfast table in a normal sitting position, however the next shot shows her with her knee up on the chair, almost up to her chin.

Fortune's Fools - S3-E13

Continuity mistake: Benton is talking to Carla about her preganancy test and they go through the double doors to the snowy outdoors. Carla has nothing in her hand when she pushes the doors open, but once outside she is holding a hat - she wouldn't have even had time to pull it out of her pocket.

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Robert Romano: The operation was a screaming success if your desired outcome was paralysis.

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Trivia

Doug Ross frequently hung his head low, appearing ashamed or thoughtful or privately amused, depending on the scene. This wasn't just an element of the character: George Clooney had taken to writing his lines on papers, sheets, and other props.

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