ER (1994)

36 mistakes in season 3

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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.

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.

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.

Homeless for the Holidays - S3-E10

Continuity mistake: Nick the dog is standing in the sink and Mark and Doug have got him just about completely covered in soap. The dog jumps out and runs out of the room - by the time he reaches the hall, only a couple of seconds later, the soap has almost completely disappeared.

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.

The Long Way Around - S3-E15

Continuity mistake: When Mrs. Novotny offers to get aspirin, Angie helps her up by Mrs. N.'s left hand - there's no blood on it, but the next shot shows her hand quite covered in dried blood. Mrs. N. has no blood on her clothes, despite being right next to her husband while he bled to death and Carol administered CPR.

The Long Way Around - S3-E15

Continuity mistake: Carol is working on James' injury and Duncan goes to answer the phone. James has his arm wrapped around the phone but the shot changes to focus on Robert - we can still see James but his arm is now at his waist, even though he had no time to change positions.

The Long Way Around - S3-E15

Continuity mistake: While Carol is trying to save Mr. Novotny's life, Mrs. Novotny's hair alternates from being loose and hanging over her cheeks to being neatly tucked back into her bun. In fact, a few minutes later when Carol asks for her keys, her hair looks just-brushed shiny and newly coiffed - it's unlikely she would have fussed over her hair at this stressful time.

Homeless for the Holidays - S3-E10

Revealing mistake: When Mark goes to treat his cut, he leaves the lounge with a couple of tissues held to his head. He gets some supplies and puts a supposedly fresh piece of gauze to his forehead - however the gauze already has some "blood" on it - a feature the camera obviously wasn't supposed to catch. When Jeanie comes over to check it out, he pulls the gauze away from himself and - voila - there's the bloodstain.

Whose Appy Now? - S3-E14

Continuity mistake: When Peter signs the consent form for his surgery, his head is raised off his pillow a few inches. The shot changes and he continues to sign - but now his head is lying on the pillow even though he didn't have time to move.

Fortune's Fools - S3-E13

Continuity mistake: Dr. Hicks is standing in front of the surgery white board talking to Carter and she says "Care to join me?" He replies "Love to" and the shot goes right back to her - she has moved 8 or 10 inches to the left, without enough time to have done this in real life.

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.

One More for the Road - S3-E22

Continuity mistake: In this episode you see Carol and Doug discussing Charlie over phoning and chart-reviewing. Carol is standing beside Doug. Suddenly somebody calls from behind the desk. It's Tommy, a "friend" of Charlie. When he's in the picture, you see Carol sitting in a chair, instead of standing. If she had moved to the chair, she must have done that SO fast, it's impossible.

The Long Way Around - S3-E15

Continuity mistake: Kerry follows Carol outside and as Carol is holding her gloved hands up in front of her Kerry asks her if she needs anything, and as she replies, "No thanks, I'm fine," her hands are suddenly in her pockets.

The Long Way Around - S3-E15

Plot hole: Carol and Duncan escape out the back of the shop - but there are no police waiting for them, which makes no sense at all. In reality, with such a situation, the police would have been waiting at the back door. There seems to be no one around at all, as they were able to dash through an apartment. When they finally do run into a cop, he automatically assumes that Carol is an innocent bystander, and not one of the robbers. He couldn't have known this, and in reality, a policeman wouldn't assume it.

Random Acts - S3-E20

Continuity mistake: Chris Daw confronts Mark in the parking garage with the bill from the hospital for his brother's care. Mark folds up the bill, but as Chris says, "They don't understand", the bill is suddenly open in his hand again.

Dr. Carter, I Presume - S3-E1

Continuity mistake: When Peter and Jeanie are outside talking about their test results, there is an extra in a green sweater behind them who covers more ground than humanly possible from one shot to the next.

Random Acts - S3-E20

Continuity mistake: After Mark is beaten up, he topples out into the hall when Doug opens the bathroom door. The shot from the hall shows his body from the armpits up is in the hall, but from the shot from inside the bathroom, he is lying in the hall from the hip up. Nobody moved him in the meantime.

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Trivia: Every episode has the patient list by the nurse's station. On the patient list, different names are mentioned, like Marguiles or Tierney. They put these names there as a spoof of the show.

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Answer: A man named Paul Sobriki comes into the ER in the season 6 episode 13 " All in the Family." He is complaining of headaches, Carter and Lucy decide to rule out meningitis and do a lumber puncture. Paul struggles during the procedure and believes that both doctors are stabbing him. Lucy, who is interested in Psych thinks something is wrong with their patient mentally, but Carter is dismissive of her. She gets cross with his attitude and she calls the psych department anyway to have a look at him. Later on and near the closing 20 minutes or so of the episode, all the staff start playing loud music and get a cake which appears to be blue lol, together to party as it's Valentines Day, Carter returns from somewhere and asks where Lucy is. He goes to check one of the rooms for her and Paul Sobriki comes up behind him in the dark and stabs him twice in the lower back, he collapses and as he falls unconscious he sees Lucy on the ground also. In the next episode, Be Still My Heart (ep 14), Dr Weaver discovers them and all of the staff work to try and save them, whilst Carter survives. Lucy's wounds are fatal and suffers a pulmonary embolism as Corday and Romano try to save her. Carter is grief stricken and feels guilty about the way he treated her, he becomes addicted to painkillers and Benton, Greene all help him and book him into rehab.

Answer: Lucy and Carter were stabbed by a patient she had suspected of having mental problems. Lucy died and Carter survived only to become addicted to painkillers.

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