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ER (1994)

30 continuity mistakes in season 3

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.

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Faith - S3-E16

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

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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No Brain, No Gain - S3-E7

Continuity mistake: Carter is working on a patient who has swallowed a lot of taffy - he is sitting behind his head with both hands working on his mouth. But when Anspaugh walks in he suddenly has one elbow up in the air and the other hand wrapped around the patient's chin. There was no time for the change in position.

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Last Call - S3-E4

Continuity mistake: During the scene where Carol and Mark are arguing with Doug about him examining the girl, the door behind her is closed. At the end of the scene, as Doug walks away, the door is open, even though no one went near it.

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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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Faith - S3-E16

Continuity mistake: Mark is talking to Maggie about getting Louise on the transplant list - he has his arms clasped in front of him with his hands wrapped around his elbows. The shot changes and his right arm is outstretched with his hand on the wall - with no time for the change.

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Fear of Flying - S3-E6

Continuity mistake: Mark is watching Susan get on the helicopter and he hooks his Flight Physician jacket over his finger so it is hanging over his shoulder completely down his back. However, the shot from behind shows the jacket partially draped over his left shoulder - then it goes back to being down his back.

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Dr. Carter, I Presume - S3-E1

Continuity mistake: When Peter goes to his sister's picnic, he puts a pink box on the table and then sits in front of it. When his attention is diverted by a woman, suddenly the box is in front of him.

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Let the Games Begin - S3-E2

Continuity mistake: When Jeanie is meeting with her doctor, the doc fills a mug with coffee and puts in on her desk. The mug does a 180-degree turn so that the handle is facing the opposite direction. Another shot - and it's back to the first position.

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Fortune's Fools - S3-E13

Continuity mistake: Carter is watching the clock, waiting for Peter to show up for a presentation. The clock jumps from 3:03 to 3:04 in a split second (we literally see the minute hand jump)but the second hand doesn't change posiiton.

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Don't Ask, Don't Tell - S3-E3

Continuity mistake: Carters throws his white towel on top of the lockers and it falls to the floor and the locker door closes - but the next shot shows the towel on top of the lockers again and the locker is half-open.

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Night Shift - S3-E11

Continuity mistake: When Carter and Doyle are running down a corridor to the patient having a heart attack, the camera follows them along the floor and you can see several coloured lines going down the hall. After we see this, they burst through a double door, and if you look behind them you cannot see these lines anymore; they've simply vanished.

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The Long Way Around - S3-E15

Continuity mistake: When Carol is talking to Angie in the hospital, there is quite a large bloodstain on Carol's sweater, just below her left shoulder. She leaves the room, meets Doug, and without explanation, the bloodstain has disappeared.

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The Long Way Around - S3-E15

Continuity mistake: Carol is putting little bandages on Duncan's face and we see her put 2 on his forehead and 3 on his cheek. The shot changes and now there are 3 on his forehead and those on his cheek have shifted position slightly.

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Make a Wish - S3-E21

Continuity mistake: When Peter goes into Carla's room to talk to her, we see him let go of the door, but in the shot showing him entering the room, he is still holding the door.

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Dr. Carter, I Presume - S3-E1

Continuity mistake: Carter is doing a nasogastric intubation on a emergency patient and suddenly the patient violently pukes blood all over Carter's medical gown, his throat and the lower part of the face, then a quick shot of the stunned nurses, and when Carter is shown again he is perfectly clean.

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Post Mortem - S3-E12

Continuity mistake: When he's scuffling with the homeless man in the trauma room, Carter's stethoscope slips off his shoulders and drops to the floor. By the time Mark finds him standing outside, it's back around his neck, with no moment when he could have picked it up.

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