Continuity mistake: When Kirk and McCoy dispute about the tribbles on the Enterprise bridge, Kirk holds the two tribbles in his hands at alternate heights. In the shots where McCoy's face is seen, he holds them next under his chins, but when Kirk's face is seen, he holds them at chest level.
Continuity mistake: When Sarek enters the banquet room to take his medication, the Tellarite sitting at the table holds a glass in his right hand. In all the full shots with Sarek in the foreground, the glass switches to the Tellarite's left hand. In all the close-ups of him, it's back in his right again. (00:14:50)
Continuity mistake: At the end, Kirk says "Let's get the hell out of here." Captain Kirk and 6 others were beamed up at the same time, but the Enterprise transporter only has 6 pads; presumably a red-uniformed crew member was lost in space.
Continuity mistake: The bundle of clothes Kirk steals from the balcony changes several times while he and Spock face the policeman. The red shirt is not visible, then is hanging down on the right, then isn't. It then disappears from view until they reach Edith's basement, where Kirk puts it on. Two belts, two jackets and Spock's cap also seem to have added themselves to the bundle somehow. They're not there when Kirk first dismantles the tangle of clothes in the basement.
Continuity mistake: After Kirk tells the Metrons that he won't kill the Gorn, he yells out "you'll have to get your entertainment someplace else." Two seconds later, Kirk turns his head to the side and looks stunned. That look of surprise takes place a full second before the Gorn starts to disappear. (00:45:47)