Numb3rs

Numb3rs (2005)

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Prime Suspect - S1-E5

Continuity mistake: When Charlie Epps is writing a quadrillion on the whiteboard, the writing alternates between shots. Most noticably when he first writes it down, there is a significant downward tendency of the 000 groups. In the next shot, they are pretty much horizontal. Also the shapes of the commas alter.

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Waste Not - S3-E9

Continuity mistake: Around the middle of the episode, Charlie Eppes and Mildred French are discussing in front of a board. She completes an equation and he adds a minus. In the next close shots, the minus disappears and reappears with angle changes. After three or four changes, a circle appears around the minus.

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Protest - S2-E16

Continuity mistake: Season 2 - Episode 16 - "Protest": Near the end when the guy is threatening to drop the nitroglycerin, he drops the test-tube and it lands on a red mat. However, when the agent picks it up, there isn't a mat anywhere near the test-tube.

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Ronnie Bischof
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Brutus - S3-E10

Revealing mistake: Davis, the psychiatrist, is the second man to be killed. Although he was shot at five times, only the first two wounds, which are the highest, give blood, while the lower and later three do not.

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The Art of Reckoning - S3-E21

Continuity mistake: "The Art of Reckoning": At the end when Lucy and Pony are at the table, she extends her left hand and he lays his head on her hand. In the next shot, he is holding her right hand with his head up and then in the next shot he is back to lying on her left hand.

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Vector - S1-E3

Continuity mistake: While the mother is driving her children to school in a minivan, both the driver's seat and the front passenger seat change from having the headrest/whiplash protector being attached to the seats (non-removable), to having the adjustable kind that have been removed.

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Killer Chat - S3-E11

Continuity mistake: While Charlie is talking to Dr. York on the phone, the camera is at a wide shot, notice that Larry's name tag is not behind Amita on the wall. When the camera cuts to single shot of Amita, Larry's name tag appears on the wall. Then, the camera cuts to a wide shot again, and the name tag disappears.

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Noisy Edge - S1-E12

Factual error: In the beginning of the episode, Charlie is stating that "there is always a solution" and "if there's any limitation it's got to be in the mathematician, not the math". Unfortunately, according to Kurt Godel's incompleteness theorems, this is not true. Simply put, there are mathematical problems that cannot be proven/solved.

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Counterfeit Reality - S1-E7

Factual error: The Secret Service agent says the bills are counterfeit because you can see the watermark under a uv light, which is completely wrong. The uv reactive strip is not a watermark, it's a plastic strip embedded between the two layers of the bill and fluoresces under uv as a security measure. In older bills, it glows blue as in the film. In newer ones, it glows yellow to orange and is on the right half of the bill. A fake bill would be the one that does not glow.

00:07:20

zephalis

Season 2 generally

Continuity mistake: Throughout the series when Megan Reeves is wearing long sleeves they tend to go up and down in split-second speed between shots.

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Magic Show - S5-E6

Continuity mistake: When David is outside the club being interviewed by the media, he comments that "We're in the middle of an investigation." However, when the statement is later played during news coverage, David noticeably stammers and says "we're" twice.

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Show generally

Continuity mistake: In 'The Janus List' (324), when David gets mad at Colby for being a spy, he says "You're not a spy, you're a damn traitor". But, in 'Trust Metric' (401), when Don is reviewing the tapes of Colby's interrogation, David says "You're not a damn spy, you're a traitor".

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Brutus - S3-E10

Continuity mistake: When Charlie is in his office talking to Larry, while going over the potential killers and victims, he writes the word "Killers" on the board and circles it. Then, when Charlie notices that Larry has left and says "gone", the writing is different. The 'k' is wider, and most noticeably, the left side of the circle is gone, and the loop in his 's' disappears. Once Charlie goes back to working, the word changes back to how it was originally written.

00:38:20

Dirty Bomb - S1-E10

Factual error: Season 1, Episode 10, "Dirty Bomb": The opening figures refer to "500g of Nuclear Material." These are the wrong units to determine the hazard level in a radiological sample. The "Curie content" describes, roughly, how much radiation will be given off, and is not tied directly to the sample's mass. 500g of Cesium-137 (the isotope being discussed in the episode) could well be less radioactive than 1g of a different isotope.

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Harvest - S2-E14

Factual error: In one episode, there is a chase with the suspect driving an ambulance. The chase ends when the ambulance runs into and flips over a motionless taxi perpendicular to it, killing the suspect. There's no way this could happen, because at those speeds the impact would make the taxi flip over if anything.

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Longshot - S3-E6

Continuity mistake: When the FBI goes to arrest Tabakien, his men try to stop them and Don slams one of the guys' heads into a plate. The plate breaks into several pieces spreading the food all over. After you see the other men being stopped, you see a shot of the first guy again. And you can see that the plate is mostly intact and the food is not spread around as much.

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In Plain Sight - S2-E8

Factual error: During the scene when Megan and the FBI are making the house entry, a scene cuts to two FBI agents, one with a M4 and another with a MP5. The agent with the MP5 has the magazine in his weapon installed backwards.

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Pandora's Box - S3-E19

Other mistake: In the opening sequence, Colby tells Helm at the airplane crash site that all of the passenger bodies have been moved to the L.A. Coroner's Office. However, later in the scene, there are shrouded bodies on the ground outside the command center tent.

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Sacrifice - S1-E11

Continuity mistake: When Charlie is comparing a computer wipe to a data scrubber, he first crosses out the equation"E=MC2" with a magic marker, beginning mostly with uniform, vertical lines, and then lightly scribbled. However, in a later shot in the sequence, the cross-out is different, being mostly scribbled, with few vertical lines.

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Show generally

Continuity mistake: Season 5, Episode 6 "Magic Show": While Penn Jillette is performing the guillotine trick, in the reflection of the blade, a man is can be seen standing between Charlie and Nikki. He is not part of the scene, and is not visible in any regular shot.

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Identity Crisis - S1-E8

Visible crew/equipment: When Don and David chase down Jose Salazar and get him down on the ground to cuff him, a crewmember (presumably the second cameraman shooting Jose's low angle closeups) is lying on his back behind David.

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Counterfeit Reality - S1-E7

Visible crew/equipment: After the Secret Service agent calls the counterfeiters "our guys," when it cuts to them back at the office at least three actors' T-marks can be seen on the floor.

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Prime Suspect - S1-E5

Visible crew/equipment: After Charlie comes up with the idea of creating a false master key and designing the lock that it opens, when it cuts to them back at the office the yellow T-mark can be seen on the floor by David's foot.

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Pilot - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When Charlie explains that his map was generated by an equation he writes the equation in abbreviated form on the whiteboard, and also when he writes the equation for the probability of winning the lottery, in following shots the handwriting changes and some of it vanishes and reappears.

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Pilot - S1-E1

Visible crew/equipment: When Don talks to David about his priorities and the importance of finding Rachel Abbott's car, right after David tells him that the car is not turning up, the reflection of the moving boom pole and mic can be seen on the glass door.

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Pilot - S1-E1

Visible crew/equipment: After Charlie tells Alan that he and Amita have a lot of work to do and that Alan's hovering over them, when Alan walks away from the table we can see the actor's tape marks on the floor where he had been standing, and also more blocking tape on the rug and kitchen floor.

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Pilot - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: While Don's at the parking garage with Rachel Abbott's car he realises that the killer had been watching Karen Silber's house, and when they rush off to her house there are white security bars on the windows and front door in the long shot and also later in the news footage, but when they're at her house none of those bars exist and the shrubbery also differs.

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Uncertainty Principle - S1-E2

Factual error: When Charlie describes the Uncertainty Principle, he is actually describing the Observer Effect, a concept commonly mistaken for the Uncertainty Principle. The Uncertainty Principle actually states that the position and momentum of a particle cannot be accurately known simultaneously.

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All's Fair - S2-E18

Revealing mistake: In the scene where Don and the FBI crew is investigating the body of the Iranian victim, a split second closeup on the head of the Iranian woman shows she is breathing even though she's been dead for an hour already.

00:04:00

Michael David Noble Pascual

Sabotage - S1-E6

Character mistake: In the epilogue, Charlie illustrates the relationship of mathematics to real life by discussing the golden ratio and its presence in a host of real-life situations, including the shape of a nautilus shell and the distribution of petals in a flower. These claims are disputed by some mathematicians (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_ratio#Nature), and the one about the nautilus shell one is untrue (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_spiral#Spirals_in_nature). It's possible Charlie is just repeating what he has read or heard without investigating it for himself, but this is uncharacteristic of him.

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Spree - S3-E1

Revealing mistake: When Crystal sets fire to the meth lab, she flings her lighter in a straight direction towards the front door. But you can see that the fire does not start there: it starts in the middle of the front porch, more than three feet from where her lighter landed.

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Take Out - S3-E14

Continuity mistake: When the two police officers visit the dirty lawyer's place, they find him dead on his bed. In the first shot, there's a pillow next to his left shoulder. In another shot, the pillow is right next to his head.

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Dirty Bomb - S1-E10

Continuity mistake: When Charlie is writing the result of the calculation for the first time he writes "25,600", but when the shot changes he finishes writing "25600", without a comma.

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Identity Crisis - S1-E8

Continuity mistake: When Jose Salazar is eventually arrested, he is knocked to the ground, and handcuffed behind his back. However, the next shot shows Jose pushing himself up with his own hands. His hands are then behind his back in the following shot.

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Checkmate - S4-E14

Continuity mistake: When Bell is in the car with the female assassin, she pulls out a gun and points it at him. The camera then goes to an outside shot, where you can see the car's side window is already splattered with blood, before we hear the shot and the window shatters.

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End Of Watch - S3-E15

Continuity mistake: When Amita talks to Charlie that she isn't quitting the running of curriculum and he's writing something on the board- he is holding a laptop entering something in it, than camera shows Amita and when it comes back to Charlie- there is nothing on the laptop screen (only black screen).

00:37:10

georgy

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Season 4 - Episode 4 "Thirteen"; The episode revolves around a man killing people with the same first names as the thirteen apostles (Mary Magdalene being the 13th), and killing them in a similar fashion in which the apostles died. At one point, Colby and David find a box with a mannequin's head in it. This is a reference to the film Se7en, in which seven people are killed for committing one of the seven deadly sins. The film ends with the main characters finding an actual head in a box.

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