Factual error: Ole and all the Thrush baddies call the missing chemical component a "catalyzer," repeating the term throughout the episode. This was a scriptwriter's error, which only David McCallum, to his credit, corrected: he had Illya say "catalyst," which is what the writer meant. "Catalyzer" isn't a word.
Continuity mistake: The table with the code papers resting on it is smashed during the fight in the final act. Yet, when the fight is nearly over, the table has restored itself with the papers still on it, only to be squashed all over again.
00:45:00 - 00:47:05Jean G
Continuity mistake: The Thrush assassins have an armed golf cart (with a machine gun that handily spews both flames and bullets at the same time). When the cart overturns, the two men fall into a sand trap and tumble several feet away from the vehicle. In the very next shot, they're lying right beside the cart again.
Continuity mistake: Solo picks up a book, The History of Pacifism, and shows it to Illya, holding it at the bottom. Cut to a close-up insert and his fingers have instantly migrated up to the middle of the book. Cut back to the wider shot, and he's no longer holding the book at all. It's back on the table.
Factual error: The jailed student protestors are dancing in their cell to a jazzy tune. But they have no radio or record player - just one guy with a guitar. They seem to have conjured the accompanying saxophone, jazz clarinets and percussion section out of thin air.
Factual error: Illya leaps onto the rope in the monastery tower, causing the bell to ring. After sliding down the rope to the floor, he then identifies the tone as "B Major 7th." But the musically-literate Illya should know better. B Major 7th is a chord (B, D-sharp, F-sharp, A-sharp), not a single note.
Plot hole: U.N.C.L.E.'s pen communicators worked much like modern cell phones: when one agent called another, they "rang" with a 2-tone signal. For some reason in this episode, Solo's pen, which isn't on an open circuit, transmits Illya's voice without ringing first. It signals normally a few scenes later, though.
00:27:55 - 00:34:15Jean G
Continuity mistake: The giant (and obviously fake) spider is beside Marsha, crawling toward her extended right hand when Illya tells her to freeze. But when he clobbers the foam-rubber menace in the next shot, he attacks the grass behind her. And her right hand, stretched out on the grass when he said "Freeze," has instantaneously moved to her lap between takes.
Plot hole: Coco asks Illya if he knew she was going to be kidnapped, and he says "At that point, I didn't even know you existed." Strange answer. He and Solo met her outside the observatory several minutes before the kidnapping, so he did know she existed.
Factual error: Though he's tied up at the time, Solo somehow calls Illya on the pen communicator in his pocket. This leaves us to wonder just how he managed to uncap the pen, extend the antenna and "dial" the frequency (all of which was always necessary before) without the use of his hands.
Continuity mistake: During his fight with Edgar, Illya is counting aloud, waiting for the sleep dart he stabbed the big man with to take effect. Between his counts of 8 and 9, he instantly moves 3 feet to the left relative to the cardboard boxes stacked in the warehouse.
Continuity mistake: Illya's shoe converts to an improbable electric drill. He inserts a foot-long drill bit (and just where was he hiding that when the baddies searched him?) into the flat of the heel. But when he starts drilling at the bars, the bit is sticking out of the side of the shoe instead.
Plot hole: Everyone is suddenly afflicted with a bizarre form of amnesia in this episode. The entire time Solo & Illya are guarding the Russian chairman, they're dealing with language and cultural barriers that shouldn't be there - because no one, including Illya himself, seems to remember the fact that Illya is also Russian.
Continuity mistake: Could this be the affair of the flying saucer and teacup? As Napoleon Solo is having tea with Miss Partridge, he has his teacup in his right hand with the saucer on the table. Mysteriously, in the next shot, the saucer suddenly appears in his left hand, only to find its way back to the table again. Then both teacup and saucer appear in Solo's left hand. Then both find their way back to the table, then back into his left hand again. And it all happens in a span of about 30 seconds.
00:06:50 - 00:07:25
Revealing mistake: The ship is supposedly pitching heavily in stormy seas. But because the tilting effect is merely the camera moving, the whiskey bottle, glass and other items on Captain Morton's desk don't slide or fall off. In fact, they don't move at all.
Factual error: The intro screen says we're in Hong Kong as a ship with Illya trapped aboard steams out of the harbor. We then cut to an exterior shot of the ship departing what we've just been told is Hong Kong - with, unmistakably, the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.
Continuity mistake: Marvin has a homing-pigeon hat. When he's pushed off the precipice, his hat falls off. After a shot of his sister screaming, we cut back to Marvin still falling, and his hat is back on, falling off again. But it's somehow back on his head yet again when he's rescued a few scenes later.
00:38:45 - 00:40:10Jean G
Continuity mistake: Dr. Nillson's suspended animation device is said to freeze only living matter. But when it's accidentally set off and freezes the dancing teenagers, it stops the record player, too. And when the teens are re-animated, so is the music.
Continuity mistake: The establishing shot is of the real NBC Studios in Burbank, and the sign touts "KNBC-4," also the real Los Angeles NBC affiliate. But when we cut to a scene supposedly inside the studio, the call letters on the talk show host's desk are those of the fictional station KFLO.
Revealing mistake: Thrush's android army is composed of dozens of identical robot women. The first 6 we see (from behind) do have identical heights, shapes, clothes and wigs. But we then see shots of girls with varying shapes and hair lengths, capped by a far-too-close angle on their obvious (and very bad) rubber masks.
00:42:00 - 00:44:50Jean G
Plot hole: Solo gets a letter from Waverly admitting him to forbidden Chupat. If it's that easy, why doesn't Illya get the same privilege? So that we can see him reduced to the humiliating and pointless ruse of sneaking in wearing an inflated yeti costume. Definitely U.N.C.L.E.'s "jump the shark" episode.
Continuity mistake: No one seems to know which daughter is which. Margo is named daughter number 2 in Act II's title, but the dialogue calls her daughter number 1. Act III's title says Imogen is number 3, while the dialogue refers to her as number 2.
00:12:30 - 00:26:45Jean G
Continuity mistake: Illya changes clothes in mid car-chase. When he and Solo leap into the convertible and drive off, he's wearing a brown leather jacket and jeans. As they race down the road, he's suddenly in a dark blue suit and tie. When they jump out of the car again, he's back in the brown jacket and jeans.
Continuity mistake: When Napoleon is trying to leave Nina's house, and Daddy Jo shoots the pair of slacks they're holding between them, Napoleon drops the part he's holding, while Nina still has a grip on her end. In the next shot, Nina isn't holding anything, and Napoleon drops his end a second time.
Factual error: When Baby the gorilla walks around, he consistently does so bipedally, like a human. While gorillas can walk that way over short distances when carrying food or when defending themselves, they more commonly move quadrapedally on their knuckles.
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