Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds (2005)

24 mistakes in season 1

A Real Rain - S1-E17

Character mistake: In the initial meeting at FBI headquarters, the agents mention the Zodiac killer. Gideon says about him "Yeah, and he killed for 30 years without being caught." In actuality, the Zodiac's known victims were killed between 1966 and 1970. In letters to the public, Zodiac claimed responsibility for several other murders (most of which were solved without being attributed to Zodiac), but no later than 1974. Gideon's statement was off by at least 22 years.

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The Tribe - S1-E16

Visible crew/equipment: After the BAU capture "grandfather," when Hotchner has Reid on his cell's speaker, just as Reid says, "He spent 22 months in prison...," we can see the shadow of the boom pole and mic on the ground behind Hotch.

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Blood Hungry - S1-E11

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Gideon realizes the unsub is a cannibal, Garcia enters the office behind him and shuts the door. In the next shot, the door is wide open.

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Derailed - S1-E9

Factual error: The train car in which Elle and the other passengers are held hostage is supposed to be an Amtrak type long distance railroad car traveling from El Paso to Dallas, yet on the inside of the car we can see a large poster showing the Washington, DC Metro system map.

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Machismo - S1-E19

Visible crew/equipment: When Captain Navarro and the team are at the elderly victim's home, after Elle finds the bead from a necklace, in the next wide shot of Morgan, Navarro, Gideon, and Hotchner, the red T-mark can be seen on the floor in front of Gideon.

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Unfinished Business - S1-E15

Continuity mistake: In the opening scene (after the credits), Elle's hair is in bangs. In the scene where they discuss the killer using zip ties instead of ropes her bangs have suddenly grown in.

Machismo - S1-E19

Factual error: In this episode Gideon mentions Andrei Chikatilo, and says that he lived in Ukraine (and that this is why he remained uncaught for so long). While Chikatilo was born in Ukraine, he lived in Russia for most of his life, and all of his murders happened here. An expert like Gideon should not make this kind of mistake.

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Machismo - S1-E19

Continuity mistake: In the elderly victim's home, when Gideon is going through the dresser drawers he finds the small frame with the picture of her son, and there is a blue frame lying in the drawer, but in the next shot that blue frame is lying on the dresser even though he never touched it.

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Plain Sight - S1-E4

Visible crew/equipment: When the BAU are presenting their profile of the unsub, the actor's T-mark is visible on the floor in the shots facing Captain Griffith, who's sitting on the desk, when Gideon takes a seat on the chair.

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The Popular Kids - S1-E10

Continuity mistake: In the scene just after Gideon talks to Cherish's mother we see him start to walk toward the rest of the team. In the wide shot we see Reid standing with his hands in his pockets and jacket open, we then see him close his jacket and cross his arms as Gideon gets closer, but in the very next shot (the close up on Reid) we see his jacket open and his arms at his side once more.

Somebody's Watching - S1-E18

Visible crew/equipment: There is a crew member crouching behind the plant during the scene when Reid is searching the house for Maggie. When Maggie just enters the shot, you can see the crew member.

Season 1 generally

Continuity mistake: They keep showing the aerial view of one type of jet (such as Gulfstream 100 with its rectangular windows), but the inside shots are always in a "heavy" Gulfstream (such as Gulfstream IV or Gulfstream V, which have round windows). Also, the tail numbers (the N-numbers written on the engine) are always different in the aerial views. Some end with GV, some with SP etc.

Derailed - S1-E9

Character mistake: Close to the end of the episode, Dr. Reid says to the psychotic guy that was holding hostages, "M-theory cannot be proved." It should be "proven, " not "proved." Dr. Reid is supposed to be a genius, so he should be the last one to make such a mistake.

Won't Get Fooled Again - S1-E3

Other mistake: Just after they were finished explaining that you can not tilt the mystery package because it would instantly blow up, they show the little girl at her doorstep holding the package completely tilted. Just when you think that means that this package now doesn't fall into the "explosive" category, they then show the mom freaking out, and later police making the girl hold the package in a completely different (non-tilted) position.

Won't Get Fooled Again - S1-E3

Audio problem: The video game Penelope is playing is supposed to be Tetris, but the sound effects are from the Atari 2600 version of Pac-Man. You can hear Pac-Man die four times during the scene.

What Fresh Hell? - S1-E12

Factual error: In the episode, the case is handled locally by the Wilmington Police Department. In reality, Wilmington Police only operate within city limits. Based on the suburban locations pictured, this case would more likely be handled by Delaware State Police or New Castle County Police.

Derailed - S1-E9

Other mistake: When Morgan is showing the rest of the team the drivers license photos of the hostages on the train, every one of them is wearing the same shirt as they are on the train.

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The Fox - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: Before the BAU catches the serial killer Carl Arnold, they used a heat sensor and it shows five people sitting at a table. They said there were three adults and two kids, but when they break in the house, the mother and one kid were sitting at the table, the father was tied up nearby, and Carl Arnold and the other child were in the basement. They were found by Derek Morgan right before Carl Arnold threw the child at Gideon, who fortunately caught him.

A Real Rain - S1-E17

Continuity mistake: At the end when the FBI is going to the apartment where the killer is holding the hostages, Gideon puts on a bulletproof vest while standing next to the car talking to the cop and a second later while he's walking toward the building he puts the vest on again.

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Somebody's Watching - S1-E18

Continuity mistake: When Reid and Lila are in the pool, kissing, he explains how it is wrong that they are out in the open, and in a pool. Lila then kisses him again, and the paparazzo in the bushes takes pictures. In the first shot of this kiss, a close-up of Reid and Lila, her arms are down by her sides, but when seen through the camera, her arms are suddenly around his neck. Back to a close-up, and her arms are once again down in the water.

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