Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds (2005)

20 mistakes in season 3

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Birthright - S3-E11

Visible crew/equipment: When Prentiss, Morgan, Rossi, and Caulfield go see Mary Wilkinson, in the wide shot just as Caulfield says, "Hello, Mary," the second camera filming from another angle is visible at the right side of the screen. Additionally, later when Chrissy confronts Charlie she's wearing one earring in her right ear, but after she shoots him that one earring is in her left ear.

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In Heat - S3-E17

Character mistake: When Morgan looks up Charlie Luvet's car GPS map history, the last address reads "11257 Palmdale Drive," but when Morgan phones Hotchner with the address he says, "11257 Palm Drive."

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About Face - S3-E6

Continuity mistake: Senior SSA David Rossi is clean-shaven in the beginning and middle of the episode. Toward the end of the episode, which takes place over mere days, he has magically grown a full mustache and beard which disappears and reappears in the last scenes.

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A Higher Power - S3-E15

Other mistake: When Garcia tracks down Peter Redding's current address, we see a close-up of Garcia's computer screen and the address reads "12859 Beckler Ln.," but when the BAU and police arrive at Peter's house the number is 4433.

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A Higher Power - S3-E15

Other mistake: When Prentiss and Morgan are trying to figure out how the victims were controlled, Prentiss phones Garcia to find a drug that would temporarily paralyze or subdue. Then just as we hear Garcia answering the call, there's a close-up of Garcia's computer screen and we see the picture of five suicide notes, and at this point there have been six victims. Then later, after the seventh victim is found, when Morgan holds the latest suicide note in the close-up, we can see it's the same note that's already been shown.

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Damaged - S3-E14

Continuity mistake: When Rossi is telling Prentiss, Morgan, and JJ about the original Galen case, he says that the Galen parents were butchered with an axe, but in "Birthright", he tells Detective Caulfield that they were beaten to death.

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Damaged - S3-E14

Continuity mistake: At the start of this episode Rossi tells Garcia about the case he's obsessed with, "It's the 20th anniversary of this crime. Twenty years tomorrow, three children woke up and found their parents murdered." However, during S3xE11 "Birthright," while working on their current Wilkinson case, Rossi shows Caulfield (the sheriff of the original Wilkinson case from 1980) the victim's charm bracelet he carries, then tells him about the Indianapolis case he's never forgotten, and how every year since then he's called the victims' children. And later, after Caulfield tells Rossi it's been 27 years since his own unsolved case, he asks Rossi how long it's been for him and Rossi says, "21," then Caulfield cautions, "Don't let it get to 22."

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True Night - S3-E10

Continuity mistake: When Garcia and Morgan are talking in Garcia's office, her hand on Morgan's chest disappears and reappears.

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In Name and Blood - S3-E2

Other mistake: The boy says he is doing multiplication and the rest of the class is still on long division. You can not do long division without first learning multiplication.

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Lo-Fi - S3-E20

Other mistake: At the start, the soon-to-be victim gets off the A train at Spring Street (subway heads south, then Bklyn/Queens) and stands on the west-side platform, facing the southern subway exit, then the unsub comes up from behind him, shoots him and he falls toward the same way that the unsub walks - the southern exit. However, when Hotchner plays the NYPD's surveillance footage, the victim is facing the northern subway exit when the unsub comes up from behind him, shoots, and he falls toward the same way that the unsub walks - this time the northern subway exit. Interestingly, neither are flipped shots since we can see "Spring St" correctly. Later, when Prentiss reviews footage it's as it was shown originally.

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Penelope - S3-E9

Continuity mistake: In the episode before this one, Garcia gets shot and the wound is over her chest. This episode starts when a woman finds her, and the wound is noticeably further down.

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3rd Life - S3-E12

Factual error: When Garcia asks Reid about the IP address of one of the victims father's computer he says "374.54.12.3." On screen also the IP address of the router can be seen which reads "192.3.16.7894. Neither is possible. The numbers in any IP address can only range between 0 and 255, since they are actually 4 groups of 8 bits each.

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Limelight - S3-E13

Character mistake: At the end of the episode, Rossi quotes Anne of Green Gables author Lucy Maud Montgomery, but accidentally calls her "Lucille".

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Children of the Dark - S3-E4

Factual error: In the scene where the two unsubs are in the restaurant choosing the next victim, the family they are watching is a Hispanic family that breaks from speaking English for two lines to speak in Spanish. The father asks where the daughter is going, and she answers, "A lavar mis manos," which means to wash my hands. This is incorrect. In Spanish, you would say this as "A lavarme las manos."

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A Higher Power - S3-E15

Character mistake: When Emily Prentiss makes note of the 110 V outlet having no GFI, she calls it 'Ground Fault Insulation', when in actual fact, GFI stands for 'Ground Fault Interrupter'.

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Scared to Death - S3-E3

Other mistake: When the character is buried alive the psychiatrist pours bags of dirt on the head of the victim. First, there is a pile of bags that shows only 8-10 bags of dirt, which is not enough to fill the hole. Secondly, the victim was conscious and standing up with no apparent broken bones, which means she could have just stood on the dirt as it was (very slowly) poured in. Additionally, she was buried completely during the entire time the murderer was evading police, having a conversation with Hotchner, and jumping to his death. Then the BAU talked about their suspicions she was still there and had to make it all the way to the basement. She would not have had a "faint pulse" after all of that time.

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Identity - S3-E7

Visible crew/equipment: When JJ and Derek get to the bar to talk to Harris Townsend, while they're still outside in the parking lot, right after Derek tells JJ not to turn her back on the door, the reflection of the moving camera can be seen on the pickup's back window as they walk to the door.

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Identity - S3-E7

Visible crew/equipment: When the trailer park manager leads Rossi and Reid to Goehring's trailer, right after he tells Reid, "Piece of advice, pipe cleaner, way you're wearin' that gun...beggin' someone to take it off you," the cameraman and camera cast shadows on Reid as he walks by the camera.

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A Higher Power - S3-E15

Revealing mistake: When the unsub is in the house with the mother and her toddler, one of the shots of the toddler is flipped, before he starts crying.

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Limelight - S3-E13

Visible crew/equipment: When Katrina Townsley's driving while talking on her cell phone the unsub is driving behind her, and we see that she's alone in her car, but when the unsub rear-ends her car the second cameraman is sitting in the passenger seat with a handheld camera, filming Katrina's close-ups.

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David Rossi: When I interviewed Bundy, he had a theory about pornography. He said "If you want to stop people from becoming like me, don't burn Catcher in the Rye."
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Dr. Spencer Reid is the son of an attorney, born in Las Vegas. In real life, Matthew Gray Gubler, the actor who plays Reid, is also the son of an attorney, born in Las Vegas.

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