Emergency!

Emergency! (1972)

38 mistakes in The Wedsworth-Townsend Act

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The Wedsworth-Townsend Act - S1-E1

Visible crew/equipment: As the camera pans to the left at the start of this episode, while everyone is asleep in the dorm upstairs, a crew member standing near the production's lighting equipment is visible between Squad 10 and the wall. Also note that the lighting equipment is gone when the guys are dispatched.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Station 10 is dispatched to the factory fire, a few shots after the closeup of 105's door that reads "fire dept deluge", there's an overhead long shot of the men using the hoses against the fires in the doorways, and a cameraman wearing blue, holding a handheld camera, is visible sitting at the back of a squad.

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Visible crew/equipment: During the factory fire, the Battalion Chief tells dispatch over the HT, "Fire through the roof, send me a third alarm," then in the next shot we see Engine 36 arrive, and when the engine comes to a full stop we can see two tripod lighting rigs and stacked film canisters, at the right of the screen.

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Other mistake: At the start, on the way to the structure fire one of 10's rigs has license plate number E180174, but at the fire we see 127's engine has the same license plate number E180174.

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Other mistake: At the very start, when the camera moves through Station 10 while the guys are asleep upstairs, we see one of the engines has license plate E111196, but en route there's a closeup of Rescue 10 and its license plate is also E111196.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Dixie and Johnny are at the overturned car at the cliff, Dixie opens the car door and goes inside, and as the camera trucks to the right we can see a crew member, wearing a rust-colored shirt, reflected in the shiny bumper.

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Visible crew/equipment: During the factory fire, after the Battalion Chief tells 127 over the HT, "Take the steamer hydrant at Fifth and Crocker, lay a three-and-a-half down the driveway..." three shots later there's a closeup of a spraying hose, and we can see in the background another cameraman and crew member shooting footage with a handheld.

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Continuity mistake: After Johnny learns of his last rescue's death, when he enters the hallway the treatment room beside the nurses' station is treatment 4, but when Brackett and Early pass the nurses' station to go save a rabbit from a sousaphone, it's treatment 2 that's beside the nurses' station. Then, as soon as Brackett and Early enter their door, in the next shot as Dix speaks to the officer, it's treatment 5 beside the nurses' station.

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Other mistake: When the electrocution victim is loaded onto the ambulance, we can see there's a large piece of rectangular material adhered to the ambulance back door, with the name Mayfair printed on it. Then when the ambulance arrives at Rampart, the word Mayfair is now huge on that back door and the "M" is even over the door lock.

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Continuity mistake: When Dixie and Johnny reach the overturned car at the cliff, the bumper on the car goes from shiny to mud encrusted, and the amount of branches, etc that covered the car decreases significantly, by the time the car falls over the cliff.

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Visible crew/equipment: After Gage learns of the death of his last rescue, when he leaves the ER treatment room and passes the wife and daughter, the actor's black tape mark is visible on the floor, at the wife's feet.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Dixie tells the ambulance attendants to put the girl with the severed right arm in room five, just as the camera tilts down when the first attendant pulls the gurney, the black tape mark is visible on the floor where he was just standing.

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Visible crew/equipment: When 127's snorkel is raised to rescue the man who was electrocuted atop a utility pole, as he's being loaded, in the first closeup within the snorkel, we can notice two things. We can see someone wearing denim at the left of the screen between 127's guy and Johnny, and we also see the ground past Johnny's head. Then as the snorkel is still being lowered, in the shot from the same POV, once again at the left we see that crew member wearing denim, who is outside the snorkel basket, and also see the ground, but the ground has not changed. This reveals that these two closeups were shot at ground level.

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Other mistake: At the start we see that Station 10 has one rig with an aerial ladder and two engines. While Station 10 is en route to the fire, there's a closeup of Truck 10 (ladder) and its license plate reads E111074, yet when they're on scene Truck 10's license plate reads E111083.

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Continuity mistake: While Roy and John are at the boatyard searching for the girl's severed hand, when they walk into the mess of lumber neither of them can be seen in the other one's closeup, even though they both start looking around in the same spot, at precisely the same time.

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Character mistake: When Dr. Brackett is showing the paramedic trainees the defibrillator and how it's used on a patient, Brackett places the paddle electrodes on the Defib tester to display its effectiveness, and says, "Eyes on the V-fib tester." However, it's not a V-fib tester to test for ventricular fibrillation, it's a Defib tester, testing the effectiveness of the external defibrillator's electrical shock.

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Other mistake: When Squad 10 is dispatched to the the high-voltage electrocution, Tony opens the bay door, but the closeup we see is actually the same closeup of the hand cupping the switchplate that was shown earlier, when dispatched to the nighttime factory fire.

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Factual error: This episode supposedly takes place as The Wedsworth-Townsend Act is signed into law July 17, 1970, yet, Squad 51 is a 1972 Dodge truck.

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Continuity mistake: The morning after the cave-in rescue, when Roy shows Johnny the newspaper article while Dixie and Brackett arrive at the scene, the second button on Johnny's shirt keeps unbuttoning and buttoning itself up.

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Continuity mistake: After the car falls over the cliff, Roy and Johnny notice Dixie lying on the ground and in her closeup her sweater sleeve is rolled up above her elbow, but in the following shots that sleeve is rolled down properly until Roy pulls it up to take her BP.

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Continuity mistake: When Brackett and Early walk into the treatment room with the boy whose rabbit is stuck inside a sousaphone, they head into the treatment room opposite the receiving entrance, on the same side as the nurses' station. However, after the rabbit's rescued, when Dixie opens the door so the boy can leave the room we can see it faces the wall and treatment room beside the nurses' station. I would provide treatment room numbers, but the room numbers keep changing in this episode.

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Continuity mistake: At the very start, as the camera moves through Station 10, the Battalion Chief's vehicle is parked beside the fire pole, but when the tones drop and everyone rushes to the rigs, the Chief's car is now parked much further up, closer to the apparatus bay door.

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Other mistake: At the start, while Station 10 is en route to the fire, there's a closeup of the front of Truck 10 (with aerial ladder) and the large round sticker with the company number 10 imprinted on it can be seen affixed to the rig's surface, even over its two bars of chrome trim. Then at the incident the large sticker with their company number affixed to the front has shrunk significantly, now it's not covering the chrome trim.

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Other mistake: On scene at the factory fire, soon after we hear Battalion 14 over the HT saying, "Engine 210... Pump Engine 10's three-and-a-half from the hydrant..." there's a closeup of firemen behind one of 10's engines and we can see part of its license plate with 094, but none of 10's rigs have those numbers on their plates.

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Revealing mistake: When Squad 10 is dispatched to "possible electrocution," just as the apparatus bay door opens and the squad rolls out, we can see a police officer holding back traffic for the filming of this shot.

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Other mistake: On scene at the "possible electrocution", when John is on the raised snorkel waiting for the power to be cut, we hear the worker who is up on the utility pole whistling to grab his co-worker's attention, but the subtitles read that it's John who whistles.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Station 10 arrives first on scene at the factory fire, as 10's third rig pulls up and lays the line in the wide shot, at the left of the screen in the background, we can see the hidden second cameraman who is shooting the footage from that angle, of all the rigs pulling in and turning.

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Continuity mistake: When the Battalion Chief's car arrives on scene at the factory fire, he and the driver get out of the car, then it cuts to shots as they both stand beside the wall while the Chief talks to dispatch over the HT, but a few shots later we see the driver just getting out of the car as Engine 36 passes.

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Continuity mistake: When the man who was electrocuted is loaded onto 127's snorkel, we can see that he's wearing a white crew-neck undershirt under the denim shirt, but at the ER when his denim shirt is open there's nothing underneath.

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Continuity mistake: While Roy shows John the squad's right, front compartment, in the closeup of the Datascope a clipboard/notebook with a stack of papers suddenly appears atop the OB kit, which vanishes again in the OB kit's closeup.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Roy and John walk into the apparatus bay they stand behind Squad 51, and in this wide shot we can see that the floor area around the squad has nothing on it, but when Squad 51 is dispatched to 'traffic accident with injuries', there is now a long black tape line on the floor, near the front tire.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Squad 51 is dispatched to 'traffic accident with injuries', while en route as Johnny says "Hang a left, I know a shortcut," the shadow of filming equipment becomes visible on the hood of the squad.

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Continuity mistake: When Roy and Johnny are with the tunnel worker who's in V-tach, the lights go out in the tunnel and Roy places one of the lanterns on the Biophone, but in closeups of the Biophone the lantern has vanished, then the lantern is back again once they've defibbed successfully.

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Continuity mistake: When Roy's on the Biophone with Brackett, after telling him that Dix is one of the victims, Johnny reaches out and takes the receiver from Roy with his left hand, but in the next shot he's taken the receiver with his right hand.

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Visible crew/equipment: At the very start of the episode, as the camera slowly passes the vehicles and the posts, the moving shadow of the camera is visible on one of the posts at the left as it moves past it.

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Factual error: After the car falls off the cliff, Dixie lies unconscious and Roy takes her blood pressure. Roy wraps the cuff around Dixie's arm, then holds the manometer gauge in one hand and squeezes the bulb in his other hand. The stethoscope remains untouched around his neck, even though it's necessary to place the stethoscope bell on her brachial artery (inside of the elbow) in order to actually measure her blood pressure.

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Other mistake: Before the car goes over the cliff, Dixie says that the woman has a fractured radius and ulna (forearm), and then at the hospital when Dr. Brackett talks to Dixie he says the same thing, but when Dr. Early walks into Brackett's office, he says "The woman with the busted fibula (lower leg), she's coming out of shock now."

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Continuity mistake: When Dr. Early hands the sousaphone with the bunny to Dr. Brackett, the instrument's mouthpiece faces Dr. Early, but in the next shot the instrument has flipped and the mouthpiece now faces Dr. Brackett.

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[Henry, the dog who is never ever off the couch, whimpers.]
Johnny: [Talking to Henry, while typing on the typewriter.] Sorry. Didn't mean to disturb you. Acting kinda uppity aren't you? I may put you in the script. Yeah. A dog that does nothing. [Henry whimpers.] Just sits there. People like that, y'know. A schleppy dog. You'll schlep out on stage and schleep on the couch. Dumb dog! [Henry whimpers.] Making me feel guilty. Why don't you howl or something?

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Trivia

In addition to Randolph Mantooth's brother Donald appearing in this episode, while Roy and John are in Mrs. Johnson's apartment, when Roy's telling John some of the plants' names, John picks up a plant from the table and asks Roy what its name is. And when Roy answers, "Sadie", John smiles at the plant and says, "Hey, Sadie, how you doing?" Sadie is Mantooth's mother's name.

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