Emergency!

Emergency! (1972)

21 mistakes in How Green Was My Thumb?

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How Green Was My Thumb? - S3-E17

Visible crew/equipment: After Roy and Johnny visit Mrs. Johnson at Rampart, there are three actors' tape marks visible on the floor when they walk past the nurses' station, just before Brackett, Chaplain Miller and Early stand at their marks.

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How Green Was My Thumb? - S3-E17

Revealing mistake: When Roy brings the man with a laryngeal obstruction into the ER and is taken quickly to treatment 1, his head is tilted back and Early places a laryngoscope into the patient's mouth and says that he sees the obstruction. The problem is that we can see that the laryngoscope is actually at the side of the patient's face. Then, when Early uses the forceps to remove the obstruction, once again we can see that it does not go into the patient's mouth.

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How Green Was My Thumb? - S3-E17

Character mistake: When Johnny is filling the radiator on the squad, he pays close attention to not over fill. After Chet comes in and asks a question to Roy, the alarm goes off, Johnny closes the squad hood, without pulling the radiator cap on.

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How Green Was My Thumb? - S3-E17

Visible crew/equipment: Just as Roy opens the door to Mrs. Johnson's apartment and he and Johnny walk in, the shadow of production equipment (looks like a reflector screen on a tripod) can be seen on the wall behind them.

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How Green Was My Thumb? - S3-E17

Continuity mistake: When Roy and Johnny search for the missing man during the fire at the winery, Johnny jumps into the wine vat to rescue the drowning man, getting himself completely soaked, but when he and Roy bring the man out to the squad, Johnny's clothes are pretty much dry.

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How Green Was My Thumb? - S3-E17

Visible crew/equipment: When Johnny follows the nurse as she gets off the elevator on the fourth floor, the outlines of the mic transmitter and wire are visible on the back of the nurse's white uniform.

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How Green Was My Thumb? - S3-E17

Continuity mistake: Before they bring in the young girl who fell (with a dog bite), Dixie tells Brackett that she'll set up for her in treatment 1, and after Squad 95 brings her in, when Brackett and the paramedic (Donald Mantooth) leave the room we see that she is indeed in treatment 1, which is beside receiving. However, when Brackett takes the parents to see her, they go through the door that's between the double doors and treatment 2, which are on the opposite side of the hallway from treatment 1. Then in the next shot they're back in treatment 1.

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How Green Was My Thumb? - S3-E17

Other mistake: When Johnny and Roy take the elevator with the nurse, they take the elevator near the nurses' station, at the south end of the ER wing, and Johnny follows the nurse onto the 4th floor to try and get her name. This is completely impossible considering the actual floor plan of the hospital, since in all of the exterior shots of the ER it's only 2 storeys.

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How Green Was My Thumb? - S3-E17

Revealing mistake: When Roy brings in the man with the laryngeal obstruction (partial dental plate), Morton and Early meet them at receiving, then as they rush the stretcher into treatment 1, it's amusing to note that the treatment room across the hall (treatment 2) has room number 412 on it, and even better, treatment 1 itself has number 411 on its door. Obviously the set was prepped for the following shots, when Johnny follows the nurse onto the 4th floor.

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How Green Was My Thumb? - S3-E17

Other mistake: Eric Shea appears in "The Hard Hours" as Clyde, the boy who built a full size rocket, but he's mistakenly listed in the credits at the end of this episode.

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How Green Was My Thumb? - S3-E17

Revealing mistake: When Roy and Johnny are at the nurses' station with Dix, Roy decides to deliver the plant that was left for Mrs. Johnson so he and Johnny get into the elevator, and when Roy says, "Six," the floor indicator light on the control panel turns itself on before Johnny even presses the 6th floor button. That light would not turn on if someone up on the 6th floor pressed for the elevator.

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How Green Was My Thumb? - S3-E17

Other mistake: During the refinery fire, while Roy is with Fernando the first victim, we hear him say, "It's okay, you're gonna be all right," but the subtitles read that Johnny says that.

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How Green Was My Thumb? - S3-E17

Continuity mistake: In the first shot as the engine and squad roll up to the winery fire, the entire trailer with the wood barrels is engulfed in flames with huge plumes of black smoke, but when it cuts to the next shot the trailer and barrels are fine, and there's only a very small fire burning on the ground while Marco pulls the hose off the engine, before the explosion.

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How Green Was My Thumb? - S3-E17

Continuity mistake: When the squad and engine roll up on scene at the winery fire, there are wood barrels at the back of the burning trailer, and in consecutive shots the short barrel at the back left corner suddenly appears out of nowhere, then disappears, and then it reappears again.

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How Green Was My Thumb? - S3-E17

Revealing mistake: After Johnny jumps into the wine vat, when he and Roy pull the drowning man out of the vat we can see the rubber/latex suit the man is wearing under his clothes, when his shirt is lifted up.

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How Green Was My Thumb? - S3-E17

Other mistake: When Station 51 is dispatched to the fire at the winery, just as Squad 51 rolls up, in this semi-closeup we can see that it's Roy driving and exiting the squad, and also that it's actually Randolph Mantooth's double exiting the squad and getting the drug box from the side compartment. Also fun to note the difficulty the double had just opening the squad's door.

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How Green Was My Thumb? - S3-E17

Continuity mistake: When Roy and John are with the man who has a live grenade in his belly, they're given flak vests. During this scene frayed material on the long horizontal seams, both at the front and on the back of John's vest, suddenly appears, disappears, reappears and disappears again.

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How Green Was My Thumb? - S3-E17

Visible crew/equipment: When John and Roy are searching for the missing man during the fire at the winery, a flaming piece of debris falls in front of Roy. When Roy climbs up to the deck above him, it cuts to Roy on his knees about to stand up, and we can see someone moving right near him, at the left of the screen, even though he's alone.

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How Green Was My Thumb? - S3-E17

Continuity mistake: When Johnny and Roy visit Mrs. Johnson on the 6th floor, they take the elevator near the nurses' station, at the south end of the ER wing, and when they exit the elevator they turn left to room 603. This is completely impossible considering the actual floor plan of the hospital, since in all the exterior shots of the ER it is only 2-storeys.

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How Green Was My Thumb? - S3-E17

Visible crew/equipment: After Johnny rescues the man from the wine vat, when he and Roy lay the man down on the ground near the squad, the outlines of the lavalier mic transmitter and wire are visible on the back of Johnny's shirt.

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How Green Was My Thumb? - S3-E17

Visible crew/equipment: When Johnny and Roy stop by Mrs. Johnson's home to water her plants, two actors' tape marks are visible on the floor by the door.

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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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