Sherlock
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The Blind Banker - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: When Sherlock is backstage at the circus and finds the yellow spray paint, he draws a line on the mirror. In the next shot, the line he drew is completely different (and in fact is more of a squiggle). (01:07:40)

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The Blind Banker - S1-E2

Revealing mistake: When they are watching for vases, the auction website has no proper domain. It is loaded locally from the C:\ drive. (00:55:00)

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Many Happy Returns - S3-E1

Continuity mistake: The underground car seen in the CCTV video is from the Jubilee line, but is meant to be the District Line. It's also different from the one where the heroes defuse the bomb, which is an actual District Line train (D stock). The rounded doors is the most visible proof.

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The Great Game - S1-E3

Continuity mistake: After receiving the third pip. Dr. Watson turns on the television to the news. During the news segment, it states the age of Connie Price as 48. Then in the scene immediately following, DI Lestrade says she was 54.

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A Study in Pink - S1-E1

Visible crew/equipment: When Sherlock and John get into the taxi in Baker Street (leaving to go to the scene of their first case) you can see a filming crane reflected in the back of the taxi.

Liam D
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The Blind Banker - S1-E2

Other mistake: At the end of the episode, the evil Shan is texting with (most likely) Moriarity. She is sitting at a desk facing a wall and yet the laser targeting ray appears directly on her forehead, which could only come through a window directly opposite her.

bnemirow
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The Reichenbach Fall - S2-E3

Continuity mistake: When Moriarty puts the gum on the glass case around the crown jewels, the gum moves between shots.

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The Blind Banker - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: When Sherlock and Watson first get to the bank, the time for New York is 7:45, then when Sherlock is trying to find out who the message is for, the time for New York is 7:20.

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A Study in Pink - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When Sherlock steps out of the taxi on Baker Street three extras walk by. First, it's a lady with her back to the camera, wearing a dark jacket, purse, boots and a dark curly hair. Next, the two women walking towards the camera. Notice the blonde one on the left with the pony tails, dark jacket with the multi colored cloth at the bottom, and grey pants. Fast forward to when the taxi pulls up to take Sherlock and Watson to the the crime scene. As Sherlock opens the taxi door, the same first lady with the curly hair and the blonde with the ponytail are now walking together in the same direction the blonde was walking when Sherlock arrived. (00:12:58 - 00:17:51)

DirtyP428
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The Blind Banker - S1-E2

Revealing mistake: The banker shoots himself with a Sig 226R. When you see it lying on the bed it has a screw missing from the grip. In the first episode, Watson has a gun in his desk drawer. It is a Sig 226R also with a screw missing from the grip. Obviously they only have one prop gun.

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His Last Vow - S3-E4

Factual error: Sherlock takes pains to explain in detail that he will deliberately corrupt the magnetic code stripe on an access control card he intends to use to enter the elevator to the villain's penthouse, by carrying it next to an operational cell phone. (This is possible due to the low frequency magnetic field from a phone's vibration motor.) But when he actually goes to access the elevator, he simply touches his access card to the reader instead of swiping or inserting the card through a slot, which is how a magnetic stripe reader would operate. The elevator uses an RFID proximity reader, not a magnetic stripe reader - a phone wouldn't corrupt an embedded RFID tag.

Stringman
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His Last Vow - S3-E4

Other mistake: The helicopter that takes Sherlock and Watson to Magnussen's house is the same one Mycroft arrives in later. Tail number G-VGMG.

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The Hounds of Baskerville - S2-E2

Factual error: Sherlock finds a photo of Major Barrymore's father and says he's wearing the Distinguished Service Order. The ribbon is not that of the DSO.

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The Great Game - S1-E3

Continuity mistake: In the opening scene when John is going to the refrigerator, a white skull can be seen on the left side of the kitchen table amongst all Sherlock's science equipment. When he closes the refrigerator door again after discovering the severed head, the skull has disappeared. As he's leaving the kitchen, the skull reappears. (00:03:25)

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The Blind Banker - S1-E2

Revealing mistake: In the bank where Sherlock is trying to get a view of the painting with the Chinese numbers, he backs into a pillar, which wobbles. (00:11:25)

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The Sign of Three - S3-E3

Character mistake: While the original Sherlock Holmes is famous for making water-tight deductions, the one in this episode does not quite live up to that standard. He declares someone a "compulsive cheat," because: "Waterproof cover on his smartphone. Yet his complexion doesn't indicate outdoor work. It suggests he's in the habit of taking his phone into the shower with him, which means he often receives texts and emails he'd rather went unseen." There are far too many problems here. (1) The only type of complexion that indicates outdoor work is sunburned. We don't have water-soaked or snow-frozen complexions. So, yes, he might work outdoors. (2) Indoor work may also deal with water, e.g. plumbing, dish washing (note what the accused man is doing!), water purification, lab work, etc. (3) Some people might just purchase a waterproof cover as a precaution. Some might receive it as a gift. Some may receive it free during a bulk purchase. (4) Not everyone who takes his or her phone into the shower has fidelity problems. They might want to listen to music, be up-to-date with the stock market, or, if I may use a euphemism, might want to have some quality alone time. (00:12:35)

FleetCommand
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Many Happy Returns - S3-E1

Factual error: A jury in Hamburg is asked if Mr Troppoff is guilty. There are no juries at all in the German court system.

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His Last Vow - S3-E4

Continuity mistake: In the scene in the lab where they're testing Sherlock for drugs, Sherlock stands with his arms folded, then down, then folded, then down. Molly goes to reproach him, his arms are folded. The slaps somehow happen with his arms down.

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The Great Game - S1-E3

Character mistake: Lestrade mentions that there could be some "poor sod covered with semtex on the streets somewhere" when talking about Moriarty's victims, but semtex does not go off via gunshot, much like C4. But that is what happens when one of the victims dies however, so the explosives are not semtex.

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Suggested correction: The term "Semtex" is often used to refer to any plastic explosives, much like the term "Hoover" for a vacuum cleaner or "Kleenex" for a tissue.

But that doesn't negate the mistake.

Bishop73

The Great Game - S1-E3

Character mistake: In the opening scene, Sherlock makes a point to correct Barry's poor grammar. But later, when talking to Watson, Sherlock uses poor grammar by saying "who's sleeping with who." It should be "who's sleeping with whom." Not a mistake Sherlock would make.

Bishop73
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A Scandal in Belgravia - S2-E1

Sherlock Holmes: Punch me in the face.
John Watson: Punch you?
Sherlock Holmes: Yes, punch me in the face. Didn't you hear me?
John Watson: I always hear "punch me in the face" when you're speaking, but it's usually subtext.

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The Reichenbach Fall - S2-E3

Trivia: When Moriarty is stealing the Crown Jewels, Andrew Scott ad-libbed dancing in time to the classical music he is listening to.

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Question: Which episode contains the line "I'm not insulting you, I'm describing you?" Google searches turn up nothing but the quote itself, and no further information on the episode or the rest of the scene. If anyone knows the line that led up to it, that would be even better.

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Chosen answer: That line of dialogue has never actually been spoken in any of the Sherlock episodes, during seasons 1-4. However, that line is written in someone's fan-fiction story online, where it's said by Sherlock and directed at Anderson.

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