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Doubled Pawns - S1-E3

Character mistake: When Beth and her mother discuss the agent's fee of 15%, Beth says it is $49.54. However the prize money was $500, the expenses were $172.30, which leaves them $327.70. 15% of $327.70 equals $49.16. (00:10:00)

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Plot hole: If the Lady of the Lake walks every night to her room and kills those in her path, why didn't Flora and Miles' parents die in their room by the hands of the Lady in the Lake when they first moved in?

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Opening Act - S1-E4

Factual error: At the beginning, the screen shows that the year is 1988 in Corpus Christi, TX, then the camera pans into Selena and her sister eating tacos when their friend Jake arrives wearing an Arizona Diamondbacks shirt. The Diamondbacks did not exist in 1988. Phoenix was awarded a Major League Baseball expansion team in 1995 and the Diamondbacks made their debut in 1998, 10 years after this scene takes place. (00:00:30)

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Negative Return - S1-E2

Factual error: The communication delay for earth-moon communications is around 2.6 seconds. Yet Emma's daughter simply dials a cell phone and is connected to her Mom in space past the moon in less than that. The communication has no time lag. (00:18:45)

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Remembrance - S1-E1

Character mistake: Picard and Data are playing poker at the beginning of the episode. Before the actual faces of the players are revealed, we are shown close-ups of their hands as they put down the chips for the bet. When Picard says his first line in the series it's "See", and it is literally true, because in the previous shot, Data put his 5 cards down on the table and face up. (00:00:50)

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Predators - S1-E8

Character mistake: The FBI team responds to a murder crime scene. The victim is lying face down in the bed with blood everywhere. The team leader takes the victim's wrist with his bare ungloved hand. A trained FBI agent would never touch a murder victim without gloves - one to protect himself and two not to contaminate the crime scene. (00:10:00)


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It's Good to Be Back on the Moon - S1-E9

Factual error: The Apollo 11 flag gets knocked over by the Chinese rover...but the flag was blown over by the Eagle's takeoff thrust, witnessed by Buzz Aldrin. This was confirmed years later by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which showed shadows of the flags planted at all six Apollo landing sites, bar Apollo 11's. The other 5 were all planted further from their landing craft precisely for that reason. It's also widely assumed that the flags on the moon would have been bleached white by decades of unfiltered sunlight, not in good condition like the one shown.

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Episode 4 - S1-E4

Continuity mistake: Kurt is still recovering from the beating he took in the previous episode with bad cuts on his forehead, checks and temple area. They are red and impossible to miss while he is in the police station. The cuts have miraculously disappeared in the next scene when he goes to visit Mona.


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Continuity mistake: In Episode 1, Nora tells Nathan that he isn't supposed to know if she is a human or AI, but later on in the season when the egg hunt is announced, it is clear that the prize is virtual funds for the Uploads, and actual cash for the Angels.

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The Dark Compass - S1-E3

Other mistake: At the end, when the reflection of burned Lucy still shows her beautiful, Dracula's reflection shows him as he is seen; not old and ugly as in his usual mirror reflections.

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Got No Strings - S1-E6

Other mistake: Edmund and Dolly make love in the barn completely naked. Yet the next shot is morning and Dolly is suddenly wearing a camisole after they've awakened. Which wouldn't be the case after falling asleep after sex They'd both still be nude.


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Masculin Féminin - S1-E2

Factual error: Emily is in Paris when her boyfriend calls from Chicago and wakes her. She asks the time which he says is 7pm, and she says 3am in Paris, which cannot be. Central European Time is 6 hours ahead of NY and 7 from Chicago. 7 pm in Chicago would be 2 AM in Paris.


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FILE #1 - S1-E1

Factual error: Paul tells Shea that he has a condition called Sporadic Fatal Insomnia. Later, Shea finds a fork in a bag labelled Abby. Paul explains that Abby is his daughter, and he wants to test her DNA, because she has a 50-50 chance of contracting the disease. This is false. Sporadic Fatal Insomnia is not hereditary. Fatal Familial Insomnia is genetic and is the inherited form.


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Episode #1.2 - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: When the ground begins to open after failing to enter the four-digit pin code the second time, Weol-ju has her right hand placed against the door frame. In one shot, her hand is lowered, but in the next, it is raised above her. (00:48:20)

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Factual error: In Massachusetts, Atticus, Leti and George are attacked by the local sheriff and his deputies, who are patrolling the county roads. In Massachusetts, sheriffs run the county jails, but they do not (and did not) handle routine policing, which is the responsibility only of municipal police departments.


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Eclipse Lake - S2-E9

Continuity mistake: When Luz attempts to escape her bedroom while sick, Gus backs up into the hallway to avoid her. When the shot changes, Willow is the only one in the hallway, and Gus is back in Luz's bedroom. (00:05:09)


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Fredwynn - S1-E4

Continuity mistake: The background characters passing Fredwyn and Janice disappear in one frame, and then appear in the next. They also seem to randomly speed up and slow down in the background. (00:20:37)

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Continuity mistake: The three friends finally meet in person after all the texting. Karube brings a cigarette to his mouth when Chota asks "Where to?", but in the next shot his hand is lower. (00:07:15)

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