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Chapter 4 - S1-E4

Factual error: Assane and his son play "Horizon Zero Dawn", against each other. Which is not a multiplayer, competitive game. (00:25:40)

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Factual error: As the Royal Navy has its own police (including detectives), there would be no need for a civilian detective to be airlifted onto a submarine, especially to investigate a sudden death that was not originally believed to be a murder.


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Suggested correction: The Royal Navy police are not equipped to handle murder; local police are usually used for more serious offences so no claim of a cover up. There are no MoD police attached to a submarine either, so in theory somebody would have to go to the boat. (However they still wouldn't risk surfacing).

Initially there is no suspicion of murder, only an unexplained sudden death. There would be absolutely no need to airlift a civilian detective aboard a top-secret submarine. It wouldn't be the first time a sudden death had occurred aboard a Royal Navy vessel.


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Catch Me If You Can - S3-E3

Character mistake: Stabler calls for an LPR check on a vehicle. The description of the vehicle he gives is for white Mazda Sentra. Mazda doesn't make a Sentra. Nissan makes the Sentra. (00:09:45)


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Power Broker - S1-E3

Factual error: Every guard in the prison has the emblems of Hamburg on his/her shoulders of the uniforms. Zemo is said to be imprisoned in Berlin, so they are wearing the wrong emblems.

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Pilot - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When Sam is in the bathroom holding up two sample paint chips, in the first shot she's holding up the yellow in her left hand and the blue in her right hand, but in the next shot they've switched and are in the opposite hands, just as Jay arrives with the coffee.

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Country Dean - S1-E14

Factual error: Bessie says she was going to study veterinary medicine at Texas A and M. That would have been approximately 1940. Neither women nor people of colour were admitted to TAMU until 1963 so she could not have even been able to apply.


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What If... Captain Carter Were the First Avenger? - S1-E1

Other mistake: The premise of the first episode is flawed; "a single choice" should make the difference, the choice being identified as Ms. Carter not leaving the room to get in the observation booth. But in the normal timeline the booth is exactly where all the other characters were. In this reality everyone else is downstairs, with the German spy that inexplicably sets the bomb early. If anything, it's his bizarre, suicidal choice that matters.

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Suggested correction: Except it was her decision to not leave the room that delayed the procedure and gave Heinz Kruger the chance to attack. And with her in the room, she is now given the chance to volunteer to take the serum.


How did her staying delay the procedure? Besides, in OTL the spy only triggered the bomb after he saw the procedure succeed, to know it works before stealing it.


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Factual error: At the end of episode 6, we see Alain crossing the German French border in a European registered right-hand drive Citroen CX. Then at the very beginning of Episode 7, they check into a hotel and the Mercedes parked in the forecourt was also right-hand drive. (00:01:00 - 00:01:30)

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Great Expectations - S1-E9

Continuity mistake: One of the 4400 now has an apartment and shows off her new darkroom to a friend. It has a sliding door at the entrance. In a later scene she is in the darkroom and her friend enters. But this time the door is a regular one that swings. In truth, neither of these are typical of a darkroom, as darkrooms have a light lock entry. Either double doors or a U-turn entry to prevent light from getting in.


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Factual error: The Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police is depicted as a mixed-race woman named Tyler. At the time, the chief constable was actually Terry Grange, a white man. The only woman to ever head the force, temporarily in 2012 (after the period covered by the series), was Jackie Roberts, who is also white. This is a factual series covering real events, not a work of fiction.


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Continuity mistake: It is stated multiple times that forensics reports showed that the Bay Harbor Butcher used ketamine to incapacitate his victims. However, it wasn't ketamine that Dexter used in the original series, but rather M99.

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Hide and Seek - S1-E2

Audio problem: After Kate shoots an arrow at the mafia guys, she says "told ya." Then we hear Clint/Hawkeye say "yeah", except he's on camera and his mouth doesn't move, he doesn't even change his facial expression.


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Kiss/Maach - S2-E14

Factual error: Hazel comes to wake Al and says it is 5:00 am. The sun coming through the windows shows it is at least 30 minutes past sunrise. They are in Columbus, Ohio, where the sun never rises at 4:30.


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First Day - S1-E10

Continuity mistake: Casper is being carried to a wheeled hospital trolley, where he is laid down with no support system and is being wheeled in search of a doctor. A doctor arrives and now Casper has an oxygen mask on.


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Factual error: Superintendent Kane wears the insignia and uniform only worn by the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, not only six ranks above the rank he is supposed to be, but in an entirely different police force.


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