Jean G

Cold Hands, Warm Heart - S2-E2

Revealing mistake: This 1964 episode is supposed to take place in its own near-future (the late 1960s). But some of the shots in the beginning reveal the use of outdated stock footage. During the parade, there's a close-up of a 48-star US flag, a relic even in '64, as Alaska and Hawaii became the 49th and 50th states in 1959. Old flags are supposed to be burned, and wouldn't have been used for civic events such as ticker-tape parades. (00:00:50)

Jean G

Cold Hands, Warm Heart - S2-E2

Trivia: By weird coincidence, this episode features William Shatner (two years before Captain Kirk's adventures with the Vulcan Mr. Spock began) as an astronaut whose mission is dubbed "Project Vulcan." Also in the episode is Lawrence Montaigne, who would later play the Vulcan Stonn on Star Trek.

Jean G

Cold Hands, Warm Heart - S2-E2

Factual error: While orbiting Venus, Barton receives instant responses to his radio communications with Earth. At that distance, there'd be a transmission delay: at least 7-8 minutes. (00:25:00)

Jean G

Cold Hands, Warm Heart - S2-E2

Revealing mistake: Mismatched stock footage puts the Venus-bound Barton in four different spaceships during his journey. We see brief shots of a Vanguard rocket launch, an Atlas missile, a V-2 rocket sequence, and finally, special effects shots of the ship borrowed from the 1950s SF series "Men Into Space." Not one of these vehicles even remotely resembles any of the others. (00:23:15)

Jean G

Germ Theory - S2-E11

Continuity mistake: When Hobbes enters Claire's lab, the wall clock (which we can see is running) reads 9:15. Four minutes of continuous scene later, though, it's still 9:15 - and the clock is still running. (00:10:00)

Jean G

Behold, Eck! - S2-E3

Continuity mistake: When Dr. Stone's assistant helps him up from the floor, there's a lopsided, circular diagram drawn on the chalkboard behind them. One shot later, the diagram has changed into a perfectly round circle and has moved itself several inches higher on the board. (00:06:10)

Jean G

The Hitch-Hiker - S1-E16

Trivia: Rod Serling adapted "The Hitch-Hiker" from a 1941 Mercury Theatre on the Air radio play that had originally starred Orson Welles. Playwright Lucille Fletcher was displeased with the result, primarily because Serling changed the gender of the lead character from male to female, naming her after his daughter Nan.

Jean G

The Forms of Things Unknown - S1-E32

Continuity mistake: After running through the woods getting soaked by pouring rain, Casha arrives on Kollos' doorstep with her hair neatly coiffed and perfectly dry. In fact, within minutes of coming in out of the downpour, Casha, Leonora and Tone all have completely dry hair and clothes. (00:15:00)

Jean G

16th Jun 2007

Monk (2002)

Mr. Monk Stays in Bed - S4-E3

Continuity mistake: When Natalie props the get-well card up on Monk's bureau, it's partially open. The moment the shot cuts to a different angle, it's completely closed. (00:10:15)

Jean G

16th Jun 2007

Hawaii Five-O (1968)

King Kamehameha Blues - S2-E8

Continuity mistake: As Kono talks to Johnny Kalama in the students' apartment, an orange lava lamp sits on the shelf between them. Each time the camera angle reverses, the wax bubbles in the lamp are very noticeably in different positions and configurations. (00:41:00)

Jean G

16th Jun 2007

Monk (2002)

Mr. Monk and the Actor - S5-E1

Trivia: The fictive movie producer's name in this episode is Hoberman, and the lead actor is called David Ruskin. Both characters are named in honor of Monk executive producer David Hoberman. (00:05:00)

Jean G

The Forms of Things Unknown - S1-E32

Trivia: Part of Dominic Frontiere's haunting musical score for this episode later became the theme and background music for the TV series The Invaders, a show for which Frontiere served as the primary composer.

Jean G

The Forms of Things Unknown - S1-E32

Trivia: This is the only Outer Limits episode that lacks both opening and closing narration. It was absent because "Forms" was the unsold pilot for a series called The Unknown. A second version, stripped of all its supernatural elements (Tone was simply a mad scientist, not a real time traveler), also failed to sell.

Jean G

The Chameleon - S1-E31

Other mistake: Mace's chest camera sends images from impossible angles - including several that include Mace himself. At the end, his superiors watch him from a camera that's obviously mounted in a tree and not on his person. Yet when Mace smashes his chest camera, the transmission goes dead anyway. (00:48:00)

Jean G

14th Jun 2007

Hawaii Five-O (1968)

King Kamehameha Blues - S2-E8

Continuity mistake: Danno, posing as a photographer on the beach, snaps the shutter at a bikini-clad girl and quips, "I only wish I had some film." Seconds later, he takes a picture of the suspects that's then used to identify them. The scene is continuous, and at no time did he ever load film into the empty camera, nor did he have another one. (00:34:30)

Jean G

13th Jun 2007

Monk (2002)

Mr. Monk Gets a New Shrink - S5-E7

Continuity mistake: When the cleaning woman's body is found, she's lying on the floor face up. A short time later, despite repeated admonitions that nothing should be or has been touched, the corpse has somehow turned itself over and is now lying face down. (00:02:05 - 00:07:45)

Jean G

Mirror Image - S1-E21

Continuity mistake: When he introduces himself to Millicent inside the train station, Paul is wearing a dripping wet raincoat. It stays wet in the close-ups, but in the next several inter-cut two-shots, it's completely dry. (00:11:15)

Jean G

The Hitch-Hiker - S1-E16

Continuity mistake: When Nan first swerves to avoid the hitch-hiker, her 1959 Mercury briefly turns into a 1957 Ford. It also changes from a light to a dark color. (00:17:15)

Jean G

Elegy - S1-E20

Factual error: The astronauts land on an asteroid said to orbit a binary star 655 million miles from Earth. This is impossible, as that distance would place them well within our solar system. In fact, they'd be inside the orbit of Saturn, where of course there aren't (nor could there be) any extraneous suns. The nearest star to our system is, in fact, trillions (not millions) of miles away. (00:02:15 - 00:04:00)

Jean G

The Fever - S1-E17

Revealing mistake: When Franklin leaves the check cashing window and walks to the right, a man with a pompadour haircut walks off screen left. In the next shot, with no time lapse, Franklin returns to his slot machine, and the same extra passes behind him from the right, once again exiting left. No way he could have moved that fast in the time allotted. (00:13:05)

Jean G

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