Emergency!

The Wedsworth-Townsend Act - S1-E1

Character mistake: When Dr. Brackett is showing the paramedic trainees the defibrillator and how it's used on a patient, Brackett places the paddle electrodes on the Defib tester to display its effectiveness, and says, "Eyes on the V-fib tester." However, it's not a V-fib tester to test for ventricular fibrillation, it's a Defib tester, testing the effectiveness of the external defibrillator's electrical shock.

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Suggested correction: This may not be a mistake. The tester simulates v-fib to test the defib. Whether you call it a v-fib tester because of the way it operates or a defib-tester because that is a more correct term for what it is meant to do, is not set in stone. The character is not wrong, just wording it slightly unusually if anything.

Dr. Kelly Brackett is the Chief of Emergency Medicine at Rampart. Brackett is teaching the new paramedic trainees, and he is hard-nosed and hyper focused on all details. Saying that this "may not be a mistake' and '"just wording it slightly unusually" is nonsense, and not in line with the highly trained Dr. Brackett, who should not have made this error with the paramedic trainees. The two distinctive terms are actually not interchangeable whatsoever.

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The Great Crash Diet - S5-E22

Character mistake: After Captain Stanley tells the guys about the diet and nutrition study, Cap tells Roy that he and John should go to Oceanside Park for a fire inspection, but later when Johnny's on the HT he tells dispatch to respond Engine 51 to Oceanland Park, not Oceanside Park, and then the dispatcher gives the incident address as Oceanland Park.

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Frequency - S3-E1

Character mistake: When Brackett and Early are dealing with three squads at the base station at the same time, Squad 51 has two victims - father and son, Squad 18 has a pulmonary edema, and Squad 36 has only one bicycle rider with severe head injuries, because the second rider died, so the total is four out of five being dealt with. Back at the station, after Johnny asked Dixie about the condition of all the victims, he tells Roy that the father and son are both responding, so is Squad 18's pulmonary edema, and for Squad 36's bike accident, that "both" are coming out of the coma, which totals five victims. Then Roy responds, "Four saves out of five victims. That's pretty good." Johnny should not have said, "both" since it was just one rider.

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Frequency - S3-E1

Character mistake: Days after Drew's death (Roy and Johnny had two days off after Drew's death), during the meeting that Brackett has with the four paramedic units, one of 59's guys asks, "What do we do when we have this overload situation on the same frequency? Two squads, like 51 and us today?" The situation with the frequency did not happen "today" as he said, it happened at least three days prior.

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Frequency - S3-E1

Character mistake: In the morning, when Roy and Johnny are by the lockers, talking about what Johnny did on his days off, Roy tells Johnny, "I came on this morning, guys on A shift told me that they had a meeting with Brackett at Rampart yesterday." It could not have been "A shift" because Roy and Johnny work the squad for A shift, with Captain Stanley and the rest of the guys. And we know that Roy and Johnny didn't switch shifts with B or C, since the rest of A shift are there with them, working the engine that day.

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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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Back-Up - S4-E21

Character mistake: After Squad 51 joins Engine 51 at the heart attack incident, while Roy's on the Biophone with Rampart he sends a second EKG strip, and Early orders, "100 milligrams lidocaine bolus," but he mispronounces lidocaine and says, "Lidograin," then he pronounces "Lidocaine drip" properly.

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Body Language - S3-E12

Character mistake: When Johnny and Roy respond to the 'possible injury at the horse ranch', after the guy who was knocked unconscious gets back on the horse, Johnny tells Roy, "Why don't we stick around for another few minutes, unless we get another call." They did not contact the dispatcher that the squad's available, so they would not even be dispatched to another call, since they're already on that run.

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Body Language - S3-E12

Character mistake: When Johnny is about to tell Roy what the problem is, the dispatcher drops tones and says "Station 51, Engine 36, Truck 116, small aircraft in trouble.," but when Captain Stanley responds we hear him say, "Squad 51, 10-4...," even though he should have said, "Station 51, 10-4...," because both Engine 51 and Squad 51 were dispatched.

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School Days - S2-E14

Character mistake: When Dixie tells Gail to set up in treatment 1, Brackett tells them they can't use treatment 1 because they have a skull fracture coming in, then Brackett and Early head down the hallway to treatment 1, and that skull fracture, Skyle Tyler, has already been lying there being examined by Morton.

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Alley Cat - S3-E3

Character mistake: After the cat has her kittens, when Squad 51 is dispatched to the 'man trapped in boating accident', we hear Captain Stanley respond, "Station 51, KMG365," even though his response should have been, "Squad 51, KMG365," since it's only John and Roy that were dispatched, not the entire station.

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Captain Hook - S6-E8

Character mistake: When Johnny and Roy are with the heatstroke victim in the polar bear costume, they're on different sides of the victim when Roy says, "Twitching here in both arms," and Johnny looks at her left arm and responds, "Yeah, the same thing over here too." And then it happens again, when Roy says, "Got some heavy spasms in these arms," and Johnny responds, "Yeah, same thing over here."

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Equipment - S5-E4

Character mistake: At the construction site, while the paramedics are defibbing the cardiac arrest Stoney's on the line with Rampart, and Brackett orders, "Administer 5ccs 1 to 10,000 epinephrine IV," to which Stoney responds, "Administer 5ccs epinephrine, 10-4, LA," even though he's speaking to Rampart not to LA dispatch.

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It's How You Play the Game - S4-E19

Character mistake: On scene at the vehicle accident, John palpates a pulse on the driver's leg and tells Roy that he's got a good strong foot pulse. Then when Roy's on the line with Rampart we hear him say, "He has a strong fetal pulse," but presumably Roy certainly must have meant to say, "strong pedal pulse."

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That Time of Year - S6-E4

Character mistake: When Mr. Grady, the self defense instructor, and his wife are in the ER waiting room after Brackett taped up his fractured ribs, Mr. Grady makes a comment about being flipped, and instead of saying Mrs. Pestone he says the name incorrectly as Prestin, then a few moments later he says her name properly, just as he did earlier during the class.

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Grateful - S5-E21

Character mistake: At the restaurant, when Captain Stanley's on the Biophone with Rampart, Brackett asks, "Is there any evidence of external hemorrhaging on your second victim?" and then Cap responds, "We can only see superficial cuts at this time... Pupils are equal and reactive, negative on the IV at this time," as if Brackett ordered an IV, but Brackett never said anything to Squad 51 about any IV.

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Tee Vee - S5-E11

Character mistake: When the guy who was injured in the manhole is brought to treatment 6, he's transferred onto the ER's gurney and we see Carol taking his pulse, but then she tells Early, "Pulse 120, respiration 24," even though she never checked his respiration rate.

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Fair Fight - S6-E5

Character mistake: When Squad 51 is dispatched to the fighting couple the first time timeout is 10:12, and the second call to that house timeout is 12:37. When Roy and John are there the first time, it's for no more than five minutes. Then when they're there the second time, Roy says "Please folks, we just went through this less than an hour ago," though it was over two hours when they left the fighting couple the first time.

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Heavyweight - S3-E5

Character mistake: When Johnny first contacts Rampart via landline about the stabbing victim, while Roy is across the street with the gunshot victim, Brackett gets on the line and asks Johnny if he started an IV, to which Johnny replies no, then he asks what the vitals are. Johnny has only just made contact with Brackett about this patient, so Johnny could not have started an IV without the doctor's consent, Brackett knows this. This goes against established procedure.

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Decision - S2-E1

Visible crew/equipment: When Roy has trouble sleeping in the middle of the night, he gets up, and when he goes to the bathroom sink, there is a fully dressed crew member whose reflection is visible in the mirror, as he moves around and looks through the door window towards the actor. Then 51's tones drop, and in the next shot we see that all the other guys of Station 51 have been lying in their beds, before getting up and putting on their turnouts.

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The Game - S6-E1

Trivia: It's in this episode that the Heimlich Maneuver is used for the first time by the paramedics. At the USC game, when a guy is choking on a hot dog, John and Roy are called, and John uses the Heimlich. Up until season 6 we've seen the guys use other methods, such as the ChokeSaver which look like huge white tweezers, to remove obstructions in an airway, as seen in 4x9, "Foreign Trade."

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Question: Why is the driveway in front of the station always wet? Day or night, whenever they pull in or out it looks like it was just hosed down.

Answer: It is standard practice to wet down driveways so that they stand out in a long shot.

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