Emergency!

The Inspection - S5-E5

Visible crew/equipment: When the dispatcher drops tones for the trapped victim of a traffic accident, just after we hear Captain Stanley say, "KMG365," we can see movement between the front passenger and driver seats of Engine 51, precisely where the camera is. Captain Stanley is still at the radio base station and Mike hasn't opened the door yet.

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The Inspection - S5-E5

Continuity mistake: When Johnny and Roy are with the heart transplant patient who is having chest pains, after they contact Rampart, in the wide shots Johnny has the stethoscope around his neck, but in his closeups the stethoscope is gone.

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Simple Adjustment - S5-E10

Other mistake: At the end of the episode, when 51's guys are in the kitchen waiting to see the "terrific idea", in the closeup John presses the tape recorder's third white button to play it, and we hear the dispatcher's voice, but in the next shot we continue to hear the dispatcher saying, "1305 Overland Ave, apt C, cross street, Pacific..." despite the fact that we can see all the white buttons are now up, none are actually depressed.

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Communications - S5-E13

Other mistake: Brackett has Johnny and Roy in his office to listen to recordings on two cassette tapes - the first of 51's transmission with Rampart, and the second of 49's transmission with Pediatric Clinic. Brackett plays the first tape, pops it out and then plays the second tape. The problem is that when Brackett puts the first cassette tape back in the player, it's been rewound, even though Brackett never actually rewound the tape.

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To Buy or Not to Buy - S5-E14

Visible crew/equipment: When Gage and DeSoto are driving away from Rampart, discussing DeSoto's possible purchase of a new house, dispatch calls about a traffic accident. In this exterior closeup shot of Squad 51, the reflection of the camera's flatbed vehicle is visible on Squad 51's red surface.

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The Nuisance - S5-E24

Other mistake: When Early and Morton are examining Johnny, Early points out Johnny's torso as he says, "Mike, you see this bruise?" but the subtitles read, "Frank, you see this bruise?" A couple of minutes later the subtitles get Mike's name right.

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The Nuisance - S5-E24

Continuity mistake: When Johnny is being examined by Dr. Early and Dr. Morton, Roy is in the treatment room with them, and he's not wearing a watch, but when Roy steps into the hallway and speaks to Chet he's suddenly wearing a watch.

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The Great Crash Diet - S5-E22

Visible crew/equipment: When the dispatcher drops tones for the 'possible heart attack', just as we hear Captain Stanley respond, "KMG365," we can see movement between Engine 51's front driver and passenger seats, where the camera is located. Captain Stanley is still at the radio base station and Mike hasn't opened the door yet.

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Above and Beyond... Nearly - S5-E20

Other mistake: After Dixie gets the call from the dental clinic about the possible MI, she and Brackett take the elevator located at the nurses' station and head up to the dental clinic on the third floor. Problem is that the ER is only a 2-storey building, so that is quite impossible.

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Simple Adjustment - S5-E10

Other mistake: When the woman from the salon is brought into the treatment room she's unconscious, but as they transfer her from the ambulance stretcher to the hospital gurney, she lifts her left arm from under the stretcher bar and then also positions it on the gurney.

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The Great Crash Diet - S5-E22

Other mistake: While Johnny and Roy are with the possible heart attack, they've patched her in for the EKG, and in the base station room Brackett looks at the EKG strip and the unit's monitor, then it cuts to a closeup of the Datascope monitor, even though the Datascope is not actually in the ER's base station room.

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The Tycoons - S5-E23

Visible crew/equipment: When Squad 51 is dispatched to the baby with difficulty breathing, in the wide shot when the squad pulls into the driveway and heads to the front of the house, the cameraman steps out of the shadows on the right side of screen and walks toward the squad (then it cuts to the footage he was shooting), and in the next shot as the moving camera closes in on the squad in front of it, the cameraman's shadow becomes visible on the tree and house.

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Equipment - S5-E4

Visible crew/equipment: After Chet is brought to the ER, Gage goes to the nurses' station. When Brackett opens the door and walks out of the base station booth, the actor's T-mark is visible on the floor behind him.

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The Inspection - S5-E5

Continuity mistake: Just before the opening credits both Engine 51 and Squad 51 are inside the station. The alarm goes off and when Squad 51 leaves the station Engine 51 has vanished.

To Buy or Not to Buy - S5-E14

Continuity mistake: Squad 51's lightbar has a center chrome piece which has slats at the front and is solid at the back. When the squad's dispatched to the vehicle accident with the two student drivers, on scene the lightbar's chrome center is on backwards, it's solid at the front for some inexplicable reason.

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Equipment - S5-E4

Continuity mistake: When Chet is brought into the ER after being thrown in the explosion, Johnny is empty handed, but when he leaves treatment 1 with Dix, the HT is suddenly inexplicably in his hands.

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Trainee - S2-E8

Roy: I think you're on some sort of an ego trip, Ed. And in my book that makes you a very dangerous character.
Ed: [Laughs.] Ego trip, huh? Well, I didn't realize that psychiatry was part of the paramedic's training.
Roy: Oh that's good, Ed, you be funny. But that isn't gonna change anything. You wanna know what I figure? Well, I figure when you were working in Vietnam, it was rough. So rough you started playing over your head. And you were making it, you were doing real good. Considering it was a combat situation. And pretty soon you started getting all blown up about how Ed Marlowe is just as good as the real doctors. And you've been living on that ever since. And the trouble is, Ed, you are good. Except for two little problems. You can't quit competing with real doctors. And you can't face being wrong. You see, those people we treat out there, I mean the people we work for, the people who pay for this whole operation, they're real people, Ed, with real problems. And they have a right to expect more than just being used by you for some sort of trip. [Completely exasperated.] I guess what I'm trying to say to you, Ed, is that in my book you're just plain unprofessional.
[Ed walks out.]
John: Do you think it did any good?
Roy: Do you?

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Trivia: On May 16, 2000, 28 years after the debut of "Emergency!" on television, due to the profound impact "Emergency!" had on the American EMS system, key props and memorabilia from the show were inducted into the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, Division of Cultural History - the Public Service sector, located in Washington, D.C. Some of the items included: Original scripts, Biophone, trauma boxes, defibrillators, monitor, radios, turnout gear, helmets, and Roy's and Johnny's uniforms.

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Surprise - S4-E6

Question: When the guys are hanging off the roof does anyone else see a white wire attached to the sign?

Answer: Yes, there's a thin cable secured to the sign's bottom mounting bracket which leads upward to the crane arm, and can be seen in quite a few shots at various angles. It's reasonable to presume that this cable which is secured to the crane was part of the sign's mounting process to the two wall brackets before the winds caused the accident, the premise of this rescue. For this reason it really can't be noted as "stunt wires being visible" or something like that.

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