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“NCIS” is one of the most popular television series. With over 400 episodes just from the original series, and over 400 more from “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “NCIS: New Orleans”, encountering one or two mistakes was inevitable. Fans have been rewatching the shows during the past few months and have found some surprising errors in several episodes!
Launched in 2003, the original “NCIS” follows a team of special agents who are trying to solve some of the most incredible crimes. Counting with actors such as Mark Harmon (Leroy Jethro Gibbs), Sasha Alexander (Caitlin Tood), Michael Weatherly (Anthony DiNozzo), and Pauley Perrette (Abby Sciuto), it is both entertaining, mysterious, and even comedic at times.
Right in the first episode of the first season, it is possible to find a confusing mistake, and it all happens when Fornell, played by Joe Spano, meets Gibbs. According to the conversation, Fornell doesn’t recognize Gibbs, however, in the following episodes the viewers find out that these two characters have a long history together. How could that happen?
Another mistake from the first episode happens when around the forty-minute mark, the criminal is closing the door of the armory. The viewers can clearly hear the door closing and latching, however, just a moment later Gibbs comes along and the door is open. No one else was near the door, so how did it open?
One of the most common errors in cinematography is related to visible crew members or equipment, so it is only normal that some of those found on “NCIS” is precisely that. In the episode “Silver War”, while Ducky and Jimmy are in the autopsy room, it is possible to see the reflection of a cameraman on the cooler in the wall.
By the end of the episode “Honor Code”, Special Agent Gibbs is having a flashback to the fond memories he has of his daughter, who sadly passed away. During that moment, his daughter can be seen helping him working on a boat while wearing an NCIS t-shirt. The problem is that while she was still alive he was not yet working for this team.
Once again the crew members just seem to want to be part of the show! During the moment when Gibbs and Ziva are in the “safehouse”, it is possible to see not only a crew member but also the microphone he is holding.
During the scene in which Abby is searching through the garbage in order to find proof against Tim’s sister, there is a brown boot that appears on the screen. While there was no one else in this specific scene, we can guess that it was a crew member’s shoe, making an appearance.
There have been a lot of mistakes related to Ziva, especially when it comes to the timeline of the story. Nevertheless, in this episode, there has been an out-of-character moment. While Ziva is signing the will you can see that she is signing with her real name, Cote de Pablo.
One of the incredible things about Special Agent Gibbs is how shiny his car is and that turned to be quite unfortunate on the seventh episode of season six. At the scene in which the team arrives at the funeral, it is possible to see the reflection of a crew member in his car.
We all know that the series is nothing but a work of fiction, however, sometimes viewers expect a certain degree of reality. During this episode, there is a scene where you can see a list of phone records in which four calls are highlighted, all of them made to the same number, and for the exact amount of time, which is highly unlikely to happen.
In the episode “Two Steps Back”, the viewers discover that the suspect was dishonorably discharged in 2008, however, just a moment later the cast indicates that he was dishonorably discharged two years later, in 2010. Which one is it? We guess we will never know!
Six years after the first episode of “NCIS” was released, a new series came to life, this time called “NCIS: Los Angeles”. Following the same structure of military drama and police investigations, it also amounted to its fair share of mistakes. Let’s have a look at some of them!
It seems that the first episode of every series is bound to have some error. In this case, you can clearly see that there are skid marks on the ground when a 4x4 vehicle is turning off the freeway. This probably happened from previous takes, however, it still spoiled the experience!
Speaking of takes, we should also mention the mistakes that happen after a break is taken! For instance, in the scene where Sam and G. are speaking with Jimmy Su about the work his brother has been doing, Jimmy is seating on the left side of his wife Aimee. Shortly after, when Sam and G. leave, Jimmy is seated at her right side.
A mistake that really wasn’t well thought about happened in the episode “Pushback”. During this episode, a criminal removes a camera that recorded a boat in a marina. While the team is watching the recording it is possible to see parts of the event that happened after the camera was disabled and removed. By real-world-rules, it would have been impossible to see that.
This episode counts with yet another mistake. In this episode, it is possible to clearly see that a double is being used for the scene in which Ethan is running down a flight of stairs before hiding between tanks. While it is commonly known that stunt doubles are used in films, we weren’t expecting it for some simple running.
It is probably very difficult to play a dead character in any type of production, especially because as living beings we must breathe and have other bodily movements. In this case, it is possible to see the victim who is laying in the morgue swallow the saliva in their mouth.
Another mistake that was probably related to multiple takes happened in the episode “Sans Voir”. During one of the scenes, there is a car crash between the car of Earl Mayfield and the SUV of Conrad Weaver, and the bumper of the latter comes flying off. Just a few moments later, the bumper is back on the car as if nothing happened.
In one of the scenes in which Sam and Hetty are having a conversation by a desk, it is possible to see two cups sitting on the table. One of the cups was clearly turned around between shots, even though none of the characters touched it. Probably one of them took a sip during a break and misplaced it!
At a scene in which Owen and Sam are escorting the criminal and his partner into the vehicle, it is possible to see that the license plate is 5GOI417, however, when the car is backing up it changes to 5PCI294, only to change back to its original number just a few moments later. The question is, how many cars do they have?
While this is not an extreme mistake, it does have an impact on making the viewer break the reality-feel of the show. During a scene, Kensi bends over, and it is possible to see the rectangular bulge of the microphone in her back, making everyone who is watching remember that this is just a show.
After hundreds of episodes, it is possible to lose track of the storylines of every single character. That happened in regard to the character Deeks, whose records indicate that he has no family alive, however, just a few episodes later it is revealed that he has a mother.
After the success of the two previous series, “NCIS: New Orleans” came along in 2014, just after season 12 of the original show finished. Now counting with over 700 episodes, it is no wonder that there were some continuity mistakes, however, there were many others that could have been avoided! Let’s have a look at which ones!
It is always important to note that no one in this show is an actual doctor, and therefore medical comments can be wrong. That happened in the first episode when Loretta comments that a tattoo on the body of the victim is fresh due to irritation, however, moments later it is said that the tattoo was done postmortem - this means that no irritation would occur.
The second episode of the series also counted with some mistakes, one of them being that the team was analyzing a disease-ridden ship. Nevertheless, the respirators the team is using are ill-fitting and do not even cover their noses! We think that 2020 has given us enough knowledge on the matter to know it would not protect them.
During one of the first episodes, it is possible to see a character who is ranked as a U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer wearing a gold warfare insignia, however, it should be silver. Later on in the episode “Love Hurts”, that same character is also wearing a gold pin when he should be wearing a silver one.
This series’ error list wouldn’t be complete without a piece of equipment being shown in the episodes, and that is exactly what happened on the sixth episode of season two when it is possible to see a red mark taped on the floor, which indicates the spot the actor should stand on.
During the episode “Sleeping with the Enemy”, Sebastian is having a conversation about the evidence available and mentioned the phone’s SIM card. Later on in the episode, he shows a picture of the evidence, but it is in fact an SD card. We guess the prop team got confused!
The beginning of the episode shows an SUV being thrown into the river, and one of the passengers survives by releasing air from one of the tires. When the evidence is being shown, the cut that appears in the tire is too clean-cut for anyone to be able to do it without a tool.
One of the recurring errors that appear is related to the 2015’s truck that LaSalle drives. The truck has a green Louisiana license plate, however, these plates were only issued between 2011 and 2012 due to the celebration of Louisiana's Statehood Bicentennial. It is impossible for the vehicle to have that plate and have been made in 2015.
There seems to have been a recurring error related to the jurisdiction the team is working on. For instance, Dr. Wade is the medical examiner for Jefferson Parish, however, most of the victims she is responsible for are from Orleans Parish, which is not the same jurisdiction.
Although we have seen several mistakes happening throughout the three series and over the seasons, the truth is that “NCIS” still counts with a strong following, and these little errors don’t seem to hinder them! Which mistakes have you noticed in an episode? Let us know in the comments below and make sure to share this story with your friends!
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