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When the FBI and Mr. Shaw discover that his car was stolen from the the apartment, the open window was replaced. It took two people to remove the large window and since Josh and Slide went down on the cable, no-one was left behind to replace the window.
Kovaks' door is first shown as having a diamond shaped window/big peephole when he opens the door to Special Agent Denham, requesting that he apologize to Shaw for the vandalism. When Kovaks returns after Special Agent Denham hands him a CD with a recording of the vandalism, he is seen shutting the front door behind him. The door has a small common circle peephole instead of the glass diamond from earlier.
The window that Slide and Josh remove in the penthouse to extract the car has a metal bar running along the frame near the bottom. However, when they begin to hoist the car out, the bar is gone. The two men would not be able to remove that bar by hand like they did the glass pane.
Charlie, the Concierge, brings in red flowers for Mrs. Jin saying it's Chinese New Year. The film takes place in November highlighting the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Chinese New Year usually falls between January 21 and February 20 of every year.
When Agent Denham informs Shaw that he had violated his "parole" not only would he not have been on parole prior to conviction, but could never be on parole even if convicted since he was under investigation by the FBI, under the jurisdiction of the United States District Court and federal parole was abolished in the Sentencing Reform Act in 1987. If he were violating any terms of release, it would be of Supervised Release or Probation, that is if he had even been convicted of an offense.
When Enrique is looking for Josh's sister-in-law on the Q train to Brighton Beach, there is a board announcing the Z train to Broad Street/Jamacia Center. The Z train wouldn't be running on Thanksgiving; it only runs in peak direction during rush hour 5 days a week except holidays.
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When Kovaks is asked to steal $50 worth of materials, he steals a $12 candle and two pairs of underwear, but the underwear said 5 for $25. However, it is very possible (although unlikely) for the underwear to have an individual price of $19 or more, and the 5 for $25 just the sale price, bringing his total to $50. Some companies will purposely have high individual prices to encourage people to go for the sale.
When referencing The Lion King (1994), Lester says "Mustafa" when the character's name is "Mufasa." However, the mispronunciation could have been deliberate as Lester was referencing a drunken moment Josh has had in the past, and directly quoting him during Josh's drunken state.
Stiller has picked up Murphy from leaving jail, and they drive under bright sunshine and shadow (39min 47sec). Inside the car, the lighting stays absolutely steady, with no changes reflecting the outside environment.
When Josh is trying to get Slide to remember their daycare days in 1971, he tells him that they watched "Inch High, Private Eye" together, but that series wasn't broadcast until 1973.
Alan Alda's character goes to meet with a judge on Thanksgiving day. The FBI agents would have known well in advance the courthouse would be closed on a national holiday.
Enriques says "Do you know how many weeks I'd have to work at the BK to make 20 million?" Mr Fitzhugh replies "18600". That makes the weekly wage of a Burger King worker $1075, which is obviously not the case.
The 1912 chess game Shaw references while talking to Kovacs is a real game, although rather than playing it out as he claims, Levitsky resigned after Marshall moved his Queen, realizing checkmate was inevitable. Additionally, the term "Marshall Swindle" did not originate solely from that game, but rather from Frank Marshall's well known tactic of giving his opponent a seemingly decisive advantage, only to storm back out of nowhere to "swindle" them out of the victory. Another well known "Marshall Swindle" occurred in 1904.
When Odessa arrives on Shaw's floor, she attempts to bribe the stationed FBI agent with a slice of drugged cake, which he rejects, saying that he's allergic to chocolate. This should not have been an issue, considering the cake offered was carrot cake.