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Chris_Morris

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From watching, I can tell that all the episodes are in order, but why was an episode from near the middle labeled as 102? If the numbers are production order, why would they only produce that one out of order?

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If the numbers are production order, why would they only produce that one out of order?
1) They didn't. If there is one episode out of order, there has to be another. If an episode from mid-season, say around episode 111, has production number 102, then what production number does the episode that aired in the 102 slot have?

2) Shows that have to keep track of continuity issues - because character relationships and other things evolve from episode to episode - will sometimes shoot a "big" episode "out of order". On Babylon 5 the season one cliff-hanger was shot around mid-season to give the post-production folks more time to deal with a heavier-than-normal load of SFX shots.

3) Conversely an episode will sometimes air "out of order" at the request of the network. Most shows have a number of episodes "in the can" by the time they debut each fall. The network and the producers are very concerned - especially in the first season - with "grabbing" an audience. So it is common for them to look at that first batch of episodes and "front load" the series with the best shows once finished and edited film is in hand. It may be that somebody didn't think production # 102 was all that strong, and that a later episode was better, so the order was swapped.

All sorts of reasons why this kind of thing might happen. In fact most strictly episodic shows, the ones without multi-episode character or story arcs, don't even think about airing order while the shows are being shot, and the final order almost never resembles the production order. It is only the trend of the last ten years or so for more "continuity shows" that has created any kind of connection between production order and air date order.

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Thanks for the response.

1)It just skips 102. They go from 100-122 with all in numerical order except that 102 shows between 110 and 111.

2) This could be it. There is a storyline in 102 that shows up often within the season (Nick and the hooker).

3) Couldn't be as events in 102 are in order with previous episodes, including 110.

Most likely there was something in 102 that had to be done early.

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Derek Miner

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Here's an idea... perhaps that episode was assigned the 102 production number in the first draft stage but was bumped to later in the season and re-written to match the continuity up to that point.

Or, maybe they shot an entire episode but decided to ditch or rewrite one of the plots and reshoot it.
 

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