Mary Poppins Returns Has A Plot Hole Tying To The Original Movie

Mary Poppins looking in the mirror

Disney made a change this past holiday season at the movies. Rather than releasing another methodical installment of Star Wars, the galaxy far, far away skipped Christmas this year. As such, the box office opened up for other releases, with the Mouse of Mouse still making a bid for supremacy with Rob Marshall's Mary Poppins Returns. A direct sequel to the beloved 1964 original, the new release brought audiences back to Cherry Tree Lane, reuniting them with the Banks family and Mary herself.

Throughout every frame of Mary Poppins Returns, it's clear how much Rob Marshall and his team loved the original. But it turns out that there's a potential plot hole in the new movie, especially as it regards to Meryl Streep's Topsy and Mary Poppins' signature day off.

In the original Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews' practically perfect nanny insists that she must have the second Tuesday of the month off-- presumably to hang out up in her cloud and get away from it all. But in Mary Poppins Returns, Emily Blunt's version of the character seems to have actually worked on the second Tuesday of the month. Ergo, plot hole.

The scene in question happens midway through Mary Poppins Returns, where Mary takes Michael's children to visit her eccentric cousin Topsy, played by none other than Meryl Streep. During her song "Turning Turtle" Topsy reveals she can't fix the Banks' Royal Doulton bowl as requested, because it was the second Wednesday of the month. And during this time, Topsy's world goes upside down.

But if you do the math, that means the day before Mary visits her cousin, she was actually working for the Banks family, and having her animated adventure and musical jaunt alongside Jack. And with that revelation (which comes to us from Digital Spy), it seems that Rob Marshall may have accidentally let a plot hole into Mary Poppins Returns.

Mary looking in the mirror in the original

This small detail will no doubt be making the rounds among Disney fans and cinephiles, who have already seen the critically acclaimed Mary Poppins Returns. Mary's second big screen adventure has hit all the right nostalgic points for fans of the original, while still crafting a new story and set of musical numbers for the impressive cast.

What do you think of the potential plot hole for Mary Poppins Returns? Sound off in the comments below. The musical sequel is in theaters now, and you can check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated with degrees theater and literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid. He's particularly proud of covering horror franchises like Scream and Halloween, as well as movie musicals like West Side Story. Favorite interviews include Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.