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Legends of the Hidden Temple
"Henry VIII's Great Seal"
Season 1, Episode 14
Henry VIII's Great Seal
Airdate: October 24, 1993
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"The Moccasins of Geronimo" "The Lucky Pot-Bellied Pig of Amelia Earhart"

"Henry VIII's Great Seal" is the 14th episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple.

Moat Crossing

Each team had to swim on a raft to the other side and then his partner pulls the raft back and swims on the raft to the other side.

1st Silver Snakes 0:21
2nd Blue Barracudas 0:23
3rd Red Jaguars 0:26
4th Green Monkeys 0:27

Steps of Knowledge

The most feared and powerful King of England was Henry VIII. When he was young, he was very tall, handsome and athletic, and his court was very luxurious. Food was served on gold plates. He seemed to have everything, but Henry wasn't happy. He wanted a son to be the heir to the English throne. He had two wives who had given him baby girls, but Henry wanted boys. Finally, his third wife gave him a boy, but Henry wanted more, so he married three more times. He grew bitter and unhappy because he was worried that his one son would not be strong enough to run his kingdom. The unhappier he was, the fatter he got. He grew so fat that he had to be buried in a coffin the size of a small piano. The Great Seal of the realm was to be buried with him, but legend has it that his sixth wife kept it instead.

Red Jaguars Blue Barracudas Green Monkeys Silver Snakes
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Temple Games

Crown 6 Wives (Bungee Soap Mat)

The first game was a race for Nick and Andi to work against a tight bungee cord and slippery floor in order to crown Henry VIII's six wives, represented by three mannequin heads on each of two pedestals on one side of the playing field. For both players, the issue was getting the crowns to stick, so they ended up placing more crowns than were ultimately counted. Probably the funniest part, though, was when Kirk went over to high-five Nick at the end of the game; Nick slipped and Kirk went down with him. Although, as Kirk put it, the queens "weren't wearing their heads very well," both players did manage to crown four of the mannequin heads, resulting in a tie score at a half-Pendant apiece.

Older and Sadder, Fatter and Fatter (Bamboo Forest)

The second game was one of the most interesting in the show's history, so it was a shame that it was only used twice. Shay and Jordan were wearing puffed-up jackets, made to resemble fatsuits— the game itself was like a reenactment of a possible trek through the forest by an older Henry VIII on a hunting trip. Both players moved very quickly, but in particular, Jordan excelled in the game with a "start looking ahead" strategy, making it out with 44 seconds to go.

Cloth of Gold (Bungee Soap Line)

The third game referenced a famous medieval jousting tournament, which took place at the Field of Cloth of Gold. However, instead of actually jousting, the players on each team had to transfer pieces of gold cloth (Seems like a bit of a disappointment, but what can you do?). The Blue Barracudas fell behind with this game because they had trouble transferring the cloth from helmet to helmet— thinking they'd successfully completed the transfer, they would separate only to realize they had to slide back towards the middle. The Silver Snakes ultimately won, four cloths to three, and this meant that they came back to win the Temple Games, -1.

Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Pendants Won
Blue Barracudas Tied Won Lost 1 Pendant
Silver Snakes Tied Lost Won 1½ Pendants

Temple Run

This Temple Run wasn't the best, but it was known for an odd finish, and it emphasized just how scary the Temple Guards can be for the contestants. Shay chose the Cave of Sighs as her starting point and screamed when she immediately ran into a Temple Guard. She finally handed over her Pendant of Life, passed across the bottom floor until the Room of the Harmonic Convergence and climbed up into the Heart Room. The second Temple Guard was waiting there, and when he emerged from the back door with 2:12 on the clock, Shay was started so badly that she retreated back down the ladder.

Nick raced in and retraced Shay's footsteps up to the Heart Room, and with 1:40 remaining, he advanced into the Treasure Room. Unfortunately, he couldn't head directly down from there, and had to put the monkey together. He did a solid job with the objective after realizing what it was (at first, he tried looking for an open door that would take him downward), and headed into the Pirate's Cove, where the iron slab was already up (the producers had forgotten to reset it since a player had to progress up from the Dungeon in the episode immediately before, "The Moccasins of Geronimo"). Nick headed down into the Dungeon and then through the rock wall into the Tomb of the Ancient Kings. With 45 seconds to go, the last Temple Guard appeared from the middle golden door in the back of the room.

Now, the last guard actually scared Nick so badly that he jumped over the fallen columns in the outcropping of the Tomb and clear out of the Temple!
S1E14 Half Pendant Circled
The move would have been considered illegal and would have automatically disqualified the team, but it didn't matter, since Nick only had a half-Pendant anyway and the other half was in the Dungeon (Nick either failed to notice it or didn't expect the third guard in the Tomb of the Ancient Kings).


Winning Team Silver Snakes
Contestants Shay & Nick Borey
Result Triple Seizure (0:43 left)
Pendants of Life
Artifact Location The Swamp
Temple Guard Locations

The Cave of Sighs

The Heart Room

The Tomb of the Ancient Kings

Half Pendant Location The Dungeon

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  • This is the only episode of Layout IV where the Blue Barracudas didn't go to Olmec's Temple, although they did came very close.
  • Shay was the first female to use the upper crawl tube in the Cave of Sighs and the only one to do so before the next layout of the temple.

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