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Legends of the Hidden Temple
"John Henry's Lost Hammer"
Season 1, Episode 3
John Henry's Lost Hammer
Airdate: September 18, 1993
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"Wild Bill Hickok and the Dead Man's Hand" "The Golden Cricket Cage of Khan"

"John Henry's Lost Hammer" is the 3rd episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple.

Moat Crossing

One partner from each team had an "Aztec footboard". When Kirk said go, the first partner of each team paddled across the moat. Once across, they climbed out onto the other side. That was the signal for the second partner to pull the footboard back to the other side, jump on, grab the rope, swing the footboard into the water, and pull themselves across the Moat. When the second teammate reached the other side, it was his job to hit the gong.

1st Silver Snakes 0:29
2nd Orange Iguanas 0:32
3rd Red Jaguars 0:39
Disqualfied Green Monkeys 0:42
4th Purple Parrots 0:47

Steps of Knowledge

The men who drove the spikes and laid the rails for the Great American Railroad were called gandy dancers, and the biggest and strongest of them all was John Henry. One day, the railroad foreman came up to him with a stranger and said "John Henry, Mr. Jones here says his steam engine can outdrill even my best man, and I aim to find out. I'm going to put you up ahead in the tunnel there, with you on one side and the steam drill on the other. We'll see who drives further." John Henry slung his hammer over his shoulder. "That'll be me," he said, and followed the foreman up the line.

John Henry took his position. "Go!" shouted the foreman, and John Henry started swinging with all his might. The steam drill chugged and drilled, and when the smoke cleared, John Henry had driven fifteen feet through the rock, and the steam drill had only gone nine. The other gandy dancers cheered and lifted John Henry on their shoulders. The railroad retired John Henry's hammer, and it found its way to the Temple.

Red Jaguars Orange Iguanas Purple Parrots Silver Snakes
2nd - Correct 1st - Incorrect
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Incorrect 2nd - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Correct

Temple Games

Escape the Tunnel (Dragon Tunnel)

One player from each team had to wriggle through the tunnel on her stomach. The only problem was that the tunnel was filled with foam rocks they had to push through. They had one minute; the first person to get through the tunnel and back - or the player furthest along - won. Kim beat Julia and made it through and back in 0:22.

Railroad Tunnel (Peanut Shaft)

Starting at the base of the shaft, each player filled his bucket with rocks, climbed to the top, and dropped them into the bin. Then they climbed back down and started again. The player with the most rocks in his bin at the end of one minute won. Billy beat Walter 7-4.

East Meets West (Bungee Soap Line)

When Kirk said "go", the partner on the east side started with a golden spike on his helmet; both partners then pulled themselves toward the middle. Then the east partner passed the spike to his partner on the west, who slid back and dropped it into her bucket. Then the first partner slid back to his side, grabbed another spike, and repeated the process. The team with the most spikes in the west bucket at the end of one minute won. The Silver Snakes tied the Orange Iguanas in this game; both teams had three spikes.

Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Pendants Won
Orange Iguanas Lost Lost Tied 1 Pendant
Silver Snakes Won Won Tied 2 Pendants

Temple Run

Although it appears the team made decent progress towards the artifact, this temple run was absolutely pitiful. Kim obviously had never heard of an actuator, so when she was in The Wall Climb, she knocked on doors helplessly until Kirk shouted "push the buttons" loud enough for her to hear. She chose to go into The Heart Room, where she was caught by a very late temple guard, and in The Throne Room below, was taken out (thankfully). Billy had his route all planned out in anticipation, and actually made it quite far in the minute he had. In the Spider's Lair, he tried to climb it but kept failing. Eventually, he disregarded the the giant spider web and moved on to the Tomb of the Ancient Kings. From there, he plowed into the Mine Shaft and entered the elevator to ascend into the Torch Room. But even then, he had no prayer of making it to the artifact in time.


Winning Team Silver Snakes
Contestants Billy & Kim
Result Failed Acquisition
Pendants of Life 2
Artifact Location The Room of the Golden Idols
Temple Guard Locations

The Heart Room

The Throne Room

The Cave of Sighs

Run 3

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  • When Kirk was explaining the third temple game, the music didn't play and a man can be seen in the artifact's room!
    • Nickelodeon should have added in the music for the iTunes release of this episode.
  • When Kim enters the Heart Room, Kirk mentions it as "The Shrine" (The Shrine is obviously The Shrine of the Silver Monkey).

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