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Legends of the Hidden Temple
"The Applewood Amulet of Emiliano Zapata"
Season 2, Episode 13
Applewood Amulet of Emiliano Zapata
Airdate: July 18, 1994
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"The Applewood Amulet of Emiliano Zapata" is the 53rd episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple.

Moat Crossing

One at a time, each contestant must hang from the rod from their hands and feet to shinny across the moat.

1st Green Monkeys 0:21
2nd Purple Parrots 0:40
3rd Red Jaguars 0:49
4th Blue Barracudas 0:54

Steps of Knowledge

Of the many leaders of the Mexican Revolution, the greatest of all was Emiliano Zapata, sometimes called the "George Washington of Mexico." In the 1890s, when Zapata was a boy, a wealthy landlord came with his men and fenced off the village's orchard.

"But señor," said Zapata's father in tears, "without our orchard, we will starve!"

"Tough," said the landlord.

"Don't cry, father!" said Emiliano. "I swear: One day, I will get it back for you!"

Twenty years later, he went out into the fields with eighty armed men. Zapata said: "Landlord, this land belongs to OUR village. From now on, the people of our village will farm it."

Legend has it he cut a branch from an apple tree and whittled an amulet. "I swear on the soul of my father: I will not put this down until all of Méjico is free!"

People from all over Mexico flocked to Zapata's side, and he helped build a new Mexican republic. When he died, the amulet disappeared.

Red Jaguars Green Monkeys Purple Parrots Silver Snakes
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Temple Games

¡Tierra y Libertad! (Bungee)

Emiliano Zapata's battle cry was "¡Tierra y Libertad!" (which translates to "Land and Liberty!"; or in this case, "Land and Freedom!"). Before Simone and Olivia-Emma were two boards, one with the word Tierra and the other with Libertad. When Kirk gave the signal, they had to run to the first board, grab the first piece of the word, and place it on the other board. Then, they had to run back and do it again. They also had to do the same with the next board. The player to completely spell out Zapata's battle cry or the player furthest along in 60 seconds won. Olivia-Emma completely spelled out Tierra y Libertad with 16 seconds of spare time, awarding her a half pendant of life. Simone only managed to spell out half of the battle cry.

Church Bell of Freedom (Climbing Wall)

Because of Emiliano Zapata, church bells all across mexico rang with the sounds of freedom. When Kirk gave the signal, Jason and Robert had to find the bricks that created a hand- or foot-hold and pull themselves up the wall. Once at the top, they then had to grab the clapper and ring the church bell to ride back down. The player to land or the player furthest along in 60 seconds won. Jason made it back down with the clapper with 13 seconds of spare time, awarding him a half pendant of life.

Ride Like Emiliano Zapata (Spinning Horse)

Zapata was a skilled horseman who led his troops into battle on horseback. Here, the teams had to remain on their horse as long as possible. Both players on each team were mounted on a mechanical horse, having to hold on tight as it started to spin when Kirk gave the signal. The team with more players on their horse in 60 seconds won. All four players stayed on when 60 seconds ended (they apparently had a very tight grip and were afraid to fall off), awarding them a full pendant each, leading to a tie. In one of Kirk's comments, he said "Oh, shit he's tired," despite the show being rated TV-Y after the TV Parental Guideline was put to permanent use.


Olmec: "Is the capital of Mexico: Cancun--?" Oliva-Emma correctly answered "Mexico City", sending her and Robert to Olmec's Temple.

Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Pendants Won Tiebreaker
Green Monkeys Won Lost Tied 1½ Pendants Won
Purple Parrots Won Lost Tied 1½ Pendants Lost

Temple Run

The Temple configuration in this particular episode was very simplistic—in fact, it was the easiest in all of Season 2. Nevertheless, the Green Monkeys made it exciting. Robert, who Kirk referred to as an "international intrigue spy," chose the Ledges as his starting point and moved quickly. He went through the Pit of Despair rather fast as well; the Throne Room wasn't open, so he instead had to climb up into Medusa's Lair, where he met Temple Guard #1. Like many players, Robert had a little difficulty with the room objective (finding the holes in which to insert the two snakes into Medusa's head), but completed it in about twenty seconds and moved on into the King's Storeroom. However, just after he smashed the first pot, the second Temple Guard seized and removed Robert with a little under two minutes to go.

Adventurous Olivia-Emma wasn't quite as fast-moving as Robert, but it was her medium pace and great concept of the show that helped create an exciting Temple Run. On her way to the King's Storeroom, she passed up the half-Pendant on the Medusa's Lair actuator in the Pit of Despair, but she made it to where Robert left off in thirty seconds and got to work immediately. She had a dose of bad luck in the King's Storeroom when it was the third pot that contained the key and the third keyhole that opened the door, but she entered the Shrine of the Silver Monkey with a minute on the clock and absolutely blazed putting the statue together (fifteen seconds!).

Olivia-Emma entered the Viper's Nest with 42 seconds remaining, but she had a little trouble finding the Applewood Amulet in the room. When she picked it up with only 37 seconds were left, she promptly took off. After the King's Storeroom, she went up into the Observatory and then climbed down into Medusa's Lair, but otherwise she precisely retraced her footsteps back out of the Temple. Tension grew with every room, however, and by the time Olivia-Emma left the Pit for the Ledges, less than fifteen seconds were still on the clock. She squeezed her way back through to get over to the entrance slide; the camera switched to a wide angle as the last seconds appeared on the screen, and Olivia-Emma finally jumped down on the other side of Olmec a split second before the clock read "0:00." All around, a fantastic episode that kept the viewers on the edge of their seats.


Winning Team Green Monkeys
Contestants Robert & Olivia-Emma Houliana
Result Victory (0:01 left)
Pendants of Life
Artifact Location The Viper's Nest
Temple Guard Locations

Medusa's Lair

The King's Storeroom

Half Pendant Location The Pit of Despair

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