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Legends of the Hidden Temple
"The Cracked Crown of the Spanish King"
Season 2, Episode 10
Cracked Crown of the Spanish King
Airdate: July 6, 1994
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"The Cracked Crown of the Spanish King" is the 50th episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple.

Moat Crossing

In this extraordinarily difficult Moat, one player holds a long wooden plank steady as the other crosses it. After one teammate is across, he or she holds the board for the other partner to do the same.

 
1st Purple Parrots 0:45
2nd Orange Iguanas 1:02
3rd Green Monkeys 1:27
4th Blue Barracudas 2:27

Steps of Knowledge

One of the bravest and most able leaders of his time was Simón Bolívar. In the early 1800s, Spain had colonies in South America, among them Venezuela, where Bolívar led a revolt against the King of Spain. His men swept through Venezuela like wildfire, but as they entered the capital Caracas, an enormous earthquake flattened the city.

Bolívar would not be deterred: "Not even nature can stop the cause of liberty!"

A half-crazed monk climbed up on a pile of rubble and began to shout: "This earthquake is a sign! It is punishment for treason against the king! Bolívar is responsible for this; take God's vengeance upon HIM!"

Bolívar pushed the monk aside. They say he plucked a stone from the rubble, and on it was carved the crown of the King of Spain, which had cracked in half.

"Here is a true sign: The power of the king is broken!"

Bolívar freed the people from royal tyranny, and when he died, the Cracked Crown vanished.

 
Blue Barracudas Green Monkeys Orange Iguanas Purple Parrots
1st - Correct
1st - Incorrect 2nd - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Correct

Temple Games

South American Liberation (Mountain)

Simón Bolívar liberated most of South America from the tyranny of the Spanish King. Josh and Marshal however had to liberate four South American countries. Before them stood a mountain into which their pegs fit, and it was divided into four sections, each named after a South American country: Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, and Venezuela. Each country can be liberated by either player placing his peg in the secret hole that sets off the victory salute. When Kirk gave the signal, they had to start putting their pegs into as many holes as possible. For each country liberated, they each had to move on to the next one. The player to liberate all four countries or the player furthest along in 60 seconds won. Marshal beat Josh 3-2, awarding Marshal a half pendant of life.

Ride Like a Good General (Spinning Horses)

A good general has to be able to ride a horse and not just pose on one. That was Kerry and Wynter's task in this game. Each player was mounted on a mechanical horse and had to hold very tight when it started spinning. The player who stayed on the horse in 60 seconds or the player who stayed on the longest won. This was a very quick game thanks to Wynter falling off with 48 seconds of spare time. Kerry won a half pendant of life.

Spanish Troops (Slingshot Bowling)

Bolívar fought against the Spanish troops for many years before gaining independence and freedom. When Kirk gave the signal, one player had to load his/her team's slingshot and launch a ball at the Spanish troops on the wall. Then, it was his/her partner's turn. The team to knock over four Spanish soldiers or the team furthest along in 60 seconds won. The Orange Iguanas beat the Green Monkeys 3-2, sending the Orange Iguanas to Olmec's temple with 1½ pendants.

 
Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Pendants Won
Green Monkeys Won Lost Lost ½ Pendant
Orange Iguanas Lost Won Won 1½ Pendants

Temple Run

The Orange Iguanas did well during the middle portion of the show, but their performance in the Temple left a lot to be desired. Josh was an excited contestant all day, and wasn't actually that bad of a player. He kept a medium-to-fast pace throughout the run, and tried all three doors leading left from the Pit of Despair, which was a very good move. The team seemed like they'd do well based on Josh alone, but when he hit two Temple Guards as early as possible in the Ledges and the Throne Room, the entire Temple Run's fate rested on Kerry's shoulders, but that changed.

With 2:12 to go, Kerry trotted up the stairs and slid into the Ledges, where she mistakenly ventured down into the old Cave of Sighs entrance, costing her time. She smartly stuck to the bottom floor once she got to where Josh left off, but she moved at a sluggish pace and never really accelerated. Nevertheless, she found the other half of her Pendant of Life in the Swamp, and immediately needed it in the Dark Forest, when a Temple Spirit caught her. After giving up her Pendant fragments, Kerry retrieved the key, and used it to go up into the Shrine of the Silver Monkey. After putting the monkey together, though, she went into the Viper's Nest instead of the King's Storeroom by mistake; time ran out there. Minus those two little wrong turns, however, Kerry knew exactly what to do— if she'd moved at an acceptable pace, chances are that this team would have won.

Summary

 
Winning Team Orange Iguanas
Contestants Josh & Kerry
Result Failed Acquisition
Pendants of Life 1½ + ½
Artifact Location The Observatory
Temple Guard Locations

The Ledges

The Throne Room

The Dark Forest

Half Pendant Location The Swamp

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Notes

  • This second time a player goes the wrong way after completing the Shrine of the Silver Monkey's task. The First was The Belly Button of Buddha. The third one is in The Milk Bucket of Freydís.
    • Coincidentally, all three artifacts were placed in the Observatory and this mistake was made by female contestants.
    • Unlike those episodes, those were wins and this one was a loss.

Goofs

  • The Imperial Purple Robe of Empress Theodora was in The Mine Shaft during the temple games!
  • After the temple games, the camera zoomed into the Observatory and the Cracked Crown was missing.

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