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Legends of the Hidden Temple
"The Electrified Key of Benjamin Franklin"
Season 2, Episode 14
Electrified Key of Benjamin Franklin
Airdate: July 20, 1994
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"The Electrified Key of Benjamin Franklin" is the 54th 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 0:39
2nd Red Jaguars 0:49
3rd Silver Snakes 1:12
4th Blue Barracudas 1:14

Steps of Knowledge

One of the most important patriots during the American Revolution was a scientist named Benjamin Franklin. He was the Ambassador of France during the American Revolution, and helped write the the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. However, his greatest contribution was the discovery of electricity. Legend has it, that is wife, Deborah saw her husband flying a kite during a thunderstorm.

"Are you mad?!", she shouted. "You'll catch your death in this rain!"

Franklin shook his head.

"I've tied a key to tail of this kite, and it should fly much better now. It's an experiment for a new flying machine."

"Flying schmying. Get your tail back in this house!"

Just then, lightning struck the kite. Deborah rushed to her husband, terrified and he gasped.

"Deborah, that was electricity! Just think: Light bulbs! X-rays! Blow dryers! Electric shavers!"

She put her delirious husband to bed, and the electrified key disappeared.

 
Red Jaguars Blue Barracudas Green Monkeys Silver Snakes
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
2nd - Correct 1st - Incorrect
1st - Correct
1st - Correct

Temple Games

One-Handed Clock (Olmec Wheels)

Among Benjamin Franklin's many inventions was the one-handed clock, which has one hand that makes a full rotation every four hours. Olmec hoped Michelle and Margaret's moved faster. When Kirk gave the signal, each player had to recreate the one-handed clock by climbing up onto her Olmec wheel, and adjusting her weight to make it spin. Each player won one full point for each full rotation clockwise. If either player fell off, she had to remount her Olmec wheel and spin it again. The player with the most rotations in 60 seconds won. Michelle beat Margaret 12-8, awarding Michelle a half pendant of life.

Kite Climb (Climbing Wall)

Benjamin Franklin was a man of letters who according to legend, discovered electricity by tying a key to the end of a kite's tail. When Kirk gave the signal, Peter and Ronnie had to push in the correct bricks to create a hand- or foot-hold, and pull themselves up. Once at the top, they had to then grab the key and ride the kite tail back down. The player to land with the kite or the player furthest along in 60 seconds won. Peter made it down with the kite with 12 seconds of spare time, awarding him a half pendant of life.

British Soldiers (Slingshot Bowling)

Benjamin Franklin won French aid for America, which helped turn the tide for the Revolutionary War. Here, both teams had to knock down British soldiers. When Kirk gave the signal, one player had to load a cannonball into the slingshot, and launch it at the soldiers on the wall. Once the ball is launched, it was his/her partner's turn to do the same. The team to knock down all four of their British soldiers or the team with the most British soldiers knocked down in 60 seconds won. The Green Monkeys knocked down their fourth soldier with six seconds of spare time, awarding them a full pendant of life and therefore leading to a tie.

Tiebreaker

Olmec: "During the Revolutionary War, did Benjamin Franklin serve as Ambassador to Spain, Ireland or France?" The Green Monkeys rang in prematurely and answered "Ambassador", giving the Blue Barracudas a chance to answer. Olmec then said the answers and Michelle correctly answered "France", sending her and Peter to Olmec's temple in search of the electrified key.

 
Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Pendants Won Tiebreaker
Blue Barracudas Won Won Lost 1 Pendant Won
Green Monkeys Lost Lost Won 1 Pendant Lost

Temple Run

One wrong turn on the Peter's part cost this team their chance at victory. He tried doors leading toward the artifact, but it's because of this that he ended up in Medusa's Lair, where he met his first Temple Guard - He failed to notice that the path from the Observatory directly to the Storeroom opened. A second guard removed him from the Temple in the King's Storeroom.

Michelle thought twice about where to start on her part. She almost entered the Crypt (this run would have been a triple seizure if she continued into there), but then quickly changed her mind and went into the Ledges. She also knew to simply enter the King's Storeroom via the Observatory. After completing the objective, she then entered the Shrine, and assembled the silver monkey. The Viper's Nest was locked, so she then went through the diagonal door into the Mine Shaft, where she then plowed through the wall into the Dark Forest, where she found the key and opened up the Swamp. Time ran out just as she was preparing to enter the Throne Room, which was the key's hiding place.

If Peter hadn't entered Medusa's Lair, this could have been a successful solo run - too bad that didn't happen. Also, Michelle failed to notice that the Shrine-Forest door opened after she assembled the silver monkey. She would have at least gotten the key if she noticed it.

Summary

 
Winning Team Blue Barracudas
Contestants Michelle & Peter
Result Failed Acquisition
Pendants of Life 1
Artifact Location The Throne Room
Temple Guard Locations

Medusa's Lair

The King's Storeroom

The Crypt

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Notes

  • This was the first time an artifact was hidden in the Bottom of the Central Shaft in season 2. This was also the first time an artifact was hidden in this space since The Lucky Pot-Bellied Pig of Amelia Earhart.
  • This is one of the few episodes where the second player was almost to went up to the Crypt but wisely decided to slide down to the Ledges instead. The other one is The Mask of the Man in the Iron Mask. Coincidentally, the team participated in that episode is the Blue Barracudas. The reason they did this is because a temple guard was in there.
  • As in Elizabeth I's Golden Ship, this was the only artifact held in the second throne room version.
  • From this episode onward, Olmec warns the player about the temple spirit in The Dark Forest.
  • Michelle was the second person to press the Swamp actuator to the Bottom of the Central Shaft. The first was James Flynn in Ponce de León and the Lost Fountain of Youth.
  • Michelle was the only contestant who used the Shrine-Shaft passage from the Shrine but not go up into the Viper's Nest. The reason is because the key wasn't up there.
  • Goof: The Heart-Shaped Pillow of Annie Taylor was in Medusa's Lair while Olmec was telling everybody where the electrified key was.

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