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Legends of the Hidden Temple
"The Golden Cricket Cage of Khan"
Season 1, Episode 4
Golden Cricket Cage of Khan
Airdate: September 19, 1993
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"The Golden Cricket Cage of Khan" is the 4th 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 0:42
2nd Blue Barracudas 0:46
3rd Red Jaguars 1:13
4th Purple Parrots 1:45

Steps of Knowledge

When he was seventeen, a famous Italian explorer traveled from Venice and along the legendary Silk Road to China. He was Marco Polo. Along the way, he rode camels through burning deserts, giant sandstorms, and through the icy mountains. After he arrived in China, Marco was invited to dinner at the palace of the emperor Kublai Khan. Marco was very impressed with Kublai Khan's court, and the Khan was very impressed with Marco's bravery and intelligence. They quickly became friends, and Khan gave Marco many gifts, including ivory, jade, silk, and some say a very special pet cricket cage made of gold.

On the journey back to Venice, he was robbed by bandits and lost everything including the golden cricket cage.

Red Jaguars Blue Barracudas Purple Parrots Silver Snakes
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
2nd - Incorrect 1st - Incorrect
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Correct

Temple Games

Travel the Silk Road (Dragon Tunnel)

In this game, each player's task was to snake through the "Silk Road", grab a piece of silk on the other end, inch back through, and carry the silk back to the beginning. The first player to do this in one minute won. Michelle beat Jon, pulling the silk back in thirty seconds.

Giant Cricket Cages (Peanut Shaft)

The players grabbed a cricket from the bottom of the "cage", climbed up, and placed the cricket in the bin at the top. Then, they climbed back down, and grabbed the next cricket. The first player with five crickets in the bin - or the player with the most after one minute - won. Tia and Mike tied, 4-4.

More Spices for China (Bungee Soap Line)

One player from each team started with a bag of spice. When Kirk said "go", both partners pulled themselves to the center. When they got there, one passed the spice bag to her partner; then, they both slid back to their respective starting points. The first partner grabbed another spice bag while the second partner dumped his spice bag into the bucket. Both players then pulled themselves toward the center and repeated the process. The team with the most spice bags in their bucket at the end of one minute won. The Silver Snakes barely won versus the Purple Parrots, 4-3.

Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Pendants Won
Purple Parrots Won Tied Lost 1 Pendant
Silver Snakes Lost Tied Won 1½ Pendants

Temple Run

Many runs in Season One feature one smart player and one stupid player, but this episode featured a pair of stupid players that had absolutely no idea what they were doing! They only covered four rooms in three minutes - a record low for the show (admittedly, the team in the next episode also only covered four rooms, but they had a valid excuse - they got caught by three temple guards.) If it makes the players feel any better, they're one of the few teams in the history of the show to use both crawl tubes connecting The Cave of Sighs to The Wall Climb.


Winning Team Silver Snakes
Contestants Jon & Tia
Result Failed Acquisition
Pendants of Life
Artifact Location The Spider's Lair
Temple Guard Locations

The Throne Room

The Heart Room

Half Pendant Location Unknown
Run 4

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  • This was the first moat crossing where a player loses his/her water shoes.
  • Tia is the first African-American contestant to enter Olmec's Temple.
  • This run is widely considered the worst by millions of Legends fans.

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