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Legends of the Hidden Temple
"The Heart-Shaped Pillow of Annie Taylor"
Season 2, Episode 15
Heart-Shaped Pillow of Annie Taylor
Airdate: July 25, 1994
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"The Heart-Shaped Pillow of Annie Taylor" is the 55th 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 Orange Iguanas 0:45
2nd Blue Barracudas 0:53
3rd Red Jaguars 1:20
4th Purple Parrots 1:22

Steps of Knowledge

One of the greatest daredevils of all time was Annie Taylor. When she turned 63, she decided to be the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She had a carriage maker build a strong barrel with a harness to hold her in place.

"This is madness!" said the county coroner when he heard of her plans. "You must not do it!"

But Annie would not listen. With a crowd watching, Annie climbed inside her barrel, strapped herself in and put a heart-shaped red satin pillow behind her head. She bobbed through the waves, swept over the falls, and crashed below. The barrel held and floated ashore and Annie emerged uninjured.

According to legend, a reporter asked "How did you do it?"

"My lucky pillow." Annie said holding it aloft. The town put a plaque for Annie's accomplishment, but her lucky pillow was soon forgotten.

 
Red Jaguars Blue Barracudas Orange Iguanas Purple Parrots
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
2nd - Correct 1st - Incorrect
1st - Correct
1st - Correct

Temple Games

Climb the Cliffs (Climbing Wall)

Annie Taylor was the first person to go over Niagara Falls. Before John and Jamea stood the cliffs of Niagara. When Kirk gave the signal, they had push on the cliff to create a hand- or foot-hold, and hoist themselves up. Once at the top, they had to grab the hanger and ride the waterfall back down with it. The player to land with the hanger or the player furthest along in 60 seconds won. Neither player made it to the top, but Jamea was further along, awarding her a half pendant of life.

Stop the Leaks (Plugging Holes)

For her trip over the falls, Annie Taylor had an extra strong, leak-proof barrel constructed. Before Missy and Stuart were boxes which could at any moment, spring a leak from any of the five holes. Their task was to predict where the leak might be, and plug it before it occurs. When Kirk gave the signal, they had to plug the hole where they think the leak would spring. If either of them were right, nothing would happen. Otherwise, they would be squirted. After each leak, they had to remove their stoppers and start again. The player with the most correct predictions in 60 seconds won. Stuart beat Missy 5-3, awarding Stuart a half pendant of life.

Niagara River (Boat)

Annie Taylor pushed off into the Niagara River above the falls, and floated her way through the rapids and over the edge. All the teams had to do was go through the rapids and come back. When Kirk gave the signal, each team had to push their boat off, and go through the rapids. They had to make sure the bow of their boat crossed the rope line. When it did, they had to turn the boat around, row to the life preserver, grab it, and pull themselves back to safety. The first team to make it back to the dock won. If either team touched the floor, they would have been pulled back to the rope line to start again. The Blue Barracudas made it back with 31 seconds of spare time, awarding them a half pendant of life and therefore leading to a tie.

Tiebreaker

Olmec: "Do the Great Lakes empty into the: Mississippi River, the Saint Lawrence River, or the Delaware River?" John correctly answered "The Saint Lawrence River", sending him and Missy to Olmec's temple.

 
Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Pendants Won Tiebreaker
Blue Barracudas Lost Lost Won 1 Pendant Won
Purple Parrots Won Won Lost 1 Pendant Lost

Temple Run

Little did she know, Missy would become the first contestant to overcome the difficulties of retrieving an artifact from the central room of the temple. She raced past the gates and slid down the slide into the Ledges. From here, she followed the bottom path all the way to the Dark Forest, where she immediately went upwards, and continued along the top floor directly to the artifact. She sped into Medusa's Lair, grabbed the Pillow, and darted back out, climbing past the Pit and through the Ledges until she raced up the final path behind Olmec, and then down the stairs to record the incredible solo win with twenty whole seconds to spare. After finishing the run, she became so joyous that she nearly cried, hugging her partner and Kirk as a celebration for her win. All her nervous energy throughout the show paid off! Kirk's enthusiasm towards the temple run was additionally quite memorable. Missy deserved her trip to the Bahamas.

Summary

 
Winning Team Blue Barracudas
Contestants John McIntyre & Missy Merrill
Result Solo Victory (0:20 left)
Pendants of Life 1
Artifact Location Medusa's Lair
Temple Guard Locations

The Throne Room

The Viper's Nest

The Crypt

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Notes

  • This was the first time an artifact was hidden in Medusa's Lair.
  • Missy was the only contestant to ever obtain an artifact hidden in Medusa's Lair and was the first contestant to ever obtain an artifact hidden in that room space.
  • This was the final Blue Barracuda victory of Legends until Nickelodeon revives the show.
  • This episode has an alternate title called The Lucky Pillow of Annie Taylor.
  • This was the last episode to use Temple Layout XI and is the last appearance of the Pit of Despair, the Viper's Nest and the Throne Room.
  • Kirk Fogg's voice was dubbed over for most of Missy's run (until she entered The King's Storeroom).
  • This was one of the two single pendant runs with an artifact hidden in the dead center of Olmec's Temple. The other run was the Golden Earring of Henry Morgan.
  • This was one of the two wins with an artifact hidden in the center of the temple. The other win was the Mussel Shell Armor of Apanuugak.
  • Despite Legends of the Hidden Temple being rated TV-Y after the TV Parental Guideline was put to permanent use, there has been an inappropriate moment in this episode while it made it to reruns and to Nick GAS: After John got the tiebreaker correct, he touched Missy in an inappropriate area (it was only an accident).
  • This episode would fit Valentine's Day, because the pillow in question was heart-shaped and there was so much hugging in this episode.

Goofs

  • When Olmec was telling the legend he said that Annie Taylor did her famous stunt on her 50th birthday when she really did it on her 63rd birthday. This was corrected here.
  • When Stuart stepped on the ancient marking at the last step, the sound didn't play.

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