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Legends of the Hidden Temple
"The Ivory Elephant of Scheherazade"
Season 2, Episode 19
Ivory Elephant of Scheherazade
Airdate: August 8, 1994
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"The Ivory Elephant of Scheherazade" is the 59th episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple.

Moat Crossing

In this Moat crossing, teams have to swing over the water one teammate at a time using a long rope suspended from above.

1st Green Monkeys 0:22
2nd Red Jaguars 0:31
3rd Blue Barracudas 0:32
4th Silver Snakes 0:48

Steps of Knowledge

The most entertaining storyteller of all time was a Persian girl named Scheherazade. Legend has it that every evening, grumpy King Shahrayar would marry a new bride, and every morning have her done away with.

One day, the vizier in charge of wife searchers said: "Your brutal Highness, we are clean out of brides. Every single girl has left town."

"Find one or you're dead meat!" said the King. The Vizier went home and prepared to meet his fate.

His daughter, Scheherazade, said: "Father, I'll go. I'll teach that King some manners, too."

She and the King married that very night, and after dinner, Scheherazade told him a story about an Arabian adventurer. The King sat spellbound until dawn.

"I can't do away with you yet. I need to know what happens."

Every night, Scheherazade would spin her incredible tales, and every morning the King would spare her life. Finally, the King fell in love. According to legend, he gave her a priceless ivory elephant and let her redecorate the palace.

Red Jaguars Blue Barracudas Green Monkeys Silver Snakes
1st - Correct
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Temple Games

One Thousand and One Nights (Olmec Wheels)

Scheherazade told King Shahrayar a new installment of her story every night for one thousand and one nights. Brad and Cameron's task was to spin as many tales as possible in one minute. When Kirk gave the signal, each player had to climb up onto his wheel, and adjust his weight to make it spin. For each full rotation, a story is told. If either player fell off, the wheel would stop spinning, and he had to get back on the wheel again. The player who told the most stories in 60 seconds won. Brad made it to his ninth story at the last second, awarding him a half pendant of life. Cameron was only able to tell five stories.

Decorate the Palace with Harem Beads (Ceiling)

According to legend, King Shahrayar fell in love with Scheherazade and let her decorate the palace. When Kirk gave the signal, Bree and Monica each had to grab a strand of harem beads, jump up, and hang them on the palace ceiling. Once either player placed her strand of beads on the ceiling, she had jump back down and grab the next strand. The player who hung the most beads in 60 seconds won. Monica placed five strands of harem beads on her ceiling, awarding her a half pendant of life. Bree was only able to place four.

Final Touch (Ring Tower)

Here, both teams have a chance to finish decorating Scheherazade's palace. When Kirk gave the signal, both players on each team had to grab their dome and begin climbing their minaret. Once at the top, they had to place the dome on all the way. The team to place the dome on top and remove their hands won. The Blue Barracudas placed their dome on at the end of the game just before the Red Jaguars could, sending the Blue Barracudas to Olmec's temple with 2 full pendants.

Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Pendants Won
Red Jaguars Lost Lost Lost 0 Pendants
Blue Barracudas Won Won Won 2 Pendants

Temple Run

When the artifact is located in the center of the Temple, you know the players have to make a mad dash for it, but it's tougher still when the players have to enter the room of the artifact from underneath (since a minimum of nine rooms have to be entered). However, this was a very close loss as far as Temple Runs with this design go. Monica headed into the Temple first, but after she passed thru the gate, she had to stop for a second to decide what room she'd enter first. She started in the Ledges and met the first Temple Guard there, then she realized she had to go up into the Crypt. She moved at a decent pace most of the time, except for when she was aligning the sections of the stone column in the Observatory.

Monica used quite a bit of time trying to put the stone column together in an unusual fashion, so it's a good thing that she was taken out in the very next room. Brad raced in with about 1:40 left, and after going through the Ledges (which he didn't need to enter), he made his way across the top floor at a good pace. He wasn't too lucky in the King's Storeroom, since it was the second pot and the third key pedestal that opened the door into the Shrine of the Silver Monkey, but he managed to put the monkey together in a little less than twenty seconds. He headed in the Lightning Ball Room, immediately hopped into the elevator and slowly rode down into the Mine Shaft, then ran into the Dark Forest to meet the final Temple Guard with about ten seconds left. Time ran out just as he was entering the Swamp. These players kept up a good pace and ended only two rooms away from the artifact, but if Brad had noticed that the vertical passage connecting the Shrine and the Dark Forest had opened, it would've saved enough time that he could've grabbed the Ivory Elephant.


Winning Team Blue Barracudas
Contestants Brad & Monica
Result Failed Acquisition
Pendants of Life 2
Artifact Location Medusa's Lair
Temple Guard Locations

The Ledges

The King's Storeroom

The Dark Forest

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  • Out of all female contestants' hair, Monica had the longest.
  • This episode is closely related to Arabia in the following ways:
    • The legend of the episode is based on the story of the Arabian Nights.
    • One of the prizes is the video of The Return of Jafar, which the movie took place in Arabia.
  • Brad prepares to give the temple spirit in the Dark Forest the pendant just before he got captured.

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