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Legends of the Hidden Temple
"The Lucky Medallion of Atocha"
Season 2, Episode 12
Lucky Medallion of Atocha
Airdate: July 13, 1994
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"The Lucky Medallion of Atocha" is the 52nd 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 0:34
2nd Purple Parrots 0:45
3rd Blue Barracudas 1:07
4th Red Jaguars 2:03

Steps of Knowledge

One of the greatest leaders of the Mexican Revolution was General Pancho Villa. He led a rebel army to victory against the forces of the dictator of Mexico, Porfirio Díaz. In the 1890s, Díaz had been elected President of Mexico and refused to leave when his term was over. Villa gathered a small band of rebels and started a revolt, but when the government forces counterattacked, he spent many months fighting and hiding, always on the run. Eventually Villa overthrew Díaz, and legend has it, that as his victorious army passed through a small town, the crowd turned out to cheer. Villa lifted a small boy from his father's shoulders and placed him beside him in the saddle.

"Keep this, and remember this day! Fight hard for the freedom of your people!" And he handed the boy his Lucky Medallion of Atocha.

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

Temple Games

Church Bell of Freedom (Climbing Wall)

When Pancho Villa rode into town, the church bells would often ring to welcome him. When Kirk gave the signal, Ty and Chad had to find the bricks that created a hand- or foot-hold and pull themselves up the wall. Once at the top, they then had to grab the clapper and ring the church bell to ride back down. The player to land or the player furthest along in 60 seconds won. Ty stayed in the middle, rode back down with the clapper, and landed with 40 seconds of spare time. Because of this, he won a half pendant of life.

Spirited Horses (Spinning Horse)

In Pancho Villa's day, a revolutionary leader needed to be a good horseman to be a good charge, and to pose for impressive paintings. Here, Jennifer and Erica's task was to ride the very-spirited mechanical horse they are mounted on. They needed to hold on very tight, as the horse started spinning after Kirk gave the signal. The player who stayed on the horse in 60 seconds or the player who stayed on the longest won. Erica fell off with 43 seconds of spare time, awarding Jennifer a half pendant of life.

Pesos for the Poor (Tilt Swing)

Pancho Villa was sometimes called the "Robin Hood of Mexico", because according to legend, he robbed from the rich and gave to the poor. When Kirk gave the signal, one player from each team had to run around, jump up, grab a bag of pesos, and drop it in their donation box. While that is happening, their partner did the same. The team with the most pesos donated to the poor in 60 seconds won. The Red Jaguars beat the Orange Iguanas 11-9, awarding the Red Jaguars a full pendant and therefore leading to a tie.

Tiebreaker

Olmec: "Which of these Mexican cities is famous for its cliff divers: Acapulco, Tijuana or Cancún?" Ty correctly answered "Acapulco", sending him and Jennifer to Olmec's temple.

 
Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Pendants Won Tiebreaker
Red Jaguars Lost Lost Won 1 Pendant Lost
Orange Iguanas Won Won Lost 1 Pendant Won

Temple Run

Thankfully, the Temple Run was great enough to back up the Orange Iguanas' earlier performance and close out the episode on a good note. But, the run is also famous for its very strange beginning— as Ty headed up the stairs into the Temple, he swung his arm back and the Pendant of Life fell off his wrist. Luckily, however, when he entered the Ledges, somebody (Kirk said it was Jennifer, but the hand wasn't covered in a glove— much likely the cameraman) threw the Pendant back to him, which he'd automatically need there when the first Temple Guard captured him. That nearly spelled disaster, but after that, Ty moved on and made great time. From the Pit of Despair, he smartly went up into the Observatory and then had to go down into Medusa's Lair, where he became the first contestant who only had to put two snakes in rather than four.

From Medusa's Lair, Ty continued across the top floor of the Temple, and although suspense built up with each room, he never encountered another Temple Guard. Aside from the Pendant fiasco at the beginning of the run, his only misstep was completing the Viper's Nest objective when all he had to do was get ride the elevator down from that room. Nevertheless, Ty grabbed the Lucky Medallion with 47 seconds to go and took off. He headed across the bottom floor— he had to spin the Throne of the Pretender around on his way out— and eventually made it out with just seven seconds left, having entered eleven rooms in the process. All around, a remarkable solo win and a very exciting episode.

Summary

 
Winning Team Orange Iguanas
Contestants Ty Mathen & Jennifer Groze
Result Solo Victory (0:07 left)
Pendants of Life 1
Artifact Location The Mine Shaft
Temple Guard Locations

The Ledges

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Notes

  • The player almost lost his only pendant when he ran to The Ledges. But luckily, his partner tossed it back to him and coincidentally, a Temple Guard appeared during which the Temple Guard sound effects did not play.
  • The only time where a player sits in the Throne in the Throne Room despite having the artifact.
  • In The Bone Necklace of the Blackfeet Chief, the revolving throne stopped as the player goes down to the room and coincidentally ran out of time.
  • This is the only episode in Season 2 where an artifact was successfully retrieved from the bottom floor.
  • This is the only Orange Iguanas winning episode where the Purple Parrots didn't go to the temple games. Even though they made it to the Steps of Knowledge.
  • Both Orange Iguanas in this episode competed in the Nickelodeon All-Star Challenge as well as Green Monkey Olivia-Emma Houliana from the next episode.

Goofs

  • While Olmec was explaining the second temple game, his eyes didn't light up.
  • The Applewood Amulet of Emiliano Zapata was in the Viper's Nest during the temple games.
  • When Ty hit the actuator to The Observatory, the sound didn't play.
  • When Ty entered The King's Storeroom, Kirk says he still has a pendant, but it was removed in The Ledges.

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