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Legends of the Hidden Temple
"The Missing Eye of David"
Season 2, Episode 16
Missing Eye of David
Airdate: July 27, 1994
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"The Missing Eye of David" is the 56th 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 Blue Barracudas 0:18
2nd Orange Iguanas 0:18
3rd Green Monkeys 0:19
4th Silver Snakes 0:21

Steps of Knowledge

In the early 1500s, the greatest artist of the Italian Renaissance was Michelangelo Buonarroti. He was so talented that at 16, Lorenzo de' Medici, the Prince of Florence, became his patron. Legend has it that one day, Lorenzo came to visit Michelangelo at his studio.

"Listen, Michelangelo! You've been working on that statue of David for months!"

"As a matter of fact," said the artist, "I just finished," and he pulled off the drapery covering it. There stood a seven-foot-tall statue of young David, about to do battle with Goliath.

"Magnificent!" exclaimed Lorenzo. "He looks alive! How did you do that?"

"I pictured him inside the block of marble, and I chiseled away to free him."

"He will be placed in the town square of Florence as a symbol of my power!" said the prince.

Years later, during a rebellion, the statue was smashed and later restored, but legend has it that one eye vanished and had to be replaced.

 
Blue Barracudas Green Monkeys Orange Iguanas Silver Snakes
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
2nd - Correct 1st - Incorrect
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
2nd - Incorrect 1st - Incorrect 3rd - Incorrect
1st - Correct
1st - Incorrect 2nd - Correct

Temple Games

Color Mixing (Tilt Swing)

Every old master had his apprentices who mixed the paints for his palette. They had to know all about colors, of course. In front of each player was a bucket one marked with purple and the other marked with green. Here Emily had to remember that the two colors that make up purple are red and blue while Tasha had to remember that the two colors that make up green are blue and yellow. When Kirk gave the signal, each player had to run around to her palette, grab a primary colored ball that makes up her secondary color, and drop it in her bucket. The player with the most primary colored balls that make up her secondary color in her bucket in 60 seconds won. Emily beat Tasha 6-4, awarding Emily a half pendant of life.

Portrait of Olmec (Ceiling)

Michelangelo painted beautiful pictures on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. On the ceiling above each player was an equally impressive picture of Olmec. Here, Matt and Michael had to take it down for a cleaning piece by piece. When Kirk gave the signal, each player had to jump up, grab a piece of Olmec's portrait one piece at a time. For every piece removed, it had to be placed in each player's bucket. The first player to take down all eight pieces and put them in his bucket or the player further along in 60 seconds won. If either player missed his bucket, it didn't count. Michael dropped his seventh piece, which cost his team big time. Matt however, got all eight pieces in his bucket, awarding him a half pendant of life.

Chipping a Block of Marble (Giant Steps)

Michelangelo once explained that he envisioned the figure inside the marble and chipped his way down to it. The teams here had to test that technique. Before both teams were three giant steps, at the top of which stands two blocks of marble. When Kirk gave the signal, one member from each team had to boost the other up to the top of the first step. Once he was up, he had to turn and pull his partner up to his step, then start again. Once both players on either team were on the top step, they had to break away their marble and reveal the sculpture within. The team to make it to the top and brake away the marble or the team furthest along in 60 seconds won. For an unknown reason, Kirk did the commentary for this game from a raised platform next to the giant steps— something he never did in any other episode even though this Temple Game would reappear several times. Michael smashed the marble and revealed the sculpture within, awarding him a full pendant of life and sending him and Emily to Olmec's temple with 1½ pendants of life.

 
Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Pendants Won
Blue Barracudas Lost Won Lost ½ Pendant
Silver Snakes Won Lost Won 1½ Pendants

Temple Run

The Temple Run was nowhere near the best, but it was memorable nonetheless. Michael volunteered to go first and chose to start by going up into the Crypt. He progressed rapidly until the Observatory, where he had a little trouble with the top section of the stone column. The door leading into the King's Storeroom didn't open, so he had to go down into Medusa's Lair, where met the first Temple Guard. He completed the objective quickly, but the door did not open right away. Michael kept going back to the head, and the Kirk voice-over seemed to indicate that he didn't properly complete the objective. However, after a twenty-second delay, even though there was still no visual cue that the objective was complete, the door leading downward opened. He climbed down into the Laser Light Room, but the second Temple Guard picked him up and removed him with 1:48 to go.

Emily raced in, and although she wasn't as fast as Michael, she still managed to move at a decent pace. According to Kirk, she missed the other half of her Pendant of Life in Medusa's Lair (although we never see it clearly, it was likely on one of the inactive actuators from when the room was the Heart Room), but she progressed downward into the Laser Light Room, quickly completed the objective and passed into the Swamp. The third Temple Guard emerged from the floor even before Emily could set foot in the room, and even though she only had a half-Pendant, she handed it over to the guard with 1:05 remaining and kept going across the room. She even made it to the door leading into the Dark Forest and started to leave the room before Kirk realized the game was technically over! Classic moment, and one of the biggest things that made this episode such a standout.

Summary

 
Winning Team Silver Snakes
Contestants Michael & Emily
Result Triple Seizure (1:01 left)
Pendants of Life
Artifact Location The Shrine of the Silver Monkey
Temple Guard Locations

Medusa's Lair

The Laser Light Room

The Swamp

Half Pendant Location Medusa's Lair

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Notes

  • It was mentioned several times that the other half-pendant is found within Medusa's Lair but it was not clearly seen. And if it was, it would have been on the inactive actuator to the Laser Light Room.
  • This episode is one of two triple seizures where the contestant was not seen being taken out of the temple. The other episode was Henry VIII's Great Seal.
    • Coincidentally, those were both Silver Snake runs with both half pendants hidden two rooms behind the artifacts and the third guard was where that artifact (the great seal) was previously placed.
  • This is one of the few episodes where the guards appeared in an consecutive order. The others were the Stone Head of the Evil King and the Crown of Queen Nzinga.
  • This is the second of only two episodes to feature a four-way tie on the second-to-last Step of Knowledge. The first of those two episodes was the Paintbrush of Leonardo da Vinci.
    • Coincidentally, both legends were about Italian Renaissance artists who were rivals and both teams that made it to the temple battled the Blue Barracudas in the temple games.
  • This was the second of only two episodes where Olmec lets three teams at the Steps try to answer a question.
  • Emily and the clock still continued for a few seconds after she throws her half pendant to the temple guard in the Swamp before Kirk realizes it's over.
  • This episode features the most real-looking artifact in the show's history.
  • Because the temple guard picked him up, Michael is one of the most lightweight contestants to appear on the show.
  • Goof: In Medusa's Lair when Michael encountered a temple guard, "LET GO!" from The Crypt can be heard.

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