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Legends of the Hidden Temple
"The Stone Head of the Evil King"
Season 2, Episode 11
Stone Head of the Evil King
Airdate: July 11, 1994
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"The Stone Head of the Evil King" is the 51st episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple.

Moat Crossing

In this extraordinarily difficult Moat, one player holds a long wooden plank steady as the other crosses it. After one teammate is across, he or she holds the board for the other partner to do the same.

 
1st Silver Snakes 0:46
2nd Blue Barracudas 1:11
3rd Red Jaguars 1:51
4th Green Monkeys 1:58

Steps of Knowledge

One of the greatest heroes of Greek mythology was the young adventurer Perseus. To save his mother from a forced marriage to an evil king, Perseus agreed to kill Medusa. Medusa was an ugly monster with hair made of live snakes. Everyone who looked at her turned to stone, and the king knew he was sending Perseus to his death.

"No problem," said Perseus, and off he went to Medusa's cave.

"Ssssorry to sssstare," said Medusa, her long locks coiling and writhing. "But you’re kind of ssssweet. Ssssit over here and look into my eyessss."

Watching her reflection in his shield, Perseus lopped off her hideous head and took it back to the king as proof. According to legend, the surprised king looked at the head of Medusa and turned to stone. The wedding was off, and Perseus had the stone king reduced to rubble, all except the head.

 
Red Jaguars Blue Barracudas Green Monkeys Silver Snakes
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Stupid Answer 2nd - Correct
1st - Incorrect 2nd - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Correct

Temple Games

Pegasus (Squirting Statue)

According to myth, when Medusa died, a beautiful winged horse called Pegasus sprang from her neck. Before Chris and Heather stood Pegasus's head. When Kirk gave the signal, each player had to grab a wing, shimmy up his backbone, and place the wing on his shoulder. As Pegasus is uncomfortable when mounted by strangers, he would spit at the players. The player to place both wings on Pegasus's shoulders or the player furthest along in 60 seconds won. Heather placed her second wing on Pegasus with 32 seconds of spare time, awarding her a half pendant. Chris was able to place only one wing.

Athena's Shield (Mountain)

Athena helped Perseus with his quest. So in thanks, Perseus brought Medusa's head up to Mount Olympus and gave it to her. Before Kristin and Tony stood a mountain with many holes into which their pegs fit. When Kirk gave the signal, each player had to grab their sack containing Medusa's head, climb the mountain by placing the pegs in the holes, and place sack on Athena's shield. The player to hang Medusa's head on Athena's shield or the player furthest along in 60 seconds won. Tony was further along and was very close to placing his sack on the shield, awarding him a half pendant of life.

Stone King Smash (Slingshot Bowling)

When Perseus returned and found the royal wedding in progress, he showed the head of Medusa to the evil king and turned him to stone. The teams' task was to finish the job by knocking the statue of the stone king down. When Kirk gave the signal, one player had to load their slingshot and launch the ball at one of the statues on the wall. Once the ball is launched, it was his/her partner's turn to do the same. The team to knock down all four statues or the team furthest along in 60 seconds won. The Blue Barracudas beat the Silver Snakes 3-2, sending the Blue Barracudas to Olmec's temple with 2 full pendants. The Silver Snakes didn't win any pendants.

 
Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Pendants Won
Blue Barracudas Won Won Won 2 Pendants
Silver Snakes Lost Lost Lost 0 Pendants

Temple Run

Heather went first and started by going up into the Crypt, but she failed to pull all three books. After trying only two (she never tried the one left of the Temple Guard door), she descended into the Ledges and then went directly for the artifact, hitting a Temple Guard in the Throne Room along the way. She was scared quite a bit by the guard and the door into the Swamp obviously didn't open (Shouldn't contestants in Seasons 2 and 3 know better than to take the most direct path possible?), so the guard himself had to finally show her she could go up into Medusa's Lair, where she ended up being taken out with 2:09 remaining.

Tony was a horrible player. He wasn't very fast in getting to where Heather was taken out; not considering that starting in the Ledges would've saved time (however little) didn't help. He had the worst time in Medusa's Lair; at this point in the show's run, a player had to put four snakes into Medusa's head to complete the objective. He entered "Demousa's Lair" with 1:30 on the clock, but when he left, only eighteen seconds remained. He met the third Temple Guard in the King's Storeroom, then held each pot from the top with one hand and shattered them from the side with the other, which sent the key flying. He broke all three pots, but time ran out before he could find the key. This was another episode that proves that the Temple is a different animal from any of the other challenges.

Summary

 
Winning Team Blue Barracudas
Contestants Heather & Tony
Result Failed Acquisition
Pendants of Life 2
Artifact Location The Swamp
Temple Guard Locations

The Throne Room

Medusa's Lair

The King's Storeroom

Watch Episode

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Notes

  • This episode is closely related to Medusa in the following ways:
    • The legend of the episode was based on the myth of Medusa's head. Also, Tony was foiled by Medusa like the evil king (He spent way too much time in Medusa's Lair putting the snakes in her head).
  • After this episode, further episodes show contestants only needing to put in two snakes on Medusa's head.
  • Goof: During the Temple Games, The Mush Pot Hat of Johnny Appleseed can be seen in The Viper's Nest and The Imperial Purple Robe of Empress Theodora can be seen in The Mine Shaft.

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