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Legends of the Hidden Temple
"The Treasure Map of Jean Lafitte"
Season 1, Episode 18
Treasure Map of Jean Lafitte
Airdate: November 7, 1993
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"The Treasure Map of Jean Lafitte" is the 18th episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple.

Moat Crossing

One player from each team sat on a floating ring. When Kirk said "go", that player pulled himself across the Moat as quickly as possible using an attached rope. Once across, he stepped off, grabbed the ring, and threw it back to his partner who proceeded to jump on and pull himself across. As soon as the second teammate stepped onto the deck, it was his job to run over and hit the gong.

1st Green Monkeys 0:32
2nd Red Jaguars 0:39
3rd Purple Parrots 0:41
4th Blue Barracudas 0:54

Steps of Knowledge

The most notorious New Orleans smuggler and gentleman pirate was Jean Lafitte. He was so wealthy that he built his own secret smugglers' colony on the islands south of New Orleans. From there, he raided foreign ships in the Gulf of Mexico. When he attacked some United States ships, the government sent in troops to capture him. He and his crew burned his colony and sailed away. Before he escaped, he buried his fabled treasure in the quicksand along the Suwanee River, and gave the map to a cabin boy, swearing him to secrecy and threatening him with the 'pirates' curse' if he ever revealed the location of the treasure. Sixty years later, the cabin boy, now an old man, came with another man and began digging secretly in the swamps along the Suwanee. Some say malaria— some say the pirates' curse— killed the old man's helper and left the old man a muttering old crazy. But legend has it that the map disappeared... until now.

Red Jaguars Blue Barracudas Green Monkeys Purple Parrots
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Incorrect 2nd - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Correct

Temple Games

Cannonball Drop (Water Ramp)

The first game pitted the boys against each other in a race to push cannonballs up a watery ramp using only their backs. At first, the two were fairly even, but with 45 seconds on the clock, Aaron lost his grip about two-thirds of the way up the ramp and slid all the way down, having to start over. He never managed to catch up, so Rex planted the only cannonball for either team at the top with 14 seconds left, and earned the first half Pendant of Life for the Red Jaguars.

Pirate's Gold (Peanut Shaft)

The second game pitted Jacqueline against Teri-Kay in a race to retrieve buried treasure deep in "quicksand"-filled shafts. Neither player was terribly good, but Teri-Kay had an easier time climbing the narrow walls of the shaft from the start. When time expired, she managed to get two pieces of treasure up to the top, while Jacqueline only managed to bring one piece of treasure out of the shaft. So, Teri-Kay won the game for the Blue Barracudas, and the score after two games was a tie, at a half Pendant per team.

Pass the Gold (Bungee Soap Line)

The Blue Barracudas were notably faster than the Red Jaguars, but at the 0:25 mark, one of the golden objects rolled off Aaron's helmet; it was declared it didn't count, allowing the Red Jaguars the opportunity to even the scores. At the end of the game, both teams had retrieved five golden artifacts, which kept the score at a tie, this time for 1½ Pendants apiece.


"Which of these was a sword used by pirates: a windless, a cutlass or a necklace?" Rex rang in and incorrectly answered "A windless?" sending Aaron and Teri-Kay to Olmec's Temple. The correct answer was a cutlass.

Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Pendants Won Tiebreaker
Red Jaguars Won Lost Tied 1½ Pendants Lost
Blue Barracudas Lost Won Tied 1½ Pendants Won

Temple Run

The Temple Run was just about as lackluster as the rest of the episode, actually. Aaron was smart to start in the Room of the Three Gargoyles, but the door at the end of the staircase leading into the Trouble Bridge didn't open even though the door within the Room of the Three Gargoyles did. That confused him for a while, but he went back and pushed the other tongues to see if he could get the door to open. When nothing worked, he descended into the Cave of Sighs and entered the Pit of Despair with about 2:22 to go. He met the first Temple Guard in the Room of Harmonic Convergence with 2:02 to go, then headed up into the Heart Room and got captured with 1:34 on the clock.

Teri-Kay didn't fare any better. She was slower than Aaron, and she took a completely different path than his— a very risky move considering the team didn't have two full Pendants. She started by going up, but she managed to pry open the door connecting the Room of the Three Gargoyles and the Troubled Bridge, which didn't fully open when Aaron was there. She ended up going into the Observatory, then finally returned to Aaron's path by going down into the Heart Room. From there, she progressed into the Treasure Room, where she didn't get too confused when the treasure chest wouldn't allow her to climb downward into the Swamp. She entered the Shrine of the Silver Monkey with about thirty seconds to go, but couldn't finish putting the monkey together before time ran out.


Winning Team Blue Barracudas
Contestants Aaron Lane & Teri-Kay
Result Failed Acquisition
Pendants of Life
Artifact Location The Swamp
Temple Guard Locations

The Room of Harmonic Convergence

The Heart Room

Half Pendant Location Unknown

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  • This is the second and final episode when the winning team goes to the temple by virtue of the other team getting the tiebreaker question incorrect.
  • This was the first episode where a team ties with 1½ pendants as well as the only season 1 episode where a team ties with 1½ pendants.


  • When the Blue Barracudas made it down to the bottom level of the Steps of Knowledge, the music didn't play.
  • When Kirk was explaining the third temple game, the music didn't play.
  • When the spotters were bringing in the tiebreaker, the instrumental riff didn't play. Another notable episode where the instrumental riff didn't play when the spotters brought in the tiebreaker was The Golden Jaguar of Atahualpa. Coincidentally, the Blue Barracudas made it to Olmec's temple in both episodes.

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