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Legends of the Hidden Temple
"The Trojan Horseshoe"
Season 1, Episode 11
Trojan Horseshoe
Airdate: October 16, 1993
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"The Pendant of Kamehameha" "The Lost Logbooks of Magellan"

"The Trojan Horseshoe" is the 11th episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple.

Moat Crossing

One player of each team swam a rope over to the other side. Once out of the water, he had to tie the rope off on a pole that held a second tied rope higher up; both connected to the other side. Once tied, the second player had to use the two ropes and maneuver across the moat. Once he was across, the team could run over and hit the gong.

 
1st Green Monkeys 0:21
2nd Blue Barracudas 0:23
3rd Silver Snakes 0:25
4th Purple Parrots 0:26

Steps of Knowledge

Long ago, there was a huge fortress city with many towers, called Troy. It was destroyed because Paris, a prince of Troy, decided to marry the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen. Unfortunately, Helen was already married to a Greek king who became so enraged he mounted an army to attack Troy. The Greeks fought the Trojans for ten years, but could not defeat them. So, the smartest Greek said:

"Let's build a giant horse and put some warriors inside, leave it outside with a card that says "No hard feelings," and then we'll pretend to sail away. They'll drag the horse into the city and during the night, the warriors will slip out and open the city gates, and our forces can get in and wreck the place."

Which is exactly what they did.

 
Blue Barracudas Green Monkeys Purple Parrots Silver Snakes
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Incorrect 2nd - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Incorrect
2nd - Incorrect 1st - Incorrect
1st - Correct
2nd - Correct 1st - Incorrect
1st - Incorrect 2nd - Correct

Temple Games

Tear Down Troy (Climbing Wall)

The first game pitted Bob against Lucretia, and the challenge was to remove as many of the bricks atop the "walls of Troy" as possible in 60 seconds. The bricks had to be stuck to the player's helmet for the entire descent, but Bob accidentally knocked two bricks in a row off his helmet, meaning that they didn't count any more. The result was that Bob only scored twice, but Lucretia scored three times since she never knocked any off her helmet. That meant that the Green Monkeys won the first Pendant of Life.

Trojan Horse (Water Ramp)

It was Jennifer versus Shawn in the second game, where the players had to push a mock-up of the Trojan Horse up a slope using their backs— the catch was that a constant stream of water would be trying to stop them. Both players were very evenly matched, but Jennifer eventually won by a nose, properly placing the horse over the source of the stream at the top— she wasn't allowed to use her hands for this part, even though later players were allowed to— with 27 seconds on the clock, a few seconds before Shawn. After the players slid back down, Kirk announced that the Silver Snakes managed to tie up the score at a half Pendant per team, so it was all up to the third game to decide the final outcome.

Trojan Column (Pulley Pillar)

The third Temple Game wasn't bad this time around, but it was actually very commonplace— it was the two-player pulley game, and as usual, the players had to take turns putting rings around a pole to rebuild a column of a Trojan building (suggesting that Troy eventually was reconstructed). This game can be unfair if the rope gets caught in the pulley and leaves both players stuck around the middle, but that actually wasn't an issue this time— neither side really had to deal with the rope being seriously caught, and neither was ever at a disadvantage in that regard. With four seconds left, Lucretia managed to place the last ring on the column for the Green Monkeys; Bob placed the last one for the Silver Snakes with two seconds on the clock, but since the Green Monkeys finished first, they won the full Pendant and would be taking 1½ Pendants of Life with them for the Temple Run.

 
Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Pendants Won
Green Monkeys Won Lost Won 1½ Pendants
Silver Snakes Lost Won Lost ½ Pendant

Temple Run

This was a solid win, even though it wasn't the best. Lucretia looked like she was confident before the run, but while she wasn't too bad of a first-season frontrunner, she wasn't the best. She started in the Cave of Sighs and then went into the Wall Climb. It looks like she hit the actuator for the Throne Room door, but when that didn't work, she wasn't too frazzled— she just had trouble climbing the walls up to the Heart Room door (the addition of the ropes didn't help players, but only made matters worse). After meeting the first Temple Guard in the Heart Room with 2:18 remaining, she seemed to lose her bearings in the next couple of rooms, but managed to progress from the Room of the Golden Idols (and found Shawn's half pendant there) into the Shrine of the Silver Monkey, where the second Temple Guard took her out with 1:55 left. Shawn wasn't the fastest contestant either, but he made decent time and knew what he was doing. After retracing Lucretia's steps, he acquired the half pendant the Room of the Golden Idols, put the silver monkey together in a very respectable fourteen seconds, spun the wheel in the Pirate's Cove, climbed down into the Dungeon and literally smashed through the wall. Shawn grabbed the Trojan Horseshoe with 46 seconds to go, and on the way out, he passed the concealed third Temple Guard in the Spider's Lair— suggesting that they could've gone down from the Room of the Golden Idols, but it would've been a dead end. Interestingly, it looked like he had to open the Throne Room-Wall Climb door on his own, but not too long thereafter, Shawn made it out of the Temple with the Horseshoe with ten seconds still on the clock. Not bad, not bad at all. Even though the Green Monkeys only made it to the Temple four times in Season 1, they already established their widely-supported "powerhouse team" status as soon as their first run.

Summary

 
Winning Team Green Monkeys
Contestants Shawn & Lucretia
Result Victory (0:10 left)
Pendants of Life 1½ + ½
Artifact Location The Tomb of the Ancient Kings
Temple Guard Locations

The Heart Room

The Shrine of the Silver Monkey

The Spider's Lair

Half Pendant Location The Room of the Golden Idols

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