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Legends of the Hidden Temple
"The Walking Stick of Harriet Tubman"
Season 2, Episode 4
Walking Stick of Harriet Tubman
Airdate: June 15, 1994
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"The Walking Stick of Harriet Tubman" is the 44th episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple.

Moat Crossing

In this Moat, both players from each team cross the water simultaneously by laying their four boards upon two parallel bars, continually adjusting them as necessary to cross the entire pool.

 
1st Silver Snakes 0:51
2nd Blue Barracudas 0:55
3rd Orange Iguanas 1:03
4th Green Monkeys 1:05

Steps of Knowledge

The most famous African-American woman of the Civil War was Harriet Tubman. With just the North Star for a compass, she led so many people to freedom that folks called her "Moses." Legend has it that once, she and a small band of escaped slaves were being trapped by slaveowners with bloodhounds.

"Quick! Into the swamp! They'll lose our scent," said Harriet, but the other slaves fought.

"I'm not going in there!" said one man. "There's spirits in there!"

"You're gonna have a lot more than spirits on your tail if you don't get into that water!" she said, brandishing her walking stick.

One by one, the others followed, and she led them across the swamp. They traveled up north on foot, sleeping in the barns and cellars of those who dared to hide them. Across the pond, the dogs lost the scent of the runaway slaves, and the only thing the white masters found was Harriet's walking stick, stuck in the mud.

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

Temple Games

Slaves' Hiding Places (Cubbyhole Web)

Harriet Tubman was part of the Underground Railroad, which was not a railroad at all, but a series of homes where escaped slaves could safely hide on their journey north. Before Erica and Ryann stood a wall with several hiding places and a net in the middle. In each hiding place was hidden either a key meaning it's safe to enter or a lock meaning it's dangerous. When Kirk gave the signal, they had to climb the net, and punch through a hiding place. If either player found a key, she had to climb down and drop it in her bin, then start again. The player to retrieve four keys or the player furthest along in 60 seconds won. Erica beat Ryann 3-2, awarding Erica a half pendant of life.

Walking Sticks (Swinging Sandbags)

Harriet Tubman made 19 trips to the South to rescue slaves, each time skirting many dangers and obstacles. When Kirk gave the signal, James and Chris each had to grab a walking stick, crawl to the last cube, and place it in the slot on the cube. Then, they had to come back, grab another walking stick and place it on the next cube. As they move back and forth, they had to avoid the swinging sandbags. If either player was hit by one, he had to go back to his starting point and try again. The first player to leave all of their walking sticks and return or the player furthest along in 60 seconds won. Chris placed his last stick with 14 seconds of spare time, awarding him a half pendant of life. James almost had it.

Railroad to Canada (Slingshot Wall)

The Underground railroad that Harriet Tubman traveled began in the South and led to safety in Canada. Four of the places along the railroad were marked on the wall behind each male player. They were: Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, and Canada. When Kirk gave the signal, James and Chris had to climb the wall to the first location while their partners Erica and Ryann had to load a ball in their slingshots and shoot it at them. When either male player caught the ball, he had to place it on the location, climb to the next one, and wait for the next ball. The first team with one ball in each location or the team furthest along in 60 seconds won. Chris placed his last ball on Canada with four seconds of spare time, sending him and Ryann to Olmec's temple with 1½ pendants.

 
Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Pendants Won
Blue Barracudas Won Lost Lost ½ Pendant
Orange Iguanas Lost Won Won 1½ Pendants

Temple Run

After Chris stated he was going first by saying his own name (rather than the usual "I am"), he raced off into the Temple, choosing the Ledges as his starting point. He tried all three doors in the Pit, then went through the only one that opened and met his first Temple Guard in the Throne Room. Chris made great time going through the bottom floor, landing in the Dark Forest with just over two minutes left. He got lost there, but this was probably due in part to the door leading upward being open from the start. After just over twenty seconds, he entered the Shrine of the Silver Monkey, where the second Temple Guard took him out with 1:30 on the clock.

Ryann rushed into the Temple, but her time in there would be very, very short. The simple mistake of starting in the Crypt rather than the Ledges where Chris entered the Temple would cost her team the chance at a trip to the Bahamas and prove once and for all that it's extremely important to follow your partner's path if your team won less than two Pendants. Ryann ended up meeting the team's final Temple Guard in the Crypt, with no chance of even finding the other half Pendant. There were plenty of strange Temple Run endings, but this one takes the cake.

Summary

 
Winning Team Orange Iguanas
Contestants Chris & Ryann
Result Triple Seizure (1:16 left)
Pendants of Life
Artifact Location The Observatory
Temple Guard Locations

The Throne Room

The Shrine of the Silver Monkey

The Crypt

Half Pendant Location See Possible Locations

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Legends of the Hidden Temple Walking Stick of Harriet Tubman

Notes

  • Usually when it comes to an artifact hidden in the Observatory, the producers would always place it on the stone column, but here, they put it on the stone railing at the front.
  • This episode shows the fourth time a player does not follow their teammate's direction. The first three were The Pendant of KamehamehaThe Paintbrush of Leonardo da Vinci, and The Medal of Sir Edmund Hillary.
  • This was the only time a temple guard in an entrance room removed someone from the temple.
  • Out of all of the contestants who actually entered Olmec's Temple, Ryann spent the least amount of time in the temple. She only spent seconds before being taken out by the Temple Guard. 
  • This is the fastest loss in Season Two and the third fastest overall in the series.
  • The door in The Dark Forest leading up to The Shrine of the Silver Monkey can be seen already open.
  • The half pendant had to be in Medusa's Lair (on the now-inactive Throne Room actuator), The Mine Shaft (on the Shrine actuator), or The Viper's Nest (inside the correct snake jar).

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