Galileo's Cannonball
Galileo's Cannonball
The cannonball on a rock in the corner of the Mine Shaft.

Production Number

1-03 (3)


November 21, 1993[1]


Silver Snakes


Jennifer Holtz & Jonathan (aka "Jammin' Jon")

Artifact Location

The Mine Shaft

Pendants of Life

Temple Layout


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Galileo's Cannonball is the third episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple. It was the first episode to be completed.

Moat Crossing


Staff of King Tut moat

One partner from each team was kneeling on a raft while holding "an ancient staff of King Tut". When Kirk said go, each player would pull himself across the moat by hooking his staff on the knotted rope above him. Once across, he climbed off the raft and onto the deck; this was his partner's signal to pull the raft back to his side and cross exactly as his partner had. When the second teammate reached the other side, it was his job to jump off the raft - with his staff - and run over to hit the gong.
Moat Results
Finish Team Time
1st Silver Snakes 0:30
2nd Blue Barracudas 0:33
3rd Orange Iguanas 0:36
4th Green Monkeys 0:39

Steps of Knowledge


Perhaps the most brilliant Italian scientist and astronomer of all time was Galileo. He perfected the telescope and was one of the first people to use experiments to prove his discoveries. One day, he thought to himself, "If I drop two different-sized cannonballs from the same height, I bet they'll land at the same time." To test his idea, Galileo went to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. He climbed the steps of the Tower, and when he got to the top, he leaned out over the edge and dropped the cannonballs. They both landed at the same time, proving Galileo's theory and launching his career as a famous scientist, but that was not all. Legend has it that the cannonballs landed right smack dab on two cheese and pepperoni sandwiches, thereby proving his theory and inventing pizza. One of Galileo's cannonballs is in the Temple.

Steps of Knowledge Results
Question Answers Team
According to our legend, did Galileo conduct experiments with two cannonballs on the…?
  • Leaning Tower of London
  • Leaning Tower of Babble
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa
Silver Snakes (Correct - 2 steps left)
Which of these is the force that causes objects to fall when dropped?
  • Friction
  • Gravity
  • Dropsy
Silver Snakes (Correct - 1 step left)
Is the study of gravity part of…?
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Psychology
Blue Barracudas (Science - Wrong Answer; Not one of the three choices)
Silver Snakes (Correct - Advanced to Temple Games)
If you dropped a feather and a hammer from the same height on the Moon, would they…?
  • Land the same time
  • Would the hammer land first?
Orange Iguanas (Out of time)
Green Monkeys (Correct - 2 steps left)
Which of these other scientists also made discoveries with falling objects?
  • Isaac Newton
  • Copernicus
Green Monkeys (Correct - 1 step left)
In which of these fields did Galileo study?
  • Astrology
  • Astronomy
Blue Barracudas (Correct - 2 steps left)
Did Galileo discover…?
  • Craters on the Moon
  • Canals on Mars
  • Alien civilizations on Titan
Green Monkeys (Correct - Advanced to Temple Games)

Temple Games

The Silver Snakes are 13-year-old Jennifer and "Jammin' Jon". The Green Monkeys are 13-year-old Beth and Kevin.

Drop the Ball (Peanut Shaft)


Inside the shaft were some "cannonballs". When Kirk said "go", one player from each team grabbed one of the cannonballs, carried it to the top of the shaft, and pushed it through the hole in the top. Then he climbed back down, grabbed the next ball, and so on. The first player that successfully pushed three cannonballs out the top of the shaft - or the player that pushed the most balls in one minute - won. "Jammin' Jon" pushed all three balls out in 39 seconds; Kevin had only pushed one.

Jupiter's Moons (Bungee Soap Ramp)


At the base of the ramp were some "moons". When Kirk said "go", one player from each team grabbed a moon from the bucket, climbed up the ramp, and placed the moon on "Jupiter". Then, she slid back down, grabbed the next moon, and tried it again. The player that got the most moons on Jupiter in one minute won. Beth won the game and the half pendant after placing one moon while Jennifer was unable to place any.

Building Telescopes (Pulley Pillar)

When Kirk said "go", one player from each team grabbed one of three pieces of a telescope, jumped up, placed it on and above the base, and jumped down. That allowed his partner to grab a piece of her (separate) telescope, jump up, and place it on her base. They alternated like that for a minute. The first team to complete both their three-piece telescopes - or the team furthest along when time was up - won. The Silver Snakes completed their telescopes with 29 seconds remaining; Kevin and Beth only had four pieces of six assembled.
Temple Games Results
Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Pendants Won
Green Monkeys Lost Won Lost ½ Pendant
Silver Snakes Won Lost Won 1½ Pendants

Temple Run

This temple run was quite memorable for its exciting finale. Jennifer raced into the temple at the start and followed the bottom path until a temple guard seized her in the Throne Room. She then passed up to the Heart Room and raced left to the Shrine of the Silver Monkey, where a second temple guard took her out.

1:59 remained when "Jammin' Jon" raced into the Cave of Sighs and followed his partner's footprints. He managed to pass through the Shrine and the Room of Three Torches successfully, and he rode the elevator ever so slowly to the Mine Shaft. He grabbed the Cannonball with forty-four seconds to go

"Jammin' Jon" grabs the cannonball.

, but he took a strange route getting back. With the seconds ticking down, "Jammin' Jon" made it back to the Cave of Sighs, dropped the Cannonball, but recovered it in the last few seconds of the run. Desperately, he darted out of the temple and through the torches for the incredible two-second win and the trip to the Bahamas! Coincidentally, the team also won a telescope for their efforts.

This episode is also noted for the very long interview with the contestants immediately prior to the Temple Run, involving Kirk asking where the team thought the Temple Guards were.

Temple Run Results
Victory Yes (0:01 left)
Reached the Artifact Yes
Temple Guard Locations

The Throne Room

The Shrine of the Silver Monkey

Half Pendant Location See Possible Locations

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