The Electrified Key of Benjamin Franklin is the 55th episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple.
One at a time, each contestant must hang from the rod from their hands and feet to shinny across the moat.
Steps of Knowledge
One of the most important patriots during the American Revolution was a scientist named Benjamin Franklin. He was the Ambassador of France during the American Revolution, and helped write the the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. However, his greatest contribution was the discovery of electricity. Legend has it, that is wife, Deborah saw her husband flying a kite during a thunderstorm.
"Are you mad?!", she shouted. "You'll catch your death in this rain!"
Franklin shook his head.
"I've tied a key to tail of this kite, and it should fly much better now. It's an experiment for a new flying machine."
"Flying shmying. Get your tail back in this house!"
Just then, lightning struck the kite. Deborah rushed to her husband, terrified and he gasped.
She put her delirious husband to bed, and the electrified key disappeared.
|Steps of Knowledge Results|
|In which of these cities did Franklin start a printing business?||
||Green Monkeys (2 steps left)|
|Which of these was Franklin's most famous publication?||
||Red Jaguars (2 steps left)|
|In order to improve mail delivery, in which job did Franklin take in Philadelphia?||
||Blue Barracudas (2 steps left)|
|Which of these did Franklin invent to help him read?||
||Silver Snakes (2 steps left)|
|Which of these heating devices did Franklin invent?||
||Blue Barracudas (1 step left)|
|Did Franklin fly a kite during a electrical storm to prove that lightning was…?||
||Blue Barracudas (Advanced to Temple Games)|
|Which of the forms of electricity is a lightning bolt?||
||Silver Snakes (Wrong Answer - Not One of the Three Choices)|
|Green Monkeys (1 step left)|
|Which of these did Franklin invent to protect homes from lightning?||
||Red Jaguars (1 step left)|
|Which of these documents did Franklin help write?||
||Green Monkeys (Advanced to Temple Games)|
The Green Monkeys are Margaret and Ronnie. The Blue Barracudas are Peter and Michelle.
One Handed Clock (Olmec Wheels)
Among Benjamin Franklin's many inventions was the one-handed clock, which has one hand that makes a full rotation every four hours. Olmec hoped Michelle and Margaret's moved faster. When Kirk gave the signal, each player had to recreate the one-handed clock by climbing up onto her Olmec wheel, and adjusting her weight to make it spin. Each player won one full point for each full rotation clockwise. If either player fell off, she had to remount her Olmec wheel and spin it again. The player with the most rotations in 60 seconds won. Michelle beat Margaret 12-8, awarding Michelle a half pendant of life.
Kite Climb (Climbing Wall)
Benjamin Franklin was a man of letters who according to legend, discovered electricity by tying a key to the end of a kite's tail. When Kirk gave the signal, Peter and Ronnie had to push in the correct bricks to create a hand- or foot-hold, and pull themselves up. Once at the top, they had to then grab the key and ride the kite tail back down. The player to land with the kite or the player furthest along in 60 seconds won. Peter made it down with the kite with 12 seconds of spare time, awarding him a half pendant of life.
British Soldiers (Slingshot Bowling)
Benjamin Franklin won French aid for America, which helped turn the tide for the Revolutionary War. Here, both teams had to knock down British soldiers. When Kirk gave the signal, one player had to load a cannonball into the slingshot, and launch it at the soldiers 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 of their British soldiers or the team with the most British soldiers knocked down in 60 seconds won. The Green Monkeys knocked down their fourth soldier with six seconds of spare time, awarding them a full pendant of life and therefore leading to a tie.
Olmec: "During the Revolutionary War, did Benjamin Franklin serve as Ambassador to Spain, Ireland or France?" Ronnie rang in prematurely and answered "Ambassador", giving the Blue Barracudas a chance to answer. Olmec then said the answers and Michelle correctly answered "France", sending her and Peter to Olmec's Temple in search of the electrified key.
|Temple Games Results|
|Team||Game 1||Game 2||Game 3||Pendants Won||Tiebreaker|
|Blue Barracudas||Won||Won||Lost||1 Pendant||Won|
|Green Monkeys||Lost||Lost||Won||1 Pendant||Lost|
One wrong turn on the Peter's part cost this team their chance at victory. He tried doors leading toward the artifact, but it is because of this that he ended up in Medusa's Lair, where he met his first Temple Guard - He failed to notice that the path from the Observatory directly to the King's Storeroom opened. A second guard removed him from the Temple in the King's Storeroom.
Michelle thought twice about where to start on her part. She almost entered the Crypt (this run would have been a triple seizure if she continued into there), but then quickly changed her mind and went into the Ledges. She also knew to simply enter the King's Storeroom via the Observatory. After completing the objective, she then entered the Shrine, and assembled the silver monkey. The Viper's Nest was locked, so she then went through the diagonal door into the Mine Shaft, where she then plowed through the wall into the Dark Forest, where she found the key and opened up the Swamp. Time ran out just as she was preparing to enter the Throne Room, which was the key's hiding place.
Had Peter not entered Medusa's Lair, this could have been a successful solo run - too bad that did not happen. Also, Michelle failed to notice that the Shrine-Forest door opened after she assembled the silver monkey. She would have at least gotten the key if she noticed it.
|Temple Run Results|
|Reached the Artifact||No|
|Method of Loss||Failed Acquisition|
|Temple Guard Locations|
- The original prize plugs for this episode were as follows:
- Larami Super Soaker XP 150 (Moat Crossing)
- The Return of Jafar from Walt Disney Home Video (Steps of Knowledge)
- $50 Savings Bond for Nestlé Quik (Temple Games)
- The Heart-Shaped Pillow of Annie Taylor can be seen in Medusa's Lair when Olmec reveals where the electrified key was.
- This was the first time an artifact was hidden in the bottom of the central shaft in Season 2. This was also the first time an artifact was hidden in this space since The Lucky Pig of Amelia Earhart. Coincidentally, the Blue Barracudas went to Olmec's Temple in that episode.
- This is one of two episodes where the second player was almost to went up to the Crypt but wisely decided to slide down to the Ledges instead. The other one is The Mask of the Man in the Iron Mask. Coincidentally, the team participated in that episode is the Blue Barracudas.
- As in Elizabeth I's Golden Ship, this was the only artifact held in the second throne room version. However, the Secret Battle Plan of Nathan Hale was originally going to be in the Throne Room before the temple run was postponed to Layout XIV.
- From this episode onward, Olmec warns the player about the temple spirit in the Dark Forest.
- Michelle was the second person to press the Swamp actuator to the bottom of the central shaft. The first was James Valin in Ponce de León and the Lost Fountain of Youth.
- Michelle was the only contestant to used the Shrine-Shaft passage from the Shrine but not go up into the top corner as the door to the Viper's Nest was locked and the electrified key was in the Throne Room.