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The Jewel-Encrusted Egg of the Catherine the Great
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Production Number

3-40 (120)

Airdate

August 9, 1995[1]

Team

Red Jaguars

Winning Contestants

Kris & Kristin Kerkvliet

Artifact Location

The Room of the Ancient Warriors

Pendants of Life

2

Temple Layout

XV

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The Jewel-Encrusted Egg of the Catherine the Great is the 120th episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple, making it the final episode produced in the series' original run. It was also the 97th episode to be aired.

Moat Crossing

Each team is to swing on a vine without touching the water, grab onto the abandoned fishing net, climb over it and drop down in order to swim to the other side. Once the first member is out of the water, it is the second member's turn to do the same.

Moat Results
Finish Team Time
1st Purple Parrots 0:38
2nd Orange Iguanas 0:46
3rd Red Jaguars 0:47
4th Blue Barracudas 1:35

Steps of Knowledge

One of the greatest rulers of all time was Catherine the Great— the Czarina of Russia. During her reign, she unified all of Russia and conquered Eastern Europe. A German Princess, she was brought to Russia to marry Peter, the heir to the throne of Russia, in 1745. But her new husband was cruel and did not love her. When he became the Czar, he decided to do away with Catherine.

"You must leave the court. I am sending you to your villa outside St. Petersburg."

But Catherine had many friends at court. And the Czar had many enemies who were tired of his tyrannical ways. Catherine's closest friend, Grigory Orlov, began to plot for her. One morning at dawn, A handsome Cavalry man appeared with a carriage waiting to take her to the palace.

"Everything is ready to proclaim you Empress!"

Poor Catherine was terrified. It might be just a trap to accuse her of treason. She rode the whole way in worried silence. But at the palace, Grigory Orlov was waiting.

"What's going on?"

"Czar Peter has abdicated; you are to be the Empress of Russia— long live our beloved mother Catherine!"

In gratitude, Catherine gave Orlov a jewel-encrusted egg, which later found its way to The Temple.

Steps of Knowledge Results
Question Choices Response
Was Catherine the Great's title...?
  • Queen of England
  • Czarina of Russia
Orange Iguanas (Correct - 2 steps left)
What country was Catherine originally from?
  • Germany
Orange Iguanas (Correct - 1 step left)
What was her royal title in Germany?
  • Duchess
  • Lady
  • Princess
Orange Iguanas (Correct - Advance to the Temple Games)
Was Catherine brought to Russia to...?
  • Marry
  • Learn manners
  • Learn Russian
Purple Parrots (Correct - 2 steps left)
Was the name of her husband...?
  • Igor
  • Peter
Red Jaguars (Correct - 2 steps left)
What was the name of Catherine's best friend?
  • Grigory Orlov
  • Boris Bradenov
Red Jaguars (Correct - 1 step left)
Which of these did Grigory Orlov plot?
  • To take over Europe
  • To make Catherine the Czarina
Red Jaguars (Correct - Advance to the Temple Games)

Temple Games

The Red Jaguars are Kristin, who enjoys softball and wants to be a fashion designer, and Kris, who swims and wants to be a marine biologist. The Orange Iguanas are Rachel, who enjoys tennis and wants to be a journalist, and Bryan, who enjoys baseball and wants to be a computer technologist.

Matching Art (Pop-Up Tunnel)

Catherine the Great bought numerous European treasures, and encouraged artists, composers and writers to participate in her court; before Kristin and Rachel were an assortment of books, paintings, and sheet music in a variety of colors. When Kirk gave the signal, each girl would crawl underneath, pop up through a hole, grab the artwork, and go on to the next hole. If the artwork matches the one they already have, the players were to bring both back and drop it in the basket. Otherwise, exchange the art and go on to the next hole. The player with the most sets of matched artwork within 60 seconds would win; both teams had one pair of artwork, resulting in a tie.

Smashing Peter the Great's Statues (Rolling Hollow Drums)

When Catherine the Great became the Czarina, she encouraged destroying her despised husband Peter's statues; when Kirk gave the signal, Bryan and Kris were to roll their carriage to the far end of their path, get out, smash the statue, roll back to the other end, get out and smash the statue there, and finally, roll the carriage to the halfway point of the path, get out and smash the statue there. Whoever smashed all three statues, or was furthest along in 60 seconds would win; Kris managed to smash all three of his statues with 33 seconds left, giving the Red Jaguars the full Pendant over the Orange Iguanas' half-Pendant.

Overthrowing Czars (Bowling Slingshot)

In order for Catherine to be Czarina, the Russians had to get Peter out first; before the teams stood four czars. When Kirk gave the signal, one player from each team was to load their slingshot to shoot a cannonball at the czars, hoping to knock them down. Then, it would be their teammate's turn to knock the next czar down. Whoever got all four czars down, or was furthest along within 60 seconds would win. The game ended with both teams knocking down two czars, but the Red Jaguars would go to Temple with two pendants over the Orange Iguanas' 1½ pendants.

Temple Games Results
Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Final Score
Red Jaguars Tied Won Tied 2 pendants
Orange Iguanas Tied Lost Tied 1½ pendants
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Kirk dives into the pit.

Temple Run

Kris started by entering the Crypt, where he immediately encountered a Temple Guard. After giving his Pendant, he progressed to the Pit of the Pendulum. After knocking down the column, Kris could only go down into the Tomb of the Headless Kings, where he encountered another Guard and was removed from the Temple. Kristin followed Kris' path and progressed to the Jester's Court. After aligning with the middle figure, she progressed to the Dark Forest. She found a key inside a tree and went up to The Shrine of the Silver Monkey. After assembling the statue, she went into the Room of the Ancient Warriors, where she grabbed the Egg, went through the King's Storeroom, the Pit, and the Crypt and exited the Temple with 24 seconds to spare.

The Temple Run Results
Victory Yes (0:24 left)
Reached the Artifact Yes
Temple Guard Locations The Crypt

The Tomb of the Headless Kings

The Quicksand Bog

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Notes

  • Kristin previously competed on Nickelodeon GUTS and won.[1]
  • The fade to commercial videos were unique for this episode. First, a cameraman ran up the stairs past the temple gate all the way to the Pit of the Pendulum giving a first person perspective of the temple. Second, the cameraman hit a ball from the final temple game and proceeded to chase Kirk until he jumped over the wall separating the Pit of the Pendulum to the rest of the set.
  • This was the last episode to air where a team of Red Jaguars competed in the Temple Run.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Former Racine girls on Nickelodeon", Journal Times, August 5, 1995.