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The Trojan Horseshoe
Trojan Horseshoe
The horseshoe resting on a small foam rock atop the sarcophagus.

Production Number

1-12 (12)

Airdate

September 26, 1993[1]

Team

Green Monkeys

Contestants

Lucretia & Shawn Thompson

Artifact Location

The Tomb of the Ancient Kings

Pendants of Life

Temple Layout

III

Previous Episode

The Helmet of Genghis Khan (Production/Completion Order)
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Next Episode

The Pendant of Kamehameha (Production/Completion Order)
The Treasure Map of Jean Lafitte (Broadcast Order)

The Trojan Horseshoe is the 12th 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.

Moat Results
Place Team Time
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.

Steps of Knowledge Results
Question Answers Team
Which of these people fought the Trojans in the Trojan War?
  • Romans
  • Greeks
  • Vikings
Silver Snakes (Paris - Wrong Answer; Not one of the three choices)
Purple Parrots (Correct - 2 steps left)
Did the Greeks get into Troy by hiding in a…?
  • Wooden Horse
Green Monkeys (Correct - 2 steps left)
Did the Greeks fight the Trojan War…?
  • To recover Helen
  • To capture…
Silver Snakes (Correct - 2 steps left)
Was Helen taken to Troy by…?
  • Paris
Blue Barracudas (Correct - 2 steps left)
Helen was the most beautiful woman in the world. Was she described as having…?
  • A face that launched 1000 ships
  • A face that sank 1000 ships
Green Monkeys (Rang in before Olmec could finish)
Silver Snakes (Correct - 1 step left)
Did the Trojan War last…?
  • 1 Year
  • 10 Years
Green Monkeys (Correct - 1 step left)
Which of these body parts is named for Achilles, a hero of the…?
  • Achilles Tendon
Silver Snakes ("The part at the bottom of your foot" - Wrong Answer; Not one of the three choices)
Purple Parrots (Heel - Wrong Answer; Not one of the three choices)
Which of the Greeks came up with the idea for the wooden horse?
  • Odysseus
Green Monkeys (Correct - Advanced to Temple Games)
After the Trojan War, Odysseus went on a 10-year adventure. Is this story called…?
  • The Aeneid
  • The Odyssey
  • The Search for the Holy Grail
Silver Snakes ("He landed in…" - Wrong Answer; Not one of the three choices)
Purple Parrots (Correct - 1 steps left)
During his journey, did Odysseus fight a one-eyed monster called the…?
  • Cyclops
Blue Barracudas (Odysseus - Wrong Answer; Not one of the three choices)
Silver Snakes (Correct - Advanced to Temple Games)

Temple Games

The Silver Snakes are 12-year-old Bob Attuck and 14-year-old Jennifer. The Green Monkeys are 13-year-old Lucretia and 15-year-old Shawn.

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 did not 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 was not 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 was not 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 was not 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.

Temple Games Results
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

S1E12 Half Pendant Circled
This was a solid win, even though it may not have been the best. Lucretia looked like she was confident before the run, but while she was not too bad of a first-season frontrunner, she was not 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 did not work, she was not too frazzled— she just had trouble climbing the walls up to the Heart Room door (the addition of the ropes did not 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)
Trojan Horseshoe Half Pendant

Lucretia pressing the actuator to the Shrine of the Silver Monkey.

into the Shrine of the Silver Monkey, where the second Temple Guard took her out with 1:55 left. Shawn was not 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 Stone Wall.
Shawn Grabbing the Trojan Horseshoe

Shawn grabbing the Horseshoe.

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 have gone down from the Room of the Golden Idols, but it would have 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.
Trojan Horseshoe Map

Shawn and Lucretia's path to the horseshoe.

Temple Run Results
Victory Yes (0:10 left)
Reached the Artifact Yes
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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Trivia

  • For the Trojan Tower game, Kirk said that the Trojans had to rebuild Troy after it was ransacked; in reality, Troy was never rebuilt, due to the fact that few if any Trojans survived the attack at all.
  • Bob Attuck of the Silver Snakes was the fifth contestant to have his full name revealed, following the Orange Iguanas in Wild Bill Hickok and the Dead Man's Hand (Sarah Beckmeyer and Josh Shullener), Tia Thomas from The Golden Cricket Cage of Khan, and Joe Carlosi from Elizabeth I's Golden Ship.
  • This was the first episode where the Green Monkeys competed in the Temple Run run as well as the first Green Monkey victory.
  • The third temple guard was in the Spider's Lair, because his headdress was sticking out when Shawn was exiting the temple with the horseshoe.
  • Shawn of the Green Monkeys was 15 at the time of production the oldest contestant to make it to the Temple.
  • The other half pendant was in the Room of the Golden Idols (can be seen hanging on the actuator to the Shrine of the Silver Monkey during the rundown, making this the very first episode where a half pendant can be seen in Olmec's Temple) and was the first half pendant to ever hide in that room space.
  • Coincidentally, this episode and The Silver Horseshoe of Butch Cassidy both have horseshoes as artifacts and both end as a win.
  • During the credits, the horseshoe was seen in the Tomb of the Ancient Kings, even though it was brought out of the temple, taking footage before the run for the credits.

References

  1. Lundberg, D.C. (Unknown Date). D.C. Lundberg's Game Show Trading Post I-L. D.C. Lundberg.

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