The Applewood Amulet of Emiliano Zapata
The amulet on the lid of the camera-right snake jar.

Production Number

2-14 (54)


June 28, 1994


Green Monkeys


Robert & Olivia-Emma Houliana

Artifact Location

The Viper's Nest

Pendants of Life

Temple Layout


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The Applewood Amulet of Emiliano Zapata is the 54th episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple. It was the 47th episode to air.

Moat Crossing

One at a time, each contestant must hang from the rod from their hands and feet to shinny across the moat. The judges ruled that the Silver Snakes were sent back by mistake (the female member had just made it to the far end of the Moat, and was about to climb onto the deck, only to get sent back by their spotter, because her feet landed in the water as she tried to pull herself onto the deck), thus replacing the Blue Barracudas.

Moat Results
Finish Team Time
1st Green Monkeys 0:21
2nd Purple Parrots 0:40
3rd Red Jaguars 0:49
4th Blue Barracudas 0:54

Steps of Knowledge

Of the many leaders of the Mexican Revolution, the greatest of all was Emiliano Zapata, sometimes called the "George Washington of Mexico." In the 1890s, when Zapata was a boy, a wealthy land owner came with his men and fenced off the village's orchard.

"But señor," said Zapata's father in tears, "without our orchard, we will starve!"

"Tough," said the landlord.

"Don't cry, father!" said Emiliano. "I swear one day, I will get it back for you!"

Twenty years later, he went out into the fields with eighty armed men. Zapata said: "Landlord, this land belongs to our village. From now on, the people of our village will farm it."

Legend has it he cut a branch from an apple tree and whittled an amulet.

"I swear on the soul of my father: I will not put this down until all of Méjico is free!"

People from all over Mexico flocked to Zapata's side, and he helped build a new Mexican republic. When he died, the amulet disappeared.

Steps of Knowledge Results
Question Answers Team
Was Zapata from…?
  • Mexico
  • Guatemala
Purple Parrots (Correct - 2 steps left)
Did Zapata gain fame during the…?
  • Conquest of Mexico
  • Mexican Revolution
  • American Revolution
Purple Parrots (Correct - 1 step left)
Zapata was half Spanish and half Indian. Was he…?
  • A Blueblood
  • A Mestizo
Green Monkeys (Correct - 2 steps left)
During a recent uprising in Mexico, the rebels who took part called themselves followers of Zapata. Are they referred to as…?
  • Sandinistas
  • Zapatistas
Silver Snakes (Correct - 2 steps left)
Which of these men was a fellow revolutionary with Zapata?
  • Hernán Cortés
  • Pancho Villa
  • The Cisco Kid
Green Monkeys (Correct - 1 step left)
Which of these rivers separates Mexico from the United States?
  • The Rio Grande
Green Monkeys (Correct - Advanced to Temple Games)
Which of the conquistadors conquered Mexico?
  • Pizarro
  • Cortés
Red Jaguars (Correct - 2 steps left)
Which of these men was the leader of Mexico when Cortés invaded?
  • Atahualpa
  • Geronimo
  • Montezuma
Silver Snakes (Correct - 1 step left)
Which of these is the land separated from the rest of Mexico by the Gulf of California?
  • Baja California
  • Big Sur
Red Jaguars (Correct - 1 step left)
Which of these types of food is a staple of the Mexican diet?
  • Bagels
  • Tortillas
  • Pita Bread
Purple Parrots (Correct - Advanced to Temple Games)

Temple Games

The Purple Parrots are Jason and Simone. The Green Monkeys are Olivia-Emma and Robert.

¡Tierra y Libertad! (Bungee)

Emiliano Zapata's battle cry was "¡Tierra y Libertad!" (which translates to "Land and Liberty!"; or in this case, "Land and Freedom!"). Before Simone and Olivia-Emma were two boards, one with the word Tierra and the other with Libertad. When Kirk gave the signal, they had to run to the first board, grab the first piece of the word, and place it on the other board. Then, they had to run back and do it again. They also had to do the same with the next board. The player to completely spell out Zapata's battle cry or the player furthest along in 60 seconds won. Olivia-Emma completely spelled out "Tierra y Libertad" with 16 seconds of spare time, awarding her a half pendant of life. Simone only managed to spell out half of the battle cry.

Church Bell of Freedom (Climbing Wall)

Because of Emiliano Zapata, church bells all across Mexico rang with the sounds of freedom. When Kirk gave the signal, Jason and Robert had to find the bricks that created a hand- or foot-hold and pull themselves up the wall. Once at the top, they then had to grab the clapper and ring the church bell to ride back down. The player to land or the player furthest along in 60 seconds won. Jason made it back down with the clapper with 13 seconds of spare time, awarding him a half pendant of life.

Ride Like Emiliano Zapata (Spinning Horse)

Zapata was a skilled horseman who led his troops into battle on horseback. Here, the teams had to remain on their horse as long as possible. Both players on each team were mounted on a mechanical horse, having to hold on tight as it started to spin when Kirk gave the signal. The team with more players on their horse in 60 seconds won. All four players stayed on when 60 seconds ended (they apparently had a very tight grip and were afraid to fall off), awarding them a full pendant each, leading to a tie.


Olmec: "Is the capital of Mexico: Cancun--?" Olivia-Emma correctly answered "Mexico City", sending her and Robert to Olmec's Temple in search of the applewood amulet.

Temple Games Results
Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Pendants Won Tiebreaker
Green Monkeys Won Lost Tied 1½ Pendants Won
Purple Parrots Lost Won Tied 1½ Pendants Lost

Temple Run

The Temple configuration in this particular episode was very simplistic—in fact, it was the easiest in all of Season 2. Nevertheless, the Green Monkeys made it exciting. Robert, who Kirk referred to as an "international intrigue spy," chose the Ledges as his starting point and moved quickly. He went through the Pit of Despair rather fast as well; the Throne Room was not open, so he instead had to climb up into Medusa's Lair, where he met Temple Guard #1.
Like many players, Robert had a little difficulty with the room objective (finding the holes in which to insert the two snakes into Medusa's head), but completed it in about twenty seconds and moved on into the King's Storeroom. However, just after he smashed the first pot, the second Temple Guard seized and removed Robert with a little under two minutes to go. Adventurous Olivia-Emma was not quite as fast-moving as Robert, but it was her medium pace and great concept of the show that helped create an exciting Temple Run. On her way to the King's Storeroom, she passed up the half-Pendant on the Medusa's Lair actuator in the Pit of Despair, but she made it to where Robert left off in thirty seconds and got to work immediately. She had a dose of bad luck in the King's Storeroom when it was the third pot that contained the key and the third keyhole that opened the door, but she entered the Shrine of the Silver Monkey with a minute on the clock and absolutely blazed putting the statue together (fifteen seconds!). Olivia-Emma entered the Viper's Nest with 42 seconds remaining, but she had a little trouble finding the Applewood Amulet in the room.
Olivia-Emma Grabbing the Applewood Amulet

Olivia-Emma grabbing the Applewood Amulet.

When she picked it up with only 37 seconds were left, she promptly took off. After the King's Storeroom, she went up into the Observatory and then climbed down into Medusa's Lair, but otherwise she precisely retraced her footsteps back out of the Temple. Tension grew with every room, however, and by the time Olivia-Emma left the Pit for the Ledges, less than fifteen seconds were still on the clock. She squeezed her way back through to get over to the entrance slide; the camera switched to a wide angle as the last seconds appeared on the screen, and Olivia-Emma finally jumped down on the other side of Olmec a split second before the clock read "0:00."
Temple Run Results
Victory Yes (0:01 Left)
Reached the Artifact Yes
Temple Guard Locations

Medusa's Lair (blue mask)

The King's Storeroom (black mask)

The Crypt (gold mask)

Half Pendant Location Pit Actuator to Medusa's Lair

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  • This was the second and final episode where the first four teams to cross the Moat were not the four teams to compete in the Steps of Knowledge. The first episode was John Henry's Lost Hammer, where the Green Monkeys was disqualified for not crossing the moat correctly.
  • Olivia-Emma Houliana of the Green Monkeys previously appeared on Get the Picture in 1991.
  • This was the first episode where a team of Green Monkeys and a team of Purple Parrots faced off in the temple games, the only team combination that never materialized in Season 1.
  • This is the only episode with an artifact in the Viper's Nest where a team other than the Orange Iguanas went to the temple.
  • This is the first of four episodes where a team of Green Monkeys attempted to retrieve an artifact placed in the Top Corner Room. Unlike the following episodes, This was the only one to happen before Season 3.
  • This is the last episode where Olmec does not warn the contestants about the spirit of the Temple Guard in the Dark Forest.
  • This is the first episode to feature a half pendant in the pit area of Olmec's Temple.
  • Olivia Emma was the first female member of the Green Monkeys who was able to grab the artifact and subsequently the first who was able to escape with it before time ran out.
  • This episode's temple run is the third of four episodes where the contestant crosses the temple gates with only one second remaining. The first two episodes are Galileo's Cannonball and Lawrence of Arabia's Headdress. The episodes was followed by The Milk Bucket of Freydís.
  • Olivia-Emma Houliana was also one of six contestants on Nickelodeon All-Star Challenge.
  • The Blue Barracudas would later compete in The Priceless Portrait of the Polynesian Girl as the Purple Parrots.
  • This was the first episode of Season 2 to air where a team of Green Monkeys competed in the Temple Run.
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