The Cracked Crown of the Spanish King
The cracked crown atop the stone column.

Production Number

2-10 (50)


June 23, 1994


Orange Iguanas

Winning Contestants

Josh & Kerry

Artifact Location

The Observatory

Pendants of Life

1½ + ½

Temple Layout


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The Mush Pot Hat of Johnny Appleseed (Production Order)
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Next Episode

The Imperial Purple Robe of Empress Theodora (Production Order)
The Golden Goblet of Attila the Hun (Broadcast Order)

The Cracked Crown of the Spanish King is the 50th episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple. It was the 45th episode to air.

Moat Crossing

In this extraordinarily difficult moat crossing, one player holds a long wooden plank steady as the other crosses it. After one teammate is across, he or she holds the board for the other partner to do the same.

Moat Results
Finish Team Time
1st Purple Parrots 0:45
2nd Orange Iguanas 1:02
3rd Green Monkeys 1:27
4th Blue Barracudas 2:27

Steps of Knowledge

One of the bravest and most able leaders of his time was Simón Bolívar. In the early 1800s, Spain had colonies in South America, among them Venezuela, where Bolívar led a revolt against the King of Spain. His men swept through Venezuela like wildfire, but as they entered the capital Caracas, an enormous earthquake flattened the city.

Bolívar would not be deterred: "Not even nature can stop the cause of liberty!"

A half-crazed monk climbed up on a pile of rubble and began to shout: "This earthquake is a sign! It is punishment for treason against the king! Bolívar is responsible for this; take God's vengeance upon HIM!"

Bolívar pushed the monk aside. They say he plucked a stone from the rubble, and on it was carved the crown of the King of Spain, which had cracked in half.

"Here is a true sign: The power of the king is broken!"

Bolívar freed the people from royal tyranny, and when he died, the Cracked Crown vanished.

Steps of Knowledge Results
Question Answers Team
Did Bolívar liberate much of…?
  • South America
  • North America
Green Monkeys (Correct - 2 steps left)
Was Bolívar born in what is now…?
  • Argentina
  • Guatemala
  • Venezuela
Orange Iguanas (Spain - Wrong Answer; Not one of the three choices)
Purple Parrots (Correct - 2 steps left)
Is the capital of Venezuela…?
  • Caracas
Green Monkeys (Correct - 1 step left)
Is South America also part of…?
  • Roman America
  • Latin America
Orange Iguanas (Correct - 2 steps left)
Did Bolívar fight against…?
  • The Portuguese Empire
  • The Argentinian Empire
  • The Spanish Empire
Orange Iguanas (Correct - 1 step left)
Which mountain range in South America did Bolívar…?
  • The Andes
Orange Iguanas (Correct before Olmec could finish - Advanced to Temple Games)
Which South American country is named so because it is situated on the Equator?
  • Ecuador
Green Monkeys (Correct - Advanced to Temple Games)

Temple Games

The Green Monkeys are Marshal and Wynter. The Orange Iguanas are Josh and Kerry.

South American Liberation (Mountain)

Simón Bolívar liberated most of South America from the tyranny of the Spanish King. Josh and Marshal however had to liberate four South American countries. Before them stood a mountain into which their pegs fit, and it was divided into four sections, each named after a South American country: Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, and Venezuela. Each country can be liberated by either player placing his peg in the secret hole that sets off the victory salute. When Kirk gave the signal, they had to start putting their pegs into as many holes as possible. For each country liberated, they each had to move on to the next one. The player to liberate all four countries or the player furthest along in 60 seconds won. Marshal won the game by liberating his third country at the last minute while Josh only freed two. Thus Marshal won the half pendant of life for.

Ride Like a Good General (Spinning Horses)

A good general has to be able to ride a horse and not just pose on one. That was Kerry and Wynter's task in this game. Each player was mounted on a mechanical horse and had to hold very tight when it started spinning. The player who stayed on the horse in 60 seconds or the player who stayed on the longest won. This was a very quick game thanks to Wynter falling off with 48 seconds of spare time. Kerry won the half pendant of life.

Spanish Troops (Slingshot Bowling)

Bolívar fought against the Spanish troops for many years before gaining independence and freedom. When Kirk gave the signal, one player had to load his/her team's slingshot and launch a ball at the Spanish troops on the wall. Then, it was his/her partner's turn. The team to knock over four Spanish soldiers or the team furthest along in 60 seconds won. The Orange Iguanas won the game after knocking down three soldiers while the Green Monkeys only knocked down two, sending the Orange Iguanas to Olmec's Temple with 1½ pendants.

Temple Games Results
Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Pendants Won
Green Monkeys Won Lost Lost ½ Pendant
Orange Iguanas Lost Won Won 1½ Pendants

Temple Run

The Orange Iguanas did well during the middle portion of the show, but their performance in the Temple left a lot to be desired. Josh was an excited contestant all day, and was not actually that bad of a player. He kept a medium-to-fast pace throughout the run, and tried all three doors leading left from the Pit of Despair, which was a very good move. The team seemed like they would do well based on Josh alone, but when he hit two Temple Guards as early as possible in the Ledges and the Throne Room, the entire Temple Run's fate rested on Kerry's shoulders, but that changed.

With 2:12 to go, Kerry trotted up the stairs and slid into the Ledges, where she mistakenly ventured down into the old Cave of Sighs entrance, costing her time. She smartly stuck to the bottom floor once she got to where Josh left off, but she moved at a sluggish pace and never really accelerated. Nevertheless, she found the other half of her Pendant of Life in the Swamp, and immediately needed it in the Dark Forest, when a Temple Spirit caught her. After giving up her Pendant fragments, Kerry retrieved the key, and used it to go up into the Shrine of the Silver Monkey. After putting the monkey together, though, she went into the Viper's Nest instead of the King's Storeroom by mistake; time ran out there. Minus those two little wrong turns, however, Kerry knew exactly what to do— if she had moved at an acceptable pace, chances are that this team would have won.

Temple Run Results
Victory No
Reached the Artifact No
Method of Loss Failed Acquisition
Temple Guard Locations

The Ledges

The Throne Room

The Dark Forest

Half Pendant Location The Swamp

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  • This was the first episode to feature the Blue Barracudas, Green Monkeys, Orange Iguanas and Purple Parrots in the Steps of Knowledge (one of three combinations that never materialized in Season 1).
  • This is the only episode despite the artifact of the day was found in the Observatory, the last Temple Room on top, where Olmec did not say "Put together the puzzle on the stone column."
  • This was the first episode since Wild Bill Hickok and the Dead Man's Hand to have a team of Green Monkeys and a team of Orange Iguanas compete against each oher in the Temple Games.
  • The Imperial Purple Robe of Empress Theodora can be seen in the Mine Shaft during the Temple Games.
  • This is the only episode in Season 2 where a contestant is removed from the Throne Room.
  • This is the first episode in Season 2 where a contestant finds the hidden half pendant in the Temple during the Temple Run.
  • Kerry is the first female contestant to encounter a Temple Guard after finding the Hidden Half Pendant in Olmec's Temple and the second overall, following Ron in The Treasure of Anne Bonny.
  • Kerry was also the only member of the Orange Iguanas to encounter a Temple Guard after finding the hidden half pendant in Olmec's Temple.
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