The Lost Love Letter of Captain John Smith
The love letter stuck to the camera-right tree.

Production Number

2-06 (46)


September 6, 1994


Red Jaguars


Derrick Kujak & Whitney

Artifact Location

The Dark Forest

Pendants of Life

Temple Layout


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The Lost Love Letter of Captain John Smith is the 46th episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple. It was the 45th episode to complete production and the 65th to air.

Moat Crossing

In this Moat, both players from each team cross the water simultaneously by laying their four boards upon two parallel bars, continually adjusting them as necessary to cross the entire pool.

Moat Results
Finish Team Time
First Red Jaguars 0:51
Second Orange Iguanas 0:58
Third Green Monkeys 1:06
Fourth Blue Barracudas 1:10

Steps of Knowledge

In the mid 1600s, the Algonquian Indians captured the governor of Jamestown, Captain John Smith. He was carried struggling into a clearing, and thrown upon a great boulder before Chief Powhatan. Four men held him down, and the executioners lifted two great rocks to crush him. Suddenly, there was a shriek and sound of running feet. Pocahontas, the daughter of Powhatan threw herself over the head of the captive.

"Do not hurt him father, I love him!"

Powhatan spared the life of the Englishman, John Smith. All winter long, Pocahontas visited her boyfriend at Jamestown, bringing the colonists' food and warning them of danger. All of them were grateful except one: Prunella Pemberwick, who had a crush on John Smith herself. Legend has it that when Smith was suddenly called back to England, he left a love letter for Pocahontas, but Prunella threw the letter away and told Pocahontas that John Smith had died.

Steps of Knowledge Results
Question Answers Team
Was Pocahontas…?
  • An Algonquian
  • A Mohican
  • An Iroquois
Orange Iguanas (Correct - Two steps left)
Which of these was the first permanent English settlement in America?
  • Salem
  • Jamestown
Green Monkeys (Correct - Two steps left)
Which of these men was a governor of Jamestown?
  • Captain John Smith
Orange Iguanas (Correct - One step left)
Jamestown is found in which of these states?
  • Virginia
Red Jaguars (Correct - Two steps left)
Was Jamestown founded in…?
  • The 1400s
  • The 1600s
Green Monkeys (Correct - One step left)
Later in life when Pocahontas visited England, did she see…?
  • King James I
  • King Henry VIII
  • King Richard III
Red Jaguars (Correct - One step left)
Which of these men named Virginia and founded Roanoke Island?
  • Sir Walter Raleigh
  • Leif Erikson
  • Ponce de León
Orange Iguanas (Correct - Advanced to the Temple Games)
Raleigh is the capital city of which state?
  • North Carolina
Blue Barracudas (Correct - Two steps left)
Which of these food crops did the Indians introduce to the English?
  • Corn
Red Jaguars (Correct - Advanced to the Temple Games)

Temple Games

The Orange Iguanas are 14-year-old George, who plays baseball for his high school, and Tatiana, who plays basketball for her school team. The Red Jaguars are 14-year-old Whitney, who dances, and Derrick (also 14 years old), who plays baseball and hockey. His favorite hockey player is Wayne Gretzky.

Land Ho! (Boat)

The Jamestown settlers sailed all the way across the Atlantic to plant the English flag in the New World. Derrick and George fortunately did not have to go that far. When Kirk gave the signal, they had to push their boat off and row it down to the island on the other side. There, they had to then hop out of their boats, plant the English flag, and pull themselves back to the dock and climb onto it. If either player touched the floor, he would have been disqualified. The player to plant the flag and make it back to the dock or the team furthest along in 60 seconds won. Derrick made it back with 42 seconds of spare time, awarding him a half pendant of life.

Food for the Winter (Cubbyhole Web)

The first winter in the New World was a difficult one for the colonists. Their crops failed and they had little to eat. When Kirk gave the signal, Whitney and Tatiana had to scramble up to an opening in the wall, punch through the cover, grab the corn inside, climb back down, place it in their scale bowl. The heavier ears of corn were at the top while the lighter ears of corn were on the sides. The player with the most corn by weight in 60 seconds won. Tatiana had more food in her bowl, awarding her a half pendant of life.

Jamestown to Windsor (Slingshot Wall)

In the early 1600s, English settlers started four colonies in the New World: (1) Jamestown, Virginia (2) Plymouth, Massachusetts (3) Odiorne's Point, New Hampshire, and (4) Windsor, Connecticut. When Kirk gave the signal, the boyes had to climb the wall to the first location while their partners had to load a marker in their slingshots and shoot it at them. When either male player caught it, he had to place it on the colonies, climb to the next one, and wait for the next marker. The first team with one marker in each location or the team furthest along in 60 seconds won. Both teams failed to get to Windsor, so they tied with three marked colonies each, leading to a tie.


Olmec: "Did the Jamestown settlers come from France, England, or—?" Derrick correctly answered "England", sending him and Whitney to Olmec's Temple in search of the lost love letter.

Temple Games Results
Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Pendants Won Tiebreaker
Red Jaguars Won Lost Tied 1½ Pendants Won
Orange Iguanas Lost Won Tied 1½ Pendants Lost

Temple Run

John Smith Throne Room Temple Guard Awaits for pouncing

The Guard in the throne room waits to pounce.

This team really had some trouble in Medusa's Lair. However, the team players did not seem that horrible - it was the tough placement of temple guards that got the team in the end.

The half pendant in the King's Storeroom hanging on the inactive actuator to the Shrine.

The half pendant was revealed to be on an inactive actuator in the King's Storeroom at the end of the run, and Whitney's passing-up of the half pendant cost them dearly.
Temple Run Results
Reached the Artifact No
Victory No
Method of Loss Triple Seizure (0:26 left)
Temple Guard Locations The Throne Room
Medusa's Lair
The Shrine of the Silver Monkey
Half Pendant Location Inactive Actuator in the King's Storeroom

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  • This is the first episode where contestants must retrieve an artifact placed in the Dark Forest. Subsequently, this was the first of many failures to bring the artifact out of that room.
  • This is the first episode where the Red Jaguars defeated the Orange Iguanas in the Temple Games in order to compete in the Temple Run.
  • This was the first episode in Season 2 where a team of Red Jaguars advanced to Olmec's temple.
  • Whitney was the first person to complete the objective of Medusa's Lair.
  • This episode marks the second of three times that a team Red Jaguars had their Temple Run ended by being captured by the third Temple Guard without a full pendant. The first time his happens was in Elizabeth I's Golden Ship and the next time this happens is in The Crown of Queen Nzinga.
    • This is the only one of the three where the run ended with less than a minute remaining.
  • This is the only episode where a Triple Seizure occurs in the Shrine of the Silver Monkey.
  • With 0:26 remaining when Whitney was captured by the third Guard, this was the slowest loss caused the Temple Guards in Season 2. This is the third slowest Triple Seizure, only outdone by The Lost Logbooks of Magellan (0:18 remaining) and The Lost Taj Mahal Turban of Aurangzeb (0:14 remaining).
  • This was the first episode to feature a half pendant in the King's Storeroom as well as the following: