The Mysterious Manuscript of Mary Shelley
Mysterious Manuscript of Mary Shelley

Production Number

3-18 (98)


July 20, 1995


Blue Barracudas


Kate & Larry

Artifact Location

The Dark Forest

Pendants of Life


Temple Layout


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The Mysterious Manuscript of Mary Shelley is the 98th episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple. It was the 92nd episode to be aired.

Moat Crossing

In this Moat, teams have to progress from giant inflatable lily-pad to giant inflatable lily-pad using a wooden plank. Both players must cross before the team hits their gong.

Moat Results
Finish Team Time
1st Red Jaguars 0:42
2nd Blue Barracudas 0:49
3rd Green Monkeys 0:51
4th Silver Snakes 1:04

Steps of Knowledge

One of the brightest literary talents of the early 1800's was a beautiful English woman named Mary Shelley. She wrote the classic horror novel Frankenstein. Her friends were aghast.

"How can such a lovely creature create such a horrifying monster?"

Legend has it that perhaps she didn't create it. One night, seeking refuge from a storm, Mary entered a dark forboden tavern. Moments later, a hulking shadowed figure sat down next to her.


"Where, be where?"

"No, no, you don't understand me."

Mary shivered as his hideous voice rasped out the story of a horrible monster that had terrorized a small German village.

"He was brought back from the dead by an evil doctor, a former pediatrician from Bavaria."

From his ragged coat, he drew out an old and yellowing manuscript.

"But another monster will never be created, for now you hold the secret. Guard it well."

Lightning flashed and Mary caught a glimpse at a horribly scarred face. Then the hulking figure strolled away into the night. Her heart raced as she read the cover.

"The Secrets of Life and Death by Victor Frankenstein."

Shelley wrote her novel, but kept the secret diary hidden away until it eventually made its way to the Temple.

Steps of Knowledge Results
Question Answers Result
Which of these best describes the novel Frankenstein?
  • Horror novel
  • Romance novel
Blue Barracudas (Correct - 2 Steps left)
Was Mary Shelley originally from?
  • United States
  • Argentina
  • England
Blue Barracudas (1 step left)
Did Mary Shelley receive Frankenstein's diary...?
  • In a tavern
  • At a monster truck rally
Red Jaguars (Wrong Answer - 3 steps left)
Blue Barracudas (Correct - Advance to the Temple Games)
Did Mary enter the tavern because...?
  • She was thirsty
  • A storm
Silver Snakes (Correct - 2 steps left)
Was the stranger in the tavern wearing?
  • Bloomers
  • Ragged coat
  • Wetsuit
Green Monkeys (Correct - 2 steps left)
Which of these professions was Frankenstein?
  • Doctor
Red Jaguars (Correct - 2 steps left)
Did Frankenstein...?
  • Find his monster
  • Buy his monster
  • Make his monster
Silver Snakes (Correct - 1 step left)
Was Frankenstein's first name?
  • James
  • Daisy
  • Victor
Silver Snakes (Correct - Advanced to the Temple Games)

Temple Games

The Blue Barracudas are Kate, who rollerblades and wants to be a brain surgeon, and Larry, who plays basketball and plays in a band. The Silver Snakes are Ashlee, who studies ballet and is drama club president, and Clyde, who plays football and is in the Boy Scouts.

Six Chapters of "Frankenstein" (Pop-Up Tunnel)

Good novels don't come easy, even to authors like Mary Shelley; scattered throughout the table were six chapters of Frankenstein. When Kirk gave the signal, Ashlee and Kate would pop through one of the holes to find the first chapter, then come back to the starting point and place it in its proper position on the board, and whoever got all six by the end of 60 seconds would win. Ashlee and Kate tied with 2 chapters each, awarding both teams a half-Pendant.

Frankenstein's Electricity (Spinning Platforms)

According to legend, Victor Frankenstein gave the monster life with a jolt of electricity; here, Clyde and Larry would have to generate that electricity. When Kirk gave the signal, they would spin the wheel as many times as possible, and whoever created the most electrical charges in 60 seconds would win. This game started off close, but Larry was a tad quicker than Clyde; he ultimately won 13-12, raising the Blue Barracudas' score to one full Pendant.

Ring around the Monster (Rubber Ring Toss)

Like the frightened villagers in Frankenstein, the teams must now capture the monster; when Kirk gave the signal, Clyde and Kate would throw a ring up to Ashlee and Larry, who would fly over to the monster and drop it on him before retreating. The team that got all six rings onto the monster within 60 seconds would win; the Blue Barracudas won with 18 seconds remaining, giving them two Pendants to the Silver Snakes' half-Pendant (they only had 4 rings around the monster).

Temple Games' Results
Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Pendants Won
Blue Barracudas Tied Won Won 2 pendants
Silver Snakes Tied Lost Lost ½ pendant

Temple Run

Larry's Shrine Fail

Larry's infamous attempt at assembly the Silver Monkey.

Neither player on the Barracudas moved at an incredible speed, but they seemed to have a well-built plan. Kate made it all the way to the Shrine of the Silver Monkey before being removed from the temple, and Larry took over with 1:13 to go. At the Pit, he made a smart move and climbed up to the King's Storeroom instead of going to the Chamber and taking time climbing the ladder. He made it into the Shrine with a full thirty-nine seconds remaining. He was just a room away from the artifact! Unfortunately, he had incredible difficulty assembling the monkey. The base was sideways, the belly was upside-down, and the head was reversed, but he tried forcing it down with all his might anyway! Although Olmec's legend spoke much of Frankenstein, Larry was not supposed to make the monkey resemble him. He wasted the rest of the run here.

Temple Run Results
Victory No
Reached the Artifact No
Method of Loss Ran out of time
Temple Guard Locations

The Chamber of the Sacred Markers

The Shrine of the Silver Monkey

The Ledges

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  • The original prize plugs for this episode were as follows:
    • George and Jimmy figures (Moat Crossing)
    • Moon Shoes (Steps of Knowledge)
    • Looney Tunes B-Ball for Super Nintendo (Temple Games)
  • This was the last episode in the series where a team of Blue Barracudas and a team of Silver Snakes completed against each other in the Temple Games. This is also the only episode in season 3 to produce this combination of teams.
  • This was the first episode in Season 3 where a team of Blue Barracudas competed in the Temple Run.
  • This was the only episode where contestants attempted to retrieve an artifact placed in the Dark Forest and the third Temple Guard was not encountered during the Temple Run.
  • This episode shows one of the most infamous attempts to assemble the Silver Monkey.
    • In the movie, Noah, Sadie, and Dudley struggled with the silver monkey as a reference to Larry's failure at assembling the silver monkey.
  • This was the only episode where a contestant vocally joins Kirk during the sign off of the show.
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