The Secret Battle Plan of Nathan Hale
The battle plan on the edge of the camera-left shelf.

Production Number

2-02 (42)


October 4, 1994


Silver Snakes


James & Christina

Artifact Location

The Shrine of the Silver Monkey
The Throne Room (initially)

Pendants of Life

Temple Layout

X (Preliminary Rounds)
XIV (Temple Run)

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The Secret Battle Plan of Nathan Hale is the 42nd episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple. It was the 72nd episode to complete production and the 70th episode to air.

Moat Crossing

The moat crossing required players to hang from a rope overhead and walking across two lower ropes which crisscross at the halfway mark. The Silver Snakes were easily the first team across, followed by the Purple Parrots, Blue Barracudas and Green Monkeys in that order. However, one of the funniest parts was the fact that the second player on the Orange Iguanas never even got his feet on either lower rope— he was hanging from the higher rope alone until he finally fell into the water almost halfway across and got sent back.

Moat Results
Finish Team Time
First Silver Snakes 0:31
Second Purple Parrots 0:34
Third Blue Barracudas 0:40
Fourth Green Monkeys 0:45

Steps of Knowledge

The bravest young spy in the Revolutionary War was the American patriot, Nathan Hale, who was arrested trying to cross British lines. Legend has it that he was brought before General Howe, the leader of the British army.

"My men tell me you are a spy for George Washington's Continental Army."

"My name is Hans Hanson. I'm a Dutch schoolteacher," lied Nathan.

"Oh yeah?" said the general. "If you're a Dutchman, who put his finger in the dike?"

"The little Dutch boy."

"If you're Dutch, why did you have these secret battle plans hidden in your boot?"

"Because my mother is… knitting socks for the soldiers and I wanted to tell her where to send them."

"And what's your mother's name?"

"Mrs. Hale— oops!"

"Ah-HA! You ARE a spy! Take him away!"

They took poor Nathan away, and the secret battle plan disappeared.

Steps of Knowledge Results
Question Answers Team
When he was captured, was Nathan Hale pretending to be…?
  • An English lawyer
  • A Dutch schoolteacher
Purple Parrots (A Dutch schoolboy - Wrong Answer; Not one of the three choices)
Blue Barracudas (Correct - Two steps left)
Who commanded the British forces that Hale spied on?
  • Benedict Arnold
  • General Howe
Silver Snakes (Correct - Two steps left)
Which of these French words means "the act of spying?"
  • Camouflage
  • Espionage
Purple Parrots (Correct - Two steps left)
Which of these men led the Continental Army during the Revolution?
  • Benedict Arnold
  • George Washington
Silver Snakes (Correct - One step left)
In which of these towns did the Revolutionary War begin?
  • Lexington and Concord
Green Monkeys (Correct - Two steps left)
Who warned the minutemen with his famous midnight ride?
  • Paul Bunyan
  • Paul Revere
Green Monkeys (Correct - One step left)
Which of these Frenchmen assisted the United States in its Revolution?
  • Napoleon
  • Charlemagne
  • Lafayette
Purple Parrots (Wrong Answer)
Blue Barracudas (Correct - One step left)
Which of these sayings was attributed to Nathan Hale?
  • "Give me liberty, or give me death!"
  • "Four score and seven years ago"
  • "I only regret, that I have but one life to lose for my country."
Green Monkeys (Correct - Advanced to the Temple Games)
Was the Declaration of Independence signed in…?
  • 1776
Silver Snakes (Correct - Advanced to the Temple Games)

Temple Games

The Silver Snakes are James and Christina. The Green Monkeys are Stacy and Kevin.

Nathan Hale's Map (Swinging Sandbags)

The first game pitted Stacy against James in a race to complete one of Nathan Hale's maps of British troop locations while avoiding enemy lines in the form of swinging sandbags. Stacy ended up getting hit quite a few times, while James managed to slither past the obstacles a lot more of the time, only getting hit once. The result was that Stacy grabbed two parts of the map, but James brought back three, so the Silver Snakes won the half Pendant of Life.

British Plan: "ATTACK PHILADELPHIA" (Cubbyhole Web)

The second game required Kevin and Christina to grab tiled portions of a coded message covering the cubbyholes around the edges of a net— they were not in the cubbyholes like items usually are in this game. Each tile contained two adjacent letters, and when put in the right order, the message revealed would be a British plan: "ATTACK PHILADELPHIA." The initial "AT" was already given, so the players had to grab the remaining eight tiles and place as many correctly as possible. When time ran out, Kevin placed five tiles on the board, four in the correct slot. Christina managed to retrieve four tiles, but one was discounted as it was placed on the upside down, despite being in the correct slot. As a result the Green Monkeys, won the half pendant of life.

Secret Messages (Tilt Swing)

The third game was a creative use of the rotating lever. The player who competed in the first Temple Game had to take a secret message from the velcro covering on their shirt and leave it on a pedestal; when the second player swung by, he or she had to take the message and stick it to their shirt. Whichever team made the most transfers in 60 seconds wins. The Silver Snakes just edged out the Green Monkeys 5-4 in order to win the game and the full pendant. Silver Snakes won the Temple Games and the chance to go to Olmec's Temple with 1½ Pendants over the Green Monkeys, who only scored a half pendant.

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

Temple Run

James decided to go first, and chose the Ledges as his starting point. He tried the lower crawl tube, but then went down into the old Cave of Sighs entrance before trying the upper crawl tube and then the Crypt door, which was the only way James could leave the Ledges. With 2:33 remaining, he set foot in the Crypt, where the first Temple Guard was waiting. James opened the door into the Pit on the first try before being ambushed, then headed on after surrendering his Pendant. He swung across the Pit, signaled the half Pendant on the Observatory actuator and then headed into the Observatory, where the second Temple Guard took him out with 2:09 on the clock. Cristina was a tad slower than James, but she made a critical mistake that cost the team—she missed the half Pendant on the Observatory actuator. When Kirk commented that she missed it, she headed back down the stairwell and took another look, but still did not see it, having only checked the wall above the Room of the Mandarin Hand door. She completed the puzzle on the stone column and went on into the King's Storeroom, but the final Temple Guard emerged as Christina smashed the middle pot with 1:11 remaining.

Temple Run Results
Victory No
Reached the Artifact No
Method of Loss Triple Seizure (1:11 left)
Temple Guard Locations The Crypt
The Observatory
The King's Storeroom
Half Pendant Location Pit Actuator to the Observatory

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Battle Plan in the Throne Room

The Battle Plan as shown in the throne room.

  • When Olmec told everybody where the battle plan was which was in the shrine, it was not there. But during the temple games, it can be seen in the Throne Room and then can finally be seen in the shrine during the credits.
  • This was one of the two episodes where the temple run was postponed. The other one was The Golden Cup of Belshazzar. Coincidentally, both runs were 1½ Pendant losses with artifacts hidden in the Shrine of the Silver Monkey. However, this episode's artifact was originally going to be in the Throne Room before the run was postponed.
  • This episode's Temple Run marks the first time Temple Layout XIV is used and the first use of the Room of the Mandarin Hand.
  • This was the only episode where the Silver Snakes defeated the Green Monkeys in the Temple Games and did not win the second prize.
  • This was the last of four episodes where a team of Silver Snakes lost the Temple Run as a result of a Triple Seizure. The first three episodes were The Pendant of Kamehameha, Henry VIII's Great Seal, and The Missing Eye of David.
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