The War Fan of the 47 Rōnin
War Fan of the 47 Ronin

Production Number

3-03 (83)


July 11, 1995


Silver Snakes


Jeremy LaCorte & Elise Bell

Artifact Location

The Quicksand Bog

Pendants of Life


Temple Layout


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The War Fan of the 47 Rōnin is the 83rd episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple.

Moat Crossing

In this Moat Crossing, players had to walk across these swinging platforms at the same time, and teams all did very well. The Blue Barracudas, Green Monkeys, Red Jaguars and Silver Snakes were the first four teams to hit their gongs.

Moat Results
Place Team Time
1st Blue Barracudas 0:20
2nd Green Monkeys 0:21
3rd Red Jaguars 0:24
4th Silver Snakes 0:25

Steps of Knowledge

Some of the boldest and most cunning warriors of Old Japan were the 47 Ronin. As Lord Asano's bodyguards, they accompanied him to the Palace of the Shogun, the ruler of Japan, but somehow, the evil Lord Kira still managed to do away with Asano. Kobayashi, number one samurai, called the others together.

"Boys, we messed up big time... and you know what that means."

"We're unemployed?"

"That too, but now we are rōnin— outcasts; we must find a way to get even." But Lord Kira was ready.

"Double the walls, triple my guards, cancel my dental appointment— the rōnin are on the Warpath!"

For two years, Lord Kira waited for their attack, but the 47 Rōnin were secretly plotting their revenge. Finally, Kira relaxed.

"Those wimps, they'll never attack; reduce the guard!"

The next night, The Rōnin crept across the snow. They fought valiantly through the guards and found Kira hiding in a bathroom. They did away with the evil lord, then surrendered to the Shogun. But instead of punishing them, he ordered their story be painted onto a war fan.

Steps of Knowledge Results
Question Answers Team
Were the 47 Rōnin…?
  • Chefs
  • Sailors
  • Samurai
Red Jaguars (2 steps left)
Is a samurai…?
  • A Thief
  • A Warrior
  • A Baker
Silver Snakes (2 steps left)
Does the word "Rōnin" mean…?
  • Brave Man
  • Fool
  • Outcast
Silver Snakes (1 step left)
Were the 47 Rōnin the bodyguards of…?
  • Lord Asano
  • Lord Byron
  • Lord Kira
Green Monkeys (Wrong Answer)
Red Jaguars (Previously Guessed Wrong Answer)
According to our legend, the name of the number one samurai was….
  • Kobayashi
  • Yoko
Red Jaguars (1 step left)
Did the 47 Rōnin find Lord Kira hiding in…?
  • A Barrel
  • A Bathroom
Red Jaguars (Advanced to Temple Games)
In Old Japan, was the military ruler…?
  • A Pharaoh
  • The Shogun
  • The Prime Minister
Green Monkeys (2 steps left)
The Shogun was the military ruler, but was his boss…?
  • The King
  • The Emperor
  • Mrs. Shogun
Silver Snakes (Advanced to Temple Games)

Temple Games

The Red Jaguars are Joe, who plays basketball and collects keys, and Jillion, who plays volleyball, likes singing and collecting karaoke tapes. The Silver Snakes are Jeremy, who plays basketball and wants to be a standup comedian, and Elise, who plays basketball and rides horses.

​Lord Kira's Castle (Trampoline/Net Maze)

The 47 Rōnin sneaked up to Lord Kira's castle and overcame the guards. Before Joe and Jeremy stood Lord Kira's castle, which they had to infiltrate from below. When Kirk gave the signal, each player had to launch himself through the webbing, climb through, and throw the samurai back down through the hole. Once done, he had to go onto the next level and do it again. When either player reached the top, he had to throw the warrior through the hole and ring the gong. The player to ring the gong in 60 seconds won. Jeremy rang the gong with 36 seconds remaining, awarding him a half Pendant of Life.

​Japanese Garden Rocks (Pop-Up Tunnel)

Some Japanese gardens are made not of plants, but sand and rocks which are valued for their interesting shapes or colors. While the Rōnin were plotting their revenge, they often passed secret messages to each other by hiding them under garden rocks. Before Jillion and Elise were a tunneled garden filled with colored rocks. When Kirk gave the signal, each player had to crawl through the tunnel, pop through the hole, and grab the rock she found there. After that, she had to go on to the next hole. If the rock there matched the one she already had, she had to bring them back and drop them in her bin. If the rock did not match, she had to swap the one she already had with the one she found and go on to the next hole. The player with the most pairs in her bin in 60 seconds won. Elise only managed to find one pair, awarding her a half Pendant of Life. Jillion was unable to find any pairs.

​Tower Walls (Rubber Ring Toss)

Lord Kira (expecting an attack) doubled the walls of his castle. The teams' task was to the double the walls of the towers before them. When Kirk gave the signal, The player on the ground had to throw a stone (really rubber) to his/her partner. Once his/her partner caught it, he/she had to slide toward the tower, toss it over the tower and go back for another. The team to build a wall of six rings around their tower or the team with the most rings around their tower in 60 seconds won. The Silver Snakes were unable to drop any rings around their tower, while the Red Jaguars won a full Pendant of Life with two rings around their tower, leading to a tie.


Olmec: "Samurai always wore two of these weapons: Slingshots…" Jeremy rang in before Olmec could finish, but he was correct when he answered "Swords", sending him and Elise to Olmec's Temple in search of the war fan.

Temple Games Results
Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Pendants Won Tiebreaker
Red Jaguars Lost Lost Won 1 Pendant Lost
Silver Snakes Won Won Lost 1 Pendant Won

Temple Run

Jeremy was a fast and smart player, but one accidental move on his part cost the team dearly. He started by going up into the Crypt, where he immediately lost the team's only Pendant of Life to a Temple Guard. From there, he headed into the Pit of the Pendulum, and then into the Tomb of the Headless Kings. He pulled all the ropes in the room fairly quickly, but as he was doing so, he accidentally kicked the Pit door shut. After a bit of trouble finding the skull, he placed it on both kings, with the stage-left king being the correct choice. From there, he went up into the Chamber of the Sacred Markers and then straight across the top floor. He got luck in the Room of the Ancient Warriors and acted fast in the Shrine of the Silver Monkey, but he was taken out one room away from the War Fan, in the Room of the Secret Password with 1:06 on the clock.

Elise launched into the Temple and made great time at first, but she soon met the Tomb door Jeremy had kicked shut earlier. It was jammed shut when she got there with fifty seconds remaining, and it took 22 seconds for the door to be reopened by the crew. Time ran out right after she entered the Room of the Secret Password (where Kirk was telling her to "slide down"— possibly because players did not need to complete the room objective to progress downward from that room space for most of Season 1 and all of Season 2).

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

The Crypt (blue mask)

The Room of the Secret Password (black mask)

The Ledges (gold mask)

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War Fan of the 47 Ronin Production Slate
  • This episode was taped on February 18, 1995.
  • This was the first episode where contestants must retrieve an artifact placed in The Quicksand Bog and the first episode in Season 3 where an artifact is placed in the Bottom Corner Room.
  • This is the first episode since The Collar of Davy Crockett wherein the Red Jaguars and the Silver Snakes competed against each other in the Temple Games. (This combination of teams never materialized in Season 2).
  • This was the first episode in Season 3 where the Silver Snakes participated in the Temple Run.
  • This is the first episode in Season 3 where a team competes in the Temple Run after earning one Pendant of Life in the Temple Games.
  • This episode features one of the most infamous production errors in the history of the show. This is one of two episodes known for its production error, the other being The Mask of Shaka Zulu.
  • This was the first episode where a Temple Guard is encountered in the Room of the Secret Password. This was also the first episode a contestant encountered a temple guard in the Top Corner Room of the temple since The Lost Logbooks of Magellan.
  • As a result of the production error, Jeremy and Elise were given both consolation prizes as it is concluded that they would have make it to the War Fan in time.
  • Elise is one of the few contestants to be interviewed about her time on the show.
  • This is the only Silver Snake Temple Run in Season 3 where a contestant assembles the Silver Monkey as well as the last run where a Silver Snake contestant does so.
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