"The Golden Pepperoni of Catherine de' Medici" is the 73rd episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple.

Moat Crossing

The Moat design was interesting; the players each had a stack of floating rings they could stand on as they hung from a rod and climbed hand over hand across the Moat, but they didn't actually need to use the floating rings, they could go on without them and not be sent back. The Green Monkeys, Purple Parrots, Orange Iguanas and Silver Snakes were the first four teams to make it across in that order.

1st Green Monkeys 0:41
2nd Purple Parrots 0:43
3rd Orange Iguanas 0:47
4th Silver Snakes 0:51

Steps of Knowledge

One of the most ruthless and powerful women of the 1500s was the queen of France, Catherine de' Medici. She was the wife of one king and the mother of three others. And through them, she ruled France most of her life. She loved building castles, and legend has it that she had just finished a new castle in the heart of Paris when she summoned her royal psychic, The Great Linguini.

She said: "I dreamed someone was chasing me through room after room of my brand-new castle. Is someone trying to kill me? What do you think?"

"I think you've been eating too much pepperoni late at night. Besides, I'm a psychic, not a psychiatrist. But I predict, if you live in the new castle, you'll be tormented by dreams."

The next day, Catherine de' Medici had her workmen tear down the new palace. As a gesture of thanks, she sent Linguini a golden pepperoni, which was stolen after Linguini died.

Green Monkeys Orange Iguanas Purple Parrots Silver Snakes
1st - Correct
2nd - Correct 1st - Incorrect
1st - Correct
2nd - Correct 1st - Incorrect
1st - Incorrect 2nd - Correct
1st - Correct
1st - Incorrect 2nd - Correct

Temple Games

Noble Family Crest (Swinging Sandbags)

In the first Temple Game, the girls had to collect four symbols to complete a noble family's crest while avoiding swinging obstacles. Tara and Aqila both did a great job— each one of them collected three symbols out of four in 60 seconds, so each team won a half Pendant of Life. On a stranger note, Kirk neglected to say "Let's set the clock for 60 seconds" before this game started, so the clock appeared on its own just after he said "On your mark."

Catherine de' Medici's Palace (Pole)

In the second Temple Game, the boys had to climb a tower representing part of Catherine de' Medici's palace and remove the four merlons. However, this was important— merlons that did not make it in the bucket did not count. Chris got all four merlons down first BUT a couple missed the bucket. Michael was not that far behind at all, and he got his fourth merlon in just before Chris could place the stray merlons in the bucket, so the Green Monkeys won the half Pendant here. At this point the score was 1-½ Pendants, with the Green Monkeys in the lead.

Family Crowns (Cubbyhole Web)

The third Temple Game mentioned that Catherine de' Medici had three sons and a husband through which she ruled France for pretty much all of her life. In this game, the team players had to take turns opening cubbyholes in the net and looking for crowns for Catherine's family. In the last seconds, the Purple Parrots crowned their third mannequin head, while the Green Monkeys only crowned two. That gave the Purple Parrots another full Pendant, which meant that they won the Temple Games and would be taking 1½ Pendants into Olmec's Temple.

Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Pendants Won
Green Monkeys Tied Won Lost 1 Pendant
Purple Parrots Tied Lost Won 1½ Pendants

Temple Run

The frontrunner, Chris, seemed to be a smart player. As he passed through the Pit he signaled his partner the location of the half-pendant. Unfortunately, he was taken out not soon after, unrolling the red carpet for one of the most--how to say--slow-witted contestants on the show. She did not pass through the rooms too quickly, and went past the half pendant her partner had signaled her, before realizing that she had passed it. Her true slow-wittedness came in the last few seconds of the run. She completed the silver monkey with four seconds to go, and raced into the Room of the Secret Password, clear past the artifact, and then went down the elevator! Time expired shortly after.


Winning Team Purple Parrots
Contestants Chris & Aqila
Result Failed Acquisition
Pendants of Life 1½ + ½
Artifact Location The Room of the Secret Password
Temple Guard Locations

The Crypt

The Laser Light Room

The King's Storeroom

Half Pendant Location The Pit

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Legends of the Hidden Temple Golden Pepperoni of Catherine de' Medici

Legends of the Hidden Temple Golden Pepperoni of Catherine de' Medici


  • This is one of the few episodes where a contestant falls before entering the temple.
  • The first time a player passes up the half-pendant and eventually goes back to retrieve it.
  • When Aqila competes the Object of the Jester's Court, the lights don't turn on.
  • Aqila is the only African-American contestant to ever use the Court-Storeroom passage.
  • Aqila passed up the artifact and headed for the Mine Shaft. This is the only episode where a contestant passes up the artifact.
  • Chris kneels to the ground as he was dismayed over his partner's actions.


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