John Bell — Director

Episodes 11

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Etched in Stone

1x8
November 13, 1999

Event: NORTHUMBRIAN COAST 935 A.D.

Stewie Harper shows up at the university posing as a visiting professor. He's got a lead on an ancient fortune but needs Sydney's expertise. Sydney, Nigel and Stewie head off to Sweden to find the pillaged booty of legendary Viking marauder Jann the Bold. But Stewie's not telling the whole truth, which becomes clear after an encounter with the Swedish Society of Vikings, determined to stop them.

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May 20, 2000

Event: THE BARBARY COAST 1534

Sydney's former mentor, Professor Chandler, passes away before finishing recovering the Ruby Chalice of Truth, his life's work, a long-fabled relic imbued with truth-inducing powers. The chalice eventually fell into the hands of a French diplomat. Sydney, Nigel and Stewie Harper, track the goblet to a cooking academy in Paris, with a parchment written in Berber and the professor's notes. As students, the three chef it up during the day and scourge the school by night. A masquerading rival and students at every turn, the threesome must fulfill Professor Chandler's life mission.

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October 7, 2000

Event: SOUTH AMERICA 662 AD

After recovering a vessel believed to contain the Great Warrior Spirit of the Mochicas and hopping a flight to Lima, Sydney and Nigel assume their adventure is complete. Their plane goes down and motley crew of passengers is beset by headhunters, rebels and internal strife. Forget getting the last of the Mochicas safely to the Lima Museum, Sydney and Nigel will be lucky to get themselves out of the jungle alive.

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October 14, 2000

Event: VANUATU ISLANDS 4800 B.C.

Government agent Derek Lloyd, who tricked Sydney and Nigel into a mission once before, lures Sydney to New Guinea by kidnapping Nigel. Sydney and Nigel don't believe that the spy is on a goodwill mission, but are seduced by the possibility of rediscovering a lost civilization, the Kai Nomata, an ancient tribe believed to have been destroyed by a volcano thousands of years ago. When the need-to-know details are revealed, Sydney and Nigel don't know who or what to believe.

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The Real Thing

2x11
January 13, 2001

Event: EGYPT 1516 BC

Sydney and Nigel discover relics of Egyptian Pharaoh Amun the Second, whose treasure-laden burial chamber was thought to have never been found, while serving as technical advisors on a movie. But why are the priceless artifacts he wanted to take into the afterlife on a film set in England? Sydney and Nigel must unravel the mystery of a decades-old double-cross and theft.

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February 10, 2001

Event: MISSISSIPPI VALLEY 1605

Sydney's graduate student Adam Grant unearths a lead on the never found but most famous of all Native American artifacts: the legendary Eyes of Toklamanee. Adam's research takes him and Sydney to St. Louis, Missouri, and to the construction site of the city's newest subway line. With a archeologist to verify that construction won't destroy anything of historical significance, it looks like the lead is a dead end.

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The Royal Ring

2x20
May 7, 2001

Event: TOWER OF LONDON 1536

Nigel's older brother and a curator at the British Museum, Preston, uncovers a riddle by Henry VIII that may lead to the wedding ring of Anne Boleyn. Preston re-ignites a sibling rivalry with Nigel, when he calls Sydney for help. The brothers' competition becomes deadly serious and Nigel discovers that his former lover, Amanda, is also on the hunt and romantically involved with Preston.

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Deadline

2x22
May 21, 2001

Event: JERUSALEM 1099 A.D. THE FIRST CRUSADE

Allan has been blackmailed by a collector into finding the world's first Christian cross. It is believed to grant its possessor eternal salvation. The collector has also infected Allan with a deadly virus using the antidote as an extra incentive. Sydney and Nigel must help Allan find and deliver the Cross of Tau and get him the antidote in twelve hours.

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Wages of Sydney

3x1
September 17, 2001

Event: QUAN SHU FORTRESS, MANCHURIA 1359 A.D.

Sydney and Nigel are hot on the trail of a Chinese ""dragon's egg"" concerning an early contact-explosive like nitroglycerine. Rival relic hunter Kane has the map, but has been captured by a local warlord, Shandar. The duo have to break Kane out, and then get the map from him and go for the egg. They manage to get hold of it, but Kane and Shandar pursue them, and Sydney uses the explosive to blow up their opponents. Meanwhile, Claudia is off on a ""fashion emergency"" and temp Karen Petrusky is forced to deal with a budget review of Sydney's Ancient Studies department.

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Mr. Right

3x2
September 24, 2001

Event: BALI, INDONESIA 1459 A.D.

After recovering an artifact in Bali, Sydney meets an old friend, Gray, and decides to remain there on vacation with him while Nigel heads back to the states. Unfortunately, another old ""friend"", intrepid CIA agent Derek Lloyd, is in Bali seeking a relic: a bowl that will reveal the user's true love. He wants to recover it so the U.S. government can give it to the Indonesians to win political points, but the Chinese are also looking for it. Sydney is forced to step out on Gray repeatedly, unable to resist the urge to go looking for another relic. She and Derek manage to find it, but Gray has always been captured by the Chinese agent. Syd manages to beat up the agent and recover the bowel for the U.S. Gray appears to realize that hunting relics will always come first for her, but that's still no reason they can't be romantically involved.

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Treasure Island

3x5
October 15, 2001

Event: THE SPANISH MAIN 1790 A.D.

The wife of a deceased criminal relic hunter, Jamie Palmerston, approaches Sydney and asks for her help recovering the real-life treasure that Robert Louis Stevenson wrote about in ""Treasure Island."" Nigel meets them in the Caribbean, and they follow a circuitous series of clues that Stevenson left. Meanwhile, a local dive shop owner and his henchmen are on the trail, but both of them are mysteriously shot. Sydney and Nigel find the treasure, only to find that Jamie is in league with her not-so-dead husband to get the treasure. They leave Syd and Nigel buried in the sand and then Jamie shoots her husband and takes the treasure. Thanks to a fan of Nigel's, they manage to escape and Syd punches out Jamie and gets the treasure.

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