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Episode 39 is the thirty-ninth episode of the first season of Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?


Dr. Belljar steals the Jacquard Loom from France in the year 1804.

After playing Global Pursuit in the early 1800's, Kevin and the Time Pilots meet Lady Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace, who gives them clues that lead them to Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine in the 1830s. Once they reach the decade, however, the Time Pilots run out of "fact fuel" and need a Data Boost.

Afterwards, Kevin finds a vacuum tube and a foot in the molecular generator. These are clues leading the Time Pilots to the ENIAC in 1945, where Dr. Belljar neutralizes their "fact fuel."

By listening in on Dr. Belljar's report to Carmen, Kevin and the Time Pilots follow him to 1983, when the first laptop computer came out.

Ali makes the Trail of Time with 3 seconds to spare, capturing Dr. Belljar and Carmen after rapidly operated two devices at the first portal the Greek column wheel and the 5th portal pendulum wheel contraption even though she slightly went the wrong way after the first portal forcing her to go straight through.

Time Pilots[]

  • Sara Levine
  • Dallas Raines
  • Ali Smith

Sketches and Pit Stops[]

  • Cluefinder (Lady Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace) - 1830s (when Ada Byron first met Charles Babbage)
  • Molecular Generator - 1945 (when the ENIAC computer was built)
  • VILE Villain Clue - 1983 (the same year The Return of the Jedi came out; when the first laptop computer was introduced)

History of Computing[]

  • 1993: The White House gets its own e-mail address.
  • 1985: Carmen Sandiego software debuts.
  • 1976: The first Apple computer debuts.
  • 1971: The first pocket calculator is introduced.
  • 1969: Computers are used during the Apollo moon landing.
  • 1943: A computer breaks a Nazi code during World War II.
  • 1834: Babbage conceives of his analytical engine.
  • 1804: The Jacquard loom is introduced.

Trail of Time Questions[]

Bold indicates correct answers.
Italics indicates the contestant's answers.
Underline indicates the contestant answered the question after time ran out.

  1. It's 960. What counting instrument is being used in Europe?
    • The sundial
    • The abacus
  2. It's 1844. Who transmitted the first telegraph message?
    • Thomas Edison
    • Samuel Morse
  3. It's 1929. Where is the tape recorder being developed?
    • Germany
    • Panama
  4. It's 1945. What computer was built to help fight World War II?
    • ENIAC
    • Macintosh
  5. It's 1975. What is the new computer language for beginners?
    • Easy
    • Basic
  6. It's 1995. What completely computer-animated movie premieres?
    • Aladdin
    • Toy Story


  • This episode appears to be one of the earliest filmed, as there are sound effects and visual effects that are different from most of the other episodes of Season 1.


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