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Episode 41 is the forty-first episode of the first season of Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?


Dr. Belljar steals the telegraph from the United States in the year 1838.

While attempting to get to the time of the crime, the time pilots run out of "fact fuel" and end up in the 1840s. After a Data Boost there, Dr. Belljar taunts the time pilots about the first telegraph line over an ocean, which leads them to the Atlantic Ocean in the year 1866. There, Dr. Belljar zaps their "fact fuel."

After another Data Boost, Kevin gets a call from a crass telephone operator trying to contact Mark Twain. In spite of his rude manners, the operator gives the time pilots clues that lead them to the year 1878.

Following Global Pursuit in the 1870s, the time pilots met up with an army general from the 1990s. His clues about the Internet and Mosaic software lead them to the year 1993, where they retrieve the telegraph.

Ryan captures Dr. Belljar, but Carmen escapes just as time ran out while Ryan arrives at the last time portal.

Time Pilots[]

  • Ryan Foster
  • Peter Garafolo
  • Alex Casano (?)

Sketches and Pit Stops[]

  • 1840's (the Time Pilots ran out of fact fuel before reaching their intended destination)
  • VILE Villain Clue - Atlantic Ocean in 1866 (the first successful transatlantic telegraph line)
  • Male Telephone Operator - 1878 (when teenage boys were hired as operators)
  • Cluefinder (U.S. Army general) - 1993 (when Mosaic software became the first public internet browser)

History of Communication (Flight Plan)[]

  • 1982: E.T. phones home.
  • 1968: The 911 emergency number is introduced in the U.S.
  • 1946: The first mobile phone service begins in the U.S.
  • 1927: Transatlantic phone service begins.
  • 1878: The first telephone directory is issued.
  • 1866: The first telegraphic communication across an ocean is established.
  • 1847: Alexander Graham Bell is born.
  • 1838: Samuel Morse perfects the telegraph.

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 2000 BC. Which animals do Sumerians use to send messages?
    • Pigeons
    • Hawks
  2. It's 1860. From which state do the first Pony Express riders leave?
    • California
    • Missouri
  3. It's 1876. From what city did Bell transmit the first words by telephone?
    • Boston
    • Pittsburgh
  4. It's 1878. Which writer was one of the first to own a telephone?
    • Mark Twain
    • F. Scott Fitzgerald
  5. It's 1933. Which communication tool is the Army developing?
    • Shortwave Radio
    • Walkie-Talkies
  6. It's the year 1969... Question Not Asked; Out of Time


  • 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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