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Episode 109 is the forty-fourth episode of the second season of Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?.


Dr. Belljar steals the first music box from Switzerland in the 1790s.

At the time of the crime, Kevin and the time pilots meet Thomas Edison, who directs them to Dr. Belljar in the 1870s, when he invented the phonograph. There, they play Global Pursuit.

Afterwards, Kevin's mother sneaks into his room and gives him clues about magnetic tape recording in Bing Crosby's radio show. These clues direct him and the time pilots to the year 1947, where Dr. Belljar sabotages the Chronoskimmer.

Following a Data Boost, Dr. Belljar taunts the time pilots about DVD's, which leads them to Japan in the year 1996, where they take the music box.

William captures Dr. Belljar, but Carmen escapes because of William's slow speed missing the only 2 questions at the 4th and 5th time portals.

Time Pilots[]

  • Alexa Gigerich
  • William Zao
  • Scott

Sketches and Pit Stops[]

  • Cluefinder (Thomas Edison) - 1870s (when the phonograph was invented)
  • Global Pursuit
  • Intruder Alert (Kevin's Mother) - 1947 (when Bing Crosby recorded his radio shows on magnetic tape for the first time)
  • Data Boost
  • VILE Villain Clue - Japan in 1996 (when the first DVD was sold)

History of Sound Recording (Flight Plan)[]

  • 1984: The compact disc is introduced in the U.S.
  • 1979: Sony introduces the Walkman.
  • 1958: Stereo records first hit the market.
  • 1931: The long-playing 33-1/3-rpm record débuts.
  • 1917: The first jazz record is sold.
  • 1889: The first commercial records go on sale.
  • 1877: Thomas Edison demonstrates the phonograph.
  • 1790's: Antoine Favre invents the music box.

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 1887. Which invention does Emile Berliner want to patent?
    • The Victorla
    • The Gramophone
  2. It's 1900. Who first demonstrates the principle of magnetic recording?
    • Heinrich Hertz
    • Valdemar Poulsen
  3. It's 1942. What's the title of the first gold record?
    • "Chattanooga Choo-Choo"
    • "Rock Around the Clock"
  4. It's 1956. Which company develops the first practical videotape recorder?
    • Ampex
    • Sony
  5. It's 1958. What are being sold to the public for the first time?
    • 8-track tapes
    • Stereo records
  6. Question not fully asked, out of time.


  • The only two wrong answers William got on the trail of time was the Chinese dragon pump contraption at the 4th portal and the pendulum wheel contraption at the 5th portal.
  • The Chief did not yell Kevin's name after she introduced him to do the show.
  • In the cluefinder sketch, Thomas Edison mistook Kevin for Wishbone, another PBS Kids series.
  • Just like in the introduction of Season 2, Episode 3, much of the Chief's dialogue is cut out from, "You've got 28 minutes to get it back" to "Now get going!"
  • This episode marks the last time Carmen escapes along with Dr. Belljar's final theft.


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