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"Wherever there is true genius, there waits the unscrupulous opportunist, waiting to reap the fruits of ardent labour."
Edward Stratemeyer[src]

"Princeton, February 1916" is the twelfth episode of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and the sixth episode in season two. The episode originally aired on ABC on March 20, 1993. For home video, it was paired up with the "Mexico, March 1916" segment of Young Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Jackal to become Spring Break Adventure.

Plot summary[]

Opening bookend[]

Professor Jones pulls his green Plymouth into a gas station and gets out just as a blue truck with enormous wheels and a painting of a woman on its door pulls into the opposite pump. When Indy asks why he needs such big wheels, the driver brags about the features on "Myrtle" and explains that the truck is named after his wife, admitting that his teenage dream was to "drive the hottest car in town." Indy replies that it was also his own dream back when "regular high school kids simply didn't have cars" and he was planning to take Nancy Stratemeyer to the junior prom in her father's Bugatti.

Closing bookend[]

Indy notes that although Edison never did perfect his electric car battery, Indy fulfilled his teenage dream when he and Nancy arrived at the junior prom in the experimental car from Edison Laboratories. The truck driver thinks that's "just about the tallest car tale" he ever heard, but Indy only responds that Myrtle is just about the tallest car he's ever seen, prompting the driver to ask if he wants to go for a spin. With a grin, Indy gets into the driver's seat and the two give a cheer as the truck speeds away from the station.


Cast and characters[]




Behind the scenes[]


"George was there, and at one point he asked me, ‘Aren’t you gonna get a shot of this? You know, the car pulling up over here.’ I said, ‘Take a camera and go shoot it.’ And, he said, ‘Okay, great.’ And he took a couple of guys and the camera and he just, you know, loved shooting second unit, and I thought, ‘This is great. George Lucas is shooting my second unit.’"
Joe Johnston

Principal photography for the episode took place during the production block from May 13, 1992 to August 27, 1992,[1] with location filming in Durham and Wilmington, North Carolina, and soundstage shooting at Carolco Studios in Wilmington,[2] along with additional filming on the backlot street then present at Carolco Studios.[3]


  • Although Edward Stratemeyer was an historical figure, Nancy Stratemeyer is fictional. Stratemeyer's two real daughters, Edna and Harriet, were both in their twenties in 1916.
  • Nancy predicts that she will have two children with Indy, a boy named Henry Jones III followed by a girl named Sally Jones, which foreshadows Indy eventually having a son by that name as well as a daughter (albeit not with her). Nancy instead marries Butch and has a son with him when Indy next encounters her in Young Indiana Jones: Travels with Father.
  • Numerous anachronistic vehicles appear in this story, including a 1921 Bugatti Type 22 Brescia, a 1926 Dodge Brothers Four, 1920, 1922, 1923, and 1925 Ford Model T's, and a 1925 Gotfredson.[4]
  • Indy's reference to Butch's 1912 Ford Model T as a "Tin Lizzie" is similarly anachronistic, since that nickname for the Model T was not devised until 1922.[5]
  • Captain Brady is armed with a Smith & Wesson Model 1917 revolver, which is also an anachronism.[6]



"Princeton, February 1916" was first broadcast on March 20, 1993.

Home video[]

This episode was edited into Spring Break Adventure in 1996, which was released on VHS in 1999 (as part of "The War Years") and on DVD in 2007 (as part of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Volume One, The Early Years). The home video edit deleted or shortened several scenes, including Indy and Nancy's bicycle ride to the Princeton train station, Indy getting detention for passing notes in class, a significant portion of the car chase against John Thompson, and Indy and Nancy's arrival at the junior prom.[7]


"Princeton, February 1916" was only adapted in one format as Race to Danger by Stephanie Calmenson, the seventh young adult novelisation of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles from Random House, released in May 1993.


Selected tracks by composer Laurence Rosenthal were included on the official soundtrack The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Volume Three, released in June 1993.[8] Parts of "Tom Swift And His Electric Runabout" were also used in the video game LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues,[9] and Rosenthal offered the track "Princeton Days" from this episode as a sample on his personal website.[10]

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Cancelled: "Berlin, Late August 1916"
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