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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr


Indiana Jones: The Perils of Cupid Indiana Jones
"The Perils of Cupid"
(Originally TV episode "Vienna, November 1908")
(0:00-44:09 on The Perils of Cupid DVD)
Written by Matthew Jacobs
Story by George Lucas
Directed by Bille August
Bookends directed by Carl Schultz
Original air date: April 10, 1993

Little Indy is in Vienna, where he meets (and falls in love with) the Princess Sophie.


Read the "November 1909" entry of the It’s Not the Years, It’s the Mileage Indiana Jones chronology for a summary of this episode


Notes from the Indiana Jones chronology


This episode takes place in November 1908, in Vienna, Austria. (In the The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: The Perils of Cupid TV movie, the events of this episode take place around November 1909 instead, but I am sticking with the original Young Indiana Chronicles timeline for these studies.) 


Didja Know?


The title of this episode ("The Perils of Cupid") comes from the title of the TV movie The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: The Perils of Cupid, a TV movie repackaged for the Family Channel from the two episodes of the Young Indiana Chronicles "Vienna, November 1908" and "Florence, May 1908".


    Some new introductory and interstitial scenes were filmed in order to turn this Young Indiana Chronicles episode into the second half of the Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Passion for Life TV movie. Actor Lloyd Owen, portraying Henry Jones, Sr. had worn brown contact lenses to cover his own blue eyes in order to match the eye color of actor Sean Connery (1930-2020)who had played the character earlier in 1989's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade during the first season of the TV series, but did not during the second season and for the new material shot in 1996 for Adventures of Young Indiana Jones TV movies. Hence, we see the senior Jones sometimes with brown eyes, but more often with blue!

    New scenes shot with Little Indy actor Corey Carrier are also noticeable for his contradictory heights between scenes due to much the actor had grown! 


Notes from the Old Indy bookends of The Young Indiana Chronicles


The Old Indy bookends take place in April 1993 in Staten Island.


The psychiatrist Old Indy sees is Dr. Carol Schultz, M.D. The character's name was inspired by the director of many of the bookends and some full episodes, Carl Schultz.


Dr. Schultz has several Rorschach-type inkblots framed on the wall of her office though they do not appear to match any of the official Rorschach inkblots. A Rorschach test is a psychological test in which the patient's perceptions of a series in ink blot cards is used to interpret their psychological status.


    Indy reveals that his children have questioned his ability to look after himself after he got stuck in a tree trying to rescue a cat and the fire department had to get him down. The comic book adaptation of this episode shows us that it was his cat Henry, first mentioned in the bookends of "My First Adventure".

    The children mentioned by Indy are not identified by name. His unnamed daughter is seen in the 1993 bookends of "Ireland, April 1916" and "Chicago, May 1920". He also has a son, Mutt Williams, with Marion Ravenwood, as revealed in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.


Dr. Schultz implies that Dr. Holland referred to Indy to her. Possibly Dr. Holland is Old Indy's primary care physician.


Old Indy tells Dr. Schultz of the time he met with Drs. Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and Alfred Adler. These were all famed psychiatrists and psychoanalysts in the early 20th Century.

Indy says his family was staying with the American ambassador on a visit to Vienna in 1908. In the episode proper, the ambassador is Richard Kerens, but in the real world, he did not assume the role until April 1910. The American ambassador to Austria-Hungary at that time was actually Charles Spencer Francis (1853-1911).


Indy says his father had decided to attend what was the first psychoanalytical conference in Vienna. It is true that the first psychoanalytical conference took place in 1908, but it was in April, not November, and was held in Salzburg, not Vienna (the First Congress for Freudian Psychology).


In the closing bookend, Indy remarks that the world turned out to be a much crueler place than either he or Sophie could have imagined at that time. This refers to the assassination of Princess Sophie's father and mother, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg in 1914, which triggered World War I.


At the end of Indy's story, Dr. Schultz asks him if he ever saw Princess Sophie again and he says, "Of course I did! But that's another story." Thus far, that story has not been told. 




Notes from The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones


The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones is a 2008 publication that purports to be Indy's journal as seen throughout The Young Indiana Chronicles and the big screen Indiana Jones movies. The publication is also annotated with notes from a functionary of the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation, the successor agency of the Soviet Union's KGB. The FSB relieved Indy of his journal in 1957 during the events of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The notations imply the journal was released to other governments by the FSB in the early 21st Century. However, some bookend segments of The Young Indiana Chronicles depict Old Indy still in possession of the journal in 1992. The discrepancy has never been resolved. 


The boxed set of DVDs of the complete The Young Indiana Chronicles TV series has notations and drawings in the storage slot for each disk that suggest they are meant to be excerpts from Indy's journal. Most of these notes and drawings do not appear in the The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones book. Here is the slot image for this episode:


The journal as published skips over this time in Indy's life. In fact, it goes from May 1908 to September 1909...over a year! Are we to believe that Indy made no journal entries that entire time? Perhaps the entries were excised by the Russians for some reason when it was in their possession?


Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode


Indiana Jones

Dr. Carol Schultz, M.D.

Dr. Holland (mentioned only)

Dr. Sigmund Freud

Dr. Carl Jung

Dr. Alfred Adler

Ambassador Richard Kerens

Henry Jones, Sr.

Helen Seymour

Princess Sophie von Hohenberg

Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg

Archduke Franz Ferdinand


Anna Jones

gift shop clerk

con game man

con game mark

palace guards


royal carriage driver 


Didja Notice?


The opening shot of Vienna is at the Maria-Theresien-Platz, a public square linking the city park (Stadtpark) to several museums and spots of interest. The center statue is Maria Theresa, the only female ruler of the Hapsburg royal family.


The gilded statue of a violinist at 0:39 on the DVD is Johann Strauss II (1825-1899).


The building at 0:43 on the DVD is Valtice Castle in the Czech Republic. It stands in for the Belvedere Palace in this episode, home of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his family in Vienna.


The statue at 0:50 on the DVD is of Archduke Charles of Austria (1771-1847) on the Heldenplatz.


The building at 1:32 on the DVD is Carls Church (Karlskirche).


When Indy shares horse riding lessons with several children, including Princess Sophie, he is instantly smitten with her. Sophie tells him her father calls her Pinky. This was her actual nickname. Sophie lived from 1901-1990.


At 4:26 on the DVD, the Wiener Riesenrad Ferris wheel at the Prater is seen in the background. The garden scenes here were actually shot at Letnice Castle in the Czech Republic. The Ferris wheel was digitally added to the background. Indy indicates to Sophie that he rode the Ferris wheel on his second day in Vienna.


Princess Sophie's governess, Emilie, is a fictitious character as far as I can tell, though Sophie did have a governess as a child. The actress playing Emilie is Pernilla August, who went on to play the mother of Anakin Skywalker, Shmi Skywalker, in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.


When Indy entices Sophie into going ice skating, saying no one will even notice that they're gone, he says, "Trust me." Indy later uses those words with Marion Ravenwood in Raiders of the Lost Ark.


At 9:02 on the DVD, the Archbishop's Palace in Prague, Czech Republic stands in for the American ambassador's residence where the Jones' stay in Vienna.


Anna still wears a locket that her husband gave to her when they were courting.


The poem that Miss Seymour has Indy read after he's forbidden to see Princess Sophie again is "What Means This, When I Lie Alone?" by Thomas Wyatt (1503-1542). The full poem is below:


What means this when I lie alone?
I toss, I turn, I sigh, I groan.
My bed me seems as hard as stone.
What means this?

I sigh, I plain continually.
The clothes that on my bed do lie
Always methink they lie awry.
What means this?

In slumbers oft for fear I quake.
For heat and cold I burn and shake.
For lack of sleep my head doth ache.
What means this?

A mornings then when I do rise
I turn unto my wonted guise,
All day after muse and devise.
What means this?

And if perchance by me there pass
She unto whom I sue for grace,
The cold blood forsaketh my face.
What means this?

But if I sit near her by
With loud voice my heart doth cry
And yet my mouth is dumb and dry.
What means this?

To ask for help no heart I have.
My tongue doth fail what I should crave.
Yet inwardly I rage and rave.
What means this?

Thus have I passed many year
And many a day, though naught appear
But most of that that most I fear.
What means this?


The second poem Indy reads, which he picks out himself, is "Love's Philosophy" by Percy Bysshe Shelley, published in 1819.


The fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of heaven mix for ever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single,
All things by a law divine
In one another's being mingle—
Why not I with thine?

See the mountains kiss high heaven,
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdain'd its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea—
What are all these kissings worth,
If thou kiss not me?


When Indy asks Miss Seymour if she thinks he's in love, she responds, "We all fall in love, Henry. Some of us too soon. And some of us too late." Miss Seymour may be speaking of herself here. We are given no indication through the course of the series that she was ever married or had been in love. In The Titanic Adventure, she tells the flatterer Colonel Osmond Gilbert about her past marriage prospects, "I fear I have been too particular. None of all who asked me ever won my heart."


That night, Anna tucks Indy into bed, he complaining that he can't sleep and wants to keep reading poetry. She puts aside the book and turns out the light, singing "A Paper of Pins". But the song did not exist with the lyrics she sings until the 1930s.


The outdoor market where Indy shops for a gift for Sophie was shot at the Old Town Square in Prague.


As Indy rushes away from the man who gives him a 10 schilling note for helping him to win at the cups and balls con game in the marketplace, he hurriedly shouts, "Danke!" Danke is German for "thanks".


The work of art Indy sees in a window at 21:18 on the DVD is Gustav Klimt's The Kiss (see the notes for the comic book adaptation below for more).


Ambassador Kerens hosts the dinner for psychoanalysts Freud, Jung, and Adler. Freud is played by Max Von Sydow, a famed actor who would also go on to play the small role Lor San Tekka in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Kerens is played by Bruce Boa, who may be recognized by some Star Wars fans as General Rieekan in The Empire Strikes Back.


The psychiatric philosophies spoken of in Freud's and Jung's argument at dinner are essentially true to what these men espoused in real life.


The interiors of Belvedere Palace were shot in the Archbishop's Palace in Kromeriz, Czech Republic.


The Archduke tells Indy that he himself was denied to right to marry Sophie's mother because she was not a Hapsburg. This is true, but he was finally given permission to marry her under pressure from his formidable family members who sympathized.


Sophie gives Indy a locket with a picture of herself in it. In "Trek of Doom", Teen Indy is seen opening the locket and it has a picture of the real life Sophie von Hohenberg, rather than the young actress Amalie Alstrup as seen here.


The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles #9 Notes from the comic book adaptation of this episode

The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles #9
Dark Horse Comics
Script and artwork by Dan Barry
Inks by Andy Mushynsky
Colors and letters by Gail Beckett
October 1992


In the comic, Dr. Carol Schultz is instead Dr. Carol Nussbaum.


Old Indy mentions that Vienna was the jewel of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The city was the capital of first the Austrian Empire and then the Austro-Hungarian Empire from 1804 to 1918, when the empire was dissolved at the end of WWI.


Old Indy mentions Emperor Franz Josef. He was the emperor of Austria and the Austro-Hungarian Empire from 1848-1916.


    Old Indy says Vienna was the hub of great music, art, and science and page 2 depicts a montage of Mozart, Shubert, Mahler, Klimt, Strauss, and Freud. Mozart, Shubert, Mahler, and Strauss were Austrian composers of the 19th Century. Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) was an Austrian symbolist painter. Freud was discussed above.

    On page 3, Old Indy mentions Beethoven as well. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was a German-Austrian composer. The unnamed bust Little Indy looks at in panel 1 appears to be that of Beethoven.


    The painting Little Indy sees in panel 2 of page 3 is Klimt's The Kiss (the artwork is seen again on page 13). It was painted in 1907-08 and was actually on display in Vienna from June 1-November 16, 1908. This suggests Little Indy's November 1908 time in Vienna was before the 16th. The painting was considered fairly erotic at the time, which is likely why Old Indy remarks that while his father wanted some of Vienna's great cultural heritage to rub off on him and he did learn "a lot", it was maybe "even more than Dad had intended." Indy imagines this same painting again when he and Sophie kiss on page 20.

    In the episode, Indy does not see this work of art until about halfway through, at 21:18.


On page 3, the horse-riding coach says, "Ja, so. Aufrecht, ruhig, jetzt...hup. Galopp." This is German for "Yes. Upright, calm, now...hup. Gallop."


On page 5, a sign that probably reads Konditor is seen. Konditor is German for "confectioner".


As Indy reads the "What Means This, When I Lie Alone?" poem on page 8, in panel 4 a book on Chaucer is seen on the bookshelf in the background. Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400) was an English poet, often called both the father of English literature and the father of English poetry.


Instead of "Love's Philosophy" as the second poem he reads with Miss Seymour, Indy reads William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 18". This sonnet is often misconstrued as a love poem, but it's more of a poem about life.


In the comic, Indy's snow globe gift to Sophie is wrapped. In the TV episode, it is unwrapped.


The drawing of the Belvedere Palace in this issue does not seem to match either the actual Belvedere or the Valtice Castle that stands in for it in the TV episode.


On page 18, the dog handler at the palace says, "Hallo! Wer is da?" and "Niemand!" This German for "Hello! Who is there?" and "Nobody!" Later on the page, Emilie says, "Ja? Ist jemand da?" This is German for "Yes? Is anyone there?"


In the comic, Indy remarks that the Archduke was at piano recital, but in the episode, he is attending a recital by an orchestral band in the palace.


The closing bookend of the comic leads into Indy telling Dr. Schultz the story of "Austria, March 1917", which continues in issue #10.


Memorable Dialog


I've never been fond of cats.mp3

Indiana Jones in an old people's home.mp3

I had a long conversation with Sigmund Freud.mp3

probably better than my German.mp3

your Highness.mp3

trust me.mp3

you have brought shame on us all.mp3

there's no one like her in the whole world.mp3

what means this?.mp3

some of us too soon...and some of us too late.mp3

a matter for the police.mp3

romantic love.mp3

very courageous.mp3

no one can take away what I feel for you.mp3

I suppose I was always getting stuck up some tree trying to rescue cats.mp3 


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