|Season 1, Episode 15|
|Air date||August 2, 2013|
|Written by|| Doug Cooney|
|Directed by|| Jamie Mitchell|
|Songs in this Episode||The Buttercups Song|
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"The Amulet of Avalor"
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"Make Way for Miss Nettle"
</noinclude>"The Buttercups" is the fifteenth episode of the Disney Junior animated series, Sofia the First. It premiered on August 2, 2013.
Sofia is on a Buttercup scout troop outing, but King Roland is worried that she will get hurt and makes Baileywick go with her. Sofia tries to use her skills to prove that princesses can do things themselves, but Baileywick gets in the way, and almost prevents her from getting her sunflower pin.
At the castle, Sofia is with her Girl Scout troop, the Buttercups, showing her friends how to make friendship knots when Ruby's mother, Helen Henshaw, the troop's leader, introduces two new recruits: the twins Meg and Peg. Sofia gives them their Buttercup vests and, when they ask about the badges she's wearing, she explains that in order to wear their own, they must earn them. Helen announces that tomorrow they will be going on a hike through Peppertree Forest. Sofia is very excited about about the hike because she's only one badge away from finally earning the Sunflower Medallion, a great honor she has been looking forward to earning since she first became a Buttercup back when she was really little.
After the Buttercups leave, Sofia welcomes her father home and tells him about the hike tomorrow. But almost immediately, she wishes she hadn't spoken, because Roland is against Sofia going into the forest, stating that it isn't "a proper place for a Princess" and becomes so concerned about something happening to her that even a fall has him worried. Miranda steps in for Sofia to try and assure her husband that she has nothing to worry about, both because of Sofia's Buttercup experience, and because Helen will be there to provide adult supervision. Bailiwick also supports Sofia going, stating his experience as a Groundhog, the Buttercups' Boy Scout counterpart, and how it gave him the skills he uses as the Castle Steward. When he heard this, Roland decides to make Bailiwick Sofia's Royal Escort and tells him to go with her and make sure she comes home without a single scratch and sternly adds "And I mean not a single scratch." Sofia protests that such a thing is unnecessary because she'll be fine on her own. Roland only tells her he just wants her to be safe and Bailiwick promises that she'll have a good time. Realizing there's no changing her father's mind, Sofia reluctantly accepts having Baileywick as her bodyguard.
The next day, Sofia is all ready to go on the hike, but Baileywick overdoes his own packing in a way that ensures he and Sofia both arrive extremely late. Baileywick also leaves Sofia flustered by providing a Royal entrance and explaining to the troop that he is going to accompany Sofia "On the King's orders" to ensure Sofia's safety on the hike. Helen says he can come as long as he can "keep up with the Buttercups."
The hike begins with a song and, along the way to their first stop, Baileywick starts to baby Sofia, much to her chagrin. When they arrive, Baileywick scoops her into a throne. Sofia gets back out stating "It's ok, Baileywick. I can sit on the ground with everyone else.", but Baileywick just scoops her back into it and hands her some ice water, to Sofia's embarrassment. Helen assigns the troop their first badge-earning project: Building birdhouses. Baileywick butts in and starts to build a birdhouse for Sofia, despite her protests that she can do it herself. Helen refuses to give Sofia a badge because she knows Baileywick built it, when Sofia was supposed to do it by herself, and tells Baileywick that scouts only get badges if they do the projects by themselves, but it doesn't sink in. Sofia is miffed that she missed out on earning a badge because of Baileywick's interference, but she says nothing because she understands that he was just trying to help.
Along the way to their next stop, Baileywick rolls out a red carpet across the river for Sofia, but Helen rolls it back and tells Baileywick to let Sofia cross by herself. Baileywick protests that the rocks she has to cross on are so slippery, but Sofia gracefully hops across all of them and makes it across safe and sound. In the end, the only one who ends up slipping and falling is Baileywick. At the next stop, Helen gives the troop their next badge-earning project: Gathering wood fpr their cook-out. Sofia finds a log with a squirrel on it and politely asks the squirrel to let her have the log when he's done eating, but Baileywick once again interfers and begins grabbing all the logs he can carry, to the chagrin of both the squrriel, who mutters "Hmph! How rude.", and Sofia, who tries to stop him and get her own wood at the same time. Baileywick is too fast for her, causing Sofia to moan "Oh, not again!" Helen once again refuses to give Sofia a badge and tells Baileywick that a job well done only counts when Sofia does it herself, but it still doesn't sink in. Ruby and Jade can see that Baileywick's mollycoddling is bothering Sofia, so they urge their friend to tell Baileywick to stop butting in. When the cookout begins, Baileywick grabs Sofia's hot dog and begins to cook it for her. Sofia, who has had enough of being treated like a baby, tells Baileywick that the Buttercup projects are things she can and must do by herself and reminds him he promised her she'd have a good time.
At the troops' next stop, Helen assigns the troop their next badge earning project: Flower Gathering. Once again, Baileywick interfers but the flowers he ends up picking for Sofia are the very ones he was trying to protect her from: Meddlesome Myrtle, a poisonous flower that causes rashes, icthing, and swelling as Baileywick discovers first-hand. Helen manages to treat his condition but insists that they head back so Baileywick can receive full medical attention. However, the trail back is so twisted it will be difficult for Baileywick to climb down. Sofia finds another way down that much safer and, thanks to an idea from Meg and Peg, directs the Buttercups to work together to build a sled so they can slide down the path. In no time, they comlete the sled and, after putting on some safety helmets, slide down the path and head back to the castle. Sofia's leadership earns her the leadership badge and her Sunflower Medallion.
- Ariel Winter as Sofia
- Sara Ramirez as Queen Miranda
- Travis Willingham as King Roland II
- Tim Gunn as Baileywick
- Diamond White as Ruby
- Isabella Acres as Jade
- Fiona Bishop as Meg and Peg
- Viola Davis as Helen Hanshaw
- This episode introduces Ruby's mother into the series.