|The Emerald Key|
|Season 2, Episode 14|
|Air date||October 11, 2014|
|Written by|| Laurie Israel|
|Directed by|| Jamie Mitchell|
|Songs in this Episode||A Princess True|
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</noinclude>"The Emerald Key" is the thirty-eighth episode of the Disney Junior animated series, Sofia the First. It premiered on October 11, 2014, and is the fourteenth episode of the second season.
On a ship sailing across the sea on a stormy night, a cloaked woman heads to the stern and opens a small container and finds a key she plans to use to take over the Kingdom of Hakalo. A young girl named Lei-Lani attempts to stop her, but they both fall over with the key falling overboard. Lani calls for help, but nobody notices that she's right under their noses.
At the same time, the Royal Family of Enchancia is spending the day at the beach. When Roland notices a storm coming, Miranda tells the kids they're going home. As everyone packs up, Sofia kids the key and shows it to her family. She asks her parents if it's magical and Roland states they'll find out when they get back to the castle. Meanwhile, the woman who tried to steal the key is watching from tall grass and decides to trick them into giving her the key and uses a magical jewel to disguise herself, revealing herself as a sorceress.
Meanwhile, back at the castle, Sofia discovers that the key she found is the Emerald Key of Hakalo, a magical key that leads whoever processes it to the island Kingdom of Hakalo. Baileywick comes in and announces that they have a visitor: The Princess of Hakalo. After being introduced, Lani tells Sofia and her family how she came to the castle and asks that the Key be returned to her. Suddenly, a green-eyed girl comes in and claims to be the real Princess of Hakalo. Amber insists that the second Lei-Lani is the real Princess since she has a classical Princess look, but Sofia knows that apperences can be decieving and insists that the two girls be tested. Roland agrees to test them with three challenges. For the first challenge, the two girls are expected to dance gracefully. Princess Look Lei-Lani wins only because she danced a waltz. For the second challege, the two girls are required to gracefully recieve a gift. Lani wins because Princess Look Lei-Lani throws a tanturm after discovering her gift is a snail. Since it's still raining, Roland decides that the third challange will be held the next morning. Sofia spends some time with Lani, who tells her what being a true Princess is about and Sofia agrees. Sofia now knows that Lani is the real Princess, but Lani reminds her she still has to prove it to her family. Meanwhile, Princess Look Lei-Lani is revealed to be the sorceress who tried to steal the Emerald Key in disguise, and makes Lei-Lani's bed lumpy to ensure she fails the final challenge.
The next day, Princess Look Lei-Lani greets Sofia politely, but throws a tantrum whan she sees Clover, prompting him to say "If that girl's a Princess, I'm a skunk." Lani comes out of her room, bone tired. The third challenge is to see which girl can make it out of the maze first. Princess Look Lei-Lani wins because of her cheating and gains the Emerald Key, upsetting Lani. Sofia points out that Lani only failed because she didn't sleep well. Amber insists that she must not be used to sleeping in a castle, but Sofia suspects foul play. Sure enough, Sofia discovers that the reason Lani didn't sleep well is because her bed is lumpy and and finds Princess Look Lei-Lani's ring under the matress, proving she made the bed lumpy. Since a true princess would never cheat, this discovery forces the Royal Family to realize that Lani was telling the truth all along. They go after Princess Look Lei-Lani, who drops her disguise and reveals herself to be the sorceress who tried to steal the Emerald Key. The sorceress tells the Royals "I am Mamanu! I was once the Royal Enchantress of Hakalo." Lani states "I've heard of you! My father caught you stealing magic crystals from the Royal Musuem! He banished you from the Kingdom forever!" Mamanu retorsts "But now that I have the Emerald Key, I will rule Hakalo. You and your parents will never see home again." The forest animals stop Mamanu from escaping and Lani gets the Key back. Mamanu demands the Key back. Sofia sheilds Lani stating "You'll have to get past me first!" Sofia's family sheild both girls with Roland stating "Past all of us!" Roland tells his guards to seize Mamanu, but she escapes. Later on, Lani is reunited with her family and, after saying their good-byes, the Royal Family of Hakalo use the Emerald Key to return home.
- Ariel Winter as Princess Sofia
- Darcy Rose Byrnes as Princess Amber
- Zach Callison as Prince James
- Travis Willingham as King Roland II
- Sara Ramirez as Queen Miranda
- Tim Gunn as Baileywick
- Abigail Mavity as Princess Lani
- Angelique Perrin as Mamanu (Rachel Pace voices her disguised form)
- Wayne Brady as Clover
- Ashley Eckstein as Mia
- Meghan Strange as Robin
- Kevin Michael Richardson as King Kamea
- Monica Richardson as Queen Halia
The transcript for The Emerald Key may be viewed here.