Sofia is getting ready for another royal ball and her animal friends help her get ready. Roland comes in, saying he has a surprise for her and Amber. He takes them to the Royal Treasure Room where, as a treat, they can each pick out a piece of jewelry for the ball. While looking, Sofia comes across a baby griffin. They love anything shiny and must stay in the jewel room. Amber picks out a necklace, and since Sofia can't take her amulet off, she decides to pick out a bracelet. While everyone is leaving, the baby griffin follows without anyone noticing.
In Sofia's room, Amber has an idea to trade jewels for a tryout despite Sofia warning Amber she must not take off her amulet. She soon gives in, for one minute. The Baby Griffin sees this and swoops down and takes it, leaving scratch marks on the dresser. Sofia notices that her amulet is gone and tries to find it. Amber says it might just have fallen on the floor. Amber goes to find someone who can help, while Sofia calls her animal friends. When they try to answer, she can't hear them, realizing that without it, she can no longer talk to them as she can't understand them either. She hears a scream, and runs to where it was heard. When there, a maidservant says that when she went to set the table, the golden goblets she had settled there before leaving for other silverware went missing, leaving scratch marks and mysterious feathers. The constable comes in and when learning of this, says that there is a thief in the castle and they must find it before the ball.
After Sofia tells James and Amber that they should look too, they separated. Cedric, who finds out the griffin has the amulet while collecting flowers for his potions, tries to freeze him, but fails. Amber and James, when interacting, come close to finding the baby griffin, but he hides and flies away. Later, Amber calls Sofia over and tells her that their mother's new tiara is missing. Sofia notices scratches on the dresser, and Miranda shows that there was also a feather. Sofia points out that birds have feathers and claws that can scratch, and as she wonders if a bird could be taking everything, Miranda asks her daughter what else is missing. Roland comes in and says that Constable Myles has informed him that there's a thief in the castle. Amber explains that the thief took the golden goblets, Miranda's tiara, and Sofia's amulet. Sofia is shocked that her sister has dropped the bomb and calls her out for that. Roland is shocked, and when Amber and Miranda leave to greet the guests, Roland explains to Sofia how he chose the amulet. He was about to choose a ruby necklace when the amulet flashed, glowing faintly, and he remembered the stories that his mother, the previous bearer of the Amulet, told him about how it protects the princess who wears it and decide that that sounded like something Sofia would need. Roland comforts Sofia about its loss by saying that though he is furious at whoever took it, he would never be furious at her. They leave and go to the Ball. The King states that it will find it's way back. Meanwhile, the trap that Cedric set failed, leaving him in a cage. Cedric makes a flying machine, chasing the griffin around. Cedric is right on his tail as he drops many jewels, and they both crash into the ball room.
Roland and Constable Myles think it was Cedric who stole the jewels, but it is clear that it's not when Sofia finds feathers and fur. She yells out that the theft is the griffin, which is hiding under a table. Putting two and two together all the shiny things that were missing had scratch from his claws and feathers from his wings, they find Sofia's amulet and it restores her powers. As for the griffin, he is to be taken back to his parents in the jewel room. Now that Sofia has her amulet back, she can hear the griffin laughing as Roland tickles him. While leaving the ballroom, Sofia runs past Cedric and James asks for a ride in Cedric's machine, only it has a few bugs from when it crashed. Sofia speaks to her animals, inviting them to dinner and ending the episode.
Home Video Release
- Ariel Winter as Princess Sofia
- Sara Ramirez as Queen Miranda
- Wayne Brady as Clover
- Darcy Rose Byrnes as Princess Amber
- Zach Callison as Prince James
- Travis Willingham as King Roland II
- Jess Harnell as Cedric the Sorcerer
- Ashley Eckstein as Mia
- Meghan Strange as Robin
- Jim Cummings as Wormwood
- Lyons Luke Mathias as Jasper
- Harley Graham as Princess Clio
- Clancy Brown as Constable Myles
- When they are in the jewel room, Sofia's princess test trophy is shown in the background.
- When Sofia knows Cedric tells the truth, Princess Clio and Prince Frederick from Royal Prep are shown.
- The episode's title may mark that it is a slight parody of the Pink Panther movies, since Sofia, like Inspector Clouseau, is seeking a titular stolen jewel.
- This episode introduces Jasper, Onyx and Opal, and Constable Myles.
- The griffins' names are not revealed until the third season episode "Minimus is Missing".
- Cedric and Wormwood return from an eight consecutive episode absence since "A Royal Mess".
- Moral: You never know how much something means to you until you lose it.
- When Amber is consoling Sofia shortly before Cedric enters the ballroom, part of the bracelet Sofia is wearing goes straight through the material of her dress.
- When Sofia says "He's not the thief", she turns and her amulet is shown on her for a moment and when she runs towards the table. After this, the amulet disappears when Sofia turns back to her dad and Myles.