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This article is about the episode. For the song, see The Buttercups (song).

"The Buttercups" is the fifteenth episode of the Disney Junior animated series, Sofia the First. It premiered on August 2, 2013.


At the castle, Sofia is with her Girl Scout troop known as the Buttercups showing her friends how to make a friendship knot when their troop leader, Helen Hanshaw, introduces two new recruits, Meg and Peg. Sofia gives them their Buttercup vests and, when they ask about the badges she's wearing, she explains in order to get 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 the hike because she's only one badge away from finally earning the Sunflower Medallion, a great honor Sofia has been looking forward to earning since she first became a Buttercup.

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, concerned that something might happen to her. Miranda tries to assure her husband that he has nothing to worry about because of Sofia's Buttercup experience and because Helen will be there to provide supervision. Baileywick also supports Sofia going, stating his experience as a Groundhog and how it gave him the skills he uses as the castle steward. Hearing this, Roland decides to make Baileywick Sofia's royal escort by having him accompany her and make sure she comes home safely without 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 Baileywick promises her she'll have a good time. Realizing there's no changing her father's mind, Sofia reluctantly accepts having Baileywick as her escort.

The next day, Sofia is all ready to go on the hike but Baileywick overdoes his own packing in a way that ensures that he and Sofia both arrive extremely late. Baileywick also leaves Sofia flustered by providing a Royal entrance and then 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."

Soon the hike begins and along the way to their first stop, Baileywick starts to baby Sofia much to her chagrin. When they arrive, Baileywick scoops Sofia into a throne. Despite getting out of the chair and stating she will be fine sitting on the ground with everyone else, Baileywick just scoops her back into it and hands her some ice water. 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 the birdhouse badge because she knows Baileywick built it when Sofia was supposed to build it by herself and tells Baileywick that scouts only get badges if they do the projects by themselves but it doesn't sink in. So due to Baileywick's interference, Sofia misses out on earning a badge, much to her disappointment but she says nothing because she understands he was only trying to help.

Along the way to the next stop, Baileywick tries to roll a red carpet out across the river for Sofia but Helen rolls it back and tells him to let Sofia cross by herself. Baileywick protests that the rocks she has to cross on are 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 for their cookout. 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 interferes once again and starts grabbing all the logs he can carry to the chagrin of both the squirrel and Sofia, who tries to stop him and get her own wood at the same time but Baileywick is too fast for her. Helen once again refuses to give Sofia a badge and tells Baileywick that a job well done only counts when Sofia does it by 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 him to stop butting in. When the cookout begins, Baileywick grabs Sofia's hot dog and begins to cook it for her. Sofia finally has had enough and tells Baileywick straight up that the Buttercup projects are things she can and must do by herself and reminds him that he promised her she would have a good time.

At the troop's next stop, Helen gives the troop their next badge earning project: flower gathering. Once again, Baileywick interferes but the flowers he ends up picking for Sofia are the very ones he was trying to protect her from: Meddelsome Myrtle, a poisonous flower that causes a red rash, itching and swelling as Baileywick discovers first-hand. Helen manages to treat his condition but recommends they head back so Baileywick can receive full medical attention. However they notice the trail down the hill is so twisty that it could be difficult for Baileywick to climb down. Sofia finds another way down which is not so steep or twisty and with an idea from Meg and Peg, the Buttercups work together to build a sled to slide down the grass. In no time, they complete the sled and, after being equipped with safety helmets, they slide down to the bottom of the hill and head back to the castle. Sofia's leadership earns her the leadership badge which also earns her the Sunflower Medallion.

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  • This episode introduces Ruby's mother into the series.
    • It is also revealed that Ruby's and her mother's last name is Hanshaw.
    • She is voiced by Viola Davis, known for Won't Back Down and How to Get Away with Murder.
  • The first time Sofia is seen in a different outfit (Buttercup Troop uniform) and not her signature outfit throughout the episode.
  • This is the second time Roland shows he's very protective of Sofia, the first was in "Let The Good Times Troll".
  • Meg and Peg's voices are both provided by Fiona Bishop who originally voiced Ruby in the pilot film Once Upon a Princess.
  • A black and white model of Whatnaught is used for the talking squirrel.
  • This is the first time Baileywick's fear of frogs is seen.
  • This is the first time Amber and James do not appear in this episode while it's set in the Enchancian Castle.
  • Moral: A job well done only counts if the person who has to do it does it themselves.


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Guest Characters: Flora, Fauna, and MerryweatherCinderellaJasmineMagic CarpetBelleArielAuroraSnow WhiteMulanRapunzelTianaMeridaOlafMerlinArchimedes

Season One: "Just One of the Princes" • "The Big Sleepover" • "Let the Good Times Troll" • "Cedric's Apprentice" • "A Royal Mess" • "The Shy Princess" • "Blue Ribbon Bunny" • "The Princess Test" • "Baileywick's Day Off" • "Tri-Kingdom Picnic" • "The Little Witch" • "Two to Tangu" • "Finding Clover" • "The Amulet of Avalor" • "The Buttercups" • "Make Way for Miss Nettle" • "The Amulet and the Anthem " • "Tea for Too Many" • "Princess Butterfly" • "Great Aunt-Venture" • "The Baker King" • "The Floating Palace" • "Holiday in Enchancia" • "Four's a Crowd"

Season Two: "Two Princesses and a Baby" • "The Enchanted Feast" • "The Flying Crown" • "Mom's the Word" • "The Silent Knight" • "Enchanted Science Fair" • "King for a Day" • "When You Wish Upon a Well" • "Gizmo Gwen" • "Sofia the Second" • "Mystic Meadows" • "Princesses to the Rescue!" • "Ghostly Gala" • "The Emerald Key" • "Scrambled Pets" • "The Princess Stays in the Picture" • "Baileywhoops" • "The Curse of Princess Ivy" • "Winter's Gift" • "The Leafsong Festival" • "Substitute Cedric" • "Clover Time" • "In a Tizzy" • "A Tale of Two Teams" • "The Littlest Princess" • "Buttercup Amber" • "Carol of the Arrow" • "Sidekick Clio"
Season Three: "Cool Hand Fluke" • "Minimus is Missing" • "Cedric Be Good" • "Princess Adventure Club" • "Minding the Manor" • "The Secret Library" • "New Genie on the Block" • "The Fliegel Has Landed" • "The Princess Ballet" • "All the Sprite Moves" • "Sofia in Elvenmoor" • "Stormy Lani" • "Lord of the Rink" • "The Secret Library: Olaf and the Tale of Miss Nettle" • "Gone with the Wand" • "Bad Little Dragon" • "Bunny Swap" • "Her Royal Spyness" • "Best in Air Show" • "Dads and Daughters Day" • "The Tale of the Noble Knight" • "The Bamboo Kite" • "Beauty is the Beast" • "Cauldronation Day" • "Camp Wilderwood" • "Royal Vacation" • "Hexley Hall" • "The Princess Prodigy" • "One for the Books"
Season Four: "Day of the Sorcerers" • "The Secret Library: Tale of the Eternal Torch" • "The Crown of Blossoms" • "Pin the Blame on the Genie" • "The Mystic Isles" • "The Mystic Isles: The Princess and the Protector" • "The Royal Dragon" • "The Mystic Isles: The Mare of the Mist" • "Through the Looking Back Glass" • "Princess Jade" • "Ivy's True Colors" • "Too Cute to Spook" • "Pirated Away" • "The Mystic Isles: The Falcon's Eye" • "The Mystic Isles: The Great Pretender" • "The Mystic Isles: A Very Mystic Wassalia" • "The Birthday Wish" • "In Cedric We Trust" • "The Mystic Isles: A Hero for the Hoodwinks" • "The Mystic Isles: Undercover Fairies" • "A Royal Wedding" • "The Royal School Fair" • "The Lost Pyramid" • "Return to Merroway Cove" • "The Elf Situation" • "Forever Royal"

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See Also
Elena of AvalorButtercupsSpells and MagicJaquinsMerpeopleChanulHoodwinks