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"A Royal Mess" is the fifth episode of the Disney Junior animated series, Sofia the First. It premiered on February 8, 2013.


The Goldenwing Circus has come to Enchancia, and Sofia is told how amazing it is by everyone through a lively song and dance. Inside the castle, King Roland is pleased with how the stained-glass window of his family has turned out and is eager to show it to Miranda. His children run up to him and ask if they can go to the circus and he says yes. James does some juggling as he tells Sofia about the circus jugglers while the song and dance resume. When it's all over, Roland reminds James that playing ball inside the castle is not allowed. But right after he leaves, James starts doing it again despite his sisters' protests and one of the balls ends up smashing into the window. Sofia says they should tell their father what happened, but James knows he will not be allowed to go to the circus if they do that, so he suggests they try hiding the smashed part of the window behind a suit of armor. Sofia is unsure of this but, after some pleading from James, she agrees to help him. While pushing it towards the window, they hear their parents approaching and Amber goes to stall them. Sofia and James finish moving the armor in front of the window, but James accidentally knocks over the axe it's holding and it hits the window, putting a huge crack in it. Amber is playing the harp for her parents and the song she plays is so long Roland falls asleep out of sheer boredom and when she finishes, they attempt to leave quickly after she offers to play another, but she stops them and takes them to go look at her new tiara.

Sofia thinks it's time to tell their father what's happened but James is determined not to miss the circus, even after Sofia tells him how none of his ideas for hiding the window will work. Sofia suggests Cedric could fix the window with magic. At first, Cedric doesn't want to help but when Sofia's amulet catches his eye he changes his mind. After ushering Sofia and James out, he finishes up a new potion that allows him to cast a spell that pulls small objects, with Sofia's amulet being his target, into his grasp, though in the case of large objects like a bookcase he is pulled towards the object instead. Cedric meets up with Sofia and James and instructs them to stand in front of the window. He casts the spell but Sofia ducks out of the way so his spell hits the window and Cedric is pulled right into it. While Sofia frets over their worsening problem, Amber is showing her various tiaras to their parents. Roland in particular is getting restless and both he and his wife get up and leave with Amber chasing after them now failing to stall them because they now ignore her.

Sofia, once again, urges James to go tell their father what happened but James decides to fix the window with magic. Sofia is against the plan but James ignores her causing her to cover her eyes and moan "I can't look!" James successfully casts a spell that frees Cedric from the window but shortly afterwards the entire window shatters just as Roland and Miranda arrive. James is about to tell his parents it was his fault when Sofia suddenly steps forward and takes the blame, to everyone's shock. As punishment, Sofia is banned from seeing the Goldenwing Circus and is escorted to her room by Baileywick while her family goes to the Goldenwing Circus. James, who can't understand why Sofia would willingly throw away her chance to see the circus by laying herself down for him, goes after her and asks why she took the blame for him. Sofia tells him she knows how much he loves the circus and she wanted to make sure he got to go see it even if that meant giving up her own chance to see the circus. A guilt ridden James joins his family in the coach and they head for the circus. While setting the table for tea in her room, Baileywick tells Sofia that he knows James was the one who really broke the window and she took the blame for him because he knows that she wouldn't play ball in the castle after her father said not to and James would. He also tells Sofia that taking the blame for James was very kind of her but she still shouldn't have done it because telling a lie, even to help someone stay out of trouble, is still wrong. At the Circus, James continues to feel guilty about letting Sofia take the blame, not even the enjoyment of the Circus can ease his conscience. Finally, the twins tell their parents that James was the one who really broke the window and Amber was trying to keep them from seeing it and that Sofia took the blame so James could go to the circus. Very disappointed, Roland and Miranda escort Amber and James home leaving the Ringmaster a bit worried.

After returning home, the King and Queen have a discussion with their kids about the importance of telling the truth: Sofia, James and Amber are all scolded for trying to hide the ruined window from their parents, James is scolded for breaking a castle rule, Amber is scolded for trying to stall them, and Sofia is scolded for the little white lie that she told by both Miranda and Roland who tell her that families need to be honest and not keep secrets from each other especially when things go wrong because that only makes the problem worse. Just then the castle is unexpectedly visited by the Ringmaster of the Goldenwing Circus. Since they left so early, he was concerned that the King and Queen didn't like the show but Roland assures him they love the circus and so do their children. All they had was a family matter to attend to. Relived that everything is all right, the Ringmaster offers to put on a special show right on the castle grounds for the Royal Family. In the end, all five of them get to see the Goldenwing Circus and the broken window is magically restored by the circus magicians.

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  • This episode reveals that Roland is reluctant to say no to his children, under their emotional appeals. Unlike Miranda, who claims she says no to her children all the time, probably when the refusal is needed.
  • This episode reveals that Amber can play the harp.
  • Moral: Trying to hide when you have made a mistake only makes it worse. 


v - e - d

Shows: Sofia the First/Videography | Elena of Avalor
Music: Songs and Story | Sofia the First (Soundtrack) | Sofia the First: Songs From Enchancia | Disney Junior DJ Shuffle | Disney Junior DJ Shuffle 2
Books: Disney Junior Storybook Collection | Disney Junior Little Golden Book Library | Sofia the First | The Floating Palace | Holiday in Enchancia | Princesses to the Rescue! | The Curse of Princess Ivy | The Secret Library | Elena and the Secret of Avalor | The Perfect Tea Party | Bunny Magic! | Sofia the Second | The Royal Slumber Party | The Halloween Ball | The Amulet and the Anthem | The Royal Games | Sofia's Magic Lesson | The Enchanted Science Fair | A Magical Match | Me and Our Mom


Princess Sofia | Queen Miranda | King Roland II | Prince James | Princess Amber | Princess Hildegard | Cedric the Sorcerer | Wormwood | Baileywick | Robin | Mia | Clover | Whatnaught | Goodwyn the Great | Winifred the Wise | Jade | Ruby Hanshaw | Princess Clio | Princess Maya | Princess Lakshmi | Prince Zandar | Princess Jun | Prince Hugo | Minimus | Princess Vivian | Crackle | Queen Cecily | Gnarlie | Trolls | Teeny | Ginger | Mrs. Higgins | Violet the Maid | King Magnus | Nigel | Lucinda | Princess Leena | Prince Jin | Magic Carpet | Jasper | Constable Myles | Prince Khalid | Meg and Peg | Boswell | Madam Ubetcha | Prince Desmond | Miss Nettle | Sir Gillium | Professor Popov | Helen Hanshaw | Oona | Queen Emmaline | Cora | Plank | Aunt Tilly | Wilbur the Wombeast | Suzette and Marcy | Admiral Hornpipe | Sven | Farley | Lulu | Emperor Quon | Empress Lin-Lin | Rex | Rosey | Prince Axel | King Garrick | Electra | Vaughan and Vance | Ogre | Marla | Sir Bartleby | Sir Maxwell | Sir Finnegan | Queen Anya | Gwen | Chef Andre | Sofia the Worst | Lady Joy | Lord Gilbert | Wu-Chang | Jade Jaguar | Sir Dax | Boo | Princess Lani | Mamanu | Kamea and Halia | Praline | Freedo | Princess Zooey | Queen Avery | Princess Astrid | Slickwell | Greylock the Grand | Princess Ivy | Dragons of Enchancia | Winter | Whiskers | Glacia the Ice Witch | Hexie | Director Dove | Elliot, Amy and Kurt | Tizzy | Master Erwin | Bryce Twigley | Button, Benngee and Brody | Mossy | Carol of the Arrow | Jane | Princess Kari | Miss Elodie | Fluke | Slim | Shelly | Flip | Mantacorn | Onyx and Opal | Wendell Fidget | Mrs. Fidget | Saffron | Muck, Gunk and Grime | Spruce | Ballerina | Mazzimo | Prince Roderick | Gavin | Kazeem | Sergeant Fizz | King Habib and Queen Farnaz | Chief Gnuckles | Flinch | Grotta | Queen Tessa | King Oberlyn | King Marcus | Herb the Hedgehog | Duncan and Herb | Elfonso | Elfred | Milo the Snake | Prince Derek | Sir Henley | King Henrik | Cordelia the Conjuror | Calista | Morgana | Crispy | Barley | Sassofras | Professor Zacharias Fleeber | Grand Mum | Gemina and Argus | Count Barnstorm | Raja Vijay | Sir Oliver | Sir Jaxon | Willawing | King of Brazendell | Kai | Princess Charlotte | Morris | Zinessa | King Philip and Queen Everly | Lily | Indigo
Elena of Avalor: Princess Elena | Princess Isabel | Francisco | Luisa | Shuriki | Alakazar | Zuzo | Mateo | Migs, Luna and Skylar | Rafa | Chancellor Esteban | Naomi | Armando | Gabe
Guest Characters: Flora, Fauna and Merryweather | Cinderella | Jasmine | Magic Carpet | Belle | Ariel | Aurora | Snow White | Mulan | Rapunzel | Tiana | Merida | Olaf | Merlin


Season One: "Once Upon a Princess" | "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" | "Elena and the Secret of Avalor" | "One for the Books"


Theme Song | I'm Not Ready to Be a Princess | Royal Prep | A Little Bit of Food | True Sisters | Rise and Shine | Princess Things | Anything | Perfect Slumber Party | Make Some Noise | Cedric the Great | Goldenwing Circus | All You Need | Blue Ribbon Bunny | I Belong | (You Can Always) Count On Baileywick | Picnic of the Year | Good Little Witch | The Ride of Your Lives | Bring My Best Friend Back | I'll Get My/That Amulet | The Buttercups | Make Way for Miss Nettle | Enchancia Anthem | Make It Right | Bigger Is Better | Who's That? | A Recipe for Adventure | The Simple Life | Merroway Cove | The Love We Share | Wassailia | Peace and Joy | Royal Fun | Sisters and Brothers | Two by Two | All You Desire | Huzzah! Huzzah! | Me and My Mom | Tilly, Oh Tilly | Friendship Is The Formula | Be Your Own King | Make Your Wishes Well | Believe in Your Dream | Keeping Promises No Matter What | Mystic Meadows | Stronger Than You Know | The Ghostly Gala | A Princess True | In Your Paws | Know It All | Helping Hand | A Kingdom of My Own | Smoke, Wings and Fire | Dare to Risk it All | From the Heart | I Feel So Free | Never Forget The Sorcerer's Secret | Hoppin' Out With You | Make Our Dreams Come True | Play With Us | It's a Small New World | Improvise | Any Deed For Those In Need | My First Flight | Wings of a Dream | Moment to Shine | Wendell's Way | A Better Me | When It Comes To Making Friends | It's Up To You | Do I Dare | Genie Rules | This Fliegel Has Landed | Gotta Reach a Higher Height | I Like You So Much | Elvenmoor | Happy Thoughts | Take A Leap | My Finest Flower | Magic Like Merlin | You're the Cutest Thing | Living It Up | Be an Expert Expert | I'm A New Horse Now | Dads and Daughters Song | A Knight Such As I | This Panda Just Wants to Dance | More to Adore | The Broomstick Dance | My Time


Enchancia | Trolls' Grotto | Royal Preparatory Academy | Tangu | Merroway Cove | Wei-Ling | Mystic Meadows | Wildwing Valley | The Secret Library | Elvenmoor | Hakalo | Freezenburg | Enchanted Animal Park‎‎ | Avalor | Dragon Hold


Amulet of Avalor | Aunt Tilly's Carpet Bag | Enchanted Mirror | Floating Palace | Trident | Mermaid Comb of Merroway Cove | Enchanted Swing Set | Wishing Well | Emerald Key | Pin of Klutzenheimer | Flying Crown | Family Wand | Ice Lilies | Dazzleball | Snowdrops | Dragonclaw Wand | Kazeem's Lamp | Behind the Walls

See Also

Elena of Avalor | Buttercups | Spells and Magic

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