Going for a Spinda (Japanese: パッチールがいっぱい！幸せさがして山の彼方に！？ Lots of Spinda! Beyond the Mountain in Search of Happiness!) is the 17th episode of Pokémon: Advanced Challenge.
Ash is excited to have his new badge, so Max asks him where should he go next. Ash does not know, so Brock proposes to go back to Petalburg City. While they are walking, they encounter a bunch of Spinda. May spots another one with a heart on its face. They hear a woman calling for Spinda, so they all leave. The woman tells them that Spinda brought her luck and she needs to bring it back. A man appears, so they all introduce themselves - the woman is Claire and the man is Royce, her butler. The gang introduces themselves as well.
Royce gives them the photos of Spinda with a heart on its face. They promised its owner to get it back, but they haven't been successful. Team Rocket overhears the talk of Spinda being lucky, so they go to steal it. The gang searches and Brock found it, but it has a broken heart... Royce and Claire have found the Spinda, so Ash and Max go to grab it, but Spinda jumps and evades them. Spinda went with the other Spinda, so the gang is confused which one is the correct. Team Rocket appears, sucking the Spinda into the hose (even the one with the heart on its face).
James gets the Spinda with the heart on its face, but it uses Dizzy Punch on Team Rocket. Team Rocket gets their senses, but are soon asleep due to Hypnosis. The balloon falls down and the Spinda goes away. The gang goes to search after it. Later, Team Rocket does so as well, and Jessie made up a plan. She disguises a Teddiursa as a Spinda and when Spinda go to help it, they will take them one by one. However, Teddiursa goes straight ahead, so Jessie must focus it to go left, then right. However, a Ursaring arrives and uses Hyper Beam, blasting them off.
The gang continue the search, so Ash sends Taillow to search as well. Brock gets the Spinda, but (humorously) gets the one with the broken heart. Claire makes a flashback when she met the Spinda. May sees they are almost at the top, so Clarie thinks of something. Meanwhile, Jessie makes a new plan - Meowth will act as a Spinda. Meowth thinks no Spinda will come to it, but unexpectedly, the one with the heart on its face appears before him. Team Rocket tries to catch it, but misses. Spinda runs away and dances, confusing Team Rocket. Team Rocket goes near the edge and falls down.
May, Brock and Claire find the Spinda and go after it. When they arrive to the top, they see a plain of flowers - Spinda wanted to return here. Taillow has found the Spinda, so Ash, Max and Royce come as well. The Spinda with the broken heart comes to Brock. A man arrives - it is the Spinda's (with the heart) owner. The man gives her the flower - the same flower he gave her when they first met. Suddenly, they feel an earthquake!
A giant Spinda machine appears before them - Team Rocket steals the Spinda! Spinda uses Hypnosis, but it is reflected off a mirror, so Spinda falls asleep. Brock is furious, so he sends out Forretress, Lotad and Mudkip. Lotad uses Razor Leaf and Mudkip Water Gun, but with no effect. Team Rocket release the Spinda arm, hurting Mudkip and Lotad. Forretress uses Explosion, destroying the machine. Brock and the man get Spinda (although the man gets with the heart and Brock with the broken heart). Pikachu uses Thunder, blasting Team Rocket off.
The gang leaves, while Brock is sad because he didn't spend time with Claire...
- Featured Pokémon: Seedot, Surskit, Delibird, Seel.
- The English dub is based on the phrase "going for a spin".
- One Spinda in particular looks very similar to a Pikachu, as the positions of its spots are at the tips of its ears and on its cheeks.
"What are you doing, confusing us!? We are already confused!" - James