The Little Kicks
|"The Little Kicks"|
|Episode no.||Season 8
|Directed by||Andy Ackerman|
|Written by||Spike Feresten|
|Original air date||October 10, 1996|
|Season 8 episodes|
|List of Seinfeld episodes|
"The Little Kicks" is the 138th episode of the American television sitcom Seinfeld. This was the fourth episode for the eighth season. It was originally broadcast on the NBC network on October 10, 1996.
Elaine reluctantly allows George to attend a company party. George attempts to hit on Anna (Rebecca McFarland), one of Elaine's employees, but she doesn't seem interested. George is then horrified when he sees Elaine dancing at the party, a dance which causes her staff to lose all respect for her. Elaine mistakenly attributes this lack of respect to George's presence at the party after talking to Jerry. She advises Anna to keep away from George, which causes Anna to think of George as a "bad boy", making George desirable to her. George goes on to describe the dance as "a full body dry heave set to music".
Jerry has gotten tickets to a sneak peek showing of Death Blow for himself and Kramer. However, Kramer quickly invites a friend, Brody (Neil Giuntoli), forcing Jerry to get another ticket. In the theater, Brody starts videotaping the film to make a bootleg version to sell on the streets. While taping, Brody becomes sick and has Kramer take him home, leaving Jerry to finish making the tape. Jerry says he won't do it, but agrees when Brody threatens him with a gun. Jerry worries about the possible consequences of the illegal act, and whether or not Brody will like his taping. However, when he sees the finished product, Brody says it's the most beautiful taping he's ever seen, and asks Jerry to do another film called Cry, Cry Again. Jerry becomes a bootlegging legend on the streets, and demands better equipment for his next film. When Brody won't agree with Jerry's demands, Jerry becomes angry and leaves.
Kramer, seeing Elaine dancing, quickly informs her that "she stinks." Jerry reluctantly confirms this, but Elaine is still not convinced. She videotapes herself over the ending of the bootleg master copy of Cry, Cry Again. Elaine apologizes to Anna and George, explaining that George really is a good person, which makes him undesirable to Anna. But after hearing Jerry has quit bootlegging, George then decides to take up the job instead, in an effort to restore his "bad boy" image, but gets arrested in the process.
When Brody comes to pick up Cry, Cry Again that Jerry was going to shoot, all they have was the bad copy Kramer did, which Elaine has recorded her dancing over. Frank comes to bail him out but instead comes into a physical confrontation with Elaine over George's incident.
Jerry and Elaine walk down the street where it's revealed that Elaine beat Frank. As Jerry and Elaine enter Elaine's apartment building, everyone on the sidewalk dances behind Elaine's back, mocking her dance that they all saw at the end of the Cry, Cry Again bootleg.
At the end of the episode, when Jerry replies (to Elaine) that he has remained big, and that it was the bootlegs that got small, he is referencing a famous line uttered by Gloria Swanson in the classic film Sunset Boulevard.
In the "Inside Look (The Little Kicks)", "The Chronicles (The Clip Show)" and "Not that there's anything wrong with that (Season 8)", it features Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jerry Stiller experiencing the longest outtakes or laughs ever recorded on Seinfeld.
"Death Blow" and "Cry, Cry Again" are made up movies, as with many other movies in the fictional world of Seinfeld.
In a conversation with Jerry, George incorrectly identifies his father's borrowed car as a 1968 GTO when it is a 1967.
As the yellow cab pulls away with Elaine and Anna, the license plate can be seen as California not New York.
- Elaine's characteristic dance is played again in a short sequence in "The Slicer".
- Almost the same scenario with the same song "Shining Star" in "The Bookstore", except with J. Peterman doing the toast instead and dancing more professionally, which enthralls the staff.
- Elaine's description of George as a "short, stocky, slow witted bald man" would be used two more times: in "The Andrea Doria" in which George recounts his life's travails to the co-op board of an apartment he wants to live in and in "The Millennium" where George, in an attempt to be fired from the Yankees, is in a flesh-toned body suit running across Yankee Stadium with a TV broadcaster commenting on the incident.
- In a flashback, Elaine's early hairstyle and dress is seen most prominently in "The Deal", setting up "the dance".
Relations to Other Media
- In the film Shrek (2001), one of the background characters is doing the "Little Kicks Dance" at the karaoke party.
- Disney's animated feature film Home on the Range (2004) features a dance sequence of barn animals dancing to the song "Little Patch of Heaven", in which a male duck is seen dancing the "Little Kicks".
- In the videogame Guild Wars (2005-2007), the male elementalist "/dance" emote culminates in the "Little Kicks Dance".
- In the short-lived video game 1 vs. 100 (Xbox 360) (released in 2009), Avatars could do the "Little Kicks Dance".