The Little Kicks
|"The Little Kicks"|
|Episode no.||Season 8|
|Directed by||Andy Ackerman|
|Written by||Spike Feresten|
|Original air date||October 10, 1996|
"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 (to Earth, Wind & Fire's "Shining Star"), 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", thus 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 (and says it serves Brody right for eating too much candy instead of sharing, which made him sick), 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 doesn't and Kramer films instead, but he does a terrible job so Jerry returns to bootlegging; he then 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 upset 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 copy of Cry, Cry Again. When Brody comes to pick up the Cry, Cry Again bootleg that Jerry was going to shoot, Jerry and Kramer are forced to give him the bad copy Kramer recorded, which Elaine has recorded her dancing over.
Elaine (realizing that her dancing was appalling) 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 and reveals his weakness when he cries after the arresting police man had yelled at him. Frank comes to bail him out but instead comes into a physical confrontation with Elaine after claiming George wasn't smart enough to hatch a scheme like bootlegging.
Jerry and Elaine walk down the street where it's revealed that Elaine beat Frank. As Jerry and Elaine enter Elaine's apartment building, Elaine says she still feels disrespected, but he tells her not to worry. Meanwhile 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.