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"The Little Kicks" is the 138th episode of the Americanmarker television sitcom Seinfeld. This was the 4th episode for the 8th 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.

Jerry has gotten tickets to a sneak peek showing of Death Blow for himself and Kramer. However, Kramer quickly invites a friend, Brody, 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. When Jerry and Elaine go to Elaine's apartment, everyone dances behind Elaine's back, mocking her dance that they all saw at the end of the Cry, Cry Again bootleg.

Production Notes

  • 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.
  • The song that Elaine dances to at the beginning of the episode is "Shining Star" by Earth, Wind and Fire.
  • Elaine's characteristic dance is played again in a short sequence in "The Slicer".
  • 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.


  • George and Jerry (After seeing Elaine dance, horrified): Sweet fancy Moses.
  • Kramer (In the style of an action movie narrator): Death Blow. When Someone tries to blow you up, not because of who you are, but because of different reasons altogether (the tagline to the fictional movie Death Blow.)

Relations to Other Media

  • In Disney's animated feature film Home on the Range , during the song Little Patch of Heaven in a dance sequence of the barn animals a male duck is seen Dancing the "Little Kicks Dance."
  • In the videogame Guild Wars, the male elementalist "/dance" emote culminates in the Little Kicks dance.

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