Season 8 Episode 4

The Little Kicks

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 10, 1996 on NBC
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Episode Summary


Elaine reluctantly lets George attend a party she is throwing at work. "Sweet fancy Moses" exclaims George when he sees Elaine dance at a party she's holding for her employees. She wonders why they've lost respect for her. Jerry gets 2 tickets to a premiere of a film. Kramer asks him to get an extra ticket for his friend Brody. Elaine thinks the loss of respect might be due to George's influence, so she makes him off limits to Anna, one of the women George talked to at the party. That "bad boy" image makes him all the more desirable. Jerry and Kramer attend the film with Brody, who begins to make a bootleg tape. Brody gets sick and has Kramer take him home, leaving Jerry to finish making the tape. Jerry worries about the implications when Brody likes his camera work and asks him to do another film. However, he complains about the quality of Kramer's work. Elaine finds out the truth about her dancing after she tapes herself. Elaine apologizes to Anna and George, which suddenly makes him undesirable. Brody won't meet Jerry's demands for equipment; George takes on the challenge, but gets arrested. Frank comes to bail him out and Elaine lets him know the truth about his son. Elaine's dance becomes a big hit on the streets of New York.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Season 8, Episode 4.

    On October 10, 1996, history was made. Elaine danced! LMAO, her dancing is hilarious! I loved it. The staff at Elaine's job is making fun of her dancing behind her back! Haha! Elaine tells her coworker Anna about George, after he hits on her at a party, because Elaine thinks the staff doesn't like her because George said something about him. Jerry has to get a ticket for Kramer's friend Brody, and he ends up video-taping the movie. Haha! The scene with Elaine, George, and Anna in the park rocked! I hate Brody. He is kinda annoying and very mean, apparently. Oh well, 10/10.moreless
  • A Sight To Behold

    This episode seemed to have a little of everything. It had so many great plots and subplots. Jerry as a bootleg director was funny, Elaine as a lousy dancer was funnier still, but George as "the bad boy" trying to impress one of Elaine's beautiful coworkers was funnier. The final scene with George in the police station where George's father and Elaine were going to get in a fight was hillarious. The outtakes from this scene are always on Seinfield's funniest bloopers.

    Not only was this my favorite Seinfield episode, it had the most beautiful woman as a guest star--Rebecca McFarland. She was beyond sexy and lovely. I think she's the most wonderful love-interest guest ever on Seinfield. She was (and remains) a sight to behold.moreless
  • Well remembered episode. Elaine dance "The Little Kicks" is comedy history.

    I watched the entire series in South America through Sony channel.I had seen every episode of the nine season series 4 times and I have enjoyed it every time.This particular episode is famous in Venezuela for the funny Elaine dance. It is well remembered by all Seinfeld fans. Congratulations to the writers and actors.Most episodes have contributed to make this show a tv addiction.Elaine hosting the party for her company with George in attendance, then Elaine's little kicks in that party in the very beginning and people in the street imitating the little kicks at the end of the episode was very funny.moreless
  • Food? Bar? George?

    Opening this episode is quite hilarious. Many moments contribute to an overall web that made this show for me a daily addiction. Elaine running the company and throwing/hosting the party for her company with George in attendance is the layer that gets you started. Throw in Elaine's rug cutting and you have George watching in abject horror.

    Next we have Kramer with his friend Brody, who is quite the candy junkie, enlisting the help of Jerry to make a bootleg copy of a movie. According to Kramer, this is not against the law it's just illegal, but still a business.

    Finally after George hooks up with the girl at the party Elaine throws, we see him become something that we aren't accostomed to...George as the bad boy.

    The episode comes all together at the end like a fine recipe...filled with onions. Because you cry, then you cry again.moreless
  • This was a pretty good episode. It was not as laugh out loud as some of the others, but still it was a wonderful installment.

    Elaine tells Jerry and George about a party she is throwing for her employees and George ends up going with her. At the party George meets a woman who is not interested and Elaine unknowingly dances so bad that everyone there cannot help but make fun of her later in the office. However, she is unaware that she dances so bad and thinks George makes a bad impression and is the reason she her staff has lost respect.

    Jerry gets tickets to a movie premier; he Kramer and his buddy all go to watch the movie. At the movie he finds out that Kramer’s buddy is a bootlegger. When he gets sick from eating a huge bag of candy Jerry has to finish the job, with some uncertainty. It turns out he does such a good job he turns into a sort of bootlegger legend.

    The girl who George meets later is interested when she is told by Elaine that she is forbidden to see him. This stemming from her believes that he is the cause of the loss of respect. Elaine treats the two like a high school couple that is not allowed to see each other. Elaine finds out that it is her dancing that is causing the loss of respect and George loses the bad guy title. To try to get it back he takes a shot at the bootlegging job and gets arrested. Due to his crying at the police station the girl leaves him.moreless
Neil Giuntoli

Neil Giuntoli


Guest Star

Rebecca McFarland

Rebecca McFarland


Guest Star

Tim O'Hare

Tim O'Hare


Guest Star

Joe Urla

Joe Urla


Recurring Role

Jerry Stiller

Jerry Stiller

Frank Costanza

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • When Elaine arrives at the park in a taxi to take Anna away from George, the "New York City" taxi cab has California license plates.

    • Jerry tells Elaine that he has to throw something in the laundry. However, in multiple other episodes we learn that Jerry sends his laundry out.

    • (Iyad El-Baghdadi) When Elaine mentions the "Big Peterman Bash" she's throwing, George asks "Food? BAR? George?" - but we know (from the "Red Dot" episode) that George doesn't drink...

    • RE: Dugan's writing block: Thats not a goof, its a in-show joke

    • When George is ironing his pants while speaking on the phone to Elaine, the land-based phone he's holding isn't attached to a phone cord!

    • Jerry opens his apartment door after letting George into the building on the intercom. When Kramer leaves with the ice cream, the door is closed.

    • Dugan, the J. Peterman catalog staffer, must have writer's block. This episode marks the second time in four weeks that he brainstorms a writing sample that begins, "I pressed through the rushes..." (The first time, in "The Foundation," was to promote a washcloth.)

    • George says he is going to borrow his dad's 1968 G.T.O however he is later seen with a 1967 G.T.O

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Elaine: (after her fight with Frank Costanza) He wrote the check and I cashed it.

    • (about George's dad)
      George: During that period when my folks were separated, he went a little crazy.
      Jerry: Not a very long trip.

    • Elaine: You know, revulsion has now become a valid form of attraction.
      Jerry: Well, then you're driving me wild.

    • Jerry: People with guns don't understand. That's why they get guns, too many misunderstandings.

    • Kramer: Jerry, look, you got to shoot this movie for me. Brody is a reasonable man, but he's insane!

    • Kramer: Death Blow: Where someone tries to blow you up, not because of who you are, but for different reasons altogether.

    • Kramer: (about bootlegging movies) It's a legitimate business.
      Jerry: It's not legitimate!
      Kramer: It's a business.

    • (describing Elaine's dancing)
      George: It's like a full body dry heave set to music.

    • Jerry & George: (after seeing Elaine's dancing) Sweet fancy Moses!

    • George: Ow! Dad…
      Frank: Who put you up to this, was it her?
      Elaine: All right. Wait a minute. I think you've got it backwards.
      Frank: My George isn't clever enough to hatch a scheme like this.
      Elaine: You got that right.
      Frank: What the hell does that mean?
      Elaine: It means whatever the hell you want it to mean.
      Frank: You saying you want a piece of me?
      Elaine: I could drop you like a bag of dirt.
      Frank: You wanna piece of me? You got it! (They begin to fight)

    • Brody: (holding bat) May I borrow this?
      Kramer: Yes. You need a glove?
      Brody: Naah.

    • Kramer: Jerry, George got arrested.
      Jerry: What?
      Kramer: Yeah. He went at the Beackman, he tried to land, but they cheesed him.
      Jerry: Oh now I see.

    • George: I'm the bad boy…I've never been the bad boy.
      Jerry: You've been the bad employee, the bad son, the bad friend…
      George: Yes, yes…
      Jerry: …the bad fiancé, the bad dinner guest, the bad credit risk….
      George: Okay, the point is made.
      Jerry: …the bad date, the bad sport, the bad citizen…(George leaves)…the bad tipper!

    • Anna: It's alright, George, you'll just pay a fine and that will be it.
      George: (crying) But why did the police man have to yell at me like that?

    • Jerry: Out of nowhere there's this lone dancer who appears to be injured.
      Kramer: Yeah, it's a disturbing image.
      Jerry: Yeah, so you cry, and then when you see the dancing, you cry again.

  • NOTES (3)

    • In this episode Elaine refers to George as "a bad seed." In 509 The Masseuse, Jerry called George "a bad seed" when his girlfriend was complaining about him.

    • On the bootleg of Cry, Cry, Again that Kramer made, if you listen to the bootleg, you'll hear Kramer shout out "Aw, man! I sat in gum!" This is the same thing George says at the end of the episode "The Movie". Poor blokes.

    • It was reported in Allure magazine that the dance moves Elaine made were completely Lorne Michaels (noted Saturday+Night+Live producer) own moves.


    • Jerry: I am big, it's the bootlegs that got small.
      Near the end of the episode Jerry is told that he used to be big in bootlegs. He responds as stated above. This is a direct reference to the 1950 film "Sunset Blvd."

      Joe Gillis (William Holden): "Wait a minute, haven't I seen you before? I know your face ... you're Norma Desmond! Used to be in silent pictures. Used to be big."
      Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson): "I am big. It's the pictures that got small."