The Little Kicks (season 8, episode 4)
written by Spike Feresten, directed by Andy Ackerman
original airdate: October 10, 1996
Elaine horrifies her co-workers by dancing at an office party. George acts like a bad seed to impress Elaine’s secretary. Kramer’s friend, Brody, a movie bootlegger, hands Jerry the camera during a film and Jerry finds himself enjoying his new role as a “filmmaker.”
The Improv is not featured in this episode.
Jerry scores sneak preview tickets for a movie, but Kramer invites his friend who forces them to bootleg the movie. He is enthralled with Jerry’s technique, and hires him full-time to bootleg. George reveals he saw Elaine dance, and Elaine videotapes herself “dancing” after Kramer tells her she stinks.
George invites himself to Elaine’s Peterman party, and later discovers he’s been labeled a “bad seed” by Elaine to her coworker Anna. Jerry, on George’s new “bad” title: “You’ve been the bad employee, the bad son, the bad friend, the bad finace, the bad dinner guest, the bad credit risk, the bad date, the bad sport, the bad citizen…the bad tipper!”
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Elaine unleashes her “little kicks” on the J. Peterman holiday party, “like a full-bodied dry heave set to music.” George meets Elaine’s co-worker Anna, who only becomes interested in him when she discovers George may be a “bad seed.”
Elaine’s staff begin imitating her, forcing her to place the blame on George, and inadvertently setting up George with one of her coworkers.
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Jerry, Kramer and his friend Brody go to see a sneak preview of “Death Blow,” and Jerry is threatened with a gun and catapulted into the world of illegal movie bootlegging. Jerry later demands too much from Brody, taking him “off the project!” in filming “Cry, Cry Again.” The theatre is now a Nautica store, but the marquee still exists outside the store.
Anna, late for work, says she got held up…and Elaine assumes it was at Yankee Stadium, with George.
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Jerry commissions Kramer to bootleg “Cry, Cry Again,” but he is forced to reshoot it when Kramer butchers the bootleg.
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Jerry tells Kramer he wants to continue bootlegging for the kids, as he saw a kid on 96th St. asking for a bootleg like “Death Blow”: “That’s who I care about. The little kid who needs bootlegs, because his parent or guardian won’t let him see the excessive violence, and strong sexual content you and I take for granted!”
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George gets arrested for bootlegging, as Kramer tells Jerry: “He went down at the Beekman…he tried to lam, but they cheesed him!”
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Elaine goes to pick up Anna, and an infuriated Frank comes to bail out George, before Frank and Elaine come to blows in the famous “you want a piece of me?” speech.