Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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The Little Kicks 

Jerry is forced to bootleg a movie for Kramer's friend. George tries the "bad boy" image. No one has the heart to tell Elaine that she's a terrible dancer.


Andy Ackerman


Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Cosmo Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Jerry Stiller ... Frank Costanza
Neil Giuntoli ... Brody
Rebecca McFarland ... Anna
Joe Urla ... Dugan (as Joseph Urla)
Tim O'Hare Tim O'Hare ... Vendor


Kramer's friend Brody forces Jerry to bootleg the movie "Death Blow". George follows Elaine to her office party and finds out that she has a "unique" dancing style. She starts to get a weird vibe from her subordinates and blames it all on George. George becomes the bad boy and wins the affection of Elaine's employee Anna. Jerry finds out that he is a gifted bootlegger and demands perfection while shooting "Cry, Cry, again". Kramer tells Elaine she can't dance. She then videotapes herself dancing over the bootleg of "Cry, Cry, Again". Elaine apologizes over the phone to George calling him a "good seed". He tries to win back Anna's affection by pretending to be a bootlegger. George is arrested and has to be picked up by his father. While picking up Anna from the police station, Elaine and Frank Costanza throw fists. Written by Jim

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10 October 1996 (USA) See more »

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Earth Wind & Fire's "Shining Star" is the song that Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) dances to at the start of the episode. See more »


All of the talking would be in the bootleg film ruining it. See more »


Jerry: I don't care about Brody. I was up on 96th Street today, there was a kid couldn't have been more than ten years old. He was asking a street vendor if he had any other bootlegs as good as 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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References Extreme Measures (1996) See more »


Shining Star
Performed by Earth Wind & Fire
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"Go get 'em, Death Blow!"
7 May 2016 | by juanmaffeoSee all my reviews

Coming after "The Bizarro Jerry", this episode is somewhat more "normal", though it has its fair amount of weirdness.

The plot is divided into two story lines. In one, Jerry and Kramer go see the movie Death Blow with a friend of Kramer. Inside the movie theater they find out that he is a bootlegger. Eventually they get caught in this illegal business and Jerry becomes and bootleg artsy master. In the other story George and Elaine star a love-parent triangle between the two of them and one of Elaine's employees. Thanks to some commentaries Elaine gives to Anna (the employee) about George being a "bad seed", Anna now has the hots for George for his "bad boy image". The rest of the story revolves around George trying to be as bad as he can and Elaine, acting as Anna's mother, trying to set them apart. On a secondary note, Elaine has trouble keeping the respect of her staff following the incidents in the office party. This is the most memorable scene in the episode.

On a more analytical point of view, this episode has a realistic world and at the same time it touches with some absurd ground. This ground being the mother-daughter relationship between Elaine and Anna, George's shifted personality and Jerry suddenly becoming an artsy filmmaker (and that random ending). It makes sense with its own absurdity, even if this absurdity is somewhat more tamed than in the previous episode. On a side note, the two story lines are great but they never interact or collide with each other. Not a particular bad factor but a key factor to Seinfeld standards.

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