Monday, October 29, 2012

SEINFELD - Season 8, Episode 4 - The Little Kicks

“The Little Kicks”

First Script Read: Thursday, September 5, 1996
Filmed: Tuesday-Wednesday, September 10-11, 1996
Aired: October 10, 1996
Nielsen rating: 22.1
Audience share: 34
Directed: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Spike Feresten

Elaine dances at her office party, if you can call it dancing, and hilarity ensues. As George reports to Jerry, "It was more like a full-body dry heave set to music. As she reports on the Inside Look featurette for the episode, Julia Louis-Dreyfus was concerned about how she would look on television. She was worried she would look embarrassingly foolish but not funny. She practiced her dance ahead of time. When it came time to film, director Andy Ackerman coached her to try to dance off-beat to the music. That proved too difficult, so Ackerman decided to have Louis-Dreyfus dance without music playing. The result, of course, was magic, delighting reality's audience as well as her co-workers at the party and the New York City public who saw her dance at the end of Jerry's bootleg version of the (fake) film Cry, Cry Again.

The episode ends memorably with Elaine getting into a fight with Frank Costanza. The two run into each other at the police station. George is under arrest for his own attempt to bootleg a movie. He was trying to impress Elaine's employee, Anna, who was interested in George only when she thought he was a bad boy. It's a development George and Jerry ponder in the restaurant:

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 fiancee, the bad dinner guest, the bad credit risk...
GEORGE: Okay, the point is made.
JERRY: The bad date, the bad sport, the bad citizen...
JERRY: The bad tipper!

George fails at being the Bad Boy, bursting into tears at the police station. Perhaps his father is made of tougher stuff. At the police station, he mocks George's intelligence but then defends his son when Elaine agrees with his assessment. The two start yelling at each other and then charge at each other, fists flying, the shot freezing just before they collide. It's preposterous and silly and fun in keeping with the episode.

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