The Office: The Inner Circle, 7.23

Thursday, May 5th, 2011 | 140 comments


The Office: The Inner Circle

W: Charlie Grandy, D: Matt Sohn

Summary (NBC): Deangelo’s true management style is finally revealed; he plays favorites by creating his own “inner circle.” Guest stars: Will Ferrell, Cody Horn.

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The Office The Inner Circle trivia


In a poll conducted May 5-9, 2011, Tallyheads rated this episode: 6.86/10

The Office The Inner Circle quotes

Manually transcribed by tanster :)

Deangelo: I live to leave at five.

Deangelo: They are trying to figure me out. And I don’t like it.

Deangelo: As soon as I’m hearing what I want to hear, I’m not going to care.

Deangelo: Kevin’s got me pegged.

Jim: Careful. There is no inner circle.

Kevin: Did you get that, ma? Your boy, Kevin Malone, is in the inner circle. Which doesn’t exist.

Dwight: Once you’ve seen sausage being made, all you want to do is make sausage, ’cause it’s so much fun.

Dwight: I think you’ll find what you’re looking for over there.

Deangelo: No matter how many times I reach out to Dwight, he doesn’t seem to want anything to do with me. It reminds me of my relationship with my son. Except there, I’m the Dwight.

Deangelo: That’s what you need to do. Just add a little English.

Deangelo: Hey Ry. Your department’s killing it, baby!
Ryan: Hey! My pleasure, my treasure.

Ryan: The problem with having “it,” or, “the X-factor,” or whatever it is you want to call it, is that it’s impossible to put into words, what you’re bringing to the table.

Ryan: It’s not even that much of a stretch. She pretty much does whatever I say.

Kelly: You lie all the time. You lie for no reason. Ryan, you just like to lie.

Ryan: Kelly Kapoor, if I don’t have those call logs on my desk, we’re just going to have to evaluate your future at the company.

Dwight: Congratulations on your one cousin. I have seventy, each one better than the last.

Darryl: Under “special skills,” Mr. Don Finer put “juggling.”

Deangelo: I actually perform a motivational juggling routine.

Deangelo: What would you say this room is? 300 square feet? 320?
Gabe: 320. Just freeballin’ it.

Deangelo: How many square feet out there? 17, 18 hundo?
Kevin: Oh I think it’s 18 hundo.

Deangelo: Sorry, I never touch another juggler’s instruments.

Deangelo: Can someone please throw me a fifth ball?

Deangelo: Do you believe in me, Phyllis? Because I believe in you.

Deangelo: I’m Deangelo Vickers. Thank you so much. Hope you learned something.

Kevin: He didn’t drop a single ball.

Pam: Look, I’m juggling eggs and bowling balls. I’m juggling with one hand. No hands.

Andy: I wrote my own companion piece to The Vagina Monologues called The Penis Apologies.

Jim: Hey, Deangelo, are you shy or just a sexist?

Andy: If he doesn’t listen, then he can kiss his penis goodbye. Snip, snip.

Deangelo: I got tons of time, this job’s a joke.

Kevin: That sounds like Pam. You know how she gets. Deangelo, she can get really bitchy.

Deangelo: Raise your hand if you have a vagina. Raise your hand if someone you love has a vagina.

Dwight: NBA, WNBA. One is a sport, one is a joke. I love sports, I love jokes. Room for all!

Deangelo: I’d like you to please welcome Jordan Garfield.

Jordan: Anthropologie. “We don’t have this and that size.” Pretty, pretty lame.

Andy: I’m going in to the belly of the beast.

Andy: What’s up, man cave?

Dwight: Deangelo, tell your whore to leave me alone!

Andy: Deangelo has also recently learned about The Barnacle Project, a non-profit organization based in Mystic, Connecticut, that assists in the scraping of barnacles…

Jim: So this is my life. Until I win the lottery. Or Pam finally writes that series of young adult books.

Pam: So one afternoon, while walking home from school, quirky tenth grader Becky Walters finds a wounded Pegasus in the woods. And she becomes… The Horse Flyer.

Kelly: He’s just a big fraud, Deangelo. He’s like Rango.

Ryan: I did not see Rango.

Deangelo: I like Ryan. You seem kind of hysterical to me.

Darryl: Damn! Mad respect for my brother!

Darryl: I will say what I need to say, and soon, I will say it in Chinese.

Deangelo: No one has called NASA to request a lift-off.

Dwight: Pass. If I wanted to see a pissing contest, I’d lock Mose in the chicken coop.

Dwight: Okay, a little about me. I respond to strong leadership.

Jordan: I don’t think I can do that. I’m holding your jewelry.

Deangelo: This is for you, to show you anything is possible. This is also for the troops.

Jim: Erin, will you call 911, please?
Erin: Who should I say is calling?

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  1. 140. Michael Scarn  

    It felt to me like the last scene with DeAngelo speaking incoherently after leaving the hospital prematurely was a nod to the “Fawlty Towers” episode, “The Germans”, where John Cleese as Basil Fawlty leaves the hospital prematurely and shows up at the hotel.

  2. 139. Trent  

    man why was this episode rated so low?!

  3. 138. VinceFinnegan  

    I can’t believe this episode was rated so low. It was awesome! My only concern is too much time on a character that will be gone by next episode. This comment is posted a week after the episode aired and I got to say my concerns were squashed.

  4. 137. soup snake  

    I was pretty disappointed with this episode. I didn’t think it was very funny and I hardly laughed which is rare. I might have to watch it a second time to see if anything changes. I really disliked that no one made a mention about Michael. I found it hard to believe that no one would say anything especially after the way he left! It’s too bad the deleted scene where Pam and Jim talk about his new puppy got cut. Michael’s absence was greatly felt in this episode!

    The only things I did like were all of Kelly and Ryan’s scenes, Pam’s fake juggling, Dwight not sucking up to Deangelo, and Jim awkwardly leaving Deangelo’s office. I didn’t even think Will Ferrell was funny in this episode. I thought he was hilarious in the first two episodes he appeared in and then I don’t know what happened. I don’t like that new characters are being added. I’d like to see characters like Creed, Kevin, Meredith, and others get more screen time instead of bringing in new characters.

  5. 136. Ron Albanese  

    Hey! First time poster! I for one LOVED this episode … don’t know how long Vickers could have actually gone on, but man there were all kinds of laughs.

    That question he asked the inner circle about “where does the office get its paper?” was hilarious. The whole South Western look was a riot, too.

    I watched the episode three times!

  6. 135. Evil Snail  

    I thought this episode was pretty good considering the main star of the show is officially gone. It felt like Deangelo was starting to grow on me, only to have him leave this episode. I think he could’ve been a decent replacement for Michael Scott.

  7. 134. Mitch  

    This episode was a pleasant surprise. They had a lot of pressure to deliver an episode that didn’t feature Michael Scott and I’m glad it was business as usual. Deangelo actually was growing on me.. at least for the first chunk. The other characters were funny, and Ryan/Kelly need to be featured more, they were hilarious! Overall, a solid episode but I’m REALLY looking forward to next week’s!

  8. 133. Carol  

    One thing I’d like to add though, since when does Pam want to be a writer? What happened to her artwork? I feel like that hasn’t been mentioned in so long.

  9. 132. Carol  

    I’m surprised so many people didn’t like this episode. I thought it was one of the funnier ones in a while. Ferrell’s departure could have been better, and I think the new employee is unnecessary, but for the most part I thought this was a solid (if strange) episode. This was also the first (and I guess last haha) episode that I could tolerate DeAngelo. Andy, Ryan, Dwight and Kelly were especially funny – the penis apologies line and Dwight refusing to be a suck up stand out.

  10. 131. Janet  

    Michael was referenced in this episode – In the final scene, when Deangelo walks in, someone (Erin or Angela?) says “Michael”. Did anyone else catch that?

  11. 130. Pam  

    Just realized that Greg Daniels announced the mystery story would start to be revealed during “Michael’s Goodbye” episode, not “Michael’s Last Dundies”.

  12. 129. Pam  

    [200-word limit]

  13. 128. scottydanger  

    One common complaint about this episode seems to be a lack of acknowledgment for Michael, so let me put this out there- if someone at your office leaves, do you spend the next week moping? Michael was great and beloved, but ultimately, the characters are responding the way any office would. They’re moving on.

  14. 127. Rob  

    Will Ferrell’s addition was great. The lead characters just aren’t funny anymore though. Jim, Pam, Dwight, etc. Andy really has become the funniest character without a doubt and his character always is written consistently. Pam’s book idea just wasn’t funny in the least and seemed so out of character. Great episode in general though. I’d say it’s 18 hundo.

  15. 126. Mikey  

    Okay, so I watched this episode a second time, and I tried thinking about it objectively as possible, and previously I thought the episode was very mediocre, but upon a second viewing I think the writers did a pretty good job and I think the show could carry on well without Michael Scott. I’m still very sad to have seen him go, and there will never be a replacement for him, but the show must go on, and indeed it will. I didn’t really care for Deangelo after the first 3 episodes he was in, but I think in this episode he starts to grow into his own, and I think given time, he could have been a good choice for a long term replacement for Michael Scott.

  16. 125. Pauley  

    Will Ferrell exceeded my expectations. The DV character came into its own after MS departed. I laughed out loud often, and felt that he could have transitioned well as the new manager, albeit a much less sympathetic one, than MS. TO manager need not be beloved by the audience, or TO employees, as evidenced by the original British version’s David Brent. What he must demonstrate, however, is a level of incompetence and embodiment of the Peter principle that both MS and DB espoused. That is why the new manager, should have these traits to stay true to TO original spirit–and why Darryl or Jim would be inappropriate. That they actually deserve to be managers is why they shouldn’t.

  17. 124. Deb Untante  

    I thought this episode was hilarious!! The last few have been so sad (and reasonably so), and I found it so refreshing so have an episode that was just silly. Dwight was hilarious, so many amazing lines, but I also LOVED pam in this episode. I have really enjoyed Deangelo, I’ll miss him (I know that puts me in the minority!). I honestly didn’t think of Michael at all besides during the intro. I think next week is going to be so funny, I love seeing Dwight in charge.

    I do want to say that I thought that deleted scene with pam and jim about michael’s puppy was so cute though, i wish it could have stayed in for sure!

  18. 123. Jake  

    this was definitely one of their best episodes of the season! jus wish Ferrell would have stayed longer

  19. 122. fafaf  

    My two cents:

    The spin during Deangelo’s juggling was perfect. Pam’s juggling thing was hilarious too. Dwight’s NBA/WNBA joke was very funny, as was the Ryan/Kelly stuff. In fact I thought this was a genuinely good episode.

    I was glad there weren’t any references to Michael (although the shorts Deangelo wears look a lot like Michael’s basketball shorts). The show is going to struggle without him, constant reminders of his character won’t help, although I expect this was a conscious decision on the part of the writers with it being the first Michael-free episode. It had to be a clean break. The figurine thing at the end of the credits was enough.

  20. 121. Officefan  

    There were few laughs in this episode, but the writers have always had trouble with Deangelo. The vibe kinda felt like “Training Day”, where the characters just didn’t seem like themselves. Although, I did like the mime juggling joke, and the idea of Pam’s novel. I feel really bad for Gabe (who’s my favorite character), as people seem to pick on him more than Michael ever picked on Toby. It also felt too sitcomy when they just cut to the Ambulance like that. They should have shown the cameraman running to Deangelo after he fell or something. But I think the writers will do much better in the next episode.

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