‘The Inner Circle’ was the first episode without Michael. I don’t know about you, but I felt that loss. More on that later.
The episode centers around Deangelo’s Man's Club (or so it could be called) in which he acts like a dopey, chauvinistic weirdo and all the other guys suck up. People like Kevin are thrilled to be in it, while Dwight insults Deangelo’s every move.
Jim gets himself in an awkward spot when he points out Deangelo appears sexist to some people in the office. As if to prove a point, Deangelo hires a young, female administrative assistant. (Is it just me, or does she look like Hillary Swank’s younger sister?) He also continues to puzzle his employees with strange behavior, including a juggling mime routine that even Michael would call strange.
Meanwhile, Ryan implies he’s Kelly’s boss, and Kelly is powerless to stop him. Her observation that he loves to lie is interesting. To me, that’s what makes his character so annoying and pompous. But maybe that’s just me.
In the end, Jim challenges Deangelo to prove his basketball skills with dangerous results. Deangelo goes in for a dunk and collapses the hoop on his head. In the end, he appears to escape from the hospital and tells the office a joke that sounds like gibberish. Is that a serious head injury? Is he done for good? As Jim says, “What now?”
-Is that Evanescence playing in the background while Deangelo “juggles” against Phyllis’ face? Hilarious!
-I missed Steve Carell in the opening credits. And I missed him throughout the episode, for that matter. I feel a real void coming on. The show is not the same.
-Jim and Pam are really now the heart of the show, aren’t they? They’re basically the only “normal” characters to identify with. That makes me a little sad.
-If this is Will Ferrell’s last episode, will you miss him? It’s honestly an utter mystery who will ultimately step in to fill Michael’s shoes.
-Deangelo: “I live to leave at 5.”
-Deangelo: “They are trying to figure me out and I don’t like it. Once they figure me out, they start to tell me what I want to hear, and I quickly need to figure out who’s a good worker and who is simply a good mind reader. Because as soon as I am hearing what I want to hear, I’m not gonna care.”
-Kevin: “Did you get that, Ma? Your boy, Kevin Malone, is in the Inner Circle! Which doesn’t exist.”
-Ryan (to Deangelo): “My pleasure, my treasure.”
-Deangelo: “I never touch another juggler’s instruments.”
-Andy: “I wrote a companion piece to ‘The Vagina Monologues’ called ‘The Penis Apologies.’"
-Deangelo: “Raise your hand if you have a vagina. Raise your hand if you love someone with a vagina.”
-Dwight: “Deangelo, tell your whore to leave me alone.”
-Jim: “So, this is my life until I win the lottery. Or Pam writes that series of young adult books.”
-Ryan: “I did not see ‘Rango.’”
-Deangelo (to Kelly): “You seem kind of hysterical to me.”
Dwight: “If I wanted to see a pissing contest, I’d lock Moze in the chicken coop.”