"The Inner Circle" is the twenty-third episode of the seventh season of the American television comedy series "The Office" and is the 149th episode over all. It was written by Charlie Grandy and directed by Matt Sohn. It originally aired in the United States on May 5, 2011. It was viewed by 6.90 million people.

Cold Opening

Deangelo lists off some good changes like bringing Darryl to business school and giving Toby a new chair. He doesn't care what everybody likes. In actuality, he dislikes when people try to figure him out. Kevin noticed everything sounded great but could notice that others think that it's bad.


Deangelo begins his first day in the office without Michael. Quickly, he sets up an "inner circle" of his most trusted employees in Dunder Mifflin, consisting of Darryl, Jim, Kevin, and Gabe. Deangelo gives Dwight some coffee but threw it in the trash because Dwight owns his coffee shop. Ryan pretends to be Kelly's supervisor as a way to suck up to the new boss, asking Kelly to play along. Dwight wants Deangelo to leave him alone. Deangelo was a great juggler. He didn't bring his balls but played invisible juggling. Later, while having lunch, Angela protests that Deangelo is a sexist, and Pam asks Jim to confront him on it. After said confrontation, Deangelo responds by hiring a woman named Jordan Garfield. Afterwards, Jim finds himself replaced with Andy in the inner circle when the next meeting is called. Dwight yells to Deangelo, "Tell your whore to leave me alone!" Kelly breaks down and tells Deangelo the truth, using the movie Rango as a comparison. Deangelo states that he likes things the way they were and decided to make Ryan Kelly's supervisor for real. As Jim works his way back into the circle, Pam takes it upon herself to try to keep Deangelo quiet when his game of Nerf basketball. Deangelo can do Michael Jordan's dunk. Jim asked him to try real basketball and show everybody Deangelo's MJ dunk down in the warehouse. Deangelo accepts the offer and forces everyone to come and watch. Dwight passes but Deangelo yells, "Damn it, Dwight! Enough! Get your ass downstairs or find a new place to sell paper!" When attempting a dunk, Deangelo tips the basket, and he is seen being carried off in an ambulance in the next shot. At the end, Deangelo tries to return to work while still in his hospital gown, along with many tubes, clearly suffering from brain damage of some sort. He tries to tell a bartender joke in a jumbled and muffeled language before Jim and Gabe escort him out.

Deleted/extended scenes

  • Deangelo tells everybody in the conference room so that the workers will play pinball without quarters.
  • Deangelo tells his workers to throw complaints to Deangelo's garbage.
  • Deangelo sets up his desk.
  • Andy made a resume of himself but in the resume, he's called Bernard Andrews so he'll not just be the funny guy.
  • Deangelo shuffles through the resumes.
  • Jim told Pam that Michael will have a beagle named after Pam.
  • Jim, Gabe & Kevin make fun of their resumes.
  • Deangelo talks to Dwight about Deangelo's brother.
  • Dwight gave Deangelo a B because Deangelo's quality makes Dwight's skin crawl.
  • Deangelo plans to get rid of the 2010 printers from Sabre.
  • Angela quips to Deangelo that he only talks to Kevin. Kevin says it depends what makes the math did.
  • When Phyllis tells Deangelo that the men have more chances, she asks Toby. In a talking head interview, Toby had a difficult time with Michael.
  • Jim says that managers last 14 years.
  • Jim apologizes to Deangelo.
  • Deangelo names his team The Crazy Snakes, The Matadors or The Lancers.
  • Jordan doesn't like working at Dunder Mifflin Scranton.

Cultural References

  • Deangelo's cousin who cracked a formula for a soda could be Coca-Cola which could possibly filled with cocaine.
  • Deangelo's juggling routing is to the song "Bring Me to Life" by Evanescence.
  • The Vagina Monologues is an episodic play written in 1996.
  • NBA is men's professional basketball league and WNBA women's. Dwight considers the former a sport and the latter a "joke."
  • Jordan used to work in the scientific field Anthropology, the study of humankind. Kelly confuses this with the women's clothing store Anthropologie.
  • Rango is a 2011 Academy Award winning animated film about a chameleon (Johnny Depp) who accidentally ends up in the town of Dirt, an outpost that is in desperate need of a new sheriff.
  • NASA stands for National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
  • Deangelo playing basketball references Will Ferrell's basketball movie, Semi-Pro.
  • "The British are coming" is an apocryphal quote, often credited to American patriot Paul Revere (He actually stated "The regulars are coming out".
  • Gabe bows when Deangelo asks everyone to welcome Jordan. This is a formal way of greeting someone in Asian culture, which Gabe has been shown before to have somewhat of an obsession with.

Connections to previous episodes

  • Michael wished that Phyllis would speak her mind more (Goodbye, Michael), and she does so in this episode when confronting Deangelo about his sexist ways.
  • Even though some of Dwight's relatives were seen before, he reveals that he has seventy cousins. "Each one better than the last."


Main Cast

Supporting Cast

Special Guest Star

Recurring Cast

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