The Office Review: The Juggling Act

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In no way does this change the fact that I am concerned The Office will not be able to make up for the loss of Steve Carrell in the future, but Will Ferrell's performance in "The Inner Circle" more than helped hold us over in the meantime.

In what I believe was Ferrell's last appearance of this arc on the show, he was at his best since the first scene in which his Deangelo hilariously riffed with Michael Scott.

The Inner Circle Picture

Between acting mean while being nice in the cold open, wanting to be friends with Dwight to the point of  screaming him into submission, performing the heck out of that fake juggling act, and almost killing himself on a Kevin assisted dunk, Deangelo was on fire throughout.

Yelling at Dwight was hilarious on so many levels.

First of all, the character was just so fed up with Dwight's attitude, but more so that he wouldn't be his friend. Dwight! He wants Dwight to be his friend!?! Also, in that moment, it was the closest Ferrell had gone to Mr. Tarkanian since joining the show.

Thirdly, it led to Dwight eagerly following orders and admitting that he responds to strong leadership. Great stuff.

About that dunk... let's first take note of how awesome Deangelo looked in a dress shirt and vest combined with basketball shorts and sneakers. Not only was the dunk outrageous in and of itself, but it ended with the hoop landing on Deangelo, and for all intents and purposes sending him off of the show in an ambulence. That was definitely not the way many guessed he would have left us.

Fired... Quit... Not impaled by a basketball rim.

With the absence of Carrell, The Office made the correct move of giving plenty of material to two of their best supporting players. Kevin and Ryan both killed once again.

Kev being all about the inner circle and so easily turning on Pam, saying she's b*tchy, was fantastic. And Ryan, pretending to be Kelly's boss, and continuing to treat her like dirt, once again worked really well.

If there was one thing that held "The Inner Circle" back it was the happy Halperts. Now that the emotional material with Michael is long gone, Jim and Pam have returned to being the worst.

They were annoying throughout this episode, and I am worried that this may stick around. On the other hand, I have no problem hating these two for the next season or so.

With one more episode before the one hour finale, The Office has me on the edge of my seat about how they are going to go forward without Carrell.

With all of the big stars coming in at the end of this season, I am still not convinced that one of them is going to be a permanent replacement. However it goes down, I'm looking forward to contrasting it with the great The Office seasons of the past.

We leave you with some of our favorite quotes from "The Inner Circle."  As always, don't forget to check out The Office quotes page for all the best one-liners.

Dwight: Once you see sausage being made, all you wanna do is make sausage cause it's so much fun. | permalink
Deangelo: No matter how many times I reach out to Dwight, he doesn't want anything to do with me. It reminds me of my relationship with my son, except there I'm the Dwight. | permalink
Andy: I think if he were sexist I'd be able to tell. I took a crap load of women's studies courses at Cornell. | permalink
Jim: Hey you got a second?
Deangelo: Yeah, I got tons of time. This job's a joke. | permalink
Dwight: What's the argument here? NBA, WNBA. One is a sport. One is a joke. I love sports. I love jokes. Room for all. | permalink
Kelly: No, he's just a big fraud Deangelo. He's like Rango. He doesn't work here basically, just like the way Rango didn't save those animals. It was just a big misunderstanding.
Deangelo: Is this true Ryan?
Ryan: I did not see Rango. | permalink
Dwight: If I wanted to see a pissing contest I'd lock Mose in the chicken coop. | permalink


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Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


Blaire, I completely understand where you are coming from. In my review I try to find things I enjoyed and things I didn't so much enjoy. If you aren't a fan of what The Office is, I understand that, and I can see why you would disagree with my joy. Many people think that the show has lost its luster. Fortunately for me, I am not one of those people. This season has been fantastic, and this episode was no different.


I love the office, this website and generally its reviews,but i think we need someone new for this show's reviews. I feel like i disagreewith almost every comment, week after week, and based on the other comments i'm not alone. I'm sure there's someone out there who can write good reviews that come back to the essence of the show, and what actually resonates with the fans.


Watching this episode, i already sensed the gaping hole left by steve carrell's departure. Man, im so going to miss his character, damnit steve! If someone isnt able to fill the gap soon than i'm going to have to stop watching this show because it'll start making me sad!


this review was shit. end.


I hope Steve Carrell comes back when the series ends like on That 70's Show. I loved the Halperts in this episode!


Why hate on the Halperts? This show will not be the same without Michael, but Pam and Jim are a great couple. You don't need to hate in order to get people to comment on your under par review.


I don't see how the Halperts were annoying. They are still two of my favorite characters on the show and I thought Jim in particular really shone. He stands in for the audience in a lot of ways with his reactions to Ferrell's weirdness. I've seen a few reviewers continue to knock on the Halperts as if their lack of romantic subplot has turned them into bores, but Pam is consistently funnier than ever, and Jim is just classic Jim. Really don't understand this anti-Halpertism.


I loved it, it's all about the character. And a lot of laugh out loud moments.


I loved that we got to see more of the supporting cast, but I have yet to find Ferrell funny. His character is all over the place.

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The Office Season 7 Episode 22 Quotes

What's the argument here? NBA, WNBA. One is a sport. One is a joke. I love sports. I love jokes. Room for all.


I don't care what your favorite flavor is. Here's a bowl of ice cream, you either like it or you don't. That's my attitude right now in this room. That's my attitude on Ice Cream Thursdays.