'Impractical Jokers' Scorecard: 'Enter The Dragons'
October 25th, 2013 8:32am EDT
The second season of Impractical Jokers is starting up again after a brief hiatus, and Thursday's episode was a whopper, featuring a guest appearance by rockers Imagine Dragons. If you missed any of the laughs, we've got the best moments captured for you with our Impractical Jokers Scorecard.
Challenge #1: What Goes Up...
Faced with completing an unknown task before reaching the top of a mall escalator, our guys are racing the clock as well as embarrassing themselves. Sal gets a random guy to hug him for the entire ride; "more hugs, less thugs," he declares. Murr has to call someone's mother, and when he fails at his first attempt, he tries to barricade the escalator until someone does what he wants. Considering that he is not a large man, this is a disaster. However, he avoids a loss by taking Q up on Option B: having someone smell his armpit. A panicky Q just barely gets someone's belt and over-celebrates. Joe's assignment is to do a "mutual face caress" with a stranger, and he winds up walking the wrong way on the escalator, practically yelling at people to cooperate with him. Sadly, the blunt approach doesn't work.
Challenge #2: Careless Whispers
They're supposed to be whispering to random people in a grocery store, but instead the guys take a moment to comment on Sal's shirt and then his hair. Sal nearly gives someone a heart attack when he sneaks up behind him and tells him "Let's be real about Linda," and follows that up by scaring a senior citizen. Joe strikes out as well. Murr thinks wearing a salmon-colored shirt will keep him from getting arrested, and when the guys protest his choice of words, a random passerby overhears and chimes in that the shirt is, in fact, salmon-colored. Joe believes Q might be more likely to get maced. "You are a crushed man standing alone in a supermarket!" Murr laughs, while Q facepalms. But he can celebrate a moment later, because he's the only Joker to pull this one off.
Losers: Sal, Joe and Murr
Challenge #3: Animal Antics
Q gets to hold a penguin as the Jokers take their customer service survey shtick - previously seen at Six Flags - to the zoo in a Joker vs. Joker challenge that pits Sal against Joe (Murr and Q are not shown). Sal bats leadoff, asking a woman what she thinks of all the animals eventually being made into crackers, but balking at inquiring if a gentleman would like to donate his wife to the petting zoo. Joe hesitates when it comes to finding out if there's an animal that a passerby would like to dry hump; at least she takes it with a laugh.
Losers: Joe and Sal
The Punishment: They're forced to be the opening act for Imagine Dragons in front of 14,000 folks at Jones Beach. What might be some people's dream is a nightmare for these guys, who have no musical training or inclination whatsoever. With Joe on drums, Sal taking guitar and vocals, and both of them looking like rejects from the 1980's, it's a trainwreck from note one. Sal is forced to dedicate the performance to the people of Pittsburgh, and another song is a call-back to the time he tried to teach German (in "Out of TP"): it's called "Shut Your Face, Grandma." Even Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds gets involved, stealing the mic from Murr and Q to suggest a few lines.
Give yourself bonus points if you noticed the moniker of Sal and Joe's (lack of a) band - Senora Lanza, which is the name of the high school Spanish teacher that Murr admitted to having a crush on during his now-infamous lie detector test in "The Truth Hurts."
Watch below for a clip of Sal having some serious (and perfectly understandable) stage fright.
Stay tuned for another new Impractical Jokers next week, and if you haven't seen it yet, check out our interviews with Jokers Joe Gatto.
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