History Series / ImpracticalJokers

19th Feb '17 4:46:13 PM nombretomado
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* AintNoRule says that, when challenged to shop out of other people's cart, you can't just walk away with the whole cart long enough to qualify.
** Q is one of that tries to bend the rules the most, such as when he had to get someone to dance with him without asking him, he asked him to do the Hokey Pokey.
* AmusingInjuries: Some of the more recent punishments involve the guys going through tons of pain.

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* AintNoRule AintNoRule:
** No rule
says that, when challenged to shop out of other people's cart, you can't just walk away with the whole cart long enough to qualify.
** Q is one of that tries to bend the rules the most, such as when he had to get someone to dance with him without asking him, him. He did it ''twice''. The first time he asked him to do the Hokey Pokey.
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mumbled under his breath. The second time he didn't even try hiding it.
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AmusingInjuries: Some of the more recent later punishments involve the guys going through tons of pain.



* AsideGlance: Happens frequently, especially when the challenge is ridiculous. Joe and Q are the worst offenders.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Sal's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqxlCcoy2Q4 weapon of choice in a few challenges.]]

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* %%* AsideGlance: Happens frequently, especially when the challenge is ridiculous. Joe and Q are the worst offenders.
%% * AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Sal's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqxlCcoy2Q4 weapon of choice in a few challenges.]]



* BreakingTheFourthWall: Subverted because this is reality TV, although Q revealing to the woman in the elevator challenge that she was on a hidden camera show qualifies.

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* BreakingTheFourthWall: BreakingTheFourthWall:
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Subverted because this is reality TV, although Q revealing to the woman in the elevator challenge that she was on a hidden camera show qualifies.



* DudeNotFunny: What several people feel Murr's punishments are starting to become. (i.e. Skydiving when he's obviously terrified, pretending to burn his most prized possession- a blanket his now-dead grandmother made for him- having to go through TWO prostate exams, having to take the entire Human Pinata punishment when it was supposed to be a DOUBLE punishment, etc)
** Many people now feel that Q's punishment in the recent episode 'Spider-Man' was this. Q suffers from severe Arachnophobia (a common fear a lot of people have), and his punishment in this ep was to be shackled down on the floor of a warehouse and allow tarantulas to be put all over him. This was the first punishment in which Q was truly scared and sweating, threatening nothing short of death to the other three in the new season.

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* DudeNotFunny: DudeNotFunny:
**
What several people feel Murr's punishments are starting to become. (i.e. Skydiving became later on (infamously, skydiving when he's obviously terrified, terrified; pretending to burn his most prized possession- possession - a blanket his now-dead grandmother made for him- him; having to go through TWO prostate exams, exams; having to take the entire Human Pinata punishment when it was supposed to be a DOUBLE punishment, etc)
etc.).
** Many people now feel that Q's punishment in the recent episode 'Spider-Man' "Spider-Man" was this. Q suffers from severe Arachnophobia (a common fear a lot of people have), arachnophobia, and his punishment in this ep was to be shackled down on the floor of a warehouse and allow tarantulas to be put all over him. This was the first punishment in which Q was truly scared and sweating, threatening nothing short of death to the other three in the new season.three.



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first episode had more narration and attempted to really build up the suspense about who the big loser was going to be. It wore off over time (especially with the truTV previews that actually do reveal who the loser is) and currently there is little to no narration except to introduce the show and say what's coming up after the break.
** In addition, the opening "Warning" monologue left out the word "lifelong" in the phrase "four lifelong friends." It was added on after the first few episodes to get a better idea about the guys knowing each other since high school.
* EmbarrassingOldPhoto: Sal has an unfortunate one from a heavier time that keeps cropping up as Employee of the Year, or a background picture to a photo booth.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first episode had more narration narration, left out the word "lifelong" from the opening crawl, and attempted to really build up the suspense about who the big loser was going to be. It wore off over time (especially with the truTV previews that actually do reveal who the loser is) and currently there is little to no narration except to introduce the show and say what's coming up after the break.
break.
* EmbarrassingOldPhoto:
** In addition, the opening "Warning" monologue left out the word "lifelong" in the phrase "four lifelong friends." It was added on after the first few episodes to get a better idea about the guys knowing each other since high school.
* EmbarrassingOldPhoto:
Sal has an unfortunate one from a heavier time that keeps cropping up as Employee of the Year, or a background picture to a photo booth.



* [[EveryoneHasStandards Everyone (Even Murr) Has Standards]]: He'll ask someone on their way to a funeral "Who kicked the bucket?", but he and the others have a hard time being outright degrading to women.

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* [[EveryoneHasStandards Everyone (Even Murr) Has Standards]]: He'll EveryoneHasStandards:
** Murr'll
ask someone on their way to a funeral "Who kicked the bucket?", but he and the others have a hard time being outright degrading to women.



* FlatWhat: [[https://youtu.be/4WVZTgl1vE8?t=51 When Q "gives birth"]]
* FourManBand:
** Q - OnlySaneMan
** Sal - TheSmartGuy
** Joe - The Pervert
** Murr - ButtMonkey
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Joe is choleric, Q is melancholic, Sal is phlegmatic and Murr is sanguine.

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* %%* FlatWhat: [[https://youtu.be/4WVZTgl1vE8?t=51 When Q "gives birth"]]
* %%* FourManBand:
** %%** Q - OnlySaneMan
** %%** Sal - TheSmartGuy
** %%** Joe - The Pervert
** %%** Murr - ButtMonkey
* %%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Joe is choleric, Q is melancholic, Sal is phlegmatic and Murr is sanguine.



* LaserGuidedKarma : What people who felt sorry for Murr during the Human Pinata ep and Sal during the Garbage Barge ep when Joe sent him to voicemail felt finally happened to Joe at the end of the ep Dog Days of Bummer.
** The same people who felt sorry for Murr at the end of Look Out Below cheered when this happened to Joe again in the Great Escape and Sal in Field of Screams.
** Sal and Q get hockey pucks slung at them in their punishment in Deal With the Devils. They get very direct payback at the end of the British Invasion episode, where they subject Joe and Murr to the soccer equivalent of that punishment.
** After having tarantulas put on him and being embarrassed in a play in front of his firefighter friends in back to back punishments near the end of season 5, Q got the rest of the guys back in a triple punishment by forcing each of them to undergo a part of firefighter training.

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* LaserGuidedKarma : LaserGuidedKarma:
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What people who felt sorry for Murr during the Human Pinata ep and Sal during the Garbage Barge ep when Joe sent him to voicemail felt finally happened to Joe at the end of the ep Dog Days of Bummer.
** %%** The same people who felt sorry for Murr at the end of Look Out Below cheered when this happened to Joe again in the Great Escape and Sal in Field of Screams.
** Sal and Q get hockey pucks slung at them in their punishment in Deal "Deal With the Devils. Devils". They get very direct payback at the end of the British Invasion "British Invasion" episode, where they subject Joe and Murr to the same punishment, only with soccer equivalent of that punishment.
balls.
** After having tarantulas put on him and being embarrassed in a play in front of his firefighter friends in back to back back-to-back punishments near the end of season 5, Q got the rest of the guys back in a triple punishment by forcing each of them to undergo a part of firefighter training.



* ManChild: Hilariously, ''Q'' was told to be this as an Ikea salesman, wearing pajamas over his uniform, lugging around an oversized stuffed monkey, and asking a customer to read him a bedtime story.
** Made funnier when the customer continues to treat Q as a legitimate employee, even after all of the above.
** There was also a Challenge in which each of them had to get a person to buy them a toy after they threw temper tantrums. The only one to win that challenge was Murr, with his rubber ducky.

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* ManChild: ManChild:
**
Hilariously, ''Q'' was told to be this as an Ikea salesman, wearing pajamas over his uniform, lugging around an oversized stuffed monkey, and asking a customer to read him a bedtime story.
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story. Made funnier when the customer continues to treat Q as a legitimate employee, even after all of the above.
** There was also a Challenge in which challenge where each of them joker had to get a person to buy them a toy after they threw temper tantrums. The only one to win that challenge was Murr, with his rubber ducky.



* MistakenForProstitute: PlayedForComedy in the episode "Scarytales". Q is punished by beimg forced to portray a children's book author with a story the other guys wrote for him, entitled "The Remarkable Misadventures of Q the Dung Beetle", which he shows to a group of children and parents. The book itself features a fight between Q the Dung Beetle and his wife, who storms out. The next page is just her walking by a car which features another male dung beetle who asks "How much?" Q's response?

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* MistakenForProstitute: PlayedForComedy in the episode "Scarytales". Q is punished by beimg being forced to portray a children's book author with a story the other guys wrote for him, entitled "The Remarkable Misadventures of Q the Dung Beetle", which he shows to a group of children and parents. The book itself features a fight between Q the Dung Beetle and his wife, who storms out. The next page is just her walking by a car which features another male dung beetle who asks "How much?" Q's response?



* NakedPeopleAreFunny: The basic premise of the punishment in "Strip High Five." Joe and Murr, the two losers, must get a high-five from passersby or remove an article of clothing for every high five that they fail to pick up. Joe narrowly survived in his underwear, but Murr wound up naked in public.

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* NakedPeopleAreFunny: NakedPeopleAreFunny:
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The basic premise of the punishment in "Strip High Five." Joe and Murr, the two losers, must get a high-five from passersby or remove an article of clothing for every high five that they fail to pick up. Joe narrowly survived in his underwear, but Murr wound up naked in public.



** In 'Water Torture' the challenge was to protect someone after a child actor squirts them with a water gun, then insult the person. Sal (who had already received a thumbs down in another challenge) was the first one up. The kid ends up making so many mistakes, and they have to shoot so many multiple takes that Sal starts to get annoyed. Joe comes up with the idea that since Sal already has 1 thumbs down while the rest of them don't have any, they should just make THIS Sal's punishment! They then tell the kid to deliberately mess up each time until Sal basically can't take it anymore and storms off the set before the other 3 reveal that they made THIS his punishment!
* NoodleIncident: How did Q's tooth get so jarred? All we know is that it involves a German police officer punching him in the face...
** On Tell'Em Steve-Dave, Q said that he was over in Germany during Oktoberfest when he got in a fight. He felt someone grab his shoulder, and thinking it was one of the guy's friends, he punched him. Turns out that person was a cop and then Q was relentlessly beaten and taken to jail, then quickly let out because of the ludicrous police brutality.

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** In 'Water Torture' "Water Torture", the challenge was to protect someone after a child actor squirts them with a water gun, then insult the person. Sal (who had already received a thumbs down in another challenge) was the first one up. The kid ends up making so many mistakes, and they have to shoot so many multiple takes that Sal starts to get annoyed. Joe comes up with the idea that since Sal already has 1 thumbs down while the rest of them don't have any, they should just make THIS Sal's punishment! They then tell the kid to deliberately mess up each time until Sal basically can't take it anymore and storms off the set before the other 3 reveal that they made THIS his punishment!
* NoodleIncident: How did Q's tooth get so jarred? All we know is that it involves a German police officer punching him in the face...
** On
face...[[note]]On Tell'Em Steve-Dave, Q said that he was over in Germany during Oktoberfest when he got in a fight. He felt someone grab his shoulder, and thinking it was one of the guy's friends, he punched him. Turns out that person was a cop and then Q was relentlessly beaten and taken to jail, then quickly let out because of the ludicrous police brutality.[[/note]]



* OhCrap: After losing an episode, Murray gets dressed as a pinata and hit with bats by the other Jokers until candy comes out. Unfortunately for Murr, they decide to bring in a ringer: Joe's brother-in-law, a muscular man who wasn't exactly pleased about Murr groping his wife, Joe's sister, during a raunchy political correctness video on a previous episode. Murray is understandably terrified when they hand him a bat and let him give a PreAsskickingOneLiner before going to town.

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* OhCrap: OhCrap:
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After losing an episode, Murray gets dressed as a pinata and hit with bats by the other Jokers until candy comes out. Unfortunately for Murr, they decide to bring in a ringer: Joe's brother-in-law, a muscular man who wasn't exactly pleased about Murr groping his wife, Joe's sister, during a raunchy political correctness video on a previous episode. Murray is understandably terrified when they hand him a bat and let him give a PreAsskickingOneLiner before going to town.



* PantyThief: Murr's very first punishment was to go in to a laundromat, steal other people's underwear, and, ultimately, wear it on his head. It did not go unnoticed.
** Another example is in Strip High Five. Joe runs off with Murr's clothes except his underwear.

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* PantyThief: PantyThief:
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Murr's very first punishment was to go in to a laundromat, steal other people's underwear, and, ultimately, wear it on his head. It did not go unnoticed.
** Another example is in Strip In "Strip High Five. Five", Joe runs off with Murr's clothes except his underwear.



* ProductPlacement: Happens pretty obviously with Kellogg Granola Crunch in one challenge. Happens in season two with Dairy Queen.

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* ProductPlacement: ProductPlacement:
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Happens pretty obviously with Kellogg Granola Crunch in one challenge. challenge.
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Happens in season two with Dairy Queen.



* RunningGag: If there's someone to be called for offscreen, it's Larry. If it's a woman, it's (that bitch) Irene.

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* RunningGag: RunningGag:
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If there's someone to be called for offscreen, it's Larry. If it's a woman, it's (that bitch) Irene.



--> '''Q''': [[LampshadeHanging "Do you even go to the bathroom without announcing you have a foolproof plan?"]]

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--> ---> '''Q''': [[LampshadeHanging "Do you even go to the bathroom without announcing you have a foolproof plan?"]]



** Also something of a BrickJoke: Murr mixing up the words "sterile" and "barren" on two separate occasions.

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** Also something Something of a BrickJoke: Murr mixing up the words "sterile" and "barren" on two separate occasions.



* SeriesContinuityError: When they were trying to talk Murr into jumping out of a plane, despite the fact that he's terrified, Sal reminds him that they made a pact a long time ago that they would never back out of a punishment. How soon we forget the infamous Human Pinata episode when Joe DID back out of a punishment, Sal? Coincidentally Murr took the entire punishment in that as well!
** Though Joe actually ''did'' take a punishment in Murr's stead in "Do Something To My Face." Had Joe not made that bet with Q, Murr would have lost the entire thing instead since he had three losses.
** Actually, that one was different. Joe volunteered to take the loss on the whole thing if Q managed to take his sign and get someone to march with him. Murr didn't volunteer to take the loss here, they just threw it on him despite the fact that BOTH Joe and Murr lost.
* ShirtlessScene: Happens a few times in the show.

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* SeriesContinuityError: %%* SeriesContinuityError:
%%**
When they were trying to talk Murr into jumping out of a plane, despite the fact that he's terrified, Sal reminds him that they made a pact a long time ago that they would never back out of a punishment. How soon we forget the infamous Human Pinata episode when Joe DID back out of a punishment, Sal? Coincidentally Murr took the entire punishment in that as well!
** %%** Though Joe actually ''did'' take a punishment in Murr's stead in "Do Something To My Face." Had Joe not made that bet with Q, Murr would have lost the entire thing instead since he had three losses.
** %%** Actually, that one was different. Joe volunteered to take the loss on the whole thing if Q managed to take his sign and get someone to march with him. Murr didn't volunteer to take the loss here, they just threw it on him despite the fact that BOTH Joe and Murr lost.
* %%* ShirtlessScene: Happens a few times in the show.



--> '''Q''': Gimme back my son!
--> '''Joe''': You're about to be taken.
* SituationalSexuality: Q did this in an episode during a round of "Have You Seen My Wife?" where he decides instead he's going to ask passers-by if they've seen his husband.
--> '''Joe''': He has a great set of tits!
** Sal poses as Joe's husband during a challenge in Bidder Loser.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Season 3's punishments are starting to become more outright brutal than humiliating, with Q hooked up to a device that simulates the stages of child labor, and Murr getting nipple piercings to the point of tears.

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--> ---> '''Q''': Gimme back my son!
--> ---> '''Joe''': You're about to be taken.
* SituationalSexuality: SituationalSexuality:
**
Q did this in an episode during a round of "Have You Seen My Wife?" where he decides instead he's going to ask passers-by if they've seen his husband.
--> ---> '''Joe''': He has a great set of tits!
** Sal poses as Joe's husband during a challenge in Bidder Loser.
"Bidder Loser".
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: SomethingCompletelyDifferent:
**
Season 3's punishments are starting to become more outright brutal than humiliating, with Q hooked up to a device that simulates the stages of child labor, and Murr getting nipple piercings to the point of tears.



* SpecialGuest: Q finally meets his long lost twin Rosie O'Donnell when the guys get her to appear during one of his punishments. Rosie, ever the good sport, even dressed like Q for the bit.
** Another episode had Q call in Music/{{NSYNC}} star Joey Fatone to take his place during a challenge at a restaurant. He aced everything the guys threw at him.

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* SpecialGuest: SpecialGuest:
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Q finally meets his long lost twin Rosie O'Donnell when the guys get her to appear during one of his punishments. Rosie, ever the good sport, even dressed like Q for the bit.
** Another One episode had Q call in Music/{{NSYNC}} star Joey Fatone to take his place during a challenge at a restaurant. He aced everything the guys threw at him.



* TheTeetotaler: Sal has to be somewhat of one in his liquor sample punishment on the episode "You're Cut Off".

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* TheTeetotaler: TheTeetotaler:
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Sal has to be somewhat of one in his liquor sample punishment on the episode "You're Cut Off".



* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: "Welcome to White Castle, bitch."

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* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: ThisIsForEmphasisBitch:
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"Welcome to White Castle, bitch."



* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Thanks, [=TruTV=], it's not like anyone minds being spoiled on who the loser is by a commercial airing ''during the episode''.

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* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: TrailersAlwaysSpoil:
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Thanks, [=TruTV=], it's not like anyone minds being spoiled on who the loser is by a commercial airing ''during the episode''.



** Taken UpToEleven in 'Elevating the Game.'

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** %%** Taken UpToEleven in 'Elevating "Elevating the Game.'Game".



* VomitDiscretionShot: Q laughs so hard at Murr's punishment in "Not Safe For Work" that Q ends up puking in a bucket, with only his back and germophobic Sal trying to escape.

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* VomitDiscretionShot: VomitDiscretionShot:
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Q laughs so hard at Murr's punishment in "Not Safe For Work" that Q ends up puking in a bucket, with only his back and germophobic Sal trying to escape.



** In the recent episode "Stare Master", it happens again during Murr's turn at a Kid Copycat challenge, where the Jokers tell a child assigned to the Joker to do something, which the Joker has to copy. The challenges they have Murr and the child assigned to him do are so funny that it causes Q to throw up for the 2nd time, but he ducks behind a tree to do so. Afterwards he accidentally spits in the face of germaphobic Sal, and HE proceeds to throw up!

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** In the recent episode "Stare Master", it happens again during Murr's turn at a Kid Copycat challenge, where the Jokers tell a child assigned to the Joker to do something, which the Joker has to copy. The challenges they have Murr and the child assigned to him do are so funny that it causes Q to throw up for the 2nd time, but he ducks behind a tree to do so. Afterwards he accidentally spits in the face of germaphobic Sal, and HE proceeds to throw up!



* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Sal and Murr have a couple of fears that never go unnoticed by the other jokers.

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* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Sal and Murr have a couple of fears that never go unnoticed by the other jokers.



** Actually, if the episode 'Ruffled Feathers' is any indication, he seems to be scared of almost ALL animals, from hawks to lizards! Though it might have more to do with the fact he didn't didn't have proper training for handling the more dangerous animals (which Q hints at via a DontTryThisAtHome warning to the crowd).

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** %%** Actually, if the episode 'Ruffled Feathers' is any indication, he seems to be scared of almost ALL animals, from hawks to lizards! Though it might have more to do with the fact he didn't didn't have proper training for handling the more dangerous animals (which Q hints at via a DontTryThisAtHome warning to the crowd).
17th Feb '17 9:48:09 AM Mikeyfan93
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** The [[MilestoneCelebration live punishment special]] was hosted by comedian Howie Mandell.

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** The [[MilestoneCelebration live punishment special]] special was hosted by comedian Howie Mandell.Mandell.
** Murr surprised everyone during a "don't laugh" challenge by bringing in Gary Busey, who portrayed a hulked-out Murr in a ''Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde'' scenario.
17th Feb '17 9:39:24 AM Mikeyfan93
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* DudeNotFunny!: What several people feel Murr's punishments are starting to become. (i.e. Skydiving when he's obviously terrified, pretending to burn his most prized possession- a blanket his now-dead grandmother made for him- having to go through TWO prostate exams, having to take the entire Human Pinata punishment when it was supposed to be a DOUBLE punishment, etc)

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* DudeNotFunny!: DudeNotFunny: What several people feel Murr's punishments are starting to become. (i.e. Skydiving when he's obviously terrified, pretending to burn his most prized possession- a blanket his now-dead grandmother made for him- having to go through TWO prostate exams, having to take the entire Human Pinata punishment when it was supposed to be a DOUBLE punishment, etc)
12th Jan '17 5:50:20 PM SwiftSeraph
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* RodandReelRepurposed : One challenge has the Jokers attempt to grab bags in a mall with a comically oversized fishing hook.
27th Dec '16 6:52:53 AM thestormtrooper
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** The same people who felt sorry for Murr at the end of Look Out Below cheered when this happened to Joe again in No Escape and Sal in Field of Screams.

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** The same people who felt sorry for Murr at the end of Look Out Below cheered when this happened to Joe again in No the Great Escape and Sal in Field of Screams.


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** Another example is in Strip High Five. Joe runs off with Murr's clothes except his underwear.
27th Dec '16 5:28:07 AM thestormtrooper
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19th Dec '16 8:11:43 AM normal19
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* PopUpTrivia: In 2016, a set of reruns with added production trivia started airing as ''Inside Jokes''. Since they're old episodes, they tend to spoil the losers immediately.
4th Dec '16 6:18:05 PM SwiftSeraph
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* MistakenForProstitute: PlayedForComedy in the episode "Scarytales". Q is punished by beimg forced to portray a children's book author with a story the other guys wrote for him, entitled "The Remarkable Misadventures of Q the Dung Beetle", which he shows to a group of children and parents. The book itself features a fight between Q the Dung Beetle and his wife, who storms out. The next page is just her walking by a car which features another male dung beetle who asks "How much?" Q's response?
-->'''Q''': Even dung beetles need companionship.
20th Nov '16 2:29:41 PM Orca1_9904
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* ContinuityPorn: The Nitro Circus special. The challenges were fan favorites (with the last one being a combination of the Wheel of Doom and "Now!"), most of the guys came out in outfits referencing past punishments for the obstacle course, and two of the obstacles alluded to past moments in the show. For an unintentional extra nod, Joey Fatone pinch-hit for Q once again.

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* ContinuityPorn: The Nitro Circus special. The challenges were fan favorites (with the last one being a combination of the Wheel of Doom and "Now!"), most of the guys came out in outfits referencing past punishments for the obstacle course, and two of the obstacles alluded to past moments in the show. For an unintentional extra nod, Joey Fatone pinch-hit pitch-hit for Q once again.
20th Nov '16 4:25:53 AM SeptimusHeap
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* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: Q tells Sal to have the students add ninjas to their paintings in "Sweat The Small Things" and Sal even draws a stick figure ninja in one of the students' paintings.
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