Badass Decay: Joe is arguably more tame since he got married. One challenge (which happened shortly after his wedding) required him to insult his wife, which he flat out declined to do, while the old Joe would've been perfectly fine with insulting his metaphorical wife.
In another challenge, Joe had to kiss another woman in front of his wife; Joe looked like he was going to do it, but then kissed his wife and walked off, telling the guys to "go [bleep] yourselves".
In a recent episode, Joe posed as a guy giving out free samples and asking questions to the people who tried them at a grocery store. One of the questions involved having to ask a woman if she was a good kisser...and he just closed the folder (that had the question in it) and said they were done. When the other guys asked if he didn't say the question he just said quickly, "No, I'm good."
The old Joe, however, wouldn't mind kissing another stranger as seen in one of the Bonus Footage specials.
Not only does he back out on subjects regarding his wife, but he now has a fear of sumo wrestlers. In his punishment, Joe prepared to wrestle with a sumo, but ran away in terror when the fight begins.
Big Lipped Alligator Moment: During one of the White Castle challenges, Q, Murr and Joe had someone put on a full-sized cat costume to scare Sal (who hates cats) out of the store and chase him around the parking lot. It works.
During the ep Cyber Buddies,the guys were walking down the street and talking in between challenges when Joe suddenly stuffs an entire doughnut into his mouth for no reason at all!
Complacent Gaming Syndrome: There are a number of challenges where Q is last, especially where as the joker who takes the loss is before him.
Crosses the Line Twice: The picture of Q stomping on Chinese children in "Who Arted" was enough for Q to laugh at.
The Punishments started to go down this trope by the end of season 2.
Crowning Moment of Awesome: While Q walking the entire high rope in the Live Punishment special was CMOA in its own right, Murr has one that stands out: Being deathly afraid of heights and was unsurprisingly first, Murr attempted to walk, but lost his balance. Yet, he grabbed the rope before he could fall completely off and made it the rest of the way by CRAWLING ON HIS HANDS! For someone afraid of heights, this was pretty impressive!
Another example comes in 'Below The Belt'. Murr has to give a lecture about CFC's and the environment while the other Jokers do things to his legs (i.e. getting them waxed, cutting off the legs of his pants to make shorts, making him wear high heels) as a punishment. Murr never breaks concentration throughout and despite him looking rather silly at the end of it, manages to finish the entire lecture with a straight face!
In one episode, Murr is posing as an employee at a pizza place. The guys tell him to ask the woman who he's talking to if she wants him to wipe something off her neck. It's a tattoo saying "Barry". The woman says it should've been replaced 10 years ago. Murr says she can change the M to a G, saying that his name is Garry. He ends up getting a date in the end.
In "Cyber Buddies", when Joe is working a grocery store cashier. Since the PA system is supposedly down and he needs a price check on an item, guess who he calls: Larry!!! When Larry fails to turn up, Joe looks at the camera and says, "I've been looking for this guy for about three years now." (The length of the show at the time of the episode's airing.)
Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: During a live clip show, they played a montage of the other Jokers intentionally teasing Murr rather cruelly and even smacking him around a couple of times. At the end of it Q turns to Murr, in front of the live audience, and tells him, "I just want to state offically, that I love you," and hugs him.
Q and Sal both get these moments in "Bidder Loser" on the first challenge that has them get someone to help bury a random item. Q buries the sex robot without any qualms (and even chatted up the girl he buried the robot with) but won't bury a bag full of still living goldfish since he's a dedicated animal lover (he has three cats). Sal was supposed to bury his niece and not only does he refuse to bury her but tells her to never conspire with the guys ever again.
Benjamin the Cat, Sloppy Joe, and The Fat Crow were all popular enough to be brought back for a second episode.
Fridge Logic: In one episode BOTH Joe and Murr lost...but only Murr got punished! Why didn't Joe get punished? The rules are if you lose the most challenges, you get punished, and it was a tie. So, logically they BOTH should have received punishments!
Wild Mass Guessing: It was only a couple episodes after the one where Murr groped Joe's sister's butt for a gag, and considering that Joe's sister's HUSBAND wasn't pleased in the slightest, the guys probably did him a favor and let them beat on Murr the next time he lost, and seeing of JOE was the other one who lost, it would seem kind of illogical, even for the shows standards, to have his brother-in-law beat him up because he is angry for Murr groping his wife.
Then why didn't they wait for a Murr-only punishment to do that?!
Given that the "Water Torture" episode just made Sal the loser of the episode so they could come up with the punishment on the fly, it could be possible that a situation like that happened in reverse where Joe and Murr were originally gonna be punished together, but something happened (probably Joe's brother getting in like mentioned above) that couldn't be altered so they decided to just say "Welp; guess it's just Murr that's just getting punished than!" Q also mentioned in the "Water Torture" episode "What are you talking about? We make the rules!" when questioned if they could do that. So yeah, Rule of Funny overrides all other rules in their logic.
Logically, yes. But Murr is the Butt Monkey of the group, so there ya go.
It's averted in the new skydiving episode, but at the same time got worse: while Murr actually did lose, he was tricked into thinking they were all teaching skydiving classes, when really he was the only one to jump out of a plane. It actually brings Murr to tears!
Arguably gets evened out in "Cruisin' For A Bruisin'": Joe and Murr are once again joint-losers, but instead of punishing them both together, Q and Sal opt to give them separate punishments, a first for the show. While Murr doesn't come out unscathed (having to give a cringe-inducing speech to at least a hundred passengers), his punishment was still relatively tame compared to the show's usual punishments, and ESPECIALLY compared to Joe's: he had to repeatedly belly-flop into the ship's pool, with hundreds of people watching for the cannonball competition. By the end of it, Joe's chest is red, he can barely lift himself out of the pool, and as a cherry on top of the humiliation sundae, his asscrack is hanging out of his bathing suit; Murr actually THANKED Q and Sal for his punishment! Of course, another part of this was vengeance for Joe giving all three of them embarrassing tattoos:
Q: "I'd feel worse if he hadn't given ALL OF US permanent tattoos."
Sal: "Jaden Smith says hello, ya DICK!"
Another WMG: Feeling that Murr got away with the above, Joe evened that out at the end of "Doomed" by bringing out a second replica of Murr's blankie, passing it off as the real thing and throwing it into the bonfire. Judging by the fact that he was laughing while Murr screamed and Q and Sal berated him afterwards, he felt it was Worth It.
Which caused the Internet Backdraft against him, as many fans felt it wasn't, pointing out that THEY have sentimental object of their own, and they would have SHOT Joe if he did that to THEM! Also pointing out that Joe STILL got away with what he did in Human Pinata!
However, according to Murray on Twitter, the blanket Joe threw into a fire was also a replica.
A third WMG: the "Hell-Copter" punishment, where Murr and Sal lost. In the punishment, the two go riding in a helicopter, with Sal in the only seat with Murr sitting on the edge of the copter. However, Sal ends up being the one to jump out of the chopper into a Freezing Lake! This punishment was pretty much Joe (along with Q) making up to Murr for what happened in the above, as Sal was the only one to jump the chopper instead of Murr (who previously jumped out of a plane in "Look Out Below"), who got away without falling out of it, albeit still sitting on the edge of the chopper.
This doubles as Joe redeeming himself from what happened in the punishment for "Look Out Below", with Sal, the only one not redeemed, being the Asshole Victim of this punishment.
It bears mentioning that in the introduction to the punishment, it's clearly evident that Murr thinks that Joe is going to be the only one punished. Which suggests that Sal and Q were likely misleading him into thinking this, and that he had no evident objection to it. Kind of hard to complain about unfair treatment if you were expecting to be the beneficiary of it.
OR Murr thought ONLY Joe was the loser of the ep, which means EVERYONE lied to him!
"Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In the Season 2 episode "Cyber Buddies", Murr's punishment involves hosting a computer cleanliness seminar. One of the files he comes across in the computer's recycle bin is named "Gross Baltimore People". A woman tells Murr she's from Baltimore to which he replies "So you know what I'm talking about". The Baltimore riots in 2015 make this moment cringeworthy.
In the Season 3 episode "Snow Way Out", Murr has to get a signature for a made-up holiday. He goes up to a woman and says he need to get a signature for "Bill the Cosby", then does an impression of Cosby. The woman ends up refusing to sign it, giving Murr the loss. After Cosby's 2015 rape allegations, this starts making sense.
In the Season 3 episode "B-I-N-G-NO", the guys make Murr climb into a popsicle cart, at which point Q goes over, shuts the cart, and takes it for a spin. It looked pretty darn funny...until a couple years later, on an "Inside Jokes" special, where it was revealed that the cart had dry ice in it, giving Murr burns on his legs severe enough that he needed to go to the hospital (the Jokers didn't know this beforehand).
In the "Human Pinata" episode, the guys were talking about inventions, and Joe mentions he wants something that can do chores for him and keep him warm at night, to which Sal replies, "that's a wife." The "find a wife" challenge in the same episode is also worth mentioning, with Joe telling the audience: "side note, none of us have wives", and then going on to describe his fake wife during the challenge. It's made funny when Joe became the first Joker to get married several months later.
The episode when Q is pretending to be a bouncer and is told to ask a woman if she believes in God. When she says yes, he is supposed to scoff and walks away, which he does. Q later confirmed on Twitter that he is an atheist in real life- though he wouldn't laugh at anyone's beliefs.
In the episode where Joe and Sal are the opening act to Imagine Dragons, Sal reads out a note where they dedicated this act "to the people of Pittsburgh", in front of the audience of Long Island. Made more hilarious after Bruce Springsteen, during a 2016 show, gave a shout out to, none other than, Pittsburgh, in front of an audience in Cleveland.
Joe kind of seems to be this in general. He's the one who most frequently does random asshole acts to someone else, with the victim usually being Murr - rubbing the earphones and the bread against his groin, randomly smacking him for no particular reason, and especially the social media post challenge where he sent the text to Murr's ex despite him clearly rejecting it. All the jokers get in on some of these types of shenanigans but Joe being a dick to Murr is by far the most common set-up.
Murr seemed to put it best in the ep 'Heckle And Hide' when Joe was being a REAL dick to him even after he got the thumbs up. "Why is it even when I win I feel like I lost?"
In the ep 'Laundry Day' Joe did it again to Sal this time when a garbage truck parked near Sal during a challenge and Joe offhandedly suggested they throw Sal in for no reason. He and Q immediately ran over to Sal and plopped him in. Ironically Murr was the one to try to put a stop to it.
Like You Would Really Do It: Like the guys would burn Murr's blanket ("Doomed") or get him in a deadly knife stunt ("Joke and Dagger").
Moral Event Horizon: Q, Sal, and Joe cross this to some in "Human Pinata" when they gave Murr the pinata punishment, despite the fact that BOTH he AND Joe lost, and had Joe's brother-in-law bat the crap out of him.
To other fans, Joe and Sal cross it when they force Murr to skydive for a punishment, despite the fact that he's so terrified of heights he was actually CRYING. Q gets a pass (and redeems himself for the Human Pinata) because he was the one who tried to talk Joe and Sal out of doing the skydive and giving Murr a different punishment instead after seeing how upset Murr was. But the other two insisted and went ahead anyway. In fact, when they're on the plane and about to send Murr out, if you look very closely you can see concern all over Q's face. It's clear he regrets doing this, is truly worried about Murr, and is not having any fun, while the other two are!
To some others, Joe almost crossed it for good in the episode 'Doomed', where he tricked Murr into thinking that Joe was burning up his favorite blanket that his grandmother made in a ritualistic fire while he had to watch (a second time, the first being staged!), chained up, with two hairy circles on his chest he was not allowed to shave off! Then Joe rubbed some bread that Murr was planning to have for lunch all over his junk and laughed when Murr ate it, not knowing where it had been!
Most Annoying Sound: Sal, during the elevator etiquette challenge in the Season 1 finale sounded like a goose having an orgasm. Of course that was the point of the challenge.
One-Scene Wonder: Pretty much any time a customer reacts in a way no one saw coming, it's this. Notable examples include the kind old man who helped Murr learn the meaning of the word douche, the crazy shirtless dude who frightened Q half to death while he was pretending to be a clerk, and a guy actually named Larry who caused much joy for the Jokers when they learned his name. Hilariously (and surprisingly) subverted with "Moustache", who showed up at the White Castle drive through at the precise moment the Joe was posing as a worker by pure coincidence.
Squick: The rich minefield of Sal's germophobia does not go unplumbed when he loses, being forced to dig through elephant feces for his car keys (in which they never put in said feces) and holding (fresh) dog poop for twenty seconds.
Taken Up to Eleven in the punishment where he had to find his new phone in a trash barge; the first thing he said when he started going through it was "Is that diarrhea?", and eventually, the barge left the dock and headed out to the river. The guys told him to call them when he found his phone and they'd get him. After freaking out when he realized the ship was getting further and further out, he found his phone and called Joe...who sent him straight to voicemail.
"AWWWW, TOMATO SAUCE EVERYWHERE!"
And Up to Twelve when the guys snuck into Sal's house while he was away on vacation. Q rubbed a cat on Sal's bed, Murr went through his fridge and soiled his food, and Joe slept naked on his sofa, took a massive crap on the toilet, and rubbed his hands on everything in the restroom (including Sal's toothbrush). Finally, all three stood naked in his window and pelvic thrusted, much to the horror of Sal's neighbors. After, the stressed-out Sal (as part of a stress-relieving seminar, no less), declared he had to move because he now probably had "Hepatitis A through Zed."
Up to Thirteen when Sal was forced to help give birth to cow. He was pretty much gagging through the entire process.
Unwinnable by Design: The "From The Top" Joker Vs. Joker challenge for Q. His first action is to recite a poem, his second is to throw the shoe of the guy he's talking to. He has to do more than four actions to beat Sal. The guy only has two shoes.
What an Idiot: While Q is a Badass who loves bending some of the rules, there were times when he pulled a move that was completely idiotic. From betting an episode loss if another joker said a line he thought would never say ("Bigger In Texas") or dumping an entire bowl of mashed potatoes when he has to make a number of scoops from it ("Everything's Just Rosie").
Murr asking if two school children were over 18note They are not allowed to be shown on the show, if they are below the age of 18.right in front of a police officer. He needed to blow his cover and lose the challenge in order to avoid getting in trouble.