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'Impractical Jokers' scorecard: Sal's mother steals the entire show

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The Impractical Jokers are back for the last episodes of Season 2, and they're not wasting any time in dialing up the laughs. Here's your guide to all the challenges, great lines, and jaw-dropping moments of awkwardness, including a few callbacks to now-classic Joker moments.

Challenge #1: Check Me Out
The guys are playing supermarket cashiers for once, instead of just causing havoc for shoppers. (This is the bit that Joe warned us about.) Sal is prompted to scan a small child, declaring, "I need a price chec on a two-year-old!" Joe brings back Larry for numerous price checks, and declares that the plural of asparagus is asparagi. If we declared winners for challenges, Joe would have this one hands down. Murr scans the same bottle of olive oil about a billion times. And the guys make Q pull out his now-infamous "Moustache" bit from the Costco challenge, but at least this time, it goes better for him. Unfortunately, he then ends up having to do the Diet Coke and Mentos test. Cleanup on Aisle 8, indeed!
Loser: Murr

Challenge #2: Debate and Switch
We're not done bringing back the familiar predicaments. It's time for more mall debates, once again tournament-style. A newly clean-shaven Q takes on Murr, each of them trying to convince a stranger that they do the better ostrich impression. Quinn takes the victory. Then it's Joe versus Sal in a questionable clash of constitutional amendments. Clearly neither of them paid much attention in high school U.S. History class. "Both of you are frickin' nuts," says the passerby, before giving Sal the win. He and Q go head-to-head in the final match-up, to see which of them is the worst son. Q claims that he hit on his new stepfather, but Sal goes way too far when he calls his mother and, on speakerphone, calls her a bitch. This prompts him to immediately concede, call her back and beg for forgiveness. Watch the moment that'll go down in IJ history by using the embedded media player with this article.
Losers: Murr, Sal and Joe

Big Loser: Murr
The Punishment: He's teaching another class, this one on computer optimization, with the other Jokers in control of his laptop. (Props to Q, who's gotten the beard back, for making a Chuck reference.) Unsurprisingly, this involves a few porn references. Then there's one super-wrong video call that has the dudes backstage in tears. And another inference that Murr is a stalker. Oh, and embarrassing footage from his younger years. Basically, every single thing that could possibly be dragged out of the closet, is.

Stay tuned next week for another Impractical Jokers. And check out our interviews with Jokers Joe Gatto and James “Murr” Murray, as well as our review of the Season 1 DVD set.

(c)2013 Brittany Frederick. Appears at Examiner with permission. All rights reserved. No reproduction permitted. Visit my official website and follow me on Twitter at @tvbrittanyf.

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