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Impractical Jokers Season 10: Why Fans Thought Episode 7's Punishment Was Awful

This article contains spoilers for "Impractical Jokers" Season 10 Episode 7, "Paul Scheer"

"Impractical Jokers" Season 10 has largely been content to continue the truTV show's trend of keeping things comparatively mellow on the physical punishment front, yet absolutely savage when it comes to second-hand embarrassment. The Jokers have long since turned their penchant for comedic pranks into a full-blown career, but even at this point of the show's lengthy tenure, they occasionally go overboard with their inevitable punishments — according to some fans, anyway. 

"Paul Scheer" features a particularly inventive punishment that forces Murr and Sal to partake in a Q-designed faux game show called "Tails," in which they have to recognize the tails of various animals ... by taste. This rather grisly contest didn't fly well with some of the viewers. "Top 3 worst punishment in the shows history," redditor u/Touchymonkey wrote upon witnessing the "Tails" segment, in one of the several online comments that condemned the punishment.

Fans think Q's outlandish punishment undermined the episode

Some fans' reaction to the tail-themed punishment didn't really land, to the point that they consider it a blemish on the otherwise perfectly good episode. "Usually I'm a fan of Q's unusual sense of humor but I don't think it landed this time, which is especially disappointing with how much he hyped it up on twitter," u/Evening_Tomatillo331 wrote. User u/metalandmets went even further, being so disgusted by the punishment that they ended up disavowing the entire episode. "That punishment was awful. I've loved the season to this point, but that punishment ruined an otherwise good episode," they opined.

As for the creator of "Tails" himself, Impractical Joker Q seems quite happy with the end product. He indeed did hype it on Twitter before the episode aired, and returned afterwards to tweet about it, going as far as naming "Tails" a high point of his career. As such, it's entirely possible that we haven't seen the last of this game just yet.