As Joe has quipped on several occasions, it strange how Sal has survived this long. The guy has innumerable fears – from cats, dirt to all other conceivable germ infested things top of the list being Murr’s saliva drenched projectiles.
His range of fears and things that gross him out are quite diverse that it’s possible to find a host of them to contrast with each of the other jokers:
- Q: Owner of several felines and generally an all-round animal lover. Sal: Ailurophobic and possibly zoophobic. No evidence of having pets.
- Joe: Dog lover and owner to the adorable gattopups. Sal: Detests having to clean up after dogs in the street, inconceivable that he would hump a dog and is certainly not patient with an untrained pup (*cough* Tartufo *cough*)
- Murr: Himself. Sal: Murrphobia.
Impractical Jokers Season 3 Episode 2 The Great Escape
A drumming lesson at Sam Ash Music Store with a student gets off to an awkward start after Sal plays the now infamous “I’m a sensitive guy” song that the other jokers had prepared for him. Lucky for Sal, he redeems himself by winning a tense cymbal face off with the student.
Impractical Jokers Season 4 Episode 5 Elevating the Game
In this surprise punishment, Sal gets stuck in a hotel elevator with two of his worst nightmares: a sickly guy that doesn’t cover his mouth when coughing (read: germs) and a woman carrying possibly his biggest fear yet – a cat – and not just any cat, but a hairless one that almost looks sickly as well.
Impractical Jokers Season 5 Episode 3 Ruffled Feathers
Sal’s fear of animals is put to the test in this episode’s punishment when he has to give a presentation on them in front of a zoo audience.
The animals on showcase are not what you would call “Sal friendly” featuring a peeing ferret, a shoulder loving lizard and the hawk that almost gave Sal a heart attack whilst his very supportive assistant mocked him.
Impractical Jokers Season 6 Episode 4 Catastrophe
Revenge is dish best served with spiders as Sal come to learn in this punishment. As a revenge for his punishment where tarantulas are placed all over his body (Season 5 Episode 23 Spider Man), Q devises a payback punishment for Sal with only one slight difference – cats instead of tarantulas.