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Pay It Forward is the first and premiere episode of Season One, and the first overall and pilot episode of Impractical Jokers. It originally aired on December 15, 2011 and had a total of 1.52 million U.S. viewers. The Inside Jokes version of this episode aired on September 26, 2019.


The Jokers pretend to be eccentric White Castle cashiers, gather signatures in Union Square for causes the other Jokers have written for them, answer tourist questions in Times Square, and act as Costco store employees. Then, the big loser has himself a particularly crappy day at the dog park.


Keep the Change

Goal: Get a tip from a customer at White Castle.
Loser: Sal.

Sign Here

Goal: Get the most signatures on your fake petition. If you don't get any, you lose.
Loser: Q (forfeited), and Murr.

Too Much Information

Goal: Do and Say What You're Told in Times Square in the Information Booth.
Loser: Joe.

Worst Cashiers Ever

Goal: Do and say what you're told in Costco.
Loser: Sal.


Loser: Sal
Punishment: Sal picks up dog poop, and holds it for twenty seconds.


Inside Jokes


  • The episode name is a reference to the phrase, "pay it forward".
  • Is the first time the Well... (running gag) running gag is used
  • This episode is the only episode where one of the jokers forfeited a challenge without getting a surprise punishment.
  • This episode marks Sal’s first punishment as well as the first punishment ever as it is the first episode.
  • Q's turn in Worst Cashiers Ever would become one of the most popular turns in the show.