Sal Vulcano would go on to praise the actor hired to play the agent of the Department of Homeland Security. Accordingly, the actor firmly chastises Sal, so much so that he becomes upset by the end of it. In fact, that was the moment that Joe Gatto realized that they accomplished their goal of deceiving Sal. “We knew it worked when Sal walked out and he didn’t realize that he was being filmed outside the courthouse,” Joe recalled. “He just blew up and lost it. And we’re like, ‘Oh, we got him now’.”
In a Season 4 episode, the Jokers are going head-to-head in a game where they must one-up their opponent in a specific task. Sal and James “Murr” Murray are pitted against one another in a challenge inspired by the childhood trick of stealing someone’s nose. Sal triumphs over Murr when he climbs up a statue and steals its nose.
The production office would receive a letter from the mayor’s office requesting their presence to testify after trespassing on a federal landmark. Eventually, the repercussions are dismissed, however, Sal is left unaware, so the Jokers decide to continue with the charade, making him believe that since he was the one who climbed on the statue, the Department of Homeland Security would hold him responsible.
One season and nearly a year later, Sal is escorted into a federal courthouse for a deposition. In the episode, the actor hired to play the agent sternly informs him that trespassing is subject to severe repercussions. Weeks later, a group of men shut down production and serve Sal with papers. While Sal is expressing his frustration, the Jokers finally reveal that it was all a prank, bro.