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Reverend Jim: A Space Odyssey 

The guys run into Reverend Jim and try to get him a job, but first they have to convince Louie to hire him and help him pass the exam.



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Episode cast overview:
T.J. Castronovo ...
Tommy Jeffries (as T.J. Castronova)
J. Alan Thomas ...


The guys run into Reverend Jim and try to get him a job, but first they have to convince Louie to hire him and help him pass the exam.

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25 September 1979 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Writer/director James Burrows believes there was almost no episode 'more classic' than Reverend Jim's driving test - "maybe the funniest show I did" - in which the former 'stoner' Jim Ignatowski takes a written exam at the motor vehicle bureau. See more »


At the end of the episode when Jim opens the door for Alex to get into the cab, there is a clear line where the concrete has been painted a different color along with character and camera place marks visible on the floor. The edge of the sound stage is briefly visible on the right hand side. See more »


[Jim is taking his driver's test]
Reverend Jim Ignatowski: Psst. What does a yellow light mean?
Bobby Wheeler: Slow down.
Reverend Jim Ignatowski: OK. What... does... a... yellow... light... mean?
Bobby Wheeler: Slow down!
Reverend Jim Ignatowski: OK. Wwwwhhhaaaat dooeesss aaaa yyyeeeellllowwww lllliiiight mmmmeeeannn?
Bobby Wheeler: Slow down!
Reverend Jim Ignatowski: OK. Wwwwwwhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaat dddddddoooooooeeeeeesssssssss aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa yyyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeelllllllllloooooooowwwwwwwww liiiiiiiiiigggggghhhhhtt mmmmmeeeeeeaaaaaan?
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References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

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One Of The Best Episodes In Sit-com History
13 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the funniest episodes I've ever seen not only on this show, but ANY television situation-comedy, ever. It is Christopher Lloyd as "Rev. Jim" officially becoming a member of the "Taxi" family.

"Jim," the denim-clad spaced-out druggie of the '60s, is just amazing, delivering one incredibly-funny line after another. He elevated "Taxi" from an excellent TV show into a fantastic one. For many people, me included, he was our favorite character in this series.

The "Rev. Jim" (from some hippie cult) had appeared one time in the series' first season as the man who officiated a marriage of "Latka" so he could stay in the country and work as a mechanic in the Taxi garage. It is this episode, however, in which "Jim Ignatowski" is befriended by the group and helped to become one of them: a taxi driver, that made Lloyd a star.

I wrote down some of the funny lines but writing them here just won't do them justice. You have to hear "Rev. Jim" deliver them for the real impact. His "slow down" scene at the Motor Vehicle Department when he's taking a test has to be one of the all-time classic comedy routines ever - really!

Danny DeVito ("Louie") also has a very humorous scene in here, where he takes a tranquilizer (dumped into his drink by Jim) and winds up dancing to "Moonlight Bay."

This episode alone was worth the price of the DVD which, by the way, you can obtain pretty cheap these days. It's money well-spent.

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