Taxi (1978–1983)
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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 »


Jim forgets his last name. Elaine asks "What was your father's last name?", to which Jim replied "Ignatowski. Maybe that's mine!" A later episode revealed that Jim father's last name was Caldwell, and Jim changed his own last name to Ignatowski thinking that backward, it spelled "Star Child" See more »


[Jim is down at the DMV taking his driver's test]
Reverend Jim Ignatowski: Okay, here we go. Hey, uh, give me a little help on this one.
Tony Banta: You forgot your last name?
Reverend Jim Ignatowski: I've been busy.
Elaine O'Connor-Nardo: Well, what was your father's name?
Reverend Jim Ignatowski: Ignatowski.
Elaine O'Connor-Nardo: Well, maybe that's your name too.
Reverend Jim Ignatowski: You know, I think you're right!
Alex Reiger: Good.
Reverend Jim Ignatowski: Eyes?
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References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

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The episode that made Reverend Jim a regular character.
16 August 2008 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

This was the 3rd episode in the Second season of Taxi.

The cab drivers are hanging out at Mario's when Christopher Lloyd as Reverend Jim Ignatowski wanders in. They recognize him but he doesn't recognize them, even though they remind him he performed a wedding for Latka 8 months earlier. But when Latka started talking to him in his gibberish language, Jim remembered.

The cabbies want to get Jim to have a job, make something of himself, but what can he do with no skills and no education? Drive a cab. At first Louie will not hear of it, until Rev Jim slips a tranquilizer into Louie's coffee. Louie becomes mellow, starts singing show tunes in the garage, and gladly accepts Jim.

The big hurdle of course was to have Jim pass the driver's test. They go down to the DPS office with him, help him fill out forms, his name, his weight and height, color of eyes. Finally one of them says, "OK, Jim, now you are ready to take the test." "What?", says Jim, "I thought that was the test."

All of the characters in Taxi are memorable, but Christopher Lloyd as Reverend Jim Ignatowski became my favorite. But this episode has a mistake of sorts, Jim is asked what his father's last name is (for the forms) and he says "Ignatowski", but in a later episode we find out that in fact is NOT his real last name. Ignatowski is a name Jim, a flower child of the 60s, picked "because it is flower child spelled backwards."

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