Taxi (1978–1983)
2 user

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.


James Burrows


James L. Brooks (created by), Stan Daniels (created by) | 4 more credits »

On Disc

at Amazon




Episode cast overview:
Judd Hirsch ... Alex Reiger
Jeff Conaway ... Bobby Wheeler
Danny DeVito ... Louie De Palma
Marilu Henner ... Elaine Nardo
Tony Danza ... Tony Banta
Christopher Lloyd ... Reverend Jim Ignatowski
Andy Kaufman ... Latka Gravas
T.J. Castronovo T.J. Castronovo ... Tommy Jeffries (as T.J. Castronova)
J. Alan Thomas ... Jeff Bennett


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis







Release Date:

25 September 1979 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Highest rated episode of the show. See more »


Jim says his father's last name is Ignatowski. Taxi canon later established that Jim's father is Mr. Caldwell, and Jim adopted the name Ignatowski as his spiritual name, mistaken believing it translated as Star Child. 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?
See more »


References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

One Of The Best Episodes In Sit-com History
13 January 2010 | by ccthemovieman-1See 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.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed