Corner Gas

Season 1 Episode 2

The Taxman

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 29, 2004 on CTV
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The Taxman
A Taxman arrives to investigate Oscar about fuel tax irregularities, Oscar plots with Hank to avoid paying any extra taxes, and Davis sulks about no longer getting free coffee at the Ruby and decides to lash out by writing all sorts of parking tickets.

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  • Not "The" tax man, "a" tax man. You gotta see it to believe it.

    This episode is one of my favourite episodes of Corner Gas. It has everything you need: humour and good acting. We get a great performance Kevin McDonald as Marvin Drey, a Tax man, two excellent running gags. One is about the price of coffee and the other about the correct way to address Marvin.

    There are many quotes from this episode, but most of them are not as funny as when done live by this cast. They have some really great timing and rhythm with the script. This given that it's only the second episode of the season. It truly is fine example of "you need to see it to believe it".

    Oscar continues to be a jackass, while trying to insult or ignore everyone else. Funny thing about his catch phrase though. It reminds me an awful lot of Red Foreman's catch phrase. I wonder why that is?

    Nicely done is Lacy in this episode. She seems to be a lot less like Lucy (of the famous show) in this one, as she never really getting in trouble this time. Instead the entire town pays for her goof and not her directly. She gets out of the situation (which is also rare) on her own with a little tax man help.

    Overall this is one of the best episodes of Corner Gas’ early years. I use this episode to get more people introduced to the show as all the characters are pretty self explanatory. The humour is bang on, and the laughs are natural.moreless
Dan Matheson

Dan Matheson


Guest Star

Kevin McDonald

Kevin McDonald

Marvin Drey the Taxman

Guest Star

Josh Strait

Josh Strait

Ruby Cook/Busboy (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Brent: This is Saskatchewan. Tommy Douglas fought the federal government for free refills on coffee.
      Lacey: Really, I thought Tommy Douglas fought for free health care.
      Brent: After the coffee thing, there was a lot of kidney disorder.

    • Hank: Davis just gave me a parking ticket.
      Wanda: Yeah, he gave me one too and I was parked in the parking lot.
      Hank: I wasn't even parked. I was stopped at a stop sign and he came running out from behind a bush.

    • Karen: Do you have Serpico?
      Brent: What's that for? Dandruff?

    • Wanda: Hey, which delivery guy is it today, the cute one?
      Brent: I don't know, they're both so dreamy.

    • Brent: Want me to fill it up?
      Marvin the Taxman: Do you work here?
      Brent: It'd be a pretty weird hobby.

    • Emma: What are you looking for?
      Oscar: Nothing.
      Emma: Oh, so you're just rummaging around in a box for no reason.
      Oscar: It's not for no reason, I'm looking for something!
      Emma: What are you looking for?
      Oscar: Nothing!

    • Brent (to Marvin): I can't just turn over my father. There's a bond between father and son that's strong and sacred.
      Oscar (to Brent): Hey! Idiot! You left the lid on the dumpster up last night! Crows have scattered garbage all over the place, and I'll be damned if I'm gonna clean it up. It'll be you out there on your hands and knees scraping up crow crap!
      Brent (to Marvin): I'll tell you whatever you want to know.

    • Oscar: The nerve of that jackass. I'm not being cheated out of my money by some slick talking, pencil neck, government jerk.
      Marvin the Taxman: I can hear you.
      (camera pans to reveal Marvin sitting behind Oscar)
      Oscar: Why you ... sneak .. mind your own business.

    • Oscar: Alright, we can talk in here.
      Hank: 'kay, I got a plan
      Brent: That's never good
      Wanda (shakes her head): No.

    • Wanda: Ah great. I wore my push-up bra for nothing.
      Brent: Whole town appreciates it, Wanda.
      Wanda: Oh good.

    • Davis :You're in danger of being shunned by the entire force.
      Karen: Yeah, but you and I are the force.
      Davis: (turns and walks away)

    • Brent: Dad, this is Muffin Tray, or Marvin Drey. He is one of many tax men.

    • Marvin the Taxman: Is your father coming in today?
      Brent: Is he in some kind of trouble?
      Marvin the Taxman: Trouble? What makes you think he's in trouble?
      Brent: What if I told you he was out of town?
      Marvin the Taxman: Is he out of town?
      Brent: What if he was?
      Marvin the Taxman: Do you know where he is or not?
      Brent: What's your favourite colour?
      Marvin the Taxman: Excuse me?
      Brent: I was just seeing how long we could answer questions with questions.

    • Brent: Ahh, the tax man
      Marvin the Taxman: A tax man
      Brent: Pardon?
      Marvin the Taxman: I'm not The Tax Man, a tax man. Saying The Tax Man is just a little dehumanizing. Thank you very much
      Brent: Wow this has come up before, hasn't it?
      Marvin the Taxman: Would you like it if people called you The Gas Man?
      Brent: I'd love it! That was going to be my name if I ever became a pro wrestler.

    • Marvin the Taxman: See? This is what I'm talking about. Hostility for no reason.
      Brent: It's not just you. Dad's cranky. I saw him one time yell at a butterfly. Called it a son of a bitch. Told it to get out of his garden.

    • Brent: Hey, Marvin. Listen that was a pretty cool thing you did for Lacey. And I know we haven't been overly hospitable here. So, can I buy you a drink ? Bearing in mind I'm not gay.
      Marvin the Taxman: I could use another drink ... bearing in mind I'm not an alcoholic.

    • Brent: Well, let's say, hypothetically, my dad can't find these sales records. What's the deal then .... prison ?
      Marvin the Taxman: Well, there's no tax prison in Canada. You don't have to worry about that.
      Brent: I wasn't worrying. I was suggesting.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Mark Farrell & Brent Butt were nominated for "Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series" Gemini Award for this episode.


    • Brent (referring to Hank): The desert fox?

      "The Desert Fox," is a nickname for World War II German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel.

    • Brent: "Watch a lot of M*A*S*H, do you?"
      Hank's plot to get Marvin the Tax Man drunk and blackmail him reminds Brent of the TV show M*A*S*H (1972-83) because Hawkeye and comrades were sometimes known to solve problems by getting people drunk and blackmailing them.
      Later Hank gets drunk and suggests that he and Marvin run down the street with their pants off. Marvin is confused, and Brent's explanation is, "You ever watch M*A*S*H?"

    • Brent: I always get my Al Pacino movies mixed up. Oh, I saw Serpico. Plays a cop, fights corruption on the force.
      Karen: How does it end?
      Brent: I think he gets shot in the head.... or he turns into a blind guy who smells women. Either way we don't have the movie.

      Seripco, (1973) starring Al Pacino, is the true story about an honest New York cop who blew the whistle on rampant corruption in the force only to have his comrades turn against him.

      The movie where Al Pacino plays a blind guy who smells women is Scent Of A Woman (1992).

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