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Season 2 Episode 3

Reverend Jim: a Space Odyssey

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Sep 25, 1979 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Reverend Jim: a Space Odyssey
The cabbies persuade Louie to hire Jim as a driver.

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  • So what does a yellow light mean, anyway?

    They never answered the question. They just kept telling Jim to slow down.

    This and the "Turkey's Away" episode of WKRP in Cincinnati are tied for #1 on my list of best TV comedy episodes.
  • Taxi was a great show,adding rev. Jim to the cast made it even better

    One of the the best episodes of all time. There was a show on t.v. not long ago that listed the top 20 funnest moments in T.V. although this episode of Taxi with Jim asking what to do at a yellow light was on the list ,it was chosen at the beginning. Not even in the top five.I've seen almost every show on that list. Most when thay first aired . I do agree that most of the show moments thay listed were funny, but none made me laugh as hard or as long as Jim trying to find out what to do at a yellow lightmoreless
  • Quite possibly the funniest 45 seconds in the history of television.

    I have seen this episode countless times and still, each time, tears stream down my face as I hear Christopher Lloyd drawing out each word. There is no doubt that if there was ever a show where they ranked the absolute funniest moments ever, that this deserves to be number one. Reverend Jim is classic at all times, but during these 45 seconds he has not only the ausience, not only the folks in TV Land, but also the entire cast roaring in laughter. I almost laugh just thinking about the way Danza is acting and the look on Marilu's face as she tries to to hold it back. A perfecto! If only we could give it an 11.moreless
  • Agreed: One of the funniest moments on TV!!

    This episode gives birth to one of the most memorable TV characters in TV history and one of the funniest moments in TV history also!

    In this episode we meet none other than the discombobulated, and drug addled Reverend Jim!

    This episode has the gang helping out the down and out Reverend, which is a somewhat self-imposed title from his own druggie cult. They decide to help him get his taxi licence and a job with the Sunshine Cab Co.

    One of the most hilarious moments in TV is in this gem. The famous Yellow Light question.

    **Spoiler Alert**

    If you haven't seen this episode don't read on. You won't be sorry!

    Rev. Jim is taking his taxi test and is stopped dead in his tracks by the famous question:

    "What does a yellow light mean?"

    A confused and befuddled Jim whispers for help from the gang, who have all come down to give him moral support and encouragement. He tells them the question and they reply:

    "Slow down."

    An obvious correct answer. But Jim looks more confused and says:


    the gang, repeat:

    "Slow down!"

    to which Jim replies:


    Of course this goes on for a while, leaving me with a stomach ache and tears! I begged them to stop, it was killing me! I even recall some Pepsi coming out my nose!

    This episode is up with the greats:

    Lucy Ricardo and the candy factory bit (I Love Lucy)

    Det. Nick Yemana and the Hash Brownie (Barney Miller)

    Mona gets Pinned (Who's the Boss?)

    Sammy Davis Jr. kisses Archie (All in the Family)

    and I could go on and on.....

    Wonderful episode, My all time Taxi favorite!

  • A very good episode of Taxi.

    I got to say, this was a funny episode. Like when Jim was taking his test, and could not understand what the yellow light was for. That is just too funny, a man goes from smart to dumb. Shows what happens if you do drugs. So I give this taxi episode a 10/10.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Elaine (talking about Jim): Hey guys. Let's get him a job.
      Alex: Are you kidding? What kind of training could he possibly have?
      Bobby: None.
      Alex: What kind of skills could he possibly have?
      Bobby: None.
      Alex: What kind of job could we possibly get him?
      Everyone: Cab driver.

    • Jim (taking written driver's test): What does a yellow light mean?
      Bobby: Slow down.
      Jim: Okay... Whhaaaaat dooooesss aaaa yeehllllooww liiiiight meean?
      Bobby: SLOW DOWN!

  • NOTES (4)

    • When Jim blanks on his own last name while filling out the license form, Elaine prompts him by asking what his father's name was. Jim replies "Ignatowski" and forever afterward it remains Jim's last name. However in season three, we learn that Jim's father's name is not Ignatowski but Caldwell. Jim adopted the name Ignatowski by his own choice under the mistaken belief that it spelled starchild when reversed.

    • The final scenes of the episode you can still see Louie passed out on the hood of the cab, supposedly long hours after Jim slipped something in his coffee.

    • The yelow light scene is widely acknowledged as one of the funniest moments in American network televsion. If you look carefully, you can see Marilu Henner desperately trying to hold her concentration, and Tony Danza completely out of character, laughing like a member of the audience.

    • Christopher Lloyd as Jim Ignatowski becomes a permanent member of the cast, beginning in this episode.