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Trapped in the Closet 

Several religious leaders recongize Stan as the second coming of L. Ron Hubbard, and a whole soap opera unfolds with the help from a famous R&B sensation.


Trey Parker (as John Smith)


Trey Parker (as John Smith), Kenny Hotz (staff writer)




Episode cast overview:
Trey Parker ... Stan Marsh / Eric Cartman / Brian / Randy Marsh / Grandpa Marsh / Mr. Mackey / Head of Scientology / Scientologist #1 / Scientologist #2 / Tom Cruise / News Reporter / Policeman / R. Kelly (voice) (as John Smith)
Matt Stone ... Kyle Broflovski / Mike / Scientologist at Headquarters #2 / Kenny McCormick (voice) (as John Smith)
John 'Nancy' Hansen John 'Nancy' Hansen ... John Travolta (voice) (as John Smith)
Mona Marshall ... Kelly (voice) (as Jane Smith)
April Stewart ... Sharon Marsh / Michelle / Scientologist at Headquarters #1 / Shelly Marsh / Nicole Kidman (voice) (as Jane Smith)


After Stan scores a remarkably high "Thetan Level" at a Scientology center, he is considered to be the reincarnation of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. John Travolta, Tom Cruise and other Scientologists go to South Park to convince Stan to be their leader, but when Stan makes disparaging remarks about Cruise's acting, the movie star locks himself inside a bedroom closet. R&B singer R. Kelly is recruited to get Tom Cruise to come out of the closet, but eventually Kelly, as well as Travolta, find themselves all trapped in the closet. Written by IMDb Editor

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Animation | Comedy


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16 November 2005 (USA) See more »

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Running gag: People running away every time R Kelly pulls out a gun See more »


Stan: I'm not really religious.
Scientology man: Oh, we see Scientology as more an alternative to Psychology than a religion.
Stan: So how come that sign says "Church of Scientology"?
Scientology man: Oh, that's just this thing.
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At the end of the episode, Stan dares Scientologists to sue him. The closing credits list everyone as John Smith or Jane Smith, in preparation for the show getting sued. See more »

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Controversial episode
25 September 2008 | by gangstahippieSee all my reviews

This episode sparked controversy when it was released for insulting Tom Cruise and the church of Scientology.It was thought that Cruise pulled the episode.It was later found out however, Cruise did not have any part in pulling the episode.This is also the episode that is responsible for Issac Hayes(Chef) quitting South Park.The episode has Stan joining the church of Scientology, after he scores high on some test, they believe he is the reincarnation of L Ron Hubbard(the founder of the church of Scientology).Stan is now highly respected in the church.Tom Cruise acts Stan what he thinks of his acting.Stan says he's just alright, so Tom gets sad and locks himself in Stan's closet.So now Tom Cruise will not come out of the closet(a double meaning, it also refers to his sexuality).Trapped In The Closet is a pretty funny and interesting episode.

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