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 ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
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)
Kyle Broflovski / Mike / Scientologist at Headquarters #2 / Kenny McCormick (voice) (as John Smith)
John 'Nancy' Hansen ...
John Travolta (voice) (as John Smith)
Mona Marshall ...
Kelly (voice) (as Jane Smith)
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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16 November 2005 (USA)  »

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This episode was pulled from airing in the UK and as a repeat on Comedy Central because of Tom Cruise's objections. See more »


Scientology man: We are going to sue your ass *and* your balls!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the episode, Stan and the leader of the church of Scientology, get in an argument to which Stan says "So sue me!", and the leader says "Fine we will!". When the credits roll, everyones name is John Smith or Jane Smith, presumably, so Tom Cruise (who was mocked in the episode) wouldn't sue them. See more »


Referenced in South Park: The Stick of Truth (2014) See more »

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Funny, Nasty, Fearless
11 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

It is astonishing how good SouthPark can be when its creators abandon some of their more vulgar tendencies. I have long been a fan of the TV show. At its best, several viewings have been required, because I have missed parts while being busy laughing. With the Trapped In The Closet episode, Trey Parker, Matt Stone and company have dropped the poop jokes and set their focus on satire. The result is a show as vicious and funny as any satire going back to Jonathan Swift.

In debates, an effective means of attack is to use an opponent's words against them. The boys do this to great effect with Scientology. Much has been made of this programme's mockery of Tom Cruise and the ongoing tabloid rumours of Mr. Cruise's sexuality. However, Mr. Cruise's own public behaviour in recent years has done far more damage to his image than anything in this show. The true target of this episode is the Church of Scientology, an institution for which SouthPark's creators obviously have little use. In this, Trapped In The Closet hits its mark repeatedly. If you disagree with Messrs. Parker and Stone, be advised that this programme ends with as blunt a challenge as you are going to find on TV.

Funny, nasty and fearless....this episode should be considered a classic.

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