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Trapped in the Closet 

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

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Trey Parker (as John Smith)

Writers:

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

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 2005 (USA) See more »

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Braniff See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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4:3
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Trivia

This episode's mocking of Scientology supposedly did not sit well with Isaac Hayes (Chef), a practicing Scientologist. Co-creator Matt Stone stated that Hayes voiced his concerns to him, and that it was clear that he had been pressured into requesting the episode to be canceled (a moot point, as it had already been broadcast by then). Four months later, a statement was issued in Hayes' name that he had left the show. However, after Hayes' death, his son stated that Hayes had suffered a stroke that left him in no condition to quit on his own. Supposedly, one of Hayes' close confidants (all Scientologists as well) had made the statement on Hayes' behalf. See more »

Quotes

R. Kelly: [singing] Man, this is some crazy shit here. Why won't you both just come out the closet, they said?
Tom CruiseJohn Travolta: [singing] We're not coming out the closet. You can just go away.
R. Kelly: [singing] But everyone wants you out the closet.
Tom CruiseJohn Travolta: [singing] That doesn't matter 'cause we're gonna stay.
R. Kelly: [singing] Now I'm startin' to get angry, so I pull out my gun!
[as soon as R. Kelly pulls out his gun, everyone standing outside Stan's room runs away]
R. Kelly: [singing] I'm gonna give you a count to three to open this closet door, one - I'm ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

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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Funny, Nasty, Fearless
11 August 2006 | by dtidballSee 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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