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"Trapped in the Closet"
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Episode no. Season 9
Episode 12
Production no. 912
Original airdate November 16, 2005
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"Trapped in the Closet" is the twelfth episode of Season Nine, and the 137th overall episode of South Park. It aired on November 16, 2005.[1]


Scientologists converge on Stan's house after he is identified as the reincarnation of L. Ron Hubbard. One A-lister locks himself in the closet and refuses to come out after Stan criticizes his "talent."[1]


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Stan does not go with the rest of his friends to play laser-tag as he attempts to save up money for a new bike. He runs across some Scientologists, who encourage him to take a free personality test. Stan starts to question whether Scientology is a religion, which the auditors try to avoid. After the personality test, the auditor makes the assessment that Stan is depressed and a perfect candidate for Scientology.

At dinner, Stan asks his parents for the money for "a self-help program", telling his parents that he has been depressed and did not know it. Randy tells him to use his bike money if he wants to join the help program.

After Stan goes through his auditing session, the shocked auditor sends the results to the home office. Due to Stan's impressive thetan levels, the president of Scientology concludes that he is the reincarnation of L. Ron Hubbard.

The president visits the Marsh family's home, and tells his family the news. Randy sends Stan up to his room while he talks with the Scientologists. Upon entering his room, Stan encounters Tom Cruise, who asks him what he thought of his movies. Stan's callous opinion of his acting upsets Cruise, who subsequently locks himself in Stan's closet, resulting in the running joke of "Tom Cruise won't come out of the closet!"

The president of Scientology tells Stan the secrets of Scientology, the Xenu story (which is played out on the screen, with "THIS IS WHAT SCIENTOLOGISTS ACTUALLY BELIEVE" on the bottom). He then tells Stan that his job is to write a new doctrine for the church. Stan says he does not know how to start, then the president tells Stan that Hubbard did not know either.

Meanwhile, the whole town has gotten involved in trying to get Tom Cruise out of the closet. John Travolta, another famous Scientologist, is called in but he also ends up in the closet with Cruise. During the newscast, R. Kelly (singing like he does in "Trapped in the Closet") randomly sings then pulls out his gun. Nicole Kidman is brought in to try to coax Cruise out of the closet, to no avail. R. Kelly is also called in, but also finds himself in the closet as well.

As Stan is writing the doctrine, Kyle, Kenny, and Cartman pay him a visit at home. Kyle tries to tell Stan the truth about Hubbard, but Stan will not listen.

Stan presents his new doctrine to the president, telling him what is in them. When he says that Scientologists should not have to pay to be in the religion anymore, the president tells him the truth—Scientology is a big scam.

When Stan tries to read his doctrine to the followers outside, he cannot do it, and proceeds to tell everyone that Scientology is a big scam. This makes the Scientologists angry at him, with the president threatening to sue Stan for what he said about their religion. Stan says that he stated this, but the president denies it. In the meantime, Cruise, Travolta and R. Kelly have come out of the closet, and Cruise tells Stan that he made him look stupid and threatens to sue him in England. Stan proceeds to shout after them, "Go ahead! Sue me! I dare you!"

The credits roll, with all names shown as either "John Smith" or "Jane Smith".


  912: "Trapped in the Closet" edit
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