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  • Stan's final lines "Sue me, I dare you!" was an actual in-show threat by the creators who are daring Scientologists to sue them for mocking their 'religion'. The Church of Scientology has a well-known history of suing their critics, including lawsuits in the UK (thus the line "We'll sue you in England!"). Defamation laws in England & Wales are extremely plaintiff-friendly: once a plaintiff has proven that a statement could potentially affect his or her reputation, the defendant must prove the truth of the claim on a balance of probabilities.
  • In the end credits, every person is shown as John Smith or Jane Smith - another jab at Scientology's litigious nature.
  • Chef, voiced by Isaac Hayes, does not appear in this episode. Hayes, a Scientologist, left before the planned re-run of this episode, allegedly because of his displeasure with it. His only comments were given by a Scientology spokesperson. At that time, Fox News columnist Roger Friedman reported that the real reason Hayes left was because of an alleged stroke and that he was not in a condition to quit on his own.
  • The planned re-run of this episode was pulled, according to rumor, because Tom Cruise threatened to pull his support for Mission Impossible III (Comedy Central is part of Viacom, which also owns Paramount Pictures). Comedy Central said that the episode was pulled in order to do a tribute to actor Hayes after his announcement. The episode has since re-aired.
  • This episode was said to have been altered to remove direct statements about Tom Cruise's 'homosexuality'. Tom Cruise is not gay in true life; the references were used as mockery.
  • One of the aliens seen being frozen by Xenu is a Marklar.
  • Jenna Miscavige Hill, the daughter of the chairman of the Church of Scientology, first learned about the Xenu story from watching this episode. She left the Church of Scientology shortly after and has become an outspoken critic of the organization.

References to Popular Culture

  • At the beginning of this episode, one can see a sign that reads "Twin Pines Plaza", this may be a reference to the "Twin Pines Mall" from Back to the Future.
  • The satirization of R. Kelly is a reference to a series of videos he made called "Trapped in the Closet".
  • The 'personality test' given to Stan is made up of 'Barnum Statements'. These are statements that are deliberately designed to be as general as possible but appear to be incredibly specific to the person reading them. These are frequently used in superstitious fields such as astrology or fortune telling.


  • When the president of the Church of Scientology introduces Stan to the Scientologists, he disappears while walking off the frame to the left.

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Story Elements

Stan MarshTom CruiseJohn TravoltaR. KellyScientology and South ParkNicole KidmanXenuIsaac Hayes • "Trapped in the Closet (song)"


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