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Stan is dubbed the reincarnation of L. Ron Hubbard by a local group of Scientologists, causing a chain of bizarre events.

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'''Original airdate:''' November 16, 2005

A frugal
Stan is dubbed takes a free personality test and subsequently spends his bike savings on a [[ChurchOfHappyology thetan test]] that reveals him to be the reincarnation of L. Ron Hubbard by a local group Creator/LRonHubbard.

"Trapped in the Closet" is one
of Scientologists, causing the series' most famous and controversial episodes, setting off a chain of bizarre events.
events that affected not only the show's future but also popular culture as a whole.



* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: As soon as he's freed from Stan's closet, Music/RKelly shuffles away in the background (suggesting [[NoodleIncident something happened in the closet]]) while Creator/TomCruise berates and threatens to sue Stan.
* ShoutOut: All of Music/RKelly's dialogue is sung in a similar fashion to [[Music/TrappedInTheCloset the actual song]] the episode takes its title from.

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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: As soon as he's freed from Stan's closet, Music/RKelly R. Kelly shuffles away in the background (suggesting [[NoodleIncident something happened in the closet]]) while Creator/TomCruise Cruise berates and threatens to sue Stan.
* ShoutOut: All of Music/RKelly's R. Kelly's dialogue is sung in a similar fashion to [[Music/TrappedInTheCloset the actual song]] the episode takes its title from.


* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: The entire "THIS IS WHAT SCIENTOLOGY ACTUALLY BELIEVES" disclaimer was added because it was so out-there that it sounds exactly like something South Park would make up (along the lines of the Catholic Church venerating the Queen Spider in "Red Hot Catholic Love").
* RuleOfThree: After Tom Cruise refuses to leave the closet, they get John Travolta to try and convince him to leave, only to end up joining Tom in the closet, and when that fails, they use R. Kelly, who then also ends up in the closet and refuses to come out.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: As soon as he's freed from Stan's closet, R. Kelly shuffles away in the background (suggesting [[NoodleIncident something happened in the closet]]) while Tom Cruise berates and threatens to sue Stan.

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* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: The entire "THIS IS WHAT SCIENTOLOGY ACTUALLY BELIEVES" disclaimer was added because it was so out-there that it sounds exactly like something South Park would make up (along the lines of the Catholic Church venerating the Queen Spider in "Red "[[Recap/SouthParkS6E8RedHotCatholicLove Red Hot Catholic Love").
Love]]").
* RuleOfThree: After Tom Cruise Creator/TomCruise refuses to leave the closet, they get John Travolta Creator/JohnTravolta to try and convince him to leave, only to end up joining Tom in the closet, and when that fails, they use R. Kelly, Music/RKelly, who then also ends up in the closet and refuses to come out.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: As soon as he's freed from Stan's closet, R. Kelly Music/RKelly shuffles away in the background (suggesting [[NoodleIncident something happened in the closet]]) while Tom Cruise Creator/TomCruise berates and threatens to sue Stan.


* ShoutOut: All of R. Kelly's dialogue is sung in a similar fashion to [[Music/TrappedInTheCloset the actual song]] the episode takes its title from.
* TakeThat: This episode does not shy away from making fun of Scientology.

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* ShoutOut: All of R. Kelly's Music/RKelly's dialogue is sung in a similar fashion to [[Music/TrappedInTheCloset the actual song]] the episode takes its title from.
* TakeThat: This episode does not shy away from making fun of Scientology.Scientology.
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* AndYourRewardIsInfancy: The Scientologists are convinced that Stan is the reincarnation of L. Ron Hubbard.

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* AndYourRewardIsInfancy: The Scientologists are convinced until the very end that Stan is the reincarnation of L. Ron Hubbard.



* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: As soon as he's freed from Stan's closet, R. Kelly shuffles away in the background while Tom Cruise berates and threatens to sue Stan.

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* RuleOfThree: After Tom Cruise refuses to leave the closet, they get John Travolta to try and convince him to leave, only to end up joining Tom in the closet, and when that fails, they use R. Kelly, who then also ends up in the closet and refuses to come out.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: As soon as he's freed from Stan's closet, R. Kelly shuffles away in the background (suggesting [[NoodleIncident something happened in the closet]]) while Tom Cruise berates and threatens to sue Stan.


* AndYourRewardIsInfancy: The Scientologists are convinced that Stan is the reincarnation of L. Ron Hubbard until the end.

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* AndYourRewardIsInfancy: The Scientologists are convinced that Stan is the reincarnation of L. Ron Hubbard until the end.Hubbard.

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* AndYourRewardIsInfancy: The Scientologists are convinced that Stan is the reincarnation of L. Ron Hubbard until the end.


Added DiffLines:

* ShoutOut: All of R. Kelly's dialogue is sung in a similar fashion to [[Music/TrappedInTheCloset the actual song]] the episode takes its title from.

Added DiffLines:

* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: The entire "THIS IS WHAT SCIENTOLOGY ACTUALLY BELIEVES" disclaimer was added because it was so out-there that it sounds exactly like something South Park would make up (along the lines of the Catholic Church venerating the Queen Spider in "Red Hot Catholic Love").

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* HilaritySues: The episode ends with the church threatening to sue Stan, who is not intimidated by their threat and even goads them to do it.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: As soon as he's freed from Stan's closet, R. Kelly shuffles away in the background while Tom Cruise berates and threatens to sue Stan.

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Stan is dubbed the reincarnation of L. Ron Hubbard by a local group of Scientologists, causing a chain of bizarre events.

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* ChurchOfHappyology: How Scientology is portrayed in this episode.
* TakeThat: This episode does not shy away from making fun of Scientology.

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