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2005 serial by R. Kelly

Trapped in the Closet

The Big Parcel
DVD cover

Directed by
  • R. Kelly
  • Jim Swaffield
Written past R. Kelly
Based on Trapped in the Closet

by R. Kelly
Produced by
  • R. Kelly
  • Ann Carli
  • Barry Weiss
  • Elliot Lewis Rosenblatt
  • Rick Johnson
  • Scott Eicher
  • R. Kelly
  • Cat Wilson
  • Rolando A. Boyce
  • LeShay Tomlinson
  • Malik Middleton
  • Eric Lane
Cinematography David Hennings
Edited by
  • Victor Mignatti
  • Jim Swaffield
Music by R. Kelly


  • Fuzzy Bunny Productions
  • Relevant
Distributed by
  • Jive/SBMG

Release dates

  • Oct one, 2005 (2005-10-01)
    (Affiliate 1–12)
  • August 21, 2007 (2007-08-21)
    (Chapters thirteen–22)
  • December 2007 (2007-12)
    (The Big Parcel)
  • November 23, 2012 (2012-11-23)
    (The Next Installment)

Running time

91 minutes
(The Big Parcel)

  • Chapters 1–12: 43 minutes
  • Chapters 13–22: 48 minutes

42 minutes
(The Adjacent Installment)

  • Capacity 23–33: 42 minutes
Land United States
Language English language
  • $three 1000000

    (22 chapters)
  • $750,000
    (The Next Installment)

Trapped in the Closet

is a musical soap opera series past American R&B singer, songwriter & producer R. Kelly, with 33 “chapters” released sporadically from 2005 to 2012. Written, produced, and directed by Kelly, the series tells a story of a one-night stand up that sets off a chain of events, gradually revealing a greater web of lies, sex and deceit. The music follows a distinct E major pattern,[one]
and most capacity feature the same melodic theme.



The first 5 chapters of
Trapped in the Closet
originally appeared equally the final tracks on Kelly’s anthology
TP.three Reloaded. R. Kelly wrote and produced all 5 capacity, and they were recorded by Andy Gallas. The start affiliate was released as the lead single from the album in 2005 by Jive Records. Kelly and Jive Records promoted the songs by releasing each of the get-go five capacity to radio stations one at a time.

R. Kelly (pictured in 2007), director, producer, writer and actor of
Trapped in the Closet

Following the success and popularity of the
Trapped in the Closet
vocal serial, R. Kelly lip synched a “new affiliate” at an appearance at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards. In November 2005, Jive Records released a DVD titled
Trapped in the Closet, which included vii new chapters in improver to the offset v from
TP.3 Reloaded, bringing the full number of capacity to twelve. The material previewed by Kelly at the MTV Video Music Awards revealed an early on version of some parts of the twelfth chapter in the series.

Nearly ii years later, in Baronial 2007, Kelly and Jive released ten more capacity on another
Trapped in the Cupboard

In December 2007, the start 22 chapters were released in a DVD entitled
The Big Package, which included a “commentary remix” with a preview of chapter 23. On Dec 21, 2011, Kelly told TMZ that he had written thirty-two more capacity, and was seeking investors in social club to proceed the saga.[3]
IFC announced in October 2012 that it would show new chapters of
Trapped in the Cupboard
on November 23, 2012.[four]

When asked about the writing of the song, Kelly said: “I don’t know how to explain how I wrote it. Information technology just keeps rhyming and rhyming.”[five]
He stated that
Trapped in the Closet
had taken on “a life, mind and torso of its own”, and called the series an “alien”,[5]
crediting “the aliens” with its creation.[6]
Kelly claimed that the vocal’s nighttime and moody instrumental was influenced by his frustrations and depression post-obit his removal from the sick-blighted
All-time of Both Worlds
tour with Jay-Z in October 2004.[7]



Each affiliate follows a storyline that continues throughout the serial. Kelly voices the role of the song’due south protagonist, Sylvester (Kelly’due south middle proper noun), who wakes upwardly subsequently a one-night stand with a woman. Every bit he prepares to leave, however, the woman’s husband returns and Sylvester is forced to hide in a closet. This sets off an escalating series of events.

Video synopsis: Capacity 1–12


Cover of the
Trapped in the Closet
DVD, containing the videos for the first twelve chapters of the serial.

Chapter one

Sylvester wakes up in bed with a woman who is not his married woman. Equally he prepares to leave, the woman tells him her hubby is coming up the stairs and tells Sylvester to hide in the closet. The couple begins making love when Sylvester’s cell telephone rings, prompting the husband to investigate. After searching elsewhere, he slowly approaches the closet. Sylvester, prepared for a confrontation, takes out his Beretta pistol.

Catastrophe bewilderment line: “At present he’s opening the closet….”
Chapter ii

Having discovered Sylvester in his wife’southward closet, the husband most attacks him but stops because Sylvester is armed. He tells Sylvester that he is a pastor and non decumbent to violence. When Sylvester tries to leave, the husband tells him to stay because he wants to reveal a “hole-and-corner”. He and then calls someone he calls “baby” and says to “plough the motorcar around”. Sylvester is anxious about what the hubby is nigh to reveal and becomes threatening, just and so someone knocks on the door. The hubby opens the door and the person turns out to be another man—revealing the husband (Rufus) to be bisexual.

Catastrophe cliffhanger line: “I can’t believe it’due south a man…..”
Chapter three

A shocked and dislocated Sylvester prepares to leave but the wife asks him to stay. She then argues with her husband, Rufus, over his ain infidelity. When Sylvester demands more explanation, the other man, Chuck, begins explaining how their matter came virtually. Rufus calls his wife Cathy, which shocks Sylvester, who thought her name was Mary. Rufus, Cathy, and Chuck all begin yelling at each other, prompting Sylvester to shoot his gun in the air to quiet them. Sylvester then calls home but is stunned when some other man answers the phone. He quickly bolts out of the apartment.

Ending cliffhanger line: “Recall my home and a man picks up the phone….”
Chapter four

Sylvester is seen rushing home, angered and argumentative, but is pulled over by a police officer, who gives him a ticket for speeding. He breaks in his own back door and surprises his wife in the shower only to find her alone. She reminds Sylvester that her brother Twan was coming home that day, and he answered the phone. Sylvester apologizes, and they begin making love. In the middle of information technology, nonetheless, Sylvester’south wife, Gwendolyn, discreetly covers something on the bed and and then jumps on top of Sylvester and begins to go wild. When Gwendolyn finally climaxes and rolls off him, Sylvester flips the bed cover to notice the used condom that she had tried to hibernate.

Ending cliffhanger line: “Oh, my God, a safety!”

The video for chapter four has since been revised to better match chapter vi. The original actor for the officer AKA James, Rondolo Bryce, was changed to current role player, Michael Kenneth Williams. And the line “I said ‘This is some bullshit!’, equally he gave me the ticket” was changed to “He flicks his cigarette and so gives me the ticket.” And “He said no except you were doing 85 in sixty miles zone” Modify to “60 in the 40 miles zone” and “I turned my radio on and did 70 all the way habitation” changed to “and did 55 all the manner home”

Character relationship map
Sylvester Cathy
↓↑ Roxanne ↓↑
Gwendolyn ↓↑ Rufus
↓↑ Tina ↓↑
James ↓↑ Chuck
↓↑ Twan
Bridget Big Human being
Who has sex with whom in
Trapped in the Closet
cinematic universe[eight]
Chapter 5

Chapter five starts with Sylvester demanding answers near the safe. They contend, and Gwendolyn retorts with her own knowledge of Sylvester’southward infidelity, saying she saw Sylvester in the order the nighttime before. He ignores that and demands she name names. She begins talking about friends of hers named Tina and Roxanne and as well mentions Chuck and Rufus, which confuses Sylvester. She then explains that she and Cathy were friends in high schoolhouse, and information technology was Cathy who introduced Gwendolyn to the police officeholder that stopped Sylvester, confirming that the police officer was her hole-and-corner lover.

Ending bewilderment line: “She introduced me to the policeman that stopped yous.”
Chapter half dozen

Sylvester and Gwendolyn begin laughing at the entire situation. She admits that the cop she slept with is really the one who answered the phone. And he explains the events of earlier in the forenoon. Meanwhile, the cop-lover turns his car back around, concerned for Gwendolyn’south safety. He sees the back door cleaved in and mistakes the laughter for corruption and bursts into the bedroom, gun drawn. Sylvester pulls his gun on the cop, whose name is revealed to exist James. Gwendolyn pleads with Sylvester, and he puts his gun down. But then James winks and smiles, and Sylvester rushes him. They wrestle over the gun, which inadvertently discharges.

Ending cliffhanger line: “Goin’ all around the room, both hands on the gun, then all of a sudden, pow.”
Chapter vii

This chapter reveals it was Twan, Gwendolyn’s blood brother who was simply released from prison, who was the 1 who was shot. Afterwards realizing who it was, Sylvester and James fence at who was at fault with the shooting, with Sylvester blaming the entire incident on the cop. Twan is presumed to be dead, simply in the eye of Sylvester, James and Gwendolyn arguing, Twan coughs, assuring them he is okay and that he was but non-fatally shot in the shoulder. Equally Twan recovers in the bathroom, Sylvester begins telling him what caused the incident when someone knocks on the door. After existence hesitant with answering the door, Sylvester grabs his gun and aims it at the door, Twan joins him, snatching James’ gun. At the count of iii, Twan opens the door and it is revealed to be the next door neighbor, Rosie, who is shown with a spatula in her hand. A relieved Sylvester and Gwendolyn invite Rosie in while James snatches his gun dorsum from a bewildered Twan’s easily and leaves.

Ending cliffhanger-outro line: “…With a spatula in her paw…similar that’s gon’ exercise something against them guns, it’due south Rosie, the nosy neighbor.”
Chapter 8

In this chapter, a tired and frustrated James drives back to his house and calls upwardly his wife Bridget (Kelly sings all of Bridget’s lines with a Southern emphasis). James tells a concerned Bridget that he was heading domicile, to which Bridget happily tells him she had baked him a crimson pie. Meanwhile, at Sylvester’due south business firm, Rosie, the next door neighbor, tells Sylvester, Twan and Gwendolyn that she could not stand the cop that just left their house causing Gwendolyn, Sylvester and Twan to laugh. Back at James’ house, he pulls up to the garage. A panicked Bridget rushes to the door and kisses James. When James asks her why she looked jittery, Bridget excuses it as “may be that time of the calendar month”. The “may be” makes James suspicious. Bridget laughs it off, saying “you know what I mean”. Bridget tries getting him upstairs, or enticing him with fresh pears, but James insists on heating some leftover chicken. Bridget’southward nervous breakup finally leads to James demanding a straight answer from Bridget. James then starts to wonder if Bridget had besides cheated on him. Unbeknownst to him and from the looks of a nervous Bridget, it becomes clear another human being is still in the house.

Catastrophe bewilderment line: “But footling does he know that somebody is still right at that place in his home!”
Chapter 9

James starts investigating his firm for any possible intruders. When he hears a noise, he begins to search all over the kitchen while a panicked Bridget stands over past the dishes. Subsequently James checks the oven and looks backside the fridge, he notices the blood-red pie with a piece cut out. When he realizes that Bridget is allergic to cherries, he turns to her and moves slowly to a scared Bridget. Later enervating Bridget to move from her spot, which she somewhen does, he sees the cabinet and slowly approaches it. Just as he opens it, the video suddenly stops and the narrator exits out of the kitchen pantry and, breaking the fourth wall, tells the audience that the man, hiding in the cabinet, is a midget.

Catastrophe un-cliffhanger line: “Now, pause the movie, ’cause what I’one thousand about to say to y’all is so damn twisted—not only is there a man in his cabinet, but the human being is a midget! Midget! Midget! Midget!”
Chapter 10

In this chapter, the midget jumps out of the chiffonier and fights with James. Later on James’ constant roughing up on the midget, Bridget runs upstairs where she pulls out a number from her purse. Meanwhile, back downstairs, James puts the midget on the table and demands to know why he was at his business firm. The midget continues telling him that he was paid not to tell, which merely angers James, who pulls his gun on him. When he does, the midget defecates. Back at Sylvester’due south house, he, Twan and Gwendolyn are playing cards when the phone rings. When Gwendolyn answers it, she hears a panicked Bridget, who tells her she found her number in James’ pocket. Subsequently a minute, Gwendolyn hangs up and gives Sylvester and Twan the address to the house, presumably to terminate the fight. Back at James’ house, James and the midget go on fighting until Bridget comes back to the kitchen with a double-barreled shotgun. When James points his gun at Bridget, the midget takes his inhaler out. A few seconds later, Sylvester and Twan burst through the door and Sylvester points his gun at James. Sylvester and Twan notice a peculiar odor in the house. Due to Sylvester and Twan’s entrance, the midget faints on the tabular array.

Ending cliffhanger-outro line: “Ohhh, while Twan and Sylvester are sniffin’ around, tryin’ to figure out what’due south that smell—every bit they plough and look at each other like, ‘What the hell?”
Chapter xi

In this chapter, the midget wakes up peculiar to seeing iii guns and tries to become out of the state of affairs. Sylvester so begs Bridget and James to put their guns down, to which they doggedly refuse. Bridget then tells Sylvester she will drop the gun if James does not injure the midget, whose name is revealed every bit “Big Man”, a stripper at a social club called Dixie’s. When Sylvester asks why he was named that, the midget points down to his pants and tell him he is “blest.” After seeing Sylvester and Large Man communicating, James shuts them up calling them “Chuck and Rufus”, which confuses Sylvester, who demands to know how James knew of them, though James acts bewildered to Sylvester’due south question. Only as James looks as if he was going to respond, Bridget starts getting sick. It is then revealed that Bridget is three months pregnant, presumably with James’ baby. Afterwards James’ abiding prompts to Sylvester, Twan and Big Man with his gun to leave, Bridget stops him and admits paying Big Homo and fifty-fifty admitted that she knew that James had been cheating on her with Gwendolyn, maxim that she had followed him around. When James demands to know what Bridget is really telling him, Bridget says that Big Human is her baby’s father, which negates her previous excuse from affiliate 8 every bit being “that time of the month”. Large Human being again faints at the news.

Kelly switches from outset person (every bit Sylvester) to 3rd person narrative in the middle of this affiliate as the focus fades away from his character.

Ending bewilderment-outro line: “The midget faints again, while Twan and Sylvester is trippin. The midget’s the babe’due south daddy. Woo!”
Chapter 12

Diagram of all relationships up to Chapter 22 of
Trapped in the Closet

Back at Cathy’south house, she, Rufus and Chuck get up from the flooring. Afterward Cathy closes the door, she and Rufus argue near the reasons why Sylvester almost shot at them in Affiliate 3, with Cathy angered about Rufus “creeping” around with Chuck, who is the deacon of Rufus’ church, telling him “ain’t no telling what I’ve got”, referring to sexually transmitted diseases. Chuck gets angry at this and threatens Cathy with a knife, which prompts Cathy to force him to do it. Rufus and so calms them down and tries to resolve the matter but neither Cathy or Chuck listen, as they proceed arguing, even equally the phone rings. When it rings a second time, Cathy answers it and information technology is Gwendolyn and she begins telling Cathy about the drama that had gone on. When Gwendolyn mentions that she saw Sylvester in Paje’s club with “some crusty wig-wearing ass ho”, Cathy realizes the human being she had slept with that dark was Sylvester. When Cathy tries telling her who the “ho” was, Gwendolyn stops her and tells her more about James and his situation. When an angry Rufus demands Cathy to end their conversation, Cathy shuts Gwendolyn up and tells her she was the “ho” that had been with Sylvester.

Catastrophe cliffhanger line: “I’m lamentable, daughter, but that ho was me….”

In the original version of Affiliate 12 (which was originally going to be Affiliate 6), Rufus said he was going to take back Cathy. This idea was later incorporated into the later chapters. Also, Gwen never chosen Cathy and so Gwen would’ve never known Cathy was the one that slept with Sylvester.

Video synopsis: Chapters 13–22


Affiliate 13

The chapter initially starts with Sylvester and Twan in Sylvester’s auto though it is not articulate at first where they are going. When Sylvester tells Twan to be on his best behavior and reminds Twan about how he got sent to jail, Twan says it “was because of Roxanne and that bitch Tina”, which makes Sylvester recollect his wife mentioning their names in affiliate 5. The scene soon cuts to Rosie the nosy neighbor and her husband Randolph (played by R. Kelly), who debate over Rosie spying on other neighbors. The argument ends when the scene cuts back to Sylvester explaining to Twan that he has to collect coin from someone, he tells Twan to exit the motorcar in bulldoze and exist on the lookout and enters a eating place. An hour goes by with no sign of Sylvester.

Catastrophe line: “(Fourth dimension goes past) information technology’southward now one hour after….”
Chapter 14

In affiliate fourteen, it is revealed that evidently Sylvester and Cathy, who shows upward in a blond wig and black clothes, made a bargain for Sylvester to get caught by her pastor husband Rufus but the bargain had apparently backfired, not just past Cathy’due south realization that Sylvester and her all-time friend Gwendolyn were married but also due to Cathy not wanting to finish her union to Rufus, with Cathy later admitting she had inverse her mind on the deal. When Sylvester threatens to leave, Cathy tries to explain the reasons why. A waitress comes by and offers them drinks. Sylvester looks at the waitress thinking to himself that she looks familiar. Meanwhile, exterior at Sylvester’south machine, Twan gets a phone call from a friend (merely shown by a close-up of his mouth) most Tina, telling him Tina had stopped existence a prostitute and was working at a “legit” place. He subsequently tells Twan that Tina was working at the aforementioned restaurant where Sylvester is coming together Cathy. Back at the restaurant, Sylvester notices the waitress but can’t retrieve from where he knows her, until he sees her proper noun tag which says “Tina.” Sylvester then says he wants to talk to her but she gets scared and calls for her friend/co-worker Roxanne, who runs out with a frying pan. After Tina breaks a beer bottle and makes karate-styled moves maxim to Sylvester that she and Roxanne take Tae Bo classes, Cathy and the rest of the patrons leave quickly, leaving Sylvester alone with Tina and Roxanne. Simply equally Tina and Roxanne are about to assail, Twan comes busting through the door threatening them.

Ending bewilderment line: “I will kill both of yous knucklehead asses…!”
Chapter 15

With Twan, Sylvester, Tina and Roxanne in the now-empty restaurant, Twan seeks revenge on Tina and Roxanne on his abort three years agone. Sylvester tries calming Twan down reminding him he’s on house abort and that a tearing flare-up would lead to a more serious time in prison house. Later disarming Twan to allow him talk to them, Sylvester approaches the 2 ladies and ask them what had happened on the twenty-four hours of his abort. Tina and Roxanne explain that they were on a “uncomplicated operation” describing a “trip” to Atlanta. Roxanne tells Sylvester that a loftier Twan was swerving on the road and cutting up on the both of them, fifty-fifty turning his music loud playing “Mary Jane” and screaming “I’yard Rick James, bowwow!” Tina explains that as soon as that happened, they heard not only police squad cars but too a helicopter. Twan’s car breaks down and all three are somewhen arrested. In the interrogation room, the police tell the women that Twan blamed the drug deal on them in order to save his own skin. Roxanne tells Twan that that is when she turned him in. Roxanne says Tina protected him because Tina was pregnant with Twan’s infant at the time.

Ending cliffhanger line: “Considering at the time I was pregnant by you, T.”

Indie folk musician Will Oldham makes a cameo in this chapter as one of the police officers in the interrogation.

Chapter 16

Sylvester, stunned at first at the news of Tina having Twan’s kid, congratulates Twan on the news but Twan is not convinced, accusing Tina of lying to him. This makes Tina’s centre twitch, which had started when Sylvester had first approached her most the terminate of chapter 14. When Sylvester asks Roxanne about information technology, Roxanne explains a pimp had hitting Tina in the eye a year ago and that she’south had bad fretfulness ever since. Twan then pulls Sylvester to the side and begins wondering if he is really the begetter of Tina’s kid. Sylvester convinces him that a child would calm him down. When Twan tells Tina that he wants to brand this work, Roxanne kisses Tina and reveals they are lovers.

Catastrophe cliffhanger line: “I’1000 fucking her now….”

In the commentary remix on the
Trapped in the Cupboard
DVD, Kelly tells the audition that in the upcoming chapters he will probably give Tina about three chapters to explicate her nervous middle twitch.

Chapter 17

Stunned at the news of Roxanne and Tina existence lovers, a frustrated Sylvester points his gun at the both of them, simply presently stops because of his tolerance to lesbians, while Twan kept egging him to shoot them. Sylvester tries to go Twan to leave the restaurant. Information technology’s only after Twan threatens Tina and Roxanne that he will purchase a gun and come dorsum for them subsequently that Sylvester finally convinces Twan to leave.

Ending line: “Give me my motherfuckin’ coat!”
Affiliate xviii

Dorsum at the auto equally they drive abroad, Twan is still aroused over seeing Roxanne and Tina together, despite Sylvester’s efforts to calm him downwardly. Around this time, Sylvester gets a phone call from Gwendolyn, who tells him that his father Dale had been drinking and cursing people out, and his mother Myrna had Dale put in jail. The scene and so shifts to Rufus’ church building where he is leading the worship song, “Jesus Will Work It Out”, with Reverend Mosley James Evans and the Peace Within Choir. When the song reaches a climax, Rufus gets a phone call and excuses himself to his function. Information technology’s Chuck, who’south crying and upset over not seeing Rufus since the incident in the earlier chapters. Rufus and Chuck debate when Cathy walks in Rufus’ office. When Cathy asks Rufus who was on the phone, Chuck, who can be heard accidentally on speaker phone, cries out for Rufus, which angers Cathy and the ii argue before Rufus sends Cathy out to deal with the situation. Rufus then tries to permit Chuck come up see him then they can talk but Chuck refuses. Rufus so tells Chuck that he wants to stay married considering he loves his wife and is a Pastor as the reason he doesn’t want to see Chuck anymore. This angers Chuck, who threatens to reveal their relationship. When Rufus again tries to get Chuck to come see him, Chuck reveals he is in a infirmary.

Catastrophe “cliffhanger” line: Chuck coughs and says “Because I’m in the hospital….”
Chapter xix

Reverend Mosley James Evans and the Peace Within Choir endeavour to persuade Pimp Lucius, a pimp with a severe stuttering problem, to stop pimping and to turn his life around. Every bit the choir sings “you lot tin can do information technology Pimp Lucius”, Lucius pretends to accept the offering and leaves the church. Yet, he then tells his pimpin’ partner, Bishop Craig, that he is never going to “stop p-p-p-p-p-pimpin'”, because “p-p-p-pimpin’s the life”. Then he tells Bishop Craig “now permit’s get this mmm-mmmm-money.”

Ending scene: Pimp Lucius points to the choir and says, “CHURCH! Church!” He becomes embarrassed and overwhelmed by beingness on the altar, looks around, and accidentally blurts out “SHIT!” He and so says “oops”, and leaves the church building with Bishop Craig and his “escorts”.
Affiliate twenty

This chapter shows Rosie the Nosy Neighbor’s house where Rosie is seen in her chair reading the Bible when her husband Randolph comes in shouting, “he’s got the package!” to Rosie. Unwilling to listen to reason, when Randolph tells her he has news on the pastor (Rufus), she demands to know what was going on with him. After some bickering, Randolph tells Rosie the story: while working every bit a janitor for the church, Randolph hears Rufus coming into the office. Randolph hid in the closet and unintentionally overheard the conversation seen in chapter eighteen amongst Chuck, Rufus and Cathy. Afterward relaying the story, Rosie asks Randolph why he had said the pastor had “the package”, Randolph says that Chuck told him he was at the hospital. Rosie immediately decides to inform the masses, despite Randolph’southward protests. The affiliate ends with Randolph sitting on the couch, falling asleep.

Ending line: “Now don’t become tellin’ ev’rybody ’circular boondocks, Rosie, with your big-mouthed donkey!”
“The Package” is implied to be HIV/AIDS because of the slang term
the whole parcel,[9]
defined as prison slang for the disease. Given the big-calibration interconnecting relationships in the series, this is a serious issue affecting most if non all of the characters.
Chapter 21

Sylvester and Twan go to visit an credible mobster named Joey. Sylvester informs Joey of some job that could get them a lot of money. While there, Joey accuses Twan of existence a cop, as well equally calling him “LL Fool J”, deeply offending Twan. Sylvester, trying to defuse the situation, asks Twan to wait outside the office while he and Joey discuss business. As Twan leaves the room, he remarks, “I’ll be listening from the outside.” Joey replies, “Aye, yes, whatever. Mama said knock y’all out, fuck outta here.” While waiting outside, Twan has a nightmare of Sylvester and him in the aforementioned state of affairs, being pointed at with guns. In the end, Sylvester wakes Twan up, so Joey and Sylvester say their goodbyes, and Joey asks Sylvester to tell Gwendolyn he says hullo, as their bargain is sealed.

Catastrophe line: “This guy!”
Affiliate 22

Diagram of all relationships upward to Chapter 33 of
Trapped in the Closet

The scene opens to ‘ol’ Dale and Myrna’due south’ voicemail and eventually fades into the middle of the voicemail box where the narrator (Kelly) says, “and now the rumor”. Throughout a serial of phone conversations amidst all of the original characters from Chapters 1–12 and those introduced in Chapter 13–22, rumors of “The Packet” broadcast. Considering Chuck has information technology, it has perchance been passed to Rufus, to his wife Cathy, to Sylvester, and to Gwendolyn. In addition, Bridget realizes that James knows both Chuck and Rufus, though he tried to hibernate it from her earlier, suggesting he may exist on the “down-low” with Chuck equally well. Gwendolyn also cheated on Sylvester with James. However, she used a condom as revealed in Affiliate 4. This would still put Bridget, Big Man, and James at serious risk. Lastly, Pimp Lucius gets a like concerned call from an unidentified adult female.

Closing scene: The screen fades to black with the words “To be connected”.

Video synopsis: Capacity 23–33


Affiliate 23

This chapter starts off with Sylvester and Gwendolyn watching TV and getting a mysterious phone call. And then it goes over to Cathy and Rufus, who decided to go shopping downtown. Cathy’s phone rings and she exclaims its ‘those people’ again. Rufus tells her to hang upwardly. Bridget gets an offering that might brand her famous, Twan is proffered money in exchange for an unknown service, and most of the rest of the cast also get a mysterious phone call.

Ending line: “Merely there was no luck when it came to getting in touch with Chuck. Where are you, Chuck?”
Affiliate 24

The chapter starts off with Twan winning a bet during a sports game at the local barber shop. Meanwhile, exterior, Pimp Lucius is yelling at his prostitutes over a lack of money that’s been coming in. He then states if he doesn’t get his money presently he’ll start hitting the girls, and information technology is revealed that he is responsible for Tina’s nervous twitch. Sylvester and Twan come up outside where after a comical encounter with Lucius, they attempt to walk abroad ending the chapter.

Ending line: “…Sylvester you real funny.”
Affiliate 25

The chapter begins directly after the previous as Pimp Lucius calls Sylvester over to inquire him for a couple of “racks”. He then says that he’ll pay Sylvester dorsum on the first chance he gets. Sylvester tells Lucius he needs to go and encounter his parents, so Sylvester and Twan depart from the scene, frustrating Lucius more.

Ending line: “…At present just stop it! Go go the auto! Go!”
Affiliate 26

This chapter contains Cathy’southward confessional for Out of the Cupboard with Larry and her ultimatum for her hubby, Rufus. The chapter switches to a pan on the door of Doctor William T. Perry, a marriage advisor. The doctor is getting off the phone every bit Rufus and an impatient Cathy walk into the room. Rufus is at first reluctant and asks the doctor not to record their session. Cathy then breaks down and begins to cry over the fact that Rufus loves a man over her. Rufus and so pronounces that he is confused and yet loves Chuck.

Catastrophe cliffhanger line: “…What have I done?”
Chapter 27

This affiliate begins with Rufus getting on his knees and praying to God to change his ways. Meanwhile, Doc Perry tries to convince Cathy to go back within the room and console Rufus besides every bit make amends. He details a past couple that had a human relationship that he was upset never got stock-still, and pleads for Cathy to not do that to her own human relationship. Back in the office, Rufus calls out to God asking how God was going to help him. Only equally he does this, Cathy comes back in the room and forgives Rufus—saying she’due south willing to work it out. The chapter so switches over to Rufus’ confessional. Rufus was tricked into coming on the testify by the staff; he believed he was in that location to talk nigh the church and the community simply he is bombarded by questions about his personal life. After an insinuation past an off-screen director, he leaves the set.

Ending line: “…Does Chuck have AIDS? Is that what the Package is?! Sir? Sir are you gonna answer the question?”
Affiliate 28

Rosie and Randolph are the central characters in this affiliate. Randolph can’t slumber and wakes Rosie up, and asks if she meant it when she called him Mr. Can’t-Get-It-Up in Chapter 13. She tries to get out the conversation but Randolph begins dancing around, taunting her and saying he’s going to accept off his pajamas and flash her. The doorbell rings, interrupting their shenanigans, and Randolph goes to answer the door. The scene switches to Rosie in her confessional, she calls Randolph 89 and insinuates that he has a tiny penis. Then it goes to Randolph’s confessional. He attempts to defend himself from Rosie’south insinuations; she comes on the prepare and ii begin to fight comically. The off-screen director is yelling for them to terminate, only they only keep.

Ending line: “…Oh, you desire some of this don’t ya?”
Chapter 29

The affiliate starts off with Reverend Mosley James Evans in an advertisement about his new volume,
Trapped in the Closet. He dances effectually and compares his volume to the Bible. The scene changes to Roxanne talking about the Preacher to Tina and proverb that the homo is a con creative person. Tina tells Roxanne non to say those things about the Reverend. A fight ensues and Tina ends up dumping Roxanne and saying she’s going to go find Twan. The chapter then goes to Tina’s confessional where she says she appreciated Roxanne for taking her in only she says it’s time for her to find her ain identity. She also states she will be coming onto the
Out of the Closet
show. The scene and so switches to Roxanne’due south confessional, where she talks nigh how ungrateful Tina is being and that the statement isn’t over.

Ending line: “…Twan? She crazy if she thinking she’southward leaving me for his gorilla-body having donkey.”
Chapter xxx

This affiliate starts off with Sylvester and Twan in a private garage going over their plans for a time to come meeting with an unknown gangster. Twan lifts his shirt up and shows Sylvester that he bought a gun, Sylvester takes it from him until after the bargain. Sylvester warns him one more fourth dimension near the delirious mobster they’re about to meet. The two of them and so get into the car. The chapter and then switches to the simultaneous confessionals of Sylvester and Twan. Twan starts off past saying that Sylvester never lets him have fun. Sylvester then informs the viewers that Twan likes to talk a lot but can’t really dorsum it up. He so informs him that true thugs move in silence. Later on a comical dialogue, the chapter ends with them laughing.

Ending line: “…Man, you gotta love this man.”
Affiliate 31

The affiliate involves Pimp Lucius going home to see his parents, who turn out to be Randolph and Rosie. Randolph is at first angry and doesn’t desire to permit Lucius in but Rosie insists he come up in. Rosie gets mad at Randolph and calls him by his centre name, Douglas. The chapter continues with Lucius explaining the mysterious phone calls he’south getting and his need for money and a place to slumber. It ends with Randolph answering the door again to find Lucius’ prostitutes whom he compares to En Faddy.

Ending line: “…It’s En Vogue, with a new lead vocalizer.”
Affiliate 32

Pimp Lucius chews out his prostitutes in this affiliate trying to detect out why they didn’t stay in the motorcar while he talked to his parents. The girls say the bullheaded prostitute got worried and asked them to go upward to the door to find out if Lucius was okay. Pimp Lucius doesn’t believe them and sends them dorsum to the auto. Lucius then reflects as the girls walk away. The chapter and then goes over to the dramatic confessional of Pimp Lucius alongside his four prostitutes. He talks about his father denying him money and a place to sleep. He wonders why his male parent could have washed something like this to him, because the fact that he is family unit.

Ending line: “…Call me a pimp, a thug, I’m however his blood. How could he do this to me? Church building!”
Affiliate 33

The concluding chapter involves Sylvester and Twan meeting upward with the mobster, Beeno. The conclusion of Part three begins with the character Bankhead opening the door, at commencement reluctant to allow the men in. He warns and threatens them then guides the men to Beeno. Beeno is eating sunflower seeds aggressively and listens to Sylvester every bit he makes his proposal. Something seems to be bothering Beeno’s throat and he reveals that Joey shot him in the cervix during a by deal. Beeno doesn’t much care for Sylvester’s humor and tells his men to kill them after revealing that he is aware of Sylvester making deals with the Italians. Twan saves the day and takes Bankhead’s gun and the two abscond, but not before Beeno has promised Sylvester and Twan that their families and friends “won’t live to meet the weekend”. So the melody changes to an upbeat one, equally Bankhead and his crew chase Sylvester and Twan. The ii men run and end up hiding backside a garbage bin. Later assuring that they weren’t followed, Sylvester reveals to Twan that they’re standing outside of the dorsum entrance to the evidence that the cast has been doing confessionals for,
Out of the Closet with Larry. The two men walk within and the chapter ends equally the show is about to begin.

Catastrophe cliffhanger line: “Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Out of the Closet prove. Now give information technology up for your host, Larry!”



Introduced in Function 1


  • R. Kelly equally Sylvester and the narrator
  • LeShay Tomlinson every bit Cathy Longs
  • Rolando A. Boyce every bit Rufus Longs
  • Malik S. Middleton every bit Chuck
  • Michael Kenneth Williams every bit Sgt. James
  • Cat Wilson equally Gwendolyn
  • Eric Lane equally Twan
  • La Donna Tittle as Rosie, The Nosy Neighbor
  • Rebecca Field as Bridget
  • Drevon Cooks every bit “Large Human being”

Introduced in Part 2


  • R. Kelly every bit Randolph, Rev. Mos and Pimp Lucius
  • Tracey Bonner as Tina
  • Erika Ringor as Roxanne
  • Will Oldham as Sgt. Platoon
  • Greg Hollimon as Det. Tom
  • Brian “Wildcat” Smith as Bishop Craig
  • Pierre Maurey equally Church building Homo
  • Brendan Averett equally Henchman #1
  • Gino Crededio as Henchman #2
  • Dominic Capone III every bit Joey
  • Katherine Mitchell as Myrna
  • Alan Donovan as Desk Sergeant
  • Heather Zagone as Dixie attendant

Introduced in Part 3


  • R. Kelly as Dr. William T. Perry, Beeno
  • Javon “Faz” Johnson as Bankhead
  • Larry[12]



The first chapter of
Trapped in the Closet
was ranked by VH1 as the #41 all-time song of the 2000s.

Parodies and derivatives


Trapped in the Closet
has inspired numerous parodies and derivatives.

  • In July 2005, a parody titled
    Harry Potter: Trapped in the Cupboard Nether the Stairs
    was aired in five parts (each office for the first 5
    Harry Potter
    books) on Q100 radio based in Atlanta, Georgia.[fifteen]
  • On July fifteen, 2005, Jimmy Kimmel made a parody of the song cycle, called “The Pizza”, on his show
    Jimmy Kimmel Live!
    on ABC. This parody was aired in six installments, in July, November and December 2005. The series documents Jimmy Kimmel and his quest to have a slice of pizza. A seventh episode was broadcast in October 2007, post-obit the release of chapters 13 through 22 of
    Trapped in the Closet.
  • In August 2005, website Something Atrocious released a CliffsNotes way analysis of the first 5 chapters.[16]
  • In Baronial 2005, website No Film School[17]
    Out of the Closet,[18]
    a guerrilla remix of the outset five chapters. “Out of the Closet” tells a completely unlike story than
    Trapped in the Closet
    — all using R. Kelly’s own words and original vocals, likewise as parts of a Dave Chappelle parody.
  • In September 2005, Tichina Arnold, Tisha Campbell and Duane Martin performed a live parody at the BET Comedy Awards.
  • On October 2, 2005,
    aired a parody called “Trapped in the Cupboard”, featuring R. Kelly (spoofed by Jordan Peele) and his wife battling over breakfast cereal.
  • Reckoner Games Magazine
    reports of a group who has recreated the first five chapters using
    The Sims 2
    animation engine.[19]
  • On November ix, 2005, website Something Atrocious released a CliffsNotes-style analysis of the next seven chapters.[eight]
  • On November eleven, 2005, Eric Appel hosted a console discussion about the song and video at the New York City affiliate of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. The panel featured Aziz Ansari, Anthony Rex, Brian Berrebbi, Eugene Mirman, Rob Huebel, and Brett Gelman.
  • On November 16, 2005, a
    Southward Park
    episode named “Trapped in the Closet” aired. The plot proceeds effectually Stan beingness thought of as the second coming of L. Ron Hubbard past Scientologists and Tom Prowl locking himself in Stan’due south closet. As the incident receives news coverage, Kelly appears and sings well-nigh the situation, and is eventually used to coax Cruise out of the closet before going inside information technology himself.[21]
  • On November 19, 2005, a
    Sabbatum Night Live
    episode parodied the song, featuring Kelly fighting with his married woman who turns out to be seeing an alien who besides turns out to be Kelly’s male parent.
  • In January 2006, Aziz Ansari and Paul Scheer took Eric Appel’s panel show to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles. Special guest panelists have included Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Paul F. Tompkins, Drevon Cooks (“Large Human”) and others. Since so, it has been performed regularly at the UCB Theatre on both coasts.
  • On the May 11, 2006, episode of
    Eve, which was the episode’due south terminal before UPN ceased operations in the cliffhanger episode, Nick (Brian Hooks) and J.T. (Jason George) hide in a cupboard, which Jamal (Darius McCrary) opens.
    was also cancelled due to merger of UPN and The WB.
  • In September 2006, “Weird Al” Yankovic released “Trapped in the Drive-Thru” for his anthology
    Straight Outta Lynwood.[22]
  • In a 2013 episode of the sketch comedy
    Loiter Squad, a sketch featured a parody of
    Trapped in the Closet
    titled “Trapped with Tyler”, in which cast members Tyler the Creator and Jasper Dolphin, dressed equally Sylvester and Bishop Craig, respectively, walk through a busy street and sing an motorcar-tuned parody of the vocal. Its lyrical content consists of mockery of other peoples’ fashion sense, as well as rude insinuations about other peoples’ personal lives.[23]
  • A 2016 episode of
    Crazy Ex Girlfriend
    features a parody titled “Stuck in the Bathroom”.[24]
  • In a sixth-flavour episode of the animated series
    Celebrity Deathmatch, R. Kelly teams up with Kelly Clarkson to defeat Ludacris and Criss Affections in a fight. At random intervals, Kelly pauses to characterize his actions during the fight in a similar style to
    Trapped in the Closet, including mention of Bridget’s affair with Big Homo. Clarkson eventually does similar, causing Kelly to express annoyance.[25]
  • On May 23, 2016,
    American Dad!
    aired an episode titled “Criss-Cross Applesauce: The Ballad of Baton Jesusworth” featuring the character Steve Smith doing a parody of
    Trapped in the Cupboard
    called “Trapped in the Locker”.



Roger Cormier wrote that “when journalists write most…Trapped in the Cupboard, they tend to throw out a high-brow literary reference”, but and then described information technology as “a subtlety gratis, it’s-so-dumb-it’south-vivid work of art” comparable to “Laurence Sterne’s 18th-century novel
The Life and Opinions of Tristam Shandy, Admirer

Writing for Flagpole, Hillary Chocolate-brown linked
Trapped in the Closet
to the Renaissance concept of sprezzatura and compared it to the work of Stendhal and John Ashbery.[27]

John Lichman warned “one time you lot start watching
Trapped in the Closet, whether out of curiosity or because y’all retrieve information technology’s a joke, you lot will discover yourself sucked down a hole into something more obsession-friendly than
Arrested Evolution
when it comes to jokes, plot twists and fan-service.”[28]

Chuck Klosterman writing for
The Guardian
called it a cult archetype and wrote: “Describing
Trapped in the Closet
to anyone who hasn’t seen information technology themselves is virtually impossible, simply because there’s no other art to compare it with (it falls somewhere between a parody of musical theatre, a lather opera from the late 1970s, and a BET version of the
Ruby-red Shoe Diaries).”[29]

Writing for Pitchfork, Jen Polly stated “If you lot oasis’t seen
Trapped in the Cupboard
before… stop what you’re doing and watch all of information technology right now. It is truly mind-blowing.”[30]

VEVO release


Until Kelly’s conviction of sexual abuse allegations against him in 2021, the starting time 22 capacity of the
Trapped in the Closet
series were released via VEVO and were viewed for gratuitous as the videos were ad-supported. Every bit of May 2012, the serial averaged 7,000,000 views for the first 22 capacity on the website itself,[31]
and also an average of seven,000,000 views on Kelly’s VEVO YouTube folio.[32]
However, capacity 3,[33]
and 13[36]
were cut short. Days subsequently Kelly was found guilty on September 27, 2021, his YouTube channel was terminated.



Chapter 1


Weekly charts


Chart (2005) Peak
Britain Unmarried (Official Charts Visitor) 33
Kingdom of belgium (Ultratop) Unmarried Chart 42
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders) Single Nautical chart 2
Kingdom of belgium (Ultratip Wallonia) Single Chart 2
France Single Chart 51
Frg Single Chart 35
Ireland Single Chart 31
Dutch Single Nautical chart 48
New Zealand Unmarried Chart 22
Swiss Single Chart 28
Hot 100[37]
Pop Songs[38]
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[39]
US Hot R&B Streaming Songs[40] fourteen

Release history


Other projects


R. Kelly stated in an interview with Rap-Up TV that he was, at the time, working on a picture version of
Trapped in the Cupboard
that would have been released to theaters. The picture was rumored to be called
Trapped in the Closet: The Movie.[43]
The motion-picture show has most likely been cancelled due to the allegations confronting Kelly.

Trapped in the Closet: The Volume
is a all the samehoped-for-released volume past Kelly. The book was set to exist released sometime in 2018 aslope the Broadway debut of
Trapped in the Closet, even so neither of these projects were released to the public. The book is nigh what happened before the characters actually meet in the musical. The book has been shown in the latest capacity of the show in 2012,
Chapters 23–33.[44]
R. Kelly dubbed it “the prequel meeting the sequel”.[45]

Run across also


  • “I Admit”



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External links


  • Trapped in the Closet 1–12
    at IMDb
  • Trapped in the Closet 13–22
    at IMDb
  • Trapped in the Closet videos on