South Park

Up the Down Steroid

Season 8, Ep 2, Aired 3/24/04
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  • Episode Description
  • Jimmy and Timmy are competing in the Special Olympics, but Jimmy is using steroids to gain the edge on the competition.Once Cartman finds out that the winner will receive a $1000 cash prize, he devises a plan to get into the event, thinking he can easily beat all the handicapped kids and win the money.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Trey Parker

    Voice of Stan Marsh; Eric Theodore Cartman; Herbert Garrison; Officer Barbrady; Terrance; Timmy; Ned Gerblanski; Satan; Randy Ma

  • Matt Stone

    Voice of Kyle Broflovski; Kenny McKormick; Gerald Broflovski; Pip Pirrup; Jesus; Jimbo Kearn; Phillip; Saddam; Various Others

  • Isaac Hayes

    Voice of Jerome "Chef" McElroy

  • Mona Marshall

    Voice of Sheila Broflovski; Linda Stotch; Various Others

  • Gracie Lazar

    Voice of Liane Cartman; Wendy Testaburger; Shelly Marsh; Sharon Marsh; Various Others

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  • Fan Reviews (15)
  • strong

    By oceanic6, Mar 27, 2008

  • Nathan rules.

    By tubalcane420, Dec 25, 2005

  • superb

    By futuramarama, Feb 03, 2011

  • jimmy uses steroids to win the specail lympics and cartman pretends to be mentally disabled to win it

    By heylin_prince, Feb 02, 2008

  • Cartman = Hilarious

    By ozai890, Jan 31, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (20)

    • Cartman:(typing) How I Will Spend my One Thousand Dollars by Eric Cartman.

    • Cartman:(acting mental,slurring his words) DER! I want to be special olympics!

    • Cartman: You guys, I can't believe they exploit handicapped people like this. I mean, making them compete against each other just for our amusement.

    • (With Mark McGwire, Jason Giambi, and Barry Bonds looking on) Jimmy: I know now, that even if you do win on steroids, you're really not winners. You're just a p-pussy; you're just a big fat p-p-pussy. And if you take steroids, the only decent thing to do is come forward and say, ‘Remove me from the record books, because I am a big, stinky p-pussy, steroid taking jackass.

    • Cartman: If you had seen The Passion you would know that hell is reserved for the Jews and all those who don't accept Christ. That being the case, it is actually me who is worried about your soul. Kyle: I came here to talk about you. Cartman: Yes, and instead you had a breakthrough yourself. This is really the beginning of a whole new chapter of your life, Kyle. Good luck.

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    Notes (5)

    • On December 23 2005, about a year and a half after this episode first aired, the movie "The Ringer" was released. The comedy features a man who has a similar plan as Cartman to act disabled in order to rig the Special Olympics.

    • Perhaps because the kids have learned their lesson from playing with ninja weapons in the last episode, the boys appear here twice playing with ordinary kids' toys. First a board game, then trucks.

    • Apparently Jimmy is the only one who can understand what Timmy says... much like only the characters in South Park can understand Kenny.

    • Comedy Central accidentally played a voice over promo for Chappelle's Show meant to be used in the end credits in its premiere airing.

    • The boys are seen playing the "Bill Kurtis Investigative Reports game", the same game they played in the 4th season episode "Cartman Joins NAMBLA".

    Trivia (12)

    • It's revealed that only Jimmy understands what Timmy says.

    • In this episode, we see the boys playing with ordinary toys for kids. First a board game, then trucks. Perhaps because the kids learned their lesson from playing with ninja weapons in "Good Times With Weapons" (the previous episode).

    • The scene where Jimmy talks about steroids and the camera shows baseball players who took steroids, is similar to the scene where Mr. Stotch is talking about confessing to murder and the camera shows murderers who haven't confessed, in the season 5 episode "Butters's Very Own Episode".

    • During the montage where Cartman is preparing for the Special Olympics he reaches to his left for coffee, and as he does you can see his hand come into frame on his right!

    • When Cartman's mom tells the registration girl that her son is "retarded," the registration girl asks her for his specific disability. However, Mental Retardation is a specific condition. Maybe the registration girl was wanting to know the severity of his mental retardation (Mild, Moderate, severe, ...).

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    Allusions (8)

    • Current Event/Steroid Scandal: Jimmy:'re just a big fat pussy, and if you take steroids... As Jimmy saying this and more the camera pans across Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, and Jason Giambi who have all broken records and have now been charged with the use of steroids in Major League Baseball

    • Lorenzo's Oil: When Jimmy beats up his mom and girlfriend, it plays "Adagio for Strings" then goes to a shot where he punches his wall, falls on the ground, and the camera zooms away in a spiral shot. This is a reference to a part in the 1992 film Lorenzo's Oil, where Francesco hits his mom, Susan Surandon, after taking steroids for a rare neurological disease.

    • Ben Affleck: This episode is based on an HBO Lifestories: Families In Crisis episode entitled A Body To Die For: The Aaron Henry Story starring none other than Ben Affleck as a steroid-abusing high school athlete who ends up beating up his girlfriend.

    • Scarface: The montage is a reference to the 1983 film Scarface. Scarface also has a montage with the same song "Push it to the Limit" playing. "Push It to the Limit" was also a song used in the videogame 'Grand Theft Auto III,' which used 5 songs off of the "Scarface" soundtrack on it's 'Flashback FM' radio station.

    • Up The Down Staircase: The episode title refers to the 1964 young adult novel "Up the Down Staircase," by Bel Kaufman, which was made into a 1967 film starring Sandy Dennis.

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