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In the episode, Jimmy enters the special Olympics but starts using steroids to improve his performance. Cartman, believing he will have an advantage over the other children, disguises himself as handicapped so he can enter and win the cash prize. The title of the episode is a parody of the book Up the Down Staircase. Jimmy is talked into taking steroids by Nathan to increase his chances of winning.
He manages to keep his use of it a secret from everyone except for Timmy who discovers the drugs after he accidentally dropped the bag and spilling the contents. While Timmy frowns on this, being unable to say anything other than his name and Jimmy's name, he is unable to explain the situation to the school counselor Mr. Jimmy begins to neglect his girlfriend and studies as a result of his steroid use. When his girlfriend grows tired of neglect and announces she is leaving him, Jimmy flies into a steroid rage and savagely attacks his girlfriend and mother.
Kyle repeatedly tries to talk Cartman out of his plans, but is ignored. Jimmy sets multiple records and is declared the winner. Cartman, on the other hand, is so out-of-shape that his plan fails miserably when the more athletic handicapped contestants beat him; he nevertheless wins a "spirit award" - consisting of a gift voucher - for coming last.
When he goes to collect the prize, Jimmy recognizes Cartman and is about to attack him, but Timmy intervenes, and Jimmy realises that he is just as much of a cheater himself. Jimmy confesses his drug use to the crowd and returns his medal, asking for his records to be cancelled and that people who use steroids are "pussies" all the while the camera focuses on McGwire, Giambi, and Bonds during his speech.
The people give Jimmy a standing ovation for being honest, and he says he will be back next year. Cartman then claims to Stan and Kyle that he pretended to be handicapped in order for Jimmy to learn his lesson, but Stan and Kyle don't buy his lies; in anger, Cartman calls them "assholes" and tells them to "grow up".
There was some controversy surrounding "Up the Down Steroid" and the film The Ringer , as both feature the same plot: According to the episode's DVD audio commentary, series co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone did not think that they ripped off The Ringer , since the idea to them did not seem hard to come up with, and they did not even think it was big enough for a twenty-minute episode let alone a two-hour film.
The episode's title refers to the young adult novel Up the Down Staircase , by Bel Kaufman , which was adapted into a film in starring Sandy Dennis.
Trey Parker admitted he had to perform this story in a high school play and hated it. The set includes brief audio commentaries by Parker and Stone for each episode.