We will treat him like an old friend and keep him busy out of town. OK? We been talking about expanding down South, right? Vice City is twenty-four carat gold these days. The Colombians, the Mexicans, hell, even those Cuban refugees are cutting themselves a piece of some nice action.
Times are changing. The families can't keep their backs turned while their enemies reap the rewards. So, we send some one down to do the dirty work for us... and cut ourselves a nice quiet slice, OK? Who's our contact down there?
Hey, hey! guys... It's Ken Rosenberg, here! Heh, heh, hey, great. Hey, well I am gonna drive you guys to the meet, OK? Now, I have talked to the suppliers and they are very, uh, keen to start a business relationship. So, if it goes well we should be doing very nicely for ourselves, which is, y'know, good. Okay, so. They're brothers okay. One of them operates the, uh, business, and the other one does the flying...
Rosenberg stays in the car while Tommy, Lee and Harry complete the deal. One of the dealers exits the helicopter and walks towards the group carrying two briefcases. Some men carrying weapons and wearing black clothes are seen crouching behind some crates in a nearby warehouse.
As Tommy drives to his hotel, a news report plays on the radio, which says that due to hurricane danger, some roads and all bridges leading from Vice City Beach to Vice City Mainland have been closed.
Tommy parking his vehicle upon arriving.
Tommy gets a better look at the hotel.
Tommy entering the hotel.
Tommy walking to his room upstairs to give Sonny a call and tell him about the failed drug deal...
GTA Vice City - Intro & Mission 1 - In the beginning... (HD)
GTA Vice City - iPad Walkthrough - Intro & Mission 1 - In the beginning...
Victor Vance, the protagonist of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (set two years before GTA VC and released four years after this game), appears in this mission as an unnamed dealer that is killed by Ricardo Diaz's gang, along with Harry and Lee. Victor also looks very different to his appearance in GTA VCS; wearing an orange shirt, speaking with a Latin accent (as opposed to a North American accent in VCS) and has a full head of hair. It is notable that this is one of two missions to feature a canonical death of a protagonist (the other being Mr. Philips in Grand Theft Auto V, when Johnny Klebitz is killed by Trevor Philips).
Vic's lips do not move during the cutscene.
The song that can be heard playing in the background during the first cutscene is "Broken Wings" by Mr. Mister. The song is also featured on the in-game radio station Emotion 98.3.
The song that can be heard playing in the background during the airport cutscene is "Mama Papa Tu" by Mongo Santamaría. The song is also featured on the in-game radio station Radio Espantoso.
When Sonny and the group are discussing Tommy's release from prison, a dead man can be seen in the background, impaled on a meat hook in the freezer.
When Tommy, Harry and Lee arrive at Escobar International Airport, an airplane can be seen landing on the curved runway in the background. Realistically, it is not possible to land like that, possibly hinting that a straight runway was present in the beta.
Ken Rosenberg's Admiral is more detailed in the airport pickup scene than in usual gameplay, with a slightly boxier body, detailed tan interior (rather than the standard generic grey one), and a different rim design from Grand Theft Auto III. After the opening cutscene, it also has a unique white color.
When the player enters any vehicle after the cutscene, the radio will automatically tune into Flash FM and "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson will always play. In the mobile version and 2013 re-release of the game, this is replaced with "Self Control" by Laura Branigan.
The interior of Marco's Bistro is actually located in the Ocean View Hotel and is connected to Tommy's room.
In the game's files, a slightly altered dialogue exists. It's revealed that Vic and Lance own a farm in Panama and while Ken parks next to his office building, Tommy tells Ken to "shut up" and that he's alive, before telling to dump the car.
Moreover, the game files contain a left-over motion-capture scene for the unused dialogue between Tommy and Ken by Ken's office.