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Not to be confused with In the Beginning, an introduction mission from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Ken Rosenberg: "I poke my head out of the gutter for one freakin' second and fate shovels shit in my face!"
Tommy Vercetti: "Go get some sleep."
Ken Rosenberg: "What are you gonna do?"
Tommy Vercetti: "I'll drop by your office tomorrow and we can start sorting this mess out."
Ken Rosenberg and Tommy Vercetti after the ambushed deal.

In The Beginning... is the introduction sequence in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, which introduces the main characters and establishes the storyline.


Forelli Family Don, Sonny Forelli, his right hand man, and another unknown Forelli member, discuss Tommy Vercetti's release from prison, after he was arrested and jailed for killing eleven men during a botched hit; serving fifteen years behind bars. The mobsters decide to send Tommy to Vice City to man their drug operations there for a few months.

After flying out to Vice City, Tommy, Ken Rosenberg (a lawyer who serves as the Forelli contact in Vice City), and mobsters, Harry and Lee, are driven in Ken's Admiral to a drug deal with the Vance crime family in Viceport. The Vances arrive by helicopter and begin the deal.

However, the deal is ambushed, and Harry, Lee and one of the dealers are killed, while Tommy, Ken, and another dealer escape.

Dealer: "100% pure grade-A Colombian, my friend."
Tommy Vercetti: "Let me see it."
Dealer: "The greens?"
Tommy Vercetti: "Tens and twenties...used."
Dealer: "I think we have a deal, my friend. HA HA!"
—The ambushed drug deal between Tommy Vercetti and one of the Vance brothers.

Tommy and Ken drive to Ken's office, where Tommy tells Ken to get some sleep and that he will visit him in the morning to begin evaluating the situation. Ken goes into his office, and Tommy drives to the Ocean View Hotel to telephone Sonny and inform him of what happened.

After the cut-scene ends and before Tommy goes to the hotel, the player is considered in free-roam instead of a mission, thus they can do whatever they please.


Instructional Messages

Follow the pink blip to the hotel.


Marco's Bistro, Liberty City. Sonny Forelli and his men, the Forelli Capo and another unknown Forelli mafia member, are discussing the release of Tommy Vercetti from jail and expanding their business down south in Vice City.
Sonny Forelli: Tommy Vercetti... Huh! Shit, didn't think they'd ever let him out.
Forelli Capo: He kept his head down, helps people forget.
Sonny: People will remember soon enough, when they see him walking down the streets of their neighborhoods. It will be bad for business.
Forelli Mafia Member: Well, what are we gonna do Sonny?
Sonny: 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.
Forelli Capo: But it's all drugs, Sonny. None of the families will touch that shit!
Sonny: 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?
Forelli Mafia Member: Ken Rosenberg, schmuck of a lawyer. How's he gonna hold Vercetti's leash?
Sonny: We don't need him to. We just set him loose in Vice City, we give him a little cash for getting started, OK? Give it a few months. Then we go down and pay him a little visit right? See how he's doing.
The scene changes to Ken Rosenberg, waiting for Harry, Lee and Tommy in his Admiral at Escobar International Airport, Vice City.
Ken: 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...
The scene changes to the Vice City Docks. A helicopter is seen flying towards the docks. The helicopter lands as Rosenberg's car pulls into the same area.
Ken: OK, that's them in the chopper. Alright, here's the deal. They want a straight exchange on open ground, alright? OK, stay tight. Let's go.
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.
Tommy: Got it?
The Dealer: 100% pure Grade-A Colombian, my friend.
Tommy: Let me see it.
Dealer: The greens?
Tommy: Tens and twenties - used.
Harry and Lee show the money to the dealer.
Dealer: I think we have a deal, my friend, ha ha ha ha ha!
The gunmen ambush the deal by shooting at the men. Harry, Lee and the Dealer are killed.
Tommy: Oh, shit!
Tommy jumps through the window of Ken's car.
Tommy: Go on, get out of here! Drive!
Ken's car speeds off whilst the helicopter flies away. The scene changes to Vice Beach, outside Ken's office.
Ken: I poke my head out of the gutter for one freakin' second and fate shovels shit in my face!
Tommy: Go get some sleep.
Ken: What are you gonna do?
Tommy: I'll drop by your office tomorrow and we can start sorting this mess out.
Ken runs into his office.


Video Walkthroughs



  • 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 in the original versions of the game. This was later fixed in The Definitive Edition.
  • 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, 2013 re-release of the game and Trilogy - The Definitive Edition, 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.