Michael and Jimmy attend the Meltdown premiere at the Oriental Theater on Vinewood Boulevard. On the red carpet, Michael notices that Amanda and Tracey are nowhere to be seen; Devin Weston appears and, under the belief Michael murdered Molly Schultz, coyly hints that the latter are in trouble - specifically, that he has sent Merryweather agents to deal with Michael's family.
Michael rushes to his house within two minutes and fights off several waves of agents to keep his family safe. After being incapacitated by one agent, Jimmy comes to Michael's rescue and kills the agent by bludgeoning his head with his bong. Michael tells his family to lay low while he makes some calls.
- Buy your tuxedo in Ponsonbys to attend the Meltdown premiere.
- Meet Jimmy.
- Get in the limousine.
- Go to the red carpet.
- Save your family.
- Take out the hostage taker.
- Clear the house of Merryweather.
- Go to your family.
Gold Medal Objectives
- Time - Complete within 6:30
- Skip all cutscenes.
- Pedal to the Metal - Reach top speed in any vehicle
- Tier One Operator - Kill 12 enemies with a headshot
- Kill as many enemies with headshots, Michael's ability can be used inside the house.
- Headshot Rescue - Rescue Amanda and Tracey with a headshot
- Using the special ability will stop Michael accidentally killing them, or missing. The guards will shoot them if Michael misses.
- Following this mission, Michael's family and housekeeper will no longer be present at Michael's house until after the final mission of the storyline (depending on the ending chosen, they may not appear on screen again). Strangely, it's still possible to play Tennis at the court with Amanda, as if she was still present at the mansion.
- Several posters for "Meltdown" will now be visible in the safehouse. The film itself may also now be viewed at any of the movie theaters, although it is in rotation with the other two films. (There is a glitch in the PS3 version that sometimes unlocked the film before the mission.)
- Michael can now find the third clue for the Murder Mystery side mission, as is involves entering Solomon Richard's office.
- The price of FlyUS stock brought low by Molly Schultz's rampage across Los Santos International Airport in "Legal Trouble" will more than rebound.
- Right after the mission, Michael calls Lester from the Del Perro Pier and tells him what had happened to his family and that he still intends to take part on the Union Depository heist.
- If Michael phones Solomon after the mission, Solomon will use a quote from Meltdown and ask Michael why he was not at the movie premiere. Michael explains that Devin Weston interrupted the moment and he had to help his family, and then he will ask Solomon to keep his distance for the time being.
- Michael can also call Devin, apologizing for Molly's death but reminding him that she ultimately died because she was following Devin's orders. Devin threatens Michael and his family again by saying that "accidents happen", before Michael challenges Devin to come after him, warning Devin that he isn't going to hide.
- Both Amanda and Tracey will call Michael after the mission and ask him if he has located Devin yet. Jimmy will also call, but his call triggers the optional side mission Parenting 101.
- It's also possible for Franklin to call Jimmy, who will explain that Devin has sent Merryweather to try and kill them. Franklin finds out and reminds Jimmy that Devin is a terrible person and asks him if he came after him too, to which he declines but tells him that he scammed him. He also asks Jimmy if he and the rest of the De Santa family are okay, to which he confirms that they are. Franklin tells him to be careful and to look after themselves.
Weazel News Radio
"A movie debut has people buzzing, possibly for all the wrong reasons. Meltdown hits theaters. Solomon Richards' new movie Meltdown is now in theaters and audiences are divided. Some have described it as "derivative Vinewood pap", but others quite enjoyed it. "I really like the film. And the end was heart-warming. The dubbing on the talking monkey felt a little 1980's, though".
"When the screen went dark and Meltdown began, I bathed in the rich images of Liberty City. The vibe was incredible. Then suddenly every movie cliche- was unleashed upon the audience in rapid fire, as empty and soulless as the computer-generated backgrounds. A love interest started and didn't go anywhere. A voiceover appeared in weird places. Bizarre music choices were picked for the soundtrack. As the credits rolled, we were left with a warm fuzzy feeling about what happens when greed tries to win. It never wins. I loved the movie. It has flaws, but much like with my wife and her ever-sagging body, I will plod through the motions and get lost in the nuance."
- Amanda De Santa - "See you in a few days. The house is going to take some cleaning."
- Tracey De Santa - "So much for everything being fine now. Yeah, apart from the robo-soldiers in my bedroom with machine guns!!!"
- @HaydenDubose - "Either Michael De Santa has the volume way up on one of his war movies again or something really terrible is happening over at that house"
- @SolomonRichards - "I thought it would never happen but Meltdown is finally released to the world! A movie about the economic crisis almost ruined by economic crisis... wait, are you thinking what I'm thinking? Meltdown 2."
- @JimmyDS - "I teabagged a mercenary of war!"
- The PS3 version has a glitch after this mission that causes the safehouse icon for Michael to vanish. However, Michael's safehouse remains fully functional.
- When arriving at the house, there might be a glitch where one of the two Merryweather operatives running into the house will remain stuck outside. At this point, he can be killed, although this will not prevent the player from having to save Amanda and Tracey from being executed.
- When Jimmy is attacking the Merryweather operative, one might notice that the cutscene skips a bit when Jimmy hits the operative, this also happens seconds later when Jimmy is tea-bagging Michael.
- A glitch has been encountered on the PS4 version in which the game sometimes zeroes out the number of stocks purchased after completing the mission - taking with it all of the player's money. It is strongly advised to create a new save before investing and playing the mission.
- The mission was originally going to be called "Movie Premiere".
- At the end of the mission, Jimmy makes a reference to modern FPS games. The camera changes to his perspective (First-person view), he enables night vision by using night vision goggles, brings both of his hands in front of him and, using his bong like a melee weapon, takes down the mercenary and then tea-bags Michael by accident.
- If the player does not have enough money to buy the Tuxedo, Michael will ask the clerk to "put it on his tab", and that he will pay by next month.
- This mission is the second-last opportunity (The final one if Deathwish is not chosen as the ending) for the player to keep the Merryweather Mesa. At the end of the mission, when two Mesas pull up in front of the house, the player can kill the agents and park a Mesa (even both) in Michael's garage before going back upstairs to complete the mission. The Vacca used to drive to the house can also be obtained at this point in the mission and stored for future use.
- This mission bears a resemblance to the intro of Max Payne, as both games feature the protagonist coming back home to find their homes overrun by mercenaries. Both have their respective wife and daughter inside the house, and both use bullet-time to fend off their attackers. However, unlike Max, Michael knew about mercenaries trying to kill both Amanda and Tracey at their house before arriving and he earns his victory with his family unscathed.
- This mission is also a reference to the Splinter Cell series with the iconic Tri-focal Goggles, as well as the night vision sound heard when the goggles are equipped.
- The song that plays on the radio in the Limo is "Hood Gone Love It" by Jay Rock ft. Kendrick Lamar. The song can also be heard on Radio Los Santos, and in Franklin's Trailer.
- The Stretch used in this mission has a special license plate, "VIN3W88D."
- Sometimes, if the player switches to Trevor directly after this mission ends, Michael can be found outside Trevor's trailer sitting in a green armchair due to a bug.
- In the enhanced version, fireworks can be seen in the sky during the premiere.