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For the mission in Grand Theft Auto V, see Reuniting the Family

We're gonna unite The Families once more, because the Ballas have been pumpin' our guys full of base for too long while we argue among ourselves.
Sweet Johnson

Reuniting the Families is a mission in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas given to protagonist Carl Johnson by his elder brother and Grove Street Families leader Sweet from his home at the Ganton district of Los Santos, San Andreas.


Carl goes to Sweet's house and finds him with their close friends Ryder and Big Smoke. Once he arrives, Sweet informs them about reuniting all the Grove Street sets once again because the Seville Boulevard and Temple Drive Families have split from the gang and the Ballas have been pushing drugs for too long. All the sets are supposed to meet at the Jefferson Motel.

The four get into Sweet's Greenwood outside and make their way to the motel. Upon arriving, Sweet goes inside the motel by himself, and after a while a LSPD Police Maverick, Buzzard 1, appears. They interrupt the meeting and a shootout begins. Big Smoke and Ryder escape in Sweet's car just before the SWAT team arrives in their Enforcers, but Carl enters the motel to rescue Sweet. He makes his way through the hotel and eventually finds Sweet. When they arrive on the roof, Buzzard 1 reappears; Carl shoots down the helicopter, and follows Sweet. Just as they reach the street, Big Smoke and Ryder come to pick them up. Ryder hands Carl an AK-47 as many police cars and bikes pursue them. Smoke drives around to escape, while Carl fends off the police, but the AK-47 eventually gets jammed and the car, after narrowly escaping a low-flying SAPD helicopter, crashes through a billboard advertising Sprunk. The four bail out of the car as it plunges onto the freeway into a Xoomer fuel tanker truck, causing a massive explosion. Believing the quartet have been killed in the explosion, the police call off the search and the mission is completed.

Mission Objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Get in the car and drive the crew to the meeting at the motel
  • Go inside the motel and get Sweet out of there safely
  • Protect Sweet and destroy the SWAT helicopter
  • Follow Sweet
  • Protect the car from the police


The reward for completing this mission is an increase in respect. The next mission, The Green Sabre, is also unlocked.


Sweet, Ryder and Big Smoke are sitting and watching a porn movie in Sweet's House.
Big Smoke: Damn, that bitch is bad! Oh, yeah!
Carl Johnson enters the room.
CJ: Wassup, y'all!
Big Smoke: Wassup, playa!
Sweet: Wassup, CJ! Turn that TV off right quick. Listen up, fellas...
CJ turns the TV off.
Sweet: Like we were saying, no more base in the streets.
CJ: Finally.
Sweet: Peep this - we're gonna unite the Families once more, because the Ballas have been pumpin' our guys full of base for too long while we argue among ourselves. So all the Families' sets are gonna meet down at the Jefferson Motel. I say it's time we went down there and made it official: keep that shit off our streets! I vote I'm our representative on this one.
CJ: That's right.
Big Smoke: Hey, it's all good. If Sweet thinks he can handle it, I'm down with him, man.
Sweet: Alright, let's roll, homies!
CJ: Let's do this.
Big Smoke: Yeah, let's go, man.
Sweet, CJ and Big Smoke leave Sweet's House, with Ryder following them after he finishes smoking his blunt. They enter Sweet's Greenwood and head to the Jefferson Motel.
Ryder: Say, CJ, you gonna crash the car again?
CJ: Fuck you, Ryder.
Sweet: Ryder, give CJ a break, man, he's practically turned the Grove around by himself.
Ryder: Man, I was just telling a joke on the little ni**a.
CJ: Everything you do is a joke, Ryder.
Ryder: That ain't true!
Big Smoke: Ryder, just chill the fuck out, man!
Sweet: Remember, we're reuniting the Families, so no bullshit. Stay cool.
Ryder: You know me, Sweet: cool as a Shaolin monk!
Sweet: Especially you, Ryder.
Ryder: What you mean? I resent your implication and shit.
Big Smoke: Sweet's just saying you're a natural killer, baby. You gotta check yourself to stay cool.
Ryder: Yeah, well, put it like this: I understand what he's trying to say, but I'm always cool, fool!
Big Smoke: Hey, we're all down with that, baby.
CJ, Sweet, Smoke and Ryder arrive at the Jefferson Motel. A few members of the Families are seen outside.
Sweet: OK, it's strictly one rep per set. You guys are gonna have to wait here.
CJ: We'll be there just in case, bro.
Sweet: Thanks, homie, but I'm down with these boys.
Sweet gets out of his Greenwood and goes inside the motel.
Ryder: I don't like this, man. Look at all them other family hoods - they used to be Grove Streets!
CJ: Relax, we straight, they straight. How 'bout you, Smoke?
Big Smoke: Hey, I'm feeling a little exposed, but I'm good!
Suddenly, a police helicopter shows up outside of the motel.
LSPD Pilot: This is the Los Santos Police Department, everybody stay where you are!
CJ quickly gets out of the Greenwood.
CJ: Oh, shit!
LSPD Pilot: (slo-mo) All units rock'n'roll!
A SWAT team rappels down from the helicopter.
Ryder: Man, what you doin'?!
Big Smoke: Carl, get back in, man, we outta here, baby!
CJ: I ain't leaving my brother, I ain't no buster!
Ryder: Man, it's every motherfucker for himself!
Big Smoke and Ryder retreat as Smoke takes the driver's seat and drives away. More SWAT teams arrive in Enforcers and surround the entrance. CJ goes inside the motel.
CJ: Where the OG's at? I gotta get my brother, Sweet.
Families Member: They were meeting at the back of the motel someplace.
CJ goes through the motel shooting all of the SWAT members that get in his way.
SWAT Team: Go, go, go!
CJ: Families! Cops comin' in from behind!
SWAT Team: Get into position! Get some suppressing fire in there! Unit down, repeat, unit down. Gimme some fucking covering fire!
CJ shoots down the last remaining SWAT members until he reaches Sweet.
Sweet: What took you? Where's Smoke and Ryder?
CJ: They shook on us!
Sweet: Fuck it, let's get out of here.
Sweet and CJ head to the roof of the motel, only to see the police helicopter again.
LSPD Pilot: This is the Los Santos Police Department, stay where you are!
Sweet: CJ, that chopper's all over us! Hit it!
Sweet and CJ shoot at the police helicopter.
Sweet: CJ, dump on that helicopter!
LSPD Pilot: This is Buzzard 1, we're taking ground fire!
Sweet and CJ damage the helicopter to critical levels.
LSPD Pilot: Mayday, mayday, Buzzard 1 is going down!
The police helicopter explodes.
Sweet: C'mon, CJ, let's go.
Sweet and CJ go down the stairs and go into an open street.
Sweet: Aw, shit, what now?
CJ: It's Smoke and Ryder!
Big Smoke and Ryder pull up next to Sweet and CJ.
Big Smoke: Get in!
Sweet and CJ enter the back seats of the Greenwood.
CJ: Hit the gas!
Big Smoke speeds off as LSPD patrol cars close in on them.
CJ: Hey, man, I'm running low.
Ryder: I got a 'K here.
CJ: This fucking antique?!
Ryder: Yeah, well, Emmet ain't the Pentagon!
CJ: You got it off Emmet? Shit...
Big Smoke: CJ, cover the rear!
CJ shoots at the patrol cars as a train hits some of the police cars.
Sweet: Man, they got smoked! Did you see that?
CJ: Damn! That was close!
Ryder: Man, it's getting intense! It's getting worse out here! It's like World War VIII! Hey, CJ, watch to the left!
CJ: Your left, or my left?
Ryder: Hell, I don't know, just shoot everybody, motherfucker!
LSPD Pilot: Four bangers in blue 4-door heading back into South Central.
Big Smoke: Trouble up ahead! Carl, they're all over our ass, baby!
Sweet: CJ, watch our right!
Big Smoke heads in the direction of Los Flores. Meanwhile, two police bikers are sitting on their HPV-1000 motorcycles and finishing their donuts.
Police Biker: Waste of good donuts...
The bikers see the blue Greenwood being chased by a police car and engage in the pursuit.
Police Biker: Let's roll!
Big Smoke: Eyes front, CJ!
A police car flips over, while a police biker appears in an alley and hops on the Greenwood's hood. CJ shoots him off.
Police Biker: Surprise, homeboy!
CJ: Holy shit! Look at that!
Big Smoke: I wish I'd stayed home and watched the fucking game! Carl, behind us! Behind us! Put up your windows!
Sweet: Smoke, what the fuck are you doing?
Big Smoke drives through a car wash.
CJ: Dammit, Smoke, I got soap in my eyes! Smoke, you're insane!
Big Smoke: I like things clean!
Big Smoke drives back to Jefferson.
Ryder: Hey, CJ, watch to the left!
CJ: Hey, ain't we been here before?
Big Smoke: Hey, I'm taking what options I have, alright?! Maybe if you have a nice word with these officers, they'll let us on our way!
Another police biker shows up and hops on the Greenwood's trunk, proceeding to punch Carl in the face.
Police Biker: Heads up, brother!
Ryder: Hey, man, some idiot's hanging off the back of the car. Somebody shoot him!
CJ shoots the police biker.
Big Smoke: Oh, shit, all I got in my rearview is bad guys! CJ, cover the rear!
CJ fends off the pursuing cop cars as Big Smoke drives through alleyways. Eventually, he encounters a police roadblock.
Big Smoke: Oh shit! Roadblock up ahead!
CJ's rifle jams up.
CJ: The K's jammed!
Big Smoke: Fuck it, I'm going through!
Big Smoke runs over two police officers, one of them still on the hood as he drives into a dead end, where another police helicopter is waiting.
Sweet: CJ, we got the ghetto bird up ahead!
LSPD Pilot: This is LSPD, do not...hey, what the fuck?! Too low, you'll kill us all!
The police helicopter's height is lowered to a near-ground level.
Sweet: Back up, Smoke, back up!
Big Smoke: Hell no, I'm going through!
Ryder: Oh, man, we're gonna die!
CJ: Oh, shit!
Big Smoke drives through the helicopter's blades and he and his colleagues survive, with the police officer on the hood being chopped into pieces.
Sweet: Slow down, Smoke, slow down!
Big Smoke: Oh, shit, the brakes is out!
The Greenwood smashes through a Sprunk billboard and falls into a Tanker hauling a trailer, which then explodes. Big Smoke, Ryder, Sweet and CJ watch the explosion from above, having bailed out of the car before it hit the billboard.
Big Smoke: Shit, that's gonna be a hell of a story to tell when we passin' the blunt!
Sweet: Man, that was some serious shit! Woo!
Ryder: Fuck this, we gotta get outta here!
Sweet: Ryder's right, everybody split up, and we'll meet up later.


Video Walkthroughs



  • No matter what weapons CJ may have in his inventory, he is automatically equipped with a Shotgun when he enters the motel. If the player has had the Combat Shotgun in their inventory before this mission, it will be replaced by the normal Shotgun.
    • Also, upon completion, the player loses all their ammo for the assault rifle regardless of which type they were using during the mission.
  • Upon the police helicopter's arrival and before entering the motel, CJ is free of police attention, which means he can explore other islands and restricted areas without any repercussions.
    • However, this can be deactivated by turning on and then turning off the "Lock Wanted Level" cheat, where it is possible to regain a wanted level. This is also the same for End of the Line.
  • In this mission, the SWAT officers use SMGs instead of Micro SMGs.
  • In this mission, the Police Maverick uses a scripted spotlight instead of the usual one. It is located in the middle instead of the front, and is narrower.
  • If the player shoots down the helicopter while the SWAT are descending, the officers will be swung about and disappear when the helicopter crashes.
  • When Carl and Sweet get in the Greenwood to escape, the radio will be tuned to Radio Los Santos and play a predetermined song.
  • The police officers who jump onto and hang from the back of the car may be a reference to Terminator 2: Judgment Day, in which a T-1000 disguised as a police officer jumps and hangs from the back of a car during a chase scene.
    • The introduction of these aforementioned motor officers is a recreation of a shot from the 1997 movie Con Air. The difference is, only the officer on the right drops a doughnut in the movie, opposed to both officers dropping a doughnut each in this mission. The shot occurs at around 1 hour, 41 minutes and 17 seconds into the movie.
  • In the motel, there are 3 GSF members that can be seen fighting with the police. If the player comes close, the member carrying an SMG will be shot in the head immediately and one of the remaining members dies soon after.
  • In the motel, there will be a SWAT officer hanging from a vent and firing at Carl. If the player crouches and stays still, the officer will not be able to hit Carl (and even if he does, his shots do little damage, as he mostly fires above Carl's head). However, if Carl walks under him, he will take more damage.
    • The SWAT officer in the vent has his MP5's muzzle flash taken from the Police Maverick, instead of its normal flash. Also, when fired, it makes the sound of the M4.
  • If the player does not follow Sweet after shooting down the police helicopter, the surrounding streets will be completely empty.
  • The time in this mission is predetermined. For example, if the player is picked up by Smoke and Ryder in the morning, it will change to night when Carl enters the car.
  • The music heard on the TV in the opening of the cutscene can also be heard in the Max Heat TV commercial in Max Payne 2.
  • If Carl aims a gun at the GSF members at the entrance to the motel, they will attack him.
  • Inside the motel, the bullets of the NPCs (SWAT Officers, Groves, and Sweet) do not damage each other, but can damage Carl.
  • If the player looks carefully, the second motor officer changes into the beta motor officer model after being killed by the Police Maverick.
  • If the player fails the mission during the part where they shoot the police during the chase, Carl will jump out of the Greenwood but the others will not.
  • This mission is similar to the actual Watts Truce in Los Angeles in 1992, which had some "sets" of the Crips, which were having issues "set tripping" just like the factions which unite in this mission, and they draft a peace treaty settling the differences around the time of the Rodney King riots.
  • Carl apparently fires the AK-47 from the Greenwood's roof, even though the car has no sunroof.
    • This can especially be seen by using the replay function on PC.
  • The police helicopter which appears near the end of the mission has a pilot who appears as a normal police officer.
  • In the PC, PS2, and Xbox versions, the SWAT officer's lines "Get some suppressing fire in there!", "Unit down, repeat, unit down! Gimme some fucking covering fire!", "This is Buzzard 1, we're taking ground fire!", and "Four bangers in blue 4-door heading back into South Central.", in addition to "Surprise, homeboy!" and "Heads up, brother!" from the motorcycle cops appear in the "Brief" section of the pause menu, but subtitles don't appear in-game, even with subtitles enabled. This was fixed in the mobile version.
  • Before the Greenwood crashes through the billboard in the final cutscene, it reads "A taste of things to come.". After that, it is left with 'A taste of _________ come', referring to 'cum' (semen). This is another example of the game's crude humor.
  • In the mobile version, the opening cutscene is unskippable.
  • In the PC version, if the player manages to destroy the police car that is scripted to be hit by the Freight Train before it manages to be hit by the train, no dialogue will play until the cutscene where the two motorcycle officers join in the chase plays.

Video Walkthroughs