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That's another funeral you ran away from, fool. Just like Brian's.
Sweet Johnson meeting his brother for the first time in 5 years

Sweet & Kendl is a mission in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas given to protagonist Carl Johnson by Big Smoke. The mission Sweet & Kendl triggers automatically after Big Smoke.


Carl and Big Smoke arrive at the cemetery in Vinewood. They are greeted by Carl's sister Kendl, while fellow gang member Ryder looks on. Carl expresses his sorrow towards his brother Sweet, but Sweet gets annoyed at Carl, stating that Carl ran away from her funeral just like their younger brother Brian's five years prior. Kendl goes to leave, saying that she's going to see her boyfriend, Cesar, who is apart of a rival gang. Sweet and Kendl argue, which leads to Kendl storming off while Sweet notifies Carl of the deaths of other former Grove Street members, Tony, Big Devil and Little Devil.

As Carl, Sweet, Smoke and Ryder are leaving the cemetery, some Ballas attempt a drive-by shooting, destroying Smoke's Perennial while doing so. The four Grove Street members steal four BMX bikes and try to evade the Ballas car. After riding their bikes through Los Santos, they stop in a car park under the freeway. Sweet splits up from Carl, Smoke and Ryder while being chased by the Ballas car. Carl follows Smoke and Ryder through the car park and onto the streets, where the Ballas car eventually catches up to them. The three Grove members escape back to Grove Street and are soon joined by Sweet.

After meeting up again, Sweet asks Carl when he's leaving again, to which Carl tells him that he's staying around this time. Smoke tells him to drop in whenever, while Ryder belittles Carl for his haircut and choice of clothing. Sweet, Smoke and Ryder leave while Carl heads back into the Johnson House.

Mission Objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Get on the bike.
  • Follow Sweet.
  • You're too far away. Stay with Sweet. (if CJ falls too far behind with Sweet.)
  • Follow Ryder.
  • You're too far away. Stay with Ryder. (if CJ falls too far behind with Ryder.)


The rewards for completing this mission include:

  • An increase in respect and the next mission, Ryder, is unlocked.
  • Johnson House in Grove Street is now available as a Safehouse.

After the Mission

As Carl discovers, a lot has changed around San Andreas during the past five years:

  • A devastating earthquake has struck San Andreas, with travel disruption across the state until the road bridges were repaired.
  • Gang warfare and heavy drug dealing is on the rise in San Andreas. Carl receives a phone call from Sweet, who explains that Grove Street has lost its power and while the Seville Boulevard Families and the Temple Drive Families - who were once allied with the Grove Street Families - are "beefing" and ended up splitting into their own gangs, the Ballas and Vagos are taking over Los Santos.


Camera pans across Vinewood Cemetery. Big Smoke and Carl Johnson walk up to Carl's siblings and Ryder, who have just finished the funeral.
Big Smoke: I've missed you these past 5 years man, they're gonna be real happy to see you. Hey, what's up, y'all? Look who I found hanging around.
Kendl: Carl, hey, good to see you.
CJ: I can't believe she's gone, man.
Sweet: That's another funeral you ran away from, fool, just like Brian's.
CJ: Hey, she was my Momma too.
Sweet: Not for the past 5 years she wasn't, ni**a!
Kendl starts walking away.
Sweet: And where the fuck you think you're going?
Kendl: What? Get out my face, I'm going to see Cesar.
Sweet: The hell you are, girl! You ain't messin' with them eses, you know we we beefing - they ain't nothin' but low lives.
Kendl: Look, I love him, what the fuck are you?!
Sweet: At least I got principles.
Kendl: Oh, and I guess that makes you an upstanding American. Carl, tell him!
Sweet: Carl won't tell me shit, bitch.
CJ: As long as he treat her right. Disrespect you, and he's dead.
Sweet: How the hell you gonna say that?! Like it's any business of yours!
Kendl: Fuck you Sweet.
CJ: Aw, shit. Here we go again.
Sweet: This shit's real fucked up! Everything!
CJ: What 'chu mean?
Sweet: What, apart from your mother being dead? Things are going real bad. Here, let me show you, running man. Tony's buried over there, Little Devil over there, and Big Devil over there! Man, it's just crazy: everybody just blast on fools first, then ask questions second.
CJ, Sweet, Big Smoke and Ryder walk towards Big Smoke's Perennial. Suddenly, some Ballas speed around the corner in a pink Voodoo.
Ryder: Ballas! Drive-by, incoming!
Ballas perform a Drive-By Shooting as Ryder and CJ dive out of harm's way while Sweet and Big Smoke return fire at the Ballas. Big Smoke's Perennial is blown up by the Ballas before they drive away.
Big Smoke: Awww, motherfucker, my car!!
CJ, Sweet, Smoke and Ryder jump onto some bikes parked across the street from the cemetery.
Sweet: We gotta get back to the hood, things are too crazy around here. Grab a bike and pedal, even you ain't forgotten that! Follow my lead.
CJ, Sweet, Big Smoke and Ryder ride their bikes back to Grove Street whilst being chased by the Ballas in the Voodoo.
Sweet: Takes you back some, huh, CJ? Yeah!
CJ: Things has changed around here!
Sweet: CJ, watch your back 'round here, man.
CJ: How'd it get so bad? I thought this was Families' turf?
Sweet: Yeah, it's Temple Drive Families - we don't roll with them no more.
CJ, Sweet, Big Smoke and Ryder get to the parking lot under the Mulholland Intersection.
Sweet: Shit! A Ballas car is onto us! Split up!
Sweet separates from the group with the Ballas car chasing after him.
Ryder: Keep up, motherfucker!
CJ, Ryder and Big Smoke continue their way to Grove Street.
Ryder: You're just a liability, CJ! Why'd you bother coming back?
Big Smoke: Straight back into the game, right dog? Was it this bad before you left? East Coast got you all thinned out, holmes.
CJ, Ryder and Big Smoke return to Groove Street, where Sweet joins them.
Ryder: I got with them motherfuckers though - showed them ni**az who's gangsta. Ryder, ni**a!
Sweet: So when you leaving, Carl?
CJ: I ain't sure. Thought I might stay. Things is fucked up.
Sweet: Well, the last thing we need is your help.
CJ: Aw man, I won't let you down, I swear.
Sweet: Hey, we're gonna call up some hood rats and chill the hell out. You want some?
CJ: Nah, I got a whole lot going on, I'm tired, I'll catch you later.
Big Smoke: Hey yo, just drop in, we all hanging out.
Ryder: Yeah, and get yourself some colors, fool. And a haircut - it's embarrassing to be seen with you!
Sweet, Big Smoke and Ryder ride away and CJ enters the Johnson House.



Video Walkthroughs


  • If the player destroys the Ballas' Voodoo (or kills both Ballas in it) before the cutscene under the Mulholland Intersection, Sweet won't split from the rest of the gang and the Voodoo won't reappear in Idlewood, and the relevant cut-scene will omit the part that Sweet escapes. However their vehicle will appear in a later mission regardless.
  • If the player steals a car instead of taking the BMX bike, during the ending cutscene in Ganton, Carl won't be sitting on the bike talking with Sweet, Smoke and Ryder, but will be standing and talking with them instead, and the vehicle he used will be parked nearby, or, on certain occasions, vanish.
    • During the final cutscene, Ryder can be seen riding his bike around the cul-de-sac and doing wheelies while Big Smoke and Sweet talk to Carl. If the player used a car during the chase and left it sitting in the middle of the Grove Street cul-de-sac, Ryder will crash through the vehicle quite violently and it will get pushed away very easily, as if it was very light. A video of this can be seen here.
  • If the player destroys the Ballas' Voodoo without killing the Ballas in it, they might steal another car to continue chasing the quartet.
  • Strangely, if the Ballas inside the Voodoo start shooting around normal Ballas' territory they will become hostile towards the Ballas not in the Voodoo, even though they are in the same gang. A video of this can be seen here.
    • This is most likely caused by the fact the Ballas driving the Voodoo are classified as mission specific type pedestrians instead of the "Ballas" type; therefore, their relationship with normal Ballas gang members is set to "Neutral" rather than "Like" or "Respect". When the Ballas in the Voodoo fire in Ballas controlled territories, nearby Ballas will react the same way as with any other non-Ballas NPCs and see it as a provocation and return fire.
  • Ryder, Sweet, and Big Smoke cannot be knocked off their bikes. But they can be killed by any weapons if the player has had before this mission or during the progress, however this will lead to the failure of this mission. If one of them is killed, he will sometimes drop money.
  • GTA V's mission "Hood Safari" makes a subtle reference to this mission, where the player can see three men riding away from Grove Street on bicycles. These men resemble Carl, Big Smoke and Ryder.
  • No matter where the player goes during this mission, even into locked areas, the Ballas will still follow Carl, continuously respawning behind him and chasing him. A video of this can be seen here.
  • Not counting the player, in the whole chase, Ryder will always be on the first position, Sweet on second and Big Smoke on last position.
  • The Kilo Tray Ballas are likely the set seen in this mission, as the Voodoo with the same color is seen again in Drive-Thru.
  • If Carl kills the gunner of the car, he will not fall out off the car despite most occasions the door will open after the occupant is killed even if the door is locked. The driver will get out instead.
    • If the driver dies before the gunner does, the driver side door will remain open, granting Carl a opportunity to obtain this unique-colored vehicle.
    • If the mission is failed when the chasing car is still in sight, they will strangely turn away instead of attacking Carl.
  • If Carl doesn't get on the bike and instead goes somewhere else, the others will wait for him in a location.
  • If the player notices well, the Voodoo only tries to attack Carl and Sweet (if Carl is close enough to him), and completely avoids Smoke and Ryder, foreshadowing their betrayal.