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Keep Your Friends Close...
Game: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
For: Tommy Vercetti
Location: Starfish Island, Vice City
Target: Sonny Forelli and Lance Vance
Reward: $30,000
Unlocks: Hunter

Keep Your Friends Close is ostensibly the finale in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, although in reality the player may be able to complete it before some other main missions are passed. It brings the game to a close and wraps up Tommy Vercetti's relationship with many of the game's major supporting characters, including Lance Vance and his old boss Sonny Forelli.




As Tommy Vercetti's lordship over Vice City's underworld increases, so does Sonny Forelli's anger that Tommy is taking over Vice City. After failing to forcibly tax Tommy's expanding business ventures, Sonny arrives in Vice City himself to deal with Tommy in person. Forewarned of Sonny's arrival, Tommy sets aside $3 million in counterfeit cash in an attempt to placate him. However, when Sonny finally arrives, the treacherous Lance Vance openly betrays Tommy, citing "business" as his motivation. At the same time, Tommy is also reeling from the realization that the 15 years he spent in prison on behalf of the Forellis was the result of an ambush orchestrated by Sonny himself. These revelations precipitate an enormous gun battle inside Vercetti Estate.

The Mission

The mission begins in your office at the top of the main staircase. Here, your duty is to stay put and slaughter incoming enemies as they try to access your office safe. Several of Sonny's goons will attempt entry to the office, and it is your job to kill them before they get inside. A Colt Python spawns in the office at the onset of this part of the mission, making this process easier. If you need to, step outside of your office to eliminate the men. Once about 20 men are down, Lance Vance emerges from a hallway with many goons protecting him and teases Tommy to follow him.

Now it's time to kill Lance. He will enter on the second floor of the main hall, overlooking the main staircase and office door, wielding a Kruger assault rifle. You and he will engage in a short conversation before he begins shooting at you. At this point, you need to chase Lance down the hallway leading to the interior staircase while he and numerous Forelli goons take shots at you. Upon reaching the interior staircase, Lance will head for the roof.

Crouch behind the barrels on the roof for a small amount of cover. Using the holes between the barrels, shoot Lance and his bodyguards. Once Lance's health is reduced to halfway, Tommy will yell, "This is the last dance for Lance Vance!" Lance replies, "I said, I had enough of that at school!" Once he is completely dead, Tommy will yell, "You picked the wrong side, Lance..."

Now head back down the interior staircase (the way you ran after Lance) and get back in front of the office. Kill any Forellis there and recover your health with the spawn (there are also health and body armor spawns in a small alcove at the bottom of the interior staircase). When you walk out of the office, Sonny will show up at the foot of the main staircase with two more guys, where he "reminds" you that your 15 years of incarceration were his to spend, before releasing his goons on you. Shoot Sonny as quickly as possible, as new Forelli soldatos will continue to stream into the main hall. Once Sonny is dead, the mission is over and in the ensuing cutscene, Tommy replaces the now deceased Lance with Ken Rosenberg as his right hand man, explaining that this "could be the beginning of a beautiful business relationship."


(Tommy's Office, Tommy Vercetti, Lance Vance and Ken Rosenberg.)

Tommy Vercetti: What's going on?

Ken Rosenberg: Tommy! Oh good, good. Listen, listen. Uh, listen. I like fish, I love fish. I love them as pets in bowls, or as food on a plate. But as much as I love 'em, I don't want to sleep with them. Okay, but right now your Italian brothers are coming from up there to fit me with some cement shoes, and I...

Tommy Vercetti: Shut up Ken. Sit down. Lance, what the hell's going on?

Lance Vance: It's your friends from up north Tommy. They ain't too happy you capped their man. They're coming down to see the business today.

Tommy Vercetti: They took longer than I thought...Guys, we gotta make this final. We gotta leave no doubt that this operation is mine. Mine! Ken, you get the first run of counterfeit cash and put three mil in briefcases. Lance, you get the guys together...

(Vercetti Estate, Tommy, Lance, Ken and Sonny Forelli.)

Sonny Forelli: Tommy! What? No big hugs for your old buddy.

Tommy Vercetti: I've had fifteen years out of the loop. I'm a bit rusty on family etiquette.

Sonny Forelli: Always angry, huh Tommy? Didn't I say your temper would get you into trouble, huh?

Tommy Vercetti: There's three mil in the cases...

Sonny Forelli: How many was it? Ten, no, eleven men. That's how you get to be called The Hardwood Butcher! Heh-heh-heh.

Tommy Vercetti: You sent me to kill one man. One man!!! They knew I was coming, Sonny...

Sonny Forelli: Tommy, Tommy, watch your tone...Anyone would think you blame me for that unfortunate set of circumstances.

Tommy Vercetti: Just take the money...

Sonny Forelli: Get the damn cash. You know, Tommy, I did what I could for you, I pulled strings, called in favors...I was your friend, Tommy. I hoped you'd see sense, see what's good for business. I trusted you, Tommy, and you dissapointed me.

(Lance betrays Tommy and Ken.)

Sonny Forelli: But at least someone in your chicken shit organization knows how to do business. Isn't that right, Lance?

Lance Vance: I'm sorry Tommy. This is Vice City. This is business.

Tommy Vercetti: You sold us out...

Lance Vance: No, I sold you out, Tommy. I sold YOU out! The real cash is upstairs in the safe.

Sonny Forelli: Tommy, what was the big plan? You think I'd just take the fake cash? Save face and run away with my tail between my legs?!

Tommy Vercetti: No. I just wanted to piss you off before I kill you.

(Vercetti Estate, Tommy and Lance.)

Lance Vance: No one to cover your ass now, eh Tommy?

Tommy Vercetti: You're going down, you back-stabbing prick!

Lance Vance: Oh, you think so?!

(Vercetti Estate Helipad, Tommy and Lance.)

Tommy Vercetti: Come here, you double-crossing piece of shit.

Lance Vance: You're history, Tommy. HISTORY!!!

Tommy Vercetti: This is the last dance for Lance Vance.

Lance Vance: I told you I had enough of that at school!

Tommy Vercetti: You picked the wrong side, Lance.

(Tommy kills Lance. Vercetti Estate, Tommy and Sonny.)

Tommy Vercetti: You took fifteen years from me Sonny! And now I'm gonna make you pay!

Sonny Forelli: You still don't get it do you? I own you, Tommy! Those fifteen years were mine to spend! Get him boys; he never understood a thing.

(Tommy kills Sonny. Vercetti Estate, Tommy and Ken.)

Ken Rosenberg: Tommy? Oh my god, Tommy! What happened?

Tommy Vercetti: What does it look like?

Ken Rosenberg: It looks like you ruined your suit, and Tommy, that was a beautiful suit! Tommy, what on earth happened!

Tommy Vercetti: I had a disagreement with a business associate. You know how it is...

Ken Rosenberg: Tommy, I have a disagreement, I send them an angry letter. Maybe I pee in their mailbox. I don't start World War III! You know, maybe you should speak to my shrink...

Tommy Vercetti: That stupid prick, Lance.

Ken Rosenberg: Tommy. I never liked that guy, OK? He's neurotic, he's insecure, he's self-centred - the guy's an asshole! I'm glad you took him out!

Tommy Vercetti:I don't think we're gonna be getting any more heat from up north, either...'cause there ain't no more "up north", anymore. It's all down south now.

Ken Rosenberg: Wait, does that mean what I think it means...? Tommy, baby!

Tommy Vercetti: What do you think it means?

Ken Rosenberg: That we're in charge...I mean, I mean that you're in charge. Oh, Tommy!

Tommy Vercetti: You know, Ken. This could be the beginning of a beautiful business relationship...After all, you're a conniving, back-stabbing, two-bit thief. And I'm a convicted psychotic killer and drug dealer.

Ken Rosenberg: I know. Ain't it just beautiful?



  • For some reason, when the audio was first done, Tommy says put 20 million in the briefcases, not three.
  • The mission has many parallels to the ending of the film Scarface and is obviously an homage to that movie (as are large parts of GTA Vice City in general).

External link

  • Keep Your Friends Close... mission video

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