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Abandonment Issues is the last therapy session in the game; it can be done after the mission The Bureau Raid.

Mission

Michael talks about how he has become very rich, and that he wants to spend more time with his family. After convincing Michael that he should buy more sessions, Dr. Friedlander takes a picture with him and informs him that he has to find a new therapist; he says that he is moving out of Los Santos and hosting his own TV show, and that he wants to share Michael's story with the country. Michael gets angry at him, causing Dr. Friedlander to flee his office. Michael follows him outside to see that he is trying to escape Michael. You now have the option to pursue and kill Dr. Friedlander or allow him to flee.

Outcomes

Kill Him - Dr. Friedlander will drop $2023 and an internet news artcle will confirm his death.

Leave Him - The internet news article mentioning his death will still appear, however, after some time, Friedlander will send Michael an e-mail, saying that they both should forget what happened and move forward.

Aftermath

Los Santos Meteor Newspaper

"Dr. Isiah Friedlander, radio host and author who rose to prominence recently, was killed yesterday in a murder police are calling 'suspicious'. Dr. Friedlander who recently won great fame thanks to his bestseller anout his relationship with an idiotic, if terrifying and amusingly deluded sociopath and apparently retired bank robber he code names Marky De Santos. No one has yet identified the real Mr. De Santos and people are unsure even if he is alive. Only last week, Dr. Friedlander spoke to an audience about the futility of trying to work with the criminally insane and deluded. He argued that some people are truly beyond help. It seems that someone certainly wanted their money back, although whether it was for the book or the treatment remains very unclear."

Trivia

  • The mission name is a reference to the mission from GTA San Andreas Management Issues. It is also a reference to GTA Vice City where the fellow bank robber Hilary King is stated to have abandonment issues.
  • Dialogues of this mission where used in Michael Character Trailer.
  • The fact that the article about Friedlander death appear regardless of the player's choice, could mean that Michael killing Friedlander its the cannon choice, or a simple oversight of the game.
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