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For the mission of the same name in San Andreas, see First Date.


"Thanks for taking me out. I haven't been on a date for a while. I'm kind of lonely here."
Michelle

First Date is a mission in Grand Theft Auto IV. which introduces dating, and also get to play a few frames of bowling.

Mission objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Take Michelle to the carnival.
  • Go bowling with Michelle.
  • Find an empty lane to play a game in.
  • Take Michelle home.

Note: it is not necessary for Niko to win the bowling game, or to even complete it.

Walkthrough

After Three's a Crowd, if Niko Bellic doesn't call her first, Michelle will call to set up a date. Drive to Michelle's house on Rotterdam Hill.

On the way, Roman will probably call to ask for help (triggering the mission Bleed Out). You can put your phone on sleep mode if you don't want to be interrupted. If you choose to proceed with the date rather than rescue Roman, the Bleed Out mission will be deferred until later, though a slightly different course of events will transpire.

When you arrive at Michelle's place, a cutscene tutors the player on dating girlfriends and doing activities with male friends. Niko gets a brief view of Michelle's clean house then the two get into Michelle's car.

Drive to the carnival on Firefly Island. Michelle notes that the carnival is closed for repairs and suggests the two play a few frames of bowling. Go down the walkway and pay for a game of bowling. Play with Michelle (or just quit) then lead her back to her car. If the drive home is successful, Michelle says she had a great time and is interested in more dates with Niko.

Following completion of the mission, if Niko chose to ignore Roman's earlier phone call, Niko will receive a second phone call from Roman, which will lead to a variation of the Bleed Out mission.

Transcript

This section/page depicts all cutscenes and dialogues in the mission "First Date" in Grand Theft Auto IV.

First Date
Pre-Mission Phonecall
Michelle calls Niko Bellic
Michelle Hey Niko, it's Michelle. We met with Mallorie, Roman's girlfriend.
Niko Bellic I remember, what's up Michelle?
Michelle I don't normally do this, but I thought you'd probably be pretty lonely having just moved to Liberty City and all.
Niko Bellic You do not normally do what?
Michelle You're not making this easy for me, are you? I'm asking you out on a date.
Niko Bellic I am sorry, I am still not used to how things work here in America. A date would be good. I am getting sick of hanging out with Roman all the time. How about I pick you up from your apartment?
Michelle That sounds good. See you soon.
Call ends.
Cutscene 1
Niko Bellic enters Michelle's apartment, and is greeted by Michelle. Niko Bellic and Michelle then leaves for their date.
Michelle Coming... Who is it?
Niko Bellic Hey, it's Niko.
Michelle Hey... I'm just finishing my hair. Come in.
Niko Bellic Thank you.
Michelle I'll be with you in a minute.
Niko Bellic Did you just move in?
Michelle No... why?
Niko Bellic All your stuff is new. Some even still have tags on.
Michelle Yeah, well... I like things clean.
Niko Bellic I can see that... but, er... everything is new.
Michelle Yeah. I'm kind of obsessed with cleanliness... things get on my nerves and I just throw them out. OCD or something?
Niko Bellic Oh.
Michelle So... where are you taking me?
Niko Bellic Ah... you look good.
Michelle Aw, thanks...
Niko Bellic I don't know - I'm new here. I thought maybe we could go to the, uh... funfair.
Michelle Yeah, great! Let's go - love the funfair! Actually we call it, um, "carnival" here. Just a little difference. Ah... whoop-de-doo!
Dialogues
Niko Bellic drives to the carnival. (First Possible Dialogue)
[This dialogue may play only if Bleed Out had not be completed]
Niko Bellic So, Michelle, what do you like to do?
Michelle What do you like to do?
Niko Bellic Come on, I asked you first.
Michelle I like to keep active I guess. Sports, working out, things like that. I'd like to know about you though. See the places you hang out.
Niko Bellic Yeah, maybe another time.
Niko Bellic drives to the carnival. (Second Possible Dialogue)
[This dialogue may play only if Bleed Out had not be completed]
Niko Bellic I feel like I should have been more organized. Had a better plan for our date. What do you like doing?
Michelle I just want to get to know you, Niko. See the places you hang out. The people you associate with.
Niko Bellic You already know Roman. I don't hang out with anybody else really.
Michelle You will, give it some time.
Niko Bellic drives to the carnival. (Third Possible Dialogue)
[This dialogue will only play if Bleed Out had been completed]
Michelle So, Niko, why couldn't you come on the date earlier? What happened?
Niko Bellic Roman got himself into some trouble. I had to help in out.
Michelle Really? Does Roman get himself into a lot of trouble? Is he involved in criminal stuff?
Niko Bellic Roman? He made some mistakes, got involved with people he shouldn't have but really is a legitimate businessman.
Michelle What about you?
Niko Bellic I'm just trying to make the right decisions.
Niko Bellic and Michelle arrive at the carnival. Michelle noticed that the carnival is closed, and Niko Bellic and Michelle walk to the bowling alley. (First Possible Dialogue)
Michelle Niko, the carnival isn't open. I think they're going to turn it into a big Las Venturas style theme park. Hey, there's a bowling alley up here. We should play.
Niko Bellic Cool. Let's go bowling then.
Michelle Thanks for taking me out. I haven't been on a date for a while. I'm kind of lonely here.
Niko Bellic I thought you were doing me a favor by going out with me. You're the local.
Michelle I'm not a local in Liberty City. I came here from somewhere...
Niko Bellic Where?
Michelle Oh, the Midwest. You probably know more people here than me.
Niko Bellic More assholes maybe.
Niko Bellic and Michelle arrive at the carnival. Michelle noticed that the carnival is closed, and Niko Bellic and Michelle walk to the bowling alley. (Second Possible Dialogue)
Michelle You know, the carnival isn't open this time of year. I don't know if it would pass safety regulations anyway. There's a bowling alley over on the boardwalk. Why don't we play a few frames?
Niko Bellic Sure, bowling sounds like fun.
Michelle It's nice to get out of the apartment.
Niko Bellic Why's that? You do a lot of work or something?
Michelle I'm working the whole time. Sometimes I think all I am is my job.
Niko Bellic A lot of people feel that way. It's hard to keep what you do from taking over your life.
Michelle You're right there.
Niko Bellic and Michelle arrives at the bowling alley and play bowling.
Michelle Here we are, this will be fun. Let's play a few frames.
Niko Bellic and Michelle finishes bowling. (First Possible Dialogue)
[This dialogue will only play if Michelle loses the game]
Michelle You're good, Niko. That was fun. Will you take me back home now?
Niko Bellic Of course I'll take you home. Let's go.
Niko Bellic and Michelle finishes bowling. (Second Possible Dialogue)
[This dialogue will only play if the game ends early]
Michelle Shame we couldn't finish the game, Niko. It was fun playing though. Can you take me back now?
Niko Bellic I'm not going to make you take the subway. Let's go.
Niko Bellic and Michelle finishes bowling. (Third Possible Dialogue)
[This dialogue will only play if Michelle wins the game]
Michelle I thought you'd be better at that, Niko? We had fun, didn't we? Will you take me back home now?
Niko Bellic Of course I'll take you home. Let's go.
Niko Bellic and Michelle finishes bowling. (Forth Possible Dialogue)
[This dialogue will only play if the game ends in a tie]
Michelle Good game, Niko. We had fun. Will you take me home now?
Niko Bellic I'm not going to make you take the subway. Let's go.
Niko Bellic and Michelle walk back to the car.
Niko Bellic So, you don't know many people here in Liberty City. No boyfriends or husbands or anything?
Michelle No, I guess I'm married to my job.
Niko Bellic Well, what do you do?
Michelle What do you do?
Niko Bellic Come on, I asked first...
Michelle I work with Mallorie. What do you do, exactly?
Niko Bellic You're a hard girl to talk to, Michelle.
Michelle I guess you're not used to talking to American women.
Niko Bellic I guess.
Niko Bellic and Michelle get in the car and Niko Bellic drives to Michelle's apartment.
Michelle So, what are you doing here in Liberty City, Niko?
Niko Bellic What's anybody doing here? I don't know.
Michelle I think you do. There must be something that made you leave your home and come here.
Niko Bellic Roman's bullshit stories maybe. I just felt like I needed a new start.
Michelle There's nothing else in Liberty City then, just Roman?
Niko Bellic Maybe there's more to this place, I'm not sure yet.
Cutscene 2
Niko Bellic and Michelle arrive at the apartment. Michelle then enters.
Michelle That was nice. I'm really interested in seeing you again.
Niko Bellic Yeah. That would be good. I'll give you a call.
Michelle Please do, Niko. See you soon.
Optional Phonecall and Lift for Roman Bellic
Roman Bellic calls Niko Bellic
[Roman Bellic will only call if Bleed Out had not been completed]
Roman Bellic Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to protect me from those crazy loan sharks you attacked, Niko.
Niko Bellic You shouldn't have borrowed money from them in the first place, Roman. Anyway, I was seeing Michelle. I thought you wanted me to date her?
Roman Bellic Not when it means me getting beat up and sent to hospital. Come and pick me up, cousin. And at least tell me that you got her titties out? Maybe then your betrayal would be worthwhile. They were nice titties, yes?
Niko Bellic decides to pick up Roman Bellic.
[Roman Bellic will only call if Bleed Out had not been completed]
Niko Bellic You're an animal, Roman. Nothing can stop you being horny. I'll see you soon.
Niko Bellic decides not to pick up Roman.
[Roman Bellic will only call if Bleed Out had not been completed]
Niko Bellic You're an animal, Roman. Nothing can stop you being horny. Look you'll have to have some fun with the nurses because I can't pick you up. See you soon.
Niko Bellic drives to the hospital, picks Roman Bellic up, and brings him back to the cab depot.
[This dialogue will only play if Bleed Out had not been completed and if the player decides to pick Roman Bellic up]
Roman Bellic There is is the man who chose cooch before his cousin. I hope she was worth it. Will you drive me back to the office, cousin? Argh. How was she cousin? Tell me how she was. I wondered about Michelle when I first met. If she was not a friend of Mallorie's it would be me with the smell of tittie on my breath and you who ended up in hospital.
Niko Bellic Firstly Roman, my breath does not smell of titty. Secondly, I don't think that our loan shark friends could hospitalize me. I can look after myself.
Roman Bellic All the more reason why I should have hooked up with Michelle. Everyone would be a winner.
Niko Bellic Yes, well, I will not let these men treat you like that again. I'm sorry for letting you down, Roman.
Niko Bellic arrives at the cab depot. Roman Bellic then enters.
[This dialogue will only play if Bleed Out had not been completed and if the player decides to pick Roman Bellic up]
Niko Bellic Roman, I apologize again for not being there for you. You have done a lot for me since I got here.
Roman Bellic The choice between some titties and your safety would have been difficult for me as well. Don't worry, Niko. Call me soon.
Fail Cutscenes & Dialogues
Michelle's car is destroyed.
Niko Bellic and Michelle arrive at the apartment using other modes of transport. Michelle then enters.
Niko Bellic I'm sorry about the car, Michelle. I can get you a new one.
Michelle Do you mean you'd steal one? Have you got caught up with the Hove Beach criminals, Niko?
Niko Bellic Forget about it, I'll talk to you soon, bye.
Michelle has been scared off.
Niko Bellic and Michelle arrive at the apartment. Michelle then enters.
Niko Bellic I'm sorry about that, Michelle. I get carried away sometimes.
Michelle I didn't realize you were so violent, Niko. Have you got caught up with the Hove Beach criminals?
Niko Bellic I can look after myself Michelle, don't worry about me. Sorry again.

Video Walkthrough

GTA 4 - Mission 4 - First Date (1080p)11:15

GTA 4 - Mission 4 - First Date (1080p)

Trivia

  • Little Jacob, Patrick McReary and Dusty Cowpoke cameo during the introductory sequence of the mission explaining friendships and girlfriends in GTA IV. Little Jacob can be seen eating in front of a Burger Shot and selling arms from the back of his car, Patrick is depicted setting off a car bomb, while Dusty Cowpoke is seen walking out of Perestroika (with a cowboy hat).
  • In one of Niko's dates with Michelle, she asks Niko what does he work on, which Niko lied about working in "construction". In GoodFellas, Henry Hill answered a similar question with this answer.
  • The bowling alley marks the border between the neighborhoods of Firefly Island and Beachgate. However, since the carnival is in Firefly, the bowling alley is said to be Firefly as well.
  • If the player quits the bowling game even before it starts, Michelle will just say something like "shame we couldn't finish that game" and still remain happy with the date.
  • If the player decides to save Roman Bellic in "Bleed Out" prior to this mission, the topic of the conversation between Niko and Michelle in the car will initially focus on why Niko missed his initial appointment with Michelle as well as Roman's dealings.
  • If the player points any weapon at Michelle's head, she will just crouch but remain happy, however when Niko fires the gun, Michelle flees (but eventually meets with Niko for him to apologize to her).
  • Michelle runs off screaming if Niko repeatedly damages her car, but if not, she allows Niko to keep the car at the end of the mission.
  • Michelle will tolerate one or two wanted stars as long as the police aren't shooting at you. Visiting the restricted area at the airport (4 stars) or trying to cross into Algonquin (6 stars) will cause her to instantly end the date. Michelle will also be scared off if Niko is punched by a pedestrian.
  • Michelle will ride in other vehicles than her own car, but will be scared if Niko pulls someone out of a car in order to hijack it. Also you can go as far away from her car as you like, but she may demand to be taken back to it eventually.
  • It's possible to play pool and/or darts with Michelle if you don't go bowling, but doing so may cause glitches.
  • If you wish to keep the car you arrive in instead of being left with Michelle's Merit, park your vehicle across from the arrow that triggers the mission. Once the mission begins your vehicle will be parked directly behind the Merit and will be available during the mission or once the mission is complete.
  • This is the earliest moment in the game to unlock the trophy/achievement "Gobble Gobble" by scoring a turkey in bowling against Michelle.
  • When Jacob is seen eating in front of the Burger Shot in Beechwood City, he is not wearing his usual clothing but the clothing he wears at Roman's wedding and the final storyline mission. This was probably supposed to be Jacob's original outfit. He also wears a similar outfit when he is seen selling weapons in the tutorial video except with a white jacket.
  • When Niko pulls up at the amusement park Michelle mentions the park is turning into a Las Venturas style theme park.
  • If you beat Michelle, she will say "You're good, Niko. That was fun." If she wins she will say "Wow, I thought you'd be better than that." If it is a tie she will say "Good game. We had fun."
  • In the cutscene when Packie McReary blows up a car with a bomb, the car's color will change if the mission fails and is replayed repeatedly. 
  • If Niko attacks the mission fails. During the cutscene, Michelle she will ask if he has been hanging out with the Hove Beach gangs and is surprised Niko has a temper. 

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