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Not to be confused with In The Beginning..., a mission from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City


"Grove Street - Home. At least it was before I fucked everything up."
Carl Johnson

"In the Beginning" is the introductory cutscene of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, which introduces the main protagonist and antagonists of the game.

Cutscene

"After five years on the east coast, it was time to go home."
Carl Johnson at Francis International Airport
The game starts with Carl Johnson placing a suitcase on the luggage carousel at Francis International Airport in Liberty City saying it is time to go back home after living in Liberty City for 5 years. As Carl takes his suitcase back, he gets a phone call from his brother Sweet Johnson, who tells CJ that their mother is dead.

When Carl is one block away from his home in Grove Street, Ganton, Los Santos his Taxi is pulled over by a police car having three members of C.R.A.S.H. - Frank Tenpenny, Eddie Pulaski and Jimmy Hernandez. Carl exits the taxi with his hands on his head and is confronted by three Los Santos Police Department police officers. Tenpenny seizes Carl's money, which he claims to be drug money. After that Eddie Pulaski bundles Carl into the police car.

Tenpenny threatens Carl to frame him for the murder of LSPD officer Ralph Pendelbury (Which was actually committed by Hernandez when he was forced to do so by Tenpenny and Pulaski). Tenpenny tells Carl that he will be watching him. The officers then throw Carl out of the car in Jefferson, a territory of Ballas. The game then instructs Carl to get on the BMX parked nearby and make his way back to Grove Street.

Tutorial objectives

No actual mission takes place after the cutscene, but the game instructs the player to:

  1. Get on the BMX bicycle.
  2. Follow the "CJ" icon on the map and go to Johnson House in Grove Street.

Reaching Grove Street

The mission ends when the cutscene ends. The game instructs the player to reach Grove Street, but it is not part of the mission. Once the cutscene ends, CJ will be in an alleyway in Jefferson with a BMX parked nearby. Either get on the BMX as the game tells or take any other vehicle and get back to CJ's home (denoted by "CJ" icon on the radar) in Grove Street.

The game will tell instruct the player on how to pedal the BMX. The controls are same for other land vehicles. The easiest route to reach Grove Street is by following the railway line.

Once CJ reaches Grove Street, walk into the mission marker in front of the Johnson House to play the first mission, Big Smoke.

Transcript

Transcript
Text reads LS INTL. Airport, Los Santos, 1992.
CJ After 5 years on the East Coast, it was time to go home.
Text reads "Los Santos International Airport"
CJ picks up his suitcase and leaves the airport. Phone rings.
CJ Sup?
Sweet Carl, it's Sweet.
CJ Sup Sweet, 'chu want?
Sweet It's Momma, she's dead bro.
CJ leaves the airport and enters a Taxi. The taxi is pulled over by an LSPD car.
Tenpenny Passenger, show us your hands.
CJ walks towards the police car.
Tenpenny Stop. Get down on your knees. Now down on your stomach. There you go.
CJ is handcuffed and searched by Hernandez.
Tenpenny I'll take that Hernandez.
CJ Hey that's my paper man, that's money.
Tenpenny This is drug money.
CJ That's my money, man.
CJ is stood onto his feet.
Pulaski Hey, don't worry about it. I'll fill it out later.
Tenpenny Welcome home, Carl. Glad to be back? You haven't forgotten about us, have you boy?
CJ Hell no Officer Tenpenny, I was just wondering what took y'all so long.
Tenpenny Get in the car.
CJ is taken to the police car.
CJ Ey, ease up man, damn.
Tenpenny Watch your head.
CJ hits his head on the car roof.
Pulaski (Laughter)
Tenpenny Oh, my bad.
Pulaski Get out of here, you grease ball bastard.
The taxi drives away.
Pulaski Stupid Mexican. "stares at Hernandez" Oh, hey sorry.
CJ My bag. Ey man, my bag!
The car drives away. The screen blacks out and then reappears in East Los Santos.
Tenpenny How have you been Carl? How's your wonderful family?
CJ I'm here to bury my Moms, you know that.
Tenpenny Yeah, I guess I do. So what else you got shaking Carl?
CJ Nothin'. I live in Liberty City now. I'm clean. Legit.
Tenpenny Nah, you ain't never been clean, Carl.
The car stops at the train track as a Freight crosses.
Pulaski Well what have we got here?
Tenpenny This is a weapon, Officer Pulaski, that was used to gun down a police officer not ten minutes ago. Officer Pendelbury, a fine man I might add. You work fast, nigga.
CJ You know I just got off the plane.
Pulaski Then it's a good thing we found you and retrieved the murder weapon.
CJ That ain't my gun.
Tenpenny Don't bull shit me, Carl!
Pulaski Yeah, don't bull shit him, Carl!
CJ What you want from me this time?
Tenpenny When we want you we'll find you. In the mean time, try not to gun down any more officers of the law. (Laughs)
The car drives into an alley.
CJ Y'all can't leave me here, this Ballas country!
Tenpenny I thought you said you were innocent Carl, that you don't bang?
Pulaski This is car 58.
CJ is thrown out of the car.
Tenpenny See you around, Carl, like a donut Carl. (Laughs)
Pulaski Officer Pendelbury's down? We'll be right over.
CJ Oh shit, here we go again. Worst place in the world, Rolling Heights Ballas country. I ain't represented Grove Street in 5 years, but the Ballas won't give a shit.
CJ walks up to a BMX. Help text reads "Follow the 'CJ' icon to get back to the hood." CJ rides the bike into Grove Street.
CJ Grove Street, home. At least it was before I fucked everything up.


Video walkthroughs

PC Version
GTA San Andreas Intro & Mission 1 - Big Smoke, Sweet & Kendl (HD)12:58

GTA San Andreas Intro & Mission 1 - Big Smoke, Sweet & Kendl (HD)

IPad Version
GTA San Andreas - iPad Walkthrough - Intro & Mission 1 - Big Smoke, Sweet & Kendl (HD)12:41

GTA San Andreas - iPad Walkthrough - Intro & Mission 1 - Big Smoke, Sweet & Kendl (HD)

Gallery

Glitches

  • In the PC version, if the host computer is not running at around 25-30 frames per second, Tenpenny will drive on before the train has passed the level crossing, causing the police car to pass through the train. A video of this can be seen here.

Trivia

  • The police car driven by Pulaski in the cutscene is not the same model as the regular LSPD car. In the PC version, the car does not have specular reflection, causing it to look much darker than a normal LSPD car.
  • The C.R.A.S.H. officers can be seen running around in circles. A video of this can be seen here.
  • The police car driven by Pulaski can be driven without him controlling it a video of this can be seen here.
  • During the cutscene at the airport, Carl has a Rockstar Games logo on his suitcase.
  • The name of this mission is not usually displayed in-game. It can be seen by collecting enough money to buy a safehouse, and saving the game. The save file will display "In The Beginning".
  • CRASH's LSPD car during this "mission" is untouchable,can't be exploded is invisible (at some parts of the cutscene) and also can't be damaged , a video of this can be seen here and also here.
  • The woman at the airport who takes Carl's suitcase has very low texture details.
  • Carl's line, "You can't leave me here - it's Ballas' country!" is a reference to Duke's line in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, "We can't stop here, this is bat country."
  • It's possible to kill C.R.A.S.H. officers near trail tracks. A video of this can be seen here.

See also

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