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"My cousin is here!"
Roman Bellic

The Cousins Bellic is the first storyline mission in Grand Theft Auto IV.

Description

Roman Bellic welcomes Niko Bellic to America and takes him home. Niko finds out that all Roman's story about his success was a lie.

This mission introduces the player to the casual driving of cars.

Plot and Walkthrough

Opening Scene

The scene begins with the sounds of sado-masochism in a room aboard the Platypus. Niko Bellic, protagonist, begins knocking on the door, attempting to call Dave out of the room. Another person, Hossan Ramzy, calls to Niko, telling him to forget about Dave, and that they need to prepare for the docking. As Niko and Hossan discuss the "Land of Opportunity," the ship is shown nearing the Statue of Happiness. Niko tells of his cousin Roman's successes: sports cars, condos, parties, women, etc., while a cook is shown inspecting a diamond, and then mixing it into a mixture in a mixing bowl. The Platypus docks, and Niko and the other crew members depart the ship, and many are greeted by friends and family, until the only one left is Niko.

Roman's Apartment

When Roman finally arrives (drunk), he's actually driving a taxi. Niko asks about it and Roman mumbles that his sports car is in the shop. He's too plastered to drive himself, so he gets in the passenger seat and asks Niko to drive them to his apartment.

Drive to Roman's place.
Map waypoint: Broker Safehouse

The drive begins near the docks in East Hook. The on-screen instructions explain driving basics and how to use the radar map. The GPS system plots a course highlighted by a yellow line on your radar. One must simply follow the yellow line (or any other route- the GPS will adapt) to Roman's apartment in Hove Beach, Broker. Use caution not to collide with vehicles - particularly police vehicles. This is particularly the case for those who are familiar with the GTA III-era vehicle driving controls, as they differ substantially in GTA IV. Roman goes on to explain that due to a terrorist scare, it will be best if Niko stays in Broker, as Niko has not got a visa.

Closing Scene

The closing scene showcases the tiny apartment in which Roman lives. Niko confronts him with his lies, and Roman insists that luxury and money are coming. He rushes off to get his taxi back to the taxi firm that he owns, and tells Niko to meet him there. As he leaves, he gets what appears to be a nasty call from someone he calls "Vlad".

Transcript

This section/page depicts all cutscenes and dialogues in the mission "The Cousins Bellic" in Grand Theft Auto IV.

The Cousins Bellic
Cutscene 1
In the Platypus. Dave Bosoy is being whipped by an unknown woman, while Niko Bellic calls him out. Hossan Ramzy calls Niko Bellic to prepare boat for docking, and Niko Bellic and Hossan Ramzy leave.
Dave Bosoy Daddy's back, you bitches... Daddy's back you bitches!
Niko Bellic Dave, come on. Come on Dave.
Hossan Ramzy Niko? What are you doing?
Niko Bellic Dave is not coming.
Hossan Ramzy Ah ignore him. Come on we got to get this thing ready before we dock. Let's go.
Niko Bellic and Hossan Ramzy walk around the Platypus, discussing about the 'land of opportunity'.
Hossan Ramzy Here, pass me that. There. Whooh yeah! There she is... Liberty City!
Niko Bellic Yeah.
Hossan Ramzy You ever been?
Niko Bellic No.
Hossan Ramzy Crazy place, Niko.
Niko Bellic What you going to do?
Hossan Ramzy I might come back on board... or I might try to make a go of it. Like they say, it is the land of opportunity. I always wanted to make it big... own a nice place, get a dog, a house... live the dream!
Niko Bellic Like my cousin.
Hossan Ramzy Oh yeah?
Niko Bellic Yes - he's got the lot - house, women, cars, parties... he writes me in his wild emails, and after I got into trouble, I thought maybe uh... and then I got this gig, and I spent the next seven months with you fine people and I forget... After the war finished, I couldn't get a job, nobody could... so I, uh, did some dumb things and got involved with some idiots...
Hossan Ramzy Ahh, we all do dumb things... that's what makes us human.
Niko Bellic Could be.
Niko Bellic leaves the Platypus, and Roman Bellic comes in his taxi and greets Niko Bellic.
Niko Bellic Hey...
Roman Bellic Niko! My cousin! I can't believe it! You're here!
Niko Bellic Hey!
Roman Bellic Welcome to America!
Niko Bellic Good to see you, cousin.
Roman Bellic What?
Niko Bellic Good to see you, man - what, you forget our language?
Roman Bellic Uhhh... cabbages? Maybe a little. I've been here 10 years! You can speak English. Remember, we learned off the English girls with the big...
Niko Bellic Hey, a little... not so good.
Roman Bellic Ahh, youll be fine. Better than my Serbian. So good to see you cousin. I can't believe you made it! Ha! Shit... I have to tell you I had quite a night last night. Two women! The land of opportunity. I've made it! Shit, man, I'm still a touch drunk.
Niko Bellic A touch?
Roman Bellic My cousin is here!
Niko Bellic Woah! Roman, Roman, come on, come on, relax.
Roman Bellic We're going to rule the world!
Worker 1 Yeah, yeah, whatever, buddy. Just take over the world someplace else, alright?
Worker 2 Yeah, buddy!
Worker 1 You're in the Goddamn way!
Worker 2 Take off!
Roman Bellic Screw you... screw you all! My cousin is here!
Niko Bellic Hey, come on, man!
Roman Bellic Niko Bellic! He's the fucking man, bitches!
Niko Bellic Roman, come on, let's go... to the mansion, eh?
Roman Bellic Yes, the mansion! Whoa. Maybe you should drive...
Niko Bellic Maybe I should.
Roman Bellic Okay!
Niko Bellic Okay. Hey is this a cab? Where's the sports car?
Roman Bellic Err, it's in the shop... come on!
Dialogues
Niko Bellic drives to Roman's apartment.
Roman Bellic Drive us to our place on Mohawk, it's just up the road. I'll let you know when we're there.
Niko Bellic Why don't you show me around the city?
Roman Bellic Fucking terrorists.
Niko Bellic What?
Roman Bellic Terrorists. There's been a big scare and you can't go across the bridges so good. You, without a visa, I would stay in Broker. Fuck it, stay in Hove Beach. Everyone like us does. Niko, you ever had two women at once? Four big titties to be playing with? I thought I had died and gone to Heaven, man.
Niko Bellic I can't prove that I have.
Roman Bellic Cousin, it's been too long... you should have come out earlier. Think of all the girls you've been missing out on!
Niko Bellic Our country has women too.
Roman Bellic Yes, but only locals. Here, we have white, black, the Puerto Ricans and the Asians, Europeans on vacation... scared Canadians, bored housewives from the Midwest - every possible choice. The city is like a big Uder Milken Ice Cream shop: thirty-six flavors of titty. Hove Beach is our little corner of Eastern Europe.
Niko Bellic What a charming image. Hove Beach, next to the docks. Immigrants here do not make it very far from the boats they come in on.
Roman Bellic No, everyone seems happy where they are. It reminds them of the Black Sea or something - people leave home to hang around the people they ran away from, very odd. Is just temporary for us though. Our sights are set from the top. Mansions in Berchem, penthouse in Algonquin... a model on each arm - me and my cousin Niko, rulers of the world!
Niko Bellic drives past Roman's car depot.
[These dialogues will play in random]
Roman Bellic We are passing the cab office, Niko. This is the business that will take us to the top of the pile. That is my cab depot, cousin. It is where I make all the money.
Cutscene 2
Niko Bellic and Roman Bellic arrive and enter the safehouse
Niko Bellic This is the mansion?
Roman Bellic Just a temporary place. The mansion is coming, cousin. That's the dream... follow me. Come in, come in! Make yourself at home... what's mine is yours! Got him! Little bastard. If he paid some rent I wouldn't care... Oh... shit... oh, that's not nice... Ah, cousin, it's so good to see you! Yeah! Hmm... Shit... well, I needed to change anyway... So!
Niko Bellic So... So... So, you full of crap, or what?
Roman Bellic What?
Niko Bellic Where's luxury condo? Where's sports car? Where's Barbara with big titties and Stephanie who sucks like a vacuum?
Roman Bellic What you talking about?
Niko Bellic In your letters to my mother, in your letters to me... all I hear about is Mr. Big, Mr. Roman, living the American dream. Sports cars, condos, women, money, the beach... opportunity! I come here, and the only thing big about your life is the cockroaches.
Roman Bellic That's right. I got the best cockroaches, I got the best dirt!
Niko Bellic Screw you, you idiot!
Roman Bellic Okay, I'm an idiot, but you must admit I have the best line in bullshit you ever heard.
Niko Bellic Yeah, this I know. Asshole.
Roman Bellic But here, all I needed was one good guy. One good guy, I could do well. Not take over the world, but do okay. Now, maybe I have this. But what about you? What about you, cousin?
Niko Bellic What? What about me?
Roman Bellic Well... why you leave home after all this time? First, I hear you're running with the wrong kind, then I hear you joined the merchant navy, now you're here. You never tell me anything.
Niko Bellic Huh. No.
Roman Bellic What do you mean no?
Niko Bellic No, I never tell you anything. Another time.
Roman Bellic Oooh, mystery man... strange and exotic sailor! What happened? Did your captain made you pregnant?
Niko Bellic Screw you! No, no, it's nothing like that. The ships were fine. It was before that, two things. You remember, during the war... we did some bad things and bad things happened to us. War is where the young and stupid are tricked by the old and bitter into killing each other. I was very young, and very angry. Maybe that is no excuse... Roman? Roman! Are you sleeping, you fat fuck? Come on!
Roman Bellic Huh! No! No way! What's the time? Shit... I've got to get the cab back. It's on a shift. Oh, Jesus! Tastes like a rat shat in it...
Niko Bellic Roman...
Roman Bellic Niko, I've got to run, come meet me at the cab office.
Niko Bellic Jesus... what?
Roman Bellic It's easy. Out the door, turn left, and the first left at the diner,
Niko Bellic What are you talking about? I don't...
Roman Bellic go down one block and turn right on Iroquois,
Niko Bellic I'm new here...
Roman Bellic then walk all the way down and we're right there on the left on the corner of Cisco Street.
Niko Bellic what are you talking about, man?
Roman Bellic It's really flash. We got lots of titties and some incredible motors... Niko. Give me a hug. Good to have you here cousin... I've got something for you.
Vladimir Glebov calls Roman Bellic and Roman Bellic leaves the apartment.
Roman Bellic Oh, damn... damn, damn, damn! Yes, Vlad, sorry, forgive me, okay, no... no. Please don't cut my cock off, eh? Oh, okay, bye... yes, no, uh, okay.
Fail Cutscenes & Dialogues
Since this mission will restart immediately when failed, there are no fail cutscenes and dialogues in this mission.

Video Walkthrough

GTA 4 - Intro & Mission 1 - The Cousins Bellic (1080p)10:43

GTA 4 - Intro & Mission 1 - The Cousins Bellic (1080p)

Tips

  • It might be a good idea to get some weapons hidden in areas around Broker, Dukes and Bohan for your own protection, before completing this mission, as the area around Hove Beach is very rough, and seeing as though you can't get any weapons until Jamaican Heat or Do You Have Protection?. Though if you get wasted, busted or destroy Roman's Cab while doing so, the mission will fail and restart and you will end up with no weapons at all. It is not recommended to collect weapons located in Algonquin and Alderney as you will recieve a six-star wanted level and will most likely be wasted.

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Trivia

  • Completing this mission will immediately grant you the Achievement/Trophy, "Off The Boat".
  • The first song heard in the game is "Soviet Connection" by Michael Hunter, GTA IV's theme. The second song heard is "Schweine" by Glukoza, inside Roman's cab. It is featured on the in-game radio station Vladivostok FM.
  • Roman's Taxi in this mission has less acceleration than usual, presumably because this is the first car driven by new players that are not yet familiar with the driving style (especially those familiar with the controls used in the 3D Universe games, as opposed to the different controls used in GTA IV).
  • The opening of the Rockstar game Red Dead Redemption mirrors this mission, as the protagonists (Niko Bellic and John Marston) arrive by boat and a car is lifted off the boat.
  • The song in Roman's car will change if the player skips the cutscene. But it will always be in Vladivostok FM.
  • Roman tells Niko to "Drive us [them] to our [their] place on Mohawk [Ave.]". This makes it look like Niko already knows his way around the city, which is strange considering that he just arrived. This is possibly an overlook in dialogue.
  • Roman also says: "You without a visa, I would stay in Broker", this reveals that Niko is a illegal immigrant in America, this is one of only two times that this is mentioned in the storyline. The second time is in Hossan's stranger mission.
  • Two important elements of the story this game and its two episodic packs (Lost and Damned & The Ballad of Gay Tony) briefly appear in the opening cutscene; the Diamonds and the Heroin.
  • This is the first appearance of Niko Bellic, Roman Bellic, Hossan Ramzy, and The Cook.
  • Niko places his suitcase next to the front door of the apartment, but when the cutscene ends, the suitcase is no longer there.
  • If the player tries to enter the apartment before parking in the space (and thus starting the cutscene), it will be locked.
  • This is one of two missions to feature both the diamonds and the heroin, the other one being "Departure Time". Coincidentally, these are the first and last points in the GTA IV Era, bringing the story of the diamonds and heroin to an end.
  • No matter what, Roman cannot be taken out of his cab, as shooting at him would result in his death, which would restart the mission. This is properly the only time besides Clean and Serene and I Luv LC that a mission restarts automatically after a mission failure since they are the opening missions of their respective games. (Though if the player gets arrested, Roman will get out of the cab and walk away as the mission will restart once again).
  • The player doesn't have to complete the mission as they can freely drive around Liberty City as long as they don't die or destroy the cab. Driving past the bridges connecting to Algonquin will give you an immediate and full fatal six-star wanted-level.
  • In the third trailer for the game, "Move Up, Ladies," the scene with Roman meeting Niko is shown during the day while in-game the mission takes place at night.
  • In this mission and before the next one, the player cannot use the phone other than to use multiplayer, as you cannot dial any numbers, meaning you can't use cheats or call any of the emergency services from Liberty City.
  • Niko says " Drago Dirat Dicu " in this specific mission. Many people consider this a "half and half" sentence (meaning that all the words used in this sentence are not of the same language). It was later confirmed by Michael Hollick at Comic-Con that all the words are part of the ancient Serbian language and are considered a part of Serbian in Yugoslavia and most parts of Russia.
  • Roman comments on how the city is a "big Üder Milken ice cream shop", with "36 flavors of titty". This is a reference to Baskin and Robbins, which is notable for having 36 flavors of ice cream.

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