Michael rappelling down the IAA building.
|Game:||Grand Theft Auto V|
|Location:||FIB Headquarters, Downtown Los Santos|
|Target:||Rescuing Ferdinand Karimov|
|Conditions of mission failure:||Wasted|
Mr. K dies
|Reward:||Frogger at Trevor's Airfield|
Michael De Santa
|Unlocks:||By The Book|
The Merryweather Heist (main heist)
|Unlocked by:||Dead Man Walking|
- "We have recieved intel that they're keeping Mr. K at the local Agency station. The Agency is stepping up their questioning because of your moronic antics down at the coroner's office. We need to get him out of there before he blabs."
- ― Steve Haines
The mission begins with Michael De Santa, Trevor Philips and Franklin Clinton being summoned by the corrupt FIB agent, Steve Haines. Haines forces Michael and his crew to perform an abduction against the IAA, another government force, in order to boost the funding for the FIB. Michael refuses, until Haines uses Dave's leverage into forcing him to do the job.
Michael does the "heavy lifting," and will grab Mr. K. Trevor is tasked with flying a Frogger helicopter because of his past experience as a pilot. Franklin acts a sniper, who will provide support for Michael.
When the 3 protagonists arrive at the IAA HQ, Franklin is already perched with a Heavy Sniper on top of a building across the street to cover Michael. As Trevor hovers overhead, Michael rappels down the building to the Agency office window to extract the target. The target, Mr. K's being tortured by IAA agents. Michael identifies the target, and rappels in, putting a gun to his head and the agents aim their guns at Michael, prompting Franklin to kill some of the IAA agents guarding the target. With the first wave of agents clear, Trevor pulls them out of the building and Michael and Franklin kill remaining agents. Michael rappels him and Mr. K back up to the helicopter, as many IAA helicopters show up. Franklin kills one pilot, while Michael kills the others. After getting rid of the air unit, Michaels tells Franklin to take off, while Trevor, Michael, and Mr. K head to an empty lot to give him to the FIB, where the mission concludes.
- Go to Dave. - (Michael)
- Go to Dave's car. - (Michael)
- Go to El Burro Heights. - (Michael)
- Go to the IAA Headquarters. - (Trevor)
- Rappel down the IAA Headquarters. - (Michael)
- Enter through the window. - (Michael)
- Kill all the IAA agents. - (Michael and Franklin)
- Take down all the IAA helicopters - (Michael and Franklin)
- Go back to El Burro Heights. - (Trevor)
Gold Medal Objectives
- Time - Complete within 07:30.
- Accuracy - Finish with a shooting accuracy of at least 60%.
- Headshots - Kill 10 enemies with headshots.
Weazel News Newspaper
"Eye witnesses believe they had just seen the crime of the century - an audacious raid on the IAA Headquarters in Downtown Los Santos, in which a man was snatched from an office by a suspect hanging from a helicopter before both escaped. Not so, according to the IAA. Agency spokeswoman Lucinda Jacob told reporters the incident was merely a training exercise, and nothing to be concerned by. "We are constantly training and yesterday was no exception. An agent posing as a terror suspect was snatched in a practice raid to see how our systems and processes respond to extreme duress. Despite problems with our funding, people should be relieved to know our systems worked great. You're in safe hands," Jacob said."
- @kankanjill - "helikopter dogfight between terorists and IAA over Los Santos. WTF is goin on, r we at war."
- @usafrankieg - "Now they've breached the IAA Headquarters! The heart of our security machine! This is what happens when you go soft on Iraq! I told you an attack was coming! Why does no one read my bleets!"
- After the mission, it is stated in the news that the IAA was performing a training exercise at their headquarters. This is a coverup.
- In GameInformer's demo review, it was mentioned that the target would be injured due to one of the agents smashing a flashlight on his finger, causing his finger to bleed. However in the actual game, there is no effect on his hands.
- Originally, this mission was going to be called "The Extraction."
- The IGN's demo review mentions that this would be the first mission in which all 3 protagonists would be available to play as. This remained true.
- Karen appears in this mission as the lead interrogator of the target. She cannot be killed, however, since she escapes the room before the player regains control as Michael.
- If the player waits long enough in the window without entering the building, Karen will notice Michael hanging outside, will call for security, then one of the agents will shoot Michael.
- During the rappelling part, Michael fires his AP Pistol in three-round bursts instead of fully-automatic mode (though he can fire single or two-round burst shots if the player slightly taps the firing button).
- The building where Franklin covers Michael is the Arcadius Business Center.
- The title also points out that Michael, Trevor and Franklin work together to complete the mission. This is actually the first time & mission where Franklin meets Trevor and all three protagonists work together.
- Before Franklin and Trevor meet there for the first time, they already know each other. The reason for this is because after completing Friends Reunited, all 3 protagonist are unlocked and it's possible to meet early before the mission.
- There are multiple possible references for the mission's name.
- It is possibly a reference to the fact that this is the first mission where all three protagonists are forced to work together.
- Another possibility is that it is a reference to the 1984-85 TV show Three's a Crowd, which was later renamed Three's Company.
- The most likely source is the fact that Karen appears in the mission; she first appeared in "Three's a Crowd" in GTA IV. The two titles are idioms that mean the opposite of each other.
- Another possible reference is to The A-Team (film) where Hannibal Smith, Murdock, and B.A. use similar methods to extract a target (Michael, Trevor, and Franklin in the similar positions respectfully).
- The Frogger in this mission is the helicopter added to Trevor's Sandy Shores helipad. Trevor paints "TPI," and a few vulgarities on the helicopter after acquiring it.
- This mission, tied with Blitz Play (MG & Rocket Launcher) & The Jewel Store Job (Carbine Rifle & Tear Gas) has the second most amount of unlocks (AP Pistol and Heavy Sniper) for weapons, with The Paleto Score having the most (Minigun, Combat MG & Assault Shotgun). An exception is Franklin and Lamar, as it unlocks Ammu-Nation in general which has Pistol, Knife, Grenades, Armour, SMG, Micro SMG and any DLC weapons.
- If Franklin completed the assassination mission for Lester, unlocking his new house, Dave will still say he will send G-Men to his aunt's house.
- The outfit Michael use during the rappelling part is exclusive to the mission, and does not save to Michael's wardrobe upon completing the storyline.
- During this mission, Michael uses the Advanced Rifle, though he will not be able to buy it before The Big Score.
- If the mission is replayed, it will retain any attachment that was added.