- "People who fuck with me get fucked with..."
- ― Vladimir Glebov
Bull in a China Shop is the first mission in Grand Theft Auto IV given to Niko Bellic by Vladimir Glebov to collect some past due protection money. It introduces the systems of taxi riding and throwing objects.
Plot and Walkthrough
After receiving a phone call from Vlad to work for him, Niko meets Vlad at the Comrades Bar over on Mohawk Ave (across the street from the Hove Beach safehouse). During a cutscene, Niko and Vlad converse. Vlad, despite repeated insults, actually seems to like Niko, and trusts him enough to send him out on a mission. Vlad asks Niko to deal with a china shop owner who owes Vlad protection money. Vlad asks Niko to not hurt the man, but to get the money. Vlad offers Niko a baseball bat to intimidate the shop owner, but Niko declines the weapon, arguing that he has other ways of going about it.
Scaring the shop owner
After the cutscene, the player will head over to the China shop in Cerveza Heights, located on Huntington Street. The mission offers the player the opportunity to take a taxi ride instead (with a Taxi appropriately appearing in front of the player), but the player can also drive there on their own. When the player arrives at the yellow marker, the door is locked and the owner is refusing to pay.
- Find something to throw through the shop window.
- Throw the object through the window to show the owner you're serious.
Find something to throw through the shop window. The object can be found in a small yard on Thornton Street. The player may throw the brick through one of the store windows, or shoot at them with any weapon, or simply smash it with Niko's fist.
Another way to scare the shop owner is not to go into the yellow marker when the player gets there, instead go to the other side of the street. Take out a gun and shoot one of the windows beside the door. The player can also crash a vehicle into the window, use fists, etc. Note that not going into the yellow marker will change the cutscene where the shop owner exits the store (and the player won't get the thrown objects tutorial).
The owner will soon agree to pay out in fear. Niko then takes the money to Vlad who is in the Comrades Bar. The GPS will, once again, get the player to the location easily. Vlad will reveal that the shop owner is dealing in illegal businesses back in the East of Asia, when he states: "Stupid jerk made a mistake telling me how much he gets that shit for back east. He's the biggest crook in the whole neighborhood. Luckily I don't tell his customers what they're paying for."
|Bull in a China Shop|
- The shop is accessible by either jumping through the door, or through the window (bug - PS3)
- The Korean writings in the shop contain grammatical errors, which makes them difficult to interpret.
- The mission's name comes from the phrase "Like a bull in a china shop", meaning a clumsy or careless person. It can also be used to describe recklessness, highlighted by Niko throwing a brick through the shop's window.
- The mission's opening cutscene marks the introduction of two minor characters that may appear as random characters later in the storyline: Mel, who leaves the bar drunk, and Ivan Bytchkov, who is also seen leaving after ending a meeting with Vlad.
- If the player breaks the shop's window before going to the marker, the shop owner will have different dialogue in the game.
- The in-game tutorial explains how to hail and use taxis to get around town, but using a cab in this mission is completely optional. However, because of the tutorial, when Niko exits Comrades Bar, there will be a scripted empty taxi driving outside very slowly.
- The PS3 version contains a variation of the recurring "disappearing vehicle glitch" - after breaking the shop window, whatever vehicle the player arrived in will vanish, forcing them to jack another vehicle or take a cab to return to Vlad.
- If one attempts to throw a soda can at the window in the PS3 version, the can will disappear and do nothing. Use one of the bricks located about a half block away from the store (behind as the player faces the storefront).
- If the player succeeds in entering the shop through jumping through the window and walk forward into the shop, there is a risk of going into Blue Hell, sometimes Niko will fall and will respawn outside the shop.
- If the player throws a grenade to the window, it will break but the grenade will not explode.
- The shop's door appears to be working incorrectly, when the shop owner runs outside the door will only be half open, but when the owner shoud "Shit Brain" or "Crazy Man" the door will suddenly become full open. When the shop owner gives the player Vlad's owned money the shop door become closed.