|This article is about the mission given by Bernie Crane in Grand Theft Auto IV. For the road in Algonquin, see Union Drive East and Union Drive West.|
- "They don't even know what they're in for. No way. Nothing stands in the way of love. Love is strong enough to rip down mountains and throw trucks and all that stuff."
- ― Bernie Crane, about the blackmailers
Niko arrives at Bernie's apartment to find him hysteric and on the phone with his love interest, Bryce Dawkins. When Bernie gets off the phone, he tells Niko that he and Bryce are being blackmailed by someone who knows about their "relationship" and asks Niko to help warn them off. Once the player obtains a vehicle, Bernie explains that the people that he and Niko are meeting are representatives of the blackmailers in Northwood. When the player reaches the rendezvous point, it is revealed that the group of blackmailers is working with Dimitri Rascalov and plan to take their story to Weazel News. The player must then chase the blackmailers down and eliminate them.
In order to complete the mission the player must:
- Fine a car and pick up Bernie.
- Take Bernie to the rendezvous to meet with the blackmailers.
- Kill the blackmailers.
- Go to Bernie.
- Take Bernie back to his apartment.
- A Turismo usually spawns at Bernie's apartment and is a pretty fast car that can be used for the chase.
- Although the player is instructed to chase and kill them, it is easier to focus on the road because along the way there will be cars that are scripted to crash as well as buses and semis that will block the way. The blackmailers have a lot of health points, so it's best to wait until the chase comes to an end.
- When the player reaches the Castle Tunnel a Police Cruiser will eventually join in on the chase so the player must be careful not to crash into it or accidentally shoot the cops in the vehicle as this will gain unnecessary attention from law enforcement and possibly make it harder to catch up to the blackmailers.
- The enemies will eventually reach a dead end in Castle Garden City where they player can exit the vehicle and kill them with a weapon.
- There is a certain area where the blackmailers will drive past a gas station. If the player is fast enough, they can shoot one of the gas pumps and it will blow up the blackmailers' car, thus ending the chase rather early.
- The name of the mission is double entendre referring to three seemingly unrelated topics. On one hand, the name references the nature of the mission: To drive in order to secure a "union" between lovers; another is that Dimitri Rascalov blackmails Bryce to obtain control of worker's union contracts; and on the other, it references the names of highways where much of the car chase in the mission occurs, Union Drive East and Union Drive West.
- The mission is one of only a handful of occasions in the game when a Super GT with a unique paintjob is available to be taken, as it is the Russians' getaway vehicle. After they eventually crash, the car can easily be taken.
- Dimitri calls soon after this mission and tells Niko he will "cut him in" if he helps expose Dawkins, and also taunts Niko about being gay for hanging out with Bernie.
- When the player gets to the Castle Tunnel, a Police Cruiser will chase the hitmen, but will lose control and crash, prompting Niko to say something like "If half the cops in the city weren't on the take, I'd feel sorry for that guy". The Police Cruiser is also scripted to move much faster than normal.
- Strangely, the police officer that chases the goons does not turn on his sirens. This could be either a mistake by the officer himself to represent the incompetent nature of the LCPD, or more likely a simple programming error.
- When the Super GT hits traffic cars, they immediatley flip over, where as outside missions this would not be executed as quick. This likely to prevent the mission from stalling.
- If the player shoots the scripted Police Cruiser during the chase, Niko will attain wanted level as usual, but no more police will be alerted, and the officers won't fight back, because the chase has been pre-written.