Paparazzo - The Meltdown

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Paparazzo - The Meltdown
Game GTA V
Protagonist Franklin Clinton
For Beverly Felton
Objective Agree to take photographs of Poppy Mitchell during a police chase
Location Los Santos
Fail Not staying close to Poppy Mitchell
Interfering with the LSPD
Unlocks Paparazzo - Reality Check (after Paparazzo - The Highness is also completed)
Unlocked by Paparazzo - The Partnership

Paparazzo - The Meltdown is a Strangers and Freaks mission in Grand Theft Auto V given to protagonist Franklin Clinton by paparazzo Beverly Felton via a text message in Los Santos.


Franklin Clinton, having been told by Beverly Felton to do Vinewood Blvd in Downtown Vinewood, arrives and phones Beverly. Beverly tells Franklin that Poppy Mitchell has been spotted in a police chase and that he is to follow them to take photographs. Franklin then moves to Clinton Ave to start pursuing Poppy and the officer chasing her. The three cars drive through Vinewood Hills until the police officer loses control at the junction of North Conker Ave and Fenwell Pl, flipping the car. Another police officer, however, takes up the pursuit. The chase continues throughout northern Los Santos, including through the Vinewood Casino car park, until Poppy crashes into a palm tree at the Elgin Ave and Hawick Ave junction after trying to avoid another police car on Hawick Ave.

Poppy crawls out of the car and, after standing up, begins to stagger towards the officer before sitting down at the side of the road. The officer walks over to Poppy and recognises her, mentioning the sex tape recorded by Franklin earlier, and asks her for an autograph. Poppy then states that she will do anything if the officer allows her to go free. Franklin takes a photograph of Poppy using his camera phone and sends it to Beverly. Beverly responds warning Franklin to leave the area before he is arrested, which Franklin does.

Secondary objectives

Objective Description
Thick of it Stay close to Poppy Mitchell throughout the chase.
DUI Diva Photograph Poppy after she has been handcuffed.


Pre-mission text message

Beverly Felton: Hey homie, heard a few rumors on the celebrity grapevine. Opportunity to get some real money shots! Sent over the locations, call me when you get there.

Mission script

(Franklin drives to Vinewood Blvd and phones Beverly Felton)

Franklin Clinton: Yo. What's going on?

Beverly Felton: Our friend Poppy Mitchell has just been spotted in a high-speed chase with the cops! Like right now, bro! Apparently, she's wasted! Get after them, see if you can snag a shot of her getting busted!

(Franklin follows the police in chasing Poppy to the Vinewood Casino)

Franklin Clinton: Man, how the fuck I get myself into this?

(Franklin continues to follow the police chasing Poppy until the corner of Elgin Ave and Spanish Ave)

Police officer: Pull over to the side of the road! I repeat, pull over, now!

(Franklin continues to follow the police chasing Poppy until she crashes into a palm tree)

Police officer: Get out of the car!

Poppy Mitchell: This isn't happening! This isn't happening!

Police officer: This is happening! Step away from the vehicle.

Poppy Mitchell: But I'm special! This isn't meant to happen to me.

(The police officer walks over to Poppy after she sits down)

Police officer: Wait a second. You're Poppy Mitchell. I saw that video of you... you... wow...

Poppy Mitchell: How did I look?

Police officer: Oh yeah, good. Hey can I get an autograph?

Poppy Mitchell: I'll do anything if you let me off.

Police officer: Anything?

(Franklin takes a photograph of Poppy being arrested and sends it to Beverly)

Beverly Felton (text message): Nice! Get out of there before you get busted!

Post mission phone call

Beverly Felton: That photo! What can I say? A-grade journalism! Our little sex tape sent Sloppy Poppy on a full-blown meltdown! How does it feel to be on the front lines, dude?

Franklin Clinton: Shit, it ain't exactly Iraq, man. And you know what? I might feel a little less degraded if I was fucking getting paid.

Beverly Felton: All in good time. The truth comes first. I'll be in touch.


Video walkthrough

Xbox 360 Version - GTASeriesVideos
14 minutes and 49 seconds in