The Party

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The Party
Ken Rosenberg telling Tommy Vercetti about the party on Juan Cortez' yacht.

Ken Rosenberg telling Tommy Vercetti about the party on Juan Cortez' yacht.
Game GTA Vice City
For Ken Rosenberg
Target Pick up Mercedes from the party.
Location Washington Beach, Vice City
Fail Death of Tommy Vercetti
Arrest of Tommy Vercetti
Death of Mercedes Cortez
Reward $100
Soiree Outfit
Unlocks Back Alley Brawl
Unlocked by An Old Friend

The Party is a mission in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City given to the protagonist Tommy Vercetti by lawyer Ken Rosenberg from his office in Washington Beach, Vice City.


Tommy Vercetti goes to Ken Rosenberg's office, trying to get some leads on the ambushed drug deal, following the orders of Forelli Family Don Sonny Forelli. Ken Rosenberg tells Tommy that Colonel Juan Garcia Cortez is having a party on his yacht and that it would be best to start with Cortez, as he was the one who set up the deal. Ken gives Tommy his invitation but tells Tommy to stop at Rafael's and get a new outfit, stating that Tommy's current outfit "would turn heads". Tommy leaves the office and drives to Rafael's where he gets a new suit. Tommy then drives to the yacht at the small marina and meets Cortez, who says they can talk about the ambushed drug deal later. He introduces Tommy to his daughter Mercedes Cortez, who then points out each of the party guests. However, when Ricardo Diaz unexpectedly arrives, she leaves with Tommy, having him drive her to The Pole Position Club.


Ken Rosenberg: Go get some sleep, he says - I have been sitting in this chair all night with the lights off drinking coffee! This is a disaster. We are so screwed, man! These gorillas, listen to me, are gonna come down here and rip my head off. It's ridiculous! I did NOT go to law school for this! OK, now what the hell are we gonna do?

Tommy Vercetti: Shut up, sit down, relax. I'll tell you what we're gonna do. We're gonna find out who took our cocaine - and then, I'm gonna kill them.

Ken Rosenberg: That's a good idea. That's a GREAT idea. Let me think, let me think, let me think. OH! There's this retired Colonel, Colonel Juan Garcia Cortez. He's the one that helped me set up this deal well away from Vice City's established thugs. OK? Now, listen. He's holding his party out in the bay on his expensive yacht and all of Vice City's big players are gonna be there. OK? I have an invite, of course I have an invite. But there's no way that I'm going out there, sticking my head out the door -

Tommy Vercetti: I told you, shut up! I'll go myself...

Ken Rosenberg: Ho - whoa, whoa! Hey, I like 1978 too, but, y'know, this isn't gonna be a beer and strippers do. I mean, no offense, but I think that you might turn heads on the runway for the wrong reasons.

Tommy Vercetti: What's wrong with the way I'm dressed?

Ken Rosenberg: OK, look, here. Stop by Rafael's, tell him I sent 'ya. He'll make you look respectable. OK, go, c'mon...

(Tommy leaves Ken's office)

Tommy Vercetti: Who does that guy think he is?! Now I have to dress like a chump as well as hang out with them?! I like this shirt.

(Tommy gets his outfit from Rafael's)

Tommy Vercetti: Hmmmm...nice bike.

(If the player chooses to steal the bike)

Biker: No! My bike!

(Tommy arrives at Cortez's yacht party, Hall & Oates "Out of Touch" plays in the background)

Juan Cortez: Buenas noches. I understand you are here on the behalf of Mr. Rosenberg. I hope any recent problems have not affected his health, or uh, mental well being, Mr...uh?

Tommy Vercetti: Vercetti. He's just got a touch of...agoraphobia.

Juan Cortez: Excellent, excellent. And you?

Tommy Vercetti: I just want my merchandise.

Juan Cortez: Ah. It's an unfortunate set of circumstances for all involved. Of course I have initiated my own lines of inquiry, but such a delicate matter will take time. Perhaps we will talk later. Meanwhile, let me introduce you to my daughter, Mercedes! Caramia, could you look after our guest while I attend to my necessary obligations?

Mercedes Cortez: Of course, daddy.

Juan Cortez: Please excuse me.

Tommy Vercetti: Mercedes?

Mercedes Cortez: You try living with it. Anyway, let me point out some of our more distinguished guests...That's our congressman Alex Shrub with rising silicone star Candy Suxxx...

(Camera shows Alex Shrub, Candy Suxxx and Kent Paul)

Alex Shrub: And have you met my lovely wife Laura? No? Well, unfortunately she's in Alabama. This is Candy.

(Camera returns to Tommy and Mercedes)

Mercedes Cortez: And over there we have the Vice City Mambas' star tight end, BJ - always the charmer.

(Camera shows BJ Smith, Avery Carrington and Donald Love)

BJ Smith: I blocked down on him and then I put him in a wheelchair!

Avery Carrington: Haha, that is good! Well now, I'm looking at some prime real estate property.

(Camera returns to Tommy and Mercedes)

Mercedes Cortez: And that poolside amphibian is Jezz Torrent,lead singer with Love Fist.

(Camera shows Jezz Torrent)

Jezz Torrent: Can I tell yous - do you know how they play ping-pong in Thailand? Let me tell you's, it does not involve a paddle, if you know what I mean!

(Camera returns to Tommy and Mercedes)

Mercedes Cortez: Impotent. And the chatty trio. That walking sweat gland is Papa's right hand gimp, Gonzales. And the other two are Pastor Richards and pseudo intellectual film director, Steve Scott.

(Camera shows Gonzales, Pastor Richards and Steve Scott)

Steve Scott: ...passion with the nympho invaders, when the giant shark comes in and just bites their dicks off! Ha now, you never saw anything like that before, have you?

(Camera shows Ricardo Diaz arriving)

Ricardo Diaz: Colonel! Your parties as ever are a triumph, hahahaha! I can only apologize for my late arrival.

Juan Cortez: Ah, de nada amigo. How do we find you?

Ricardo Diaz: Our business is very trying - barbarians at the gates. A time for rewarding one's friends and liquidating one's enemies, amigo.

(Cameras return to Tommy and Mercedes)

Tommy Vercetti: Who's the loudmouth?

Mercedes Cortez: Ricardo Diaz. He's Mr. Coke.

Ricardo Diaz: Mercedes!

Mercedes Cortez: Oh, I was just taking my friend back into town. Another time, Ricardo! Let's get out of here. Actually, take me to the Pole Position club.

(Tommy drives Mercedes to the Pole Position Club)

Mercedes Cortez: Will you be working for my father?

Tommy Vercetti: Maybe.

Mercedes Cortez: It's so difficult having a rich and powerful father. Vamos.

(If the player is driving a car)

Mercedes Cortez: Will you be working for my father?

Tommy Vercetti: Maybe.

Mercedes Cortez: Do you mind me resting my hand in your lap?

Tommy Vercetti: Maybe...

Mercedes Cortez: It's so difficult having a rich and powerful father. Vamos.

(They arrive at the Pole Position)

Mercedes Cortez: See you around, handsome!

Tommy Vercetti: I'm sure you will.


The reward for completing the mission is $100 and unlocking the Soiree Outfit and a suit bag at the Ocean View Hotel. The mission Back Alley Brawl for Ken Rosenberg is also unlocked.


  • Biker (optional) - Killed for his bike


  • The party guests include Alex Shrub, Candy Suxxx, Kent Paul, BJ Smith, Avery Carrington, Donald Love, Jezz Torrent, Steve Scott, Pastor Richards, Gonzalez, and Ricardo Diaz.
  • Mike, later an associate of Tommy Vercetti and Lance Vance, appears as one of Ricardo Diaz' bodyguards.
  • Ricardo Diaz' guards are wearing blue shirts, instead of the Diaz' Gang's purple shirts, a possible hint to their change of allegience.
  • The song heard during Cortez' party cutscene is "Out of Touch" by Hall & Oates. It can also be heard on the radio station Flash FM.
  • The Biker in this mission is the only ped that can jump on a bike from its front side.
  • If the player gets in a car then gets out as soon as Mercedes gets in, and the player drives away in another car, Mercedes can still be heard talking to Tommy as if she was in the car.
  • If the player transports Mercedes with a motorcycle, Mercedes won't ask if she can rest on Tommy's lap.
  • Sometimes, Mercedes will not walk into the club. She will then appear in free roam like a random pedestrian.
  • If the player parks their vehicle in the pink halo in front of the pier enterance, any damage it has sustained will automatically be repaired upon completion of the cutscenes.
  • This mission is the only opportunity for the player to obtain a Stretch prior to unlocking Starfish Island.
  • This mission is the only time in which a Stretch spawns in Ocean Beach.


See also

Video Walkthrough

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