|Side quest: In Sheep's Clothing|
|Talk to Danny.|
|(Optional) Heal Danny.|
|Go to Mayor McDonough's office.|
|Press the button under Geneva's desk.|
|Talk to Mayor McDonough.|
|Convince McDonough to free Geneva.|
|Kill McDonough||Let McDonough leave.|
|Reward: 150 XP|
This quest begins when the Sole Survivor travels to Diamond City after he/she has completed Political Leanings and has been banished from the Institute, or if this condition is not met, after completing The Nuclear Option and finishing the main storyline. Gatekeeper Danny Sullivan will be seen dying in front of the walkway leading to Mayor McDonough's office. He will explain that he was shot twice in the stomach by McDonough before falling off the elevator when he saw the mayor conversing with a synth from the Institute. Upon reaching the office's front doors, Piper or a security guard will be seen attempting to gain entry to apprehend him.
- Chase McDonough to his office. (Optional) Talk to a doctor and bring them to tend to Danny's wounds. You can also choose to use a stimpak to heal him. If Curie is with you, she can be asked to take care of him, which she will be happy to do.
- Break into McDonough's office and confront him with Piper. You can either choose to lockpick the door, which is a novice lock, or use a button located underneath the secretary's desk. If using power armor with the jetpack mod, you can also enter through the window. Piper, Nick and Danse will dislike you picking the lock because the door is marked as owned, making lockpicking count as trespassing.
- Decide how to deal with McDonough. Passing a medium difficulty speech check will convince him to release his hostage. He will then request that the Sole Survivor allow him to safely leave the city, giving them three options: comply with McDonough's request to leave, kill McDonough, or sentence him to stand trial, which results in McDonough making a last stand.
- After the Mayor's death/exile, his secretary, Geneva will become the acting mayor of Diamond City.
- If Geneva was killed after the Sole Survivor decided to kill McDonough, there will be no acting mayor of Diamond City and you will not be able to gain the Home Plate as your home, if you haven't already acquired it.
- If the Sole Survivor demands that he stands trial, Piper will love their attempt to bring him to justice. The player character can further their relationship with her by convincing him to let Geneva go, but also deter it beforehand if the door was picked instead of using the button.
- If you have Piper with you as a companion then a Diamond City security guard will replace her at the door of the Mayor's office.
- Danny Sullivan can be found and talked to behind the counter, near the elevator to McDonough's office at the main entrance of Diamond City, should the player choose to enter Diamond City from the outside instead of fast traveling to the market. Upon entering the market area, Danny will be inside and is already wounded.
- Pacifying McDonough with the Intimidation perk doesn't make Piper stop attacking him.
- If John Hancock is with the player character, he will express regret over his animosity towards his brother.
- Ending the game with the Institute causes the quest to become unavailable.
- Companion reactions to this quest:
- Deacon, Danse, and Hancock like it if Danny is given a stimpak.
- Nick Valentine and Preston Garvey love it if Danny is given a stimpak.
- Cait and X6-88 dislike the player giving Danny a stimpak to survive.
- Deacon, Codsworth, and Hancock like it if Geneva is released.
- MacCready and Danse dislike letting the hostage go.
- Curie, Codsworth, and Preston Garvey like it if the mayor is told to stand trial.
- Piper and Nick love it if the mayor is told to stand trial.
- MacCready, Cait, and Danse dislike you making the mayor stand trial.
- Deacon likes it if the Attack option is chosen and you kill the mayor, while Piper dislikes it.
- Danse loves it if the Attack option is chosen and you kill the mayor.
- Porter Gage dislikes if you choose the trial option or you let the mayor go.
- If the Sole Survivor puts himself between Piper (or the security guard if Piper is the companion) and the door while she is trying to bust it, they will be pushed through the door.
- A terminal entry in the Synth Retention Bureau shows that Alana Secord had decided to disavow Mayor McDonough as a result of Piper's article The Synthetic Truth, which identifies Mayor McDonough as a synth. The synth Danny spotted with Mayor McDonough was likely telling the Mayor that he was being cut loose.
- After completing In Sheep's Clothing, residents in Dugout Inn will sometimes give you Items such as Ammo.
- pc ps4 xboxone A bug may occur where Piper and McDonough start shooting at each other after you open the door. The mayor cannot be talked to in this case. A workaround on the PC version is possible if you open up the console and temporarily disable Piper. The mayor can then either be reasoned with or killed, and Piper can be re-enabled after the Mayor is gone or dead. Simply disabling combat or general AI will not work.[verification overdue]
- pc ps4 xboxone Geneva may become hostile during or after dialogue, or when Piper, the player character, or their companion attacks and this triggers McDonough to become hostile as well.[verified]
- pc ps4 xboxone If the player character refuses to allow McDonough to exit the city by either option (kill or trial), he may instigate combat with Piper, but not the player character. If this happens and the player character engages/kills the Mayor, the other NPCs (including Piper and Geneva) will become hostile.[verified]
- pcFor the above situation, in the late portion of the fight Geneva runs down a hallway. Piper has some scripted dialogue after McDonough dies, if the player talks to her. If you put yourself between Piper and the hallway and shut the doors, and spam talking to Piper, it's possible for the aggro to pass.
- xboxone There is a chance for the dialogue to randomly bug and have Mayor McDonough and Geneva speak normally, despite the hostage situation. [verification overdue]
- xboxone McDonough may be hostile before entering his office. The mayor cannot be talked to if this happens.[verification overdue]
- xboxone If Piper is being used as a supply line, she may spawn with a pack brahmin and attempt to shoot McDonough through the wall. If this happens, you may not be able to talk to the mayor.[verification overdue]
- ps4 Compass pip may show that you must enter The Fens and use the outside elevator to continue the quest after talking to Danny. If you do this, you will be stuck in the elevator without the ability to exit it. Using the elevator within the stadium continues the quest normally.[verification overdue]
- pc ps4 xboxone If McDonough shoots Geneva during the fight, she will become hostile to everyone. This causes Piper or any other NPC to kill her, worsening the player character's relationship with Piper and occasionally turning her hostile towards them.[verified]
- You can stand just to the right of Piper so that Geneva doesn't not end up on the side of the entrance and get shot by McDonough.
- On PC you can also fix this bug by opening the console typing ResetAI 00002f0b.
- There is a chance Piper will immediately become hostile and attack you when she stops banging on the door.[platforms tag needed][verification overdue]
- xboxone When McDonough has been Dealt with (Justice/Killed) Piper might still attack both McDonough and Geneva, possibly killing both, to fix this, simply fast-travel away (For Example,Sanctuary) and Fast-Travel back, Geneva will still be alive, and McDonough is gone, depending on how fast you've done it and if Geneva hasn't been executed by McDonough or not