|Side Quest: Someone to Watch Over Me|
|Talk to Crandon at North Vegas Square. Speech 45 or Barter 35 is required to initiate the quest.|
|Deal with the newcomers.|
|Obtain the next assignment from Crandon.|
|Enter the north sewers through the manhole, and deal with the Greasers.|
|Return to Crandon for the next assignment.|
|Talk to Mrs. Hostetler, and help her spy on her daughter's new friends.|
|Reward: 1000 caps|
Go to North Vegas Square and talk to Crandon. Ask him if he needs any help, and he will ask you to deal with unwanted squatters that have recently moved into the area. Travel to the squatters, and talk to Squatter Bill. From here, the player has three options:
- Attack the squatters (note: squatters are NCR citizens, and killing them will cause NCR infamy)
- Pay them 50 caps to leave with Barter 45
- Threaten them into leaving with Speech 45
Once that is done, return to Crandon.
Crandon will be impressed with the work, and assign a new mission. This time, it requires dealing with a few troublemakers in the sewers. Enter the North sewers manhole. From here, follow your map marker until you reach a group of Greasers. Talk to the leader of the group, Greasy Johnny. The player has four choices:
- Attack him and his gang
- Use Speech 65 to talk him out of causing trouble
- Use Barter 50 to offer him 50 caps to stop
- Pay him 100 caps to stop
Attacking any of the Greasers, even after peacefully resolving the quest with a speech or barter check, will result in New Vegas citizens in the immediate area becoming hostile and attack along with the Greasers, but killing them as well results in no karma or reputation loss. New Vegas citizens not in the immediate area of the fight remain friendly to the Courier.
Once the Greasers are dealt with, return to Crandon for the next assignment. He will tell you to see Mrs. Hostetler because her daughter is getting to know the wrong crowd of people. Follow the map marker to Hostetler home, which is due south of Crimson Caravan Company and northwest of Durable Dunn's sacked caravan. Inside, talk to Mrs. Hostetler about any work needing done. She will ask you to spy on her daughter, Alice Hostetler, to see what her new friends are up to.
Travel back to North Vegas Square and speak with Jules. He will tell you she's hanging out with Andy Scabb and his crew in The Gray. Enter The Gray to search for Andy and Alice's whereabouts. Inside two thugs guard Andy's room. One down the hall around the corner and one directly in front of the door. The player must enter Andy's locked room, either using 50 Lockpick, or a key from one of the Thugs guarding the door; either key can be stolen or lifted off a thug's corpse. With Speech 70, the player can lie to the thug nearest the door and he will leave his post, otherwise, the player can simply kill him without gaining any infamy, or wait for him to leave his post voluntarily, as happens on occasion.
Once you are in Andy's room, pick up the Henchman message to Andy Scabb underneath the TV. As you leave, you will be confronted by the ghoul Andy. The player can lie to him with 65 Speech. Andy adds an optional part of the quest, which involves helping him steal the Crimson Caravan money from the Hostetlers. Although it is possible to obtain the note from Andy's room without first having spoken with Jules, the confrontation with Andy will not take place if you do this.
After dealing with Andy, the player should return to the Hostetler house to report to the mother, but upon entering the player will be approached by Alice Hostetler who is very upset. Talking her out of attacking her mother is easier with 70 Speech or 7 Intelligence, but it is also possible through the available speech options. You can ask her if she has the money and she will say that her mother has it in the bedroom. If you say you will wait for her to get it, Alice has a change of heart. You can then ask for her to give you her gun, a 9mm pistol. After talking her down, the player can suggest that she reconcile with her family and stay with them, or to leave and never come back. There is a second speech check (Speech 75) that convinces Alice that only she can answer her dreams which results in good karma. Or skip the second speech check (Speech 75) and you will have the option of "Give them a chance," you will get good karma and Alice stays alive. Talking to Mrs. Hostetler completes the quest.
For the best possible ending here pass the first speech check. Then when you get the option of "Do you have the money" select it and the next set of choices find the option of "Okay, go ahead. I'll wait for you." She has a change of heart and you can ask for her 9mm. Don't taunt her though or she will then commit homicide. If you got her gun then say, "You should stay with your family - reconcile with them." You get good karma, the gun, the reward, and Alice lives.
When you have stopped Alice from killing her parents and made her leave, the quest will tell you to talk to Mrs. Hostetler. You can either kill her yourself, looting the 1000 caps and gaining negative karma, decline any reward and gain positive karma or get 200 or 500 caps, depending on if you demanded a reward or told her Alice would have left anyways respectively. Another solution is to talk Alice into killing her mother. She then gets upset and flees the home. The quest is completed and negative karma is earned. The player can also loot the mother's body and take the 1000 caps and her guns. She has a lever-action shotgun and some ammunition as well.
Behind the scenes
- "Someone to Watch Over Me" is the name of a song written by George and Ira Gershwin in for the 1926 Broadway musical Oh, Kay! Considered part of The Great American Songbook, the song has been recorded many times by many artists, including Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, Stéphane Grappelli, Keely Smith, Rosemary Clooney, and Ella Fitzgerald.
- Greasers were an American 1950s form of youth gang.
- pc xbox360 Sometimes it takes several attempts at conversation with Crandon to be able to turn the squatters in.
- pc ps3 xbox360 If you use the speech check telling Alice that "only she can answer her dreams" and then attempt to follow her out of the house, without first speaking to Mrs. Hostetler, she dies immediately as you appear outside. You fail the quest and receive negative karma. If you first speak to Mrs. Hostetler and end the quest, then exit the house Alice is gone and presumed alive, and you will not receive any negative karma.
- pc ps3 xbox360 There will sometimes be no Speech option available, as it goes back to the Intelligence option numerous times.
- If experienced on the PC, you can fix it somewhat with console commands. Using the base id on this page, reset the quest, set the quest stage to 55, resurrect Alice and talk to her again. The quest line will be completely bugged at this point though. The only way found to have the quest end successfully without the Courier being blamed for killing her was to tell her to run away.
- xbox360 ps3 It's possible, when Andy confronts the Courier, to exit conversation without a Speech check or fighting by selecting the, "Goodbye" option, which, presumably, is not supposed to be available. Andy will then act as if nothing has happened and allow the Courier to continue with the quest. This does not lead to any additional bugs on the ps3.
- xbox360 If caught lock-picking after having spoken to Mrs. Hostetler, but before having spoken to Jules, the guard to Andy's room will not attack, only pull his weapon, accuse you of stealing, then re-holster his gun. This makes it easy to pre-pick the lock, then speak to Jules, then get the note.