I'm Free - Free Falling
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"I'm Free - Free Falling" mission completion screen
Story arc

3rd Street Saints (prologue)




Marked: 22. Minimum kills: 16[1]

  • 500 Respect
  • Shaundi (Homie)
  • "The Welcome Wagon" Achievement
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When Good Heists Go Bad We're Going to Need Guns

"I'm Free - Free Falling" is the second mission in Saints Row: The Third.

The Protagonist: "Listen, you French fuck—"
Phillipe Loren: "Please! I am Belgian."
Johnny Gat: "So make yourself a fuckin' waffle. We're done here."
I'm Free - Free Falling intro
The Protagonist, Phillipe Loren, and Johnny Gat, before hostilities commence.


After failing to rob the Stilwater 1st National Bank, The Protagonist, Shaundi, and Johnny Gat find themselves incarcerated. Gat reflects on Josh Birk's words and laments what the 3rd Street Saints have become. Two women and some Morningstar gang members then show up and escort the three to Phillipe Loren's Gawalek A36 in the skies above Steelport.

Loren introduces himself and then his lieutenants as Viola and Kiki DeWynter. He reveals the bank belonged to The Syndicate and gives the Saints a chance to "leverage [their] assets against [their] lives", allowing the gang to continue their operations in Stilwater by giving The Syndicate 66% of their monthly gross revenue. Johnny Gat instantly refuses the offer and escapes his bindings by using his weight to force himself and his chair into his executioner. Gat and Loren get into a minor fight in which Gat is stabbed and Loren's face is smashed into a window, decompressing the plane and forcing Loren to withdraw with the DeWynter sisters.

Gat helps The Protagonist and Shaundi out of their bindings and the three split up, with Gat planning to take control of the plane and bring it back to Stilwater while The Protagonist and Shaundi fight their way to the back of the plane and steal parachutes. However, once the pair accomplish this, they lose contact with Gat over the intercom, who is cut off over the sound of gunshots and killed. Escaping the plane, The Protagonist and Shaundi are left alone in the skies above Steelport, helplessly parachuting down towards the city below.

In a meeting with other leading members of The Syndicate, Phillipe Loren has Matt Miller hack into the Saints' account and steal all their money; The Protagonist then unsuccessfully attempts to withdraw $1,000,000 in cash from an ATM.[2]


I'm Free - Free Falling - Kill the Enemy Pursuers
Kill the guards

Head through the plane and dispatch of the immediate enemies with either light or heavy melee attacks. Using heavy attacks triggers a quick time event in which players can input button prompts, but this only increases the Respect awarded after killing the enemy.

In the first room, there are 3 marked enemies, followed by 2 more who enter through the door. Once these 5 unarmed enemies are killed, single Morningstar member armed with a 45 Shepherd enters. Once dropped, this single 45 Shepherd arms both The Protagonist and Shaundi. Shaundi can kill all 6 of these marked enemies.

Escape with Shaundi

Once in the cargo hold, there are many enemies with guns, but none of them are marked.

Find a parachute

It is not necessary to kill any enemies inside the plane, all that is necessary is to reach the marker.

Catch Shaundi

Once Gat is anticlimactically killed off-screen, the 45 Shepherd is replaced by a TEK Z-10 SMG with infinite ammo.

While diving towards Shaundi, and Morningstar member grabs The Protagonist from behind, and there is a prompt for a quick time event, which is not required and cannot be failed.

Kill the enemy pursuers

During the skydiving portion, there are 16 marked enemies in total, it is possible to kill most of these indirectly by exploding the falling cars.

Shoot the windshield

Shoot the windshield of the plane.

Kill the enemy pursuers

Kill 2 final waves of enemies.

Catch Shaundi

Catch Shaundi once more to end the mission.

While diving towards Shaundi, and Morningstar member grabs The Protagonist from behind, and there is a prompt for a quick time event, which is not required and cannot be failed.


  • Shaundi Homie unlocked


Main article: Newscasts
I'm Free - Free Falling radio newscasts media 00014
Jane Valderamma: "Like some hellish children's book, the sky has fallen in Steelport. Ten people are dead after several cars came raining out of the sky, crushing an apartment building in a fiery blaze. Dozens of bodies, along with a number of crates and mangled vehicles filled the streets nearby. Looters raided the scene before the police arrived, salvaging car stereos and sex dolls from the debris. The city morgue has not released the names of the victims killed in what seems to be a mid-air accident, and no plane wreckage has been found. This is Jane Valderamma with your Steelport Disaster Report."


  • The mission was first revealed in the Freefalling Trailer, which debuted during SDCC 2011.[3]
  • The name of this mission is a reference to the song Free Fallin' by Tom Petty, which contains the lyrics "And I'm free, free fallin'".
  • The plane resembles an Antonov An-225.
  • The name Gawalek A36 appears on the left side of the plane, just below the cockpit windows. Its registration number is D1110W, and belongs to Steelport Airlines.
  • Several vehicles are inside the plane, including a Decker Kayaks, Luchadore Criminals and Morningstar Infuegos. Collectibles such as sex dolls are in the cargo bay.
  • The song that Johnny Gat plays when he gets control of the plane is We're Leaving Today by Paul Louis Reeves.[4]
  • The phrase Loren speaks over the intercom in French is "Ah, putain de merde! Ouvrez-moi cette porte! Je veux sa tête!", which translates to "Oh, holy shit! Open this door for me! I want his head!"
  • Although The Protagonist falls through the cockpit, neither Phillipe Loren, Johnny Gat, or any other pilot are there.
  • The first skydiving section does not take place above Steelport itself, but above a static image of the city in which the perspective of the buildings does not change. After falling through the plane, the next skydiving section takes place above the city itself.
  • If the player doesn't shoot out the windshield of the plane, both The Protagonist and the plane fall awkwardly out of the sky before the mission fails.
  • This mission is almost identical to a mission in the game No One Lives Forever, that features The Protagonist free falling after escaping a plane while fighting off criminals in mid-air and attempting to grab a parachute by one of them.
  • It is possible to jump out of the plane without triggering the next scene, by using cheats to obtain the Sonic Boom and opening the door to the cargo bay. After doing this, the rear hatch does not immediately open, but opens after firing the Sonic Boom at the already-open door several times. After jumping out of the plane, it soon vanishes and The Protagonist falls south-west of Yearwood, near the location of the second skydiving section. The player must steer in any direction, or The Protagonist gets caught in an infinite fall in the section used for the second skydiving section. Once out of the area used in the mission, Steelport becomes visible, and it is possible to explore the city; there are no pedestrians or traffic, although parked cars and Gang Operations remain. After obtaining an aircraft, it is possible to observe the falling boxes and vehicles used in the mission.
  • Even if the 45 Shepherd is deliberately avoided, it is automatically added to the inventory upon completion of the mission.[or before?]
  • This mission is revisited in Saints Row IV during the missions "De Plane Boss" and "Welcome Back".
  • Kiki and Viola mention this mission during the Rally The Twins quest in Saints Row: Gat out of Hell.
  • After Player Customization, before the mission begins, there is a split second where The Protagonist is standing in New Baranec.[5]


Cutscene #1Edit

The Protagonist: "The fuck is this, we paid up this month."
Cop: "Someone paid more."
Gat: "What happened?"
Shaundi: "We got arrested."
Gat: "No, to us. Birk's right--we traded our dicks in for pussies. Seriously... Movie deals? Commercials? The Saints name used to mean more than body spray and some ass-tasting energy drink."
The Protagonist: "Our brand's worth a shitload of money.."
Gat: "Is that what it's all about?"
Viola: "It is always about the money, Mr. Gat."
Viola: "Which is precisely why our employer wishes to speak with you."
Kiki: "If you will indulge us...?"
Later, aboard a Gawalek A36, The Protagonist, Shaundi and Gat are sitting side-by-side, with their hands tied behind their backs.
Phillipe: "Take them off."
The Protagonist: "You have any idea who you're fucking with here?"
Phillipe: "Of course."
Phillipe: "A remarkable likeness. These visions are Viola and Kiki. And I am Phillipe Loren, chairman of a multi-national organization called the Syndicate."
Shaundi: "Never heard of it."
Phillipe: "Evidently not, or you wouldn't have robbed our bank. Perhaps you wonder why you're still breathing at this point."
Gat: "Actually, I wonder why my foot's not up your ass at this point."
Phillipe: "Like it or not, Mr. Gat, our organization is expanding into Stilwater. I am offering you the chance to leverage your assets against your lives. Ladies?"
Viola: "You may continue to operate the Saints/Ultor media group as you see fit, in exchange for 66 percent of your monthly gross revenue."
Kiki: "That is before taxes, of course."
The Protagonist: "Listen, you French fuck--"
Phillipe: "Please. I am Belgian!"
Gat: "So make yourself a fuckin' waffle. We're done here."
Phillipe: "And I had so hoped to come to a rational business arrangement."
Pilot: "What the hell's goi-"
Gat: "Boss--you gotta bail!"
The Protagonist: "Not without you."
Gat: "There's like, half a dozen guys? I can take 'em."
Shaundi: "What about the plane?"
Gat: "I'll fly it back to Stilwater."
Shaundi: "Johnny, you can't even drive stick--how you gonna fly a plane?"
Gat: "Details, details--just cover the boss! Go--I got this!"
— "cutscene In"


Shaundi: "We can't leave Johnny!"
The Protagonist - Female 1: "Gat's fine. We have other problems."
The Protagonist - Female 2: "Gat will manage. We have our own problems, yes?"
The Protagonist - Female 3: "He's a big boy...he'll figure out what to do."
The Protagonist - Male 1: "Gat can take care of himself, we gotta deal with these guys..."
The Protagonist - Male 2: "Don't worry about Gat, girl. Worry about these assholes."
The Protagonist - Male 3: "Gat's handled worse!"
The Protagonist - Zombie: "Gargles"
— "Mission start"
Gat: "Attention passengers this is your new captain speaking... our updated flight plan has us landing in Stilwater."
Phillipe: "*Speaks French*"
Gat: "I'd like to remind all passengers to remain seated and enjoy the flight."
The Protagonist - Female 1: "And now Gat has a mic. Nice."
The Protagonist - Female 2: "I think we're in for some turbulence."
The Protagonist - Female 3: "See, Johnny's already making friends..."
The Protagonist - Male 1: "Great, who gave Gat a mic?"
The Protagonist - Male 2: "See, Johnny's enjoyin' himself."
The Protagonist - Male 3: "See, he's fine."
The Protagonist - Zombie: "Groans"
— "Johnny Message 1"

Gat: "I can see some of our passengers are getting restless. Here's some relaxing music for your enjoyment."
— "Speaker Message 1"

Gat: "My apologies, your captain is having troubles finding the clutch..."
Shaundi: "Oh my god...we're gonna die."
— "Turbulence"

Gat: "I'm opening the cargo bay doors, find some chutes and jump out the back, it should be clear."
Shaundi: "Johnny and I have different definitions on "clear"..."
The Protagonist - Female 1: "You can tell him that later. Right now, we have to go."
The Protagonist - Female 2: "20 to 2? Seems the odds are in our favor."
The Protagonist - Female 3: "Kill now, argue later..."
The Protagonist - Male 1: "We can bitch about word choice later, let's get outta here."
The Protagonist - Male 2: "Cut our pilot some slack."
The Protagonist - Male 3: "Less talky, more shooty."
The Protagonist - Zombie: "Groans"
— "Cargo Doors"

Gat: "Alright motherfuckers"
Interrogation: "The door is op-!"
Phillipe: "KILL HIM!"
Gat: "*Grunts*"
Interrogation: "*Screams*"
Gat: "You're gonna need more help than that Frenchy"
Phillipe: "I am Belgian!"
Gat: "Same thing."
Phillipe: "I'm going to cut that disrespectful tongue from your mouth..."
Gat: "Oh yeah? You and how many of your-oh. That many..."
— "Johnny Message 2"

Cutscene #2Edit

Shaundi: "Johnny, we're about to jump!"
Gat: "Right on, I'll see you in Stil-"
The sound of gunshots comes through the intercom
Shaundi: "Johnny..."
— "cutscene Zscene01"


The Protagonist - Female 1: "The hell you doing here?"
The Protagonist - Female 2: "You're getting under my skin."
The Protagonist - Female 3: "What the hell?"
The Protagonist - Male 1: "The fuck did you come from?"
The Protagonist - Male 2: "Who the fuck...?"
The Protagonist - Male 3: "Where the hell--!"
The Protagonist - Zombie: "Mumbles"
— "Air Fight"
The Protagonist - Female 1: "Are you serious?!"
The Protagonist - Female 2: "Oh good, I get to kill more of them."
The Protagonist - Female 3: "What's wrong with you people!"
The Protagonist - Male 1: "Really?!"
The Protagonist - Male 2: "Oh shit!"
The Protagonist - Male 3: "For fuck's sake!"
The Protagonist - Zombie: "Babbles"
— "Falling"
The Protagonist: "I got you Shaundi!"
The Protagonist - Zombie: "Moans"
Shaundi: "I'm not gonna lie, for a minute I didn't think you'd make it in time."
The Protagonist - Female 1: "See, nothing to worry about. I got yo... um, what's that?"
The Protagonist - Female 2: "My plans are always working! Now we are... Wait, what is that?"
The Protagonist - Female 3: "Come on, who's your girl Shaun...what the hell is that?"
The Protagonist - Male 1: "Are you kidding me? I'd never let my girl fa... Wait, what is that..."
The Protagonist - Male 2: "Girl, you gotta have a little more faith in... wait, what's that thing..."
The Protagonist - Male 3: "That makes two of us. You think I--what the hell is that?"
The Protagonist - Zombie: "Gargles"
Shaundi: "What is what?"
— "Pull Chute"
The Protagonist - Female 1: "I think... yeah, I'm pretty sure that plane is gonna hit us. Just stay calm and don't freak out."
The Protagonist - Female 2: "Don't freak out, Shaundi. They are going to ram us with the airplane, that's all."
The Protagonist - Female 3: "Uh... hey Shaundi... don't freak out or anything, but we're about to be run over by a plane..."
The Protagonist - Male 1: "That plane it's...ok, don't freak out or anything, but I think that plane is gonna try to ram us..."
The Protagonist - Male 2: "OK, it's nothin' to freak out over, but that plane looks like it's gonna try to ram us."
The Protagonist - Male 3: "I think that plane is heading straight for us. So... uh... don't freak out."
The Protagonist - Zombie: "Snarls"
Shaundi: "Whaddya mean don't freak out, do you have a plan?"
The Protagonist - Female 1: "Yeah, I shoot through the windshield, dive into the plane, and kill that asshole Phillipe."
The Protagonist - Female 2: "Of course! I will shoot out the windows, drop into the plane, kill Phillipe, and jump out again. Simple."
The Protagonist - Female 3: "Sure...I shoot out the window, land in the plane, kill Phillipe, and then I bounce."
The Protagonist - Male 1: "Yeah: I shoot out the window, land in the plane, kill Phillipe, then jump out the back again..."
The Protagonist - Male 2: "If I shoot out the window I can land inside it, cap Phillipe, then jump out the back."
The Protagonist - Male 3: "If I time it right, I can shoot out the window, land in the plane, kill Phillippe, and fly out the back."
The Protagonist - Zombie: "Garbled"
Shaundi: "You mean, "we" right?"
The Protagonist - Female 1: "Promise you won't hold this against me later, sweetie."
The Protagonist - Female 2: "Do not worry! I will be seeing you shortly."
The Protagonist - Female 3: "Nope."
The Protagonist - Male 1: "Look, just remember how happy you were when I caught you..."
The Protagonist - Male 2: "I'll be back in a minute."
The Protagonist - Male 3: "Back in a pinch, love."
The Protagonist - Zombie: "Mumbles"
— "Plane"
Wait, wh- ASSHOLE!
— Shaundi, as The Protagonist releases her

The Protagonist - Female 1: "Shoot out a window and jump back inside... Not my best plan..."
The Protagonist - Female 2: "This sounded better in my head..."
The Protagonist - Female 3: "This should be easy..."
The Protagonist - Male 1: "Shoot the window and land in the plane...the fuck was I thinking..."
The Protagonist - Male 2: "Shoot out the window, the fuck was I thinking..."
The Protagonist - Male 3: "Steady... steady now..."
The Protagonist - Zombie: "Groans"
— "Shoot Plane"


The Protagonist - Female 1: "That coulda gone better."
The Protagonist - Female 2: "Well... that could have gone worse."
The Protagonist - Female 3: "Well, that kinda worked..."
The Protagonist - Male 1: "Well, 2 out of 4 ain't bad..."
The Protagonist - Male 2: "So that just happened...."
The Protagonist - Male 3: "That could have gone worse."
The Protagonist - Zombie: "Roars"
— "Flew Through The"
The Protagonist - Female 1: "Let go!"
The Protagonist - Female 2: "Give up, you idiot!"
The Protagonist - Female 3: "Get off me!"
The Protagonist - Male 1: "Get off me!"
The Protagonist - Male 2: "Let go!"
The Protagonist - Male 3: "Piss off!"
The Protagonist - Zombie: "Gargles"
— "Air Fight"
The Protagonist - Female 1: "Were there other planes dumping cargo? Jesus!"
The Protagonist - Female 2: "Where did this COME from?!"
The Protagonist - Female 3: "How was that plane carrying all that shit..."
The Protagonist - Male 1: "How much shit was in that plane?"
The Protagonist - Male 2: "These assholes pack enough shit in that plane?"
The Protagonist - Male 3: "How much shit was in that plane?"
The Protagonist - Zombie: "Roars"
— "Falling"
The Protagonist - Female 1: "I'm here!"
The Protagonist - Female 2: "You see? I return!"
The Protagonist - Female 3: "Got ya!"
The Protagonist - Male 1: "Got ya!"
The Protagonist - Male 2: "Got ya, girl!"
The Protagonist - Male 3: "Miss me?"
The Protagonist - Zombie: "Sneers"
Shaundi: "You're a fucking asshole..."
The Protagonist - Female 1: "True!"
The Protagonist - Female 2: "But I wasn't wrong!"
The Protagonist - Female 3: "Yes...but I'm YOUR asshole."
The Protagonist - Male 1: "OK, I deserve that..."
The Protagonist - Male 2: "I have my moments..."
The Protagonist - Male 3: "Right. Well. Can't disagree there."
The Protagonist - Zombie: "Gargles"
— "Pull Chute"

Cutscene #3Edit

Phillipe: "Gentlemen, negotiations were... less than successful."
As Loren speaks, the scene cuts to The Protagonist and Shaundi walking through the streets of Steelport.
Phillipe: "...Viola and Kiki will spread the word: Steelport belongs to the Syndicate, and the Saints are not welcome."
Phillipe: "Mr. Killbane, gather your Luchadores and bring me their leader's head. Mr. Miller, hack into the Saints' accounts, and leave them nothing."
The Protagonist attempts to withdraw $1,000,000 from an ATM, and punches the ATM screen in anger.
— End cutscene


The Protagonist - Female 1: "I'll catch ya, Shaundi!"
The Protagonist - Female 2: "No fear Shaundi! I am coming for you!"
The Protagonist - Female 3: "This could be going better..."
The Protagonist - Male 1: "Hang on Shaundi, I'm comin!"
The Protagonist - Male 2: "I'm comin' for ya, Shaundi!"
The Protagonist - Male 3: "Hold on, Shaundi!"
The Protagonist - Zombie: "Grunts"
— "Fall"
Oh God, we're going to die.
— Shaundi, "Gat Find"

I hope you guys are moving fast, this door isn't gonna hold much longer...
— Gat, "Gat"

Shaundi: "Get moving!"
Shaundi: "What're you waiting for? Let's go."
Shaundi: "We're leaving, remember?"
Shaundi: "You're the one who said to move, so move!"
— "Get Moving"

Morningstar: "Get 'em!"
Morningstar: "Kill them!"
Morningstar: "You feelin' lucky today, you scumbag Saint?"
Morningstar: "Die you Saints piece of shit!"
Morningstar: "You don't know who you're messing with, Saints!"
— "Goon Banter"

Shaundi: "Johnny... He's... they..."
The Protagonist: "I know."
The Protagonist - Zombie: "Grumbles"
Shaundi: "They're gonna pay for what they did."
The Protagonist: "You're goddamn right they are..."
The Protagonist - Zombie: "Moans"
— "Pull Chute"
The Protagonist - Female 1: "Not good, not good!"
The Protagonist - Female 2: "Not good! Not good!"
The Protagonist - Female 3: "Or not!"
The Protagonist - Male 1: "Bad plan, bad plan..."
The Protagonist - Male 2: "Shit, shit, SHIT!"
The Protagonist - Male 3: "Bad plan! Bad plan!"
The Protagonist - Zombie: "Mumbles"
— "Window"


  • I'm Free - Free Falling - The Protagonist standing in New Baranec after Player Customization before mission starts
  • The Protagonist is incarcerated along with Shaundi and Johnny Gat
  • Johnny Gat: "we traded our dicks in for pussies"
  • Gat laments what the 3rd Street Saints have become
  • Kiki and Viola DeWynter show up and escort the three to see Phillipe Loren
  • The mission takes place in the skies above Steelport
  • DeWynters in I'm Free - Free Falling cutscene
  • Loren gives the Saints an ultimatum
  • Gat fights back and is stabbed in the abdomen by Loren
  • Gat smashes Loren's head into a window, causing a decompression
  • As The Protagonist and Shaundi head to the cargo bay to get parachutes, Gat closes the door to fight the Morningstar single-handedly
  • The Protagonist attempts to withdraw $1,000,000 from an ATM, but fails due to Matt Miller having hacked into their account
  • ATM screen
  • Pie chart shown during the mission
  • The static image of Steelport used during the first sky diving section
  • The final image used at the end of the mission, sans crack
  • The final image used at the end of the mission
  • UI image used when saving after this mission
  • saintsrow 3rd escape jet
  • I'm Free - Free Falling - Kill the Enemy Pursuers
  • The crack used at the end of the cutscene appears on vehicles when shot
  • Underside of Gawalek A36 building
  • Approaching skydiving tunnel from the outside
  • Vehicles stationary in the air
  • Constantly being nagged by Shaundi
  • Unidentified light in the distance


  1. Note: All 16 marked enemies in the skydiving section must be killed. The two quick time event enemies are not counted.
  2. Image:
    I'm Free - Free Falling ATM

    The Protagonist attempts to withdraw $1,000,000 from an ATM, but fails due to Matt Miller having hacked into their account.

  3. YouTube: Freefalling Trailer e6_hLxbZtes
  4. Soundcloud: We're Leaving Today: Paul Louis Reeves
  5. Image:
    I'm Free - Free Falling - The Protagonist standing in New Baranec after Player Customization before mission starts

    I'm Free - Free Falling - The Protagonist standing in New Baranec after Player Customization before mission starts

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